Spring is in the air and your skin is in flux. As Beauty Director of Harper’s Bazaar, Sophie Bloomfield knows how to bring trans-seasonal skin back into balance...
Gently does it: Skin often becomes temperamental when its barrier function is disrupted, so gentle moisturisation is essential. I like to layer a hyaluronic acid serum under a non-greasy moisturiser so that my skin doesn’t get overloaded, yet still receives long-lasting hydration.
Get your timing right: Always apply moisturiser immediately after cleansing, while your skin is still damp; a mineral water mist is ideal. Avoid any toners containing alcohol or fragrance if your skin is temperamental.
Tailor your environment: Constant climate changes from the cold outdoors to central heating inside quickly disrupts the barrier function of your skin and can lead to signs of stress such as blotchiness, dryness and even acne. An effective way to help your skin adjust is to avoid sitting directly near radiators and to have a humidifier in your home (ideally in your bedroom).
Combat inflammaging: The latest research suggests that low level but long-standing inflammation is a huge contributor towards premature skin aging. Which is why beauty editors now use the term, ‘inflammaging' when talking about inflammation being aging. Supplementing your diet with essential fatty acids is a great anti-inflammatory for your whole body, not least your skin. So as well as eating plenty of oily fish, nuts and seeds, take a high dose omega 3 in supplement form each day.
Make smart make-up choices: If your skin is temperamental, it’s tempting to cover redness, acne and dryness with additional make-up. This, of course, is likely to make matters worse. Look to mineral-based make-up brands that are free from ingredients which aggravate sensitised skin.
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