Spring is officially here! Hopefully, that’s good news for your skin–as in less indoor heating and fewer blustery days = goodbye, unhappy dry skin! For some of us, however, the changing of the seasons may mean a plague of seasonal allergies and increased skin sensitivity thanks to the flurry of pollen in the spring air and attendant nose-blowing marathons. Even though spring doesn’t alter my skin too much (for better or worse), I like to use the change of seasons as an excuse to take stock of my beauty routine, ditch what’s not working, and try new treatments. (Last year I tried a
Even though spring doesn’t alter my skin too much (for better or worse), I like to use the change of seasons as an excuse to take stock of my beauty routine, ditch what’s not working, and try new treatments. (Last year I tried a skin cleanse and embarked on a derma rolling adventure.)
The following are a few skincare and makeup goodies that I’ve recently tried. To my knowledge, each product is vegan and cruelty-free and either minimizes or completely avoids the inclusion of synthetic ingredients (not that all synthetic ingredients are bad–but I know that we dumplings prefer to keep things natural).
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This cleanser is so soft and soothing. I use it for my morning cleanse and gently exfoliate with a muslin cloth. It leaves my skin feeling supple and moisturized, so I know it’s not stripping my skin of vital oils. Soothing rose makes this cleanser perfect for those seeking to ease sensitivity and redness. This may not be the cleanser you want to use if you’re wearing a full face of makeup, however. A gel cleanser is your best bet in that case.
Blended in a base of organic jojoba oil, these bouquets of essential oils, resins, and absolutes are complex and sensual. Pelle Beauty’s natural perfumes are indeed a reminder of nature’s gems. Dab on a bit of huile de parfum when you’re stuck in the office on a sunny spring day, and let nature come to you.
3. DIY Argan and Roman Chamomile Serum
Chamomile essential oil is one of the few essential oils that world-renowned dermatologist Paula Begoun of Paula’s Choice actually recommends that we put on our face. (She pooh-poohs lavender!) Chamomile, on the other hand, gets a pass, given that it’s anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, anti-acne, and a source of antioxidants. Combined with pure, organic argan oil, chamomile goes a long way to soothe my skin and leave it looking less irritated.
This stuff is no joke. Packed with fruit enzymes and beta-hydroxy acids that promote skin cell turnover, this breakout-banishing mask is a one-stop shop for a glowing, spring-ready complexion. The mask also contains pink clay, which helps removes impurities from pores. See you later (hopefully never again), dull skin!
Not your average mineral shadow, Hans eyeshadow is formulated with argan oil, shea butter, and acai, blackberry, blueberry, and green tea extracts. It also contains sea kelp extract, vitamin E, and quinoa powder. (You know you’re a true wellness junkie when there’s quinoa in your eyeshadow!) The color featured here is “Taupey Plum.” I think this would look pretty on everyone, but it’s especially flattering for green and hazel eyes.
A truly moisturizing color cosmetic that works on both cheeks and lips. This tint is ideal for the “no makeup” look–but be warned that this is seriously pigmented stuff, and a little goes a long way! Argan Infinity is infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil (of course) and gives skin a sweet, dewy look–no highlighter needed–but I won’t stop you from getting your strobe on.
With a medley of rose ingredients, marsh mallow, avocado, and almond oil, this lightweight cream aims to balance skin tone and soothe redness. I like to combine a dab with a facial oil serum (see #3) for enhanced moisture. Bonus: The light rose scent is calming to the nerves.
What’s on your spring beauty wish list?
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Photos: Mary Hood Luttrell