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Three-Step Spring Skincare Guide

The new season is here. Clocks spring forward, and the days get longer and lighter. If you’ve been hiding indoors and keeping your skin under wraps (let’s face it, who hasn’t?) then this is your official cue to rise out of hibernation

If your resolutions have faltered or you’re looking for new, positive habits – spring brings with it a whole new step-change to start afresh. 

And to give you some inspiration, we’ve rounded up some of our Dermatologist’s best skincare wisdom to enhance your routine and get you outside and glowing. Where to start? We’re going back to basics with why skincare is important, more on skin types, routines, active ingredients and why stepping outside is just what you need to boost your skin – and your mood.

It’s as easy as one, two, three. Go get ‘em.

Three reasons you should care about skincare

With Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Malvina Cunningham

Skin is our largest organ

“Skin plays a vital role in maintaining our general health. It protects us from outside injury, regulates our temperature and fluid balance and has immunological functions that protect us from harmful microbes.”

Skin is a subconscious communication tool

“As part of our physical appearance, the skin plays an important role in how we communicate our emotional and physical state.”

Healthy skin reflects how you look after yourself

“Our skin is constantly exposed to the environment that can stress the skin causing damage, skin disease and premature ageing. The effect this has on our physical appearance can even affect our mood. Skincare that includes protection and repair should be a part of looking after ourselves every day.”

Three things to know before starting any skincare routine

With Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Malvina Cunningham

Understand that everyone’s skin is different

Everyone’s skin will have slightly different needs. It’s very individual – your best friend’s routine may be perfect for their skin but may be unsuitable for you. When I meet patients for the first time I look at their skin type, age, concerns and their skin condition to decide on an optimal plan.” 

Everyone’s skin will have slightly different needs. It’s very individual your best friend’s routine may be perfect for their skin but may be unsuitable for you.”

An expert-approved routine shouldn’t cost the earth

“Your skincare routine also doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. You can find effective products that are suitable for your skin at a reasonable price.” 

Choose simplicity over multiple single-ingredient products

“The skincare market has lots of well-formulated combination products which I generally prefer to using multiple single-ingredient products.”

Three skincare routine basics

With Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Malvina Cunningham

Make sure your using products to support your skin type

“Choose a cleanser that is specific to your skin type or concern if you are starting off and make sure the cleanser doesn’t leave your skin dry or irritated. Follow your cleanse with a moisturiser that is skin type or skin concern specific.”

Your morning routine

“Follow your cleanse with a hydrating sunscreen which should be a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a filter of at least SPF30 worn all year round. Sunscreen is a must-have for anyone who would like to maintain healthy skin, tackle skin ageing and treat any medical skin conditions such as acne or rosacea.”

Your evening routine

“In the evening I always encourage a double cleanse if you are wearing makeup, skincare or sunscreen. The first step is to take off your makeup and the second is a deeper cleanse. Follow with moisturiser. I’d also advise you to add products to this routine in the morning and/or the evening that targets specific skin concerns.”

Three things to know about skin types

With Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Malvina Cunningham

There are four main skin types

“Broadly speaking, most people’s skin can be categorised into a ‘skin type’ which includes: ‘normal’ (or well-balanced skin), dry, oily and combination skin types. All of these skin types can be sensitive at times.”

Knowing your skin type can inform the best skincare treatment

“Categorising your skin in this way is helpful as it can give dermatologists clues to some of the underlying causes of your skin issues and it can allow us to better predict how your skin will behave and react to different treatments.”

Your skin type can change

“It’s important to note that your skin type can change with age and changes in our environment such as a drop in temperature or humidity can dehydrate your skin and make it appear much drier.”

Three things to know about layering skincare with makeup

Get the order right

Make sure you’re formula-smart. On your freshly cleansed face, start with your serum or active ingredients – as a general use, layer thinner products that need to penetrate the pores, first. Layer your thicker moisturiser next and let it absorb fully before you take your next step.

Don’t forget SPF

SPF goes on as the last product in your morning skincare routine – before makeup. See our Skincare and the Sun Guide for more SPF layering wisdom.

Beware makeup pilling

Pilling – when skincare, makeup or SPF form tiny balls on your skin – can happen when you mix oil-based products with water-based on top. See more on how to stop skin pilling.

Three ways to spring clean routine 

If your skin is acne-prone, switch to non-comedogenic products 

Make sure you’re not sabotaging your breakout-fighting treatment by layering on additional products that clog your pores. That means avoiding oils like coconut oil, almond oil, avocado oil and olive oil on your skin. 

Want to age well? Understand the power of actives

Don’t wait, you can start using active ingredients before you show signs of age. The important point here is matching the active to your skin type and goals. We can’t turn back the clock but can support our skin health to boost its glow and texture. 

Skinimalism #goals

Skin + Me have championed skinimalism – a stripped back routine that delivers results but doesn’t stress out the skin (or the planet) from the start. We name-checked it again as a skincare trend a year later. Remember, your personalised Daily Doser delivers all the active ingredients you need with a supportive routine (using cleanser and moisturiser) alongside it, day and night. Less is more. 

Three surplus products you can do without

Toners

In the spirit of skinimalism, we’re calling out basic toner as a ‘nice to have’ but unnecessary addition to your routine. Used to remove excess oils and (temporarily) tighten pores, they can negatively affect your skin barrier if overused and combined with actives. It’s a pass from us.

Face masks

From hydrating formulas to claims they draw out impurities, facemasks are fun and if they’re the only way you can feel ‘pampered’ at home then go right ahead. But they’re not crucial to your routine, and if you buy face masks in single-packet packaging, think twice – it’s a lot of waste for a short-term skin boost.

Eye cream

The skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your face so special care should be taken. That said, you don’t need to splash out on a separate eye cream. Your normal moisturiser – if it includes quality moisturising ingredients like ceramides and glycerin – should do the trick.

In the spirit of skinimalism, we’re calling out basic toner as a ‘nice to have’ but unnecessary addition to your routine. 

Three (well, maybe four) way that being outside this Spring benefits ALL skin types

With Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Malvina Cunningham

Sunshine = Vitamin D

Vitamin D is mostly derived from sunlight and is essential to our general health and our skin health. The skin relies on Vitamin D to carry out its normal functions – providing a protective barrier, preventing loss of moisture, regulating body temperature, cell turnover and more. Evidence suggests that low Vitamin D levels are linked to several skin issues such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, vitiligo and eczema.”

Relieves stress = soothed skin

“Spending time outside – particularly in green spaces is a natural stress and anxiety reliever. Stress causes a chemical response in our bodies which leads to skin inflammation and sensitivity, it also triggers issues like acne, rosacea, eczema and slows down the skin’s natural ability to heal itself. Meaning skin issues are pro-longed which leads to increased stress. Therefore, the less stress you have the happier your skin will be – so get outside in nature as much as you can.”

Regulates circadian rhythms = better sleep

“Scientific evidence indicates that spending time outdoors will help you sleep better – it will also help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep. This is because natural light helps reset our circadian rhythms – our body’s natural sleep-wake regulators. In turn, good sleep equals good skin. When we sleep our skin goes into rest and repair mode – it’s when our skin regenerates itself without any interference from UVA, UVB light, stress etc. Sleep well and your skin will look healthy and rested.”

Fresh air = energised skin

“Fresh air commonly has higher levels of oxygen than indoor air and skin cells rely on oxygen to survive. Oxygen also improves tissue repair and circulation. If your skin doesn’t get enough oxygen, it becomes more vulnerable to free radical damage and will look lacklustre and dull.”

Medical facts checked by Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Malvina Cunningham

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