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Summer's here, but is your skin still stuck in Spring?


At QV, we're passionate about tailoring your skincare routine to the season, protecting and caring for your complexion throughout the year. Despite promising blue skies, bright blooms and the beginning of warm weather, spring can be an irritating time for those with dreaded hay fever.

Most people associate hay fever with spring, when there are increased pollen levels in the air. Seasonal allergies can not only cause sneezing or a runny nose, but also result in itchy, dry and tired skin around the eyes and dry skin around the nose.

Dr Matulich Profile

Dr Jacqueline Matulich, QV Consultant and Dermatologist at Platinum Dermatology, provides her recommendations on five key ingredients to incorporate into your spring to summer skincare routine to help minimise the effects of hay fever and pollen allergies.

Ingredients which help calm the skin include those with soothing and hydrating properties;

  • Vitamin E is an antioxidant and its direct topical application helps to increase hydration of the skin through its outermost layer, the stratum corneum
  • Oatmeal and its derivatives like oat kernel extract, provide antioxidants which calm the skin and help relieve itching due to dryness, as well as helping to increase the moisture content of the skin
  • Glycerin helps to maintain and preserve the skin's epidermal barrier, reducing dryness and making the skin more supple
  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is a free radical barrier that can help reduce the visible signs of ageing and to replenish the skin's natural barrier
  • Panthenol (Vitamin B5) is another moisturiser which serves as a humectant, increasing the moisture content of the skin's barrier and helping to improve elasticity of the skin

A great tool to support spring skin woes is the QV Face Ultra Calming Moisturiser, containing all of the above ingredients in a gentle and soothing concoction.

In addition to incorporating the QV Face Ultra Calming Moisturiser into your spring skincare routine, it's also important to use gentle cleansers, free of harsh ingredients and antibacterial agents, on both the face and body. Keep an eye out for ingredients in your daily products that will help support and maintain your natural skin barrier, without any potentially irritating additives such as colour and fragrances. The QV Face Gentle Foaming Cleanser is a great daily cleanser, free from fragrances, colour, lanolin and propylene glycol to help reduce irritation to the skin.

There are also a number of lifestyle habits that can be incorporated into your daily life during spring to help minimise the effects of hay fever; check the daily pollen count to decide when to stay indoors, wear sunglasses while outside to minimise pollen entering through your eyes, stock up on fruits and vegetables packed with Vitamin C (a natural antihistamine) and keep the windows at home shut to stop pollen from entering.

All these tips can help control hay fever symptoms and allow you (and your sensitive skin) to enjoy everything spring has to offer.