Sum­mer Skin Is In!

Bundaberg Style - - OUTDOOR COOKING -

Main­tain­ing healthy youth­ful skin while soak­ing up our gor­geous out­doorsy life­style is no easy feat in sunny Queens­land. Our fa­mous ‘beau­ti­ful one day, per­fect the next’ mantra does not gen­er­ally re­flect the way we take care of our skin with Aus­tralians hav­ing one of the high­est skin cancer rates in the world.

Skin age­ing, and so­lar dam­age is a com­plex process in­flu­enced by both in­trin­sic fac­tors such as ge­net­ics, im­mu­nity and dys­func­tional body pro­cesses and by ex­trin­sic el­e­ments such as en­vi­ron­ment and skin ex­po­sure. Th­ese in­ter­ac­tions lead to cu­mu­la­tive struc­tural and phys­i­o­log­i­cal changes which lead to poorer skin tex­ture, pig­men­ta­tion, so­lar skin dam­age and ex­po­nen­tially in­crease the risk of a skin cancer devel­op­ment.

By start­ing sun pro­tec­tive skin care early in life, we can de­lay th­ese dam­ag­ing changes. Sim­ply by re­duc­ing pro­longed and reg­u­lar ex­po­sure to the sun and re­fresh­ing our knowl­edge on the best strat­egy to care for our ex­te­rior when we are ex­posed to the el­e­ments.

At Pa­cific Plas­tic Surgery we rec­om­mend a multi-faceted ap­proach when tar­get­ing sun safe strate­gies.

Choose a broad-spec­trum 50+ sun­screen ( AS­PECT 50+ mois­tur­is­ing sun­screen, top right) ap­ply­ing lib­er­ally in the shade at least 20 min­utes prior to sun ex­po­sure and re­peat­ing 2 to 3 hourly de­pend­ing on ac­tiv­ity level. If us­ing a phys­i­cal or min­eral sun pro­tec­tion prod­uct, this sits atop the skin and works to re­flect the UVA/UVB rays, (the very pop­u­lar UBER-ZINC right mid­dle) you may need to ap­ply more fre­quently, par­tic­u­larly when par­tic­i­pat­ing in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity where the prod­uct may be wiped or moved from the skin. Lastly, us­ing a makeup or a mul­ti­task­ing prod­uct which pro­vides ex­cel­lent sun pro­tec­tion, a flaw­less com­plex­ion whilst also cor­rect­ing sun dam­aged skin (Color­science EVEN UP right bot­tom) is the lat­est rev­o­lu­tion in sun pro­tec­tion and has an ea­ger fol­low­ing from our clien­tele.

Of course, reg­u­lar skin checks by health pro­fes­sion­als and self-as­sess­ment is com­pul­sory. Broad brimmed hats, long sleeved shirts or ki­monos for the girls will keep your sun ex­po­sure to a min­i­mum. Pro­mot­ing re­silience in skin by us­ing hy­dra­tion com­pounds, ac­tive in­gre­di­ents to keep your skin in op­ti­mal con­di­tion to re­tain im­mu­nity against the sun and treat­ing chang­ing skin with main­te­nance ther­a­pies like pho­to­dy­namic ther­apy (PDT) to erad­i­cate su­per­fi­cial so­lar dam­age so fur­ther­more sin­is­ter epi­der­mal changes can be seen more ob­vi­ously.

Half of our Pa­cific Plas­tic Surgery prac­tice is car­ing for our won­der­ful pa­tients with ei­ther chronic skin cancer treat­ment or twenty-year-old first timers – we want you to have the most awe­some ad­ven­tures this sum­mer, suns out buns out – but let us scream WITH SUN­SCREEN!

As­pect Dr Mois­tur­is­ing 50 + Sun­screen $30

Color­science Even Up $144

Syn­ergie Uberz­inc $115

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