Prep Your Winter Skin for the Sun

Written by    Last updated: April 18, 2012

No one is happier to see the sun glinting in the sky than a bride on her wedding day, and with the warmer weather fast approaching (we hope!) Confetti’s favourite Good Spa Bride has been busy making sure her skin is looking its very best in the lead up to the big day!

Whether your spring wedding is imminent, you’ll be wed in summer, or you are planning an autumnal extravaganza, it’s imperative that you start as you mean to go on. Your skin needs extra loving care when the sun begins to shine, so The Good Spa Guide has put together some top tips to ensure your skin is as radiant as the sun, but less flaming and red!

Ready…

Out with the old and in with the new! Spring cleaning is a tradition the world over, and the same should go for your skin. Over the winter months your skin is protected from the elements and, more often than not, somewhat forgotten about. Pale, sensitive skin needs tender loving care, so you need to approach this renewal with delicacy.

Start with a gentle all-over body scrub to exfoliate dead, dull skin cells and reveal new, baby-soft skin. You can do this yourself at home, or opt for a luxurious body polish at your favourite spa or treatment rooms. A spa therapist will be able to scrub that impossible-to-reach part of your back!

If you’re spa-ing at home, why not replace your heavier winter moisturiser with a lighter option with a hint of gradual tan? All this exfoliation will leave your skin silky-smooth and ready to tan safely without a streak in sight. If you’re heading spa-ward, then a spray tan after your exfoliation will leave you instantaneously glowing and will last a while too!

Top tip: Be gentle – you don’t need to get out the sandpaper to remove dead skin cells – they’ll come away easily if you gently rub an exfoliant into your skin. Take extra notice of your elbows and knees, where the skin can be drier and tougher.

The Good Spa Guide recommends:

At a spa: Elemis do some amazing body scrub and polish treatments, and this much-loved brand is used in top spas such as Aqua Sana at Center Parcs nationwide, Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, Norton House in Edinburgh, Aquila Health Spa in Sussex, Moddershall Oaks in Staffordshire and many more lovely spas. To find an Elemis spa near you, visit Elemis.com or call 0117 316 1888.

At home: We love the luxurious Anne Semonin Black Sand Body Scrub from the GoodSpaShop.co.uk – £76.

Steady…

Hydrate and remineralise! Now you’ve got smooth, supple skin, you need to treat it to a thoroughly good detox. Drinking water is the easiest way to give your skin a boost – so grab a bottle and get glugging!

Minerals and vitamins are vital for healthy skin. As well as a good multi-vitamin supplement to look after your body from the inside, you can boost your skin’s vitality with a detoxifying mineral mask – look for products containing mineral clay or seaweed; these are choc-full of essentials to boost your skin and leave you looking radiant!

The Good Spa Guide recommends:

At a spa: If you want a full-body rejuvenation treatment we recommend an ESPA Holistic Total Body Care treatment – a truly blissful, cleansing and rejuvenating experience! This treatment is available at Barnham Broom in Norfolk, Runnymede-on-Thames in Surrey, Thornton Hall in Merseyside, Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire, and lots of other lovely spas! Visit ESPAOnline.com for more details.

At home: VOYA Softly Does It Moisturiser is full of organic essential oils and seaweed extracts from the GoodSpaShop.co.uk – £24.

Go!

Your skincare regime should look after your skin all year round, but as the sun starts to shine, there are extra things you can do to ensure you’re at your best. Tone and spritz! A spritz toner is not only great for your skin’s hydration but is super-refreshing and can leave you looking fresh as a daisy!

The Good Spa Guide recommends:

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water KerstinFlorian.co.uk – £31.50
Mineralise! Replace your heavy liquid foundation with a light mineral powder foundation – all the coverage without the weight and the pore-clogging. The fantastic thing about mineral make-up is that you can build up coverage where you need it, allowing your skin to breathe.

The Good Spa Guide recommends:

At a spa: Hand Picked Hotels have a collection of spa hotels around the UK where you can book in for make-up tuition, or have your make-up done for you, using Bare Minerals make-up (from £25). It’s a great way to find the perfect products and colours, before you buy! Find a Hand Picked spa near you at HandPickedHotels.co.uk/Spa-Leisure

At home: Bare Minerals Get Started Complexion Kit Bareminerals.co.uk – £49.

For more on how to look your best on the big day, see Confetti’s Inspiration Articles.

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