[By Kimberley S.]
With Easter just barely a month away and the footsteps of spring finally nearing, one of the best ways to prep your skin for the change in seasons is with scrubs. There’s nothing like a good rub down to slough away winter skin sludge of dead, dull skin cells to reveal the gorgeous complexion hidden underneath to welcome the first rays of early spring. And we are not just talking about facial scrub. In fact, I’ve got a list of favorite scrubs that are specially concocted to suit different body parts of varying skin thickness, so run a warm bath, get cracking and let’s scrub!
Perfect your pretty pout for spring’s soft pastel palette with some homemade lip scrub for extra luscious servings. We are all familiar with the run-of-the-mill sugar and salt scrubs, but have you had a rub-on experience with coffee? While coffee grounds might not leave you with the best after-taste, the caffeine in it works like a dream to rejuvenate chapped lips and enhance their natural flush to make them more alive. Mix 1 tablespoon of coarsely grounded coffee with an equal amount of extra virgin olive oil and apply that on your lips. Rub gently with your fingertips or an old toothbrush in a circular motion and leave it on for 5 minutes. Make sure you don’t swallow any of the bitter concoction, rinse and follow up with a sweet tasting lip balm or a drizzle of organic coconut oil.
Give your weathered puckers some much needed TLC by nourishing them with Revitalift Lips, a lunchtime procedure that provides intense moisturizing effects by deep hydration from within, acting as an oasis to resuscitate even the most parched lips, assaulted by cigarette smoking, environmental stressors, neglect or advancing years.
“An ultra-fine, small particle hyaluronic acid filler is introduced into the lips via a series of virtually painless microinjections during Revitalift Lips treatment.” Explains Dr. Toby Hui, aesthetics medical consultant currently practicing at the SW1 Clinic. “The aim is really to revitalize and rejuvenate dull, chapped and lined lips without overtly amping up their volume or size, restoring weathered lips to a more youthful state with aesthetically pleasing proportions, giving exceedingly natural-looking results with you looking just like yourself; albeit a better, improved version.”
Heavy duty pore-fection
Pave the way for immaculate skin this spring and leave no pores un-preened with, CHAI CRYSTAL HEALING Oxygenating Facial Scrub, an exfoliator extraordinaireaimed to uncover your skin’s true inner brilliance in a New York minute. The closest home experience you can get to a professional skin polishing Microdermabrasion therapy at any upscale spa downtown, this is an insider’s secret of doctor-inspired, and scientifically formulated skincare gem favored by those in the know. A dual-phasic mask+scrub combo getting twice the work done at half the time, it exfoliates and moisturizes concurrently to improve your skin texture in a jiffy. Harnessing the cell renewal power from champagne extracts which uses active polyphenols with protective and antioxidant properties together with trace elements extracted from grapes, it magically transforms into a fine crystal scrub for effective exfoliation. Micro-ionized pearls stimulate microcirculation at the same time, with a special oxygen-releasing formulation giving neglected winter complexions a much needed O2 boost for enhanced radiance. Gear up for a refreshing overhaul to reveal a fresher, silky smooth and more youthful-looking skin, just in time for the first blooms of snowdrops and daffodils in spring.
An aromatic and invigorating body treat that gently exfoliates for more delicate and soft skin, the Epicuren Discovery Mandarin Orange Body Scrub is an absolute must-have to prep myself for my spring metamorphosis. Apricot and Walnut effectively smooth the skin for a smoother texture while Tangerine and Orange oil balance and hydrate the skin with a light revitalizing aroma that awakens the hibernating senses to herald in spring. It can be used on all skin types, including sensitive ones.
Often affecting the upper & lower back, and even the buttocks, back acne or bacne can aggravate during the colder months. As skin healing over these affected area(s) tend to be poorer off compared to the face, bacne often leaves skin discolorations or darkened marks that can be persistent. The SW1 Spa offers a series of professional “Body-cials” specially designed by a team of dedicated professionals to help address tricky off-face beauty needs, with their signature BACKLESS a certified pro-fighter that tackles acne-prone and rough back skins. With a clinical grade Microdermabrasion therapy with pure skin polishing crystals for deep exfoliation followed up with soothing skin-conditioning mask, BACKLESS aimed to erase dark marks and skin roughness, coaxing blemished back skins to an air-brushed finish with an invitingly beautiful sheen.
You can always depend on L’Occitane to come up with highly efficient offerings that do not skimp on that extra dose of luxe pampering. The Shea Butter One Minute Hand Scrub has been specially formulated to reveal incredibly soft paws in 1 minute flat for the busy urbanite constantly on the go. Its bi-phase formula consists of an organic brown exfoliating sugar to gently scrub and eliminate dead skin cells, followed up with a nourishing blend of shea butter, sweet almond and grape seed oils to help soften and restore moisture to dehydrated hands that suffered under the blistering cold all through winter.
The lines on your palms might not reveal your true destiny but the appearance of your hands can certainly be a dead giveaway to a woman’s true age. For shriveled, aging hands desperately seeking out an oasis or those looking for ways to keep their paws as youthful looking as possible, Revitalift is a state of the art injection technique whereby minute quantities of deeply nourishing hyaluronic acid fillers are carefully placed beneath the skin over the dorsum of hands to provide deep tissue hydration and to raise the skin level such that tendons, joints and veins lose their prominence. Before you strap on your Cartier tennis bracelet and put on your Bvglari cocktail ring for Easter Sunday, make sure you check in for Revitalift hands, to re-plump and replenish volume for an enviable youthful pair of paws to better showcase your “girl’s best friends”!
Winter can be rough on your feet, tottering around for weeks all wrapped in boots, some with heels no less than 4 inches tall. There is nothing quite like a homemade salt scrub to help your tootsies stay in tip-top shape when the temperature rises and those spanking new open-toed kitten heels beckon. Prepare 1 cup of granulated brown sugar and pour into a mixing bowl. Gradually add your favorite olive or coconut oil and mix together until you have a slightly wet but grainy consistency. Add a few drops of peppermint and lavender essential oil to your DIY scrub. Transfer the scrub to an airtight jar for storage and use it once a week before your bath or shower. Exfoliate, moisturize and soothe those sore feet, making sure they get light and airy like that of a lithe nymph comes spring!