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Spring Beauty

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With an early spring here in Oklahoma, that means the humidity is rising and the temperature is scaring us all into wondering about what summer will bring. It’s always an abrupt change from dry and windy  to humid and heavy. I always have to make a changeup in my beauty routine when the seasons change. AHH, OKLAHOMA!

No matter your location, spring means that skin that hasn’t seen the light of day in months is suddenly out there (hello, white legs! Bonjour, scaly heels!). So let’s talk about what changes I make when the temperature rises.

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When it comes to skincare, regardless of the time of year, I’m a fastidious  moisturizer and exfoliator. My skin just looks and feels better when I exfoliate (gently) everyday and then follow up immediately with an SPF moisturizer. And when I say immediately, I mean before the water dries from your skin as you step out of the shower. In warmer weather, I choose a moisturizer that’s lighter in feel and always with an SPF over 25. Don’t get me wrong – I definitely spent several years of my youth baking out in the sun but those days have passed. I’m learning to embrace the pale!

Plus, with my blonde hair, blue eyes and pale skin, I always add a huge broad-rimmed hat if I’m going to be outdoors for any length of time. It’s chic & glamorous and it adds an extra layer of protection to my fair complexion.

For day, I keep the makeup minimal with a brush of eyeshadow and a few swipes of mascara. If we’ve got an event to attend in the evening, it’s easy to switch up the look with eyeliner and darker shadows. And, like everyone else in the blogosphere, I’m mad for coral and red lipsticks. But to keep it from getting too heavy-handed, I layer the lipsticks with a simple lip balm.  Those bright lipsticks also make for gorgeous cream blushes (when used with a light hand).

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As a self-confessed sandal junkie, it’s important to me to get my haven’t-seen-the-light-of-day-since-September white legs ready for short skirts and bejeweled sandals. Again I always exfoliate in the shower with moisturizing/exfoliating soap (Dove makes a great one) and then slather on the lotion immediately before the water can dry from my skin. Feeling too pale? Go ahead and get that self-tanner on, too, if you’re feeling self-conscious.

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Finally, I finally went and got my first manicure and pedicure of the season last week and I felt like a new woman. Isn’t it funny how the littlest things can make you feel so pulled together?  I am officially ready to hit the town, even if it is just to run to the park with Jude or out to the movies with Simon.

Tell me – what are your spring beauty routines? Do you change anything up?

 

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