skin           In spring it can be tempting to jump straight from the shower into bed with just a quick stop along the way to throw on your warmest, fluffiest pyjamas. As enticing as it might be, it’s important you don’t neglect your skin. Here are some tips to keep your skin looking smooth and healthy instead of ashy and cracked this coming spring. 1. Make it a habit You need to know what type of skin you have and find a line of products which will help solve your particular complaints. Whether you have oily, dry, sensitive or combination skin, there is a skincare line and body cream for dark skin that will work for you. Skin tends to become especially dry, ashy and cracked in the harsh winter months. You need to establish a moisturising routine which works for you and that you enjoy. 2. Take some time to treat yourself We all lead increasingly busy lives. Balancing work, family, community commitments and personal care can be difficult. But it’s important you look after yourself and take a little time each week to enjoy some relaxing, quality time. Draw a scented bath, light a few candles and take a few minutes for yourself. 3. Don’t forget the sunscreen Some women, and men, stop using sunscreen in the winter months. It’s important to remember that you are always at risk of sun damage – even when it’s cloudy outside. Without using sunscreen regularly, you’ll soon start to develop sun spots and skin discolouration. While you’re young, it’s important that you learn how to properly take care of your skin. 4. Keep yourself hydrated One of the best, and easiest, ways to take care of your skin is to keep hydrated. You’ve heard that you should be drinking at least two litres or eight glasses of water daily. Water makes up about 60% of our body weight and every organ in your body depends on water to keep functioning. Not drinking enough water can lead to your skin becoming dehydrated which means you’ll have ashy, cracked skin. No one wants that, so be sure to drink enough water every day to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Image: Pexels