With a new season upon us, it’s a good time to spring clean your beauty and skincare products. Not only is it a good time to change your products for your overall look but it’s also a good time to readjust the products you’re using for your skincare as well. Now that winter is *finally* over (hopefully!), it’s time to focus on protecting our skin from different elements. Things like protecting our skin from the sun, protecting our armpits from sweating and wearing makeup that feels light and fresh. Your spring skincare routine is here!
Your Spring Skincare Routine:
Often times when we think of protecting our skin, we think of winter and keeping it hydrated and protecting against the wind. But, it is actually so important to protect our skin year-round. In the summer we have different elements to protect our skin from. One of them is the sun. I have written about sun safety and the importance of vitamin D over here. And although I am still a proponent of safe sun exposure, I think protecting our face from the sun is so important. If you want to help protect your face from premature aging, wrinkles and sun spots, you need to make sure your skin is protected with SPF.
Here are some of my favourite natural SPF options for your new and imroved spring skincare routine!
Coola: I like how Coola products go on the skin, as they absorb easily. I don’t particularly love that it is titanium dioxide based as it tends to not offer the best protection compared to zinc oxide. But for people that are sensitive to zinc and still want a natural option, this would be it. I like the rose essence tinted moisturizer from Coola for my face. I like the Sport SPF 30, in citrus mimosa for my body.
Suntegrity: This is my new favourite sunscreen. I have been using the tinted face moisturizer for a while now and I love the way it goes on. It moisturizes without feeling heavy or greasy. I used the body one when I was away in Sayulita Mexico earlier this year and it worked great. FYI- I am pretty pale, so I have to be careful in the sun so I don’t burn. This provided good coverage and it smells AMAZING. I will say I found the body one a little more on the thick side and it didn’t blend 100% in, but I have come to terms with the fact that natural sunscreens just don’t absorb the same way as conventional ones. It’s just the way it is. I do wish they had a spray for times that you just want to be lazy and not apply the cream on the beach.
Josh Rosebrook: This is another option for zinc oxide and it goes on smooth and gives a beautiful glow to your skin (the tinted one is my personal fave). Like all Josh products, this one is formulated with the best of the best ingredients. Plus it is certified organic and makes a great addition to your spring skincare routine.
Chocolate Sun: I have already written a lot about Chocolate Sun and my views have not changed. I am on my second bottle of this stuff and it is the best. You can read all about this product over here.
Your Spring Skincare Routine: Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
After a LONG winter, it is really important to exfoliate your skin. To be fair, it is always important to exfoliate, but I find in the winter, we tend to overlook this. The thing is, exfoliating regularly actually helps with skin dryness, a common complaint in the winter, In the spring, exfoliating is also important to ensure you are sloughing off dead skin and making way for refreshed, clear and clean skin. Exfoliating also means buffing your body as well. So Don’t forget to exfoliate when you are in the shower too!
These are my favourite exfoliators:
May Lindstrom, The Clean Dirt: I have already written about this product A LOT. It is one of my favourite products of all time. Yes, it is expensive, but the bottle is quite large and it lasts for a long time. I love that it comes in powdered form and becomes active only when you take some out and add water to it. It leaves my skin super smooth, bright and clear each and every time. 100% worth the investment and it makes a great addition to your spring skincare routine.
LILFOX, Jungle Glow: This is a new product that I have been trying and I really like it. You can use it like a mask and leave it on for up to 30 minutes or you can use it as a quick exfoliator. It’s made with raw rainforest honey from Hawaii, raw cacao, and skin plumping maracuja to clarify, soften, resurface and plump. It smells amazing, and is another larger option that will last for a long time.
Tata Harper, Resurfacing Mask: This is another one of my favourite products to use. It leaves your skin looking really bright, cleansed and clean. To be honest, I am not a huge fan of Tata products, as I find they don’t do much for my skin for the price tag, but this is the one exception for me. You can read more about this product and my review over here.
Your Spring Skincare Routine: Cleansing
When it comes to cleansing your skin in the spring it’s important to still keep in mind your skins hydration. A lot of times, I find people use cleansers that are way too harsh, which end up stripping their skin. My skin is prone to dryness so I have to be extra careful with how I cleanse. If you want to read more about cleansing (the importance of it) and the double cleanse method, be sure to check this out. I still follow the double cleanse method most nights because I personally find this to work the best for my skin.
If you are looking for a great way to clean your face to ensure everything is washed off, I highly suggest the BFF (Best Face Friend). I use them when I have worn more makeup and want to have a nice deep clean. I use this in the second step of my double cleanse, when I use a cream cleanser. You can read all about the BFF and why massaging your face is KEY over here. The BFF is a great addition to your spring skincare routine or just your skincare routine in general.
Face Masks For Spring:
In the winter, I tend to do a lot of hydrating face masks and in the spring, I will focus on deep cleaning ones as my skin may be prone to a few more breakouts. Overall, I *luckily* don’t get too many breakouts, so when I do use a heavier type of cleansing mask, I tend to use it as a spot treatment.
Kypris, Deep Forest Clay: One of my favourites as of late is this one. This clay mask is great for spot treating or for overall detoxing when your skin needs it. If you want to exfoliate only, you can leave it on for less time than a traditional mask. It is ideal for more troubled skin and skin prone to breakouts. I love Kypris products and although they aren’t cheap (I know, I pay for them too), they work exceptionally well. I have tried the glow philtre mask as well, which is amazing and I think would make a nice addition for anytime of the year. It is on my list of products to purchase soon.
So even though, you may want to focus on more clarifying masks in the spring, it is still important to hydrate. So mix in a hydrating mask every now and then, even during the spring. I like May Lindstrom, The Honey Mud, Kypris Glow Philtre, Osea White Algae Mask, Josh Rosebrook, Advanced Hydration Mask, and 100% Pure Water Bomb Mask. Personally, I have tried the Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask and didn’t find it worth the price tag. It felt good on my skin when it was on, but once I washed it off (after leaving it on for a while), my skin didn’t look or feel much different.
Protect Your Eyes:
In the spring, you will likely be spending so much more time outdoors which also means you will be squinting a lot more. If you have sunglasses, obviously it would be best to wear them, but it’s possible that all that extra squinting can still result in more wrinkles around the already sensitive eye area. In this case, focus on your eye area with a cream to help minimize the damage.
I love the 100% Pure Bright Eyes Mask for de-puffing, hydrating and brightening. Other creams for the under eye that I like are Fitglow Eye C Firm, Josh Rosebrook Oculus Formula, and Odacite Ultra Effective Eye Cream.
Spring Cleaning Essentials:
Toss things out that are old. Have a look through your products and see if you find any that you know are a lot older. Chances are they won’t be as potent as they once were and it may be a good idea to throw them out. It’s also a good idea to figure out after your toss, what you actually need to buy going forward so you don’t end up with things that you don’t really need, like 3 mascaras… I can’t be the only one.
Also, clean your makeup and skincare brushes. I am guilty of not doing this enough, but I am trying to be better at it. It’s so important to give your brushes a good clean every few months at minimum.
If you want to get rid of any puffiness, be sure to check out the gemstone facial roller. Leave it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and then roll away. I love mine so much more than I ever thought possible.
And for prepping your skin before makeup, I have been loving the Osmia Organics Nectar Vital Rose Drops. It doesn’t feel greasy or heavy and leaves your skin nourished, hydrated and perfect for your makeup look (or non-makeup look).
Makeup Products for Spring:
When it comes to spring time and makeup, I always like to go a bit lighter and let my skin breathe more. To keep it really basic and simple, opt for tinted moisturizer, mascara, a simple lip gloss and a little bronzer for that glow-y look. Also, a good primer doesn’t hurt, especially if you want your makeup to last all day. My fave is this one from Hynt.
These are my favourite spring time makeup products: Fitglow Eye Bright, Fitglow Foundation, Vapour Foundation, Sappho Mascara (you can read all about my fave natural mascaras over here), and W3ll People Expressionist mascara.
That concludes this spring skincare routine blog post. I hope that you found some good tips and products that will help you along on your own journey.
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