It's spring! We're losing an hour's lie-in but gaining 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 - retire those overly-rich moisturisers and spend a little time (and money) revisiting your beauty regimen.

{LIGHTEN UP}

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.

{SAME GOES FOR BASE...}

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.

Milk Makeup's brilliant {Luminous Blur Stick} is beautifully barely-there - 'invisibly' granting your skin a sateen sheen without looking overly 'done' (and it's totally easy to use and completely spill-proof). 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.  

{BE SUN SAVVY}

Even if April brings showers, longer hours of daylight means greater risk of insidious sun damage. Zelens {Daily Defence} is a broad spectrum sun (and pollution!) filter, that leaves zero white cast and won't suffocate skin.

And if you prefer a purely mineral sunscreen, Josh Rosebrook's {Nutrient Day Cream Tinted SPF 30} is a one-stop (super-natural!) skin-protecting and perfecting shop - perfect for those who like keeping things streamlined.

{EXFOLIATE}

Cells go into 'hibernation' during wintertime, which means they often need a 'jump start' to resume firing on all cylinders. SUMMER FRIDAYS' {Overtime Mask} wages two-pronged attack on dullness and general congestion - resurfacing both physically and enzymatically to leave skin super-smooth and looking 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.

{GLOW FORTH}

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.

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