I’ve always been an advocate of changing your skincare to suit your lifestyle (remember when we discussed skincare throughout your menstrual cycle?): 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 (hey, it’s all good news!):
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.
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 (with water soluble B and C Vitamins) followed by moisturisers, rather than oil based serums. These water based serums, like our amazing Youth Capture Serum, 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 best-selling 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.
As always, if you do have any skincare questions or advice from our biochemists, we are here to help and promise to get back to you within 24 hours so please contact us!