The Skin Care Rules You Need To Pay Attention To
Posted by Charlotte Connoley in Skin Care
Spring has well and truly sprung, which means this is the perfect time to switch up your skin care routine in line with the new season. The aim is to get skin looking as fresh and healthy as possible, so start with upping your intake of water, step away from the comfort foods and re - introduce as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible, all of which will boost your hydration intake.
When it comes to complexions, start with a deep cleanse, using a cleanser that won’t dry out your skin. Dermalogica’s Essential Cleansing Solution is a creamy, non - foaming formula with the antioxidant vitamins C and E, which both help improve the texture of skin. Exfoliating will help to remove the dead skin cells that leave your skin looking dull. I like to take a gentle approach here and not be too harsh on skin. Caudalie have a lovely Deep Cleansing Exfoliator, £18 which has a nice creamy texture that isn’t ‘scratchy’, which refines the surface of skin without drying it out.
Face masks are a lovely way to give skin a moisture boost. Find a bit of time to yourself and incorporate a mini home facial with some relaxation time. Light a beautifully scented candle and apply Aveda’s Tourmaline Charged Radiance Masque, £30. This is a lovely natural mask using shiitake extract, avocado oil and muru butter to smooth and boost your skin’s energy.
With rehydrating skin in mind, look for moisturisers that feature vitamins C - which helps to even out skin tone and protect from external pollution - and E - which has a powerful anti-inflammatory action, is healing and super hydrating. You will be the best judge of what suits your skin type most - younger skins might want to stick to a lighter, gel - based moisturiser, while older skins will still need a heavier moisturiser.
If you can make one change to your regular routine, then massage in a facial oil at night. Even a quick, 5 minute massage will really get the blood flowing. Start in the middle and work upwards, use a firm pressure to work the product in and leave it to absorb. Massage is great for tired and dull complexions, stimulating blood flow and helping to clear any underlying congestion. I like Elemis's Super Food Facial Oil, £45.
Anti Ageing Tip
One of the best anti ageing tips around is to use an SPF all year, so if you aren’t in the habit of reaching for one, this is a great time of year to start. Look for something with both UVA and UVB protection. I’m a big fan of self-tanning, and a bit of gradual tan on your face that you can allow to build up, is a great way to ease you out of the greyness of winter; a healthy glow lifts your mood and adds a boost while we’re waiting for the sun to shine. And once you have that healthy glow, all you need to think about is a nice BB cream or tinted moisturiser, a slick of lipstick and a hint of mascara, and you’re good to go!