The Spring is finally here! After months of harsh, cold weather and dull, dry, itchy skin, now is a perfect time to refresh your beauty routine and blossom.
Spring brings more humidity, higher temperatures as well as increased sun exposure, which means you should adjust your spring time skin care routine to a new environment to achieve a healthy spring glow.
Read on for our top Spring skin care tips!
1. Small steps - big results
You don’t have to overhaul your beauty routine all at once. Your skin needs time to adjust to new cosmetic products and procedures to avoid an undesirable reaction like sensitivity or breakouts. Introduce spring skin care products gradually, for example one per week and pay attention to how your skin reacts. Best skin care results are achieved using gentle products in a consistent routine over several months.
2. Start exfoliating
All skin types, even the dry ones, will benefit from regular exfoliation. Not only harsh weather leads to skin dryness, itchiness and flaking, but using very rich moisturisers in the winter slows down sloughing off dead skin cells which leads to a dull, congested complexion.
Use physical exfoliants (with gently scrubbing particles) or chemical peels (AHA/ BHA acids) to reveal fresh bright skin, combat flaking, increase collagen production and improve the performance of your skincare products. Be careful not to overdo it as over-exfoliation can irritate your skin. Once to twice per week will be enough.
3. Switch to a lighter moisturiser
While rich and occlusive creams are beneficial in the winter in keeping your skin moisturised, springtime requires a lighter, more hydrating and non-pore clogging moisturiser that absorbs well without a greasy feel, and keeps your skin soft and comfortable throughout the day. Lighter moisturisers with hyaluronic acid or glycerine will also help your skin retain water and increase plumpness, reduce the appearance of fine lines and protect the skin barrier.
4. Upgrade your SPF
UV rays are the main cause of skin ageing and uneven skin tone. Sun protection should be worn all year round, especially when spending time outdoors. Always apply (liberally!) an SPF 30+ UVA/UVB sunscreen before going out as the last step in your skin care routine and before makeup. If you’re keen to achieve a sun-kissed look, opt for self-tanning products instead of sun batching to preserve a youthful complexion.
5. Book a facial
A professional facial treatment is an excellent way to deep clean and resurface your skin quickly while addressing any individual skin concerns with stronger active ingredients. It is also a perfect “me-time” opportunity to relax and enjoy a pamper session away from daily hassles.
6. Ditch the expired products
When was the last time you checked the expiry dates of your skincare and makeup? It might be the right time to spring clean your beauty shelf too. Using expired cosmetics is not only unhygienic but can be dangerous, leading to severe allergic reactions and bacterial infections with long-lasting consequences. Saying goodbye to expired skincare is less costly than dealing with the aftermath of using them.
7. Detoxify your body
Healthy, glowing skin comes from the inside out. Remember to drink plenty of water, eat plenty of seasonal greens and exercise outdoors for an antioxidant and oxygen boost and youthful glow. Include skincare with activated charcoal and seaweed in your springtime beauty routine for their detoxifying properties.