Spring clean your cosmetics
Spring isn't just a great time to spring clean the house, it’s also the perfect time to let go of the skincare and beauty products that are just taking up room. Out with the old, in with the new!
It’s essential to monitor and swap out products regularly, particularly if you prefer toxin-free skincare which by nature is made using no or fewer preservatives or chemicals to extend shelf life. Many natural beauty products use an expiry system based on a period after opening (use within 12 months of opening, for example). Consider dating your bottle upon opening or even marking your calendar.
Be vigilant about products, such as scrubs, that may come in contact with water. Check expiry dates and remember that anything you apply near your eyes requires extra diligence. Wipe down your vanity shelves, wash your cosmetics bag, sort everyday essentials from more indulgent products.
Bring out skin's radiance by exfoliating a little more in the spring. In winter, when your skin is drier, you may exfoliate just once a week if your skin is more sensitive in the harsher climate. But, as spring moves in, you'll want to slough off dead skin and unblock pores. Steer away from harsh scrubs though. Instead, choose a natural, gentle product.
Extremely potent, yet gentle so even those with sensitive skin can use it, Atonement Clay Mask won Finalist at the 2019 Beauty Shortlist Awards for best clay masks. It boasts 11 clays and herbs to detoxify, exfoliate and renew skin simultaneously.
Atonement is the perfect skin-treat for busy people who demand maximum results but don't have time for a fussy skincare routine! This four-in-one product will:
DETOXIFY: The clays bring impurities to the surface while also absorbing any excess oil sitting on the skin.
NOURISH: Nutrient-rich herbs deliver a dose of vitamins and antioxidants to renew skin and promote elasticity.
BRIGHTEN: White Willow Bark contains a chemical called salicin, a natural and non-irritating exfoliant that sloughs off dead skin cells and clears pores to reveal a more radiant, clear complexion. Salicin is gentle and non-irritating, making it safe for nearly all skin types. Meanwhile, pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which brightens the complexion.
Exfoliate: While the fruit and herbs slough away dead skin cells as the mask dries, Atonement should be massaged off when you reactive it. This is the final step: a mechanical exfoliation (which simply means you need to spend a minute gently massaging the mask on your skin before washing it away) from the bamboo completes the routine to reveal radiant, glowing skin.
Trade in your heavy face cream for a lighter facial oil
Hydration is crucial to any skincare routine, but using heavy creams in spring could cause annoying breakouts for some of us. Come spring, consider switching from a heavy moisturiser to a lighter oil-based product. Illumino Youth Serum is the ultimate spring/summer facial oil — it absorbs immediately, making it ideal under your morning make-up. Many of our customers use Illumino Youth Serum in the mornings and Signature Night Recovery Oil at night.
Freshen up your legs & feet
Sandal season is upon us, so start getting those feet and toes ready! We're talking exfoliation again — bring a body scrub into your routine at least weekly, if not twice a week. It’s incredible what a good scrub can do to keep cracked heels at bay! Between hot showers, cold wind and electric blankets, there's a good chance you've built up your fair share of dead skin over the last three months! Regular exfoliation will get your legs prepped for shorts and skirts and have you feeling all brand new.
Use Sunblock dailyPretty much everyone agrees, sunscreen is an absolute necessity. Harmful UV rays create dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles on our complexions, but more severe risks to our health, like skin cancer, are also a real concern. So, SPF is essential. In the winter, you may get away with using a moisturiser with a hint of added SPF. But, as it begins to warm and more time is spent outdoors, remember to apply sunblock daily.
Remember, allergy season!
Suddenly have puffy bags under your eyes? Chances are it’s not lack of sleep or winter fatigue. Spring is notorious for allergy season, and when people have sensitivities to any environmental allergen, it can create redness and inflammation underneath the eye.
The certified organic prickly pear seed oil in Indagare's Eye Roller is a marvel for puffy eyes and a great natural option that shouldn't flare allergies further!
Prickly pear seed oil boasts more vitamin E than any other beauty oil, so it’s exceptionally healing. And, if you suffer from dark under-eye circles, the vitamin K in this oil is fantastic for combating these! As always, be sure to consult a medical specialist when it comes to allergies.
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