Get your skin Spring ready

Any change of season has the potential to disturb your skin’s usual flow. Winter skin doesn’t hold moisture very well, everything evaporates much quicker and dehydrated skin becomes a common complaint. Warmer weather is so much kinder to the skin, however, but you still need to prepare for it, writes Ms. Mathahle Stofile. 

One of the first things you’ll notice as the weather starts to warm up is a thin film of oil  forming on your skin, not only protecting your it from external factors but also locking in the much-needed hydration after a dry winter. This film of grease is not such a terrible thing, but you don’t want it to get out of control and start clogging your pores. So here’s what you do:

Exfoliate

If you can’t go for an actual deep cleansing professional facial, then the next best thing for you to do at home is exfoliate properly once a week. Concentrate on the areas that usually get clogged or break-out, like the nose, chin and forehead. Those big molecular scrubs can be abrasive on the skin, but a good chemical exfoliation with a little glycolic acid (which feeds on dead skin cells, with the effect of a superficial peel) is way more effective while being gentler on the skin. Once you go this route, you won’t go back to harsh scrubs.

Try these:

QMS Exfoliant Fluid: start with once a week and build it up as your skin becomes more resilient.

Nimue Exfoliating Enzyme: great for sensitive skin

Dermaceutic Foamer 15 daily cleanser: a daily exfoliating cleanser with active glycolic acid.

Go lighter with your moisturiser, but don’t leave it out completely.

When you have oily skin, it’s tempting to leave out the moisturiser, especially in spring/summer. When you don’t give your skin some oil, it will overcompensate and produce more of its own oil (sebum), which can trigger break-outs. Instead of your thick winter cream, try a gel textured moisturiser or a light lotion, still with good hydrating quali

ties:

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream Moisturiser

Kiehl’s Candula Serum-Infused Water Cream

Lab Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15

SPF!

When you choose a sunscreen – which is non-negotiable if you’re serious about your skin (and health) – make sure it is has broad spectrum coverage, meaning UVA, UVB and Antioxidant protection. Basically, UVA shields against premature ageing; UVB shields against deeper burning that can cause melasma (skin cancer) and Antioxidant shields against pollution/free radicals. Most sunscreens have UVA and UVB protection but not necessarily the antioxidant factor. In this case, an antioxidant serum under your moisturiser like Skin Ceuticals’ Phloretin CF, Ferulic CE or any Vitamin C-rich serum.

If you stick to just these three tips going into Spring, I guarantee you very happy skin by the time summer arrives.

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