An uncommonly long winter brought all us New Yorkers to our knees this year, so to speak, and only now (and this is well into May) can we say that Spring is upon us. Talking of knees, I was looking as if I had spent the entire winter in prayer and a few weeks ago decided it was time to take my entire neck to toe beauty routine in hand.

The first thing I did was go back to Osmotics Age Defense Barrier Repair Body Silk. I had been using Nutra-Lift’s White Chocolate Body Butter, which while a great product and very good value just wasn’t proving to be hydrating and nourishing enough. Whether it is winter, age, or (most likely) both, I needed to bring on the heavy guns.

I could have gone for Dermophisiologique’s equally rich, anti-aging body lotions, Bioage or Xomega, but for some reason went for the Osmotics. I first tried Osmotics Body Silk two years ago and keep going back to it when I can see that the years and climate are catching up with me. It is one of the few body lotions that takes anti-aging seriously and that means I have to forgive its flaws: expensive (hence I use it for a few months a year when I really need it) and a few chemicals that I could do without. What I do like is that it majors on Osmotics’ signature ingredient, carnosine. It is a natural amino-acid that is a potent anti-oxidant, helps to chelate ionic metals (flush toxins from the body) and has immune boosting properties. The thing that I find really exciting is that Australian researchers claim that carnosine can extend the HayFlick Limit. Plus there’s the radical scavenging aldenine and thermos thermophillus ferment. When I use Osmotics Body Silk, my skin feels hydrated (there is a large amount of squalane), firm and so wonderfully soft that it garners more than a passing comment from my husband.

Diligence about daily dry brushing is vital (Cindy Crawford swears by it) and I having been putting my Clarisonic Plus, with its larger brush head, to good use. Dry brushing (before shower) is great for removing dead skin cells and improving circulation. It also keeps my back and cleavage free from the breakouts to which I used to be prone. I also find that I still use and like the very moisturizing Nutra-Lift One-Step body wash).

I recently came to the conclusion that problem areas – the aforementioned knees – need deeper exfoliation than a brush can provide. I experimented with La Vie Celeste’s glycolic mask, but while I really love this product for my face it wasn’t up to knees that were wrinkling like a baby elephant’s. So I’ve been using either Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel or Lumixyl’s GlycoPeel. After a month of this, there is a very noticeable difference with my knees looking very much softer and smoother. I follow with lots of body lotion or rich moisturizer.

At the end of last summer, my esthetician warned me to start taking care of my hands (they were getting very freckly) and so I am trying to go into this summer with them in better condition. The key has been regular (2-3 times a week) use of the Sirius Aurora green LED light for hyperpigmentation. I am using it with Lumixyl’s Topical Brightening Crème. This has been really effective in evening out the skin tone and I also believe that LED light makes the thin skin on the hands notably plumper. See also Emily's experience with using the Aurora on her hands. In the mornings I use a good moisturizer (lately it has been Sunday Riley’s Bionic) and follow with sunscreen. I have been using Badger’s, although I am about to test one by Episencial and will make a point of checking out Suntegrity’s body sunscreen (I already use the Suntegrity for face).

All in all, I'm getting ready for a hot summer!