As we take a reprieve from the gloomy winter, the busy-nature of our everyday lives still remains the same. The welcoming of spring means we have decluttered our beauty cupboard and are ready to make-do with the essentials. From the perfect palette that’ll fit in your pocket to no nonsense sun-defence, this post will guide you with what you actually need wherever you go this spring.
The Body Shop Skin Defence SPF50 PA++++
Proper sun protection is non-negotiable as we enter spring and the blogosphere is crazy about this one. The new The Body Shop Skin Defence SPF50 PA++++ is a feather lightweight skin protecting agent that defences against UVA and UVB rays as well as an antioxidant that also helps to combat dullness. PA++++ is a Japanese/Korean grading system used to measure the protection level skincare products have against UVA rays. The more plus signs there are, the higher protection the product will give. Currently four plus signs is the highest one can get.
Although UVA rays is less intense than UVB rays, it is the main culprit in contributing to premature signs of ageing. The wave lengths of UVA rays are long and have the ability to penetrate through clouds and glass meaning, if you sit close to a window at work or sit in a car regularly, you’re still exposed! Once contact with the skin is made, UVA rays is able to then reach the deep dermal layers of the skin and subsequently damage collagen and elastin thus causing premature ageing and wrinkling. UVB rays is on the other hand associated with sunburns so this rays is much more intense and tends to damage the more superficial layers of the skin. The Body Shop Skin Defence offers a UVB protection factor of 50 which is needed in this climate.
The kicker is that with a sun protectant us powerful as this, you would expect uncomfortable thickness in consistency and unbearable white/blueish residue on darker skin due to the presence of zinc. Its formula, however, is of a milk-to-water consistency known as an essence and contains brightening red algae and antioxidant Vitamin C which is fundamental to help protect skin against other environmental aggressors. It’s the whole package and retails for only R220!
La Roche-Posay Lipid-Replenishing Balm
As the air around us becomes hot and humid during the warmer months, our skin becomes more dry and prone to irritation, rashes, peeling due to severe dryness and UV burns. What’s needed in this case is a replenishing balm to immediately soothe such flare ups. The La Roche-Posay Lipid-Replenishing Balm fits the bill and is even perfect to use on atopy-prone skin. It is anti-irritation, anti-scratching and I can just imagine the relief it would be for babies and children that have been out in the sun for too long. I would recommend this as a must-have in your beach bag, especially if you’ll be travelling to places with even more hot and humid climates. La Roche-Posay is finally in South Africa so you can pick up the much-loved Eau Thermal Spring Water spray.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum
Hydration, hydration, hydration! It’s what I’m about all year round but more so in the spring and summertime. My normal to dry skin requires a constant burst of nourishment and moisture throughout the day and this new serum from Vichy focuses on combatting dryness and dullness with lasting hydration for up to 48 hours. I especially love the texture: it’s lightweight and comfortable on the skin. If you have combination skin, you’re also suited to use it as it is oil-free. Dry patches, dehydration lines, and loss of luminosity have the ability to be diminished with Vichy’s new serum and it contains Vichy’s patented Thermal Spa Water from the French volcanoes which is charged with 15 minerals essential to skins health and is used to rebalance, strengthen and regenerate the skin.
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Nectarine Blossom EDT
No beauty essentials list is complete without a refreshing fragrance to boot. I have recently entered a phase of being addicted to fresh floral citrusy scents but certainly more on citrus side – think grapefruit. Jo Malone is a close contender but I feel like I just had to make mention of Elizabeth Arden’s new EDT for spring. The top notes are of course floral and fruity with peach, bergamot, exotic fruits and green tea but as it settles onto the skin, more green tea, nectarine and nectarine blossom will become more apparent with musk as the base note.
Inglot AMC Face and Body Illuminator
While illuminators and highlighters are technically used all year round, springtime calls for the liquid kind and the Inglot AMC Face and Body Illuminator is my latest obsession. Why don’t they have it in a 250ml? This is a treat to mix in with your favourite foundation, tinted moisturiser or even on bare skin. The glow is prominent but subtle enough to make skin appear even more radiant and dewy. The consistency, however, is not greasy or sticky but easily blendable and absorbed beautifully by the skin. Also, if you’ve always had your eye on the NARS Illuminator in Orgasm, this is great alternative except I like this consistency better.
Which beauty picks are essential to you during spring? Let me know in the comments below.