After a winter slumber beneath layers of thicker oils, moisturizers, and balms, your skin's in need of a spring awakening. Just as you slowly transition your wardrobe to heed warmer temps, so, too, must your skin-care regimen fit more humidity and an increasing amount of heat (thank goodness).
The New York City and Los Angeles-based clean beauty boutique-slash-spa CAP Beauty is well versed in this exercise, as it was founded by two women in the wellness world.
“We created High Vibrational Beauty to bring the power of naturals to a larger audience and share our favorite recipes, rituals, and magic with the masses," says Kerrilynn Pamer, co-founder of CAP.
Much like the store curates its products to bring the most lush, potent concoctions for your skin (inside and out), this book's a gorgeous selection of recipes and rituals that highlight the most important foundation of looking good: self-care.
"We hope that [the book] impacts and influences people to make delicious, healthy and nourishing choices, inside and out, to help them feel their best," adds Pamer.
With everything from complexion-boosting tonics to lymphatic self-massage, it gives you the tools necessary to get glowy—just in time for dewy skin season.
Keep reading for CAP's guide to rejuvenated skin for spring in an excerpt from their new book.
The Spring Skin program
Perform: Once or twice daily
What you’ll need: Cleanser, toner, and oil or moisturizer
Duration: 5 to 10 minutes
Put your best face forward, and shine bright like a diamond. Incorporating a deep and thorough cleansing ritual into your bedtime routine will encourage your most beautiful skin ever. While we sleep, our skin detoxes, moving toward perfect balance, so everything we can do to support our skin before bed is beneficial. A thorough cleanse, a deep massage and a sealing of moisture leaves you glowing and radiant. Evenings are the focus of our skincare regimens. By committing to a more thorough cleansing routine at night, you allow your body’s natural rhythms to support your most radiant and nourished skin. A deep cleanse and massage encourages overnight cellular regeneration and healing, making a simpler, more streamlined routine in the morning. Many mornings, you can even skip the cleanse and just do a quick wake up with cold water, a spritz of hydrosol and a moisturizer or serum. We encourage you to cleanse the moment you get home. As busy women, we know all too well that the evening can be taken up with other obligations, and sleep can set in all too fast. By taking care of your skin early on, your most active products have a longer time to work, and you have more time to relax. Another one of our favorite self care activities. And, best of all, washing your face won’t fall by the wayside. Sweet dreams, natural beauties.
A deep cleanse and massage encourages overnight cellular regeneration and healing, making a simpler, more streamlined routine in the morning.
After the long chill of winter many of us are left dry and sensitive. Spring’s rainy climate is a welcome shift. Your routine these months incorporates revitalizing nutrient-dense products that hydrate with a lighter hand. Those with less sensitive skin will also look to exfoliate, to remove the layers of winter. Through the foods we eat and the products we choose, we also start to prepare our skin for more time spent outside, laying the groundwork for healthy time in the sun.
How to do it: Start with a small amount of cleanser in your hand, and apply it to the skin on your face. Work into your neck and face for 2 to 4 minutes, using small and gentle circular motions moving upward from the neck to the forehead, spending extra time on the center of your face. Do your best to not rush through the massage. Take care, but massage your face like you mean it. Facial massage increases blood flow, oxygenates muscle tissues and assists in the flow of the lymphatic system, revealing a healthy and youthful glow. Then, add some water to your fingertips and work it into your skin, removing your cleanser. Continue this part for 2 to 3 minutes, incorporating enough water to remove all of the cleanser.
Do not use hot water. Warmish is best. Make sure that all the cleanser is removed, and softly blot your face with a soft, clean towel.
Time to hydrate. Spray your face with a hydrosol or toner, and soak it up. Finish off the process by massaging a moisturizer or oil onto your damp skin.
Your skin’s best balance comes from maintaining a healthy biome.
When morning comes, assess your skin. You may feel the need to cleanse again, but you may skip this. We’ve been conditioned to believe that our skin is always in need of cleansing, but this is really only necessary in the evenings, after a workout, or when you feel oily or congested. Your skin’s best balance comes from maintaining a healthy biome, or the layer of healthy bacteria that should live on your skin. Be mindful to not disrupt this through over-cleansing or exfoliating. Nourish it, hydrate it and cleanse it, when needed. A rinse with coolish water may be all you need. Follow with a mist of hydrosol and your favorite moisturizer and serum. If you plan to be outside, add a layer of zinc-based sunscreen. Remember, you are your own best guide. Learn the language of your skin. It speaks to you. Get fluent.
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