By Catherine Spinley
Please tell me I am not alone in the feeling of dread that comes with that first warm-weather day or weekend of the year? I check my weather app and see a sunny forecast and 80 degree temperatures but look in the mirror and see lots of dry, pasty skin in need of some summer lovin’ (I hate myself for writing that. I am very sorry). I am naked and afraid, people.
It’s at this point I begin to wonder why I didn’t anticipate this moment months in advance so I could avoid the feeling I have every year around this exact time. Inevitably, I will find myself in the very same predicament next summer - feverishly cramming dry brushing, exfoliation, and self-tanning into a 24 hour period because some of us just work better under pressure. If you’re like me, here are some quick tips to get your skin into its best condition.
Next year: same time, same place.
DRY BRUSHING ALL YEAR LONG
Do as I say not as I do, okay? Dry brushing is something that may seem ridiculously indulgent and a tad bit cuckoo but the benefits are real. Regular dry brushing helps with lymphatic drainage, circulation and exfoliation. And, it’s relaxing. Have you ever dry brushed while vaping CBD?! Mark my words: absolutely miraculous.
If you’re new to DB-ing, select a brush with firm but flexible bristles (like this one, which has a long handle to reach your back) and keep it right outside of the shower as a reminder to brush first. Begin at the feet and brush up in circular motions towards your heart. You should notice a difference in skin texture after three to five sessions and this routine exfoliation will prep your skin for some gradual glow delivered via Tan-Luxe THE GRADUAL Illuminating Gradual Tan Lotion.
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CATHERINE SPINLEY IS THE EDITORIAL DIRECTOR AT THE SUNDAY ISSUE AS WELL AS A FREELANCE WRITER AND SOMETIMES-PHOTOGRAPHER. WHEN NOT STALKING OTHER PEOPLE’S DOGS OR YELLING AT PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO WALK UP THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ESCALATOR, SHE WORKS IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY AND PRACTICES YOGA. YOU CAN READ ABOUT HER AT WOREPAINT.COM AND @SPINDERELLA1110.