After months spent hibernating, the arrival of Spring offers the promise of a fresh start. This year, we want that same freshness and brightness reflected in our skin as well.
As nature does its thing to shake off a long and dull winter, let that inspire you to revamp your skin care routine too. Look to more natural ingredients, simpler products and easy DIYs with things you may already have in your kitchen. It’s time to go back outside and glowing skin is trending!
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DIY a Turmeric and yogurt mask
You don't have to spend loads of money to get great results. Here is how to DIY your own yogurt-turmeric mask:
- Combine 2 tablespoons of natural unflavored yogurt with a 1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric powder.
- Mix in 1 teaspoon of honey and stir together to form a thick paste.
- Apply to a clean face for 20 minutes and wash with warm water.
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Prep an oatmeal face mask
Try this pantry staple combo to calm irritable skin:
- Combine 2 tablespoons of cooked and cooled oats with 1 teaspoon of honey.
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Look for clean ingredients when shopping for products
These days, conscious consumers are also looking for clean ingredients in the skin care they drop their dollars on. Skincare companies have taken the hint and started including better and more natural ingredients in their products. Youth to the People and CocoKind are two examples of brands that are committed to including more sustainably sourced, natural ingredients in their skin care lines.
Youth to the People
Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser
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Use almond oil for hair and skin
Almond oil is a staple for skin and haircare in many cultures around the world. Almond oil is known for its hydrating properties as it is rich in vitamins. Start with a small amount and rub it into your scalp and comb it through your hair. Let the oil sit and absorb for at least half an hour, wash it out and style as usual. Due to its vitamin rich properties, almond oil can also be used as a great addition to your skin. Rub a little bit into your usual lotion or use on its own for extra hydration. As always, ensure you do not have any allergies and do a patch test before incorporating anything new into your regime.
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Experiment with other face oils
If you want to start using oil on your face, look into products that are naturally derived. Rosehip oil is high in antioxidants and can help reduce redness or irritation. Facial oils are an excellent way to add moisture into the skin and achieve a dewy glow.
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Exfoliation is a great way to boost circulation and improve skin texture and tone over time. The key is to go slow and gentle because the skin on our faces can be very delicate. A Konjac sponge might be the perfect tool to get that glow but in kinder way. Konjac is a root vegetable commonly found in parts of Asia and in its dried-out form, it can be used as a mild exfoliating sponge. Simply rehydrate the sponge by running it under water, add your favourite cleanser and wash your face. The texture of the sponge provides a slight exfoliation without being too harsh or harmful to the skin. Let the sponge air dry between uses to ensure it stays free from any bacteria.
Konjac Sponge $10
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Turn to Aloe Vera
Recent times have allowed us to embrace our inner “plant parent” so there’s a high likelihood that you have an aloe vera plant kicking around at home. Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory and can help with acne or dry skin. Its moisturizing properties can be useful to prevent future fine lines and wrinkles. Carefully break off a leaf, scoop out the gooey insides and apply to skin where needed. As always, it is a safe bet to do a patch test before committing and check for allergies.
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Include hydrating and vitamin-rich foods
You know the saying: You are what you eat. And if you want to glow, you have to eat things that will help get you there! Spring is a perfect time to incorporate more water and foods that are high in antioxidants into your diet. Try foods that are rich in vitamins and nutrients like blueberries, avocados and nuts as a great way to keep your insides and outsides glowing.
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Don’t Skip Body Scrubs
There’s no better way to feel fresh and revived than literally sloughing off that layer of dry skin we all seem to get during winter. There are many scrubs out there, but when it comes to skin, the simpler the ingredients, the better. Use brown sugar or coffee grinds and the oil of your choice to whip up a homemade body scrub and you’ll be glowing from head to toe in no time (just be mindful that the coffee may stain your tub).
Related: 17 celeb beauty tips to try right now.
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Think clean when it comes to beauty products too. A lot of brands are pivoting towards including natural, organic ingredients in their make-up lines and are shifting away from harsh chemicals. Many of these products are offered in a wide range of colours and tones and at varying (affordable) price points. Look for organic certifications, cruelty free labeling and vegan or organically grown ingredients. Bite Beauty is one brand that stands by its clean beauty message. A lot of the products they offer are free of harsh chemicals, relying instead on “superfoods” for pigment and texture.
Upswing Full Volume Mascara
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Written BySaejal Ohri