5 tips to spring clean your skin... and life too!

By the time March rolls around, it can feel like we’re approaching our eleventy-billionth day of crappy weather; as we’ve literally spent half the year spent swaddled in scarves, squinting at a colorless sky.

Of course, this is exactly why spring break was invented.

But nothing’s less fun than finally peeling away all of those bulky layers, only to find that your complexion is NOT quite ready for its close-up. With this in mind, we’ve assembled all our favorite beauty tips for spring—ensuring a clear forecast, wherever your sweet self is headed.

Spring Skincare Routine: Key Tweaks

Regardless of your skin type, it’s important to transition to your spring skincare routine a few weeks prior to traveling; this will give you time to flag reactions you might have to any new spring skincare products or combinations you’re trying for the first time. Here are the most common tweaks dermatologists recommend for the winter-to-spring skincare transition:

1. Do dat detox

As we discussed last month, the see-saw of cold/wet air outside with hot/dry air inside can cause all kinds of complexion confusion: dry patches, uneven tone and texture, breakouts and more. This is the perfect time for pampering and purifying treatment like Masktini's Twilight Zone Tahitian Detox Mask—formulated to gently melt away dead, dulling surface cells to reveal the radiant skin beneath.

2. Scrub-a-dub

Now’s also a great time to swap out your foaming cleanser for a gentle exfoliating scrub; this will help encourage healthy cellular turnover to keep your glow going strong! We love Kopari's Coconut Crush Scrub, which smells like a tropical beach vacay. NOTE: while “micro-beads” were all the rage a few years ago, studies have shown that natural physical exfoliants like rice and nutshells are kinder to the environment.

3. Lighten the load

One of the best breakout-busting changes you can make to your spring skincare regimen is to switch to a lighter moisturizing formula. We’re big fans of Sunday Riley’s Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, which delivers a big boost of dewy hydration (thanks to the tamarind extract and hyaluronic acid) without feeling heavy or sticky. Bonus: natural jojoba oil keeps skin supple, without clogging pores.

4. Throw some shade

We sincerely hope there’s a sunny beach in your immediate future. But even if there isn’t, it’s still time to add more SPF to your spring skincare routine—and that doesn’t mean slathering your regular sunscreen all over your face. Of all the spring skincare products you could invest in this year, a high-quality facial sunscreen is clutch; try La Roche-Posay's Anthelion AOX Daily Antioxidant Face Serum, which drenches your skin with powerful age-fighting antioxidants while providing sheer SPF 50 protection.

5. Eye love you

Remember that colorless sky we mentioned up top? Winter and early spring are famous for flat-light days when you’re not sure whether or not you actually need your sunglasses. So if you’ve been smizing your way through the last few months, and especially if you’re switching to a lighter moisturizer, let’s give those crow’s feet a little extra love! Using the calming ceramic applicator, smooth on the Laniege's Eye Sleeping Mask before bed; the cooling formula relaxes creases while you slumber.

Body Double: All-Over Spring Skincare Tips

Even if you’re not prone to body blemishes at home, your beach vacation may put you at higher risk for all-over breakouts. Why? Unless you already live in a humid climate, you’re subjecting your skin to a drastic change in environmental moisture—while also adding a slather of sunscreen to your daily spring skincare routine. This can lead to dreaded BACNE and all kinds of skin issues, none of which are likely to improve your strappy sundress game.

Our advice: be prepared! Bring along a medicated cleanser like The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Body Wash; its invigorating astringent formula is both soap-free and fair trade. NOTE: If you ARE headed somewhere fun for spring break, and happen to bring your Masktini along for the ride—by all means tag and hash us @masktini and #masktini! We’d love to see just how far the confidence of gorgeous skin will take you.