Spring: time for change and renewal. Skin may appear drier and more wrinkled after being exposed to cold wind and central heating.
Skincare Tips for Spring
- Exfoliate. Winter weather can be harsh on the skin, which needed extra protection. It’s good to exfoliate your skin all year round, avoiding products that have too much of an abrasive action. Grainy exfoliators can cause microscopic scratches to the skin, while gentle exfoliators can be used regularly without provoking irritation. Alternatively, you can simply use a cleansing cloth. Sloughing away dead skin cells will expose a fresh layer of new skin cells, making you look younger and radiant.
- Cleanse. Even if you already cleanse daily as your regular skincare routine, spend an extra 1-2 minutes really working the cleanser into your skin, focusing on areas where the pores look more congested. Remember to cleanse your neck too, as it tends to be neglected. As mentioned above, using a cleansing cloth can boost the effect of your cleanser while also buffing away dead skin cells.
- Use sunscreen. It’s tempting to spend more time outdoors, but before you step out of your front door remember to apply sunscreen every day to protect your skin from premature ageing. Whenever possible, use a sunscreen that will not clog your pores and that has been specifically designed for the face.
- Avoid parabens. Parabens have been used in the beauty industry since the 1950s as a preservative to stop bacterial growth in products. A large number of popular beauty products have parabens; studies from the 1990s onwards discovered that parabens affect oestrogen in the body, linking this health risks, particularly the development of malignant breast tumors. However, further studies are needed to come to a final verdict on whether there is a strong link between parabens use and the risk of breast cancer. In any case, it is recommended to use beauty products that do not present a high level of chemicals in their list of ingredients.
- Use a good moisturiser. As we mentioned, after the winter months your skin may feel tighter from lack of hydration and exposure to the elements. It’s time to look after it with a high quality moisturiser. Take your time massaging your moisturiser into your skin: we suggest our face massage routine for best results
Choosing a Moisturiser for Spring
As each of us is unique, the right face moisturiser needs to suit your skin type. Lifestyle habits can impact on the appearance of fine lines or lack of tone, so take these factors into consideration too.
Ask your facialist for advice in terms of skin after care: assessing your individual needs and getting the right after care advice will ensure you can make the effects of your facial last longer.
During the winter months you probably have been using rich, nourishing moisturisers but during spring they will feel too rich on your skin. It’s time to swap for a lighter moisturiser.
We recommend Marlenha’s Flourish Moisturiser, a hydrating and plumping moisturiser, perfect for spring: Flourish Moisturiser product page. All Marlenha’s products are parabens-free.