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Entre nous—Get that spring glow
Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 08 - 04 - 2015

It's springtime and warmer weather is right around the corner, with its usual range of social events and family outings. No doubt these past few months of winter were real torture for your skin, causing dryness and cracking. That's why it is crucial to prepare for the spring season by healing your skin and protecting it from the sun.
So, before you start stocking your
Smooth dry spots: After a long winter, you probably have a few dry patches, particularly on your elbows or feet. The best way to smooth them out is with a simple product you may already have at home like Vaseline. Just smear it on any extra-dry spots before you go to bed.
Keep well hydrated: Water helps clear up skin. Our body is made up mostly of water, and it's important to replenish that stock. Drink up, as the more hydrated you are, the brighter and healthier your skin will be.
Exfoliate: Exfoliation promotes younger, healthier skin and gives you a spring glow as well. Dead skin cells prevent fresh air and nutrients from reaching the deeper layers of your skin. Invest in an exfoliating cloth or brush and use it with a good exfoliating scrub all over your face and body while you're in the shower. But remember that the skin on your face is more sensitive than the rest of your body so you may need to use something gentler.
Use a body wash: Once you get rid of those old skin cells, start to nurture the ones left behind. Choose a body wash that's right for your skin type and loaded with moisturising nutrients. If you want to liven up your favourite body wash with an amazing smell, try adding lemon or orange zest.
Pamper yourself: Freshen you winter skin with a day at the spa. Massages, facials, customised skin treatments and body wraps are just some of the many services available for pampering your skin.
Use sunscreen: Sunscreen is important all year round. Now that there's actually an opportunity for you to spend hours basking in its glow, it's more important than ever to make sure you protect yourself from the sun's harmful UV rays. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. You should also carry around a small bottle of sunscreen in your purse or car in case you get the urge to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors.
Moisturise: To keep your skin soft after exfoliation, you need to apply more moisture to your skin. Select a thick lotion like cocoa butter and apply it to your skin when you are just out of the shower and your pores are still open; the lotion will absorb more efficiently. This will give you the best results and keep your skin moisturised and supple the whole day long.
Take shorter showers: The best way to keep your skin moisturised is to make your showers last for ten minutes, not more, and to use lukewarm water.
Choose a gentle soap: You no longer need harsh winter soaps. Swap them for a gentler version with herbs in it. Look for a soap made with aloe and Vitamin E. It will leave your hands feeling soft and nourished.

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