We’re officially in springtime, Sönd fans! The Easter bunny has been, the clocks have changed and the daffodils are out. OK, so (at the time of writing) the frosts are still ever present in the morning and I’m concerned for the wildflower seeds I’ve sown (poor little things, with no blanket or anything), but finally, hurrah for spring!
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This year, we have every right to be excited for the warmer, longer days, after emerging from a covid controlled winter that so many of us have found so hard for so many reasons.
But now, we can buy a G&T in a pub, get our hair done, shop in actual shops and interact with actual people. In order to face people again, we might be thinking about our skin and how it behaves when the seasons change, and this might be at the forefront of our minds more this year than ever.
So how do we care for our skin in the spring? Does the change in weather and the environments we’re in mean any difference to our skincare regimen and products? Let’s find out…
Will the Change in Weather Affect My Skin?
If you have contrary skin, then the chances are, it will get stressed out on a whim and will react to any change in circumstances. A change in the weather is no exception.
Perhaps moving from the cold harshness of winter to the (hopeful) calmness of spring will have less of an impact then when we move from a warm, Indian summer to the ravages of winter. But it’s a change nonetheless, and sometimes, our skin just doesn’t like it.
During the colder months, our skin can feel dehydrated and can even become flakey or so dry it becomes cracked. If we have acne prone skin, we can experience more breakouts, redness and inflammation.
This is all down to the cold, wet and wind that is common during a British winter.
However, just because the harshness of winter has subsided, it doesn’t mean that our skin gets let off for six months. As the weather gets warmer, we become warmer too (obvs) and this can create shiny, greasy skin as we sweat.
Greasy skin can create havoc if we have acne or another skin condition such as psoriasis or eczema. As sweat and oil builds up on the skin, it can block the pores, trapping dirt and bacteria inside.
This can then cause the inflammation and acne breakouts that we know only too well. In fact, for some of us, the colder weather actually does us a favour and our skin behaves much better!
Of course, a warm spring day will cause less sweating than a hot summer’s day, but as the weather warms up, now is the time to start thinking about our seasonal skincare.
How About the Change in Environment as I Spend More Time Outside?
In much the same way, when the seasons change and we spend more time outside, this too can have an impact on our skin.
Being inside during the colder months means that our skin can become dry due to the low humidity conditions of a centrally heated, sealed home.
When we then venture outside, the higher humidity can again cause sweating, oiliness, trapped dirt, blocked pores and spots.
How Do I Protect My Skin from the Sun and Wind?
A change in the amount of time we spend outdoors means that our skin is then exposed to UV light from the sun. Plus, there’s always the chance of a spring breeze, both of which can cause inflammation, dryness and redness in the skin.
So preparation is key. Not all of us want to use an SPF (in fact, we don’t add them to our products as we believe in giving our fans the choice of whether they want to add one or not). If you decide not to, you will still need to protect your skin from the sun, even in the spring.
You can do this by wearing sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat, and by avoiding being in the sun for too long when the sun is at its hottest between 11am and 3pm.
At the moment, we still need to wear a covid face covering when we’re in public, and some of us are choosing to also wear them outside. So for something that’s important but oh-so annoying, it will still help to protect our skin from the sun and the wind!
Wearing a skin nourishing moisturiser will also help to protect your skin from dryness and irritation caused by the winds that can still whip up at this time of year.
Do I Need Lighter Skincare Products in the Spring?
As the weather gets warmer, and we spend less time sitting inside in artificial heating and we get battered by the cold, wet, windy elements less, we might find that our skin needs something more gentle.
We no longer need to slather on the thicker moisturisers to help protect our skin from drying out. But we do still need to look after our skin by using skin friendly products that are gentle on the skin.
The Sönd range of skincare products was developed with all skin types in mind, especially so, those skin types that are stressed out or can become stressed out when factors such as the weather change.
We only ever use the kindest ingredients in our products, that are all carefully chosen to respect the needs of the skin, helping to nourish and protect the skin from deep within.
Our hero ingredients is our unique silica salt complex that helps to hydrate and protect the skin whilst promoting healthy skin cell renewal. Since it’s an alkaline product, rather than an acidic one, it works in harmony with the skin’s natural pH balance, helping to support the unique needs of the skin.
Sönd skincare products can be used all year round, because they’re so supportive of the skin, and aren’t heavy or greasy. So if you’re looking for the perfect skincare regime, then look no further than our range of creamy cleansers, day and night skin moisturisers, toners and serums!
What About Weather Friendly Makeup?
Similarly, when it comes to makeup, we might need to switch from heavier, thicker foundation and concealer products that we used in the winter, to lighter versions with less coverage during the spring and summer.
Whilst we don’t have a makeup range (yet), we still do provide advice on what makeup might suit your skin best, and what changes you might need to make during the changing seasons.
Like most things when it comes to skin and what it needs and likes, it is a case of trial and error to find the right makeup. But generally speaking, when the weather is warmer, opt for a lower coverage and if you find that your skin becomes oily and shiny, choose oil free makeup products.
The Best Springtime Skincare Routine
With spring comes a fresh start. As much as we dedicate time to spring cleaning our houses, it’s important to spring clean our skincare routine.
Here’s our top tips for the perfect spring skincare:
- Use a gentle, creamy cleanser twice a day to remove dirt and makeup, plus pollen and environmental pollutants that can settle on the skin and cause breakouts
- Deeply cleanse the skin at least once a week using a clay mask to draw out all those skin dulling impurities
- Keep your skin feeling fresh with a hydrating toner
- If you’re feeling a little pale from the winter, use a light fake tan to give yourself a gentle glow
- Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water and always moisturise in the morning and before bed after cleansing
This article is not meant to treat or diagnose. Please visit your doctor for advice about any health concerns you may have.