Spring clean your skincare routine

I’ve always been an advocate of changing your skincare to suit your lifestyle and the same goes for weather changes. As we move towards longer days this Spring, the increased amount of daylight time has been shown to directly affect our bodies in their moods, metabolism and vitamin levels. These changes in turn affect the skin:

1. Increase in daylight exposure is directly linked to dopamine (a feel good hormone) sensitivity levels, which are highest in spring and summer. It is therefore no surprise that stress hormone cortisol also follows a seasonal trend and starts to decrease as we enter Spring. What does this mean? Our endocrine systems are heavily influenced by sunlight. We know sunlight provides our skin what it needs to make Vitamin D, while the feel good hormones and lack of stress hormones mean fewer inflammatory responses on the skin. This is the reason why eczema and acne also have been shown to decrease with increased sunlight. So remove acid-based toners from your daily skincare routine and save an exfoliating product like our Intense Restore Mask for once a week to help brighten the skin and keep it glowing.

2. The heating systems go off and the winds are less harsh which means the environment is less drying to the skin. It’s a really good time of year to use water based serums packed with humectants like Tamarind Seed Extract and Hyaluronic Acid (with water soluble B and C Vitamins) followed by light moisturisers, rather than oil based serums. These water based serums, like our amazing Youth Capture Serum, and Boosting pH Mist are much better at delivering high concentrations of antioxidants, peptides and vitamins to your skin to help promote radiance. Similarly, a light moisturiser like our Deep Nourishing Cream – made especially for these climates – has just the right ratio of oil to water to ensure skin is beautifully nourished throughout the day.

3. However, obviously UV exposure also increases and therefore appropriate re-application of sunscreen throughout the day must be considered as the days become longer.