As the weather gets better, and summer is quickly approaching, many of us are looking forward to spending some well earned relaxation time in the sun. Sitting out in the sun may seem to be a pleasant way to take a break from hectic day to day life, but prolonged exposure can actually cause your skin a whole lot of problems. Here are some of the most common that you should be aware of:
The skin uses sunlight to manufacture vital vitamin D, and this is naturally helpful for forming healthy bones. You should firmly bear in mind that the UV light of the sun can also do harm as well as good though, and we’re not just thinking about sunburn. In the long term, sun damage can trigger an abundance of fine lines and wrinkles, and it can even alter the colour and texture of your skin. The sum total of these side effects is that you will look aged before your time. Heavy sun damage can cause skin to become thicker and less elastic, but equally it can thin the skin so it becomes easily irritated or hurt. Brown freckles and lesions are also common upon skin that has been exposed to a lot of sun, so be under no illusions that you really can get too much of a good thing.
Sun spots are a notable concern in nations where the sun is very prominent, such as Australia, but as they stem from the sun’s UV rays they can actually occur in any country. These blemishes can be as small as 2 mm or as large as 20 mm, and they usually appear on patches of skin that have been constantly exposed to hot sun; such as the face or hands. Whilst they can be painful or itchy, the major concern over sun spots is that they can develop into skin cancer in some instances, and so they should never be taken for granted.
The sun can cause a lot of damage to the interior layers of your skin, but one of the most noticeable affects it can have is simply drying the outer skin out. Whilst this process is often hailed as being beneficial to sufferers of acne, dry skin is not good for anyone, and we recommend a product like Obagi CRx System C-Sunguard SPF30 90ml to combat the full array of damages that the sun can inflict on your skin. Not only does it protect against UV rays, but it also prevents the skin from becoming prematurely aged or dried. Working this skincare product into your regime will leave you with radiant skin, and also allows you to enjoy the sun without risk.
A little sun is great for the skin, but when you start to bask for hours at a time then you really need to implement some form of protection. At Skinstation, we’re an expert in a variety of skincare regimes, so whether you need a treatment to keep your skin looking good in the sun, or are looking for a innovative product like Lustre Pure Light to combat your acne, we are sure to be able to help. Contact our friendly team now and we’ll be happy to recommend the skincare treatment for you!
As summer draws to a close, a season of skin sins — skimping on your SPF’s, baking your skin in the midday sun, too many Mojitos by the pool bar and too many late nights — are written all over your face.
Dry patches, freckles, dullness and under-eye circles are all your skin’s way of saying ‘Save me!”
Months of mistreatment has left your skin feeling unloved and in need of some TLC.
Start with a clean slate. After months of sun exposure, dead skin cells have accumulated on the surface of your skin. . Not to worry, your former glow is just below the surface waiting to be revealed.
First, undo the summer damage, and exfoliate—from head to toe. Look for an exfoliant packed with tiny micro beads to slough off the top layer of dull skin without irritation. You’ll be left with smoother, more even-looking skin — a flashback to your healthy complexion.
For your face, try Health’s ZO’s Skin Exfoliating Polish. It does a great job of scrubbing away the dull, dry skin so that fresh, healthy cells can emerge. It’s more aggressive than most, so if you have weak skin, be gentle at first. You will love the difference in your skin. For your body, use a lotion high in lactic acid—such as ZO’s Body Emulsion. It’s not your typical smell-good body lotion—it will really work hard to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin.
Lighten up! Too much sun exposure can cause blotchiness, brown to grey discoloration and freckles galore. To treat all of that hyper pigmentation, it’s best to wear a sunscreen and use a topical lotion or gel with ingredients that inhibit melanin (like Retin A, or other types of retinoids). We all know that Hydroquinone is the best topical skin lightening ingredient-but make sure that you have a concentration of 4%. It is prescription only medication and it takes about 6-18 weeks to successfully treat hyper pigmentation. But why not try the sensational non -prescription skin lightener form Obagi, Clear FX. It contains the natural plant extract Arbutan and it works! Couple this with ZO Skin Health Radical Night Repair Plus — a high concentration of skin-lightening retinol to work through the night….magic!