Thursday, March 15

Spring Clean Your Skin

Spring clean your skin - find your glow.

Spring Skin Prep - part 2:  Facial Care & Cosmetics

When the seasons shift, it's time to adjust your skin care routine.  So, as we head into the warmer weather, now is the time to modify your skin care products and cosmetics to help rejuvenate your skin and brighten your complexion.

Following months of cool Winter weather and dry indoor heating your complexion may look dull and washed out.  This lack of brightness comes from a build up of dead cells.  Lucky for us, skin responds quickly to some well aimed TLC.

Key steps for a glowing Spring complexion:

Cleanse  - To detox your skin and deep clean your pores, try a clay based facial mask.  Clays offer tightening and toning properties, while drawing out impurities from the skin.

Exfoliate (regularly) - Exfoliating facial skin not only removes dull, dead skin cells and evens out it's overall tone and texture - the process actually helps to generates the growth of new skin cells, while lessening visible signs of sun damage and age spots. The practise dates back to ancient Egypt and has since evolved to a well researched science. Exfoliating at home is quick and easy with a gentle scrub containing tiny spherical grains.

Moisturize & Nourish - The dense moisturizing cream that you have been using on your face through the chilly months, may be a little too heavy for the warmer months. With increasing heat and humidity, skin can become oily, which can lead to acne and blemishes.  While moisturizing is always an important step, changing to a lighter version will help to keep your complexion clear and bright.

Protect - Although it might not be beach weather just yet, wearing sunscreen everyday is vital to keeping your skin looking healthy and youthful.  Wearing an SPF of at least 30 is recommended by health and skin care professionals even during the Winter months. As the warmer weather approaches it is essential to take steps to protect your skin.  If you are hoping to get a head start on your summer glow, remember that a skin damaging burn is possible even in cooler Spring weather.

**Remember to apply SPF30+ to all exposed skin, paying attention to those often missed areas: your fingers, toes, backs of ears and lips.

Makeup - With the focus on flawless, glowing skin this Spring, makeup colours should lighten up too.  Refresh your look with a luminous face and just a hint of mineral colour, with either a focus on soft eyes with sheer pastel colors and well-defined brows; bronzer for a sun-kissed glow on the cheeks and eyes; or metallic and sparkling shadows in lighter shades paired with soft pink, coral or nude shades on the lips. For daytime use a lip gloss, rather than a lipstick, and switch from black mascara to dark brown. Instead of a liquid, full-coverage foundation, move to a tinted moisturizer or mineral powder instead.

By making adjustments to your skincare routine now,
you will be able to enjoy smooth, glowing skin through the warmer weather days ahead.

Ahead:  Spring Skin Prep - part 3 - Body. 

Live Purple!

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