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We are well and truly into spring weather, and summer is just around the corner!
So what are some tips and tricks to help you get your skin summer ready while also helping you keep it safe from sunburn and other issues common to warmer weather?
My patients and followers know I’m a fan of the KISS method for skincare ie Keep It Simple Stupid - the least number of steps to achieve your goals, and once you’ve found what works for you, stick to it while avoiding latest fads and trends which might upset your skin. So a solid skincare regimen should see you through most seasons and climates with minor tweaks as needed.
In saying that, warm weather brings a whole slew of skin-care challenges and questions like, "Do I really have to moisturize even if it's 100 degrees out and my face feels oily?” (Spoiler alert: Yes.) Luckily, the experts know exactly how to face summer — pun intended — head on.
So what can you do to protect your skin?
Heavier moisturisers and SPF in warmer weather may risk acne and an oily feeling skin; a lighter sunscreen over any optional serums or a combination SPF/moisturiser formulation may be a great alternative during warmer months as long as you remember to apply enough and reapply regularly as you would any dedicated sunscreen.
4. Moisturising is STILL important though …
Moisturizers improve skin barrier repair, maintain the skin integrity and appearance. Moisturizers improve skin hydration by directly providing water to the skin and reducing water loss, providing a soothing protective film and protects skin from friction. So even if you lean towards a lighter combo SPF/moisturiser, do remember to keep moisturising - sweat does NOT count as moisturising!
5. Invest in a good vitamin C serum.
Vit C is a great active all year around, but it works to even out pigmentation and to protect against it, as well as working synergistically with your SPF to help protect skin and improve uneven skin tone, which is more important in warmer months when UV exposure is more intense. Vit C also induces collagen, and can help with fine lines and wrinkles. Find a brand that works well with your skin type and layer it between your cleanser and SPF/moisturiser.
Judicious exfoliation with an AHA is often a good way to keep all skin types but especially oily skin healthy and keep acne at bay. Remember not to overdo it though, 1-2 times a week is plenty, and not at the same time as retinols if you are using those in your skincare routine also.
7. Don’t forget the other 4 Ss just because it’s summer!
As discussed above, it IS summer and while it’s unreasonable to expect to cover up completely while at the beach, it’s equally important to remember that summer is also the season when UV rays are highest and in places like Australia, it is possible to burn in mere 11 minutes at midday. So remember, whenever possible, to wear protective clothing, sunhats, sunglasses and to seek shade when and wherever possible, with sunscreen as your last line of defence.
8. Consider in-clinic skin therapies
Lastly, if you are open to consider in-clinic treatments to get your skin summer ready, or to help with dry scaly skin, congested pores and more, consider options such as chemical peels, laser genesis (or a combo of the two) as well as Skinboosters to get skin summer ready.
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Skin Essentials will reopen the week beginning 11th October 2021.
Per NSW government regulations, only double vaccinated patients will be served when we reopen and we will be checking vaccination certificates for all patients upon booking. This requirement may change as of December 1st, and we will advise you accordingly.
Please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text us (0413174654) your vaccination certificate as soon after booking as you can. We will not be able to see anyone for treatments or confirm appointments without this.
In the interest of full disclosure, transparency and patient safety, all patient facing staff will be fully vaccinated by the time of reopening. Please read our reopening FAQ for more information.