This March's product roundup by our beauty & style editor, Kayla Jacobs, contains everything you need to freshen up your look now that spring has finally sprung. Kayla grew up in London in a South African family, and her perspective on global beauty is kaleidoscopic. "I try so many new products, so it really means something when I find a handful that I keep reaching for day after day." Each month, she'll explore the latest and greatest products launching now, plus a few cult classics you need to know about.
March (aka Spring) is usually the time when clean skin and wash-and-go hair are the proverbial go-to's of the season, and while the current crop of products can get you pared-down beauty in a jiffy, their formulations are also brighter and bolder than ever. Think out with the old, in with the squeaky clean. Your lotions and potions don't last forever. In fact, natural high-tech creams and serums contain actives that will lose their potency after six months (in some cases, three) or so. More importantly, SPFs get slowly weaker over time so anything over a year old won't give as much protection as the bottle promises. Check your jars, have a good ol' feng shui/Kondo of your beauty cabinet, and treat yourself for making it through another long winter!
Be your own facialist with this nifty mask—the perfect remedy to give lackluster skin a boost. This gel blend is packed to the brim with healing Ayurvedic herbs, probiotics, and coconut water to help purify, depuff, and rebalance stressed skin. Black pepper creates heat to loosen impurities, blackheads, and blemishes while ginger stimulates your micro-circulation. Oh, and it's also 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free. Pacifica Hot Vegan Probiotic & Spice Rehab Mask ($14.99)
Investing in a great dry shampoo is just beauty common sense—if you're aiming to scale back the amount of times you wash your hair per week, remember a spritz of potent mist is your new best friend. Acure's helps reduce the oil build-up in your hair and gives amazing texture, plus you can also leave it in locks (instead of brushing it out) to give some sexy volume. I like the refreshing peppermint and rosemary oil blend that balances roots and tips while helping to retain all the essential moisture my crazy locks need...Acure Organics Dry Shampoo for Brunette to Dark Hair ($9.99)
With so many ancient wellness remedies, beauty powders have found a following among members of the try-anything (me) and exploratory New Age beauty brigade. Moondeli is championing clever synergistic blends, that like any superfood worth its salt, really work. This Bliss Booster is a cayenne-spiked raw cacao and maca root beauty that helps relieve stress, enhance vitality, and bring the mind into the present. I've been putting a VERY generous spoonful into my smoothie each morning and I must say, I feel mighty! Moondeli Bliss Booster ($30)
Body butter, body oil, body butter stick? Hell yeah! Forget sponges, brushes, and wands—spring's makeup applicator is a chunky stick. Embrace your creative streak with this lightly rose-scented (and mood-boosting) bendable all-in-one formula that contains a nourishing blend of coconut oil and sunflower seed oil. Plus, because it's in a nifty stick formula, you can easily throw one in your gym bag, car, bedside table, boyfriend's pocket or keep it on your desk for midday moisture touch-ups. H2O+ Teak Rose Body Butter Stick ($15)
You'll certainly feel activated after a soapy and sudsy session with this gluten-free and vegan body wash. Developed as a (wait for it) weekly body treatment, this nutrient-dense gel gently but effectively buffs away dry skin. A mega dose of transportive eucalyptus oil opens and decongests the respiratory system, shaking off the start of allergy season. Linné Activate Body Wash ($48)
As a part of cult French pharmacy brand La Roche-Posay's latest collection, this gentle cleanser focuses on "microbiome"—a layer of "good bacteria" on the skin, which was recently discovered by scientists. A prebiotic-filled thermal water has been mixed into this face-loving cleanser in order to keep the skin healthy and hydrated when in contact with water. Genius! La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser ($11.99)
Toners add a little something extra to a skin care regime and this one is no exception. Take on clogged pores and grease-slick situations with soothing cucumber, rosewater, and aloe vera—while toning and refreshing your face with witch hazel and antibacterial lemongrass. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for whenever you need a little boost, and an excellent toner for between cleansing and moisturizing. PLANT RE: Fresh Organic Toning/Hydrating Mist ($9.99)