Finally! After a long, cold, miserable winter, spring never felt so welcome. You’re eager to swap out sweaters for sandals, but don’t forget that spring is also the time to switch up your beauty routine. These expert beauty routine tips will ensure that your skin and hair are ready to face the warm springtime sun.
Daily Skin Exfoliation Benefits
In fact, using glycolic or salicylic acid based skin care products will will give your skin a deeper clean. “I’m a big fan of exfoliation,” says New York dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman, author of Skin Rules.
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“If your skin isn’t exfoliated, it won’t have that nice glow.” You’ll also want to put away your extra-strength body lotion and switch to a lighter formulation.
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Say Good-bye to Pimples
As the heat and humidity return, your face becomes oilier and more prone to blemishes. To keep them at bay, apply a toner for acne-prone skin after washing your face. In addition, look for ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and niacinamide. Then do an inventory of your makeup. “Many people don’t read the labels, and they choose products that aggravate acne,” says Jaliman.
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Nourish Winter Dried Hair
Winter’s arid air can make your scalp dry out and shed. Dandruff can also appear worse in cold weather when you wear dark sweaters or shirts, which make the flakes stand out. Now’s the time to pamper your scalp: Use an anti-dandruff shampoo and follow up with conditioner.
Spring’s warmer temperatures are the perfect time to change up your hair-care routine, advises noted Boston-based stylist Mario Russo.
“As the season changes, incorporate a gloss serum into your hair routine,” says Russo. “The oils and moisturizing ingredients will liven up your color and help prepare hair for the summer sun.”
A weekly hair mask, he adds, will rejuvenate your locks by opening up the hair cuticle and letting the moisture penetrate. This is also the time to cut back on heat-styling tools, which can damage your hair.
“On days when you don’t use your blow-dryer or straightening iron, continue to apply your favorite frizz, volume or hair UV protection products. They’ll help protect your hair while it dries naturally,” says Russo.
On the other hand, if your hair tends to be oily this time of year, both Russo and Jaliman recommend using dry shampoo several times a week, which absorbs the oil without drying out your hair.
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Hair Color Can Freshen Your Look
Greet spring in style with a salon visit. Even a small trim will remove split ends and revive your hair. Ready for something more daring? Talk to your stylist about trying a new color.
“Tones like platinum or icy blonde, cool toned tips and dark roots, rose-gold, dark-chocolate brown and a less drastic ombre will be popular this spring,” says Russo.
Shana Aborn former editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and MAMM. She has also written for Parents, Working Mother, Family Circle.