As Spring quietly approaches in warm midmornings between rain showers and cool gusts of wind, I am made aware of texture. Each early blossom that lifts off a tree reminds me that Springtime is the right time to tighten and brighten, to smooth and perk and prepare to be happier than I’ve ever been.
Spring is the ultimate season of happiness, creativity, and love. Spring makes your heart and soul glow. Shouldn’t your face glow, too?
Your heavy, winter weather moisturizer is ready to take a break (unless you live in one of those states that is covered in sheets of ice until June). As the weather warms, your moisturizer should feel lighter. If your face sweats after applying your regular moisturizer in morning or night, you know its time for a change.
My spring favorite is AHA’s 10% alpha hydroxy moisturizer. Not only is this product clean as a whistle, it’s light, and it sloughs off (rather the fruit acids peel away) old, dead skin overnight, leaving your face bare but for a gorgeous glow.
The AHA line (by company Nonie of Beverly Hills) is a great little group of products available at your health food store, and another bonus: They come in GLASS bottles!!
A little goes a long way with AHA, the price point is comparable with other natural lines (my bottle of moisturizer was around $25), and you FEEL the product working. Best of all, my skin is extremely smooth, without having used a facial scrub in two weeks.
Here’s a note: When you use products with alpha hydroxy, your fresh, baby like skin will be vulnerable to sun damage– exactly what we’re trying to defy, right? So MAKE SURE you use a tinted moisturizer or foundation with spf during the day.
If it’s your first time trying the tingling newness that alpha hydroxy acid imparts, start with a 5% product (AHA offers one), and use only in the evenings. I’m an old hand at it, though, and adore the little champagne bubbles-on-skin feeling just before retiring, and look forward to it when I wake up.
Additional note: WASH your face when you wake, and wash away the dead skin from the previous night BEFORE reapplying the moisturizer to enjoy its full benefits!
AHA is safe to use under the eyes, as well, and I’m experimenting for the first time NOT using a separate eye cream. (I’ll get back to you on the efficacy of this idea, although the line does offer an eye cream, as well)
Here are the ingredients for the 10% Alpha Hydroxy Moisturizer:
Distilled Water, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, Alpha Hydroxy Acids from Bilberry, Apple, orange, Grape, Lemon, & Grapefruit, Coconut Emulsifier, Orchid Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, & Oil of the Seed of Grapefruit.
That’s right-orchid oil! Just what a spring face needs: fruit and blossoms. May your spring be a rejuvenation of all that is beautiful, including yourself!
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