The crocuses and daffodils have begun to bloom – it’s official, Winter is behind us. Throw off the woollen layers and say goodbye to wind-chapped lips, we can finally begin to enjoy the warmer, sunnier weather that has for so long been hiding from us. But before you rush out the door to find the nearest glass of Pimm’s, it’s time to give your skin routine an overhaul, ready for the new season.
That’s right, it’s the time of year that we can put away our heavy-duty face oils and industrial-strength moisturisers, and introduce skincare products more suitable for the season. Where to begin? We’ve got you covered.
Start Fresh With A Peel
For months your skin has taken a beating; central heating, high winds, freezing temperatures, it’s seen it all. That outermost layer of skin is probably looking dull, tired and… well, just a bit sad.
Turn over a new leaf with a face peel, designed to encourage the turnover of that top layer of skin, revealing the fresh, supple skin beneath. For a quick treatment that does it all, you can’t go wrong with the philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel which includes Vitamin C and Peptide Resurfacing Crystals and a Lactic and Salicylic Acid Activating Gel.
If you have sensitive skin or want to explore some of the other options available, browse our full range of resurfacing peels.
Step Down Your Moisturiser
The need for a thick and creamy moisturiser may be gone, but that doesn’t mean you should go without. A good skincare routine should involve using a quality moisturiser every day, but during Spring you can get away with a much lighter formulation.
We all have unique skin needs, but when it comes to a brand that delivers a great daily moisturiser, you can’t go wrong with Clinique. An ideal all-rounder, the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is suitable for most skin types and won’t clog pores. Or, for drier skin that needs a little more hydration, Moisture Surge’s lightweight gel, makes it a great choice for warmer weather.
And Don’t Forget The Decolletage!
As a side note to the importance of choosing the right moisturiser for Spring, it’s important to remember that it’s not just your face which will be saying hello to the sun. As the weather warms, lower necklines start making an appearance, so treat this delicate skin to an added hydration boost too.
Prai Ageless Throat and Decolletage Creme is an ideal option for keeping those fine lines and signs of ageing at bay.
Start (or Continue) Using Antioxidants
Antioxidants play an important role in protecting your skin for the future, but there isn’t quite as much need for them over Winter. The benefits of using an antioxidant are that they fight free radicals, which are the little blighters caused by oxidative stress, speeding up the ageing process of your skin cells. Two of the main things that trigger this process are the sun’s UV rays and pollution, both of which we’re exposed to more now that we’re back to spending more time outdoors.
We recommend using a stand-alone antioxidant instead of using a moisturiser that contains both. This ensures you can tailor how much of each you’re using daily, giving you the best overall results. Elizabeth Arden does a fantastic Anti-Aging Antioxidant Infusion which combines a wide range of antioxidants to seamlessly safeguard your skin.
Up Your SPF
This wouldn’t be a skincare article if we didn’t mention how important it is to use a good SPF. Over Winter, we can get away with using a moisturiser that includes a low-level SPF, but now that the sun has returned, it’s time to get serious.
Keeping your SPF separate from your moisturiser ensures you’re getting enough coverage and that you can top it up when needed. Look for SPF50 for the best protection from the sun’s harmful rays. We stock sun defence products for all skin types, but by far our best-selling is Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour SPF50 Sun Defense Cream.
Cleanse, Cleanse and Cleanse Some More
Not only are you going to be using a daily SPF which, by design, clings to the skin, but you’re also more likely to sweat during the day. Fall behind in your cleansing, and that’s just begging for a breakout. If you don’t use the two-step cleansing method already, now is the time to start. Choose one heavier oil or balm cleanser to remove the make-up, sweat and SPF from your face, then repeat the process with a lighter water-based or milk cleanser to get deep into the pores and remove trace impurities.
When it comes to allbeauty favourites, Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm has stood the test of time as a fantastic option for your first cleanse, with Sisley Lyslait Cleansing Milk a great way to finish.