Spring Skincare Prep

Spring is almost upon us, in a matter of weeks we will be basking in the warmer sun and taking in colour palettes we’ve been longing for. With the change of weather, comes a change in your skincare routine; our last update on skincare focused on the harsh weather of Winter, so, there are some integral parts of your routine to change in order to keep your glowingly fresh skin throughout the summer months.

With the constant efforts to hydrate through the summer, oils and serums will have filled up your bathroom and overwhelmed your skin; however, this type of hydration is no longer an essential in your routine. Our skin naturally holds more water in the Spring and Summer, so you won’t need to slather your face in a deep, thick moisturiser… just remember to drink lots of water.

EXFOLIATE.

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. You need to get rid of the dry, old skin that has built up over the cold season, this will unblock your pores whilst giving a new lease of life to your facial skin. Stay away from rough and bulky exfoliators and instead go for a exfoliating cleanser that will gently remove all clinging dirt and old skin cells.

CLEANSE.

It’s incredibly important to cleanse at all times of the year, but it’s always worth the reminder, as many people let cleansing slip out of their lives… that’s a big no, no. Cleansing should be done both morning and night with a hot clean towel and a simple non-chemical cleanser. Not only will you notice a great difference in your skin, leaving you looking fresh for Spring, but you will also be doing your skin cells wonders by removing all makeup and dirt regularly… not to mention the anti-ageing effects it has!

SPRING CLEAN.

Many of you will be guilty of using products that have gone past their sell by date; most products shouldn’t be used for longer than 6 months, and if you’re using them correctly, you should run out far before the 6 months is up. Old products can hold a buildup of bacteria, which can lead to dull skin and blocked pores. This brings us to makeup brushes, an essential tool that is often overlooked; although it seems like an excessive amount, you should be washing your brushes once a week (aaaah!), simply scrub them with warm water and hand soap to get rid of any harboured bacteria and gently blow dry to make sure they’re ready for use in the morning.

CUT OUT THE OILS.

Referring mostly to cleaners; it’s time to replace yours with a lighter cleanser. Oils are less tolerant when the weather heats up, as you can imagine, oils aren’t refreshing and so therefore only built on the humidity when the sun is shining. If oils are part of your routine in another aspect, continue to use them; night time oils, which will still do their job as long as you’re in cool surroundings to counteract any overheating.

MOISTURISE.

As previously mentioned, thick moisturisers need to get the boot. Make way for lightweight creams that feel refreshing on your face. Often, oil based creams are the ‘devil’ for Spring/Summer skin, due to the ‘sticky’ effect that ensues on your face. Look towards silicone and water-based moisturisers with emphasis on hyaluronic acid for deep moisture. The body shop is always a great one-stop destination for renewing your skincare range; with a range to suit all skin types, at affordable prices with natural ingredients.

WEAR SUNCREAM.

The importance of SPF has gained a lot of attention over the past few years; with skin constantly exposed to the sun, no matter how strong, damage can be made to your cells if you don’t take the precautions and protect your precious skin. Sun-damage is the leading cause of premature ageing in the skin, not to mention skin cancer. Be safe, pop some suncream on before you pop out to protect throughout the day.

With these little changes to your daily routine, you will ensure that your skin stays fresh, healthy and glowing to take you into the summer months looking ethereal.

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Jamie Bell is the managing director of Illuminated Mirrors. You can find Jamie on Google+; he also occasionally updates the Illuminated Mirrors Facebook page.

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