Spring is practically on our doorstep and usually it is the time of year where many women focus their attention on spring cleaning their house - cleaning out cupboards, tossing out the old and packing away remnants of winter. But this should also be a time where we spend a bit of time spring cleaning our skin care routine to ensure that we are prepared for spring and summer. Here are 3 easy changes you can make to your skincare routine now to make sure that your skin is looking its best and ready for those summer dresses.
1. Bring your skin out of hiding
We’ve been hiding our arms and legs under layers of clothing and also skipping a few leg shaves every now and then (I’ll be honest, I sometimes go 2 weeks without shaving in winter). Besides the hairy legs, it also means that we don’t exfoliate our skin as often as required to keep our skin looking and feeling its best. Start incorporating a full body exfoliation into your shower or bathing routine to get your skin prepped for sleeveless shirts, dresses and shorts / skirts. I find that a dry scrub works best – using a body polish or body scrub climb into the bath or shower before you put the water on. Work the scrub all over your body in small circular motions, then simply rinse off and have your usual bath / shower. The warm water and steam will also help your skin to absorb the essential oils present in most body scrubs. Remember not to use too much pressure when exfoliating, as this will damage your skin and only exfoliate 2 - 3 times a week.
Don’t forget your face either. Invest is a good facial exfoliator that contains AHA (alpha hydroxyl acids). AHA are amazing ingredients in exfoliators as they do not contain granular irritants, they have the correct pH range for effective exfoliation and are packed full of antioxidants as well as other beneficial ingredients. A granular exfoliator is perfectly fine, but just make sure that you hardly use any pressure as you don’t want to damage the fragile skin cells underneath the layer of dead skin. First prize is to apply a hydrating mask after exfoliating but I know not many people can afford to spend an extra 10 – 15 minutes on that 3 times a week. For this reason, I think you should invest in a really great serum, to get the hydration and necessary ingredients into your skin quickly. Finish off with a moisturiser and you are good to go.
2. Switch your moisturisers and body creams up
In winter we naturally need thicker, more rich moisturisers such as body butters. When the temperatures start to increase I find that using thicker creams causes my body to overheat and I sweat excessively. If you experience the same thing I suggest switching to body lotions and lighter versions of your usual face cream. If you find that you need still need thicker moisturisers it is better to apply them at night and then switching to a lighter moisturiser for the day, applied straight after your morning shower. If possible try to incorporate a product with hyaluronic acid into your skincare routine. Don’t let the name scare you. This ingredient holds 1000 times its own weight in water which means more water is attracted into the skin. This leaves you with beautifully moisturised and hydrated skin. Most importantly though (something I can’t stress enough) is to ensure that you up the SPF in all the products you use on your skin. This will protect your skin from the sun and also preventing premature ageing.
3. Drink more water
I am the first to admit that I don’t drink the recommended 2 litres of water every day. In summer it is even more important because we naturally perspire more and we are more active during the day. Nothing helps the condition of our skin more than drinking enough water. Not only does water flush out toxins from our system but our skin cells will be plumper - which means you’ll have fewer visible dehydration lines on your skin. Dehydrated skin is dry, tight and flaky which can only truly be resolved by getting enough water into your skin cells. I can go on and on about why water is so important but you’ll find some fantastic information online so I’ll keep this short.
Incorporating these few things into your routine now will prepare your skin well for summer and ensure you look great in your summer dresses.
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