Only in my mid-twenties did I discover the value of looking after my skin. It took years for me to understand that if I didn’t treat it well then my complexion would remain grey and spotty. Fast forward a few years and I can’t imagine not taking care of my skin now, but it does get difficult to keep on top of it in the beginning of Spring. wind , then suddenly hot cars, houses and offices creates an environment that wicks moisture from our skin and dry’s it out quick time.
Here are a few tips to keep your skin feeling tip-top all year round :
Facials are expensive, but they are also my one time of the month I relax fully. It took a year to see the benefit of a monthly facial but sticking with it saw my facial skin smooth out and firm up. My beautician also gets to keep a close eye on my skin and advise me of any dry areas that I need to take extra care of. It’s my facial MOT once a month and I recommend it to anyone. Opting for a mini facial keeps cost to a minimum but still gives you the full skin benefit – just without a full purge – however if you go regularly you will not need one in time.
Toner, Toner, Toner
This is a top tip from my beautician and was a game changer in my life to keep skin oil and spot free and keep its moisture in. Use toner morning and night after you wash your skin – I used to wash my skin and then immediately put on moisturisers. What that does is open your pores in washing and then putting oil directly into your open pores, you need the toner to close the pores, so when moisturiser is applied it can then sink into the skin not just clog pores.
My favourite moisturiser at the moment is Skin Salvation, it caters for extremely dry skin but is only made of flower and seed oils, nothing else. Even in organic moisturisers the ingredients list numerous chemicals and the chemicals in designer moisturisers are high too. My skin does well on oil based moisturisers to keep it full of moisture year round. I used to be scared of oils, thinking it would make my face oilier, however the added oil balances out my skin so my pores don’t need to produce it when dry.
Moisturise Top to Bottom
In spring it is especially important to moisturise your whole body regularly. Hands and face are more exposed to the elements so will need more attention but arms, legs and chest skin will dry out quickly too. Experiment with moisturisers until you find one that suits you, whether its quick absorption or your favourite smell; your skin will thank you 40 years down the line when its smooth and supple.
I am always on the lookout for new beauty tips, what is your skincare regime to ward off dry skin? Let me know in the comments.