Spring is finally here and not only are you probably starting to do spring cleaning around your house, you should clean up your beauty regimen as well! Find out how I transition from winter to spring for skin that’s beautiful year round!
Every beauty lover has an arsenal of products! Spring cleaning is the best time to re-visit some of these purchases and get rid of what doesn’t work, and what is expired. No sense in keeping around things you tried and didn’t like, and it’s especially counterproductive to use products that are beyond their shelf life. Old cosmetics harbor a lot more than just no longer active formula; they house tons of bacteria.
Check the dates on your products. You may want to toss the following:
Anything past the expiration date
Products that appear dry or crusty
Anything that has changed consistency, color or smell
Anything with an SPF less than 15
Mascara older than three months
Old, dirty make-up brushes and sponges
Prep Your Skin
The dry and brittle climate of winter can bring the worst out of your skin. It’s time to relinquish yourself of dry and flaky skin, and bring out its better side. A deep full body exfoliation is what I love to do! I emphasize the full body because most of the winter we are covered up and don’t even pay attention to every inch of our deer skin. This is an opportunity to give your skin some much needed TLC and attention.
Here’s one of my favorite DIY home exfoliation remedies that will leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and ready for skirts and sandals:
- Mix 2 cups of brown sugar with 1 cup of olive oil.
- Scrub the entire body using circular motions, giving rough dry patches on the skin some extra rubbing.
- Rinse and moisturize.
For a deep cleansing facial mask to bring out your complexion and natural glow:
- 1 teaspoon plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ of an unripe papaya
Mix the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
Apply to your face for 8 to 10 minutes.
Rinse and moisturize.
Written byNaomi MacKenzie
This article was originally published on BlackDoctor.org