The Pros Have Spoken — Here's The Spring Beauty Routine You Need

Now that winter has officially turned to spring, you've probably ditched your heavy wool peacoat for a lighter jacket. However, when it comes to beauty, you may not even think to switch your coveted oils for alternatives better suited for the season. (Months of dry, flaky skin taught you to hold on tight.) But with days of sunny skies, beach outings, and floral outfits ahead (as well as humidity, heat, and sweat), it's time to opt for lighter additions to your beauty routine, too.
So, in order to prevent unnecessary breakouts, frizz, and other warm-weather havoc, we partnered with M·A·C to bring you this foolproof beauty guide full of expert advice for your seasonal transition. Get ready to say goodbye to your face oils, heavy curl creams, and thick moisturizers for a few months — and say hello to spring.
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Put Aside Your Face Oils For Water-Based Serums

Hydrating face serums containing natural oils and silicones can be a lifeline in the winter when moisture's a hot commodity. But, when the humidity of spring sets in, those same serums can feel borderline suffocating. "Serums with silicones create a shield over your skin that can block pores and create acne in humid environments, especially for those who have oily skin to begin with," says Judit Galambosi, lead aesthetician at the Erno Laszlo Institute in New York City. Instead, she recommends transitioning to a water-based hydrating serum that’ll give you all the same benefits in a lighter formula.
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Replace Your Silicone-Based Styling Products With Moisturizing Milks

Humidity and curly hair are like pickles and ice cream — they just don’t go together. To avoid the infamous pyramid look (flat at the roots and poofy at the shoulders), moisturize your hair even more than you normally would. It may seem counterintuitive, but it works. "Frizz is caused when dry hair expands and literally reaches for moisture in the air," says Shari Harbinger, cofounder of the DevaCurl Academy. "To keep frizz at bay, moisturize curls from the inside, using silicone-free products that won’t weigh hair down."
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Transition From A Full-Coverage To A Light-To-Medium-Coverage Foundation

There’s nothing worse than walking to work in seemingly beautiful, 85-degree weather, only to get to your office dripping in sweat (and valuable makeup). "Full-coverage foundation can feel like too much in warm weather," says makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor. And since your skin is likely less red and blotchy than in the winter, he suggests switching to a light-to-medium-coverage formula. Our pick this spring is M·A·C Next To Nothing Face Colour, a sheer fluid that makes you feel like you're bare-faced, while still giving you a lit-from-within glow thanks to opalescent microspheres. The formula works for all skin types, but if you lean more on the oily side, you can finish with a light layer of pressed powder. If you're not sure what shade you are, head to a M·A·C store for a complimentary shade-fitting and sample — because who doesn't love free stuff?
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Replace Face Creams For Gels

Active ingredients in your skin-care products like hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and vitamin C can be delivered in many forms. "There’s a whole spectrum of different vehicles, from solutions to lotions to gels," says dermatologist Dr. Neal Schultz. "For spring ... switch to a lighter vehicle — like a light lotion or gel — containing the same active ingredients you’ve been regularly using all along." This gel is chock-full of skin saviors — like hyaluronic acid, marine algae, and glycolic acid — but it absorbs and dries faster than a heavier cream would, making it a solid choice to wear under makeup in the warmer months.
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Toss Thick Conditioning Masks In Favor Of Lighter Conditioning Mists

Humidity in the air can bring a lot of beauty woes — nail polish dries slower, body moisturizers feel heavy, and hair gets greasy faster. To avoid the latter (don’t worry, we’ll get to the rest later), swap deep-conditioning masks for lighter moisturizing sprays. "Avoid hair-care products [containing] heavy waxes and oils," says Sally Hershberger, stylist Temur Dzidziguri. This mist conditions and detangles, but won't weigh your hair down. Plus, it features a UV protectant — perfect for the sunny days ahead.
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Instead Of Heavy Body Lotions, Try Lighter Formulas With SPF

Body oils can feel like God's gift to your bathroom when you're desperate for something extra moisturizing. But come spring, those heavenly oils can feel too sticky. Instead, switch to a light lotion with SPF in it. (That last part's crucial.) "The most important ingredient in your skin-care routine during this transition is sunscreen," says dermatologist Dr. Gary Goldenberg. “As the UV index rises, so does the need for daily SPF use to protect your skin from photo damage, wrinkles, and skin cancer.”
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Replace Thick Polishes With Healing Nail Tints

Dry, brittle, and discolored nails are par for the course in the winter — especially if you've been neglecting your nail beds all season. (When was the last time you actually went in for a manicure, anyway?) So instead of covering up the problem with opaque lacquers, try a nail tint that'll work to fix it. This polish features vitamin B5 to strengthen nails, while the soft lavender hue offsets yellowish tints. "Plus, translucent, barely there colors make your hands look longer and more elongated," says manicurist Holly Falcone. "And they're more resistant to chipping." We're sold.
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