When the layers of warm winter clothing are removed in the spring to reveal dull, dry, rough skin, it can be discouraging. Your skin that has been hibernating and hidden from view for months needs to be rejuvenated before it’s ready to be shown off this summer in a swimsuit. Here are some head-to-toe skin fixes that will get your dull, dry skin swimsuit and summer ready before the first pool party invitation arrives.
All-Over Dull, Scaly Skin Fix
Skin becomes dull and scaly when exfoliating and moisturizing is neglected. Combine the neglect with the cold, dry air of winter and the skin looks parched and old, definitely not ready to shown off in shorts or a swimsuit.
An all-over skin fix that will get skin glowing and ready for summer starts with a good exfoliating scrub during daily bathing, followed by an application of a thick, penetrating moisturizing lotion or cream. Moisturizer will penetrate the skin better after the dead skin cells have been sloughed away with an exfoliant and is still slightly damp from bathing.
Acne Breakouts on Back or Chest
Winter clothing keeps sweat and body oils trapped on the skin. Mix that with the dead skin cells and bacteria on the surface of the skin and pores become clogged and acne breakouts occur on the back and chest.
Bathing with a body wash that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide will kill the bacteria on the skin and unclog the pores. Applying a lotion or skin peel that contains alpha-hydroxy three times per week at bedtime will get rid of the red marks the acne leaves behind on the skin and even out the skin tone.
Red Bumps on Thighs and Arms
Red bumps on thighs and arms occurs when excess keratin (the hard protein found in nails, hair and skin) and dead skin cells combine and build up around the hair follicles and clog pores.
To get rid of these red bumps on thighs and arms, use body washes and skin lotions that contain glycolic acid or lactic acid. Either acid will exfoliate the skin, help the skin absorb the moisture and get rid of the red bumps.
Smooth Cracked Heels
The winter boots kept the feet warm but left behind layers of dead, dry, rough skin that cracks. Not only unsightly and not ready to be shown off in summer footwear, but the cracked skin can also be painful.
Soak feet each night in a warm water and Epsom salt solution for ten minutes. When the skin is soft, rub a grainy foot scrub onto the soles and heels to remove the dead skin. Follow the foot soak and scrub with a thick application of moisturizing cream and cover feet with socks for the night. Each morning, apply a thin lotion to feet to keep the skin soft and moisturized.
Skin is often neglected during the winter, resulting in skin that is not ready to be shown off in summer fashion. These skin care tips for exfoliating and moisturizing will rejuvenate skin from head-to-toe and get skin swimsuit and summer ready.