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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

7 Tips to Transition Your Winter Beauty Routine to Spring

The sun is out longer, the air is warmer, green things are starting to poke out of the soil—spring is here! These expert tips will help you transition your winter beauty routine to spring, keeping your skin and hair healthy and glowing all the way to summer—and beyond.

Toss out old products.
Not only is the turn of the season a good time to replenish your makeup bag with new spring goodies, but you should also take the opportunity to purge old and expired cosmetics. One good first step toward spring-cleaning your makeup bag: Consider tossing anything you haven’t used within the last three months. Powders like eye shadows and blushes can stick around for upwards of a year, and lip glosses can also transition from season to season, but be sure to check that your formula hasn’t dried out or changed consistency.
Try: Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe Lip Gloss, $9, target.com

Rejuvenate dry hair—naturally.
Winter dryness can do some major damage to your hair. Quench dry locks with an easy overnight hair mask of coconut oil—and nothing else! Simply apply to damp hair, wrap, and let your snoozing hours do the work. Wash out in the morning for instantly shiny strands.
Try: Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, $14, amazon.com

Exfoliate.
Renew your skin for the warmer months by exfoliating to remove dead cells from the skin’s surface. Shaving in itself is a gentle way to exfoliate your skin.
Try: Gillette Venus Swirl Razor, $8, walmart.com

Moisturize and spot treat sensitive areas.
Warmer weather means showing off more skin. Prep your skin by moisturizing each morning and night right after you shower. Spot treat areas like scars with a gel to make them softer, smoother and shorts-ready.
Try: Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Lotion, $8, drugstore.com

Find the right ingredients.
Look for these three main ingredients for a good skin care routine: a sunblock, an antioxidant and a retinoid. While you should be on the lookout for these components year-round, the form in which these ingredients are delivered from season to season will likely change. For example, you might use a green tea-infused cream as an antioxidant in the winter. For the summer, you can switch to green tea serum—still a concentrated source of green tea, but lighter and less hydrating than the winter cream.
Try: Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum, $26, amazon.com

Load up on the SPF.
Remember to continue incorporating SPF in your daily moisturizer and apply an extra layer of sunblock directly to exposed areas if you’re going to be out in the sun for longer than normal. Special creams for particularly vulnerable spots of skin, like scars, are also great to incorporate into your daily routine for healthier skin.
Try: Mederma Scar Cream + SPF 30, $18, walmart.com

Beautify from the inside out.
The most important beauty tip? Remember to eat healthy and drink plenty of water to keep skin looking good from the inside out!
 

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