Sunshine, blue skies and longer days… yes, it’s official, Spring is here. And as well as heralding a change in your wardrobe (goodbye boots and coats, hello shoes and jackets), the warmer weather should trigger a change in your skincare routine.
So, if you haven’t already set aside your winter oils, balms and serums, here are our top tips for healthy, glowing skin this Spring and to get ready for Summer.
Probably the biggest change you’ll need to make is swapping your moisturiser for something lighter that won’t clog your pores or make your skin look greasy. The reason for this is that the skin tends to hold more water in the spring and summer so it doesn’t need so much protection. The best type of moisturiser for this time of year is a water-based lotion or one that contains hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the skin, connective tissues and eyes. Its function is to retain water and keep your tissues well-lubricated and moist. As the skin ages the amount of hyaluronic acid decreases and it is also affected by factors like ultraviolet radiation from the sun, tobacco smoke and pollution.
Be Sun Aware
The sun is getting stronger at this time of year so it’s important to build some kind of sun protection into your skincare regime. In the winter, it is normally sufficient to use a moisturiser with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30.
However, stronger spring and summer sun demands a separate sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50.
Our clients sometimes say this seems counterintuitive but, actually, exfoliating can help to prevent dry skin. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the outer layers of the skin, helping to increase blood circulation, remove dull or dry skin and brighten up its appearance.
There are different ways to exfoliate, including an exfoliating brush, sponge or glove.
You may also wish to use a scrub or chemical peel. Alpha-hydroxy acid peels break apart the bonds holding dull and dead skin cells on your skin’s surface. Beta-hydroxy acid peels tend to be better for acne-prone skin.
Treatments for Spring to get ready for Summer
Transitioning from one season to another can cause skin to become dry or dull. A specialist treatment can help to improve condition, replace lost moisture and brighten dull or lifeless skin.
There are many different types of facial to choose from (in fact, the choice can sometimes seem a bit confusing). If you need help or advice, all good skin spas will be happy to discuss your individual case and recommend some good options for you.
At TBC Atelier, our most popular facials at this time of year include:
- The Photogenic Facial – Sixty minutes of pure indulgence including a relaxing massage, hydrating mask and skin rejuvenating Dermalux LED phototherapy treatment to leave skin with a healthy radiant glow.
- Epinova Photosonic Facial – A 90-minute revitalising facial that includes a gentle cleanse, exfoliating gommage, detoxifying steam, vitamin-infused massage, enzyme reactivation treatment, Dermalux LED phototherapy treatment and more.
At TBC. Skin Atelier we offer complementary skin consultation so if you would like some advice or some more information call to book in with one of our aestheticians on
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