Spring Awakening. By Lauren D Weinstein

Spring Awakening. By Lauren D Weinstein

. 4 min read

A short series on Spring renewal for our bodies and souls.

Pt 1: Update Your Skincare.

Spring is a season of renewal; birds are chirping, flowers are slowly beginning to bud and blades of grass are miraculously pushing through the hardened earth. Our skin is also emerging from a cocoon of Canadian goose down parkas, occlusive moisturizers and one too many swipes of Chapstick.

As I observe my bathroom vanity, that is loaded with copious amounts of products and potions that have helped me through the dry and mercurial winter season in New Mexico, I instantly know that with Spring being within arm’s reach, my skin saving, and makeup winter regimen will have to be updated to accommodate the change in temperature and reflect Spring’s sense of rebirth and vibrancy.

I look forward to vetting products that will no longer serve me in the coming months; It’s like shedding a bulky, wool jacket for the less cumbersome comforts of a cozy, cashmere cardigan. I am curious and welcome, trying  lighter textures and brighter colors without sacrificing efficacy, luxury, or breaking the bank in the process.

Even though some products shift seamlessly, no matter the season, I like to add a few items to uplift my mood and update my look. Who doesn’t want to feel renewed and revitalized? Heck, even Mother Nature changes 4x a year.

May I suggest:

  1. Whether you are in Miami or Montana, exfoliating your skin is always a good idea. Skin cells regenerate on their own but slow down as we age and may build up on the surface, causing dullness and uneven texture. TRY: ELEMIS PAPAYA ENZYME PEEL. For all skin types. Packed with papaya enzymes, pineapple, and bladderwrack. Refines, revitalizes, smoothes.
  2. Switch to a lighter moisturizer to keep skin healthy and hydrated without weighing it down. Use a light, breathable, fast absorbing and non-greasy option. Personally, I like to use one that has SPF protection. My choice: DERMALOGICA DYNAMIC SKIN RECOVERY, SPF 50. Rich in antioxidants, prevents photoaging.
  3. Spring may bring fragrant flowers, but for some, seasonal allergies with red, puffy and swollen eyes. To combat, TRY: EPILYNX by DR. LIIA, ANTI -WRINKLE EYE CREAM for sensitive eyes. Contains Centella Asiatica and Chamomile. It’s gluten free, vegan, hypoallergenic AND has a unique electric massage applicator!
  4. Another option, which feels amazing when refrigerated, TRY: REFINEE ANTI- PUFF BRIGHTENING EYE GEL. It promotes elasticity and firmness with rice peptides.
  5. Treat yourself to a spa worthy, moisturizing, organic, botanical sheet mask to instantly plump and smooth your skin. TRY: CINQ MONDES PARIS, EXPRESS RECOVERY BIOCELLULOSE MASK. Contains skin quenching hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.

Pt 2: Update Your Makeup.

  1. Use Mother Nature as a guide for makeup inspiration. Be playful and experiment with color and textures. For cheeks, switch from flat powders that may become cakey to creams, serums or gels to add a pop of glowing, believable, color. TRY: YENSA SUPER SERUM SILK CREAM BLUSH, made without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil or phthalates. It’s buildable for more color payoff. My choices: Radiant Rose and Whisper Nude.
  2. Bat your lashes with a jolt or hint of color to brighten and make your peepers POP!  Wear alone or add a coat over your traditional Black or Brown. TRY: EPILYNX BLUE ORGANIC, HYPOALLERGENIC. #3 Mascara Looks great on brown eyes.
  3. TRY: ColourPOP BFF VOLUMIZING MASCARA in PURPLE POSE. (lavender). Enhances green eyes.
  5. Give your matte lipstick a rest and slip into something much more comfortable, or layer or lipstick with a soothing, balmy gloss. TRY: ILIA BALMY GLOSS TINTED LIP OIL. I like: ONLY YOU (neutral nude) and TAHITI (burnt coral)

Embrace and delight in the gifts that the new season presents. As I prepare to type this, I hear a whimsical song, from my childhood, dancing in my head, sung by the musician, Tiny Tim. I hear him strum on his small ukulele, as he croons in a high pitched falsetto “Tiptoe through the window, by the window, that’s where I’ll be . Come tiptoe through the tulips with me. 

If that’s not Spring, what is?

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