Spring doesn’t just mean finally getting to all those dust bunnies in your closet – it means total skin renewal. If your skin is anything like mine, certain products (aka ultra-hydrating moisturizers) are cold month staples, but as that warm weather rolls in I have to switch up my routine. Enter clarifying cleansers, gentle serums, hydrating lotions, and alllllll the masks.
1. Grown Alchemist Gentle Gel Facial Cleanser, $39
This delicate, foaming blend of botanical extracts gently removes impurities from sensitive skin without harsh stripping. Willow Bark is a pore-reducer, as well as an anti-bacterial, anti-septic, cell-regenerator, and promoter of decongestion. Flavonoids from Chamomile also relieve skin congestion, leaving you looking toned and balanced. To add a soothing touch, Aloe Vera removes impurities to calm the skin.
2. MALIN + GOETZ Grapefruit Face Cleanser, $36
This foaming cleansing gel thoroughly purifies and hydrates to pH balance skin. Grapefruit extract is an anti-microbial that naturally cleanses and exfoliates your skin. This cleanser is also formulated with amino acids to soothe and hydrate, as well as glycerin and sodium PCA to moisturize. Not only is it great for all skin types, it’s cruelty-free!
3. Acure Organics Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub, $15
Sea kelp super-nutrients soften and detoxify, while lemon peel and French green clay cleanse without stripping away natural moisture. Madonna lily brings the brightness to round out this refreshing facial scrub.
4. Marie Veronique Probiotic Exfoliation Mask, $50
Good for all skin types, the Marie Veronique Probiotic Exfoliation Mask acts as a gentle exfoliant, provides intense hydration, and brightens the skin tone, all without compromising microbial balance. It helps restore your skin’s natural microfloral balance to give you intense hydration and exfoliation, in turn brightening skin tone. Plus it’s totally clean – no synthetic fragrance, no benzoyl peroxide, no glycolic acid, and no parabens!
5. GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment, $19-59
Also good for all skin types, the YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment moisturizes, exfoliates, and lifts away impurities without disturbing skin’s essential oils. Antiaging ingredients brighten and smooth while delivering a tighter, more youthful appearance with visibly minimized pores. French Sea Clay minimizes the look of pores and lifts away impurities and toxins without disturbing skin’s essential oils. Volcanic Pumice Rock exfoliates, minimizes the appearance of fine lines, and softens rough skin texture. Green Tea Leaf Pieces delivers the GLAMGLOW® groundbreaking patent pending TEAOXI™ technology, which delivers skin-loving squalene, super antioxidants, and polyphenols. AND it’s paraben-free, sulfate-free, and phthalate-free.
6. Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, $26
7. Tata Harper Clarifying Mask, $68
The Clarifying Mask is the ultimate weapon against any skin imperfection to get your skin back to looking healthy, balanced, and clear. This complexion clearing treatment has an enzymatic peel effect that helps mask the appearance of breakouts, redness, and excess sebum without drying or irritating the skin.
8. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, $33
9. Clarins Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream, $36
This gentle “peel” smooths away impurities with natural clay, delivering immediate radiance to all skin types, even the most sensitive. Soothing Primrose extract helps maintain an ideal pH balance to ensure clean, comfortable, radiant skin.
10. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $17
This is the original, award-winning spot treatment renowned for its ability to help dry up whiteheads overnight. Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion is a fast-acting, effective solution formulated with salicylic acid, sulfur, camphor and calamine to help draw impurities from the skin and target pesky pimples while you sleep.
11. Origins Drink Up Mask, $29
12. Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer, $23
The antioxidant- and humectant-packed formula hydrates and revitalizes skin, so that even at your most jet-lagged, you can still rock a radiant complexion.
13. Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Cream, $60
Recharge Cells. Jolt Back Youth. Kiehl’s youth-regenerating cream is formulated with a rare ” resurrection flower”, celebrated for its ability to survive the harshest conditions. Used twice daily, skin is jolted back to youth: smoother, firmer and denser.
14. Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, $65
Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream delivers an intense water drench with two forms of hyaluronic acid and tamarind extract, for hydrated and visibly plumped skin. Papaya enzymes smooth and exfoliate, while alpha-arbutin and giant white bird of paradise extract brighten hyper-pigmentation spots and illuminate the complexion.
15. Ren Rose Synergy Moisture Serum, $80
Ren’s Rose Synergy Serum is an ultra-moisturizing oil formulated to give dry and dehydrated skin a powerful shield to lock in moisture and restore glowing softness, comfort and radiance. This nourishing, rose-infused face oil plumps, protects and soothes dry and dehydrated skin. It absorbs easily without feeling greasy or sticky and gives skin a natural healthy glow.
Bonus nerd corner: Omega 6 Ceramides from Cathame Oil (also known as Safflower Oil), Phospholipids from Soybean Oil and Omega 7 Essential Fatty Acids from Seabuckthorn Berry Oil help to boost skin’s lipid content, repair and strengthen its natural moisture barrier and protect it against further moisture loss. Ocnoic Acid from Ximenia Oil, a plum-like fruit from Africa rich in Vitamin C, locks in moisture to soften, condition and soothe skin while Tocotrienols from Cranberry Seed Oil protect the skin against oxidative damage and the signs of premature aging. Rosa Damascena Oil from Damask Rose further calms and soothes skin and gives the product its natural, uplifting fragrance