Spring has finally sprung, which means we’re on the downhill run to glorious sunshiny summer days. If you’ve slipped into some lazy, and maybe even unhealthy, habits over winter, never fear. We’re here to help you take charge with our summer-ready tips.
If you’ve grown a fur coat while you’ve been hibernating, it’s time to get back into a depilation routine. Ideally, you would have been having any laser treatments over winter, so it’ll be smooth sailing come 1st December. If not, you’ve still got time to beat the harsh summer rays, but you’d better make it snappy.
Waxers should get back into the habit now by making a regular appointment for every 4-6 weeks. Remember that the more you wax, the finer and sparser your hair will be. Or, if you’re a shaver, make sure you invest in a quality new razor (try the Gilette Venus Swirl), rather than risking your limbs with the dull old blade that’s been languishing in your shower for months. To prep skin for shaving or waxing, make sure you…
You’ve been covered up for months, so it’s likely your skin’s looking and feeling a little dry, dull and congested. Shift stodgy old skin cells with an exfoliating scrub that will cleanse and detoxify the skin. We love the sloughing power and heavenly scent of frank body’s nourishing coconut coffee scrub.
Three months lying prostrate in front of Netflix probably hasn’t done wonders for your fitness levels, either. Introduce regular exercise back into your life and banish the last of the winter blues with a healthy serve of feel-good hormones. Better yet, make the commitment to start summer with a bang by joining a fitness group, or signing up to an awesome transformation program like F45 .
The say summer bodies are made in winter, which might be concerning if you’ve been carb loading for Australia. Give your diet a spring clean by loading up on fresh, whole, seasonal foods, and ditching processed foods and refined sugars. Or kick-start the process with a Pressed Juices cleanse. Either way, make sure you support any sudden changes in your diet by drinking plenty of water to flush out toxins and help crush cravings.
Get your tootsies ready for sandal season with some overdue TLC. Remove any leftover polish, thoroughly clean and trim your toenails, and treat any nasty fungal nail issues with a product like Excilor. Buff away any hard, dead skin with a foot file – you could go manual, but we love Scholl’s Velvet Smooth electric version. Finish up with a slather of lush moisture, like The Body Shop’s Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue. Or get an intense, at-home foot peel with Milky Feet.
Even if you’ve been looking after your skin well all winter, it could be time for a change. Skin needs to be reassessed each season as sensitivity and skin conditions often fluctuate. As a rule, you’ll need to switch richer creams for lighter versions, and amp up your sun protection. Spring is also the ideal time to throw out any old, poorly sealed or out of date skincare and cosmetics.
You’ve cleansed your body and beauty cabinet, but there’s one area that still needs work. Your mind. Decluttering not only makes things easier to find (hurrah!) it boosts your productivity, creativity and can even help you sleep better. Get on board the Kondo wagon, or just make up your own, less extreme version of the classic spring clean.