Spring has officially sprung, the clocks are going forward on Sunday morning and the evenings are about to become a lot longer. While spring cleaning the house from top-to-toe might not be how you want to spend that extra hour, we do recommend you have a quick scan of your beauty products and supplements to check the used by dates.
If you’ve found this winter, especially with the recent snow flurries, has been tough on your skin, we’ve got just the thing to prep your complexion for the warmer months ahead…
Rise and shine
Employing a good cleanser not only wakes you up in the morning, but it’s also the foundation of a good skincare routine. iS Clinical’s Cleansing Complex, £35, might not new, but it is a firm favourite at VH HQ and a global bestseller for the brand. The finely balanced pH is one of the key factors that makes this cleanser so good and means that it cleans without stripping or drying out your skin.
Cleansing is also the prime opportunity to incorporate massage into your routine by simply working it into skin in vigorous circular motions. It takes no extra time, but will encourage blood flow to your skin and enhance a rosy glow.
Replenish and revive
After months of excessive central heating and cold temperatures, your skin can often feel drier than usual. Hydration is key, which is where QRX Labs Peptide Complex Serum, £10 (currently on pre-order only), comes in perfectly. With hyaluronic acid and a cocktail of peptides designed to boost collagen and elastin production, it’s a multitasking serum worth adding to your daily routine in the mornings and evenings. If you want to take a two-pronged approach to hydration try incorporating Hyaluronic Acid High Strength, £35.
Upping the amount of antioxidant application also help to revive your skin, as well as protect it. This Works Energy Bank Skin Glow, £30, not only loads your skin with antioxidants, but the golden mineral pigments add an instant glow – it’s a no brainer.
Generally speaking when it comes to face masks there are two camps, those who religiously use them and those that never do because they don’t see results or don’t have the time. There is nothing quite like a mask to help alleviate those niggling skin concerns though. For those that wake up with a grey tinge to their complexion, Green People’s Vita Min Mask, £16, is the perfect remedy, alongside facial massage. And, it can be left on like a supercharged face cream. Lixirskin’s Vitamin C Paste, £32, is like an antioxidant shot for your skin and compliments This Works Energy Bank Skin Glow perfectly. For clogged pores, look no further than Amie’s aptly named Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask, £5.95. To turbocharge the results, apply it just before you get in the shower, so the steam helps to open your pores.