Nothing like feeling so fresh and so clean clean.
And as winter turns to spring, here are several key products to help you get there. From head to toe, these are new and/or notable grooming essentials…
Note: All products were provided as samples for consideration and review.
The Wet Brush! While I was originally drawn to its candy-colored cuteness, I most appreciate its detangling abilities even on – you guessed it – wet hair. In the spring and summer, I like to take a little break from the blowout and my myriad round brushes and instead simply detangle my wet hair in the shower, coat strands in serum immediately after and then either air-dry wavy or pin up. For curly haired girls, this is an amazing shower item. And for our straight-haired friends and lovers, it’s ideal for use wet or dry. Just 14 bucks. (You can also throw it in your beach bag. Post-pool or ocean, simply detangle and then apply a heavier gel for a smokin’ hot wet look.)
Mario Badescu Whitening Mask. Just a couple of times a week apply a thin layer for 5-10 minutes and wash off. This mask will hydrate and brighten – the perfect antidote to dry, dull winter skin. Loaded with kojic acid, licorice and mulberry, it’s gentle enough for all skin types but effective enough to soften the appearance of any skin discoloration. And also, if you’re like me, you may simply enjoy the spa-like feeling of applying a good-for-you mask. Throw on some chill music and light a candle while you’re at it. (To find a mask that best addresses your #1 skin concern, click HERE. The Whitening Mask is $24 for 2 oz.)
Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub. I love the way this scrub feels and unfortunately so does my boyfriend who liberally helps himself to it. It’s $36 for nearly 7 oz and its micro-particles gently buff away dry cells and rough patches. It’s like shedding your winter skin. The circular motion of the application also awakens the skin and leaves it glowing. It’s honestly a most enjoyable shower ritual. And perfect for the time of year when skin is in and you’ll be showing plenty of it.
Project Fig Shave Gel. It’s officially the start of grooming season and while I’m all for waxing and sugaring on the off-season, I’m not all for regrowth during swimsuit season. Thankfully I’ve Tria’d my bikini line, leaving me with minimal maintenance. Still, when it’s your girliest girl parts, it’s important to see what you’re doing. And that’s why I’m sold on this $18 product. It doesn’t foam up creating a thick opaque white layer that may feel luxurious on your legs but is definitely not ideal on what this brand terms “your FIG zones.” This gel is non-irritating and hydrating, and contains lavender, chamomile, tea tree essential oils, fig extract and monoi oil.
Freeman Bare Foot Repair for Callus Softening. Think of it as Ped Egg in a cream. You apply it to your DRY feet and wait for it to completely dry. It’s pretty quick. Then you rub it off and as it flakes off, your calluses flake off with it. For real! I was in disbelief my first time and still wonder why every nail salon doesn’t use this product. Instead they utilize tickle-torture scrubbing or more aggressive razoring or more costly paraffin-ing? Oh yeah, and it’s $6.99. Can you say open-toe sandals?
Note: This post is not sponsored. All thoughts are unbiased and my own. All products were provided as samples for consideration and review.