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Dr Toni’s top tips to protect your skin this summer

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Skin tips
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Sun damage

DestinationSkin’s Group Clinical Director, Dr Toni Philips, gives the g-lowdown on keeping your skin sun-safe 

It might feel like summer is still miles away with the lousy weather, but as the sun starts to shine it’s important to remember to stay safe and protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. So, whether you’re heading to the park to picnic with friends, BBQing in your garden or soaking up the sun on the beach, Dr Toni Philips, Group Clinical Director at DestinationSkin reveals how best to look after your skin this summer:

“We often think about avoiding the damaging effect of the sun in terms of visible skin issues such as pigmentation, premature ageing and wrinkles – all important to bear in mind if you want healthy, smooth and glowing skin.

However, we can’t forget that UV rays, especially UVB rays, can be very dangerous and have much more severe consequences. UVB rays cause short-wave radiation which can penetrate the superficial layers of the skin. This high intensity damage to the cell DNA which can lead to skin cancer.”

 

Dr Toni’s top tips to protect your skin this summer

First signs of damage: The key sign of UVB is sunburn, and it doesn’t have to be severe. The faintest pink colour seen after sun exposure indicates that UVB has been absorbed and caused trauma to the skin.

 

SPF is your skin’s saviour: You may be tempted by a low SPF sunscreen to ‘top up the tan’ but you need at least SPF 30+, though SPF50, such as Heliocare Advanced XF Gel SPF50, is ideal. What is most important is to make sure you are checking the sunscreen formulation to see how long it is meant to last and how often it suggests reapplying.

 

It’s not just UV rays to watch out for: Blue light emitted from the screens of our devices such as smart phones, has longer wavelengths and penetrates the skin deeper than UVA and UVB rays. Whilst this might not be as harmful it can damage collagen and elastin which support the skin. Enough, repeated exposure to blue light can also cause hyperpigmentation – an overproduction of brown pigments in the skin.

I’d always suggest using a sunscreen, such as Heliocare’s 360 Water Gel SPF50+, that not only covers UVA, UVB but also visible light and near infra-red filters for that extra protection.

 

Keep protected all day long: You may think that it’s just the hot summer days you need to worry about and if it doesn’t feel hot then you’re fine. However, UVA rays from the sun are present all year round and penetrate deep into the dermis causing sun damage associated with skin ageing. Click here to read our full blog on how to reverse and repair sun damage.

 

Keep your skin clear: The hot summer days provide the perfect environment for bacteria or yeast to overgrow on our skin, causing red acne spots, clogged pores and a build-up of oils in your glands due to the combination of sweat, heat, sun cream and pollution. Make sure to cleanse your skin regularly to help avoid this, especially if you’re exercising in the heat. Using the right cleanser for your skin type will remove excess oil, gently exfoliate dead skin cells and debris, whilst leaving the skin barrier intact. If you are experiencing acne, we have a range of treatments to help that you can view here.

 

Your sunscreen can help too: Try and make sure your SPF is non-comedogenic (does not block pores), like Heliocare’s oil-free dry touch gel SPF50, before you use it on your face as well as body, and you should never use SPF that’s out of date, as it will be ineffective and not protect you from sun damage.

 

Reapply and cover up: It is recommended you apply 1oz of SPF over your skin at least 20 minutes prior to sun exposure – and remember to top up every 2-3 hours, especially if you’re likely to be in the water.

 

Don’t overdo it: I’d always advise to avoid direct sun exposure and spend time in the shade during the hottest parts of the day, between 11am and 3pm.

As well as SPF, the best protection is light clothing and a wide-brimmed hat for the face and scalp too. Take all of this into account and you can enjoy and make the most of the sun!

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Sun Damage: Reverse & Repair

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Ellie Taylor
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SKIN TREATMENTS
Sun damage

With summer holidays just on the horizon, it’s important to keep your skin protected whilst you catch some rays. If you have previously stepped out into the sunshine with little or no protection, you might now be discovering the damaging effects this had on your skin. Whether you’ve only just noticed the effects of your time spent in the sun or if you’ve been a devoted sun worshipper for years, we’re here to explain what causes sun damage, how it can present itself in our skin, what you can do to prevent it in the future, and how with the help of our treatments you can reverse and repair sun damaged skin.

 

What causes sun damage?

Sun damage is caused by exposing unprotected skin to the sun for too long. Although some exposure to sunlight is recommended as it is an important source of vitamin D, over exposure to UV rays damages the skin’s cellular DNA and can cause pigmentation, wrinkles, dryness, leathery texture and even skin cancer. The sun’s heat dries out areas of unprotected skin and depletes the skin’s supply of natural lubricating oils. In addition to this, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause burning and long-term changes in the skin’s structure.

 

How does sun damage present itself?

Sun burn or sun tans: the first sign of sun damage to the skin is the darkening and reddening of the skin, which causes burning or a tan. A sun tan is the result of injury to the epidermis (the top layer of the skin) and develops when UV rays accelerate the production of melanin which is dark pigment in the skin. Click here to discover how to achieve sun-kissed skin safely this summer.

Pigmentation: Prolonged exposure to the sun with little to no protection activates and damages the melanocyte cells in the skin. Melanocytes are melanin-producing cells located in the bottom layer of the skin’s epidermis, and therefore through over exposure to the sun, this can cause pigmentation in the form of sun spots, darker patches of skin and inconsistencies in the skin’s overall colour.

Enlarged pores: Over time, sun exposure causes the outermost layer of the skin to thicken. The loss of collagen, elastin and water from the skin causes the underlying layers of the skin to shrink – leading to enlarged pores.

Ageing Skin: It is natural for our skin to age over time and lose its youthful appearance, however over exposure to the sun can further accelerate this process.

 

What treatments can help sun damage?

Depending on the level of your sun damage or pigmentation, the treatment recommended by your practitioner will vary from a light skin peel, to more advanced laser treatments. Some of the below treatments are amongst our most popular for treating pigmentation concerns:

Chemical skin peels

Chemical skin peels help in improving the appearance of skin by applying solutions to the skin, which cause the outer layer of the skin to gradually peel off. The new skin that emerges underneath is fresher, smoother and will have fewer pigmentation patches. Skin peels are composed of special and natural ingredients that are crucial for the development, rejuvenation and protection of skin. The TCA and Hibiscus Mandelic skin peel treatments effectively heal the skin from sun damage in a completely non-invasive manner. Additionally, skin peels enhance the skin’s glow and give it a youthful appearance.

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Intense Pulse Light Therapy (IPL)

Using Intense Pulse light therapy, this proven technique is excellent at targeting pigment deep within the skin. The light effectively breaks down the darker patches causing pigmentation, encouraging them to shatter and disperse, revealing a more even skin tone.

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EDS/Dermaroller

EDS/Dermaroller uses a specialised device with multiple micro-fine needles which are used to deeply exfoliate the skins surface. The size of the needles can be adjusted accordingly to the skin type and concern of the client. This skin treatment gives best results on skin with mild to moderate sun damage.

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Microneedling

Microneedling is a highly effective treatment using a small handheld device that triggers increased cell turnover helping to force the pigmentation damage to the surface of the skin, leaving a clearer more even skin tone.

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What can I do to prevent sun damage?

The very simple answer to this one is to invest in a high quality broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF. SPF lotions and sun creams help to protect your skin during sunny weather by increasing the amount of time that you can stay in the sun, without getting burnt. For example, a factor 30 SPF extends the amount of time that you can stay in the sun by 30 times.

We recommend that you choose your level of SPF accordingly to your skin’s tolerance to the sun; if you have fair skin or are prone to burning, and if you have a history of skin cancer in your family, opt for something higher. Whilst all SPF’s contain protection from UVB (ultraviolet B) rays it’s also particularly important to make sure your SPF has a high UVA (ultraviolet A) star rating. This indicates that the UVA protection is at least one third of the SPF value, and the higher the star rating, the better!

We have a range of both face and body SPFs that you can shop in clinic or online here. 

If you have any further queries or concerns about sun damage or pigmentation that you have, please fill in the form below to arrange a free consultation with one of our expert practitioners who will be able to give your skin a thorough assessment and advise on the best way to treat your concerns.


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