Spring Skincare Series: Change up your skincare

If you’re finding your go-to skincare isn’t performing quite like it used to, spring is the perfect time re-evaluate your beauty regimen. These four simple steps will ensure you get the best results from your refreshed routine.

1. Reassess your skin’s needs

As the season changes, so does your skin. While the chilly winter months and low humidity levels can leave skin parched and in need of extra hydration, sultry spring and summer temperatures can create other problems. As the heat and humidity level rises, pesky beads of sweat can lead to an increase in oil and bacteria – that favourite nourishing moisturiser that saw you skin through the cooler seasons might start to weigh your skin down. Before you rush out to the beauty counter, take some time getting to know your skin and figuring out what your main skincare concerns are.

2. Refine your routine

Despite the plethora of skincare options at our disposal, no beauty regimen should be complicated or overwhelming. Get back to basics, starting with cleansing – according to skincare experts one of the simplest skincare mistakes that we make is not cleansing for long enough. “Thorough night cleansing is the essential first step to ensure the performance of a night-time skincare regimen, as residual impurities, building throughout the day, create damaging free radicals in skin that can accelerate to the look of premature ageing in the skin,” explains Hayley Gardiner, education manager for Estée Lauder New Zealand.

Try: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Cleansing Balm ($85). The unique balm formula melts onto skin, removing make-up and impurities, preparing your skin for your following beauty routine.

3. Add an essence

Not quite a serum and definitely not a toner, essences have taken the beauty world by storm. Packed with active ingredients this important addition to your skincare routine not only hydrates, strengthens and smoothes skin, when included after cleansing and before your usual skincare serum – can boost the efficacy of the following steps in your regimen.

Try: Estée Lauder Micro Essence ($78) may glide onto skin like water, but the nourishing formula helps to hydrate, plump and calm skin.

4. Try something new

There’s never a dull moment in the beauty world with skincare scientists discovering new and wonderful youth-restoring ingredients all the time. Estée Lauder’s latest creation, Revitalizing Supreme +, combines the best of science and nature to create a potent, nourishing formula that keeps skin looking younger for longer. Infused with the power of the miraculous Moringa tree extract, the formula plumps, firms, hydrates and restores radiance to skin.

Try: Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Crème ($162 for 50mls)

Get the look: Runway-worthy skin

If you’ve ever spent anytime looking at backstage beauty images, you’ve probably spent just as much time pondering how models get that glowing, flawless skin. Are they just blessed? Is it just genetics? How much water are they drinking? And most importantly, how on earth do I create a runway-worthy canvas at home. When in New York MiNDFOOD STYLE beauty editor, Nicole Saunders caught up with M.A.C senior artist, Michelle Clark to find out all we need to know about that skin.

Aside from models being genetically blessed, what really goes into creating that flawless, radiant, almost ethereal skin we always see on the runway?  

To be completely honest, it can be scary backstage, we don’t always have all the time we need and these poor models are having their make-up done six times a day. Imagine how that feels, and what that does to your skin! It’s so important they stay hydrated. Everything is against you at fashion week. You have to over do it with sleeping, with water and then with products. I personally carry Waterweight, Face & Body Foundation, Pro Longwear Concealer and Studio Finish Concealer. With them I can create any type of skin texture that the key make-up artist is looking for.

If you want skin real, go for Face & Body. It’s the softest veil of coverage, you can press it into the skin. It looks like that perfect amount of glow, without feeling heavy. And it’s the perfect amount of coverage, you can still see through it but it gets rid of any redness or irritation. Waterweight gives you a touch more coverage, it’s a bit more satin. It’s really like a laboratory here, you almost have to be like a mad scientist!

The question on every woman’s lips is cane we recreate it at home?

It starts with treating your face and your skin the way you want it to look. You have to drink a tonne of water! More water than you think you should drink – you should drink that and then some more. Removing your make-up at night is a huge. The secret to good skin, which is really not a secret at all is: drink water, remove your make-up at night, moisturise and don’t over do it with too many heavy products. And it’s about making sure you’re asking the right questions when you go into the store. You need to talk to experts about customising a skincare recipe for your skin. A foundation will only ever look as good as the skin that it’s on, so you have to take care of that first, and then you’ll need less foundation and you won’t need to cover up and create a canvas, you’ll already have that canvas.

Above image: Michelle Clark backstage at Tanya Taylor S/S 16/17.