With March comes intermittent spells of sunshine – the first glimmer of the Summer that will follow in just a few months time. But, the great weather is often quickly overtaken by grey clouds, strong gusts and spring showers. Rather than pine over the Summer that almost arrived early, put your rainy days to good use and spring clean your skincare routine.
Products That Works For Your Skin
For a clear, bright complexion, you must use skincare products that are working for, not causing damage against, your skin. All cosmetic and skincare products come with an expiration, and for good reason. Not only do the active ingredients in these products stop working to help your skin after the stated period, they will become contaminated with harmful bacteria – both on the packaging and in the formulas themselves. At best, contaminated skincare can cause oily acne breakouts, but at worst, they could cause irritation, rashes, and even skin infections. To keep your skin healthy, make sure your skincare cabinet is clean – free from any products that you’ve had for over six months.
Clean Your Brushes
While it seems a toil to do, cleaning your makeup brushes, blenders and applicators is so important to give your complexion a dewy, healthy glow. Although your makeup might look great, you will be doing more harm to your look – and your skin – than you think. Brushes that are caked in old makeup become dry and abrasive, and can damage your skin as you use them making fine lines and dry patches more obvious. They are also excellent carriers and breeding grounds of bacteria, that you don’t want to spread across your face, mouth and eyes for risk of irritation or infection. Cleaning them regularly will keep them soft, gentle on your skin, and will provide a smoother more flawless application for your makeup. We recommend cleaning your makeup brushes at least once a week, to keep your skin healthy and blemish-free.
Protecting Your Skin
Now that the Sun is desperately trying to break through into our lives, it’s time we took our Sun protection seriously. And that means, ditching the two-in-one moisturiser and SPF. While these can provide sufficient protection for us during the bleaker Winter months, it’s important to protect your skin properly from harmful UV rays. While effective moisturisers are supposed to penetrate the skin, SPF protection is intended to sit on the skin as a barrier to the elements. If these are combined, either one of your products is not working correctly. Find a moisturiser that promises to boost your natural collagen production for a youthful, radiant glow.
Slough Away a Dull Complexion
In the Winter, our skin becomes beaten by the elements of the cold and wind, and it builds up its own natural resistance. This leads to our skin looking dull and feeling dry, and that’s why now is the best time to reintroduce exfoliation into your skincare regimen. Buffing away the dry, dead cells and clogging in your pores will increase your skin’s luminosity, and will even help your current skincare products to work more effectively.
Finding the SPF For You
Though we’ve already mentioned Sun protection, we can’t stress enough how important it is to invest in a great SPF. Maintaining daily use of SPF 30 or higher during Spring and Summer (at least!) will drastically improve the look, feel and tone of your skin by preventing fine lines, pigmentation – and crucially – skin cancers. Find an SPF that works for you – if you have naturally oily skin, try a gel-based sun protection. If you want to prioritise moisture, opt for an oil. But, if you want complete shielding from harmful UV rays, try a cream-based formula. These are usually sold in bottles or sprays, for easy everyday application.
Back to Basics
Finally, the foundation of any great skincare routine – a great cleanser or face wash. For unrivalled at-home anti-ageing, opt for a face wash with AHA or BHA. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) are natural acidic compounds that are easy and safe to use on the face, that encourage our skin’s natural shedding processes. Depending on your skin type, you should choose whether you oft for AHA or BHA wisely. AHA formulas exfoliate the surface layers of the skin, to remove dead cells, even tone, and to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles. BHA products similarly exfoliate the skin, but also work to penetrate into the pores. Used on a daily basis, both AHA and BHA products can reduce the signs of ageing, prevent breakouts, increase skin’s radiance, improve it’s tone, and promote healthy skin cell turnover.
To finetune your skincare regimen in time for skin, get in touch with us at Health & Aesthetic Clinic for in-depth advice that is tailored to your specific needs. Follow our suggestions this Spring to cleanse your skincare routine, for completely flawless skin this Summer!
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