Smart ways to freshen up your spring skin

A new spring skincare routine is the secret to a glowing complexion. And it doesn’t have to be complicated. Now is the perfect time to look to your skin as it (like us) emerges from its seasonal slumber. Where winter is all about rich, pampering skincare formulas, your spring routine should work energetically to boost your complexion’s radiance with lightweight, glow-boosting textures. Below we reveal how to update your skincare routine for spring in 7 simple, yet highly effective, steps.

 

Spring Skincare Tip #1: Double Cleanse

Whether you’re living in a city (hi, pollution), applying SPF (see tip #5) or wearing a full face of makeup on the daily, adding a double cleansing step to your spring skincare routine will make the world of difference and it’s really easy. All you need to do is cleanse your skin twice, that’s it.

 

Ideally your first cleanse will be with a thicker balm-like cleanser to remove makeup and dirt. Next, you can either use the same cleanser if you have dry or dehydrated skin or a lighter foam cleanser for oily or spot-prone complexions. Take your pick from our cleanser collection here.

 

An effective double cleanse will clear away any dirt, makeup or sebum that could prevent your skincare from driving down deep and doing what it needs to do. If you use a face cloth when cleansing you’ll also get the added benefit of a gentle exfoliation which will leave your skin smooth and pores more refined.

 

Spring Skincare Tip #2: Go For the Glow Up 

The fastest way to get your skin glowing is to exfoliate, so add this step into your spring skincare routine. Not only does a gentle skin-sloughing session remove dulling dead cells, but it also leaves your complexion smoother so light reflects better. Another benefit of exfoliating? It clears the way so the products you apply after can sink in more effectively, essentially supercharging your serums and moisturisers.

 

Try The Ritual of Namaste Skin Brightening Face Exfoliator combines natural oils, hydrating glycerin and bamboo particles for a gentle yet effective scrub. Don’t want to use a scrub to exfoliate? Look to our The Ritual of Namaste Glow Mask that is packed with natural AHAs including lactic acid that nibble away at dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion. Simply apply the mask, leave on for 10-20 minutes before washing off to reveal more radiant skin.

 

Spring Skin Tip #3: Hydrate 365 

In the winter, when the sub-zero temperatures send complexions into turmoil, and again in summer when our skin has to deal with the sweat-triggering heat, we know to hydrate. But, don’t wait for your skin to look and feel parched—start now. Hydrated cells work more efficiently so it’s important to quench skin from the inside-out by drinking water, and from the outside-in by leaning on hydration-boosting skincare. 

 

If drinking water is a chore, try infusing your H20 with fresh fruit and herbs—think berries, citrus slices, mint or basil. Then look to skincare that contains humectants, these are ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid that draw moisture into the skin. For instant skin quenching, apply 4-5 drops of The Ritual of Namaste Natural Hyaluronic Acid Booster to the skin after cleansing and before the rest of your skincare routine.  

 

Spring Skin Tip #4: Energise Your Complexion

Facial massage, tapping and reflexology are incredibly powerful tools that you can lean on to rejuvenate the look and feel of your complexion. And all you need is your hands and a little face oil to provide slip. Whether you want to relieve puffiness, soften the look of fine lines or whisk away unwanted tension in the face, take a few minutes out every morning or evening to massage your skincare into your face. It isn’t just great for the look and feel of your complexion, but it acts as a moment of relaxing self-care that’s well worth factoring into your day. 

 

Spring Skin Tip #5: Protect Yourself 

Spring signals the start of longer, sunnier days but it’s also a time when skin-damaging UV rays start to strengthen. Every spring we get those days where the sun is strong and the temperature is pleasant—not too hot, not too cool—but it’s also when we’re more likely to get burned. The best way to combat the ageing UVA rays and the UVB rays responsible for sunburn is to get into the habit of using a broad-spectrum SPF every day. Be sure to apply it to your face, but also any areas on show, like your neck or the backs of your hands. Make sure it’s at least SPF 30 and you’ll be protected whatever the weather.

 

Spring Skin Tip #6: Tackle Uneven Skin Tone and Texture 

When it comes to a spring skin care routine, Vitamin C should have a place in your line-up. Our Vitamin C Natural Booster contains a potent Vitamin C derivative that helps to revitalise skin. With consistent use you can expect a more even skin tone, and a visibly reduced appearance of fine lines. The antioxidant and anti-ageing properties of Vitamin C help to bring a radiant glow to your complexion. 

 

Spring Skin Tip #7: Live Well 

At Rituals, we believe in taking a holistic approach to our skincare routines because it all puzzles together to form the overall picture of our wellbeing. If your skin isn’t happy, then it could be something else that’s up like stress or an unhappy gut.  

 

Be mindful as you traverse your day—eat a diet rich in colour, fibre and nutrients where you can and check out this handy article about the gut-skin connection. Factor in regular exercise that you look forward to (rather than dread) and take moments out to relax, whether it’s a 20-minute meditation or a chapter of a book. Stitching all these elements together, where you can, will help to reduce stress and strain that can show up on your skin. We’re only human, some days you’ll ace all areas, other days you’ll only be able to tread water and that’s okay. Do what you can to lead a healthy lifestyle and your complexion will thank you.  

Amy Lawrenson

Amy Lawrenson

Amy Lawrenson is a UK beauty editor with over 13 years of experience writing for magazines and websites including ELLE, Grazia, Women's Health and Byrdie. She has a keen interest in all things beauty and wellness, especially skincare because who doesn't want a clear, glowing complexion? 

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