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11 Products I Swear By for a Spring Skin-Care Makeover

Kiss dull winter skin goodbye.

By: Hannah Baxter
Photography: Alec Kugler

If you’re anything like me, you are 1,000 percent over winter weather and everything that goes along with it, namely itchy sweaters, split ends, and a ghostly pallor that will never, ever pass as alabaster. Although my skin-care routine has been carefully calibrated all season long, months of heavy moisturizer and dry skin have left me with clogged pores, a blotchy complexion, and zero brightness to my face. It’s time for a spring beauty overhaul in the form of a revamped Sunday spa routine. I love spending a few hours pampering my skin with my favorite products, almost like I’m resetting myself back to zero. Here are the 11 masks, oils, and creams I swear by for a spring beauty makeover.

de Mamiel Pure Calm Cleansing Dew: I always use a cleansing oil to rid my skin of any residue or leftover makeup. This Pure Calm Cleansing Dew from de Mamiel is basically aromatherapy and skin care in one, so I always breathe in deeply before massaging my face and take a minute to chill.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate: When my skin is feeling especially dull and flakey, I always reach for this exfoliating treatment. It has both chemical and physical exfoliants, in the form of lactic acid—a powerful AHA—and silica, plus a boost of antioxidants. My face is crazy-soft after the two minutes are up.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask: This mask has lotus seed powder, kombu seaweed, and red algae to help buff away any rough patches but still retain hydration. It leaves my skin looking more even and bright, and it honestly smells like a green juice on your face. I usually leave it on for ten minutes while I make a Sunday recovery smoothie.

PCA Skin Hydrating Mask: If I still have any inflammation—my face is prone to puffiness—I like to use a hydrating mask that I’ve left in my fridge. My new favorite is from PCA Skin, which has soothing cucumber and oat milk extracts.

NuFACE Facial Toning Device: I’ll admit I fell off the NuFACE wagon this winter, but I’m finally ready to recommit. You can read all about my love for this microcurrent toning device right here.

Olivarrier Skin Barrier Toning Lotion: This Korean beauty brand combines a toner and essence in one to help reset my skin’s pH to the ideal 5.5. It’s super gentle and has zero scent, so it’s perfect to follow all my exfoliants.

Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream: Fun fact: My first-ever facial was at Mario Badescu’s midtown salon, and I always go back to his products when my skin needs a refresh. This Hyaluronic Eye Cream is gentle, nourishing, and sits well under makeup. What more can you want?

Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil: Your body naturally produces the hydrating property squalane, but the amount decreases as you age, leading to drier, duller skin. That plus the vitamin C to help fade discoloration, and you have my new go-to product. This squalane is also plant-derived, as opposed to extracted from shark liver (seriously!), which some other brands use.

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil: My new favorite face oil! Read all about why I’m obsessed with plums here. This formula is poised to be the next big cult face oil.

CHANEL Le Lift: Everybody needs a little extra firming, especially when it comes in super chic CHANEL packaging. I feel more French after just a few dabs of this moisturizer.

Maison Margiela 'Republica' Jazz Club: I'd argue that the most important part of a spring beauty refresh is a new signature fragrance. After swiping a ton of Maison Martin Margiela Jazz Club bath products from a hotel the last time I was in L.A., it was finally time to invest in a bottle for myself. The scent is smoky and warm, with hints of tobacco, musk, vetiver, and tonka bean. It’s heavenly. Just like my fresh, revived complexion.

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