Cindy Barshop's Tips to Transition Your Beauty Routine
She's back! Last month we unveiled the fabulous Cindy Barshop (who will be the newest lady on The Real Housewives of New York this season) as our celebrity guest blogger. Read below as she shares what you should be doing right now to prep your beauty routine for spring (Hint: Start by taking off your nail polish as you read this!).
SPF: You should always be wearing sunscreen, even through the winter and especially now that the weather is changing. Steer clear of long-lasting or sport formulas that usually contain thick, pore-clogging oils. Instead, invest in a couple of good face sunscreens that works for you. I've been known to use the baby SPF I carry around for my girls! It's oil-free, gentle, and the formula is thin enough to mix in with your daily moisturizer.
Night Treatments: Swap heavy creams with lighter serums. Most serums are hydrating, water-based formulas that won't leave skin too slick. My favorite tip: Add a power shot of serum to your night lotion for anti-aging and hydration.
Feet: My favorite at-home remedy to cure dry heels: Zap your favorite foot cream in the microwave for about 30 seconds, apply directly to the feet, and cover them up with socks. Do this before you go to bed and wake up with the softest feet you've ever had.
Nails: Switch out your cool, dark polish for something softer. I trade in OPI's Black Satin for Essie's Mademoiselle. If you're not a pink girl, I recommend going with a taupe like OPI's You Don't Know Jacques.
Hair: I asked my friend Eva from the Eva Scrivo Salon what she tells her clients to transition their hairstyle from season to season. She suggests making your hair color a couple shades lighter. If you are a brunette and don't like the look of caramel colored highlights, go red! I do a glaze and put some red in my hair so that it's not too obvious but looks shinier and leaves behind a reddish tint.
Hair Removal: We've had our fair share of single digit temperatures this winter but before you know it we will be wearing bikinis, cutoffs, and sundresses. I recommend laser hair removal for those who are affected day-to-day by ingrown hairs and irritation from shaving. Ingrown hairs took over my life until I began to laser (It saved me! Plus, I wouldn't be the hair removal guru giving you this advice and launching Completely Bare spas nationwide, huh?) Take it from my personal experiences - if you have extremely coarse and dark hair go for a consultation to talk through your expectations - you could get rid of those ingrowns for good!
Cindy Barshop is the expert on all things beauty. Since opening her national chain of spas, Completely Bare, she has been a media darling for all things lifestyle and especially hair removal. She's the go-to gal for info on how to stay gorgeous, a mom to two darling daughters, and the newest housewife on The Real Housewives of New York. Follow her on twitter @CindyBarshop.