While sunscreen is necessary all year round, it’s particularly important in summer when the sun is beating down and you’re spending more time outside hitting the pool and beach!
In the sun, our skin is at risk of sunburn and skin cancer, but also accumulative sun damage that can result in premature ageing and wrinkles, pigmentation, blood vessels, sun spots and open pores. If you’re also currently receiving Skin or Laser treatments, protecting your skin against the sun is especially important to help you achieve your best results possible. When it comes to protecting your skin, the age-old saying is true – slip, slop, slap! Here are some of our favourite tips and tricks to protecting your skin this summer.
Reapply your sunscreen regularly
Almost everyone is on the sunscreen bandwagon by now, but did you know applying it once in the morning may not be enough? It’s just as important to reapply your sun protection regularly throughout the day, especially if you’re spending all day outdoors and are going for a dip! Our favourite sunscreen is the Balense UV Defiance SPF 50+, which is four-hour water resistant and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. You can grab one at your next visit to your local clinic!
Attend to sunburn quickly
Had a little too much sun time and now you’re feeling the burn? It happens to the best of us and it’s super important to look after your skin when it’s in this condition to best treat the burn and make sure your skin can heal as quickly as possible. For the first 24-hours after a sunburn, apply aloe vera or a similar anti-inflammatory product to cool and soothe the skin. After 24-hours be sure to intensely hydrate the skin by creating a barrier that helps skin heal, keeps moisture in, and prevents further dehydration. We recommend the Balense Recovery Cream to soothe, calm and hydrate the skin, as well as reduce the appearance of redness.
Pop up a beach umbrella
While sunscreen is the first line of defense against sun damage, beach umbrellas, cover-ups and other accessories not only further protect you, but are also a great way to express your summer style. Sarongs and kaftans add extra flair to your look and don’t forget your hat and sunglasses for the complete beach look!
Starting your sun care a bit late and looking to reverse some of the damage? It’s not too late! We have a variety of treatments available at The Cosmetic Clinic that can help you with any skin concerns that may be a result of sun damage, from Micro-Needling, Cosmelan, Laser for Pigmentation, and more! We recommend booking a FREE consultation at your local clinic to find out which treatments and products are best suitable for you.
For more information on how to care for your skin over summer, head into your local clinic and book a consultation today!