The post-winter skincare tips to spring clean your complexion
Polished skin is the lynchpin of the modern face, so tailor your beauty routine accordingly with Sali Hughes' expert advice for revealing your best complexion yet
New-season skincare should restore the appearance of good health. Just as we take the opportunity to clear out cupboards and sort through drawers, now is a good time to spring-clean the complexion, replumping and rehydrating fine, crepey lines around the eyes, and polishing the whole face with multitasking moisturisers containing a little extra glow or tint. If you’re not already wearing sunscreen, now is also the time to ensure you’re properly protected against UV rays every day. Just always remove it thoroughly with a cleansing balm and flannel before bed – spring skin looks best when spick and span.
I can often be heard raving about the wonderful Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skin Insurance SPF30, £49. This broad-spectrum sunscreen can be applied either over or in place of moisturiser, and its light-brown tint gives enough coverage to enable you to skip foundation and proceed directly to concealer. It looks natural, healthy and polished on any skintone between pale pink and mid-olive.
Get the glow
If you’re not quite ready to tan, try Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm, £44.50, one of my all-time favourites (Adele is also a big fan) that’s now available in three subtly glow-giving shades – the classic Bare Glow, plus new Pink Glow and ideal-for-summer Golden Glow. All are smooth, moisturising bases for make-up.
It’s rare to hear me rave about an eye cream and even rarer to see me empty a whole bottle, but Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix, £49, has made me do both. This light, milky balm gives instantly cooling, plumping hydration that keeps the entire eye area – and its make-up – looking even and refreshed all day. Reapply at night and expect to wake without dryness, puffiness or redness.
Nourish round the clock
Fans of the hugely popular Superfood Facial Oil will be thrilled with the new Elemis Superfood Day Cream, £42, and Night Cream, £46. These complementary moisturisers contain essential oils and other vegan-friendly ingredients. The ginger and goji berry-rich day cream makes skin look fresh and vibrant, while the intensively moisturising night version contains almond milk and rich oils. If you’re especially dry, layer them over the facial oil for an extra treat.