Spring is such a wonderful time of year. I love the blooming flowers, the light jackets, the rain. Everyone is out working in the yard or riding their bikes. Springtime is full of happiness and sunshine. This time of year is also a great time to revamp your skincare routine!
No matter the weather, there are a few things you should be doing on a daily basis when it comes to skin care: Cleansing, toning, moisturizing and using sun protection. Your face will be extra happy if you also exfoliate 1 – 2 times a week. When the flowers start blooming, it’s a good sign you can put away the heavy moisturizers, and freshen up your routine!
CLEANSE: You should always start with a facial cleanser (morning and night!) and I don’t necessarily suggest DIY cleansers. By all means, if it works for you then go for it! But for mere mortals like myself, it’s a good idea to pick up a skin-type specific cleanser at the store. You can read about my favorite drugstore cleanser here.
EXFOLIATE: Step 2 in the process is to use a facial scrub 1 – 2 times a week. My favorite DIY scrub is this combination of ground oatmeal, ground almonds and honey. I also like to add a small amount of water or essential oils if needed. (tea tree leaf oil and eucalyptus oil are great for breakouts!)
- 2 parts ground oatmeal
- 1 part ground almonds
- 1 part raw honey
I use a food processor to grind my oatmeal and almonds. I like to grind up a large batch and keep it in a clean, dry, glass container. This saves me from having to grind up the ingredients each time I need to scrub! Oatmeal is great for sensitive skin, and the natural oils in the almonds help moisturize dry skin. Coming out of winter, your skin still needs some serious hydration! If you have acne-prone skin, I know you may be thinking honey will lead to clogged pores. That’s not the case! Honey actually has great antibacterial properties.
TONE: Step 3 is to tone your skin. My favorite toning product is Witch hazel. You can find it at your local drugstore near the first aid products. Toning helps to snap your pores shut after cleansing to protect against environmental elements, balance your skin’s pH levels, sooth irritated skin, and absorb any excess oils.
- witch hazel
- clean towel or cotton for application
Another great toner that leans more toward DIY is a mixture of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water. You can combine these ingredients and store in a glass bottle.
MOISTURIZE: Step 4 in your DIY springtime skin care routine is to moisturize. If you have very oily skin, you may be tempted to skip this step as the weather starts warming up. Your skin will thank you if you don’t! After cleansing and scrubbing, your skin needs to be moisturized! This is my favorite warm weather moisturizer.
- 2 parts aloe vera gel
- 1 part coconut oil
- essential oils if desired
- dark glass jar for storing
Why do I love this moisturizer so much? The Aloe Vera Gel moisturizes, soothes and cools your skin. The Coconut Oil is naturally antibacterial and anti fungal, is a great carrier oil, moisturizes and smells amazing! Lastly, it is light enough to use in the warmer months without being too ‘shiny’ and doesn’t clog your pores. You can pick up individual packets of skin and hair grade coconut oil at your local Whole Foods, and you can find Aloe Vera Gel at your local drugstore. If you are prone to breakouts, you can add a few drops of tea tree leaf oil and or eucalyptus oil to support clear skin. Just mix the ingredients until well combined. Make sure that you’re storing your moisturizer in a dark glass container, especially if you add any essential oils!
SUNSCREEN: Please please please do not attempt DIY sunscreen! This is one step that needs to be left to the professionals. Sun protection is so important all year long, and should be applied as the last step in your daily skin care routine. Apply a facial sunscreen after your moisturizer has dried, and allow the sunscreen to dry completely before applying makeup. Also, do not rely on the sunscreen in your makeup. Sun protection is no joke, friends!
I hope that I’ve inspired you to revamp your skincare routine for the new season! Let me know if you try any of these DIY products, or if you have a personal favorite DIY skincare routine of your own. Happy spring!