Spring Skin Prep

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Prep Your Skin For Spring

Follow Katie's top tips for glowing skin

I think we are all feeling the effects of a particularly long winter, constant cold temperatures and environmental factors that have been affecting our mood, energy levels and causing havoc with our skin.

Roll on spring, the season of rebirth, rejuvenation and renewal.  I think we are all ready for a Spring clean, so here are a few of my tips to get you started this April.

Spring Skin Saviour - It’s time to come out of hibernation, shed some layers and wake up those skin cells.

Start by adding into your weekly routine a good exfoliator. A lot of my clients have been suffering with dry skin over the past few months and I put this down to the extreme weather changes. Whilst your skin is ready to be rejuvenated, it's just in a slight battle with the environment at the moment.

Spring Clean - As we are coming into Spring, I would suggest exfoliating twice a week for a month, this will kickstart the cells and boost the skin into action. I suggest using an exfoliator with Vitamin C, as well as Anti-oxidants to feed the skin at the same time. Check out my online shop for the De Mamiel Brightening Cleanse & Exfoliate, with Cacao, Moroccan Clay and VIt C, this is a great exfoliator as well as teaming up as a mask.

Food for the skin - with a light and detoxing Spring facial oil. This should be power packed with essential oils and high quality base oils, so that it all gets absorbed and treats the skin, giving it the food and nutrition it needs. The Spring oil I recommended has Rosehip, Milk Thistle, uplifting Juniper, Geranium and Grapefruit to detox and wake up the skin, awaken your spirit and create inner and outer radiance.

Its worth investing in a high grade facial oil -  such as De Mamiel Spring Seasonal Facial oil at £70 or Elequra Replenishing Facial Oil at £55 to get the best of the best. If your facial doesn’t contain high quality base oils or the essential oil blend isn’t well rounded (just added not formatted for its effect), It will not do the right job, it could be too heavy, sit on the skin, cause sensitivity, not perform well or cause little white spots. I suggest treating yourself to a facial, not just because it is relaxing, but you will also get some good advice on what suits you and your skin. It’s worth the investment, just to know what products to use and how you should be treating your skin at home.

Protect - Spring can be a dangerous time for sun damage as we are unaware of how strong the sun can be.  Make sure you are using a good quality SPF of 30 plus, either in your moisturiser or under your make up or as a tinted moisturiser, to avoid any sun damage or pigmentation. Invest in a high quality facial SPF such as De Mamiel Daily Nectar SPF 30 or for a cheaper option Skinceuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50. Some key things to look for are a light, fragrance free cream that won’t clog up the pores - with a high protection 30+ from UV Damage.

Wake-up Wellness

Uplift your Mood - Why not start a mood board to bring some new energies into your life? Have a think about what you would like your Spring and Summer to look like - how you would like to feel, what you can see, think about the colours you associate with spring, what makes you happy. This is a lovely creative thing to do and look at when you wake up in the morning, you can create whatever you want, get inspired but looking through some magazines, pinterest, pictures that create a feeling for you.

Wardrobe detox - put those winter clothes away, bring in your Spring colours and lighter items or maybe have a little shopping spree!

Nutrition - This is the time to detox I think, coming out of the winter warmer stews, moving into the lighter and more colourful tasty recipes. I had a little gathering around my house this week and made some fantastic new superfood salads - easy, quick and super healthy. Check out Gizzi Erskine Healthy Appetite recipes for some lighter, tasty options.

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Katie Light