Transition to Spring (2016 Update)

by Megan Schwarz | April 05, 2016 | 0 Comments

Light breezes, chirping birds, blooming flowers – oh how I love the first signs of Spring. Though I adore Fall, I find Spring to be the most inspiring! Out with the dreary, cold, short days, and in with the bright, fresh, warm(ish) days just brimming with life and possibilities.

This glorious shifting of seasons often brings the need to reevaluate our skincare regimen. Below are some common springtime conundrums and a few quick fixes:

Protect Thyself From The Wind
Spring breezes can often feel like gale force winds. This can result in chapping, redness, and just general ruddiness. When this occurs, seek out balms to protect, hydrate, and comfort. Smooth a gentle, healing balm over your sensitive cheeks, nose, lips, hands, and anywhere else just begging for a little TLC. I layer a very small amount of balm over my facial oil during the day and apply a more liberal amount at night. This additional layer has been a tremendous help in remedying those pesky dry patches that seem to appear overnight in transitional temperatures. 

Here are a few of my picks:
Laurel Healing Face & Body Balm
MOSS Ceremony Beauty Balm
• Mahalo The Rare Indigo
• CAMP Desert Island Wonder Balm
A.S. Apothecary Lip Balm #9

Banish Redness
Tis the season for allergies, redness, and other sensitivities. Now is the time to seek out products that soothe redness and reduce irritation. Look for creamy, gentle cleansers that glide over skin without tugging or pulling, toners that contain ingredients to comfort and quiet the skin, nutrient-dense serums that address inflammation and signs of irritation, and delicate, nourishing moisturizers that promote tissue repair and reduce redness.

Here are a few of my picks:
Jacqueline Evans Castile Cream Cleanser
Soul Sunday Gentle Toner
MOSS Healing Dew Anti-Inflammatory Repair Serum
Laurel Facial Serum: Anti-inflammatory 
A.S. Apothecary Face Cream #5

Find Balance
While those with dry skin may be battling flaky patches, fluctuating temperatures can cause oily skin to go into hyperdrive. When this occurs, our first instinct is to scour our skin with the most abrasive cleansers and exfoliators possible. Resist the temptation and seek out plant-based oils to balance your complexion. Cleanse with lightweight oils at night and swap out your daily moisturizer for a balancing facial oil. If the idea of an oil as a moisturizer still causes you to shudder, mist skin with a gentle toner prior to or after applying your oil to help ensure maximum absorption!  

Here are a few of my picks:
• Black Chicken Cleanse My Face
• Province Apothecary Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover
The Little Alchemist Wild Apple & Mint Antioxidant Balancing Mist

• CAMP Yin Yang Balancing Facial Oil 
MOSS Clear Resolution Balancing Facial Oil  

Reestablish Rituals
Though New Years resolutions tend to get the most attention, Spring is the time to set goals and reestablish rituals that may have been forgotten over the winter months. Remember to exfoliate and detox with a clay mask during times of transition. These rituals will help to clear congestion and bring back that long lost glow. You may find that once or twice a week for both is perfect, or you may find that less is more. Just be sure to establish a ritual and stick to it for the best results. And don’t forget your eye cream! This step is probably the most forgotten. Now is the time to remedy this and give those peepers the attention that they deserve!

Here are a few of my picks:
de Mamiel Brightening Cleanse & Exfoliate
The Little Alchemist Cacao & Banana Face Glow 
Mahalo Pele Mask Concentrate
• The Little Alchemist Anti-Aging Eye Complex
Laurel Eye Balm 

Brighten Up Your Makeup
So this might not be entirely necessary, but it’s fun and just makes you feel good. Add a little bronzer to those cheeks and a few swipes of your favorite pick-me-up, bright pink lipstick!

Here are a few of my picks:
Kjaer Weis Desired Glow
Nudus Survivor
• Axiology Attitude

Get outside and enjoy this gorgeous season! 

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