Refresh Your Beauty Routine for Spring with These 3 Tips from the Pros
Deep berry lips and dry, flat hair are so last season.
After wearing thick hats, slathering heavy moisturizers, and applying deep lipsticks to your pout for the last three dreary months, you're probably craving the chance to breathe new life into your beauty routine. When the temperature finally rises above 50°F and the sun peeks out from behind the clouds, make sure you have a beauty gameplan that's fit for the season.
Here, three pros explain how to hit refresh and bring life into your spring beauty routine. (Related: Here's How to Completely Detox Your Beauty Routine—And Why You Should)
Rock a Glossy Lip for a Healthy, Youthful Vibe
To add the look to your spring beauty routine, DeRoest recommends moisturizing your lips first so they’re plump and flake-free. “Keep a lip mask on your nightstand, so you remember to apply it before bed,” she says. “That way, your lips will be prepped and hydrated when you wake up.” Tatcha's squalane-packed Kissu Lip Mask (Buy It, $28, tatcha.com) will get the job done. (You'll love these ultra-hydrating lip balms, too.)
In the morning, apply a lip liner that closely matches your lip’s natural color, like Victoria Beckham's Beauty Lip Definer (Buy It, $24, victoriabeckhambeauty.com). Make sure to sketch it slightly outside the natural lip line to create a realistic illusion of fuller lips.
Now swipe on the gloss. If you want lots of hydration and sheer color, try Kosas' Wet Lip Oil Gloss (Buy It, $27, sephora.com). For a non-sticky, easy-to-apply tint, try L’Oréal's Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick (Buy It, $11, ulta.com). Want bold color and shine? Try Stila's Shine Fever Lip Vinyl (Buy It, $24, ulta.com). “The juicy finish is eye-catching but sheer and natural," says DeRoest. "It feels so easy and freeing."
Freshen up Your Look with Hair Accessories
Adding a finishing touch to your hairstyle is a great way to express your personality, just as you do with your clothes, says Nexxus hairstylist Lacy Redway, who works with celebrities like Tessa Thompson and Lucy Boynton. “You can experiment with anything from fabric headbands to rhinestone clips with words of affirmation.”
But before the accessorizing step of your spring beauty routine, it’s important to prep your hair. Think of a scalp scrub like a spring cleaning. “It lifts buildup and cleanses your scalp properly,” says Redway, who recommends the Nexxus Scalp Inergy Gentle Exfoliating Scalp Scrub (Buy It, $15, walgreens.com). Once a week, before shampooing, emulsify the scrub in your hands with some warm water to help it spread evenly, massage it into your scalp for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Follow with shampoo and conditioner, then dry and style your hair.
Now attach your accessory. Place a headband, like the millennial pink Kitsch X Justine Marjan Padded Patent Headband (Buy It, $29, sephora.com), right behind your ears, so it sits on the crown of your head. Wrap a pastel scrunchie from Mulberry Grand (Buy It, $9, mulberry-grand.com) around a top knot, or add a bow to a ponytail. Use a pin or an elegant barrette from Lele Sadoughi (Buy It, $45, nordstrom.com) to sweep your bangs or a shorter layer off your face, sliding them into the hair next to your temple. Or do as Redway does: “I love to repurpose ribbon, weaving it into a braid to add texture and dimension.”
Establish a Skin-Care Routine That's All About the Glow
“To get my skin into shape, I use two exfoliants and a retinol,” says dermatologist Natasha Sandy, M.D. First, the chemical exfoliant. “Glycolic acid unglues the dead skin cells stuck to the surface of your face,” says Dr. Sandy. She recommends incorporating a glycolic acid serum, such as BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz's Tetrafoliant 8% Peel Solution (Buy It, $65, dermstore.com) into your morning spring beauty routine after cleansing. (It’s normal for it to tingle a bit.)
Follow with a moisturizer that includes a zinc-based sunscreen, like Sorbel Skin Rx's Plant Stem Cell Day Cream SPF 30 (Buy It, $75, sephora.com). “Zinc is a broad-spectrum blocker, so it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It causes less irritation than a chemical sunscreen, so it’s ideal for sensitive skin.” After a couple of weeks, your skin should get used to the serum (no tingling or redness), and then you can add in step 2: retinol.
Another glow-inducing skin-care product to add to your spring beauty routine: retinol. “Retinoids are the best anti-agers, topped only by sunscreen. Some people stop using them in the warmer months because it makes them more sensitive to UV rays, but I’d rather they just continue to use their retinoid along with an SPF of 30 or higher,” says Dr. Sandy. “You certainly don’t want to stop using an ingredient that encourages newer, healthier cells to the surface, improves texture, and fades fine lines and brown spots.” Apply a small amount at night two to three times per week. “You may flake at first, but your skin should adjust in a couple of weeks,” says Dr. Sandy. If you're still too irritated by retinoids, you can try a botanical alternative called bakuchiol, which is found in Burts Bees' Renewal Firming Moisturizing Cream (Buy It, $15, walmart.com), to help improve fine lines and wrinkles without irritation.
Next, use a physical exfoliant like the Neutrogena Bright Boost Resurfacing Micro Polish (Buy It, $11, ulta.com) in the morning a few times a week to help fade hyperpigmentation and fight breakouts. Lastly, apply a sheer tint like Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint (Buy It, $26, glossier.com). “It’s lightweight, so it doesn’t run down my face in the warm weather. And it’s sheer enough that it lets that natural glow I’ve created shine through,” she says.