Spring Beauty Refresh

After the cold winter months, get ready for spring sunshine with a beauty cupboard overhaul. These are our top products for a changing-season skin detox:

The important first step is to find a cleanser that will thoroughly rid your pores of impurities and dead skin, whilst not stripping the delicate hydration barrier. We love Tata Harper’s Purifying Cleanser, for its balanced approach; deeply cleansing whilst nourishing the skin and protecting it from environmental aggressors. Another multi-action cleanser is Sunday Riley’s Ceramic Slip, with its plant-based soaps that clean and help minimise pores, without drying or damaging the skin.

The next step is to find a hard-working mask, that will improve skin texture and add much needed hydration and soothing, to encourage lacklustre skin to renew and the much wanted glow to return! Tata Harper’s, multi-award winning Resurfacing Maskdoes just that. Loved by A-Listers, this French clay and pomegranate enzyme mask draws out any left-over impurities and minimises imperfections to reveal a hydrated and revitalised complexion. Kiehl’s Turmeric and Cranberry Radiance Mask is another go to, that encourages cell turnover and detoxification to reveal a brighter more even toned complexion.

Swapping out your usual moisturiser for an oil-based one is key at this time of year, to help skin become more balanced and regain its equilibrium, that the cold weather and central heating has destroyed. Don’t be alarmed by the sound of an oil-based moisturiser, even for those who have combination or acne prone skin, as the new generation of oils are not the same as the oil-based moisturisers of the past, which would often clog pores. The new range of facial oils, are non-comedogenic, rapidly absorbed and do wonders for your skin’s hydration level. Our all-time favourite is Votary’s Super Seed Facial Oil, which deeply hydrates and soothes and is worth every penny of the hefty price tag. A little goes a very long way. Another brand we can’t get enough of is Drunk Elephant, and their Virgin Marula Facial Oil. A mix of Vitamin E, Flavonoids and Omega’s get to work to plump up the skin, improve firmness and leave skin supple and soothed. We also love that this product is multi-purpose and can be used on the ends of frizzled hair!

Lastly make sure SPF becomes a part of your everyday routine. Gone are the days of heavy sunscreen that doesn’t rub in and leaves a white film of grease on your face. SPF’s are now weightless and easy to apply, so there’s no excuse. Giorgio Armani’s Maestro UV Skin Defense Primer does just that, creating an invisible, non-sticky shield with an SPF of 50. Or the cult of all SPF’s, but not a cheap purchase, is Dr Barbara Sturm’s Sun Drops, which can be mixed with a moisturiser or worn alone and combine SPF 50 with a host of skin regenerating properties.

By Emily Streatfeild-Moore.

 

— A Little Bird
23rd April 2019