Now that the cold winter months are pretty much behind us, we can focus on all things spring. We’re preparing for April showers and fully ready to embrace May flowers, but this shift in seasons also signifies changes in our beauty regimen. Our skin tends to take a few steps back during the winter — it’s often extra dry and easily irritated and, worst of all, loses its radiance — so now is the time to get it back to its bright and luminous state by fighting off those winter beauty problems. By adding in new skincare methods and products, and being conscious of what you put in your body, you’ll have your glow back in no time. Here are four makeup-free spring beauty tips to get back to brilliant skin and forget all about cold-weather complexion woes.
EXFOLIATE DEAD SKIN
Sloughing off that dead, dull layer is a simple way to get brighter skin instantly. Everyone knows that cleansing is totally necessary, but some people forget about exfoliating, which is absolutely crucial if you want to uncover and maintain radiant skin. I’m a big fan of Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub ($7) because of its gentle but effective exfoliation. It doesn’t irritate sensitive skin, but still yields noticeable results. After exfoliating every day (or every other day, depending on your skin) for awhile, you’ll notice the dullness dissipating. If you want even more scrubbing action, look for a face scrub with bigger exfoliating beads.
USE PRODUCTS PACKED WITH VITAMIN C
Vitamin C isn’t just something you slam when you feel a cold coming on; it’s a potent antioxidant that brightens the skin, evens out skin tone, fights free radical damage and helps produce collagen. Basically, if you want to get your skin in tip-top shape, try incorporating cleansers, moisturizers and skin treatments (like serums) that pack some vitamin C into your skincare routine so the results show when spring is in full force. OZ Naturals Vitamin C Facial Serum ($22) is one of the most popular skincare products on Amazon with more than 8,000 reviews, so consider this well-loved option if you’re serious about getting radiant skin.
TURN TO TURMERIC
Turmeric has generated a lot of buzz lately, popping up in everything from face masks to hair products. It makes sense: It contains natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agents and is loaded with antioxidants. I’ve recently become a huge fan of turmeric face masks — specifically YLLO Turmeric Face Scrub ($25) — because it literally does everything. This mask reduces fine lines and wrinkles, evens out your skin tone, fades dark spots, sun spots and acne scars, helps to combat oily skin, tightens your pores, fights blemishes and slows (and eventually eliminates) facial hair. It. Is. Amazing! You’ll notice brighter skin after the first use — promise.
DRINK COCONUT WATER BEFORE BED
Chugging water before bed is a good habit to get into for extra overnight hydration, which will improve your skin from the inside out, but drinking coconut water before bed takes it to the next level. Thanks to its high levels of electrolytes and potassium, coconut water like Jax Coco ($30 for 12) provides nutrients you + your skin might be missing otherwise. Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima swears by this skin brightening trick, and so does our very own Brit + Co contributor Jenna Birch, who recently put this skin-saving trick to the test. “I’m not going to lie,” she wrote. “I drank one at night and my skin looked better in the morning. I drank another the next night, and my skin seemed to have a more luminous quality. HOLD THE PHONE.”
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