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Spring Clean Your Beauty Regime!

Spring Clean Your Beauty Regime!

Spring brings a mix of sunny days and evening showers, making it important to understand your skin's needs as the seasons change. Start by having a look at the contents of your bathroom cabinets and vanity bags and ask yourself whether those products are suitable for Spring. You don't really need that heavy foundation, you should rather opt for a lightweight powder or CC cream that still offers you coverage without weighing down your skin especially in warmer weather when we tend to perspire the most. Ideally we should keep wearing sunscreen all year-long, but we all know that we tend to decrease or stop using SPF in Winter and now it's time to start applying SPF again.

Here are 10 ways to Spring Clean your Skin Care routine:

  1. Layer On the Sunscreen – The beauty rule is: "As long as there is daylight, you need sunscreen". If you've skipped out on using an SPF moisturiser in Winter, Spring is the season to get back on track. Opt for SPF 30 or higher to ensure that your skin is protected from the harmful effects of the sun. These days skin care technology is so advanced and you no longer need to worry about the white/purple residue that sunblock used to leave on your skin. You can even try out mattifying SPF moisturisers that won't leave you looking greasy like Justine's NEW Tissue Oil Face Cream for Oily Skin which retails at R189 in brochure.
  2. Exfoliate Your Skin – It's time to scrub away those dull, dead skin cells to reveal radiant and healthy Spring skin. If you have oily skin you can exfoliate your face up to 3 times a week and for normal to dry skin types 1-2 times a week. Stay away from hot water when exfoliating and rather use lukewarm water and mild exfoliators. For a list of products that I'd recommend have a look at this post… Exfoliate Your Woes Away.
  3. Update Your Vanity Bag – It's time to do the dreaded task of detoxing your makeup bag. Organise your makeup collection and get rid of unwanted and expired junk that is older than 6 months. Give those makeup brushes some much-needed TLC and wash away all that build up gunk that causes blemishes on your face. Replace outdated makeup with Spring classics like a new tinted moisturiser as a substitute for heavy foundation – your skin naturally gets darker in warmer seasons to opt for a shade that will match your skin tone. A bronzer will instantly warm up your skin tone and can also highlight your features.
  4. Lip Saviours – The delicate lip area still needs attention even though we're out of the dry season. Using a protective lip balm with hydrating essentials will keep your lips soft and kissable all year round. Lip tints are an affordable an easy way to hydrate lips with a touch of colour. Splurge on Clinique's Chubby Stick Intense Moisturising Lip Colour Balm available in a variety of shades and priced at R275 each at Red Square counters.
  5. Try a Face Mask – Give your skin some pampering once a week with an at home facial treatment. Depending on your skin type you could use a hydrating mask for very dry skin, a brightening mask for pigmentation or a charcoal mask to absorb oils and impurities on oily skin. My favourite find this month was the Sorbet Salon Skin Thermal Rescue Mask which combines essential oils (Lavender, Geranium, Grapefruit & Tea Tree), advanced actives (Salicylic Acid) and highly concentrated vitamins (A, C & E) to deliver salon results that will leave my skin feeling renewed and restored. Get it at Clicks or Sorbet stores for R120 each.
  6. Moisturise – It may also be time to switch up your lotions. No matter how much oil skin produces, everyone must wear a moisturizer. Use oil-free mattifying moisturisers for oily skin or creamier, richer versions with shea butter for dry skin. Try Justine's Tissue Oil Body Butter which retails at R119 in brochure.
  7. Cleanse Away Impurities – It's important to wash your face twice a day to remove greasiness, impurities and pollution from the environment. If your skin was drier in Winter and is now more oily in Spring/ Summer then its time to switch from a creamy to a gel or foaming cleanser which won't dry out your skin or leave it feeling tight. Try Neutrogena's Visibly Clear range of face washes that are designed for all skin types.
  8. Hair Care 101 – Over the winter, your hair can also develop damage through dry scalp, split ends and overall dry strands. For the spring, try moisturising shampoos and conditioners or oils to smooth hair and remove dryness. L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oils range is great at transforming dry, damaged hair into soft and shiny hair sensations. Get the full Extraordinary Oils range at Clicks stores from R49.95 each.
  9. Lighten up. For spring and summer, use light weight coverage in the form of tinted moisturisers and lighter, brighter make-up colors. The dull, drab days of winter are behind you so freshen up! It's time to let your skin glow. Nude palettes are an easy way to help warm up your skin tone. I've found that L.A girl blush and eye-shadow palettes are the perfect dupes for Urban Decay and are available at Dischem stores nationwide priced from R99.95. Check out the range – L.A Girl cosmetics.
  10. Treat Yourself – Now that your feet are out of boots, reward them for their seclusion and slip into some sandals and treat yourself to a pedicure and with some ridiculously bright colours like oranges, pinks and even turquoise!

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