Thanks to below-freezing temps and miserably snowy weather, everyone’s raring for spring. In Chicago, for instance, an uncharacteristically balmy February day sent us on the hunt for open patios. We’re itching—literally, in some cases, due to dry, scaly skin—to get to the next season, but few of us are prepared after weeks of being encased in puffy coats.
Maybe your skin and hair are looking dull and lifeless. Or your hands, so used to gloves, are unadorned. Perhaps you haven’t been so good about sticking to your fitness resolutions. To get on top of your game for the rest of the year, check out these five essential spring beauty treatments for transitioning out of the winter slump.
Rejuvenate That Moisture-Starved Mane
With a haircut, deep-conditioning treatment, or hair-color treatment
If you step outside right after a shower in the winter, your strands will turn into an instant hair-cicle, so blow-drying has likely been a part of your morning routine for the past couple months. Then there’s the type of crazy static that makes you look like you just saw a coworker drink the last of the coffee and not make another pot.
The lack of moisture both indoors and out dehydrates and dulls hair, and when combined with damaging heat styling, it can really wreak havoc on manes. To reverse winter’s rough effects on your hair, book an appointment at the salon. A fresh haircut will remove dry, unhealthy ends, while a deep-conditioning treatment will restore moisture, nutrients, and shine.
If you’d like to be especially on trend for spring beauty, ask for a color treatment that will remake your look. Sport sun-kissed balayage highlights to ease into the halcyon days of summer, or dip-dye your ends with a pastel hue.
Prepare for Rising Hemlines
With laser hair removal
So long, fleece leggings worn under pants! We’re breaking our skirts, sundresses, and cutoffs out of storage. Unfortunately, shaving is the worst, especially if you’ve neglected your legs since that New Year’s party.
But you don’t have to resign yourself to buying razors: laser hair removal can ensure stubble never again makes an appearance on virtually any body area you choose. That’s good news for summer sunbathing as well as cuddling sessions next winter.
For maximum effectiveness, 4–6 sessions spaced 4–8 weeks apart are generally required per body area. So if you start in the spring, your legs, underarms, or bikini line should be smooth by prime swimsuit season. Also, for those who are tanning aficionados: for optimal effectiveness, it's a good idea to get laser hair removal before your skin spends a lot of time in the sun.
Prime Skin for the Spring Beauty Palette
Every time you’ve gone outside this winter, dry air has sapped hydration from your skin and harsh winds have chapped your cheeks. Your face has taken quite a battering from the cold weather—luckily, microdermabrasion can now provide a quick fix.
During this treatment, an aesthetician uses a handheld device that provides deep exfoliation, sloughing away the topmost layer of dull, dead skin. The newly revealed layer of skin should look fresher, firmer, and clearer, whether you’re bothered by blemishes, hyperpigmentation, or fine lines.
Microdermabrasion can provide a smooth canvas for the transition from heavy winter makeup (with its contouring and dark lip colors) to fresher looks for spring. Trend-watchers saw aqua eyeshadow colors, freckles, and dewy, athletic-looking skin on this season’s runways.
Banish Reminders of Holiday Grub
With cellulite-reduction and body-contouring treatments
Holiday leftovers, hearty stews, unholy amounts of mac ’n’ cheese—as comforting as these seasonal dishes are, they can take a toll on your waistline. If a total overhaul of your diet and exercise habits isn’t in the cards, there are always cellulite-reduction and body-contouring treatments. These noninvasive treatments, which employ tools ranging from lasers to ultrasonic waves, can provide encouraging results for those who are off to a slow start with their fitness regimen.
Check out our articles about body-contouring treatments to find out which is best suited to your spring beauty goals.
Polish It Off with This Not-So-Frivolous Indulgence
With a manicure
Sure, a manicure is fun way to celebrate finally tossing your mittens into the recesses of your closet. How could you go wrong wearing bright nail colors around town after covering up your hands for so long?
Well, by not getting a professional manicure. The dry, cold weather probably left your hands dry, cracked, and red. Nail salons are best equipped for caring for that skin, as the technicians are experts at exfoliating with scrubs, hydrating with rich moisturizers, and grooming raggedy cuticles. The result will be healthy-looking skin and nails that show your manicure in its best light.