Prepare your skin for Spring
Posted on April 10 2017
Hopefully you've been enjoying the glorious sunshine that we've been having over the last few days. With longer daylight hours and trees full of springtime blossoms it's safe to assume that winter is finally banished and spring is in full bloom. Naturally we're all beginning to think of the summer months ahead, making now the perfect time to start thinking of ways we should be preparing our skin for the (hopefully) hotter days ahead and the summertime wardrobe that goes with the season.
Natural skin prepping tips for Spring
The winter months have no doubt left your skin dehydrated, dull and flaky. If you haven’t already started, exfoliating is key for boosting circulation and buffing any dull layers of skin, revealing a healthy natural glow. This way when the sun has its hat on, you won’t hesitate to reach for that skirt in your wardrobe.
Importance of Exfoliating
You don’t have to spend silly amounts of money on a good natural exfoliator. The chances are you probably have most of the key ingredients in your ken cupboard and can whip up an all-natural body scrub yourself easily.
Simply mix ½ cup of brown sugar with ½ cup of olive or coconut oil for a moisture-rich, gentle exfoliator for pennies. The mixture can be stored in an airtight container and used as and when in the shower. Just remember to gently rub the sugar scrub onto your body, using too much pressure can damage your skin. It’s great for use on those extra dry areas that get neglected such as our feet, knees and elbows too. I like to store mine by my bathroom sink and even give my hands a good scrub once a week just before bed. You’ll be amazed at the difference the following morning, once your hands have had a little TLC the night before, just remember to follow with a good natural moisturiser. Exfoliating is an important step for maintaining healthy skin but always remember to follow with some intense moisturising. Our all natural Body Butters are ideal for this. They're handmade using only natural ingredients and contain pure shea, cocoa and mango butters which are deeply nourishing & hydrating.
It’s good to remember that sugar scrubs are far gentler than conventional store bought scrubs that contain crushed walnut shell or apricot kernels, as these can sometimes tear the skin. I would always suggest doing a patch test before using any kind of new treatment on your skin, even one as gentle as the sugar scrub above.
If, like me, you’re in need for some serious de-fuzzing following winter hibernation. Exfoliating the body gently several days before waxing will remove dead skin cells and can actually make hair removal that tad bit easier and, dare I say, less painful.
It’s easy to get carried away when on a roll, but remember not to over exfoliate, you want to give your skin the chance to re-generate new cells. As a general rule you shouldn’t exfoliate more than once a week.
Be kind to your face...
We’ve tackled the body and our stubborn ‘rough patches’, but what about our face? To be honest, I always shy away from exfoliating the face, even with something as gentle as the sugar scrub. The skin on the face is extremely delicate and everyone will find different things that work. If you can stick to cleansing the face with a gentle natural soap bar and toning with distilled floral water, I find that it’s usually enough to keep the skin on our face in good condition.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
So you’re nearly there, you’ve got buffed, glowing hair free skin… just remember to keep your skin moisturised, if you’re looking for something natural a simple, pure cocoa butter will work a treat and is usually absorbed quickly by thirsty skin. Alternatively any natural oil will moisturise your skin, however, if you fancy something a little more luxurious, our 100% natural body butters are a great option. If you’re looking for something lighter for the face, rosehip is light and non -greasy and very economicaly priced. Another favourite of ours is Argan oil, with its natural anti-aging properties.
It goes without saying that you must use adequate sunscreen when you're out about enjoying the Spring sunshine. It's easy to get excitied when you see the sun out and naturally you'll want to enjoy it, just make sure you protect yourself from harsh UV rays before stepping out.
There you have it! Simple steps to prepare yourself and your skin for Spring and the Summer that will follow!
Enjoy the sunshine!