I feel nervous typing this… like somehow, putting the good weather we’re having into text will jinx it and we will all be sentenced to an eternal winter. We’ve had a spell of sunshine already this year (if you blinked you probably missed it) and so you can forgive me for worrying that this sunshine won’t last. It is this very back and forth that has led me to write this post. Changing weather plays havoc with my skin, my hair (my mood) and my general needs. So today I am sharing how to revamp your beauty routines for spring.
Revamp your Routines for Spring-Scrub Up Nicely:
We have all see the meme, you know the one. It’s about a woman in the bath, prepping for spring and taking a chainsaw to her leg hair. There is no denying the fact that in winter, our skin is drier, paler and generally a little more sensitive. Yes, at first sight of sun there is a knee-jerk reaction that makes you want to de-fuzz. However, its worth taking time to have a good exfoliation first. Enter, Mio and the Divine Skintervention Body Scrub. Never, have I ever loved a body product more.
Have you ever fallen asleep looking the polar opposite of attractive, with your mouth wide open and snoring, sounding like a pig foraging for truffles? You wake up and your mouth is so dry, not even a hint of spit and your tongue is brittle? Then you take that first gulp of water, How good does that feel? Well, the Mio Divine Skintervention scrub is even better than that! It’s a sensational delight – it looks, feels and smells amazing. Whats more, it delivers results after one use and its effects are long lasting. I use it once a week as a dry scrub prior to showering. Spring ready skin and not a chainsaw in sight.
Revamp your Routines for Spring and Spring Clean your Makeup Bag:
Makeup bag, bathroom cabinet or dressing table drawer. Wherever it is you hoard your products it is probably worth a sort through it. Spring is traditionally the season is associated with re-birth and a renewed energy, its a fresh start. Look at your products and ask yourself how long have I owned this? If you can’t remember then its probably time it went. Anything you use around your eyes or mouth shouldn’t be kept longer than 12 months. Also, there’s something to be said for a clean makeup bag – chuck it in the wash with some anti-bacterial detergent. Trust me, a clean makeup bag makes it easier to get rid of old (possibly biologically hazardous) makeup.
Can you Peel it?:
By all means see a dermatologist for a facial peel. This promotes skin renewal and is fabulous for stepping into spring feeling fresh faced. Alternatively, I use Formula Innovative Radiance Reveal Peel at home. A small amount on clean dry skin, it buffs away dead skin cells and leaves my complexion brighter and more even. Always wear and SPF, especially after exfoliating as your skin may be more sensitive than usual.
Revamp your Routines for Spring and say Hello to Serums:
During winter our skin is aggravated by harsh winds. The skin has a moisture barrier and this gets damaged by central heating. To repair the barrier it is advisable to use a heavy moisturiser in a lotion form (Throughout winter I used Loccitane Immortelle Divine Cream). In Springtime, the skins’ moisture barrier tends to be healthier. Applying heavy lipid based products can cling to the barrier and lead to breakouts. Switch to a lighter moisturiser, or even a serum. If you want to amp up the potency of a daily serum and increase your active ingredients I recommend the Clinique Daily Fresh Pressed Vitamin C Booster, this brightens and retextures skin and as it is fresh, it’s supremely more effective than other vitamin C products I’ve used in the past.
Must Have Haircare:
Our poor hair has endured months of Winter and whilst we may be jumping for joy at the first signs of Spring, our hair needs some gentle prep’ to prepare it for the humidity of Spring and to future-proof it against the harsh realities of “Beach Hair” (I don’t know about you, but for me Beach hair is the ultimate of expectation vs reality experience. Reality often being a lot more Worzel Gummidge and a lot less Little Mermaid). My hair type is not particularly easy to categorise. My hair itself is fine, but I’ve got a lot of it, its dry and colour-treated. That said the Nicky Clarke Fight the Fade range has been phenomenal.
I switch between that and the Philip Kinglesly Moisture Balancing Range. I find if I use the same products day-in day-out my hair becomes lank and lifeless (not the kind of alliteration I want my hair to be projecting).
In terms of treatments and styling I am loving the Nicky Clarke Intensive Moisture Mask and the Hold and Shine Hairspray as both seem to give my hair a chance against humidity. Finally, for the ultimate Spring Hair refresh I’ve been using Goldwell Kerasilk Power – Beautifying Hair Perfume. Yes, Hair Perfume, its a thing now. It makes my hair smell like Freesias and as far as I’m concerned smelling like Spring has got to mean I am well on my way to being ready for it.
So it would seem revamping for Spring is all about shedding our Winter skin, lightning up and starting afresh. If you enjoyed this post please be sure to check out my other beauty edits (Glow Getter – how to achieve natural looking glowing skin). I hope this Spring brings you health and happiness (and shiny hair).