This is what your skin needs to get glowing this spring


It’s a new season which means it’s time to switch up your skincare routine!


Spring is *finally* in the air after a long, cold winter which means it’s time to show off some skin while showing it some much-needed love. And, because the warmer weather means that we’ll be spending more time enjoying the outdoors, protection is more important than over.

Shed the season

During the cold months, our skin’s needs are different. Because of the crisp air and indoor heating, many people struggle with dry skin. For this reason, it’s a good idea to use richer creams and more nourishing ingredients to keep your skin barrier in check. During this time, we also lose our sun-kissed glow and our once-radiant complexions tend to become more dull. No, thanks!

But is there a way to give your skin a seasonal shake-up? We’re glad you asked!

1. Brighten

It’s time to restore your skin’s radiance. The best way to do this is to exfoliate. This can be either physical, which is using a scrub, or chemical. A chemical exfoliant usually comes in the form of a toner or serum and will contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). 

What do they do? AHAs dissolve the bonds holding dead cells to your skin and BHAs work by giving your pores a deep sweep. A popular AHA is glycolic acid and a must-have BHA is salicylic acid. While not to be used together, both acids can give you a smoother, brighter complexion.

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2. Protect

As this winter was a particularly cold one, you may have forgotten just HOW powerful the African sun is!


Now that it’s made its long-awaited reappearance, it’s important to incorporate ingredients and products into your routine that will protect you from not just the sun but, since you’ll be outdoors more, environmental damage in general. 

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects against free-radical damage and is best used in the morning in the form of a serum. It’s also crucial that you have sunscreen as part of your daily routine and that you reapply it regularly for all-day protection.

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  • La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum
  • Standard. Vitamin C Serum
  • Swiitch SilkScreen SPF50 Sun Shield

3. Treat

Want to bare some skin while the sun is shining? As our skirts and pants shrink for the season, another common concern comes to light. Strawberry legs – technically known as keratosis pilaris – are when you have small red, purple or brown dots on your legs. They can be raised but are usually not painful, just…embarrassing. 

Dermatologists agree that the best way to treat it is through a combination of exfoliation and moisturisation. Use a body scrub that contains AHAs, BHAs and soft granules. Follow this up with a lotion or cream that contains an active ingredient, such as smoothing salicylic acid or dark-mark-clearing niacinamide.

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Helen Wallace

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