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I’m not really a winter person. Which isn’t a problem unless you’re a.) Irish and b.) live in Ireland where winter rumbles on for a good solid six months of the year.
I’ve been in a self-imposed hibernation since last October and am just about ready to step out into spring. My skin, on the other hand, is not quite ready so I’ve been working hard behind the scenes to bring some life back into my lacklustre complexion.
With this in mind, here’s my top skincare tips for spring.
Step up your cleansing routine
Now is the ideal time of year to focus on your cleansing routine for fresh, glowing skin. I’ll admit I’m a bit haphazard but have been trying to embrace the double cleanse.
For my first cleanse, I’ve been using the Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm, which is a lovely balm-to-oil cleanser. Formulated with nourishing apricot kernel oil, it removes all traces of make-up, including waterproof mascara.
When working the cleanser into your skin, try to spend one to two minutes and use upward circular motions for a thorough deep clean (and bonus mini massage). I’ve been following this up with a light cleansing milk for super soft skin.
Always use an SPF
I wear SPF all year round but with the longer, warmer days ahead (she says hopefully), it’s even more important to step up your daily SPF protection. Those pesky ageing UVA rays are present all year round so never skip this step. Most BB creams, tinted moisturisers and foundations now include UVA and UVB protection so you really have no excuse. You have been warned.
Invest in a good eye cream
I was 27 (TWENTY SEVEN!) before I started wearing eye cream. Don’t make my crinkly-eyed mistake and invest in a decent eye cream such as the Dermalogica Stress Eye Lift. This cooling cream-gel, with massage applicator, helps minimises puffiness and dark circles. Formulated with fermented yeast (yes really!) and a hyaluronic acid blend, it also helps to firm up skin.
Apply using the ring finger along the orbital bone (eye socket) and not on the eyelids themselves.
Take a good skincare supplement
After a winter of harsh weather and drying central heating, it’s important to help boost your skin’s natural hydration levels.
I always try to eat a clean diet and supplement with a quality omega 3-6-9 oil. Omega fatty acids not only help to boost the skin cell membrane of the skin’s epidermis, they naturally protect from sun damage.
Gently exfoliate once a week
Lacklustre winter skin can really benefit from a little gentle exfoliation. When it comes to exfoliation, I believe less is more. For me personally, once a week is enough. Choose one with lactic acid or retinol to help slough off dead skin cells. I like the Dermalogica Gentle Exfoliant which is formulated with lactic acid to gentle lift dull skin.
Prioritise your beauty sleep
Finally, it goes without saying that a good night’s sleep is the best thing you can do for your skin. My beauty sleep must-haves include a ban on social media after 9pm, a bedtime cuppa of chamomile tea, a silk eye-mask, a cool bedroom and a great night cream.
At the moment, I am using the new Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon and I genuinely love this. Its tamarind seed extract nourishes the skin while its encapsulated, motion-activated French lavender, sandalwood and patchouli essential oils help promote deep, restful sleep – it’s forty winks in a pot.
* This post was created in collaboration with Dermalogica. All views my own.