Summer Skin Is In!
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