The budding flowers of Spring always bring awareness to my own blossoming. As an herbalist and medical student, I am interested in holistic approaches to daily self-care rituals. Should your entire routine change with the seasons? No, probably not. It's more about understanding what your body needs at any given time and adapting your skincare routine accordingly.
The skin is a window into your health, and attuning to it is an integral part of your wellbeing. I created Calmar Skin to share my musings and creations for healthy skin.
Spring-inspired Skincare tips:
Ditch the night cream
Many night creams are formulated for the harsh conditions of winter. It is time to switch out your moisturizer for a product that is breathable. Look for antioxidant-rich face oils to minimize dryness, irritation, and hyperpigmentation. We blend cold-pressed Camellia Oleifera seed, aka green tea, with 9 luxurious plant oils into our 001 Multifunctional Ceramide Face Oil. It’s nutrient packed and lightweight, perfect under sunscreen.
Reapply your sunscreen
Now more than ever, sunscreen is one of the best products you can use to maintain healthy skin. Coral reef-safe sunscreens should be applied directly to the skin under your makeup to provide maximum protection. Remember to reapply after a few hours!
Try a facial mist
Skincare hero, facial mist, comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be used for a multitude of purposes. It strengthens your skin barrier and you’ll see a visible glow as a result of keeping your skin hydrated. Ingredients like hydrosols and plant-based humectants enhance the effects of water on the skin. With Calmar Skin’s 010 Soothing CBD Mineral Mist, your skin is replenished with Sea Kelp minerals while THC-free CBD adds an antioxidant boost.
Switch to a nighttime retinol
Retinols are commonly used in acne treatments, as an exfoliant to renew the skin, and to reduce hyperpigmentation. Unfortunately, many retinols can degrade under UV light. In the spring and summer, retinoids may cause greater irritation due to increased sun exposure. I recommend a nighttime retinol in order to minimize sensitivity.
Try nettles tea for allergies
The skin is your largest organ: external factors, such as springtime allergies, can affect how your skin feels. Allergy symptoms may be relieved by Nettle (Urtica dioica). Try nettles tea (2 teaspoons of dried herb per cup of water) to relieve your symptoms. Make sure it is sourced from a reputable farmer or apothecary and start with a low dose. If you are taking prescription medications, you may want to consult your physician.
Every season reminds us of the passing of time and the natural changes of the environment that we must adapt to and connect with. Through your skincare routine, you can cultivate a relationship with yourself as well as with the plant realm.
Written by Amelie
Amelie is an herbalist, an allopathic medical student, and the formulator behind Calmar Skin, a line of potent and gentle medicinal formulas for sensitive skin.