Spring is the ideal time to step-up your green beauty routine.
Your body is perfect as it is, but sometimes we all need an extra boost to give us the confidence to get our legs out on the first warm day of the year, or to brave a bikini on the beach. Whether you're getting married this summer, have a holiday or festivals coming up, here are our 8 steps to plump and perfect your skin and hair for maximum body confidence!
1. Scrub: facial scrubs and body exfoliators are so important as the first step to achieving your best skin. Choose based on your skin type- gentle for sensitive skin and purifying for oily skin. Use once a week and follow with an effective moisturiser.
Hattie hint: Going fuzz-free? I'm all for the current 'trend' for au natural body hair but if you're not quite ready for statement pit hair, make an appointment at your local salon for a sugar wax a couple of days before your big event.
2. Cleanse: Washing your face at the end of EVERY day is essential to clear your pores and enable your skincare products to work effectively. We don't believe you need to spend a fortune on cleanser, just get the right one for your skin type and use it every morning and evening. If you wear a lot of eye-makeup use a separate gentle eye-makeup remover. Konjac Sponges are a really great non-expensive investment for your skin and they can be used without cleanser (make your products last longer by using without cleanser in the mornings and with cleanser for makeup removal in the evenings) for a really gentle way to glowing clean skin.
Angela Langford Sweet Cheeks Cleanser £18.
3. Treat: Masks, serums and oils. Brides and grooms to-be: now is the time to invest in extra skincare steps which will really pay off in the summer. Makeup artists will tell you that good skincare is the basis to achieving a naturally beautiful bridal makeup look. Add in a serum or oil before your moisturiser and you will really see a difference- again, choosing the right product for your skin type is vital. Mens skin really benefits from the use of face oil as it softens facial hair and helps to stop shaving rash. Multi-purpose products are brilliant for saving money and shelf-space, so use this Gentle Scrub as an exfoliator and a face mask.
4. Moisturise: Facial and body moisturisers. This step should be followed year round! Make sure you are using an effective natural moisturiser either in cream or balm form, that doesn't contain mineral oil or hormone disrupting SLS (or SLES) and apply liberally after every bath and shower. Pay particular attention to and really massage the moisturiser into any areas of cellulite or dry patches such as elbows, heels and knees. Using a night cream is also great as these are thicker than day creams and really work to hydrate your skin over-night.
Hattie hint: next time you're in the chemist or supermarket have a look at the ingredients in their moisturisers and oils. It is really important to learn the no-no ingredients (here is our list) why use mineral oil or cheap toxic ingredients when natural alternatives are more effective and just as affordable?
5. Hair: If your hair is coloured or treated, or particularly dry, it will really benefit from the regular use of a hair mask. Choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair's needs and avoid synthetic silicone as it gives the effect of shiny hair but eventually weighs it down making it look lifeless and lacklustre (which is why many people regularly change their shampoo, unnecessarily). Have your hair trimmed (and roots done if needed!) at least every 6 weeks to keep it looking healthy.
Organic Surge 2 Minute Moisture Mask £7.50.
6. Hands: Scrub and treat. You can of course give your hands a good scrub in the shower when you're exfoliating, but if you work with your hands or do a lot of gardening they may need a bit of extra TLC. Use a hand scrub whenever you need to and slather on lots of hand cream as often as you can. Use gloves for washing up and gardening too. Keep your hand-cream on your bedside table and use it last thing at night every night and you will notice a big difference.
7. Feet: Nail salons are notorious for their use of toxic chemicals. Minimise your exposure by taking your own nail varnish along for the salon to use. To keep costs down have a pedicure now and then maintain the softness of your feet by exfoliating and moisturising. You can have another pedicure just before your event but you may find a DIY job will suffice if you've been looking after your pinkies.
8. Colour: Fake it till you make it! If you suffer from a skin condition you may find summer a daunting prospect as the sun can exacerbate conditions such as rosacea, acne and eczema. The best way to avoid this is to invest in a great hat and some natural fragrance-free sun cream, but the makeup you use is really important too. A lot of people don't realise their skin is reacting to the toxic chemicals in nail varnish (particularly the delicate skin around your eye area, when you touch your face), so choose a 5-free option. Choose makeup with natural skincare properties that work with your skin, rather than masking the problem and making it worse. We have fabulous ranges of fresh makeup and nail colours to take you into Spring/ Summer.
Zao Organic Matt Lipstick 470 Satin Dark Purple £15.50.
You're prepped and preened and ready to go! If you have any particular skin concern or if you would like colour-matching advice, please contact us and we will be really happy to help.
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