Use this Bank Holiday weekend to sort out your beauty bag with these simple switches
Out with the old. Your lotions and potions don’t last forever. In fact, the hi-tech creams and serums contain actives which will lose their potency after a year or so. More importantly, SPF’s get slowly weaker over time so anything over a year old won’t give as much protection as the bottle promises. Check the jars and have a good old spring clean.
Thick creams for fluids. Your skin’s needs are changing with the rising thermometer, so scoop out the last of your super-rich-emolliant-heavy-hydrating winter skincare to make room for a lighter and less greasy day lotion. Clarins Daily Energizer Cream-Gel, £21, is waking up our morning ritual.
Purchase a peel. Well done for slathering your face in protective creams all winter to combat the cold winds, but now your pores are likely to be clogged. A gentle fruit enzyme peel will lift away any residue and leave your skin fresh as a newly sprung daisy. We’re using Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel, £29.50, every night before bed.
Foundation for CC creams with SPF. Time for the big unveiling and you won’t need half the base you’ve been applying. Invest in a CC cream that evens out skin tone instead of covering up and embrace the forthcoming freckles! Erborian CC Crème HD, £35, is stocked in Selfridges and makes skin light up from the inside.
Embrace florals. Heavy, musk scents lose their appeal when the sun’s beaming down so swathe yourself in enough florals to match your sundress. Chose your favourite from the Gucci Flora Garden Collection – magnolia, gardenia or violet perhaps? £49 each or 50ml.
Lip & cheek gloss. An on-trend compact satchel demands a make-up bag clamp down, so pack a bright duo stick. Revlon Baby Stick in Pink Passion, £6.99, is both practical and perkifying.
Change up your nail shape. We love those on-trend pointed talons for dark nights but it’s time to put them into hibernation. Bright pinks, oranges and red lacquers look best on short, squoval nails.
Picture credit: Yu Tsai