Finally! The sun is here….the sun however is NOT your best friend.

Benefit from some tips and hints from our own Dr Amrita Bhogal.

Sun damage is the number one contributor to skin damage and experts believe causes up to 80% of aging. UV radiation (UVA and UVB) increases the natural aging process by breaking down the body’s collagen and elastin fibres needed for firm, even toned youthful skin. Lighter skin is more exposed, however regardless of skin colour, skin needs to be protected by SPF daily.

For those of you who enjoy treating yourself to Botox regularly to help maintain youthful, firm skin, did you know that UV radiation can help reduce the effects of Botox and decrease its potency and causes it to wear off quicker? So what can you do to ensure you get the best out of your Botox treatment as well as firm, youthful, evenly toned skin? These apply to everyone, regardless of whether they have such treatments. Sun protection is a vital part of looking after your skin.

Sun and UV Protection
It is recommended to wear at least SPF 30 daily, even on a cloudy, cool day to protect against the sun’s rays. It is important to choose high quality skincare products. I recommend Heliocare 360o Gel, which is great for under make up or used on it’s own. It is oil free and melts into the skin, whilst providing factor 50 protection.

It’s never too late and especially with the summer finally showing its face, there’s no better time to introduce a good quality medical grade SPF to your daily skin care regime.

The sun not only causes fine lines and wrinkles but also skin cancer and skin spots. It is important to keep an eye on your skin and make note of any changes especially to moles, freckles and pigmentation. If you have any concerns, see a doctor.

Avoid tanning beds at all costs. Ensure all children are protected with sunscreen, hats and kept in the shade wherever possible. Avoid going out in the sun between 10am and 2pm when the sun is most intense.

Don’t Forget Hats and Sunglasses
When out in the sun, always wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses with UVA and UVB sun protection.

Squinting and furrowing the brow in the sun’s intensity can help contribute to fine lines around and between the eyes. Crow’s feet and vertical lines between the eyebrows are caused when the muscles here are worked harder, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.

From about the age of 30, the body changes and becomes less sturdy and more fragile. Keeping facial expressions to a minimum can help reduce further lines. I am not saying never smile or frown, but use of UV protected sunglasses in the sun and limiting squinting at the computer or when reading (may be worth getting your eyesight checked if you do this a lot).

Healthy Lifestyle Choices

  • Smoking is well known to be a cause for aging skin
  • Drink plenty of water daily and a diet full of fruit and vegetables
  • Use mild soaps and daily moisturisers
  • Avoid hot showers

Good Quality Skincare

Invest in your skin, it’s going to represent you for a long time. As mentioned previously, from tomorrow, start using a high quality sunscreen daily no matter what the weather is like. Wear it alone or under make up. The SPF in makeup is not enough protection on its own.
I would recommend; ZO Skin Health, Cosmedix, Neostrata, AluminerMD to name a few. Look out for our upcoming blog on the latest skin care products we offer. Skin care should offer antioxidants, skin replenishing, skin soothing and skin restoring benefits.

Reduction of Fine Lines and Wrinkles

If, when you look in the mirror, you are starting to notice the early signs of fine lines and wrinkles, start treating your skin with Botox. Early intervention (early 30s) can help the ageing process, maintaining firmer, smooth skin. The temporary reduction of wrinkles and fine lines using Botulinum Toxin injections is a popular way to get smooth, youthful, rejuvenated skin. Regular treatment will help maintain this and result in a more natural, youthful look. Dermal fillers can be used to hydrate your skin to make it look healthier, radiant and add shape back into your face. Look out for upcoming blogs on these treatments in more detail.