March 25, 2014 at 2:14 PM ET
Park your parkas back in your closet and store away the snow boots as we enter into open jacket season. Cold weather takes a toll on our face, hair and body, which is why we created a head-to-toe beauty guide to take you from the winter blues straight into spring fever.
Even hair has to go to therapy sometimes. Are your locks in need of some love? Look no further than your kitchen cabinet. Apple cider vinegar is an easy at-home spa treatment providing shine, conditioning and smoothing.
Take a mixture of equal parts apple cider vinegar and warm tap water, and simply pour it into a spray bottle, adding a little chamomile and calendula for fragrance. Wash your hair as normal and spray the mixture onto your hair, starting at the root, combing through to the tips of the hair (vinegar doubles as a detangler).
Let set for 15-30 minutes, covering your hair with a shower cap to keep it out of your way. Rinse and style as usual. (Apple cider vinegar, $4.69, vitaminshoppe.com)
New season, new skin
Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast: Unclog pores and remove scaly skin with a natural exfoliant made from breakfast staples.
In a bowl, combine a spoonful of oatmeal with a pinch of salt and stir in two dashes of olive oil. Apply the mixture to your face with your fingertips, using a circular motion. Rinse completely and moisturize as usual. Your skin will glow, revealing a soft layer that’s ready to take on the sunshine. (Oatmeal, $3.29, Vitacost.com)
You don’t get a nickname like “plant of immortality” for nothing. Aloe vera quenches your face while decreasing puffiness, leaving chapped skin on the slopes — where it belongs.
Pluck and refrigerate a leaf from any aloe house plant until cool. Peel back the skin from either side and apply the inside of the leaf directly to a clean face and neck. The coolness tightens the skin, minimizing pores and decreasing puffiness while the aloe hydrates. No need to rinse, just wait until it dries (doesn’t feel tacky to the touch) and continue with your regular scheduled makeup regimen. (Aloe vera plant, $3.69, amazon.com)
Now that your skin has revealed a brand new layer, it’s important to protect it. Reliable sunblock is key after a brutal season and an exfoliation treatment. Skin can be even more sensitive making it susceptible to redness. Stock up on a stronger but face friendly sunblock that won’t clog your recently freed pores, like La Roche Posay Anthelios in 45. ($29.95, Target.com)
Probably the best part of spring is what I like to call the “Mandy Moore” glow: cheery cheeks that have just the right amount of dew. No sun yet? No problem. Cheat your way to the look with Maybeline’s Master Glaze Stick. This magic wand adds a natural-looking iridescent sheen to otherwise pale pores, providing a pink pinch just when you need it. (Maybeline Master Glaze Stick, $8.99, Ulta.com)
Wrap it up
Trapped toes feeling neglected? Turns out moms have the key to some of the best beauty secrets around. Coat tired tootsies in trusty Vaseline before bedtime, cover in saran wrap and pull on a pair of thick and comfy 100 percent cotton socks (to avoid a slip and slide in the house). Feel your feet hydrate through the night, getting you ready for sandal season by morning. (Vaseline, Target.com)