After a long, cold winter, we can’t wait to ditch our heavy layers and soak up some sunshine. But before you do – make sure your skin is prepped and primed. Sun exposure is the biggest cause of ageing and, without the right products; your skin can react badly to the heat and humidity. Spots, rashes, excess oil – these are just some of the common beauty woes you can avoid with advice from our HeavenV beauty experts.
Look after your skin this Winter
Spring clean your skin
During the winter months, your skin needs an extra-moisturising cleanser to combat the harsh, drying effects of the cold. But as soon as the weather warms up, switch to a milder facial cleanser. This will gently cleanse your skin without overloading the moisture levels, which can clog your pores and cause breakouts. Choose one that’s appropriate for your skin type, but make sure it’s a light, non-irritating formulation. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, ask one of our qualified HeavenV therapists for a complimentary skin assessment. Remember to gently cleanse your face morning and night, and for an extra rejuvenating boost to your complexion, treat yourself to a MD Formulations MediSpa Facial.
MD Formulations Cleansers from - £25
ESPA Hydrations Cleansing Milk - £22.50
Scrub up nicely
Exfoliating is absolutely essential if you’re planning a ‘spring pruning’ session (no, we’re not talking about the garden), or you’d like to get a head start on summer colour. A good all-over body scrub is recommended before any hair removal treatment because it minimises ingrown hairs, rashes and irritation. You’ll also find tanning treatments last longer on freshly exfoliated skin, and you’ll avoid streaking and uneven coverage.
For your face, it’s important to use only the mildest facial exfoliators. Some of the most popular scrubs on the market can actually be very damaging to your complexion because they cause microscopic tears in the skin. Using the right products, you can gently remove dead skin cells to reveal a soft, radiant complexion without causing raw, rough or chapped skin.
MD Formulations My Personal Peel Kit - £36
ESPA Refining Skin Polish - £25.50
Moisturise and protect
Everyone looks better with a sun-kissed glow, but we all know sun exposure is the very thing that harms your skin more than anything. It’s the leading cause of dark spots, wrinkles and premature ageing, so it’s vital to give your skin the protection it needs. Choose a daytime moisturiser with UVA protection (minimum SPF 15) to protect against harmful UVA rays, and then use an extra-hydrating cream at night to boost your skin’s natural regeneration process. You want to give your skin the nourishment it needs – without overdoing it and clogging your pores. Remember your skin needs to breathe; otherwise you’ll risk spots and breakouts. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your lips, neck and arms – really any body part that’s going to be exposed to the elements. A good quality moisturiser with sunscreen will gently nourish your skin; replenishing the natural oils that are stripped away by sun, water and wind. We also recommend using a hydrating facial mask twice a week to soothe and balance your skin, leaving it refreshed, revived and infused with moisture.
MD Formulations Temps Illuminating Spot Treatment - £28
MD Formulations Total Protector SPF 30 - £16
ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Moisturer - £41
ESPA Lift & Firm - £47.50