With Spring just around the corner, we are so excited to share with you today this amazing seasonal skincare focused guest post by blogger, Sarah Price. She is addressing important skincare items and how she transitions her products from Winter to Spring. She has also created two quick and easy DIY skincare recipes to help brighten your complexion and get you and your skin ready for Spring! Read on below for Sarah’s full post.
Written by Sarah Price for The Greenly Guide
Born and raised in North Carolina, Sarah dived into green beauty when she adopted a vegan lifestyle in 2011. Discovering what ingredients worked, finding new products, and building a skincare routine that actually worked totally changed how she saw beauty.
After being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and depression, beauty routines became an important part of her self care routine, and a major part of her everyday life. There’s nothing more relaxing than taking some time to treat your skin, do a creative make up look, or researching new products and ingredients.
When she moved to Toronto for university, starting a beauty blog was a no brainer. Dedicated to holistic beauty and self care, her blog is the place to go for effective products made with simple ingredients, self care tips and rituals, how to’s, and some creative DIY recipes. She loves connecting people to their favorite products and empowering them to take time for their own wellness and self care.
Spring is one of my favorite seasons. There’s nothing like feeling the sun on your skin after a season of layers and sweaters.
While we enjoy the sun, flowers, and everything Spring has to offer, it’s also important to switch up how we take care of ourselves.
Today I’m going to walk you through the skincare adjustments I make to prepare for the seasonal change, the Spring herbs to boost your skin’s health, and I’ll share two DIY recipes to get your skin right on track.
Skincare Routine Updates.
I love updating my skincare as the seasons change because when the weather changes, your skin’s needs will too.
When it comes to Spring, the first thing I do is check in with my sun protection cream. Is it effective? Am I using it? Protecting your skin from the sun is so important. The sun can damage your skin, causing wrinkles and sun spots, but also causing serious health issues, like skin cancer.
Check in with your sun protection cream and make sure you’re using an effective one. You can also avoid the sun’s harmful rays by wearing wide brimmed hats, staying in the shade, and wearing protective clothing. I also recommend checking in with a dermatologist to have your moles looked over to ensure you’re good to go.
As the temperatures rise, I like to lighten things up. Instead of an intense night balm, I opt for a light facial oil. For dry skin types, argan oil is wonderful. If you have oily, or problematic skin, try jojoba.
I also switch my serums. During the Winter, I always use a hydrating serum because that’s what my skin needs. But during Spring, I’ll look for serums that brighten my skin and prevent acne. If you’re not sure what your skin needs, take a look in the mirror and check in with your skin.
When it comes to masks, I usually put away my hydrating options and bring out the clay based, clarifying masks. I tend to get more acne as the temperatures heat up and the clay helps to detox and clear my skin.
Seasonal Herbs to Boost Your Skin’s Health.
I love incorporating healing herbs into my every day routine through teas, scrubs, toners, and of course, facial steams.
The Spring brings lots of new growth, from beautiful flowers to healing herbs. I want to share some of my favorites to help boost your skin’s health.
Dandelion is a detoxifying herb that’s actually delicious as a tea. Not only does it support your internal organs, but when your insides run smoothly, it will show on your skin.
Peppermint, Lemon Balm, and Saint John’s Wort are also wonderful additions to spring teas and beauty treatments that can help cleanse and brighten.
I’ve actually included peppermint in the DIY facial steam as I find it has energizing, rejuvenating properties for the skin that are so wonderful after months of cold. You can also infuse your favorite oil with peppermint to create a naturally healing body oil.
Source: Maddy, Celestine, and Abbye Churchill. A Wilder Life: A Season-by-season Guide to Getting in Touch with Nature. New York: Artisan, 2016. Print.
DIY: Grapefruit + Mint Body Scrub
This scrub is made with exfoliating sugar, hydrating coconut oil, and healing essential oils that smell incredible. Grapefruit is one of my favorite fruits and scents, as it’s really uplifting and energizing, making it the perfect post Winter scrub.
*Note: I like making scrubs in small amounts to ensure they’re incredibly fresh and perfectly safe to use. If you go through scrubs pretty quickly, you may want to double this recipe.
• Simple mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until combined. If you have a blender, go ahead and blend it for a more uniform texture and scent.
• Pour into a glass jar with a good seal. A classic mason jar is perfect.
• Use within a few months, store in the fridge if you’re not going to use it right away.
DIY: Grapefruit + Mint Facial Steam
Facial steams are a really great way to boost your skin’s glow. I love doing them weekly and I make them extra healing with herbs, fruits, and essential oils.
By using fresh grapefruit and mint leaves, we’re able to extract all of the benefits from the energizing, clarifying fruit and the refreshing mint.
If you’ve never done a facial steam before, please check out this post for more info on the benefits and how to do them, plus more recipes.
• 2-3 Slices of Fresh Grapefruit
• Several Fresh Mint Leaves
• Add your ingredients to a heat safe bowl. I always opt for a medium glass bowl.
• Pour in hot, but not boiling water.
• Place your face over the bowl so you’re close enough to feel the steam, but do not put your skin into the water.
• Cover your head with a towel to trap all of the healing fruit and plant goodness.
• Sit for 5-15 minutes
• Follow with a face mask and your skin care routine
I hope these skincare tips and recipes will help you get your skin sorted for this new season! If you have any questions leave a comment below!
*All photos in this post are courtesy of and belong to Sarah Price.