Skin Care for Spring

The evenings are becoming lighter, the air has lost its bite and that means only one thing – spring is on the way! In the same way you adjust your clothes for the seasons, you also need to adjust your skin care routine – but the basics remain the same. 

The experts at sk:n recommend the following to achieve lovely spring skin…

  1. Dr Firas Al-Niaimi: Skipping the sun cream… can lead to damaged skin. We all know sunscreen is the way to stop getting burnt but making sure you apply it properly is vital to sun protection. You should never use SPF that’s out of date, as it will be ineffective and not protect you from sun damage. If you’re actively sunbathing, it is recommended you apply a shot glass (1oz) of SPF over your skin. Make sure your SPF is non-comodogenic (does not block pores) before you use it on your face as well as body. Moles need extra protection, as they heighten the risk of developing skin cancer. The skin on the face is thinner and receives the most exposure, so make sure you’re applying more sunscreen in that area too.
  1. Dr Daron Seukeran: Spring’s the time to… book in for laser hair removal. If you choose to get rid of body hair, now is a good time to start preparing for summer, especially as the treatment is more accessible than ever. There have been great advancements in the types of lasers we’re using which are now safer for treating pigmented or darker skin tones. New generations of lasers are better and more precise at picking up the pigmentation within the hair, without causing surrounding damage. There have also been advancements in terms of client comfort.
  1. Dr Nathan Holt: Exfoliation faux pas… can lead to dull skin. Gentle exfoliation is the key to radiant skin, although we often skip this step of our skincare routine when rushed off our feet. Try to do this twice a week to remove the build-up of dead skin cells, makeup and oils to reveal glowing, fresh skin underneath. Regular exfoliation can also help minimise the appearance of pores. Try an exfoliator that contains Glycolic Acid as it will expose brighter skin and even lighten some dark marks. Don’t forget to exfoliate your lips with a sugar scrub, too.
  1. Dr Nathan Holt: Stress stealing your sleep… can lead to tired eyes. Dark circles can appear when the reality and stresses of everyday life disrupt our sleep pattern – and this is even more likely at the onset of spring when our evenings become longer, and our social lives ramp up. A refreshing eye cream will do wonders to prevent water loss in the skin and improve elasticity, therefore helping to reduce the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. Also, try to avoid caffeine if possible. Herbal tea is better for relaxing, especially before bed.
  1. Dr Daron Seukeran: Not staying hydrated inside and out… can dry out your skin. it is important to hydrate the skin from the inside and out, especially as the weather hots up. The phrase ‘8 by 8’ is useful at keeping track of how many glasses of water you consume before the end of the day; simply drink eight glasses of water by 8pm and you’ll have had your fill for the day. When it comes to hydrating your skin from the outside, look for moisturisers that contain hyaluronic acid, as it helps prevent skin from drying out.
  1. Dr Firas Al-Niaimi: Not adjusting your skin care routine… can cause your pores to clog. Oily skin is caused by the sebum excretion rate, i.e. the amount of natural skin oil we produce. Hormones, humidity and lack of a decent skincare routine can all contribute to oily skin, and so you could experience a change now that spring is here. The natural oil your skin produces will clog up your pores if you don’t cleanse, so do this twice a day. Try a multi-functioning product like the sk:n Facial Exfoliating Cleanser; it’s gentle and creamy to moisturise and calm the skin, but also contains glycolic acid and glycerine to exfoliate away dead skin cells and clear pores. Make sure you use a non-greasy hydrating product afterwards, as if your skin is dry it will produce more oil overnight.

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