Spring is finally here, and that means it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning, not just our homes, but our beauty routines as well.
Green Beauty expert Michelle Bilodeau highlights her favourite products to freshen up our beauty regimens this season.
10 products to freshen up your spring beauty routine
Céla's Essential Face MoisturizerThis lightweight, gel-cream is the perfect spring transition staple. This hydrating formula is made with a potent blend of Canadian botanicals such as blueberry, elderberry, evening primrose, juniper berry, rosemary, and lavender. It also contains sunflower sprouts, which protects skin from blue light emissions that come from our phones and screens.
Available at Céla
Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30While most sunscreen products last for a couple years, it’s important to know that SPF does expire. Replace your leftovers from last year with this award-winning tinted SPF product by Drunk Elephant, which provides broad spectrum UV protection with a hint of glow! Containing 20% zinc oxide for powerful protection against the sun, this product also contains sunflower sprout to help neutralize free radicals. For extra coverage, you can apply your favourite concealer or foundation over top.
Available at Sephora
Urban Minerals Loose Mineral Foundation PowderThis loose mineral powder by Urban Minerals is a 2-in-1 product with over 30 skin shades to choose from. Made with vegan, ecofriendly ingredients, this foundation can go on top of concealer as a powder, on its own or as a pigmented foundation when adding a drop of rose water. This multitasking product allows your skin to breath in the spring and creates a lightweight finish.
Available at Urban Minerals
TOK Lashluv Natural Black MascaraAlthough makeup users need to replace their mascara after three months, most people don’t. So, ditch that mascara you’ve been using all winter long and replace it with TOK’s Lashluv Natural Black Mascara. This product is ecofriendly with a true black formula that gives you both volume and length to your eyelashes. Containing pea protein, this formula also conditions your lashes, which helps to strengthen the hair from the root.
Available at TOK Beauty
Rituel de Fille Enchanted Lip Sheer LipsticksSpring is a great time to invest in a little pick-me-up and switch up your regular go-to lipstick colours. With 12 semi-matte shades to choose from, Rituel de Fille sheer lipsticks contain lavender, jojoba and castor seed oils for a lightweight finish that hydrate your lips.
Available at The Cure Apothecary
Sappho BlushPowder blush is another great product to switch out for the spring. Made with organic argan oil and botanicals such as chamomile, Sappho’s blush comes in five highly pigmented shades that range from bronzy-goddess to deeply-hued berry shades. Housed in a 100% recycled package, you can add a coloured glow to your makeup routine and care for the environment at the same time.
Available at Sappho
Suncoat Nail Polish & RemoverAnother great area to spring clean you beauty routine with is a non-toxic nail polish and remover. Suncoat is the pioneer in non-toxic nail polish, fusing nature with technology to create products that are vegan and mineral-based. And the remover, while it still has a pungent smell, it’s made up of only plant-based ingredients, a first in the category. It works well on Suncoat nail polishes, but also on other conventional brands. And Suncoat is another Canadian success story — the brand has been around over 15 years and is sold in 12 countries.
Available at Suncoat
The Cure Apothecary's Cuticle OilWe love a great multitasker and this cuticle oil from The Cure Apothecary should have a coveted spot on every person’s nightstand. Containing healing ingredients such as jojoba oil, avocado oil, Vitamin E, and Rose Geranium essential oils, you can use this product all over your hands, including cuticles, but also on elbows and other dry skin patches.
Available at The Cute Apothecary
Nude by Nature Makeup Flawless BrushSpring is the perfect time to update your roster of makeup brushes! Nude by Nature’s Flawless Brush is specially designed for powder formulas such as blush and foundation to create a flawless finish. Winning the Popsugar competition for best beauty brush of 2016, this product is made with synthetic fibers and is cruelty-free.
Available at Nude by Nature
Renpure Tea Tree Lemon Sage shampooNothing says spring like fresh, clean hair! The brand believes that anything a chemical can do, a plant can do better. Their Tea Tree Lemon Sage shampoo and conditioner are both super clarifying without stripping hair. And it smells really fresh thanks to mint and eucalyptus. Another way to make the most of this product is by using the shampoo to clean your makeup brushes. Add a squeeze to a bowl of water and gently mix the bristles around until they are clean of any makeup residue.
Available at Renpure