The phrase ‘spring skin’ is a glorious concept. It brings to mind thoughts of renewal, transformation and the memory of the warm sun on our upturned faces - a return to the outdoor living we adore here in Australia!
This week, we sat down with Sharon McGlinchey (MV Founder, celebrity facialist, and sensitive skin expert) to discover what we can do now to ensure our skin remains clear, healthy and glowing throughout the warmer months. As we emerge from winter, throw off our woolly jumpers and reach for our favourite shorts and sandals, the time is ripe to energise our skin and slough-off dead skin cell build up.
We hope these tips help you to achieve your best spring skin ever...
Q: Is there anything people should do differently with their skin at this time of year?
A: Most skins feel drier in winter, so if you've been using a rich moisturiser it's time to lighten up. If you're using an MV moisturiser that's easy. We developed our hero Rose Soothing & Protective Moisturiser to be versatile and customisable.
By spritzing our Rose Hydrating Mist, or Active Marine Mist (or spring water) over the cream in your palm and blending together, you have instantly created a lighter cream or lotion for the warmer weather. See the video below for exactly how to achieve this.
Switching seasons is also the perfect time to ramp up mask use. I've always recommended to my facial clients that the best start to each new season is to commit to 3 x MV Mineral Masks in 1 week. This game-changing intensive treatment will leave your skin feeling super soft, energised and with a radiant healthy glow.
Q: Is there a trend for ‘spring cleaning’ our skin like we do our homes?
A: Spring is the season of renewal so it’s a great opportunity to spring clean your routine, your products and your skin. Spring cleansing your skin with an intensive mask programme (as described above) is the first step.
To supercharge this, you follow the mask with a 2 minute 9 Oil Radiance Tonic facial massage. This will do wonders for your dry and parched winter skin and - with a plethora of plant sterols and antioxidants - will provide a whole host of omegas and vitamins including A,C & E.
Q: What are your essential go-to skin products for great spring skin?Essential products to waken up and refresh the skin in readiness for summer are:
- Signature Mineral Mask - used 3 times in 1 week as an intensive treatment to soften, exfoliate and decongest the skin.
- Follow this with nightly use of the 9 Oil Radiance Tonic for 1-2 weeks to awaken and re-energise the skin in no time.
- Twice daily Cream Cleansing should not be overlooked either as this is another gentle way to slough-off dead skin on the daily.
Q: What are your recommendations for allergy or hives sufferers?
For allergies, hives etc you can't go past Pure Jojoba - ours is certified organic so contains zero pesticides or chemical residue. It is so like the skin's own sebum, it's instantly soothing and calming for irritated skin.
Q: Any other spring tips to bear in mind?
Yes! Don't forget to spring clean your bathroom cabinet - this is very important but often overlooked. Using out of date or suspicious smelling products is a big no-no, so be sure to discard expired products responsibly (wash out and recycle bottles etc) and replace with new products as needed.