My 6 Spring Beauty Must-Haves, by Lindsay Ellingson
Hey, Byrdie beauties! You probably already know that I'm obsessed with all things beauty. I'm especially interested in makeup, organic skincare, and unique treatments that detox and brighten the complexion. I find that as spring settles in, my beauty and skincare routines begin to change to accommodate warmer, dryer temperatures. Now with the craziness of fashion week behind us—a week full of late-night events—I wanted to share some of my favourite spring beauty finds that are particularly helpful during this busy season. The following products and treatments are what I'll be relying on to stay glowing throughout the warmer months.
Get a glimpse at the seven beauty must-haves I always keep by my side during the season.
I've been using Jiva Apoha's face and body oils for years—the brand was founded by Ayurvedic healer Angela Shore. I love how passionate she is about her ingredients. She never settles for less than the best when it comes to her essential oils, all of which are of the purest quality, organic, never diluted, and cruelty-free. One of my favorite blends is Baby Jiva Body, made with sweet almond oil as well as calming essential oils like Roman chamomile and lavender. The scent is so soothing and perfect for applying before bed. I like to apply it all over my body after dry-brushing so that the oils absorb deeper into my skin. My skin is smoother than ever as the weather warms up, and I love waking up with a healthy glow!
I'm always up for trying out unusual new beauty products and treatments. HigherDose has been a part of my Wellness Wednesday routine for the past six months. I love that I can detox, work out without actually working out, get an amazing sweat in, and boost my serotonin levels in less than an hour. The benefits of light therapy are endless. According to HigherDose, sweat induced from infrared heat is comprised of 20% toxins, where sweat induced from traditional saunas is comprised of 3% toxins. An added bonus is the 45 minutes of cell phone–free time where I can meditate without distraction.
Sunscreen has never been so sexy! This summer, I'll be using Supergoop's Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil. It's a game changer in the world of chalky white sunscreens. You get the glowing benefits of coconut and sunflower seed oil, along with powerful sun protection that's water-resistant. It's definitely a must-have year-round!
My latest spring beauty find and obsession is my jade crystal board. Jade tools have been used for thousands of years to de-puff and brighten the complexion—I can't believe I'm just finding out about this! I give myself a 20-minute gua sha facial massage every morning because for me, the secret to a healthy, glowing complexion is proper lymphatic drainage. Too much salt, stress, dairy, or alcohol can leave my face puffy and dull. With my jade crystal board, I can achieve an instantly sculpted and more youthful-looking appearance.
I've struggled with very stubborn melasma for years, especially during the summer, so vitamin C is an essential ingredient in my beauty routine. It's my go-to skin-brightening and firming ingredient. True Botanicals' Vitamin C Booster is in a powdered form, so it retains its potency until the moment it's mixed with a serum and applied to your skin. I use it every night with the brand's Age Delay Serum and have noticed a huge improvement in my overall skin tone and texture.
True Botanicals' new Antioxidant Booster has been buzzing in the beauty world, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! This powder is one of the most potent antioxidants and the first-ever skincare to include whole apple peel. Research shows the peel offers skin the same rejuvenating antioxidant power that makes apples one of the longest-lasting fruits. After two weeks, I've noticed firmer, brighter skin, and a reduction in fine lines on my forehead and around my eyes.
I'm a mask fanatic, and I finally found the holy grail of hydrating masks, an essential component of my spring beauty routine. Josh Rosebrook's Advanced Hydration Mask has a unique blend of over 30 organic potent hydrators, including Indian senna seed (also known as botanical hyaluronic acid), mango seed butter, evening primrose oil, and goji berry. I like to apply this mask before bed, and I leave it on overnight to help plump and deeply condition my skin. This mask also works great with my jade crystal board.
What product or treatment are you excited to try this spring? Check out my Instagram, @LindsEllingson, for a peek inside my week.