Spring cleaning isn't just for your home - your beauty routine should change seasonally to reflect the specific needs that come with warmer weather and more sun. Now that we have entered spring, I am focusing on the well-being of the outdoors and indoors (as skirts and sundresses are just around the corner). I'm going to put on some of my best products to help me detoxify my winter beauty routine and embrace spring below:
Two of my skin care rescuers! the Vivier SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion ($ 65.00) is a daily must-have. It is water based and offers broad spectrum UVA / UVB and SPF 30 protection in a pure formulation that absorbs quickly; ideal to wear alone or under makeup. I also like Vivier HYDRAGel Advanced B5 + Complex ($ 85.00), which is a hyaluronic acid gel that keeps my skin hydrated and refreshed, and is light enough for the warmer weather. I first tried my Vivier products after a skin consultation with my dermis; you can find a clinic or authorized dealer that sell Vivier at www.vivierskin.com.
I love the bouncy and voluminous hair in spring and summer. I treated my hair to the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Range ($ 19.99 - $ 29.99), which includes shampoo, conditioner, and elixir - they work together to gently cleanse and hydrate my hair while adding instant volume. I picked up all of my Viviscal products from Shopper's Drug Mart, but they are also available online at www.viviscal.ca.
Now that I am able to incorporate more outdoor workouts into my routine, my hair is in place a lot more. I love throwing him into a fast high pony, but I still want him to look polished. To give me this Kim K-esque bun (aka a perfect hairline), I used the Toppik Hair Building Fibers ($ 29.95). It is a keratin colored fiber that mimics existing hair and creates the illusion of a flawless hairline. I am using the Dark Brown shade, as seen above, but there are eight additional shades available online at www.toppikcanada.ca or at Shopper's Drug Mart.
After a long winter of heavier food, I can't wait to let off steam and feel light for the skirts and sundresses that are about to appear. I incorporated Sproos Collagen, in particular Sproos your gut ($ 49.99), to help with better digestion and increased energy. I add it to my water every morning (it has a refreshing apple and ginger flavor) and I can't wait to see more improvements in my gut health. Each scoop contains seven grams of grass-fed collagen, which is also great for my skin, and other key ingredients including organic aloe vera leaf gel and organic coconut water. You can order Sproos Collagen online at www.sprooslife.com or find it in select Bulk Barn, Noah's and Loblaws locations.
The best time to visit Italy are the months of May, June, and September. Compared to the peak summer months of July and August, these months offer more comfortable temperatures and there are fewer crowds ( except around Easter ). The country experiences four classic seasons per year, although there is a marked difference between the wetter, cooler North and the drier, warmer South. The rainiest months pretty much everywhere are usually October and November.
Fall ( September – November ) : temperatures cool down gradually, although September is usually still very pleasant. Expect crisp fall leaves and some sunnier days, but plan for wet weather too. Fall carries many of the same benefits as spring, but with slightly less predictable weather.
Winter : temperatures in the South remain mild in winter, while Northern Italy is normally wet and cold. Winter in the Italian Alps is fantastic though for skiing and snowboarding, but the ski resorts do get crowded so book early.
Travelers wishing to visit Italy can use a bus, train, plane, or boat to get there. Most tourists arrive by plane though, often landing in Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, the country’s busiest airport. This is the preferred point of entry in Italy when you want to visit Rome, or tour the entire country. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Rome.
Although Rome is the main getaway for most visitors to Italy, it’s often easier and cheaper to fly directly to/from one of the country’s other airports. It can also save you a lot of time to book a multi-city ticket, hereby arriving in one airport and leaving from another ( for example fly in Milan in the north and fly out via Naples in the south ). The following airports are of interest for most tourist itineraries :
Milan Malpenza Airport ( north ) is the largest international airport in the Milan metropolitan area in northern Italy ( and also the main getaway to the Italian Lakes ). Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Milan.
Venice Marco Polo airport ( north ) is the international airport of Venice. It offers flights to many European metropolitan areas as well as some partly seasonal long-haul routes to the United States, Canada, South Korea and the Middle East. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Venice.