As winter gets further and further in our rear view mirror, we start to ditch our heavier winter duds, dark lipstick and eyeliner. We switch to lighter makeup, hair, and nail colors, but we sometimes neglect our skin. Spring is the time for new beginnings, so why not give your beauty routine a fresh start this season? After months of harsh weather, our skin is in dire need of this beauty revamp. The question is: Which products should we be using and which should we be avoiding?
If the colder season did a number on your skin, it can feel a bit rough, flaky and dry. Ironically, the foundation of healthy flawless skin begins before you apply any foundation at all. First, don’t make the mistake of over-scrubbing, over-cleaning, and over-treating. Frosty temperatures may have damaged the outermost protective layer, exposing facial skin to irritants and bacteria.
1. BUFF IT OUT!
Hydration and exfoliation are the keys to smoother skin all year round but for spring especially. Begin with a mild cleansing solution that won’t strip away natural oils, such as Bioelements Decongestant Cleanser, to reduce moisture loss, balance the skin’s pH levels and maintain a healthy outer layer. Skip the washcloth and use a cleaning device like the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System for a deeper clean. The brush has hundreds of bristles that lift and whisk away dead skin and dirt. I highly recommend investing in one!
Slough off dry skin cells with a gentle exfoliator like Bioelements Measured Micrograins for a mild scrub or a leave-on formula like Quick Refiner, which combines a conditioning beta-hydroxy acid formula. Beta-hydroxy acids loosen the dead cells of the epidermis, making room for new growth that just plain cleansing can not perform alone.
PRO TIP! Don’t skip the LIPS when buffing your skin. Lips tend to get flaky too and this seasons lip trend calls for super soft touchable skin. High pigmented, rich colors are pressed on with a fingertip for an undone soft around the edges effect. “It’s how a girl would do it herself,” said makeup artist Lucia Pieroni of the stained effect backstage at Missoni, where she was blotting on an electric poppy red paint. “You shouldn’t be able to tell where it starts and where it ends.”
2. LIGHTEN UP
Warmer weather means more humidity in the air for most regions. If it’s been awhile since you last purchased moisturizer, it might be time to invest in a lighter formula. Thick creams were appropriate for the winter but they can be a little much in the warmer months. Look for a lightweight moisturizer for your face and body that won’t leave you feeling greasy but still provides sufficient hydration.
And it should go without saying, although I am going to say it anyways, that with sunnier days comes the need to ramp up the SPF. One of the most important tips I can give you in terms of spring skin care is to get a quality, full-spectrum sunblock. Sunblock is a physical blocker while sunscreen uses chemicals that allow the skin to absorb the sun’s rays without burning. The chemicals in sunscreen are basically free radicals that can cause skin to lose its suppleness over time. During the spring season I highly recommend an SPF 50. This would cover you for most the day unless you are at the park for a picnic, the beach, or in the sun for more than a few hours. Reapplication is key and crucial to insure you are protected. A lightweight mineral powder would be a great solution to make sure you are covered.
For added bonus, invest in a lightening and brightening serum or complex to accompany your moisturizer and sunscreen to combat dark spots and pigmentation that may have accumulated in previous months. This season is all about going sheer and simple!
3. GO BARE!
As mentioned in Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, flushed dewy skin—the kind you leave a yoga session, not spin class, with—replaces blushed and bronzed. A spritz of rose mist or a peptide infused toner can add instant radiance after makeup application or throughout the day. The best investment you can make this season is a standing appointment with your skincare therapist. Nothing beats having a fresh, healthy glow after a treatment. To insure your skin’s health is at its optimal state it is crucial to invest in some professional maintenance. For most skin types it is recommended to receive a treatment every 4-6 weeks, with the exception of acne or hyper-pigmented skin which needs more frequent attention. Professional treatments in conjunction with the recommended at-home care will deliver much faster and effective results, leaving you free to ditch the heavy concealers and powders. Fashion’s fascination with clean, come-as-you-are skin, a sweaty post-workout flush, and the occasional smattering of freckles takes precedent over serious camouflage—and (bonus!) cuts your morning prep time in half.
Going bare doesn’t just apply to your face. We are fast approaching swimsuit season as well. Staying on schedule with your waxing routine is essential to ensure you are prepared for a fun day in the sun without worry. Waxing, as with many professional hair removal methods, requires careful planning and scheduling. Hair must be 3/4 of an inch long for effective removal and it is recommended to start a few months before a big vacation or trip. Hair has three stages of growth and can be difficult to get under control if you do not stay on track with your appointments.
4. ADOPT A ROUTINE
Lastly my best advice for spring is to stay on point with your routine. It takes time and effort to achieve beautiful, healthy skin, so don’t undo all your hard work. Whether you’re prepping for an important event or vacation in the coming months these tips are important year round. Our skin fluctuates seasonally and we must keep up with the changes. We are all busy people but it pays to take the time to remove all of the dirt, sweat and makeup off of your face, moisturize and follow up with all your professional appointments for maximum results. You don’t have to go all out, but it’s important to not let your skin care regimen fall by the wayside as we ease ourselves into the next season: SUMMER!
-Morgan Barrios, Esthetician/MUA at The Loft Hair Design & Skincare