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The weather is warming up which pleases us no end. Our skin, however, not so much. You see, for a wide raft of us spring means skin that's scratchy at best and rough and dry at worst. A change of season also often brings a propensity towards flushing and even breakouts. The good news is all of that can be tackled and with just a few small tweaks to your regular skincare routine.
Skincare therapists Jessica Nash and Natasha Duarte, co-founders of the natural skincare range Vigour Skin Therapy, recommend you implement the following four steps and quick sticks. After all, there's a beach towel out there with your name on it and you don't want shady skin to ruin your good time.
During the warmer months oil and sweat glands go into overdrive which can result in pesky breakouts and blackheads. Getting into a great cleansing routine will help to create a clean and clear summer skin. That means cleansing morning and night (perhaps even double cleansing if you've been wearing long-last or waterproof makeup of any kind) plus a non-manual exfoliant (such as a BHA or an AHA) every two days.
The sun is lovely but it speeds up collagen breakdown and causes pigmentation which damages our skin. Sun exposure also puts us at risk of melanoma and skin cancer. Given that, sunblock is a must. To avoid sensitising your skin, blocking your pores or feeling greasy we suggest you skip the mineral oil. This ingredient doesn’t allow the skin to breath and builds up in the pore contributing to breakouts. Glowing, fresh and lovely. Yes you can. Image: Instagram/@gisele
When the weather warms up many of us return to, or at least up, our workout routine. That's great but it does mean increased perspiration. Working up a sweat is awesome for the body (and the soul) but it can make cleansing completely a little more difficult. Our advice, cleanse skin fully before exercising and then again afterwards. This will remove makeup allowing skin to breathe and also reduce sebum production.
Boost hydration topically and instantaneously by using a quality serum underneath your moisturiser. We recommend you do this both day and night. There's a lot of confusion about serums and what they do. The simplest way to explain the purpose of a serum is like this ... serum is a fertiliser delivering nutrients deep into the tissue of your skin while moisturiser is akin to watering the garden in that it binds water to the skin to keep it hydrated.