It's spring! We've lost an hour's lie-in but gained an additional hour of daylight - which means (to quote the very excellent D:REAM), that things can only get better - temperatures will (hopefully) increase, trees will blossom and the populace will collectively become much nicer (THANK YOU SEROTONIN).

So while you're optimistically purchasing sandals and packing up knitwear,  spare a thought for the needs of your skin - resign those overly-rich moisturisers and spend a little time (and money) revisiting your beauty regimen.


As the mercury creeps towards something resembling bearable, switch those rich, emollient formulas for something a little less suffocating. Try an hyaluronic acid based hydrator - Peter Thomas Roth's {Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream} is perfect for 'plumping' and brightening post-winter skin, while replenishing much-needed moisture without clogging pores (it's ideal for oilier skins during Spring).

Tata Harper's {Hydrating Floral Essence} is a refreshing, conditioning spritz - perfect for 'topping up' cells' reservoirs on-the-regular (you can mist on the move), while de Mamiel's limited edition {Spring Facial Oil} has been painstakingly blended to address the specific needs of 'spring skin' - awakening sluggish cells and stimulating detoxification, to restore your complexion's vitality.


If you can brave it, swap foundation for a tinted moisturiser, BB or CC Cream - natural, bright light is notoriously unforgiving, but few things look less 'summery' than layers of full-coverage make up, or an unnaturally matte, chalky finish.

Charlotte Tilbury's {Unisex Healthy Glow} is perfect for 'your skin but better' effect, while BY TERRY's {Cellularose Moisturising CC Cream} unifies uneven skin tone with a totally translucent, dewy finish.

Similarly, REN's {Satin Perfection BB Cream SPF 15} has innovative, shade adaptive technology so it flatters most skin tones, while simultaneously correcting pigmentation, protecting against sun and free radical damage and refining skin's overall texture.  


Even if April brings showers, longer hours of daylight means greater risk of insidious sun damage. Zelens {Daily Defence} is a beautifully barely-there broad spectrum sun filter, which leaves no white cast and won't suffocate skin. It's also antioxidant-rich to 'un do' existing damage while providing protection from environmental aggressors (smoke, pollution etc.).

And if you prefer a purely mineral sunscreen, Touch in Sol's {Pang Pang Sun Cutting Powder SPF 30} brushes on quickly and conveniently, as and when you need it - and doubles as a shine-eliminating face powder.


Cells go into 'hibernation' during wintertime, which means they often need a 'jump start' to resume firing on all cylinders. Ling Skin Care's {Triple Action Exfoliator} wages three-pronged attack on dullness and general congestion - resurfacing (both physically and enzymatically), while kaolin clay helps to draw out impurities to leave skin looking clear and luminous.

And for an everyday radiance-boost, try Alpha-H's {Gentle Daily Exfoliant} - a powdered skin-brightener which gently eliminates dead skin cells and pore-clogging debris, to get your skin glowing each morning. Just mix with a few drops of water to achieve your preferred consistency - from 'scrub' to ultra-fine and frothy paste.


Now is the perfect time to get your 'faux glow' on. Alison, our Director of Merchandising swears by Omorovicza's {Glam Glow}: "If the total TOWIE tan is not your bag, then this is the formula for you - a very subtle colour for face and body, it's the ideal first foray into fake tan as March creeps towards April and you start panicking about 'legs out' time. I use on both face and legs and am very pale white and it never ever goes wrong. What's more, I actually think it's a bargain - £35 for 150ml lasts for AGES."

However, if you're a bit of a commitment-phobe, you might prefer {Body Blur} - a temporary, non-transferable limb-lengthening body make up with a subtle gleam, to streamline bare legs and lend a streak-free, post-holiday glow.

And if you're still swaddled in black tights and roll necks, but want your complexion to radiate 'wellness', try BECCA's stunning {Bronzing Skin Perfector} - a gorgeous, crème-to-powder primer that lends all complexions an enviable warmth. Or add a drop of Perricone MD's {No Bronzer Bronzer} to your day cream to immediately dispel dullness without looking artificial.