Seasonal Skin Care: Spring
As we say goodbye to the wintery weather and give a welcoming nod to spring, it’s time to start thinking about Skin Care.
Our last Skin Care blog talked about what you should be doing to protect your skin during the winter. It’s important to change your Skin Care regime to match the season so whatever you’ve been doing to keep your skin in tip top condition during the winter now needs to be adapted for the change in weather and temperature.
From our recent survey of 4,000 adults, we found that ageing is your primary concern – with a huge 37 per cent of you listing it as your biggest worry when it comes to your skin. As ageing and Skin Care go hand in hand, let’s take a look at how you can switch up your routine this spring to give you the best skin of your life.
Which Skin Care products are a must for spring?
As the weather gets warmer, your Skin Care products should get lighter. We were impressed that a huge 61 per cent of female respondents to our survey said they used moisturiser as part of their daily routine – and almost a quarter of male respondents said the same. For spring however, it’s time to ditch the rich and heavy creams in favour of a lighter moisturiser.
Nearly 15 per cent of you said that sensitive skin was your biggest complaint. You’ll be happy to hear then that your skin is actually less sensitive in the spring, which makes it the ideal time to try out a rejuvenating Skin Peel and to introduce exfoliation into your routine.
How often should I exfoliate?
We were surprised that only 10 per cent of respondents used an exfoliator as part of their daily Skin Care routine. Many people tend to skip this part of their skin routine out during the winter out of fear of skin becoming raw and irritated. The result is flaky and dry skin at the start of spring. So what better way to kick start a new season than by sloughing off your dead skin cells and allowing the shiny, healthy new ones to come through? Trust us, your skin will thank you for it. Use a gentle exfoliator every couple of days, followed by moisturiser to help skin stay hydrated.
When’s the best time of day to moisturise?
You should apply moisturiser day and night to keep your skin super hydrated, soft and supple. It’s recommended to moisturise after your daily facial cleanse and tone, while skin is still damp, to lock in that water for a great-looking complexion.
I’ve noticed a few spots on my face – how do I get rid of them?
Occasional blemishes were the biggest skin complaint among our survey respondents, with more than a quarter of you worried about spots. It’s fairly common to experience the odd breakout as your skin makes the transition between each season, however, you should also pay attention to your makeup brushes. It’s all too easy for bacteria and oil to get caught up in your makeup brush bristles, causing you to get clogged pores, unwanted spots and general irritated skin. To help get rid of your spots, wash your makeup brushes thoroughly and regularly.
What about sunscreen? When should I start using that?
Ask any Skin Care expert and they’ll tell you that daily use of sunscreen is a must. Not only does it protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, it also helps to prevent premature ageing – and with so many of you worried about ageing too soon, it’s time to start including SPF into your daily routine. 17 per cent of you confessed that you neglect to apply sunscreen daily. Look out for a lightweight non-greasy formula for the best protection – and don’t forget to apply it to your neck as well!
My allergies flare up in the spring and they’re affecting my complexion – what can I do?
Springtime is a common time of the year for allergies – and there’s nothing worse than dark circles and a red itchy nose. In fact, just over 15 per cent of you told us that dark circles were your biggest skin complaint. So how can you banish them this spring?
- Itchiness: daily serum
Dust, pollen and mould are all airborne allergies that can affect your complexion, leaving your skin feeling itchy and irritated. You can fix this by using a serum daily to protect the top layer of your skin and stop these allergens from penetrating the skin’s surface. If you’ve spent a lot of time outside, wash your face as soon as you go inside to get rid of any allergens lurking on your skin.
- Red nose: anti-redness moisturiser
It’s around this time of year that coughs and colds are rife – and all of that nose blowing can leave your nose feeling dry and red. Combat this with an anti-redness moisturiser, designed to reduce inflammation.
- Dark circles: anti-inflammatory eye cream
Airborne allergies can make your skin itch and it’s all too tempting to rub your eyes, causing skin to darken over time. You may find that reducing your salt intake and drinking more water will help to prevent any puffiness, while anti-inflammatory eye cream will reduce the appearance of bags and dark circles under eyes.
Looking for improved skin texture, tone and appearance this spring? Get in touch with The Harley Medical Group to book your FREE consultation and find out how we can help you enjoy the best skin of your life.