Spring, the season where the weather turns warmer, leaves begin to grow and flowers start to blossom. Or as I like to call it; hot girl summer pre-season. The buffer season between winter and summer really is all about embracing and welcoming change. As we start to prepare for our warmest time of the year, our skin and hair needs start to shift. So, instead of flakey patches on our cheeks which we may see in the cooler months, in the warmer months we may start to welcome a stunning oil polish over our foreheads or cute little red pimples on our chin.
So, why does the weather have an impact on our skin, you ask? Skin likes consistency, so when the weather switches up on us, it freaks out. In other words, our skin is a good-grown woman who wants stability in her life and isn't about to welcome that serial dater who continues to leave her on ‘read’ - *cue abusive texts after 3 glasses of red*.
When we transition from winter to spring, the climate becomes a lot more humid, meaning we sweat more and resulting in oil getting trapped underneath the skin’s surface. Essentially, our skin is more prone to breakouts in warmer weather than it is in a cooler climate. Warmer weather also means stronger UV rays, so as you can assume SPF is an absolute must. I mean, it’s a must all year around but Spring really ain't the time to get lazy with your SPF application.
Now, on to hair. Do you ever leave the house on a warm night looking like a snack but end up channeling Hagrid when you arrive to the function? Cos same. Why, though? Why does our hair turn into a big ball of frizz in a warmer climate? Well, just like your skin, your hair becomes heavier and absorbs more moisture as humidity increases. If you’re like me and have thick hair, humidity will expand your hair strands causing frizz. If your hair is on the finer side, too much moisture will mean loss of volume and shape. As well as this, stronger UV can also damage your hair, leaving it feeling dry and brittle. Not cute.
How can we win the battle against humidity, sun exposure and other planet earth factors this Spring? We bring you our most effective weapons. Products that’ll prepare you for the warmer months.
Instantly, you know this is bomb when it’s brought to you by the woman behind your most-saved insta hair content. The thing I love most about hair queen, Natalie Anne’s range, is that it was developed to bridge the gap between salon style hair and DIY, aiming to give you professional results from your living room. Sign me up!
If you’re after sexy hair without the sex, you need this bad boy on your bathroom shelf. As well as giving you texturised perfection, this mist is an absolute must for styling in the warmer months, as it protects your hair from UV rays. Best used wet to dry, the softening seaweed formula hydrates your hair while filling it with body, keeping your ends nourished even in the driest heat.
We all know that feeling of coming home from the beach on a gorgeous Spring afternoon with hair drier than the Sahara Desert. While a trip to the ocean may do our mental health wonders, that salt water and UV exposure really can leave you with dehydrated ends, leaving your hair looking thirstier than the guys in your DMs.
Nak’s Replends Moisture Mask gives your hair the hydration it needs. It’s literally like giving your hair a big glass of water. The mask acts to soften and detangle your hair while nourishing it with essential humectants to replace lost moisture. Best thing about this mask is that you only have to leave it on for 5 minutes, adding no additional time to the glow up process from beach to Sunday sesh with the girls. Top tip: Use a mask instead of conditioner if your hair needs extra TLC.
I see you, curly girls. This one’s for you honey. If you haven't dabbled into the Clever Curl range, I highly suggest you do. After two years of research and development, including testing the formula in curl specialist salons, the Aussie-made Clever Curl brand was born, and is dedicated to the care of all curl types in any environment, making it ideal all year round.
Being the hero of the Clever Curl range, the Wonderfoam is your go-to styling product for hydrated curls. Perfect for warmer climates, the product will leave your curls looking defined, nourished and healthy, as well as providing a light-medium hold. The magic potion inside this little bottle is also vegan and cruelty free. What's not to love about it? If you love the sounds of this and want to learn more about the Clever Curl range, click here.
So, we’ve got you covered with hair, now let's talk skin. Earlier, we spoke about how humid weather can lead to excess oil and dirt getting trapped under your skin’s surface, so now let’s talk about the product you’ll need for a fresh face.
With a formula containing kaolin clay, the Retreatment Botanics Refining Face Polish works to dissolve dull surface build up by drawing out excess dirt, oil and impurities. Using this 1-2 times a week will leave you with more refined, glowing skin, giving you a smooth base for makeup. Along with a good face polish, don’t forget that you’ll need protection from those strong UV rays with a good SPF by your side.
Now, we move on to the body. While we’re tempted to lay in the sun to get our daily dose of vitamin D, it can also leave your skin feeling quite dry and dehydrated. My top pick for buffing away those dead skin cells would be the Pure Fiji Coconut Sugar Rub. Ideal for the warmer months, this rub works to unclog pores, as well as polish your skin with alpha hydroxyl. Containing a blend of virgin coconut oil and exotic nut extracts, this rub will also leave you with a healthy nourished glow.
Pure Fiji’s Hydrating Body Lotion is another Spring must-have. It works to repair, soothe and restore the skin’s moisture levels with a formula containing cold pressed coconut, dilo, macadamia and sikeci oil. If you have time to run a bath before you lather yourself up in body lotion, go for the Pure Fiji Coconut Milk Bath Soak. Your body will thank you when you treat it with a super hydrating formula, full of nutrients essential to the support and good health of your skin.
This one’s for our girls who prefer the shade and work that extra little bit harder to protect their skin. If you still want to look like you’ve been chasing this sun this Spring, don’t go past the Minetan Bronze Babe Personal Spray Tan Kit; a handy device that’ll give you an even, streak free tan.
If you prefer more of a gradual tanner, don’t go past the Minetan Cucumber Hydrating Face & Body Tan Mist. It’s cucumber-infused invisible formula will leave you feeling refreshed and hydrated while building a natural golden glow. My fav thing about this baby is that it’ll actually leave your skin feeling even smoother than before, unlike some other tans that may dry you out.
On to a fragrance that’ll leave Spring lingering off your clothes no matter the time of year; ‘Muse’ by who is elijah. If you know anything about who is elijah, you know it’s the hottest name in fragrance at the moment. All their scents are super sexy and gender-neutral, and if you want to know more about the range, check this blog out.
Muse is the kind of fragrance that’ll have people asking “mmmm what perfume are you wearing?” when you greet them hello or kiss them goodbye. If Spring had a signature scent, it would be Muse. With notes of warm floral and Jasmine Absolute, we can’t think of a more perfect scent combo for this time of year.
There you have it, our top picks for healthy skin and hair in warmer weather. Shop all these products and more in the Oz Hair & Beauty Spring Edit.