Spring Skin Essentials
It seems the closer I get to my 30’s (small palpitation) the less likely I am to actually take the time to not only learn how to appropriately apply make-up, but also to explore different cosmetics. Make-up and application posts are something you probably won’t ever see from me, as my actual routine takes me less than 30 seconds each morning and is quite boring. It’s not because I couldn’t use some nicely applied make-up, trust me, it’s because I’m lazy, clumsy, and a bunch of other lame excuses. With that said, I do take the time to care for my skin, especially because all my flaws are on display at all times.
As spring arrives it’s important to switch up my routine a little bit as my skin changes with the weather. My winter routine resembles something like what you might imagine your Grandma uses – there’s some heavy duty Curel Ultra Healing and Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Ointment going on up in here. It’s really rather embarrassing. My spring skin care routine is just as simple but far more universal and includes all the basics: cleansers, moisturizers, and self tanners. These picks are great for all skin types and tried and true for even the worst, like mine: combo oily and dry and super acne prone.
For reference: my face, neck, chest, and back are generally oily, though my face is also often very dry (ie: combination) because I use retin-A micro a few times weekly for acne (also helps with fine lines!). The rest of my skin tends to be pretty dry, even during the summer months.
Spring Skin Essentials:
Cetaphil Cleansing Cloths / Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme / Jergens Natural Glow Firming Moisturizer / Olay Total Effects with Gradual Tanner / Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser / Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer / Tanwise dark bronzing sunless mouse / Vaseline Rosy Lips Lip Therapy
- Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser: Ok so this one isn’t specifically for spring because I use this facewash year-round. It has become my go-to since I discovered it a few years ago. It is the lightest cleanser I’ve ever tried and leaves nothing behind. It manages to remove oil without over-drying. I specifically chose this product because aside from being a light, gentle wash it has salicylic acid to prevent blemishes. I’ve tried a million face washes and this one is my favorite!
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths: Spring means higher temps and more sweat. I recommend buying several packs of these and stashing them all sorts of places – your bathroom, purse, work, car, gym bag, and so on. I use these at night when I’m too lazy to wash my face (which, lets get real here, is always because OMG I’m so tired). I wear mascara, eyeliner, and blush, and these wipes quickly remove my makeup. But more importantly, I touch my face a ton throughout the day so a good swipe is necessary before bedtime. In true Cetaphil style, the formula is super light with barely any fragrance and leaves no residue behind. My skin dries matte after using.
- Olay Total Effects Moisturizer plus Touch of Sun: This is my “anti-aging” moisturizer with an added bonus of gradual tanner for a spring-time glow. I chose this one because it didn’t promise unrealistic miracles like reducing 77% of wrinkles in 8 weeks. It’s claim to fame is that it’s an all-inclusive moisturizer reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, evens tone, helps with dullness and texture, minimizes pores, moisturizes, and lastly, gradually builds a sun-kissed glow. I use a bit of this daily, from a pea to almond-sized amount, depending on my need. I mix it with Aveeno Clear Complexion Moisturizer (which is my #1 go-to top pick, use it everyday). This moisturizer is a bit heavier than what I usually go for, but when I mix with another lighter one I find that my face dries well-hydrated and without any greasy or heavy feeling. The gradual tan is very subtle and appropriate for springtime. As the days get warmer and the sun gets hotter I’ll switch to this version which drops the tanner and adds SPF.
- Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for Combination Skin: As the weather fluctuates in spring from warm one day back to being very cold the next my skin will go from being super oily to very dry and flaky overnight. This is a nightmare to try to fix which is why I keep this product on standby for those very dry days. Again, this is another product that is very good at providing moisture without leaving a greasy or heavy feeling behind. It lacks SPF and provides a bit too much moisture for me to ever consider using it daily but I am always singing its praises when I’m desperate… and flaky.
- Jergens Natural Glow Firming Lotion: One of the scariest thing about spring is breaking out a fun dress and having to acknowledge your pasty legs. That’s where this one comes in. Compared to the original formula, this one provides a little less color and has a more subtle scent. However, I choose this one for spring because I use another self-tanner for my legs too, which we’ll get to in a second. And, more importantly, the firming effect is truly noticeable and lovely. As I’m breaking out skirts and shorts I so rely on this formula to help tone up some rough spots. I do almost always need to combine it with either a cocoa butter lotion or my Curel, depending on how dry I am.
- Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme: You guys will love this formula! I recently discovered this myself and can’t get enough. It is perfect for areas that aren’t super dry – I like to use it on my arms, hands, and chest. It makes my skin silky smooth, soft like baby’s skin and now I’m fully ready for tanks and off-the-shoulder tops. The scent is subtle but not great. It dries completely without leaving a sticky or greasy feeling behind. I find it’s not as great on my super dry spots, like my legs.
- Tanwise Dark Bronzing Sunless Mousse: This is my sunless tanner of choice for a few reasons. The color is really great, subtle and “real” – no orange going on here. The scent is tolerable. It doesn’t seem to clog pores or cause acne. I recommend applying this twice weekly. The downside is that after applied it needs a few hours to “set” after which you’ll need to shower to wash off the excess color. But after, you won’t have to worry about any product bleeding off. I typically take an evening shower and exfoliate and shave. Then I apply it all over, even on my face with a mitt. After it dries, I put on pants and a long-sleeve shirt and sleep. In the morning a quick shower will wash off any excess and viola, you have a beautiful glow. The color lasts several days before I notice any fading. It’s more intense with repeated applications.
- Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips: I found this balm recently and have been obsessed! It has worked miracles on these dry chapped lips with an added rosy hue that I love and is the perfect color for spring! It has just the slightest rosy scent, subtle enough that I only notice when I open the canister and apply.
What are your go-to skincare products for spring?
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