I don’t know about you but when the seasons change I also change my skincare. Packed away, or in my case pushed to the back of the storage stand, is the heavy creams, the creamy foundations and the most harsh acids and what comes out is the light gels, the refreshing facial sprays and the hydrating facemasks.
As I’ve mentioned and expressed before in my blog and social media posts, my skin isn’t exactly flawless, I mean who’s is?, but I do have acne scars and pigmentation so in the hope to calm it down or completely get rid I’m currently having a course of treatments including facial peels and laser. With this and summer coming I’ve given my treatments and products that are of a peeling effect a rest, until at least a few weeks after my treatments and the summer days are filled with horrible and cold weather. So, onto the new skincare routine (for acne-prone, combination skin that has acne scars and pigmentation)…
Cleanse & Exfoliate
Depending on how oily my skin can be in the morning also depends on how I wash my face. If it is indeed oily I will go in with the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (£10.50, 50ml), a light gel texture that instantly cools the skin and works into the skin to get rid of any grim and dirt it’s collected overnight. If my skin is on the dry side I generally reach for Botanics All Bright 3-In-1 Micellar Cleansing Water (£3.66, 250ml). Exfoliating is a must in spring. Due to all the cold weather in the winter your skin has a build of of dead cells so to give your complexion a bit of an instant transformation I mix my cleansing gel with the Dermalogica Microfoliant (£13.50, 13g), a very fine grain that gently buffs away the unwanted skin.
A toner that I’ve bought over from my winter skincare routine is the Vichy Purete Thermale Perfecting Toner (£12, 200ml), an enticing blue tonic that helps remove any leftover residue and tones the skin. For an extra glow and shiny skin, the good kind, the best way to apply toner is to dispense it into your hands and pat, or rub, into the skin and neck. I’ve been applying it this way for a few weeks now and it’s definitely given my skin a kick up the back side. I mean, my skin glows even after applying make-up.
We all know that serums are like the secret weapons within a routine and once you’ve got the first steps right, your serum will benefit. It’s a highly concentrated elixir of amazing ingredients that penetrate the skin at a deeper level than moisturiser so for that reason and the fact I prefer the texture, I use two different ones. The first is the all time favourite Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster (£45, 30ml), a lightweight serum designed to help restore the healthy look of the skin’s surface layer. I personally feels like this protects my skin throughout the day and keeps it hydrated and moisturised. To add a bit of health glow and suppleness to the skin I add BeautyPie Super Healthy Skin Daily Vitamin Defense Serum (£10.11 For members, 50ml). It’s the perfect duo.
So for me I do believe that a good moisturiser is good enough to apply around your eyes but as I love them for the sake of it and the fact I do prefer creamy, light textures to apply to help cool and calm my puffy eyes, an eye cream is definitely on the list. One that I’ve been in love with is the Deborah Mitchell Heavenly Eyes (£29.95, 15ml), a vitamin-rich cream that helps soothe and calm my eyes – especially when I’ve had a bad nights sleep.
I cannot stress enough that SPF is the most important skincare product that you should always apply, even in the winter. It’s best to use SPF 30 through the winter and SPF 50 for the summer – best to prevent those premature ageing lines! At the moment I am currently shopping around for a new SPF moisturiser so any recommendations please comment below but for the time being, whilst it’s still a mixture of weathers, I’m using Paula’s Choice Ultra-Light Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 30+ (£8.50, 15ml). Like it claims, it’s light texture glides on smoothly and helps to protect my skin in the few minutes I’ve walked from my car to the office! As the nights are lighter and more chance I’ll be exposed, mostly at the weekends, I want to find something that’s SPF 50 as throughout my peels and laser, it will definitely keep it protected.
For my night time routine and the last of the spring clean: for yourself, check back on my blog next week. Do you have any important additions or changes to your skincare routine for spring?