Springtime Beauty Prep: 5 Things To Do Right Now

It’s still cold out and it’s a bit windy, but the sun is shining and letting us know that spring and warm weather are right around the corner. Pretty soon we’ll be looking at those shorts and flip flops and thinking, “I am just not ready for you!” Rather than be caught off guard, start getting yourself ready now.




The winter weather can dull your skin. The cold air and the heaters really dry your skin out. Now is the time to do some major exfoliating. Your body will thank you. If you can, consider a facial peel, as well. Whether you do it at home or get it done professionally, this is the time. Shed the dull winter skin and expose the new skin before the sun gets too intense.


Self-tan, gradually.

This time of year I like to start using a gradual self-tan lotion. My favorite right now is Vita Liberata Fabulous. This formula is ultra-hydrating, applies clear like a body lotion for zero transfer onto clothes, and develops lasting color over four to eight hours.

It also has zero odor and produces a beautiful natural color. By the time the warm weather hits, you’ll have a nice, golden glow. You can keep using it to keep the look or, once the weather heats up, add an overnight self-tanner for a deeper tan.


Get a pedicure.

Our feet have been in boots and closed-toe shoes all winter and it was pretty easy to let the pedicures go for awhile. It’s a major bummer when you go to your closet on a beautiful 70 degree day and realize you can’t wear your sandals because your feet have been neglected.


Whiten your teeth.

A shining white smile is always in fashion, but looks even better in the sun. A whitening toothpaste and accelerator can get those teeth their whitest in no time. Supersmile has a great kit with everything you need to get the job done.


Schedule a hair appointment.

This may seem silly, but a lot of us let our hair go a bit longer in between appointments in the winter. You’ll want to be feeling your best when you’re out and about and you won’t want to waste beautiful sunshine days in a hair salon. Get it done while it’s still a bit chilly out.

Spending a little time now getting these things done will ensure you are feeling your best when the warm weather hits.


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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.


1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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