Although it might not feel like it yet, today officially marks the first day of Spring. Before you know it, you’ll be able to ditch your puffy coat and sweater in favor of lighter layers and some much-needed vitamin D.
It’s important to pay special attention to your skin and personal care products with each new season since the change in weather can confuse the hell out of your skin and even your hair.
Here are some products to help you shake off winter and feel great:
I don’t know about you, but all winter long I suffer from a seriously flaky scalp. There’s something about the cold— and in Vancouver’s case the dampness— along with the indoor heating that makes my head itchy and unhappy.
The Salt Scrub
is a classic Christophe product that everyone loves. Use it once a week by applying a dime-sized amount to very wet hair and working it into the scalp until you get a nice lather going. This product helps to ensure that the flakes on your head are left behind with the actual snowflakes.
I like to use the scrub once or twice a week and the shampoo any other time I wash my hair.
Joanna’s line is as effective as the packaging is beautiful. Her sheet masks will induce an enviable glow onto even the most parched winter skin, which makes them an excellent addition to your getting ready routine before a big event. However, if you’re looking for a daily treatment to help wage the perpetual war against dull skin, look no further than her Daily Serum
Joanna Vargas is a firm believer in the consumption of a daily green juice to keep the body looking and feeling good. Unfortunately, not all of us have the time to cold press a juice every morning— or the access to a store bought concoction. Lucky for us, the Daily Serum is Joanna’s answer. A topical green juice, if you will. This potent blend of antioxidants and Vitamins A, E, C, and F act as a defense against free radicals that can damage skin cells and, to put it bluntly, make you look old and dehydrated. The formula’s Hyaluronic Acid acts as a big drink of water for your complexion.
This serum yields glowing, firm, lifted skin. The kind that will make you want to go makeup-free. So ditch the green juice and put this on your face instead. Just kidding, don’t ditch the green juice, that stuff is good for you, but so is this serum.
If you’ve shopped at IRC before, you’ve probably been preached the wonders of Kypris’ legendary Antioxidant Dew Serum, but for today let’s shift our focus from their serums to their equally amazing face oils.
Kypris Beauty Elixirs are the perfect compliment to their water-based serums— the water-based serums penetrate deeply into the skin and the oils lock in their moisture. These oils are also beautiful on their own, or as a compliment to your existing routine.
With three different formulations, there is one for every skin type. Elixir #1— 1000 Roses
, is the richest of the three, with the oil from one thousand Bulgarian roses in every full-sized bottle. Elixir #2— Healing Bouquet
, falls in the middle on the hydration spectrum, which makes it the best choice for combination skin types. Elixir #3— Healing Bouquet
, is formulated without essential oils, which means that even the most sensitive skin can use it.
All three Elixirs target fine lines, sun damage, pigmentation and skin texture. A little goes a long way, too. Apply a couple of drops to your skin morning and night and relish in the dewy feeling.
We’ve talked about the green juice for your face, but we should still talk about greens for your body. Beauty from the inside out is a real thing. If you want glowing skin and great hair for Spring, it’s important to take a peek under the hood.
Sun Potion’s Green Adaptogen is a blend of three adaptogens: Suma, Maca, and Chlorella.
Suma is a Brazilian root that is known in South America as a natural cure-all for all sorts of ailments. It helps the body deal with stress while supporting the immune system. It is a natural source of electrolytes, which makes it a great supplement for athletes. It is also known to help regulate blood sugar and pressure. It is rich in amino acids and trace elements such as iron, magnesium, silica, and zinc. Basically, this is a super-powered root.
Maca is a Peruvian root that is rich in vitamin b12 (great if you’re vegan!) and protein (also great if you’re vegan!). Maca helps with energy and endurance levels. It also boosts the libido, if you’re looking for that sort of thing. It is also a great choice for anyone who suffers from PMS symptoms.
Chlorella is an algae that contains 10% chlorophyll and 50% protein, along with essential fatty acids. It may support the gentle detoxification of heavy metals. It is a potent antioxidant that is going to keep you looking and feeling young.
Overall, this is a nice little blend that can be added into juices or smoothies for a boost in nutrition and antioxidants. Consider it a natural alternative to a vitamin that will help you achieve dewy skin nirvana.
To me, there is nothing more spring-y than dewy skin and a fresh pop of colour. Kjaer Weis has two highlighters— a warm tone and a cool tone. They are universally flattering so personally, I think it’s totally up to you which one you wear.
Next, add a little colour to your cheeks. I tend to reach for “Blossoming” or “Happy”. Trust me on this one— the colours may look daunting at first glance, but they blend out into sheer, healthy washes of colour that even the most novice makeup wearers can pull off.
Finally, ditch your wintery berry-coloured lips in favour of a sheer coral or pink. These lip tints apply like a lip balm, which means they require very little effort and most importantly, no mirror. I like “Bliss Full” for fair complexions and “Rapture” for everyone else.
This candle smells like fresh lily of the valley which, in case you didn’t know, is the “birth flower” of the month of May (I’m born in May, duh). In general, though, this scent just screams “Spring”, without the associated seasonal allergies. So even if it might not feel like Spring where you are (hey east coasters, I see you with your snow), lighting this candle will give you hope that warmer weather is on the horizon.
That’s it Get out there, shed your dry, sun-deprived winter skin and get glowin’.