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Beauty tips to beat the cold and refresh for spring

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Posted: Monday, February 24, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:40 am, Fri May 16, 2014.

(BPT) - Winter weather can notoriously wreak havoc on skin and hair. While waiting for spring to arrive, a few easy adjustments to your beauty routine can help you look fabulous on even the dreariest of days, and ensure that you are looking your best when the weather warms up.

The beauty experts at EcoTools offer some tips:

* Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize –The cold and dry air can strip skin of much-needed moisture, and it’s essential to replace what winter steals. Choose a quality lotion and use it daily. To get extra mileage out of your moisturizer, exfoliate first with a gentle body buff before applying lotion; it will absorb and keep skin moisturized longer.

* Upgrade your body wash – Overly fragrant soaps can further dry your skin. Opt for a super-rich, moisturizing body wash and lather up using a silky-soft body sponge, such as the EcoPouf Delicate Bath Sponge. The pouf is super soft and extra large to deliver amazing lather and gentle cleansing, even for the most sensitive skin.

* Break away from breakouts – Dirt and oil can clog pores and lead to blackheads, as can dry, flaky skin. To prevent blackheads and whiteheads from surfacing, make sure to clean deep into pores regularly and gently exfoliate to keep skin glowing. A good exfoliating sponge can make the process easier. The Pure Complexion Facial Sponge is handmade with 100 percent natural Konjac fiber, a highly renewable root that the Japanese use as a natural exfoliant.

* Help out hair – While summer often gets the rap as being hard on hair with the sun and chlorinated pools, winter doesn’t go easy on the follicles either. The cold temperatures can leave strands dry and fragile. Indulge in a nourishing hair treatment once a week to combat dryness. Regularly use deep conditioner, or apply hair oil to damp hair. Try washing hair every other day as to not strip away hair’s natural oils using a shower cap to protect hair in between lathers.

* Step up your foot care regimen – Pretty pedicures need not be relegated to summer-only status. Winter can be hard on feet as you trudge through snow, ice and rain in heavy, sweat-inducing footwear. The cold can promote chapping and cracking, so it’s important to care for feet daily to make sure they are ready for their debut when the weather becomes warm. Treat yourself to an at-home pedicure with a few easy steps. Soak feet in warm water for at least five minutes to soften calluses. Use a pumice or foot stone to gently exfoliate. Trim nails and then smooth with an emery board to achieve round nail edges. Pick a pretty polish to finish.

Visit ecotools.com for more tips on rejuvenating your skin for spring.

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