Springtime in Arizona is by far the best time of the year, and the one season that makes up for the 3 to 4 months of unnecessarily hot weather—the sun is out longer, perfect lounging weather, and everyone just seems a bit more cheery. Something about this weather also makes me want to be a lot more active, and in the same token healthier, visit my local farmers market, eat bowls of fresh fruit, make homemade lemonade and well you get the idea (or perhaps it is the impending swimsuit season that really makes me want to do these things).
Anyway as I considered all of the things I love about the spring months, I thought it might be fun to use them as inspiration for a few spring beauty ideas to add to my routine this season. After poking around the interwebs this is what I found:
Vitamin D is good for the skin, Dr. Dennis Gross tells refinery29.com that it “replenishes hydration and boosts elasticity, helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles, enhances the skin’s radiance, and helps correct sun damage and dark spots.” You are probably saying to yourself “Wait, don’t we get Vitamin D from the sun? And isn’t the sun bad for our skin?” Well, yes and no, too much of anything is always a bad thing, but just 10-15 minutes a day in the sun will not only make your skin more radiant, but UV exposure is also a proven mood booster. Of course, don’t forget the sunscreen.
If you’re not willing to risk the sun (we don’t blame you and especially come summer when it is 117 outside) try a topical Vitamin D product like Dr. Deniss Gross Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil.
Like I said, I love to make homemade lemonade and so I have tons of lemons in the kitchen… and now I can also make this foot and hand scrub compliments of beautylish.com
1. 1/2 cup granulated sugar Raw or brown sugar with larger granules works too.
2. 2 tablespoons almond oil you can also use olive oil
3. Juice of half a lemon
This easy-to-make scrub is perfect for tired hands, feet, elbows, and even knees. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients in no particular order and immediately massage the mixture onto hands or feet.. Rinse off with warm water, then slather on your favorite lotion for extra moisture.
I don’t know about you, but more often than not it is just too hard to drink the amount of water necessary for amazing skin (maybe if I cut back on the lemonade) anyway when I came across cucumber water I was excited to try it. The cucumbers are high in antioxidants and are known to help soothe inflammation.
It is as simple as adding 1 sliced cucumber, 2-3 sprigs of mint, and ½ sliced lemon to a pitcher of water. Enjoy!
By Kristianne Young