Spring Clean Your Skin

We’ve made it through winter and spring is upon us but is your skin still crying out the winter blues?

There’s nothing worse for the skin than a long, cold winter. The low humidity in conjunction with central heating and less fresh air can leave your skin looking dull, dry, rough and even wrinkled and older. It’s not just the skin on your face that suffers, elbows, knees and heels are often dry, rough and scaly following months of neglect.

Spring brings changes in climate and thus, changes in our skin. Temperatures and humidity can fluctuate, which means we must give more thought to how we care for our complexions. Many of us also suffer from allergies during the spring time which can cause redness, puffiness and irritation.

So now is the time to start paying a little more attention to your skin as you prepare to strip off those winter layers and look forward to the summer months ahead.

Adopt a good skincare routine
Adopt a “no excuses” philosophy when it comes to taking off your makeup at the end of the day. Even if you don’t wear make-up, keeping skin clean is the first step to a great complexion as effective cleansing removes the impurities which build up over the course of the day. Skin is then able to absorb the serums and moisturisers applied afterwards.
Read more about the importance of cleansing and which products you should be using to effectively clean your skin. 

No matter what your skin condition, a regular skin care routine is essential for maintaining healthy, smooth and radiant skin.  

Brighten dull skin
The winter can leave your skin looking dull and one of the best ways to brighten your complexion is through exfoliation. There are a number of methods available, however, care should be taken when exfoliating the skin as some methods will compromise the barrier function of the skin and over-exfoliation can lead to further problems.

It is important to never use a mechanical, exfoliating scrub on your face as this can be too harsh. Scrubs that contain walnut shells or apricot pits, for example, can cause microscopic tears in the skin that can ultimately make dry winter skin look and feel much worse.
Products containing acids are a far safer way to rid your skin of those dull, dead cells.
Environ Ionzyme C-Quence Energising Masque is a gentle home exfoliating system that includes high concentrations of natural vitamin C and salicylic acid. It is particularly suited for rough, sun-damaged skin.

Environ’s new Revival Masque is the ideal post winter treatment. The formulation contains a unique combination of Asiatic, Lactic and Mandelic acids. The potent formula of this home treatment mask helps to address dry skin, uneven skin tone and the signs of ageing for a revitalised, radiant complexion.

Read more about Revival Masque here.

Or why not visit the salon for a professional post winter skin treatment? Environ’s Cool Peel is a ground-breaking treatment, which rejuvenates skin while caring for the epidermis. Unlike more aggressive peels which destroy important skin cells, the cool peel helps to stimulate healthy growth.

Low humidity and central heating will cause dehydration of the skin. In addition to this we often don’t remember to drink as much water when it is colder.

Environ’s new Super Moisturiser+ is the ideal addition to your vitamin A skincare routine for added hydration following the winter.  This luxurious moisturising cream contains several dynamic ingredients and exceptional emollients. These assist in regulating the skin’s natural moisture levels and replenishing its moisture barrier. Skin is left feeling richly nourished, with extra resilience.

To get beautiful skin on the outside, you need to feed it from the inside with the right nutrients. The addition of supplements is vital as part of an effective skincare routine.
Skin Omegas + from the Advanced Nutrition Programme contains optimum levels of EPA (an important omega 3) along with GLA (an important omega 6) made from Evening Primrose Oil to strengthen and enhance the barrier protection of the skin and increase hydration and skin smoothness.

This will feed the skin both on your face and body, which will also help with those dry elbows and knees. Skin Omegas + have the added benefit of preparing the skin for any waxing or tanning treatments leading to improved, longer lasting results.

Balance Skin with vitamin A
Because spring shifts from sunny to cool to rainy, it is important to maintain a healthy balance. Oil production may be up one day, while dryness may be an issue on another.

Vitamin A is a key ingredient for skin health as it normalises skin cells, balancing oil levels without causing dryness. Vitamin A is necessary for skin cell repair and maintenance. The correct amount protects against fine lines and wrinkles, helps improve acne and dry skin conditions. Applying Vitamin A topically to the skin will help with uneven skin tone and pigmentation, while promoting collagen and elastin protection.

A surge of pollen can cause the delicate skin around the eyes to become puffy and irritated. Combat this with Environ’s C-Quence Eye Gel. This light gel formulation, containing a variety of vitamins, antioxidants and peptides, helps improve the appearance of fine lines and assists in moisturising the delicate skin around the eye area, whilst protecting against free radicals and pollutants. It also contains Rosemary, which helps reduce puffiness, stimulates cells and improves skin tone.

We know the importance of using a broad spectrum sunscreen all year round. During the winter we are more concerned with UVA rays however as the sun starts to shine we should be focusing on the SPF. 80% of the visible signs of ageing is due to sun exposure. Unprotected exposure to the sun is like sitting in a time machine on fast-forward.

Have regular facials
There’s no better way to support a great skincare routine than with regular professional facials to achieve lasting and continually improving results. From products to tools to methods, a professional facial will win against just about any at-home treatment, improving skin health and appearance.

Environ’s signature facial, the Active Vitamin Treatment, uses gentle electrical pulses and soundwaves to greatly enhance the penetration of powerful nutrients. Skin is left nourished, supple and radiant.

We recommend a regular facial every 4 — 6 weeks for maximum benefits, however, even getting one a few times a year will help towards improving your skin.  

It’s not just your skin that benefits from regular facials! Facials are great for relaxation.

Don’t forget your body
A good skincare routine shouldn’t stop at the neck. Environ AVST Body Oil used daily together with AVST Hydrating Lotion will improve elasticity, prevent dry skin and treat pigmentation, stretch marks and photo damaged skin. Don’t forget your heels when applying these products. They’re great for treating  feet which have been shut away in winter boots.  

Why not book a consultation with one of Euphoric’s skincare experts? We can create a personalised treatment programme to spring clean your skincare. Call us on 01903 206600 to book. 
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