There’s no time like the present to slough off that dry winter skin from your face, body, and feet. Use soft, circular motions when exfoliating your face. For your body, arm yourself with an exfoliating mitten, along with an all-natural scrub like Carol’s Daughter Brown Sugar Scrub ($34) or something you’ve whipped up in the kitchen.
Nails are an affordable way to experiment and have fun with color, no matter what the season. Switch out your tired nail polish for springtime brights and pastels. To help you breathe easier, choose a nontoxic lacquer like Priti NYC ($12.50).
Slough off dead skin—and improve the texture of your remaining one—by dry-brushing your body 10 minutes before you take a shower. Try not to skimp: A set of quality, natural bristles will stand you in good stead for the long run.
OUT WITH THE OLD
Nip hoarding in the bud. Empty out your vanity drawer and toss out any sticks, tubes, powders, wands, pencils, and brushes you know are past their prime. Expired cosmetics teem with bacteria, which can result in acne, allergic reactions, and even serious skin issues.
IT’S A WASH
No need to clean your makeup brushes with a “professional” cleaner that contains alcohol and other harsh ingredients. Launder the lot with a mild shampoo or dishwashing liquid at least once a month, if not once a week, then rinse in water and air-dry.
HINT OF TINT
Switch out that heavy foundation for a tinted moisturizer, like Tarte’s Smooth Operator ($36) for sheerer, breathable coverage.