Las Fabulosas: Beauty & Style
Primavera Skin: Get Your Body Ready
By Ivette Manners for Las Fabulosas
Many chicas scrub and scrub to remove that layer of dead skin thatâ€™s caused by cold temperatures and dry heat indoors. But dermatologists say scrubbing actually dries skin. â€œRough exfoliation can cause irritation or harmful tearing of the skin layers,â€ says Dr. Patricia Wexler, a New York Cityâ€“based dermatologist. Instead, buff away dull, flaky skin with a mesh bath sponge and a mild or glycolic body wash — a sugar-based acid that also refines bumpiness. â€œBar soaps tend to strip your skin of its natural oils,â€ says Dr. Marina Peredo, a New York Cityâ€“based dermatologist. If you prefer bar soap, use one that is made with hydrating ingredients.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Lots of hydration is key for beautiful skin. â€œMoisturize with a light oil or lotion as soon as you get out of the shower,â€ says Renee Cobos, a California-based dermatologist. â€œLet the skin absorb the oil or lotion for a few minutes. Then, pat your skin dry.â€ Afterward, apply another layer of moisture with an emollient-rich cream.
Pamper Your Pies
Your poor feet get battered with boots and neglected through the long winter months. They need un poco mÃ¡s atenciÃ³n. Soothe rough and super-dry skin on your feet with petroleum jelly, says Dr. Rebecca Baxt, a dermatologist in New Jersey. â€œItâ€™s the thickest and best type of moisturizer.â€ Also, try petroleum jelly mixed with Epsom salts to soften feet, elbows and knees.
Skin isnâ€™t completely smooth without the proper hair removal. If youâ€™ve slacked off on shaving during the winter months, itâ€™s time to get it back into your beauty routine. But donâ€™t do it too frequently, as youâ€™ll irritate your skin. Wait until the hair is long enough to get a close shave.
Ivette Manners Â
Ivette Manners is a beauty writer and contributor to Las Fabulosas.