I don’t know about you, but my skin, and myself really, is in total recovery mode from winter now that spring is finally here. The dry, cold weather definitely does a number on my skin and I just find myself craving sunshine and warm weather as much as possible–it’s hard to get me inside once it gets past about 60! However, with that transition comes necessary skincare, beauty, and overall wellness tweaks to allow myself to fully recover from winter and get ready for summer.
So, these are a few wellness and beauty tips I’m trying to embody myself for the next few weeks:
1. Drink more water. This one should seem pretty obvious and though I’m a huge water drinker already, I sometimes forget to bring my water bottle with my when running errands or spending more time outside, which is typically when I should be drinking more water, not less.
2. Start putting sunscreen back into your routine. I know I should wear sunscreen during the winter, and I do on my face through my make-up, but now is the time to step it up in the sunscreen department. I use this lotion with SPF every morning and then this sunscreen when I’m going to be outside a little longer.
3. Add a little (un)natural color. I also started using this natural tanning lotion a few weeks ago in preparation for shorts weather. It’s by far the best tanning lotion I’ve ever used and is almost impossible to get streaks with simple application.
4. Don’t stop (or start!) using face oil. I just started using face oil this winter for the first time and it was the best decision ever–it definitely helped with my dry skin. However, I figured I’d stop using it come spring but after doing some reading, learned that it actually helps balance your natural skin oils all year long, so I’m going to keep using it this spring/summer too. I picked up this rose face oil from TJ Maxx and apply it every morning after I get out of the shower and then again at night after I wash my face.
5. Get yourself some rose face spray. I also purchased rose face spray (this is the cucumber version) from the same brand when I got the face oil and I love spritzing it on my face after an afternoon workout or anytime I want to freshen up.
6. Wear natural deodorant. I’ve been trying to switch to only natural deodorant for years, but find that most of them really don’t work. However, my mom got me this one for Christmas and it is definitely the best one I’ve tried so far and actually has a deodorant-like consistency. I find it easier to get away with wearing natural deodorant in springtime with the low humidity and temperate days, which makes it the perfect time to make the switch.
7. Get back in the morning smoothie routine. I try to drink smoothies most of the year, but it gets impossible on those freezing mornings in the teens and twenties. Now that it’s warmed up again, my smoothie game is going strong–here’s my favorite smoothie add-ins!
8. And add a dry brushing routine while you’re at it. I just ordered this dry brush on Amazon after reading this post on Hello Glow. I’ve only been at it for a few days but I’m curious to see the results–plus, it feels great too!
9. Move your exercise routine outside. I tend to stick to my Barre3 routines for my daily workouts, but I’m trying to make more of an effort to walk as transportation whenever it’s nice outside and I can get away with it. I’ve also been trying to stretch outside too.
10. Switch out wine for sparkling water with a splash of cranberry juice. My weekend wine habit became more of a daily wine habit this winter, so I just purchased a case of sparkling water and some cranberry juice. I find that a nightly glass of wine is more routine than anything and I can easily trick myself into letting go of the habit by “crowding out,” a Barre3 principle, with the sparkling water/wine.
What are you focusing on for wellness this spring?