As the long Summer days continue to linger, we need to make sure our skin care routine is working its best says dermal clinician, Fiona Priddle.
The sun’s rays make us feel better and give us what we call a “healthy glow”, but what it really happening to our skin?
The increase in melanin produced in our epidermis is what causes a sun tan. Ultraviolet (UV) rays trigger the melanocytes to produce melanin, resulting in an increase in pigmentation in the skin. Our skin responds this way because it’s trying to protect the DNA of the skin cells.
UV can also damage the elastin fibres. Over time, with reduction of elastin, our skin will sag, stretch and its ability to bounce back will diminish.
Vessels may also impacted and become dilated resulting in telangiectasia, redness in the skin.
To help your skin out this summer, here are few simple tips to keep in mind to minimise sun damage:
- Avoid sun exposure when possible to help prevent UV damage.
Try not to spend time directly in the sun between the hours of 10:00am and 5:00pm
- It’s drilled into us but ‘SLIP, SLOP, SLAP’ still applies, even though Sunsmart campaign is over 30 years old!
Hats, long sleeves, rash vests, sunglasses are all important for adults and kids when outdoors.
Physical sunscreen such as zinc based products will provide you with protection against UVB and UVA rays.
It’s also important to apply the right amount of sunscreen and re-apply your sunscreen every two hours when outdoors.
- Having a skin care routine that is full of essential antioxidants is very important.
Ingredients like Niacinamide (vitamin B3), Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) and Retinal (vitamin A) all help our skin fight against free radicals caused by the sun damage and slow down the ageing process.
Australian Skin Face Body recommends Rationale skin care.
One of my favourite products for this time of year is the Immunologist Mask. Simply apply it at home, once a week for 20 minutes while you kick back and relax. Leaving your skin soft, smooth, supple and re-hydrated, it’s known as the ‘gold mask’. Find out more about Rationale Immunologist available now at Australian Skin Face Body clinics.
Unfortunately, the so called “health glow” during summer also increases your chances of skin cancers.
As a dermal clinician, it is very distressing to come across ‘suspicious’ spots that have been there for some time and simply been dismissed. The sad part is most skin cancers can be successfully treated if found early.
I encourage you to book in with one of our GP’s for a routine skin cancer and mole check. It could save your life. It’s easy. Just call 1300 502 732 for an appointment at your closest Australian Skin Face Body Clinic.