Spring is the season of renewal; with new life comes optimism, excitement and the urge to make some changes to your home and your beauty routine.
Admittedly I have a few KonMari moments as we head towards April - the ritual of tidying bathroom cabinets, kitchen cupboards and looking at a bit of self-rejuvenation is an annual occurrence for me.
Spring is an excellent time to look at our skin's overall health as it changes through the seasons and is probably not looking flawless after months of cold weather, staring at computer screens and cooped up working from home.
It's important to note that what we use on our skin and what we eat affects our skin's overall health and appearance. Sometimes it's hard to make the connection, but many skin "issues" can be our body's way of letting us know that somethings amiss with our digestion and health.
So, a little Spring-clean of the body inside and out is beneficial and will stimulate those feel-good endorphins, and it's a great time to change your beauty routine to help give your skin a fresh boost.
KEEPING SKIN CLEAN
Many people would be horrified at the thought of washing their face with bar soap. Popular commercial soap brands are alkaline-based and will dry out the skin, leaving it tight and itchy - not ideal for using on your face. Commercial soap is also full of detergents and contains skin-drying chemicals. You might want to consider swopping for a natural soap or cleansing bar.
All our soap bars are perfect to use on your face, and they're rich in natural oils, butters, plant extracts, and pure grade essential oils, making them incredibly moisturising, which will leave your skin clean and healthy. https://www.livewellnaturalskincare.co.uk/handmade-soaps
For your face, skin peels are an excellent way to do a thorough exfoliation and help boost skin-cell renewal and collagen. If you've not booked into your favourite salon for a professional chemical peel, then adopt a gentle approach if you're going to do this yourself. A soft muslin cloth and your favourite skin cleanser or natural soap are perfect for mild exfoliation.
We love our CloudCloth muslin wipes, which are dual-sided - one side for mild exfoliation and a skin buff, the other for wash & cleanse - they are ultra-soft pure organic cotton.
For your body, most skin-experts agree that you should use a body scrub once or twice a week - my favourite is Starest's organic citrus scrub; it's full of ingredients that nourish and hydrate and will leave your skin soft and supple while gently removing dead skin cells. www.starestnaturalskincare.co.uk
I also love dry-body brushing as an exfoliating option - done gently using circular motions; it's an effective way to boost circulation.
Replenish your skin's moisture by using a natural-organic skin moisturiser once or twice a day - natural cosmetics have no skin-drying chemicals, fillers or synthetic additives.
Our Marula and Apricot botanical facial oil-serum is not a heavy oil. Our skin holds more moisture in Spring and Summer, so this lighter oil is perfect for use throughout the day or as an extra hydrating boost at bedtime. Either apply using the dropper directly to clean skin or put a few drops in the palm of your hands, then gently massage into your face and neck.
We love our multi-tasking Shea Whipped Body Butter which is excellent for your face and body and best used after a warm shower - it sinks right in and leaves no greasy residue.
Shea butter is a thick, nourishing cream that helps improve skin's elasticity.
If you feel naked without foundation, you need to choose one with SPF as it's still important to use sun protection at this time of year. Our favourite SPF, tinted moisturisers are:
Trinny London SPF BFF Cream SPF 30
Skin Perfector: A citrus-scented tinted moisturiser infused with SPF30, with a light-reflecting flower extract to help brighten dark circles, give a luminous glow and helps tone down redness.
We love that this brand is Vegan Cruelty-Free too!
SKIN HEALTH FOODS
It's amazing how everything in the body is connected, and the food we use to fuel our body plays a vital role in the health and general appearance of our skin. There's plenty of information published by dieticians and medics, concluding that eating lots of fruits and vegetables will dramatically improve your skin's appearance and feel. Drinking lots of water and regular exercise will also help with skin texture and tone.
SKIN NUTRITION ARTICLE - Extract by kind permission of Healthline:
Skin nutrition is essential for health. As scientists learn more about diet and the body, it's increasingly clear that what you eat can significantly affect your skin's health and ageing. This article takes a look at twelve of the best foods for keeping your skin healthy. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-foods-for-healthy-skin
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Disclaimer - Our social media and blog posts are my personal opinions after using different kinds of soap and skincare products. While I do my best to share important information, I am not a scientist or a doctor. The content and information on this website, provided by Live Well, is for information only and is not nor should be construed as medical advice to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any skin condition. Pam