Spring Awakening

April 5, 2010

Get ready for spring with Robin!

Spring is the season of renewal and rebirth. The planet is rejuvenating itself, so why not take this time to rejuvinate yourself, too? Here are some important things to remember to get energized for a new season and a new you:

Fresh Air and Sun

We’re all tired from being locked inside from the winter drag; it’s time to get out and catch some rays. I would absolutely love to take a vacation to somewhere tropical, like the Caribbean! If a tropical vacation isn’t exactly in your budget, no worries. Take a walk on a sunny day to get your recommended dose of Vitamin D. Always remember to use lotion with an SPF — I recommend Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock which comes in SPFs 55, 70, and 85. The higher the SPF, the better, but use at least SPF 15 to keep your skin healthy and youthful. While getting out in the sun is important, don’t bake yourself while you’re out there. Whether you use sunscreen or not, too much sun causes damage to skin cells.

Detox Your Body

Many of us — myself included — definitely went into hibernation mode and ate more than we should have during the winter. Overeating and lack of fresh air leads to toxin build up in our bodies. Toxins like Dihydrotestosterone(DHT) can overstimulate oil producing glands, resulting in clogged pores and (brace yourself) pimples. Too much DHT from an unhealthy diet may also lead to hair loss. Drink plenty of water to flush all of the bad toxins out of your body.  This prevents skin breakouts that will often occur during our seasonal weather change.

Refresh Your Skin

Get a skin peel to get rid of that layer of winter skin. At my salon I use a blueberry based detoxifying treatment to remove the bad skin. Supplement your diet with antioxidant-rich foods to help your skin from the inside out, too. Blueberries and acai berries are packed with amino acids, vitamins, fatty acids, and most importantly, antioxidants. With enough antioxidants in your diet—and on your face—you can help prevent and reverse the skin aging process.

Get Moving:

Exercise is important all year round, but burning off that winter poundage takes a little extra effort. As I said earlier, it’s important to go outside in the sun; what better way to do that than going for a jog or walk in the park? If the weather does not cooperate, there’s still no excuse not to take your workout indoors. I love work out routines on demand. They have many different works outs: Pilates, kickboxing, cardio, body toning, whatever tickles your fancy.  It’s right there at your home, no equipment needed.

Dazzling Lipgloss:

As for some new color in your makeup, try a peach or melon color. It looks good on everyone, regardless of skin tone. A simple lipgloss, like MAC Dazzleglass in Roman Holiday is a perfect springtime shade. It has a great shimmer with a hint of gold that will look great in the shining sun.

Do you have a favorite springtime routine or beauty tip? Share it with me here!