Column: Your spring beauty routine starts here

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HOORAY! At long last Mother Nature has finally received the memo. The sun is shining… well, occasionally. It’s OK to wear bright colours and everyone’s smiling again. There’s that joyous feeling in the air and we can almost start to believe that spring is finally here. Now we can look forward to embracing lighter moisturisers, brighter make-up and fresh, glowing skin with renewed gusto.

The new season means new beauty trends. There are so many exciting products to try and Spring is the perfect opportunity for discovery. Think effortless glamour to complement your new colourful wardrobe. And, because like so many, this is indeed my favourite time of the year, it’s my delight to share some utterly uplifting beauty tips, guaranteed to put a spring in your steps on the way to your local beauty retail store, salon or spa.

As the weather transforms from dull grey to cheery blue and green you’ll need to alter your skincare and beauty regime in the same manner as you will most certainly re-evaluate your wardrobe.

Don’t forget that your skin changes from season to season because of the weather and your environment. At the beginning of winter you should have opted to protect your skin against the harsh and extremely drying conditions.

As the weather heats up and you turn off the central heating your skin will naturally become oilier and this is the time when you should reintroduce lighter weight, quality face and body moisturisers to re-hydrate dry winter skin.

Don’t forget to replace any products that have passed their shelf life and to choose products with an SPF for protection against UVA and UVB.

With spring also comes the chance to escape your fragrance rut. Put away winter’s warming, musky scents and embark on an aromatic journey. Find your new signature scent from the diverse choice of light, floral or fruity fragrances that have already appeared in shops.

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There’s no better way to get your skin ready for the pared back beauty of spring than with a pampering post winter facial. To eliminate dull, dry skin head to award-winning beauty salon, Skin & Tonic, where you might be lucky to encounter the highly capable Alison Smith – owner, therapist and the current winner of the Professional Beauty Awards 2013.

A friendly, yet driven businesswoman, Alison has created a multi-award winning salon offering an extensive range of treatments including facials, aromatherapy, massage and non-surgical face lift. She said: “Try one of our fabulous facial treatments; tailored to meet your specific skin care needs. You’ll start with a squeaky clean double cleanse, followed by an exfoliation to brighten and smooth the skin. A facial massage provides you with a radiant glow; finishing with a mask to hydrate, firm or absorb excess oil depending on your skin type.”

Before they send you on your way, you’ll benefit from expert advice on how to maintain your skin at home and a delicious smoothie to treat you on the inside as well. Facials from £53 and body treatments from £48. Skin & Tonic Beauty Salon, 01727 857223.

And, now that you’ve rediscovered your natural glow, it’s time to think about revamping your make-up collection.

Tinted moisturisers and BB Creams that replace heavy winter foundation are here to stay. 2013 also heralds the introduction of the fascinating CC Creams, offering more make-up coverage than its predecessor, although with the same all-in-one skincare and make-up properties.

Whichever takes your fancy or suits your skin requirements, both are great multifunctional, time-saving products with SPF properties for the introduction of a simple spring beauty routine.

Channel the SS13 catwalk by wearing a lipstick or eye colour in this season’s hottest Barbie pink. Try a colour-pop pink lip with nude eyes or frame eyes with a neon pink pencil and matching mascara, finishing with a nude lip, as seen at Donna Karan and Giles Deacon Shows.

Alternatively, if you always choose to hide your beauty behind layers of make-up, why not embrace your inner beauty goddess with the nude beauty trend?

Create flawless, dewy skin with a tinted moisturiser or BB cream, sculpt cheekbones with a peachy blusher, but leave eyebrows, eyes and lips unadorned for a pretty, barely-there look.

Loosen up. Whether you opt for more or less with your make-up routine, you’ll want to keep it cool and simple when it comes to your hair. Think minimalist, yet sophisticated modern as you work your way through naturally enhanced waves à la Kate Moss, low ponytails or loose braids for your chic, unfussy style. Before you get started, indulge your tresses with a hair masque to revive dry, brittle hair and for added shine and a healthy texture.

Lastly, and most importantly, flash your biggest, most beautiful smile and be happy, because it’s spring!