13 Ways to Get Your Skin Ready for Spring

Hooray for spring! You're so ready for sandals, skirts, and playing outside again, but is your skin? You may need to reacquaint yourself with moisturizing, exfoliating, and other healthy skin tips to undo the damage from the winter's bitter cold. 

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Lingering dry winter skin

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Did you slack off on the moisturizing during the winter months? Now that spring is here, it's hard to cover up the dry skin patches still lingering from the bitter cold. You may need to start taking lukewarm showers since steaming hot water can suck out your skin's moisture. Also, instead of just cream based lotions, you may need some oil products to really bring your skin back to life. 

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Time to exfoliate

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Like a snake, it's time to shed a layer of skin (sort of). Exfoliating will get rid of the excess dead skin cells, which will unclog pores, create a more even skin tone, and prep your skin for moisturizer. Depending on your skin type, you may need to try a few different exfoliation methods. Check out the do's and don'ts before you start scrubbing.

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Revealing your feet

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Open toed shoes are back! But since you're feet have been hiding in layers of socks and snow boots, you probably need to pay them extra attention. First, soak your feet in a homemade solution and scrub away the dry skin on your heels (check out the steps here). And of course, learn how to give yourself a pedicure!

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Silky smooth legs

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You probably can't wait to break out your dresses and skirts - but check on the condition of your legs. Don't just grab a razor and start scraping. Properly shaving your legs is a process, so take these tips with you in the shower!

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...and underams

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You can follow the same guidelines as shaving your legs for your underarms or you can try these other methods:

1.  Laser or IPL Hair Removal 
2.  Depilatories (hair removal creams)

These methods cost slightly more than just a razor, but if you're annoyed by a "5 o'clock shadow" in the pits, then you can gives these a shot. 

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Protect yourself from the sun

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We know all you want to do is be outside and soak in the sun, just make sure you're properly protected. Body and face lotions with SPF might be the smartest thing the beauty industry has ever created, so take advantage of these products. Just remember to reapply if you're spending the day outside!

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But if you do get sunburn...

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It's not fun, but it happens. If you need relief from a sunburn, try these home remedies like aloe vera, hydrotherapy, and vinegar compresses. Some sunburns can be very serious. If you see blisters, then it's time to seek medical attention.

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Fake a tan instead

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Let's all try to cool it on the obsession with a deep bronzed tan, it's dangerous! Plus, there are so many safer ways to fake tan. If you're willing to spend some money, you can let the professionals give you a spray tan. Or you can use these at-home self-tan products. Be sure to prep your skin properly if you are going the DIY route. If your tan appears streaky, here's how to fix it.

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Springtime makeup tricks

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Spring means it's time to revamp your makeup look, too. Skin illuminators work wonders to give your face a natural healthy glow, plus you may want to use a little bronzer for an instant sun-kissed look.

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Sweat and acne

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With all this fun in the sun you may start to sweat... errr... glisten. If you tend to breakout under these conditions, you use body and face wash with . Here are additional tips for defending against breakouts.

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Here come the bugs

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The trees grow leaves, the flowers bloom, and the bugs bite! It's the harsh truth. Interestingly though, mosquitos don't actually bite. When they pierce your skin, the body is reacting to the mosquito's saliva by releasing histamine. The histamine causes swelling, which aggravates your skin's nerve and leads to a very annoying itch.  Need some relief? You would be surprised what kind of kitchen products you should slather on. 

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Some plants can do damage

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It's not just the bugs that can irritate your skin, beware of certain plants, too! The About.com Landscaping Expert calls them the "Itchy Rash Plants." It's not just poison ivy to avoid, there's a whole family of plants that you need to steer clear of. 

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Remember to hydrate

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 Lastly, one of the most overlooked skin care tips is to simply just drink water! Despite popular belief, drinking a 8 glasses of water per day doesn't actually soften the outer layer of your skin. However, drinking water helps your body internally by flushing out toxins and satiating your appetite. So drink up!