Yay it’s spring…but what does this mean for your skin?
How to edit your skin care routine for spring
It’s spring and we’re hoping to trade-in dry, itchy and flaky skin for a dewy, fresh complexion.
Our skin changes with the seasons, and so should our skin care regime. When you think about the stark contrast in weather from the dark, cool days of winter to the bright and breezy days of spring, it makes perfect sense we implement small changes for happy skin.
Winter tends to strip the skin of moisture, and now’s the time to rebuild and replenish using nourishing skin care products and techniques that promote healthy, glowing skin from the inside out.
Start by prepping your skin for spring with a boost of moisture. Staying hydrated and drinking water throughout the day helps flush your system of toxins for clear skin, but coming straight out of winter, dry skin might need a little help. Start your day with a moisture-full juice, packed full of skin-loving ingredients. Our bodies uptake water and utilise it more effectively from foods, cucumber consists of over 90% water, blend together one cucumber with 6 celery stalks, 1 apple and a handful of spinach for all the minerals and water for maximum moisture uptake and sublime skin.
Natural and nourishing moisturiser
Many specially-formulated moisturisers contain fillers and preservatives that dilute the effectiveness of any nourishing or ‘active’ ingredients. However, if you opt for an entirely natural moisturiser like coconut oil, all you get is 100%, pure and powerful ingredients. Not only does it smell great and leave your skin feeling velvety soft and supple, coconut oil is great for locking in moisture as the oil forms a barrier on the skin’s surface.
The exfoliation effect
The thought of exfoliating dry and irritated winter skin might not seem appealing, but to prepare your skin for fresh air and sunshine it’s a skin care essential. Step one, don’t use anything too harsh - think kind and caring only! Santé Exfoliator Discs use just water for optimal hydration while gently buffing your skin’s surface. Step 2, add a little coconut oil to very dry areas, such as your heels and elbows, this will help slough-off dry skin cells while adding a little extra moisture.
How-to home facial
When we’re more concerned about staying warm and dry, we can get into a skin care rut, where all thoughts of a little pampering take a back seat. Boost blood flow and rejuvenate your complexion by spending 5 minutes indulging in a facial massage. Starting with your forehead use your fingertips to apply pressure around your face. Add a little coconut oil and massage into the skin for the perfect complexion pick-me-up.
Simplify your skin care routine
Skin care rituals should be simple and enjoyable and leave your skin feeling clean, calm and comfortable. For the start of spring, take things back to basics. If you haven’t already, try switching to a chemical-free routine and give your skin a break from preservatives and chemical ingredients. Our skin produces its own hydrating oils naturally, that help protect and hydrate, but the natural balance can become affected and imbalanced by different chemicals ingredients found in soaps and liquid cleansers. Santé’s fine-fibre cleansing range cleanses with just water, and the fibres work to stimulate new cell growth.
Sun protection factor
As the spring sun surfaces, sunscreen is essential. UVA rays contribute to premature skin ageing and UVB rays are what cause your skin to burn, so make sure you protect your skin against both by implementing sunscreen into your morning skin care routine. Spring is perfect weather for a tinted moisturiser, something that’s not too heavy but gives a dewy finish. To keep things simple, choose a tinted moisturiser with a mineral sunscreen, mineral sunscreens act as a shield and keeps your skin cooler while being gentle on sensitive skin.
Yoga is an amazing form of exercise and has been shown to be as good for both your mental and physical wellbeing. Gentle inversion poses (where your head is lower than your heart) have also shown to improve blood flow (and therefore oxygen) to your face.