Spring is a time of renewal, right? It is by far my favorite time of year. I love to wake up and see tiny green leaves appearing on the huge Ash tree in our front yard, which has been bare since October. I love to wake up really early to hear the dawn chorus, I love to start each day with a prayer of renewal: “This is a brand new day, help me to start again, fresh, open and receptive to your message and purpose for my life.” I feel full of hope in the Spring. And, let’s not forget our skin! Spring is a perfect season to think about sloughing off all those dead skin cells, and renew our natural glow. You might have gotten a bit stuck in your skincare regime – we all do! You might be feeling that your skin is a little lackluster – If so, my friends, here’s how to completely renew your skin in 3 easy steps.
Peel: I highly recommend a peel. Not a chemical peel (hate those!), but a natural peel. And, I have to say that one of the few all-natural products that works better than it’s synthetic counterpart, can be a peel. A good peel works to dig down down into the upper layers of your skin and dissolve what doesn’t need to be there anymore. Think of a peel as an super duper deep exfoliation. If you think it’s time for a peel to deal with sun damage and lackluster skin, I recommend doing it once a week for 6 weeks. This way you’ll have fresh, shiny skin in time for the Summer. Out of all the peels I’ve tried, I’m going to recommend Sunshine Botanicals Pumpkin Power Peel System. It’s a 3-step system that will revitalize tired, dull skin. It also dramatically helps with age spots and sun damage. I have just done this peel for the past month, and people are already commenting on my skin! You get a pre-peel cleanse, the actual peel, and the post peel serum in the kit. There is enough to last me for at least 2 six-week peels, so it’s actually really good value. In a pinch, you could also make your own peel by juicing half a papaya, and one cup of pineapple (saturate a cotton pad in juice, apply to skin, leave for 15 minutes, and rinse).
Deep Exfoliation: Part of your skin renewal process needs to be exfoliating daily using a really good ALA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid). There are many different acids that will safely exfoliate your skin, but you generally want to look for an AHA or a BHA (if you have very oily skin). You can use your AHA product at night before your retinol product (YES, you can and should use both!). I highly recommend Kypris Clearing Serum, which is simply gorgeous, yet packs a powerful punch. A little goes a long way, so you only need a few drops. I also love Ursa Major Face wipes, which contain both AHA and BHA, which is great if you tend toward oily skin/breaking out.
I know that some of the products that I’ve recommended are pricey, but it’s WAY less than spending your hard-earned money on a peel or facial at the derm, day spa, or salon (no tip required). I’ve realized that my money is way better spent on really good quality products that pack a punch, rather than a one-time treatment that I can do just as well at home!