Tried And Tested Skin Care Recs For Spring

March 15th, 2013 By  |  Comment   

Spring is coming… allegedly. You wouldn’t know it from the cashmere and down I rocked this morning (while still feeling frosty, I might add). Just as you need different outerwear for 30-degree weather and below, 50-degree climates and 60-70-degree balmy days, your skin care needs to shift as well. I find that the heavy winds of January and February require a much thicker moisturizer to do the job and in March and April, I focus on lighter formulas, exfoliation and of course, SPF. Here’s a glimpse of the state of my skin care union as we transition into warmer weather.

Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum I ditch my thick, viscous winter eye cream out for a treatment fluid like this one just before the Ides of March. I like that it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin but contains powerful ingredient hyaluronic acid to refresh and hydrate. It also boasts carrot oil,  which stealthily converts into vitamin a and retinol in skin. $50 at

Elizabeth Dehn For One Love Organics Whether natural is your bag or not (I remain squarely in the latter camp until something smelling vaguely herbal sans parabens is fabulous enough entices me out of my chemical-ridden madness), you will adore the straight-up elegant texture of this serum created by Beauty Bets blogger Elizabeth Dehn. It fuses a concentrated blend of vitamins, antioxidants from organic green tea oil and seabuckhorn oil to ward off photo damage. $68 at

CeraVe Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 

The sad reality is that we have to reapply SPF throughout the day, but over makeup, it can get dicey. I like to carry this stick sunscreen from CeraVe to slick on when I’m outdoors. Its consistency is dry, so it won’t cause my look to slide right off my face. I put it on in stripes on my cheeks and nose (and look like a football player briefly) before rubbing it into my skin. It also works on lips. $10 at

Beauty Rx by Dr. Schultz Gentle Exfoliating Eye Therapy Cream

This one’s about to become a staple in your nighttime routine. But first, let’s discuss. An eye cream that exfoliates? Yes! This scent-free eye cream rids your lifestyle of dull, flaky skin AND fine lines, thanks to a low percentage of glycolic acid.  Also great: Dr. Schultz labels each of his products with a number, so you’ll know which to put on first (they should be applied in ascending order).  $50,

DDF Mattifying Oil Control UV Moisturizer SPF 15

On warmer days, I smooth this shine-correcting sunscreen on instead of moisturizer to protect my skin without providing added hydration without aggravating my acne-prone skin. At 1.7 ounces, it works perfectly in a carry-on or a beach bag, as well. $38 at

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Launching next month, Clinique blends their popular skin care franchise, Moisture Surge, with cutting-edge skin care market trend CC cream. While we’re waiting for ZZ Cream to inevitably hit shelves, you’ll want to give this one a go. Available in a spectrum of shades, the tinted balm uses lavender-hued color-correcting optics to address complexion concerns like dullness and sallowness and does the job without looking even as if you’re wearing makeup. The violet hue is invisible, lest you worry you’ll unwittingly channel Edward Scissorhands when Peg applies purple Avon primer all over his face. $35 at


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