There’s something truly special about this time of year in Melbourne. The magic of Christmas and New Year’s lingers in the air, the warm evenings encourage socialising with friends and the long, sunny days just demand to be enjoyed outside.
But the Australian summer can also do a lot of damage to your skin. The heat can leave your skin feeling dry, all that partying can suck your skin of nutrients, and too long spent in the sun leads to premature wrinkles, skin spots and an aged look.
While you probably know the solution is to stay out of the sun and resist your third glass of champagne, we know the siren call of a beautiful day out is too much to resist.
So rather than avoid it all together, here are things you can do to reduce and reverse the impact of an Australian summer on your skin.
Nourish Your Skin
The first thing you should be doing to reverse the damage of the Australian summer is to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water – much more than you would during winter. If you find plain water boring, give it a summer twist by adding strawberries, cucumber and mint. Delicious!
Far be it for us to tell you not to indulge at those summer parties and barbecues (it would be un-Australian not to eat the pavlova, after all) but while you may eat badly when out, ensure you’re nourishing your body and skin with whole, nutritious and low-sugar food the rest of the time.
You can also nourish your skin from the outside in with a Vitamin Therapy treatment from MySkin Clinics. These ultra-replenishing treatments are designed to repair damage, improve collagen and elastin (to reduce that saggy skin look) and revitalise and oxygenate your skin.
The treatment uses sound waves to infuse vitamin molecules through the skin. Imagine delicate little waves of nutrient-rich goodness being carried into the areas of your skin that need it most. You’ll notice a difference in only two or three treatments.
MySkin offer a number of different Vitamin Therapy treatments, from an Hydration Boost Facial for the super busy, a Radiance Reveal Facial to target specific trouble spots, a Redness Relief Facial for deep skin congestion, and the Youth Reset Vitamin Therapy which uses three methods to deliver active ingredients to the deeper layers of your skin for results you’ll notice.
Have a Summer Skin Care Regimen
Sticking to the same skincare regimen all year round? With the hot weather, your skin is under all kinds of stress that it doesn’t experience in the milder months. Increased sweating can lead to more dirt and oils being trapped under your skin, while more time out in the sun can cause your skin to dry out faster.
Treat your skin right by treating it with products suited to the summer.
A quality moisturiser can do a lot to keep those signs of ageing at bay. Choose one not only for your skin type and conditions, but also one more suited to summer. You might find an oil-free solution is better during these hot, sweaty days.
And of course, don’t forget to slather it on. We recommend applying it as soon as you jump out of the shower and give it time to soak in.
Ideally you should be wearing sunscreen on your exposed skin all year round, but it’s essential during summer. Choose a broad spectrum 50+ sunscreen and put it on every morning. To really cut down on time, pick up a moisturising sunscreen that you can wear under your makeup.
Even with the best skin care regime, the sins of our past can come back to haunt us. Perhaps you spent hours lying on the beach as a teenager slathered in coconut oil or you’ve just acquired some dark spots with time.
Laser facial resurfacing can remove those freckles, sun spots and dark patches that make you appear much older than you look. A medical grade laser with melanin-sensing technology is used to target dark, pigmented spots to destroy the cells. The heat from the laser also stimulates the production of collagen to produce younger-looking, healthier skin.
And best of all, you’ll start to notice a difference after just one treatment.
MySkin Clinics are making it even more affordable for you to gift yourself beautiful skin this summer with special pricing across our clinics. Contact us today to discuss your needs and book a consultation.