Hello summer! Skincare tips & treatments for sun damage

Can you guess five of the most common factors that affect our skin? After some thought, we bet you’d come up with an almost identical list to us! Our list:

• Weather
• Age
• Habits
• Hormones
• Exposure

Whether it’s frustrating spots during adolescence, crazy changes during pregnancy, or the consequence of unprotected sun exposure from years gone by, there are an endless number of reasons why our skin changes – and these changes can be both temporary and permanent.

As we cement ourselves in the midst of a hot summer across most of the country, we take a look at some of the most beneficial summer skincare tips, as well as sharing two of our favourite treatments you can book to find out the cause of and treatment to some of those pesky skin conditions, including sun damage.

Summer Skincare Tips from Cairns Plastic Surgery

Wear sunscreen

Of course we’d put the most obvious point first!

The reality is, though, that many people avoid applying sunscreen everyday simply because they hate the greasy feeling… but that’s a thing of the past!

Today, there are so many skincare and cosmetics brands that produce oil-free sun protection (and many cater to sensitive skin, too) – so you’re out of excuses!

365 days a year

You should, in fact, be wearing sunscreen every day of the year, not just during the summer months.

Until you really think about it, you might be oblivious to the number of minutes per day your skin is exposed – unprotected, no less! – to the sun. Let’s break it down:

• Your morning walk
• In the car on the way to work
• Your brisk lunch break
• The car ride home

And that doesn’t even take into account weekends, which might include long lunches in an outdoor courtyard or an hour spent watching your kid’s soccer or netball game!

A good habit to develop is to apply sunscreen right after you’ve brushed your teeth in the morning. By the time you’ve gotten dressed, done your hair, and prepared your lunch, the sunscreen will have had a few minutes to be absorbed, so you can apply a touch of mineral power and a swipe of blush with minimal effort. You’re ready to go!

Don’t overwash your face – it can cause acne!

It sounds logical enough: doesn’t hot, greasy skin need to be cleansed more often?

You might think so, but the reality is that when you wash your face too often, you’re actually stripping the skin of its natural lubricants and oils. And what will your irritated skin do to compensate?

It will jump right in defence mode and start producing more oil!

Remember, oil doesn’t always = acne

Our bodies are amazing things… and sometimes they don’t get the credit they deserve.

Nothing knows your skin better than your own body.

If you’re over washing your face – stripping your skin of its natural sebum – your body will go into overdrive and start repairing the damage coming from an external source.

Some beauty and skincare brands purport the fact that oily skin inevitably causes acne, but we know that’s not true in every case. There is, without a doubt, a connection between oily skin and acne, but not everyone with oily skin will get acne, and trying to dry out your skin is not the cure.

Ok, ok… so what can I do?

Here at Cairns, our acne treatments effectively analyse your specific skin condition, and from there, we recommend appropriate treatments. You can find out more about Cairns’ acne treatments in this blog post.

Treat pigmentation and sun damage

All those years of slathering on the (frying) oil and sitting in the sun has caught up with you, and you’re noticing more and more pigmentation and sunspots appearing on your skin.

You might notice spots that are getting darker or parts of your skin that look patchy. While sun exposure is a common cause, it’s not the only one: pregnancy, heredity, and even picking at skin can affect pigmentation.

Common areas affected by pigmentation and sun damage include the face, décolletage, and arms.

Get to know your skin with a skin analysis from Cairns Plastic Surgery

Oily, sensitive, dry, combination and normal are the five most common skincare categories most will fall into…

But how do you figure out yours? What if your skin can be a little oily and sensitive, or if your forehead is oily but your chin is dry?

Get in touch with us now to organise a skin analysis. Let’s learn more about your condition, environment, the products you use, the issues you’re experiencing, and, most of all, the treatments available to help improve and clear your skin!