A Spring Cleaning For Your Skin


WITH THE TEMPERATURES climbing, it's time to pack away the heavy moisturizers and cloying scents. Here's a roundup of the brightest, lightest and most on-trend products to get you ready for spring.

For spring, the natural cosmetics line Mineral Fusion is offering up a fresh collection of vegan nail polishes that are also free of the so-called "toxic trio" — formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate. There are several sheers, including the so-long-winter shade of Juicy Peach, plus two top coats and two glitters. Whole Foods Markets; mineralfusion.com, $7.99 each.

Glossy ponytails — sporty or sleekly chic — were all the rage on the spring 2016 runways. To get this look, apply Redken's recently launched Diamond Oil Glow Dry on damp hair (it will speed up blow-dry time), and then again apply the oil on top and through the length of the ponytail to tame flyways. Salons (check redken.com); Ulta, $32 for 3.4 ounces.

Beauty scion Aerin Lauder launched her eponymous fragrance collection in 2013 and continues to bolster the floral-forward line, including Waterlily Sun, a vivid scent with notes of Sicilian bergamot and jasmine sambac, and the new Mediterranean Honeysuckle, a warm and sunny scent ripe with grapefruit, lily of the valley and gardenia. Nordstrom, $110 for 1.7 ounces.

Josie Maran, the model turned beauty entrepreneur, has built her empire on argan oil, pressed from the nut of the Moroccan argan tree and rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. New this year is her lightweight Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter, with watermelon seed oil, shea butter and cucumber extract, which whips dry, irritated skin back into shape for spring. Sephora, $40 for 1.7 ounces.

If the winter weather really took its toll, you may need a more intensive treatment. Patchology's FlashMasques may make you look like Jason from "Friday the 13th" for five minutes, but these face sheets, which come in hydrating, skin-brightening or exfoliating versions, offer concentrated benefits, softening and firming skin, and prepping it for makeup applications. Neiman Marcus, $50 for eight sheets.

April 11, 2016 by Chris Hobson