If you’re anything like us and you’ve been b*tching and moaning all winter about the cold and the inevitable onslaught of subsequent bad skin days, then have we got great news for you – it’s spring soon!
We know you’re probably thinking “well yeah, duh, obviously”, but we don’t think you realise the opportunity that comes with the welcoming of the new season: a spring clean (pun intended) of your skin care routine – duh!
So plunder your beauty stores of all things winter-intended and make room for these nine springtime beauty essentials that’ll refresh your routine for a much-need springtime spruce.
The complexion refreshers
Skin Physics OXYGEN-C Brightening Foaming Cleanser
Let’s start things off right with a fresh new addition to your cleansing ritual: Skin Physics OXYGEN-C Brightening Foaming Cleanser. We’re talking a formula filled to the brim with antioxidant-rich, Australian kakadu plum-derived vitamin C, moisturising and antiseptic New Zealand manuka honey and skin barrier-reinforcing aloe vera juice. This brightening pick is here to save your skin after months of having to endure cold, drying winter weather, producing an oil-free foam that helps to wash away dirt, impurities and excess oil.
$19.99 at Priceline
FOREO Luna Play Plus 2 Facial Cleansing Massager
This cleansing massager is a small but mighty offering that boasts a wealth of impressive capabilities that go well beyond your average facial scrub. How about a gentle but effective cleanse that promises to remove 99.5 per cent of dirt, oil, sweat, and makeup residue? And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, well, you can always utilise the T-Sonic™ pulsations to give yourself a relaxing and stimulating facial massage.
$79 at Sephora
SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Vitamin Face Mask
There’s nothing like a vitamin C mask for reinvigorating the complexion. This budget-friendly pick utilises mango, papaya, dragon fruit and aloe vera (rich in antioxidants and vitamins C, E, B3 and B6) to help improve radiance and moisturise skin. And it does all this in just five minutes! What do you have to lose? Slap a sheet on we say.
$8 at Sephora
The skin transformers
TARTE Knockout Texture & Pore Refining Pads
No doubt if you’ve endured the arctic tundra that is winter in Australia (we kid, we kid) then you’ve probably dealt with the inevitable tantrum that your skin has when the weather cools down. If you’re touting skin in need of retexturising, toning and a bit of pore reduction to boot, then we suggest employing the help of these handy hydroxy acid, amino acid, vitamin B5 and centella asiatica-infused pads. These little guys boast a textured side for gentle exfoliation and a quilted side that easily distributes that potent exfoliating serum for maximum skin retexturising and toning effects.
$57 at Sephora
La Roche Posay Effaclar Ultra Concentrate Serum
If you’re after a multi-purpose serum that’ll overhaul your skin and keep breakouts at bay, then you can’t go past La Roche Posay Effaclar Ultra Concentrate Serum. The multi-talented skin perfector tackles a multitude of woes including texture, tone, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as helping to improve moisture levels in the skin, and minimising the appearance of pores and excess oil production.
$50.99 at Chemist Warehouse
BOOST LAB Vitamin B3 Blemish Rescue Serum
If you’re after a skin toning serum to help minimise the sins of seasons past then BOOST LAB Vitamin B3 Blemish Rescue Serum is one to add to the ol’ routine. Formulated with niacinamide, zinc PCA and an antioxidant complex called pollustop, this pick will help to reduce the appearance of blemishes, acne, enlarged pores, redness and oily skin, and protect against environmental damage caused by pollution too.
$29.95 at Adore Beauty
The barrier protectors
QV Face Day Cream SPF 30
It’s spring and that means we’re going to be seeing a lot more of the sun. If you’ve retired your favourite summer sunscreen formula, never fear because this SPF30-inclusive pick does double duty as your daily moisturiser and sunscreen. QV Face Day Cream SPF 30 is as gentle as anything. Specifically formulated to cater to sensitive skin, this everyday moisturiser is non-greasy, fragrance and colour free, making it the perfect skin-prepping pick before makeup application.
$22.49 at Chemist Warehouse
Sunsense Lip Balm spf 50+
Keep lips protected from the sun and dehydration with this SunSense Lip Balm SPF 50+ that includes moisturising vitamin E and cocoa butter, plus flaunts a four hour water resistant formula. Your morning coffee just met it’s arch nemesis with this long-lasting lip hydrator.
$3.99 at Chemist Warehouse
QV Skincare Intensive with Ceramides Sting-free Ointment
Just because winter’s over, it doesn’t mean your skin isn’t going to have it’s off days. Heck, nothing flares up a bad bout of eczema like hayfever. Keep a skin-soothing ointment on hand for those moments when your skin is acting up like QV Skincare Intensive with Ceramides Sting-free Ointment, which reinforces the skin barrier while rehydrating very dry, cracked or irritated skin.
$18 at Chemist Warehouse
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.