Just as it signals a wardrobe overhaul, the arrival of a new season is the perfect time to reassess your beauty routine, which for spring means overhauling your skincare in line with changes in temperature and an increased exposure to environmental aggressors.
As you emerge from hibernation this season, take your skincare to the next level with these spring-perfect picks, guaranteed to give skin a much needed pre-summer boost.
Start the season with a clean slate by ensuring that skin is deeply cleansed and free from buildup and impurities before dosing up on high-potency ingredients. Exfoliating and detoxifying masks will help to revive post-winter skin, unclog pores, and prevent breakouts, leaving skin clearer and brighter. Pai’s Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask excels at this time of year, clearing congestion without leaving skin tight or dry. For deep detoxification, opt for Grown Alchemist’s Deep Cleansing Wheatgerm Ginkgo & Cranberry Masque, which visibly reduces the appearance of enlarged pores and leaves skin prepped for better absorption of consequently applied products.
After using heavy creams throughout the winter months to lock in moisture and protect against harsh weather, switch to a lightweight lotion that will balance moisture levels. Hydration should always be the mainstay of your skincare routine – no matter what the season. Look for lightweight water-based formulas with SPF for dual-action hydration and protection as the sun’s rays gather strength. Try Peter Thomas Roth’s Max Sheer Day Moisture Defence Lotion, which is enriched with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to deliver powerful hydration without clogging pores. Likewise, swap out cleansing balms and oils for gentle gels and lotions like Mario Badescu’s Cleansing Milk With Carnation and Rice Oil, which cleanses skin without stripping it of moisture.
Take your Vitamins
With increased outdoor activity on the horizon, one of the best things you can do for your skin in spring is boost your vitamin intake in order to protect it from harmful free radicals. Applying vitamins topically is a failsafe way to deliver maximum anti-ageing benefits to depleted skin, and serums (thanks to their micro-colecules penetrating deep into the dermis) easily inject a heavy dose of high-potency ingredients into your routine. Dose up on Vitamin A, which increases collagen production and reduce the appearance of discolouration, via Verso’s Super Facial Serum 4 or opt for a multivitamin cocktail like Zelens’ Intense Defence Antioxidant Serum to boost the skin’s immune system. Look out for Vitamin C, which will promote cell renewal and fortify the skin, and Vitamin E for hydration and powerful UV protection.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
Spring is the season for regeneration, so capitalise on skin’s overnight process of renewal with products specifically designed to take advantage of the fact that you’re lying bare-faced and comatose for 6+ hours. By infusing skin with active ingredients that are absorbed deep into the epidermis, these products have both long and short-term benefits – promoting cellular renewal and leading to a clearer, brighter complexion. More than just a heavy-duty moisturiser, First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Overnight Mask assists cellular regeneration while you sleep, and nourishes skin with a comfort blanket of hydrating ingredients. To counteract dullness and wake up to a radiant complexion opt for Dr Brandt’s Overnight Resurfacing Serum, which takes advantage of skin’s night-time rest period to increase cell turnover and restore vitality.
Don't Neglect Winter Limbs
The arrival of spring signals the countdown to summer, and SS16’s cold-shoulder necklines and lingerie-style slip dresses are reason enough to make neglected winter limbs luminous. Skin can feel tight and look dry and flaky after the harsh effects of winter weather and central heating. Emerge from your layers and exfoliate all over twice-weekly to smoothen and brighten skin. Slough away dead skin cells with Jurlique’s Body Exfoliating Gel – the perfect antidote to rough skin, it leaves limbs smooth and soft thanks to an infusion of finely-milled Walnut Shell Powder. Follow it up with a high-power body lotion. This Works’ Energy Bank Body Makeover is a souped-up blend of sixteen natural oils, delivered in a weightless serum-like texture which supercharges the skin with a radiant glow.