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Expert Roundup: Natural Spring Beauty Secrets

WORLD Roundup Spring Skin Care Secrets

Sun Protection

“Incorporate sun protection into your beauty routine – particularly as the weather warms. Sun protection will keep your skin looking great year-round as UV rays are the primary source of skin damage like age spots, wrinkles, sunburn, and skin cancer. Sun protection is the #1 thing you can do for your skin. To keep it natural, only use sunscreens that list zinc and/or titanium in the ‘Active Ingredients’ on their label. Any other ingredients listed there is a chemical UV filter. Also, be sure it says ‘broad spectrum’ on the label so you know you’re getting UVB and UVA protection. No matter how high the SPF level, if it doesn’t say ‘broad spectrum,’ then you’re only protected from UVB rays.”

Will von Bernuth, co-owner of Block Island Organics

Don’t Forget Your Hands

“We have had them in gloves all winter and were able to hide them, but with the transition to lighter gloves – or none at all – it’s more difficult to hide the dry brittle nails, overgrown cuticles, and sun spots. Let your hands match your face! Photofacial treatments combined with hand peels will help eliminate sun spots and stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin, leaving the hands looking younger, then treat yourself to a manicure!”

Josie Tenore, MD, M.Sc., FreshSkin

Magnesium

“Magnesium is a natural detoxifier and is a nighttime beauty trick that will give you restful sleep and radiant skin in the morning during the spring months. Take an Epsom salt mineral bath before you go to bed and drink some magnesium citrate powder mixed with hot or cold water. Magnesium is known as the anti-stress, anti-anxiety mineral. When you feel good and well rested, your skin will show it and you can go make-up free in the morning.”

Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, Member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Nutritional Magnesium Association

Coconut Oil

“I’ve taken on quite a few DIY hair masks over the years, and have one absolute favorite: coconut oil! Not only is it an inexpensive item that can be purchased in large quantities, but you don’t have to mix it with anything – just slap it on, let it set, and rinse it out! If you want to make your hair smell glorious and give the mask an added boost, you can mix it with other essential oils like mint and lemon.”

Sarah Mohamed, bridal makeup artist at Blushing Brides Boston

The 5 Senses

“Sight: use sunglasses for proper protection from the sun. Taste: infused waters given the benefits of hydration and fruits. Smell: practice aromatherapy with essential oils to reduce stress and enhance mood. Touch: use massage lotions/oils to enhance hydration, practice dry body brushing. Sound: discuss outdoor music and dance festivals.”

Erica Hornthal, founder of Chicago Dance Therapy

Vitamin C

“In the spring, look for products that include vitamin C, as it will protect your skin from sun damage and environmental allergens that can cause irritation. It’s also a good time to invest in a hydrating treatment mask to get rid of dry and dull skin from the winter. It’s important to include SPF in your daily routine all year, but spring is also an ideal time to boost the use of sunscreen.”

Heather Wilson, certified esthetician, director of brand development for InstaNatural

Flower Petals

“For anti-aging, combined cleaned marigold petals with honey and milk for a soothing DIY facemask. This mixture helps plump up thinning and aging skin. To hydrate dry, irritated, or cracked skin, infuse water with rose petals and lemon juice to use as a facial mist or skin toner.”

Alexandra Whitcombe, founder of beauty brand Vendome Paris

Cucumber

“Grate ½ cucumber into a bowl and add 1 teaspoon of rose water. Apply to the T-zone, which is the forehead, nose, and chin. To reduce pores and tighten skin, apply the mixture all over the face including under the eyes and on top of eyelids.  Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel.”

Lindsey Blondin, lead esthetician at George the Salon

Almonds

“Did you know almonds can benefit your skin? Almonds are a great source of vitamin E – just a ¼ cup of toasted almonds has 18 mg of vitamin E, more than the daily recommended minimum. Vitamin E has two major skin benefits. For one, it protects collagen fibres, your body’s natural protein that keeps skin firm and youthful. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant, shielding your skin from damaging free radicals that cause wrinkling and other visible signs of aging. Add in the fact that almonds are also a great source of other skin-healthy components like biotin, copper, and monounsaturated fats, eating just ¼ cup of almonds could be your gateway to healthy, youthful skin this spring.”

Alain Michon, MD, CCFP-EM, Medical Director of the Ottawa Skin Clinic

Controlling Hair Frizz

 “My special trick for the spring time is to stay away from hair products that have humectants. This helps my hair stay frizz free and intact when walking out into a rainy spring day. The reasoning behind this is pretty scientific, but basically humectants are ingredients that draw moisture to your hair. They can be a good thing when your hair is try and in need of moisture, but on rainy days I don’t want that moisture sticking to my hair and causing frizz. On those days, I use anti-humectants, which actually block moisture from the hair.”

Susonnah Barklow, editor with NaturallyCurly.com

Facial Rejuvenation

“Facial Rejuvenation is a safe, effective alternative to injections and surgery for those who wish to ‘refresh’ their look. Facial Rejuvenation works by applying a special lotion that contains many herbs known for their skin care properties and then gliding a small, soft, medical grade silicone cup over the face and neck area. This encourages excess cellular debris and lymph fluid to drain into the lymphatic system to be eliminated. The result is an instant decrease in facial puffiness.”

Beth Wade, LMT, CR, RM/T, Licensed Massage Therapist

Exfoliate and Nourish

“There are two keys to looking your best this spring: exfoliate and nourish! After a long cold winter, it’s time to slough off the old dead cells and let your beautiful fresh face show. Opt for gentle exfoliators like enzymes instead of harsh scrubs that can cause damage to your delicate skin. After exfoliating it’s crucial to nourish with active serum and face oils. Don’t be afraid of putting oil on your skin! When you choose a high quality and pure face oil, you’ll be dewy and glowing without having to worry about your skin breaking out.”

Marissa Waller, owner of BeauTeaBar

“Exfoliating on a regular basis, you are removing the dead skin cells that were left behind in winter and leaving a polished, smooth surface. Wearing makeup that offers protection from the sun’s harmful rays is also important. I recommend mineral makeup with an SPF of 15. It gives great coverage and good protection. Sunscren on your lips – they need help and protection from the sun, too, and because they have no sweat or oil glands, they chap fast, too. Keep them covered. Hydrated! Nothing is better for your body overall than drinking lots of water. I recommend ½ your weight in ounces, daily.”

Roberta Perry, co-founder of ScrubzBody

“If you haven’t already, start using an exfoliant. Winter has been harsh to the skin and adding an exfoliant to your beauty routine will repair the skin and prep it for the warmer weather! Add a light moisturizer to your daily routine. Our skin is drier during the harsh winter months and we tend to pile on the moisturizer to stay hydrated. When the warmer weather rolls in, we want to lighten it up. Also, adding vitamins to our skin helps repair your beauty from within. If you haven’t already started, begin to add vitamin B3 to help with redness, vitamin C for blemishes, and vitamin E to add moisture. Winter is a pro at adding redness and blemishes to our lovely faces, and taking away moisture.”

Zondra Wilson, President/CEO of Blu Skin Care

Building Immunity the Natural Way

“Sweat once a day, either through exercise, steam, or sauna. When needing a little extra immunity boost, take a ginger and turmeric shot. If no juicer, use power forms or grate the ginger and turmeric. Drink matcha tea once a day – it’s the most potent antioxidant tea on the planet, it helps me curb those sugar urges and it’s a great fat burner.”

Margaret Luce, actress

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