Protect, brighten and tan: my approach to spring skin


In Britain the weather was optimistically sunny. And while it’s only a matter of time before spring showers arrive (the Brits aren’t so optimistic), it’s time to revamp my skincare wardrobe. As I mentioned earlier, I’m a creature of habit, so I don’t tend to change things up much. But my capsule spring skincare arsenal must do the following: protect, brighten and tan. It’s simple, streamlined, and most importantly, effective.

Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 35, £20

I usually can’t stand an extra step of applying sunscreen. But it’s non-negotiable. Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen has SPF, but not as we know it. Its serum-like consistency is undetectable from your traditional thick, chalky sunscreen. It’s really light, fresh and doesn’t interfere with what I put on top. My only gripe is that it costs £20 for 30ml – but can you put a price on the protection? When things get hot, I switch to a higher dose of SPF.

Kora Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum, £60

I am obsessed with Kora Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum, it is the best. Not only do I appreciate the formulation with 12% ascorbyl glucoside (the most stable and water-soluble derivative of vitamin C), which is scientifically proven to block free radicals and pollution, but also the pleasant and light texture. I used the last drop of SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic, which is considered the gold standard for vitamin C serums, but Noni Bright is better. Big claims, I know. But my skin is brighter, smoother, firmer and more even, all without irritation. And unlike SkinCeuticals, it doesn’t smell like hot dogs, but more like a glass of sparkling orange. It is satisfying to use and available at half the price.

Oskia Nutri-Bronze Adaptive Sheer Tinted Serum, £58

If you like to look like you have perfectly even and sun-kissed skin without wearing an ounce of makeup, this is a must-have. The Oskia Nutri-Bronze Adaptive Sheer Tinted Serum reduces redness and bags under the eyes and makes my skin look like it has nothing on it at all. It’s also enriched with a whole range of ingredients, from hyaluronic acid and provitamin B5, which plump and hydrate the skin, to bakuchiol, the natural alternative to retinol. I use one to two drops and apply directly to my skin to minimize waste on my hands.

What skin care products do you wear in spring?


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