Nope, I’m not talking about dusting/hoovering/cleaning out last seasons clothes – but that session where you pull together all the lotions and potions you need to scrub, buff and de-fuzz yourself and literally slough off the winter blues and leave yourself feeling refreshed – top to toe – and that little step closer to braving flashing a touch more flesh for the warmer months.
The whole spring cleaning process starts with a bath – my new Spring bath product of choice are the gorgeous Borghese Bath Soak* granules that I mentioned in my review HERE. I like these because they leave skin feeling refreshed and silky smooth but also sort of detoxed as well.
Whilst in the bath I go for some full on pampering with two masks – one for face and one for hair. For face I’ve been using The Organic Pharmacy Clarifying Seaweed Clay Mask* – a typical deep cleansing clay mask that really sucks all the gross bits out of your skin leaving it clean and fresh, without feeling stripped. Then for hair I’ve been loving the Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment Plus*, a thick product that melts down when warmed between your hands. This is an amazing deep conditioner and also works a treat for the scalp too – always a winner in my books. When going all out like this I apply, massage into scalp then pop on a shower cap when soaking in the tub for extra heat-boosting for the mask.
Then comes the hair removal part – I should probably add here that hair removal stuff doesn’t just go on hold over the colder months but I am guilty of leaving longer breaks between shaving legs etc, it’s all too easy when they’re perpetually hidden under tights or jeans! So for a spring cleaning session a full de-fuzz is in order. With a proper shower gel application, fresh razor and then waxing for a proper all round hair-free session. Current products I’ve been turning to are the Gillette Razor (pretty much any of the variations, they’re all fab – personal favourite being the Pro Skin Sensitive, although I haven’t tried their latest Olay/Venus combo thingies) which I’ve been teaming up with the Gillette Venus Sensitive Shave Gel. Then for waxing the latest kit I’ve been trying at home is the Nads Hot Wax, although I do prefer a salon visit – I have been toying with the idea of other hair removal methods and have been looking into laser hair removal in London – if anyone has any experience or recommendations I’d love to know more!
Then, post shaving I go for the scrub. This has to be the most satisfying part of the beauty spring clean. A proper, slough-off the winter coat, getting every seasonally forgotten area (the feet always tend to be neglected in winter…so they deserve a decent scrub session). For this my product of choice are the Soap & Glory Exfoliating Gloves – a recent purchase but the best gloves I’ve found for this. They’re thicker and ‘squishier’, so make for a much better scrub than other cheaper versions that I’ve just found to be a bit scratchy. I personally think exfoliating gloves are much better for a proper scrub down than granulated products, whilst these often feel lovely to use (as they usually have an oil base) they sometimes just don’t do as good a job as a pair of gloves.
Then after rinsing masks etc it’s time for out of the bath and lather on the good stuff – at this time of year a generous helping of a nice thick body butter has to be way forward. Trust me, your skin will drink the stuff up after being cooped up for months it needs a good drink before it gets looking ready to face the world. I’ve been really impressed with the Jergens Deep Conditioning Oatmeal Body Cream* – thick, and as the name describes…creamy. It sinks in quickly but lasts and has a nice comforting scent. This really is a joy to use and leaves skin feeling and looking healthy. Then, for an extra boost I’ve also been using the Balance Me Toning Body Oil* – if your skin is really dry post winter then a body oil is your new best friend. This stuff has been amazing on my legs that have needed an extra bit of help!
Then that’s pretty much it…self tan is optional, but these relatively few steps are my key to feeling ready to roll up the jeans and flash a bit of ankle!
*PR sample. Others bought by me.