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SH DECIEM CHAT: Springtime Spotlight

๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป Springtime Spotlight. ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ

I wrote this for my Protรฉgรฉs but I thought it would be fun to share it!

Spring has sprung! (At least it has for some of us โ€“ we got a snowstorm in Montreal this week but I digress). The changing season makes this the perfect time to shine a spotlight on your current routine and make sure that every product you use is doing its job.

The real difference between Basic and Advanced Skincare is not products, but planning โ€“ having a vision of where you want to go. Living in a city with extreme conditions I have no choice but to adapt my routine. But wherever you live you will likely find that there are new products you want to try and products that arenโ€™t giving you the boost they once did. Spring is a great time to take a look at the big picture and do some planning.

Winter is tough. Maintaining hydration, protecting your barrier and trying to maintain consistency throughout holidays and down time can take itโ€™s toll. But the sun is coming out! We will be heading outdoors and showing our faces to the world again. It will be easier to maintain balance. You can use gentler products and ones that are lighter and less likely to cause congestion. Before you get all excited and accidentally introduce multiple actives you should make sure you've prepared and your basics are solid.

๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒปSUNSCREEN๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป If you havenโ€™t been fully on top of this during the winter now itโ€™s time to get back in the habit! You may be able to get away with a combination moisturiser with SPF for now but start thinking ahead so that youโ€™re ready when the weather gets warmer.

๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿ’ฌ CURRENT SUNSCREEN. What Sunscreen are you using today? Whatโ€™s the SPF coverage? Are you sure that you are using the full amount โ€“ have you tested or measured lately? Have you checked it to make sure that itโ€™s Broad Spectrum? If youโ€™re not happy with your current sunscreen what are you looking for? Time to get cracking!

๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿ’ฌ SUNSCREEN FOR SUMMER. Unless you use a full on SPF50 year round youโ€™ll probably need additional SPF coverage for the summer. Have you got one you love and will use everyday? Is it one that you can reapply during the day? Do you have a favourite or are you still looking for a HG sunscreen?

๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธSAYING GOODBYE TO WINTER SENSITISATION ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธWinter gives your face a lot to contend with and itโ€™s not surprising if youโ€™re feeling a little lacklustre. Often itโ€™s only at the bitter end that your skin really shows the effects of the harsh conditions. The good news is that itโ€™s easy to get on back on track! I recommend a two-pronged approach: review your basics and give yourself a bit of pampering. As you move from spring into summer you will probably be looking at adjusting your actives so itโ€™s important to make sure that your skin is at itโ€™s best and that you can maintain your balance.

๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿ’ฌ BASICS. Have you evaluated your basics lately? Are you happy with your cleanser? Your hydration levels? Your moisturiser? Do you feel like your skin is holding onto itโ€™s hydration? Are your oils sinking in or sitting on the face? Do you feel like you are confident managing your hydrators and oils on a daily basis to adapt to the current conditions?

๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿ’ฌ๐Ÿ’ฌ TREAT YOURSELF. Sometimes if your skin is feeling a bit raw, irritated or even just feeling a bit lacklustre all you need is a nudge in the right direction. Remind your skin what it feels like to be hydrated with a hydrating mask. Better yet, plan several over the course of a few days or a week. If youโ€™re feeling red or irritated it may be time to add an extra drop or two to your routine, or even add an extra layer of oil before or after your night cream. If youโ€™re feeling grey or dull then you might want to look at your exfoliation and consider adding in an extra C23% treatment or a Sunday night acid peel.

Whether itโ€™s April showers or May flowers, enjoy the warmer temperatures! Unless you live down under, in which case do it all backwards ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜‰

๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ Skincare Heidi ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

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