This is how to spring clean your beauty routine
There’s no better time than spring to overhaul your beauty routine. Why? Well, for one, winter is finally over; you’re ready to shed your winter skin; the season is changing and new trends are emerging; and, well, it’s fun to shake things up a bit! Let us – and the experts – guide you through your beauty spring clean.
OVERHAUL YOUR SKIN CARE
Before changing up your skin care routine for the new season, it’s important to understand how your skin changes in these transitional months. Emma Hobson, Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica explains: “With spring brings a milder climate and a slight increase in humidity. The warmer weather can also stimulate a subtle increase in the skin's oil flow.”
Lay it on lightly
Opt for lighter formulations and up your use of SPF. “During spring, we should be using lighter textured moisturisers, adapting our exfoliation techniques and reducing the need for skin soothers and anti-inflammatories. Most people shouldn’t need to change their skin care fundamentals, such as their daily cleanser or moisturiser, unless they don’t use a moisturiser with SPF 30+ or apply a sunscreen, in which case, it’s essential to add this to your daily routine,” says Emma.
One of the most important skin care elements to adapt in spring is hydration. “Winter-parched dry skin will need rehydrating with a boost of moisture. Now is the time to reach for your hydrating serum or booster, a hydrating spritz toner, a hydrating mask and moisturiser. Ensure these products also contain nourishing and energising vitamins such as A, C, E and panthenol,” Emma explains.
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Out with the oil
If the warmer months usually bring more oil out of your skin, try opting for products that help to regulate this flow. “If someone’s had an increase in their oil flow, then using a facial gel wash or clay-based cleanser would be ideal, and swap to an oil-free, mattifying, lightweight moisturiser with SPF 30+. Don’t stop using a moisturiser – they are so important at protecting the skin and combating dehydration.”
Get set to scrub up
Don’t forget about the renewing and resurfacing benefits of a good old exfoliating scrub – Emma suggests upping your weekly scrub to two to three times a week. “It will help to create smooth, textured skin and keep congestion at bay. Consider using a microfoliation product on ‘non-exfoliation’ days – it will help to polish the skin and remove any dirt or debris without causing increased sensitivity.”