Spring is here! Which means it’s time for a spring clean, a new wardrobe, and an updated skincare routine to shed that dull wintery skin, and make way for glowing fresh gorgeous skin to go with all your flowy spring outfits. If you don’t know where to start, or want to switch up your routine and try new products, I’ve listed the steps to a skincare routine that can be used day or night depending on your preferences. Ayesha xx
Skincare routine ;
Cleanse and exfoliate!
The two main ways to cleanse and exfoliate is chemical based products or products containing microdermabrasion beads.
Usually in the mornings, I prefer a slightly thicker exfoliant, at the moment I am using Soap and Glory, scrub your nose in it, on days where I feel less oily, or if I’m washing my face after I remove my make up, I reach for a gel/ foam based cleanser with microbeads for exfoliation, such as -417 foaming gel, context micro-derm regenerator or a number of Garnier gel based cleansers.
2. Serums/ spot treatment
After I cleansed my face, I pat dry with a towel and apply any thicker specified products such and serums and spot treatments. I usually use Simple Skin spot zapper, Soap and Glory DR spot, or witch hazel. Vitamin E oil or Elizabeth Arden ceramide capsules are some of my favourite products to apply when I have lots of time, maybe on the weekend, to really let it sink into my skin, and leave me looking bright, youthful, and radiant.
3. Facial spray/toner
Once the spot treatments have sunk in I usually apply pure rose oil and leave for a few minutes, and then wipe the excess with a cotton pad, and follow with Mario Badescu facial spray, or pure rose water transferred into a travel sized spray bottle. Lush do a number of different facial spray toners, and I always carry a small one on me during the hot summer months to cooldown and rehydrate my face. Alternatively, you could apply some toner on a cotton pad and wipe over the face. Pixi glow tonic is a popular exfoliating toner, but not recommended for sensitive acne prone skin. If you’re in a rush in the mornings, I recommend you at least use a facial cleanser, a facial spray, and finish off with an oil free moisturiser.
Moisturiser / night cream Now that the facial spray or toner has mostly sunk in, but the face is still damp, it’s a good time to apply moisturiser. My favourite moisturizer for the morning is Nivea Daily Essentials oil free moisturising day cream, and for my night routine I usually use something thicker such as Garnier SkinActive with rose water, or Polaar nuit night cream
4. Face Mask
For a deeply moisturising pamper session, you could skip steps 2-4 and just apply a face mask. Any sheet mask by Garnier are affordable and always effective. Each packed with different ingredients to brighten skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles or tired skin, de puff, and especially rehydrate and moisturise. Remove after 15 and massage the excess serum into skin and let absorb. If your face is left feeling particularly sticky, I recommend patting off the excess with a small face cloth. Once or twice a week I like to use a deeply cleansing mask such as the soap and glory The Fab Pore 3-in-1.