Throughout winter, I always feel myself getting lazier and lazier. I am constantly tired, and it doesn’t help that it’s pitch black when I walk in to work and when I walk out of work! On those cold dark nights, all I want to do is curl up in my sweats and a blanket, watch Real Housewives, and eat pizza and Doritos.
I will admit that I definitely “let myself go” a little bit during the winter hibernation stage. My skin falls pale, my tummy gets soft, and my hair becomes dry. (boy…I feel like I shouldn’t go out in public after writing all of that out! Haha)
Now, as the days are starting to get longer, spring is in sight…and it’s time to put myself back together!
Here are a few spring “cleaning” steps I’m taking as we drift into bathing suit and tank top season!
When I was brushing my teeth last night, I looked in the mirror and thought I saw a ghost…but really it was just me…with extremely pale skin! I knew I had to act fast, and nothing makes me feel better than a golden glow…but by doing it the safe way! I have physically seen the damage the sun has done to my face, and it has taken a lot of lasers to fix it. Now, I only use self tanning products to give my skin that perfect shade. When I need a tan in a hurry, I’ll use the instant spray on tanners, but right now, I’m just getting my body prepped for summer, so I use L’oreal Sublime Bronze tanning lotion. This is a gradual tanner that I use every night, until I’ve got the perfect shade. Then I’ll use it 1-2 times per week to maintain that color.
It is no secret that I love my Starbucks, but that love intensifies when the temperature drops below freezing! Drinking so much coffee probably doesn’t help my heart rate…but we also know it can cause your teeth to stain. With that, I like to spruce up my grill twice a year to keep it shiny and white! I have found that your drugstore Crest White Strips work just as well as those expensive dentist trays…and they cost a fraction of the price!
One of my biggest pet peeves about the winter months is that my hair is full of static and dry! I should probably deep condition my hair more than I do, but this is definitely a step I like to take as I update my look for spring. I don’t have a specific product to recommend here. I usually use whatever my hair stylist suggests, but if you guys have any deep conditioners you swear by, please let us know!
Not only does my hair get dry during the winter…but my skin does too! I feel like I have to apply lotion to my legs 20 times a day just to keep them soft and smooth! Since our long pants will soon turn into skirts and shorts, it is definitely necessary to scrub off all of that dry skin and get those smooth stems in tip top condition! You can get a body scrub just about anywhere (drugstore, sephora, etc.), but I love the smell of Kai…so I use their body scrub and follow up with some kai body lotion!
Finally, after months of cookies, chips, pasta and more comfort food…my body feels gross! I don’t workout as regularly during the winter because it’s cold and dark 24/7…so I’m just not motivated. Now that it’s becoming lighter outside, it’s easier for me to get out, but I also want to rid my body of all of the junk I have been eating for the past 3 months! I swear by the Isagenix 9 day cleanse to kick start healthy living for myself. Though it is a somewhat difficult 9 days…I feel SO good afterwards and I have a lot more energy.
This may seem like a lot of maintenance just for a change in season, but after all of it…I feel like a million bucks and can’t wait to shed those sweaters for some shoulder bearing tops!
You can probably save some money by using Target promos or coupons for all bathing-suit-ready beauty products!
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