We are well and truly into Spring!
The temperature is rising (albeit with a sprinkling of rain – good old Blighty weather!), the sun is making a welcome appearance and we have two bank holidays to look forward to this month!
Why not use these days off work to review your beauty routine after the chill of the winter months.
Here is my edit of my current beauty heros that will get me ready for the season ahead!
Spring Skin Saviours
Reinvigorate and awaken the skin with by giving it a little TLC on your May Bank holidays.
During the winter, the skin may have become prone to dryness and dehydration due to exposure to central heating and the crisp winter winds so replenish the moisture with a high performing serum such as the award winning Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, by Estee Lauder (from £48).
Alongside alongside its winning formula of moisturising hyaluronic acid and reparative antioxidants, it contains ingredients that help skin cells to purge themselves of toxins too!
Exfoliation is often a step that is overlooked in many a skincare routine but nothing will give the skin a good ‘spring clean’, than an efficacious exfoliator. Why not make a commitment to making regular exfoliation a part of your skin care routine – your skin will thank you for it – I promise!
This year I have discovered the amazing skin care brand Algenist (available at Space NK and on QVC). Algenist is a clinical skincare brand delivering anti-aging innovation from Microalgae, one of the oldest and most nutrient-rich algae in the world.
Rooted in biotechnology expertise from the heart of the industry in San Francisco, research discovered that Microalgae secrets a compound that not only allows it to survive, but thrive and regenerate in spite of exposure to the harshest of environments.
This compound is Alguronic Acid. Patented for topical application it is found in all Algenist skincare products.
This brand is delivers hi-tech, no nonsense skincare and I have been extolling the wonders of the Triple-Action Micropolish and Peel* (£58.50/60ml).
This microdermabrasion peel resurfaces skin with a 10% acid duo (Alguronic Acid + Glycolic Acid), a 10% fruit enzyme complex and micro-crystals to immediately improve skin texture – but surprisingly without any irritation. As well exfoliating the advanced formula corrects skin imperfections such as hyperpigmentation. This product has worked wonders for my skin!
Come rain or shine – protecting the skin from harmful UV rays is vital. Women of all skin tones need to wear sun protection. Even is the sun isn’t shining intensely, make the application of an SPF a daily occurrence. My current fave moisturiser that boasts a generous SPF level is Rodial’s Glamtox Day SPF15*.
The formula is light but you can really feel the ingredients getting to work!
Make Up Makeover
Out with the old and in with new!
Spring is the perfect time to refresh your makeup bag and add new products to the mix.
One product that I swear by is a primer. No longer restricted to the professional make up artist, a good primer provides the perfect surface for your foundation to adhere to. As the temperatures begin to soar so does the shine on the face –using a primer can also help to keep the shine at bay. My shine beating primer of choice is Avon’s Magix Face Perfector (£10.50). The light gel-powder formulation gives a flawless, matt finish, soothing over pores and fine lines. The products holds make up in place from dawn till dusk – and at a purse friendly price you can give it a whirl without breaking the bank!
With my super smooth primed face, the foundation that I am loving at the moment is the brand new offering from Elizabeth Arden – the Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup SPF 15 collection* (£28), which comes in 20 shades suitable for all skin tones.
To be honest Elizabeth Arden was not a brand that came to mind when thinking about shades for the women of colour but I have been pleasently surprised by the overall offering! There are powders, concealers and foundations that suit all skin types! I have been using the Walnut shade. It glides on like a dream! The coverage is fabulous…and the SPF 15 is a bonus!
The packaging is also gorgeous and make the daily application of one’s base a little more luxurious!
So there you have it!
My beauty must haves that will help me to transition into spring with ease!
Bring on the sunshine!