With warmer and sunnier days on their way often Spring is
the perfect time to get in touch with your skin and prepare it for the
summer glow. Just as we spring clean the home at this time of year so
too can we spring clean the beauty regime!
We at Twenty8 are all about making your life easier. By using high
quality products that have no nasty chemicals with natural ingredients
that enhance your skin and quick, fun, effective beauty rituals that
don’t take up a lot of time, you are well on your way to healthy vibrant
and glowing skin. It just takes a little planning and commitment! Here
are our top 10 Spring Beauty Changes you can make right now!
1. Clean Out Your Beauty Drawer & Makeup Products
Detox your beauty bag or drawer! Get organised. Throw out any grotty
looking products or items that are well past their used by date. Clean
your beauty brushes and sponges using warm soapy water and Tea Tree oil.
Let them dry naturally in direct sunlight. Look for any nasty or questionable ingredients in your personal care and beauty products and either throw them out or give them away. Check out this ingredients card to double check the top well known questionables!
2. Look At Your Skin
Skincare is not hard. Take a good look at your skin. Is it dry, is it
flaky, does it need some nourishment? Is it oily or is it having the
occasional break out? Actually take some time to look closely in the
mirror so you can then make an informed decision about what it really
needs and work out which skincare rituals will be best for you. And if
you are unsure then ask a skincare expert for advice. Send us an email
explaining your skincare needs and we will certainly do our best to help
you. Our perception is whether you feel you have dry, flaky, greasy, combination, sensitive or mature skin you are actually wanting to achieve healthy and glowing skin regardless of age.
This is a ritual that should be done regularly throughout the year,
however this is the time when we notice our skin is more dry, mainly due
to air conditioning and heating, having our skin covered up and a lack
of attention. One of our favourite exfoliants is the humble face washer
which works perfectly with the Ultimate Cleanser. Just by removing your
gentle clay cleanser with a face washer and warm water you are softening
and exfoliating the skin at the same time. A favourite for the body is
dry body brushing. Just before you hop in the shower, take a natural
bristle body brush (try saying that fast!) and use quick, small circling
motions over the whole body you can help decrease dry skin and
3. Put Your Mask On
Now is the time to truly give your skin a wee treat. A little indulging
and pampering never goes astray. Masks are the perfect way to deeply
cleanse, exfoliate and draw impurities from the skin. There’s
something psychological about a mask too. Often when we take the time to
actually do one we feel like we are really giving ourselves a real
treat and taking care of ourselves in a more luxurious way. And everyone
deserves that! The Clay Treatment Mask is one of those amazing products that simply makes you feel you have given yourself a real treat. Aim to do a mask once a week. Your skin will love you for it!
4. Use Your Spritzer Toner
Most Toners on the market are more like an astringent, they are designed
to help remove excess cleanser or makeup. The Twenty8 Toner Concentrate is actually
designed the other way around, to be part of the moisturising process
not the cleansing one. With highly nourishing essential oils making up
the Toner Concentrate you can make toning part of your everyday routine
either with a Spritzer or as a compress. You can also use the spritzer throughout the day. Or if you are in air conditioning a lot, or suffer with outbreaks this is a wee miracle worker and anti-ager! The Spritzer Toner is one of the most amazing
treatments for your face that will have your skin glowing and
nourished in no time.
5. Nourish & Moisturise Your Face
It doesn’t matter how much oil your skin produces its fair to say
everyone needs a good moisturiser and or serum. Spring may be the time
you switch to a different moisturiser. If you have been using a heavier
nourishing moisturiser during winter try a lighter balancing one now.
Either way moisturising morning and night is essential to good skincare
and good preparation in Spring will certainly help your skin glow in the
summer months. We have two moisturisers to choose from – The Balance Hydrating Moisturiser which is for skin that is fairly normal, maybe has the occasional break out or is a little on the oily side. The Nourish Revitalising Moisturiser is a little heavier and richer helping with a deeper hydration and nourishment. You can enhance both of these moisturisers with a Face Serum – a lighter one with a base of Jojoba – the Ester Plus (+) Face Serum or the slighter richer one with a base of Rosehip – the Face Lift Serum.
6. Treat Your Lips & Eyes
Lips have a much thinner, drier skin than the rest of the body. They
have no oily secretions of their own. Dry, cracked or sore lips can be
painful. They need the added lubrication of nourishing creams and waxy
balms and applying these regularly can preserve the fine, delicate
tissue. Especially up the ante during the Spring months. Eyes can tell many a story. If dark circles are present or there is dull skin around the eyes then often that means there is a lack of sleep, poor nutrition or stress present. The Twenty8 FirmingEye & Lip Cream can be applied six, seven or eight times a day! This in itself
is a fantastic ritual for the eyes and lips as the exquisite ingredients
particularly Cistus Rock Rose helps tone and nourish. The Coconut Mint Lip Balm is super divine with just four ingredients it is one of nature’s little gems! Apply throughout the day to protect and nourish the lips to keep them hydrated and youthful.
7. Give your face a skin boost
One of the most beautiful of all Twenty8 products is the Healing Skin Boost. This amazing gel is so beautiful on the skin. It really feels like you give your skin a boost and a wee lift every time you use it. Simply apply after your toner and under your Serum and or Moisturiser. It makes the perfect healer for any skin outbreaks, pimples or cuts, coldsores or cracked, dry lips. But even more amazing is it acts like a perfect makeup primer. The most natural one you will find. Seriously amazing skin booster that has your skin feeling plump and smooth.
8. Apply Moisturisers and Body Oils to Damp Skin
Moisturising your skin whilst it is damp is the secret to why Twenty8
skincare is so effective. Apply your Everyday Body Lotion and Body Boost oils to
still damp skin immediately after showering or
bathing.This seals in moisture, acts as a barrier to drying
environmental conditions such as heat and air conditioning and makes
your products go further.
9. Do Aromatic Hair Treatments
Our hair can often be a bit dull after the winter months too. Dry hair, a
flaky scalp or split ends are all part and parcel of hair in need of a
little loving! Use a good quality natural shampoo and conditioner, maybe
even indulge in a little hair care mask! One of the nicest things you
can do is an aromatic Hair Rinse. Before you hop in the shower or bath
to wash your hair, simply fill a 100ml glass bottle with warm water. Add
4 drops total of your favourite essential oils or synergy blend then
shake the bottle well. Just before you hop out of the shower and after
you have washed and conditioned your hair, turn the tap off, squeeze the
excess water out of your hair, take your bottle and shake a couple of
times, then tilt your head back and allow the aromatic rinse to pour
through your hair. By the way pure Coconut Oil makes an excellent
de-frizzer, apply a small amount when styling, this makes a great
alternative to the chemical versions out there and is a great scalp
10. Protect Your Skin From Excess Sun
Don’t underestimate how good the sun is for you. Like anything when it
is in excess is when it causes a problem. Chosing a sunscreen can be
confusing. We know than an excess of UV radiation accelerates the aging
of the skin, yet constant use of sunscreens which contain chemicals is
also not supporting your skin to optimum health. Its simple. Don’t
over expose your skin to the intense rays for prolonged periods of
time and wear a hat. We actually think we need more sun. A very good friend and doctor told us years ago to get out in the sun naked for at least 20mins a day! Well sounds ideal but maybe not so good if there is no privacy! If you are going to use sunscreen then we recommend ones that use physical
barriers, such as zinc oxide, blended with natural
plant ingredients like shea butter, carrot seed oil, wild pansy extract
and calendula, which in themselves can offer natural sun filters. Make
sure you are including good antioxidants in your diet as they will also
help the skin mop up the free radicals caused by UV rays.
Spring time as the perfect time of year to really start cleansing, treating and looking after your skin. Time to come out of hibernation and getting ready for the summer glow! Enjoy!