Primavera Skin: Get Your Body Ready

Exfoliate Gently
Many chicas scrub and scrub to remove that layer of dead skin that’s caused by cold temperatures and dry heat indoors. But dermatologists say scrubbing actually dries skin. “Rough exfoliation can cause irritation or harmful tearing of the skin layers,” says Dr. Patricia Wexler, a New York City–based dermatologist. Instead, buff away dull, flaky skin with a mesh bath sponge and a mild or glycolic body wash -- a sugar-based acid that also refines bumpiness. “Bar soaps tend to strip your skin of its natural oils,” says Dr. Marina Peredo, a New York City–based dermatologist. If you prefer bar soap, use one that is made with hydrating ingredients.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Lots of hydration is key for beautiful skin. “Moisturize with a light oil or lotion as soon as you get out of the shower,” says Renee Cobos, a California-based dermatologist. “Let the skin absorb the oil or lotion for a few minutes. Then, pat your skin dry.” Afterward, apply another layer of moisture with an emollient-rich cream.

Pamper Your Pies
Your poor feet get battered with boots and neglected through the long winter months. They need un poco más atención. Soothe rough and super-dry skin on your feet with petroleum jelly, says Dr. Rebecca Baxt, a dermatologist in New Jersey. “It’s the thickest and best type of moisturizer.” Also, try petroleum jelly mixed with Epsom salts to soften feet, elbows and knees.

Get Fuzz-free
Skin isn’t completely smooth without the proper hair removal. If you’ve slacked off on shaving during the winter months, it’s time to get it back into your beauty routine. But don’t do it too frequently, as you’ll irritate your skin. Wait until the hair is long enough to get a close shave.

by Ivette Manners