Spring is Coming! How to Prep Your Skin & Hair
The days are getting longer (hello, Daylight Saving Time!), our coats are getting lighter, and before we know it, we’ll be trading in sweaters for sunglasses and swimsuits. After a long winter, we’re more than ready to plan for warmer temps — starting with our beauty prep! While you’re counting down the days to music festivals and outdoor brunches, Lois Hines, co-founder of Tropic Isle Living, dishes out a few tips to prep our hair and skin for the beauty-full days ahead…
Juicing: For one month before spring, I begin a steady diet of juicing three times a day to revitalize my body and flush toxins for great skin. I make a green juice for breakfast, smoothie for lunch, and a green juice dinner. After thirty days, you can begin to add in light meals to get the body back to your normal diet.
Get Moving! Exercise promotes better circulation which produces healthy and vibrant skin. I make sure to get 20 minutes of exercise in every day and that could be any type of exercise. When on the juicing regimen, add a a form of protein or protein powder to your smoothies if exercising for more than 20 minutes or weight lifting.
Moisture Matters: When it comes to hair in Spring, MOISTURE is key! The cold season and changes in temperature tend to dry out your hair. Coconut Jamaican Black Castor oil is a lighter oil that is great for spring. Use it as a sealant to retain moisture or as a hot oil treatment. Also, using the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner every other week will rejuvenate the hair just in time for the new season.
DIY Pedicures: With the lack of attention we give our feet during the colder months, spring is a great time to get reacquainted with a pedicure regimen. You can treat yourself to services at your local nail spa or do one at home. Get yourself a pumice stone and follow this recipe for an amazing foot scrub & soak. I use this recipe once a week at night time:
1/2 cup of Epsom salt and warm water in a 2-3 gallons of water as hot as you can stand. You may use a pot or in a home foot spa. Use 3 drops of organic Lavender essential oil. Soak feet for 20 minutes. Mix 1/2 a cup of Sea Salt, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 3 tbsp of either olive or sunflower oil, and add 3 drops of lavender oil in the mixture. The mixture should last you a month. Rub a portion of the mixture on the feet, especially heel, and scrub with a pumice stone to exfoliate. Use your favorite (wink) natural oil to massage into your feet and wear socks before bed. Your nerve endings are at the bottom of your feet, therefore the soak and massage will help to soothe nerves of the body.
Last but certainly not least, spring is about renewal and rejuvenation. As you look at your surroundings, pay attention to what nature is doing and that’s what you should follow. Like the trees and flowers, we are dormant in the winter. But now it’s time to grow and bloom. Read an inspiring book, feed your mind with uplifting thoughts, find a new favorite quote, watch positive shows on TV, surround yourself with good people, take a yoga class, and meditate. Be positive and spring into a better you!
– Lois Reid-Hines
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