With the blooming spring season finally within sight, dreams of shedding the winter layers are finally a soon-to-be reality, and sun-soaked days are almost within reach. While your daily wardrobe transforms from sweaters to sundresses, it’s also time to give your skin a much-needed, post-winter revival to enter spring with that sunny season glow. And, here to help is Brea O’Donnell. She’s a skincare expert with PRIV, the beauty app that’s basically GlamSquad on steroids. Here are her expert picks for 10 easy, cruelty-free products to breathe a bit of life back into your freshly winterized skin.
DRUNK ELEPHANT T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial
This 25 percent AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) and 2 percent BHA (beta hydroxy acids) mask works as an at-home “facial,” so save yourself that derma appointment. The power-packed mask uses a blend of glycolic, tartaric, lactic, citric, and salicylic acids that gently resurface the skin to get rid of the dry, dull skin and nourishes the remaining layer with a combination of potent antioxidants and hydrating plant oils. Use once a week, leave on for 10 to 20 minutes, and rinse. Available at Sephora.
Sunday Riley Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment
The high-potency, purified grade lactic acid immediately exfoliates those pore-clogging dead skin cells for smoother and fresher skin. The treatment diminishes fine lines and skin appears more “plump” and radiant. And, for those of us with a ruddier complexion, continual use helps with stubborn hyperpigmentation. Apply a few pumps daily or use as a mask. Available at Sephora.
Renee Rouleau Moisture Protecting Cleanser
This Renee Rouleau is a unique gel-to-milk formula that snaps the moisture back into facial skin, and is perfect even for the most damaged or sensitive skin types. Dry skin types will love the cleanser since the key is comfortable clean without the tightness or irritation of many gel cleansers. Use with water for a light froth and rinse off for dewy-looking skin. Available at Renee Rouleau.
Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack
This brand has probably been blowing up your social media feed for some time now, and there’s a reason why Glossier keeps growing in popularity. Think of this particular product as a juice cleanse for your face. Like most of their products, the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack is made with simple, natural ingredients, and it balances and cleans pores with a calming effect. The pack uses some of the most nourishing, creamy kaolin clay and detoxifies by drawing out excess oils. Your face is left with a velvety-matte finish and fed with beauty foods like vitamin-rich leafy greens and superfood antioxidants. Apply a thin layer to cleansed skin and chill out for 20 minutes, then rinse. Available at Glossier.
Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil
Infused with real rose petals, this oil starts with wild rose oil and is boosted with Super C, claiming to increase the skin’s absorption of vitamin C by 1000%. The ultra-concentrated vitamin C oil is also rich in omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids and vitamins A and C. Beyond packed antioxidant action, the oil repairs fine lines and wrinkles. And, the silky oil easily absorbs into the skin, so leave behind worries of greasy skin and say hello to a dewy glow. Just apply a few drops daily to the face and neck by gently pressing into the skin. Available at Sephora.
Nip + Fab No Needle Fix Moisturizer
Raise your hand if needles aren’t your thing! This product is the ultimate multi-tasking day cream, targeting fine lines and wrinkles, visibly softening their appearance. The moisturizer also protects the skin with broad-spectrum SPF 20 and leaves you with a shimmer. Apply to the face and neck daily as part of a morning routine. Available at Nip and Fab.
TARTE Pearly Girl Vegan Teeth Whitening Pen
OK, so let’s take a break from skincare for a second. As spring nears we’ll all be smiling in the sun a little more, so welcome in the season with bright, pearly whites. This vegan teeth whitening formula comes with a soft-bristle brush for eash, no-mess application, and the gel clings to teeth for a stronger effect. The treatment gets rid of those dark spots and stains from your Starbucks addiction, and leaves you with a hint of mint. Refresh your teeth post-tea, post-coffee, or post wine without rinsing or wait time. Available at Sephora.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask
Sleep it off with this bouncy sleeping mask that refreshes, hydrates and soothes overnight for the sweetest skincare dreams. The formula is pillow-proof, so it won’t transfer of your skin as you rock yourself to sleep. It’s oil free, lightweight and glow-boosting with watermelon extract, hydrating hyaluronic acid and gentle AHAs that work while you sleep. Banish dead, rough surface cells and wake up bright and effortlessly bright. Available at Sephora.
OLEHENRIKSEN Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer
Uneven skin, no more! This whipped, silky moisturizer is oil-free and imparts essential moisture to reduce the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. The formula combines multi-fruit acids, plus licorice and pea extracts to gently refine uneven tone and texture. It’s also the perfect prep step for makeup because it smooths for a flawless foundation application. Available at Sephora.
Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Hand & Body Lotion
While you’re focusing on bringing the glow back to your face, don’t forget to attend to the rest of your body that’s been bitten by the winter chill. Quench your skin from head to do with this ultra-rich lotion with organic, nutrient-rich oils and extracts infused with shea butter. What’s more is the lotion includes four potent forms of Vitamin C, to improve elasticity and reduce visible signs of aging across the body. Apply a generous amount of this supercharged antioxidant complex to rejuvenate the whole body. Available at Image Skincare.
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