So the cold weather is coming to an end & the blossoms are beginning to bloom. It’s time to shake off all the layers of clothing & start showing off our skin again. Oh no! If you are anything like me throughout the winter months, when I’m covering up & hibernating inside where it’s warm & cozy, you may also be guilty of possibly neglecting your skin just a little bit, or maybe a lot. We’ve been wearing a lot of clothes & it’s too hard to cleanse, exfoliate & moisturise, right? It’s much easier (& more fun) to snuggle up with a good book or movie, on the couch, with a yummy hot chocolate (& possibly other naughty foods) & a loved one. Definitely! No judgement here.
However, now it is time to ready ourselves for the inevitable shedding of our clothing (& maybe our skin) & reveal our NATURALLY TRUE selves to the world, once again!
There are a lot of similarities between how nature changes & what our body & skin does when the seasons change. This gives us the perfect comparison to explain the steps we should take to move from our relaxed state during the cold months to get ready for the beautiful days ahead!
Here’s what you need to do:
Spring Clean Your Beauty Products!
Beauty can be a dirty business.! It’s really important that you regularly clean out your bathroom vanity or cosmetic bag. Now is the perfect time for a complete spring clean of all your makeup and skincare products. I know it’s hard to throw away anything that still has a bit of product still in it. But trust me it’s better for your skin and your health that you do.
TAKE A BIG BREATH… and throw away any skin care or makeup products over a year old if they are in a sealed container & if they are in jarred or open container, throw them out after six months. Skin care products start losing their effectiveness and/or dry out once they are opened so you can’t leave them unused for long periods of time. Not to mention the unhealthy nasties that could be thriving in products that have had fingers or uncleaned brushes etc in them. Anything that is broken or damaged should go as well. Everyone is guilty of a cracked powder or a favourite lipstick that has seen better days, however keeping your make up bag clean is important to keeping your skin radiant & clear.
It’s also a good time to clean your makeup brushes while you’re at it. Your brushes can harbor bacteria and clog pores if they aren’t cleaned regularly. Check out our blog on cleaning your brushes.
As well as any other tools you use to maintain your beautiful self. Taking the time to clean out stray hairs, dead skin, & product buildup will not only keep your rituals bacteria free, but also lengthens the life of your tools. Replace any makeup sponges & clean your eyelash curler (replace it if the rubber pads are damaged). Clean your straightening iron by wiping the plates with baking soda, while unplugged (Avoid harsh scrubbing, though, which may scratch the finish on your iron).
It’s important that everything you use on your skin or body is super clean, to ensure you and your skin is at it’s healthiest.
The Morning Smoothie!
Our skin is an important reflection of our overall health and if we are feeling tired, run down or have lapsed in our healthy eating habits it will quickly show in our complexions. However, with a little care & attention you can quickly get your skin back to its best, though it does require a bit of attention to what you are putting in your body, as well as the products you use.
You definitely are what you eat, & if you start the day with a healthy & balanced beauty smoothie, it will not only set you up to be more productive, but is also a great way to flush toxins from your skin. Resulting in a brighter, healthier complexion.
Smoothies & juicing are a great ways to get more vitamins and minerals into your diet while also being both tasty and filling. For those looking for a real health kick, try one of our amazingly delicious smoothie recipes. They are packed full of amazing superfoods that will not only nourish & regulate your body but fill you up as well.
My favourite is the Berry Detox Smoothie. It is antioxidant-rich, & multiple berries is the holy grail of anti-ageing beauty food & we have the perfect recipe for those looking to fill up on loads of active vitamin & minerals.
For those who may prefer a lovely cup of tea instead, green tea with lemon is a great choice. Lemons are cleansing superstars & green tea is packed with antioxidants. However, our lemon cleansing smoothie is fruity, green and good for you. None of the smoothies include dairy, all opting instead for almond & coconut milk or water. This is because dairy can be a killer to your complexion, even if you are not lactose intolerant.
Cleansing is the most important step in helping remove the build up of winter layers. Every day our skin is exposed to dirt, environmental pollutants & the build-up of dead skin cells. Removing these is our first priority.
There’s an Abbey Jade cleanser to suite all skin types, whether your skin is, normal, sensitive, oily, dry or a combination. Our favourite is our Superfood Gel Cleanser. It is perfect for all skin types & its dual exfoliating properties also offers a non-drying, hydrated, radiant complexion.
Double cleansing is the best solution to kick start your skin spring clean. First use the Abbey Jade Cleanser to remove dirt and toxins from the surface of the skin. Our cleansers leverage the power of nature’s most potent fruits, vegetables, herbs & oils, providing not only deep cleansing but also nourishing, balancing & repairing qualities.
Make a Date to Exfoliate!
Follow with one of our gorgeous exfoliants or peels, such as the Superfood Exfoliating Crystals. Formulated with loads of natural active ingredients, to provide gentle but very effective exfoliation, detox, reguvenation & nourishment to the skin. They are designed to treat specific skin conditions, resulting in a calmer, more hydrated & smoother skin texture.
This detoxifies & unclogs pores, drawing out impurities to reveal a clear, smooth complexion. It also regulates the production of sebum by the skin as it adjusts to warmer weather.
Ready, Set Boost!
Customise your skincare routine with a serum or specialised lotion, filled with antioxidants & active ingredients that will keep your skin bright & smooth. Look for ingredients like vitamin c, hyaluronic acid & peptides, they are very effective.
When applied properly, a couple of drops is all you need. Those few concentrated drops are super-efficient. Abbey Jade serums are made of very small molecules, so the skin absorbs them quickly & deeply. The active ingredients in a serum penetrate your skin faster & more effectively then other products.
Whether it’s wrinkles, acne-prone skin, redness, age spots, oily T-zones or freckles, we’ve all got something that we’d like to improve when it comes to our skin. Choosing the right product to boost your skin is as simple as knowing what you want to fix.
If it’s acne, then you can’t go past Abbey Jade’s Probiotic Lotion , it targets blackheads and pimples, takes control of oil & shine & reduces redness. If you’re concerned about the beginnings of crows feet & laughing lines, then Abbey Jade’s Vegan Collagen Serum is a multifunctional serum using a seaweed collagen to help repair & strengthen the skins natural collagen & elastin. A silky-smooth serum that moisturizes, rejuvenates & regenerates stress & weather-damaged skin. It will reduce the look of fine lines & wrinkles.
The Superfood Oil Serum is amazing, giving a major boost to all skin types, including sensitive skin. While the Brightening Serum is a superblend of potent natural brightening extracts to bring back a youthful glow to the skin. Each works with its own unique power to lighten the skin, repair current damage & prevent against future damage. They don’t call them ‘booster’ products for nothing, right!
Just to ensure your skin is being fully hydrated & to minimise the appearance of dull winter skin, you should include a revitalising & boosting face mask. This will intensify the results of your other products, while giving you a much brighter, happier looking complexion.
The dry air of winter can leave your skin looking dull & lifeless. Breathe some life back into your face with an Abbey Jade Mask. Our Hydrating Gel Mask is perfect & will provide a tone of benefits for your skin. It is a gel-based formula containing hyaluronic acid & a plant-based peptide to provide even the most dehydrated skins with moisture. This mask provides deeply penetrating moisturisation, as well as improving the skins elasticity. It contains strong anti-aging ingredients that shield the skin from free radicals & boosts collagen production. It helps to improve cell turnover, & tighten the pores. It’s the perfect skin revitaliser to give your skin the rejuvenation it desperately needs.
Hydrate & Protect!
This step is so important! The secret to perfect hydration is to use a moisuriser that not only moisturises but prolongs hydration. Try our Day Cream SPF15, it contains powerful antioxidants & vitamins to promote cell renewal & repair skin damaged by environmental factors including sun damage. It helps to improve skin elasticity, suppleness & flexibility, while softening and smoothing the look of wrinkles, fine lines & sagging skin. This cream is light but deeply hydrates, repairs & protects without the use of harmful chemicals. While also providing a natural sun protection of SPF15.
While the antioxidants in the serum will help protect the skin from free radical damage & environmental toxins, you need to protect it from UVA (Aging) Rays and UVB (Burning) Rays.
Finally, drink lots & lots of water! This is essential for a happy healthy skin in all seasons! Healthy skin is activated by water, & keeps it hydrated from within, which is a key component to fighting against an ageing appearance.