Our skin needs different care from season to season – just as you adapt your wardrobe for the change in weather, so should you revise your skincare regime.

Exfoliate!

The sleet and sludge of winter causes build-up on our skin – made up of a combination of dead skin cells, leftover product and environmental toxins. Rid your skin of this by exfoliating once or twice a week, using a gentle scrub to coax out new, fresh layers of skin and improve its texture; leaving you feeling smooth and radiant.

TIP! Avoid exfoliators which contain walnut shells or apricot pits, as these are too rough for this delicate transitional season and will irritate or tear your skin. Look instead for ingredients such as brown sugar, or for scrubs containing beta hydroxy acids.

Moisturise!

Following on from the intense moisturising needed throughout wWinter using heavy products, now is the time to strip back and lighten up. Our natural oils come back into balance during sSpring, and so it is time to switch to lighter lotions – ideally oil-free, as additional oils will weigh you down in humid weather, and leave you looking greasy as opposed to radiant.

TIP! Avoid exfoliators which contain walnut shells or apricot pits, as these are too rough for this delicate transitional season and will irritate or tear your skin. Look instead for ingredients such as brown sugar, or for scrubs containing beta hydroxy acids.

Protect!

Although sunscreen should be worn throughout the year, it is easy to neglect this during Winter. Spring is the perfect time to reintroduce this as part of your skin and beauty routine, as the sun begins to shine (tentatively!) again. Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is crucial for its health, so choose products which have at least SPF 30 – moisturisers with SPF also help hold your foundation for longer, so there is that added benefit too!

TIP! A less obvious effect of increased sunlight is that we are more prone to squinting, and so to help combat fine lines and wrinkles induced around the eyes, introduce an eye cream. Look for one with a high concentration of antioxidants and peptides to ward off collagen-destroying effects of UVA rays, and plump up the fine lines that have already formed.

Watch out for!

If you suffer from any skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema then the increased levels of allergens this month, coupled with changes in environmental conditions, are likely to cause a flare-up. Seek out advice on how to prepare for this, and combat increased symptoms.

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