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Winter is winding down which means that warmer, sunnier days are just around the bend—and let’s be real, we can’t wait! After months of enduring brisk winds and bitter temperatures, our beauty routine is in need of a serious revamp. In spring, it’s all about lightweight moisturizers and foundations, bright makeup colors like fuchsia and teal, and messy, undone hairstyles. That means you can put away your heavy creams and nude makeup for the time being. It’s time for a beauty overhaul! From skin care to hair care to makeup, we’ve got you covered with our best beauty tips to help put a little spring in your step. (See what we did there?) Happy spring!
No joke: Cold winter weather can do a number on your skin. Thanks to the low moisture levels in the air, your skin may feel drier—and look duller—than usual. Come spring, though, you may be able to get away with using a lighter moisturizer—but you may also want to incorporate skin care products that can help brighten the look of your skin into your routine as well. To help you upgrade your skin care routine for the warmer season ahead, follow the skin care tips below and your complexion will thank you.
Switch your facial cleanser. Regardless of the time of year, cleansing your skin twice a day is always a good idea. If you’re looking for a facial cleanser that you can use on the go (let’s say you’re planning for a spring break getaway), it’s time to get familiar with micellar water. Micellar water is a French-favorite, no-rinse gentle cleansing option that is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. The L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanserfor Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, and the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies. Just saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water of your choice and wipe it across your face.
If you have a bit more time to dedicate to your cleansing routine, consider adding the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser to your skin care routine. Each of these clay facial cleansers is formulated to remove dirt and impurities from skin’s surface without over-drying skin.
Swap your heavy cream for a water-based moisturizer. While the bustling winds and constantly dropping temperatures of winter may require you to use a heavier moisturizer, springtime is all about shedding the heavy layers—yes, even when it comes to your skin care. So, when it comes time to pick a new moisturizer for the new season, consider trying a water-based one. The L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
Add peel pads to your nightly skin care routine. Are you so over dull skin? Girl, us too! The solution could be as simple as adding one more step to your nighttime skin care routine. The L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads are formulated with glycolic acid to help exfoliate dead skin cells on skin’s surface. The pads can immediately help make skin look brighter while helping skin look more even with continued use over time. After cleansing, gently smooth a pad over your face. Just keep in mind that alpha hydroxy acids (like glycolic acid) can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so be sure to apply a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher in the morning before sun exposure (don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a skin care product pick below!).
Introduce your skin to face masks and face scrubs. After a long, cold winter, your skin may be feeling (and looking) less than radiant. One of the best ways to revive winter skin is by exfoliating with a face scrub and using a face mask a few times a week. To try these methods out for yourself, try one of our face scrubs: the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub. For face masks, use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Clear & Comfort Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask.
Slather on a moisturizer with SPF. Wearing broad-spectrum SPF is a skin care must year-round—even on rainy spring days. That’s because—hate to break it to ya—you can still get burned on cloudy days. Sunscreen should be the last step in your skin care routine—after cleansing and moisturizing—but you can opt for a moisturizer with SPF to save time. The L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30 is formulated with glycolic acid, vitamin C, pro-retinol, and broad-spectrum SPF 30. Apply it 15 minutes before going outside, and toss it in your tote so that you can reapply every two hours. Oh, and don’t forget the sunglasses! Whether you’re a cat eye or aviator kind of gal, it’s time to start rocking your favorite accessory whenever you’re outside.
While you don’t necessarily need to chuck your winter makeup faves, spring’s a great time to make room for brighter colors and luminous finish products so that you can match your face to the lifted spirits of the season. From foundation to mascara to lipstick to blush, stock up on some of our warm weather-approved must-have makeup products.
Try a luminous-finish foundation. Bye, bye matte formulas! The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation will transform your dull winter skin into a radiant visage. Simply squeeze some of the foundation onto a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, and stipple it onto your skin.
Get your lashes to really stand out. There’s no denying that we love mascara-coated lashes, but there’s also no denying that not all mascaras are created equally. That being said, when it comes time to ramp up your lash appeal, reach for a tube of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara for lashes that look long and luscious.
Embrace bright pink lipstick. Of course red lips will forever be a classic—and nudes will always be a go-to as well. But when it comes to the perfect springtime pout, nothing works quite as well as a bright pink lip. Need some inspiration? Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Glazed Pink or L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte Mandate. Pucker up!
Dust on some blush. Want to create a gorgeous rosy springtime flush? Add the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush to your arsenal. Available in 12 unique shades, there’s something for everyone. For a natural-looking flush, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks (and make sure to smile while doing so!)
Be a glow-getter. While a solid highlight is acceptable any time of year, a gorgeous glow is especially pretty during spring. As the weather warms up and flowers begin to bloom, you’re sure to fit right in with the springtime fresh vibe by using the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops. If you want to skip the foundation and go for an allover glow, add a tube of the L’Oreal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer to your vanity. The skin care meets makeup product is every dewy skin-lover’s dream come true.
Now that you’ve refurbished most of your beauty routine, don’t forget your hair! Why not try a totally new way to refresh your hair (hello, hair masks!) and use the warmer weather as an excuse to take a break from the heat tools?
Try a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Spring clean your hair care routine by reaching for a sulfate-free system of shampoo and conditioner this season. Give the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner a go.
Stock your hair arsenal with hair sheet masks. To give your hair a little extra TLC, stock up on the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask or L’Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask. Whichever you choose, you can expect an intense hair treatment in just five minutes.
Air dry your hair. Give your flat iron, curling wand, and blow-dryer a break this spring and air dry your hair instead. Spring is the perfect time to embrace your hair’s natural waves and curls (if you’re able to add a flower crown to your look, even better!). After towel drying your hair, spritz on the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray and braid your hair to help create waves. Make one large braid for looser waves or a few smaller braids for tighter waves. You don’t need to be near the beach to try the beachy wave trend!
And there you have it. You’re officially ready to change up your beauty routine for spring. From switching out your moisturizer to trying bright new makeup hues to keeping your hair curly, we hope you’ve found plenty of spring inspiration, so much so that you’ll come back to learn how to upgrade for summer.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for more spring skin care tips and tricks, check out our article, 10 Hacks for Glowing Skin This Spring.