Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine in 3 Steps

It’s that time of year again. As you’re packing away your heavy sweaters and snow boots in anticipation of the warmer days ahead, you should also start saying goodbye to your Winter skin care routine. Spring is all about rejuvenation. With that in mind, here are some tips to spring clean your beauty routine!

Purge, Purge, Purge!

Take a look at what you have. At the start of every season, you should check expiration dates and toss out the old stuff. In general, shadows and powders can be used safely for up to three years, but mascara should be tossed after only three months. While you’re tossing out those old products, go ahead and toss out the stuff you don’t use. Be honest with yourself. Beauty products really add up over time and can really clutter and confuse your beauty routine. Rule of thumb: be realistic and practical about what you actually like, what you actually use, and what’s in good condition …and rid your life of everything else.

Deep Clean and Reorganize

Now’s your chance to deep clean your make up brushes, your toothbrushes, and all the small stuff like tweezers and nail clippers, all of which can get really skunky over time. Not sure exactly how to clean your beauty tools? Here’s some step by step instructions from Makeup.com

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

1. Rinse: Rinse the bristles, always with water streaming down — you want to avoid running water directly into the base of the brush, which can weaken the glue and shorten the lifespan of your brush. This is why bristles begin to fall out.

2. Cleanse: Work a small amount of gentle shampoo (baby shampoo works wonderfully here too) or soap into the bristles. Lather, rinse, and repeat until the water runs clear. If you are having a hard time getting stubborn product out of your brush, massage some coconut oil into the bristles. This will loosen the build up and make cleaning easier.

3. Disinfect: Now that your brushes are clean, it’s time to disinfect. Mix a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar in a shallow bowl. Swoosh the brush around in the bowl for a minute or two (again, trying not to submerge it fully). Rinse with fresh water.

4. Dry: Press a dry towel into the bristles to sop up excess water. Reshape the bristles and lay clean brushes flat on a towel overnight to dry.

5. Repeat: Clean your brushes every other week to keep the germs away

How to: clean your toothbrush

  1. Cleanse: your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash.This is great for a quick daily cleaning.
  2. Sanitize: Mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda in a small cup and stir the mixture with your toothbrush before rinsing it. Do this at least once a week.

How to: Clean Your Metal Tools

  1. Wash: For metal tools like tweezers, eyelash curlers, eyebrow trimmers, cuticle nippers, and nail clippers, wash them down using water and antibacterial soap. Pat dry with a clean towel.
  2. Sanitize: Thoroughly wipe down the tool with an alcohol-soaked cotton ball. Allow it to dry for a few moments. If the tool comes in contact with your face, rinse it with water (no need to rinse your nail tools). Pat dry with a clean towel.
  3. Repeat: Ideally, these types of beauty tools should at least be washed with soap and water after each use, if not sanitized as well. Aim to give them the full treatment every two weeks. Store your tools in a clean container to safeguard your hard work.

Pick the right products For the Season

All those Winter products like thick, foaming face washes and heavy creams can be super drying as the weather gets warmer. Your spring beauty routine should favor gentle milk face washes and lighter moisturizing serums. Here are 9 Must Have Clean Beauty Products that I’m seriously crushing on right now. From gentle cleansers to serums to several DIYs. Everything you need to jumpstart your Spring beauty routine!

5 Matcha Beauty DIYs—Homemade Green Beauty Recipes + 6 Matcha Infused Products to Shop Now

Fun fact for the kids: In the 1920s and 30s, radium was a popular additive in cosmetics and household products. Yep. That radium. Soap, night cream, face powder, blush, mud masks, and even toothpaste contained radium with the ‘scientifically-based’ promise that these products would give the consumer a youthful glow. I suppose these products actually did deliver on their promise, until of course, you had to have parts of your mouth and lower jaw surgically removed because of radiation poisoning, living out your final, extremely painful days blemish free. Thankfully, today we are experiencing a trend toward clean, green beauty products, and you seriously can’t get much greener than Matcha. The health benefits of Matcha are amazing both internally and externally, and we can all rest assured that no jaws have been removed as a result of its use. So have no fear! Mix these masks up!

5 simple Matcha beauty recipes

1. Matcha + Rose Water + Coconut Oil Mask


  • 2 teaspoons Matcha
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  • rose water


Combine melted coconut oil with Matcha in a small bowl. Add drops of rose water until you have a medium-thick paste that’s easy to spread onto your skin. Let it set for 20 minutes and then wipe off with a warm, wet towel.

2. Avocado + Matcha Mask


  • 1 teaspoon Matcha
  • ¼ of an avocado, mashed
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Apply a thin layer to either your face or body, and gently scrub in a circular motion with your fingertips, making sure to avoid your eyes. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse with a warm cloth.

3. Matcha + Banana + Turmeric Mask


  • ½ of a banana,mashed
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Matcha
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


Mash your banana in a small bowl, then add your turmeric, matcha, and olive oil. Mix well and then spread onto your face to set for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

4. Aloe + Matcha Mask


  • 1 teaspoon Matcha
  • 2 teaspoons Aloe Vera


Combine your Matcha with Aloe Vera in a small bowl. You can add more or less Aloe Vera depending on what consistency you prefer. Apply to your face, let it set for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

5. Exfoliating Matcha Scrub


  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Matcha
  • 1 teaspoon honey


Combine sugar with Matcha, then add honey and melted coconut oil and stir until everything is mixed well. Store in a sealed mason jar and place in your shower for up to two weeks. After cleansing your skin, gently exfoliate with the scrub and then rinse. Use every other day.

6 Matcha Infused Beauty Products to Shop Now

1. Biodara Coconut Matcha Brightening Mask

2. Fig + Yarrow Matcha Milkbath

3. Urb Apothecary Lavender Matcha Mask

4. Plant Apothecary Matcha Antioxidant  Face Mask

5. Erborian Perfect Morning BB 3-IN-1 Matcha Mask

6. Cocokind Organic Matcha Face Moisturizer

Recipe Source: WendyGould

DIY Botanical Winter Salt Scrub

“The best things in life are free. The second best things are very, very expensive” —Coco Chanel

Sometimes there’s a happy place where luxury is just affordable. This homemade botanical winter salt scrub is in that happy place. This scrub contains coconut oil, thyme essential oil, lavender essential oil, fine sea salt, and Epsom salt. Salts are packed with minerals which enhance the skin. The magnesium in Epsom salts reduce inflammation while the sulphates flush out toxins. Thyme essential oil stimulates blood flow. It helps heal bruises, sprains, and other injuries. The oil is antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, and a good decongestant. Lavender essential oil is another natural antiseptic. It helps to regulate over-excretion of sebum, and over time can help visibly reduce scarring. Lavender also tones and firms skin by boosting circulation, supplying adequate oxygen and nutrition to skin cells. This helps in keeping skin cells healthy.

You guys, this scrub is a game changer. Add this into your weekly beauty routine to keep your skin smooth and hydrated all Winter long!

DIY Botanical Winter Salt Scrub


  • ½ cup Coconut Oil (you can also substitute this with olive oil)*
  • ¼ cup Fine Sea Salt*
  • 1 cup Epsom Salt*
  • 10-15 drops Lavender Essential Oil*
  • 5-10 drops Thyme Essential Oil*


  • In a small glass bowl, mix the salt and oil together (I use a fork to mix it)
  • stir in essential oil until well blended
  • store in an air tight glass container
  • to use, simply spoon a small amount into your hands, gently rub it on your skin, and rinse it off with warm water

*The ingredient proportions here are just an approximation. I usually make these homemade products by eyeball the ingredients, so just play around with the proportions. The idea is that you don’t want the mixture to be too oily, or too crumbly!

Source: Cleanse by Hepzabeth

3 DIY Cranberry Beauty Packs

In honor of Dolores O’Riordan, who wrote some pretty cool tunes that us 90s kids were rocking out to, here are some beauty recipes with… Cranberries.

Cranberry Yogurt Mask


  • 1/2 cup pureed cranberries
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)


  • In a blender, mix all the ingredients together
  • apply the mixture all over your face (avoiding your eyes)
  • leave on for 10 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water

Cranberry Body Scrub


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • I cup cranberries
  • ½ cup coconut oil


  • in a blender, puree the cranberries
  • add the sugar and coconut oil and continue to blend until well mixed
  • store in an airtight container

Cranberry Exfoliating Face Mask


  • ½ cup boiled sweet potato
  • 2 tablespoons pureed cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  • Mash the sweet potato in a bowl, then add in the rest of the ingredients and mix until fully blended
  • Apply generously over your face and leave on for 10 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water
  • As you rinse, rub in circles with your fingertips to help exfoliate

Recipes via Byrdie

Ayurvedic Beauty Tips According to Your Dosha + 6 DIY Beauty Recipes

That awkward moment when you’re wearing Nikes and you just can’t do it. I know that feeling well. You get the gear that all the healthy, fit people have and you think that everything else will fall into place. You buy all the products that all the beautiful people have and you still have that wedding day zit. So what’s the problem? Well, this life isn’t quite as cookie cutter as we want it to be. Achieving balance is something that is a unique and personal journey for each of us. Fortunately for us, we can tap into ancient wisdom to help us forge our present day path toward balance.

I’ve been totally enthralled by Ayurveda recently. Ayurveda is a personalized system of medicine that seeks to balance our unique mind-body connection in order to attain optimal health. That sounds like a mouthful, but I assure you thousands of years of practice have given us all the tools to succeed. Ayurveda places us in three different categories called doshas. If your dosha is out of balance, ailments persist. The main goal of Ayurveda is to balance your dosha. With knowledge of your dosha, you can make personalized choices that directly benefit your overall health. So what’s your dosha? These links will help you find out. Just take the quiz and answer to the best of your ability.

Skin Care by Dosha

After taking one of the dosha quizzes above, you might notice that you are a combination of two doshas. Don’t worry. The following tips can be combined so that you can tailor your beauty routine to suit your specific needs. No matter what your unique dosha is, we all benefit from changing up our routine to suit the season. The year breaks into three seasons: vata season, which goes from late fall into early winter; kapha season, from the coldest part of winter into spring; and pitta season, which includes the hottest, longest days of the year—from late spring into early fall. Example— You may find that your skin tends to be flaky or dry during kapha season. During this season, you should adjust your routine to incorporate products that counterbalance the cold air of winter.


Characteristics: Thin, delicate, and almost transparent. Prone to dryness, flakiness, dark spots, and premature fine lines and wrinkles. Usually does not have clogged pores. You may also have dark under eye circles.

Overall: You are normal to dry.

Tips for Vatas:

  • Use gentle cleansers so you don’t over dry or strip your skin.
  • Moisturize immediately after cleansing to keep skin hydrated.
  • Look for warming, deeply moisturizing products that will provide your skin with essential fatty acids. Think coconut, almond, sesame, and olive oils along with shea butter and honey.
  • Protect your skin from the environment—wear scarves, hats, and gloves.


Characteristics: Clear and radiant, but can occasionally be irritated and red. Easily sunburned. May have freckles and moles. At risk for sensitive skin and oily skin. May have congested pores in the T-zone.

Overall: You have combination, sensitive skin.

Tips for Pittas:

  • Stay away from chemical-filled products that can irritate and inflame your skin. Choose natural and pure products made with plant-based extracts.
  • You want ingredients in your skin care that calm and balance hydration. Look for coconut, sunflower, grape seed, licorice root, lavender, rose, and tea tree. You can also use soothing herbs like neem, sandalwood, and thyme.
  • Always choose fragrance-free.
  • This applies to everyone, but especially to you—protect from the sun!


Characteristics: Few to no wrinkles for you! You have smooth, moist skin, but that means you may also have large pores and oiliness. Prone to oily skin, blocked pores, and dull or pale skin. You may also have puffy eyes, and suffer from rashes.

Overall: You are normal to oily.

Tips for you:

  • Make sure you thoroughly clean your skin, especially at night before bed. Never go to bed with your makeup on. Think about your pores!
  • Resist the temptation to overly dry your skin, as that will cause a rebound oily effect. Instead, choose gentle cleansers and alternate for deep cleaning and exfoliation.
  • Choose moisturizers that are light but nourishing. Look for invigorating herbs like rosemary, yarrow, peppermint, geranium, citrus (lemon and orange), and sesame.

6 DIY Beauty Recipes

The following homemade scrub and mask recipes are broken down by dosha. Always remember to use dosha-appropriate oils as part of your beauty routine.

  • Vata: almond, olive, or sesame oil
  • Pitta: sunflower, coconut, or olive oil
  • Kapha: safflower, corn, or grapeseed oil


Vata: Sea Salt + Oil

2 tsp fine sea salt with enough oil to mask a paste. Mix and apply in a circular motion to your face before rinsing off with warm water

Pitta: Oatmeal + Water

2 tsp finely ground oatmeal and enough water to make a paste. Let the mixture stand for about a minute to thicken it up a bit before applying to your face in circular motions. Rinse off with warm water

Kapha: Cornmeal + Honey

2 tsp cornmeal with enough raw honey to make a paste. Mix and apply in circular motions to your face. Rinse off with warm water


Vata: Banana or honey

mash up half a banana, or apply raw honey to your face. Leave it on for 10 minutes and remove it with a warm, damp cloth

Pitta: Avocado + Fresh Cream

mash up an avocado and mix in some fresh cream to help the mixture bind together. Apply it to your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Remove with a warm, damp cloth

Kapha: Applesauce

apply plain applesauce (no added sugar) to your face. Leave it on for 5 minutes. Remove it with a warm, damp cloth

Adapted from Annmarie Skin Care —products available on Amazon