Spring heralds the shift from cold, dry winter to hot, humid summer, and the change in season should also prompt a few tweaks in your skincare regime. To help you look forward to the summer months with a peachy complexion, then, do this…
While there’re a plethora of spa skin treatments to be had, you can’t beat the good old fashioned Classic European Facial when it comes to getting skin ready for spring. It nourishes and rehydrates the skin, promotes a clear complexion, and makes skin appear younger and healthier. Here’s how it works:
- Consultation – A qualified spa technician will first assess your skin, including asking you questions about your lifestyle and diet. This will help her determine your skin type, identify any skin conditions, and allow her to choose the appropriate products to use.
- Cleanse – After sweeping your hair off your face and securing it with a towel or headband, she’ll use a cleanser to thoroughly clean the skin of all dirt and impurities
- Massage – She’ll also incorporate massage techniques as she’s cleansing. Not only does massage promote relaxation but also stimulates the skin and aids in ridding it of toxins.
- Steam – the very best way to open up clogged pores, steaming is deep cleaning the skin. Other benefits include boosting blood circulation (which gives a healthy glow) and (you guessed it!) helping relaxation. Most spas use a steamer machine for the job, but draping the head in a towel and holding it over a steaming bowl of water also works well.
- Exfoliate – This is the sloughing off of dead skin cells with an exfoliating agent, like an oatmeal or sugar scrub, in order to facilitate the skin’s natural renewal process.
- Mask – Applying a spa facial mask is crucial to providing the skin with deep nourishment. Lie back and relax for fifteen minutes as it works to deliver essential hydration, increase blood circulation, comfort the skin and banish zit-causing impurities. Once it’s washed off with warm water, your skin (and soul) will feel soothed and pampered.
- Tone – gently wiping the face with a toner removes the last traces of facial mask, prepping it perfectly for the final step.
- Moisturise – It’s essential for every skin type. Facial moisturisers not only nourish and hydrate the skin but form a protective barrier between it and the environment, sealing in moisture. It also provides an essential base for make-up, should you choose to wear it.
Sunscreen is vital to preventing ageing skin damage, but did you know it expires? Before you poke your nose outside this spring, best check the expiry date on last season’s sunscreen! Not only that, but in the months since you last bought sunscreen, technological advances mean that there are more effective products on the market. Keep these points in mind:
- Sunscreens are expensive, but do invest in the best one you can afford
- Do buy a special facial sunscreen, as well – the skin on the face is more delicate that that of the rest of the body and using an all-over sunscreen on your face can lead to skin irritations and breakouts
- Look for so-called Broad-Protection Sunscreens – these offer protection against both UVA and UVB light
- Opt for one with an SPF of 15 or higher for UVB rays
- If you have sensitive skin, consider using sunscreen made for children – it contains fewer irritating agents
- Water and sweat-resistant sunscreens are best for active folks on the run in the sun.
When was the last time you gave your make-up bag a good clear-out? Just like sunscreen, makeup products – foundations, lipsticks, mascara, the lot – also expire, so chuck out anything past its use-by date and buy new. This also gives you an opportunity to refresh your look with some fresh, more current colours. Then, pull out those manky make-up brushes and applicators and throw them in the wash! Remember, to prevent spreading germs and bacteria to your face – which causes breakouts – your makeup brushes should be cleaned at least once a week – to do this, pour a little shampoo into a sinkful of hot water and wash. This goes for your hairbrush, too!