How to get your skin ready for summer
No time of year is more taxing on your skin than the summer months, but there’s no need to worry—at Me Clinic, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to do in preparation for your skin to survive the summer months.
Every summer skin-prep routine should start with a mole check. Aside from their unsightly appearance, some moles are potentially dangerous if not checked and left untreated.
Whether you’re concerned about a mole for cosmetic or medical reasons, mole removal treatment is quick, painless and can be performed as a simple walk-in walk-out procedure.
At Me Clinic, we use Electro Surgery (RF) equipment to treat moles. Using a high-frequency electric current to create an incision, the mole is flattened and removed entirely without requiring stitching. This allows us to achieve a superior, scar less result.
If a mole could pose a medical risk, the removed tissue will be sent for analysis and, if required, we’ll recommend the mole be removed in its entirety.
Tretinoin (Vitamin A) Retinol Cream
If we were to recommend one single cosmeceutical skincare product that will best prepare your skin for the summer season, it would undoubtedly be a Vitamin A cream.
Most revered for its collagen-building, wrinkle-fighting properties, Tretinoin (the acid form of Vitamin A) stimulates the skin to rapidly regenerate producing more youthful, refreshed and revitalised skin. It also works to fade age spots and reduce the effects of sun damage, while also protecting the skin from further damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
With the added benefit of unclogging blocked pores and treating problem acne, a retinol cream can minimise the impacts of sun exposure while producing all-round more beautiful, blemish-free skin.
Skin Hydrating Injectables
Avoid the dull and lifeless appearance of dehydrated skin with skin boosting dermal filler treatments. Injecting a small volume of hyaluronic (water-loving) dermal fillers into the skin, you can improve the skin’s overall quality by boosting hydration levels deep within.
Unlike traditional dermal filler treatments, these treatments do not alter the shape of your face but work to improve the skin’s texture and clarity, also stimulating collagen production to produce fresher, stronger, healthier-looking skin.
Suitable for use on the face, neck, hands and décolletage, three treatments spaced three weeks apart will achieve the optimum result and help your skin withstand the heat all summer long.
It’s a no-brainer—sunscreen is the number one product that can help to protect your skin from the damaging UV radiation that’s at its strongest during the summer months. Not only is UV radiation the main cause of skin cancer, but it’s also responsible for premature skin ageing.
Regularly apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen whenever you’ll be outdoors and make sure you follow the other sun-smart guidelines by wearing protective clothing and staying out of the sun when the UV rating is high.
Beauty starts from within, so give your skin a helping hand by loading it up with vitamins and nutrients by following a healthy diet. If you’re not sure where to start, here are our best skin-supporting nutrition tips:
- Water: Not only is water essential to maintaining cell function throughout the entire body, but drinking enough water each day will also help eliminate by-products of the body’s metabolism and ensure your skin stays healthy and hydrated. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses every day.
- Green tea: Green tea is chock full of phytochemicals, chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants and it’s particularly high in one called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which has been found to be protective against UV-induced skin damage.
- Omega-3s (Fatty Acids): Healthy omega-3 fatty acids help maintain cell membranes, allowing water and nutrients in while keeping toxins out. They have been found to protect skin against sun damage and furthermore act as an anti-inflammatory, helping reduce acne and facial redness. Get your dose of omega-3s from oily fish including salmon, mackerel, cod, tuna (particularly the albacore and bluefin varieties), sardines, lake trout or Pacific oysters. Flaxseeds, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and omega-3 fortified eggs are also good sources of omega-3s.
- Berries: Incorporate loads of berries (especially blueberries and strawberries) into your diet to give your antioxidant levels a boost. This will help your skin at a cellular level by combating free radicals (by-products that form when oxygen is used by the body), interrupting the skin-damage process.
- Grains: Replace refined carbohydrates with whole grains which don’t cause the blood sugar spikes that lead to the glycation (breaking down) of skin proteins which accelerate wrinkling.
- Vitamin C: A required ingredient for the production of collagen, vitamin C also protects cells from free radical damage and may even enable the skin to combat oxidative damage and reverse wrinkles. Get your dose from foods including capsicum, oranges, strawberries, lemons, kiwi fruit and broccoli.
- Vitamin E: Found in sunflower seeds, paprika, almonds, pine nuts, peanuts, dried apricots, cooked spinach, wheat germ, avocado and fortified cereals, vitamin E protects cell membranes and guards against UV radiation damage. Vitamin E may also work in combination with vitamin C to provide an extra boost of anti-ageing skin protection.
After summer has drawn to an end, help your skin recover with IPL Laser Skin Rejuvenation. IPL laser Skin Rejuvenation helps you undo the damage from increased sun exposure by stimulating the skins’ natural restoration process, getting your skin back in tip-top shape faster.
At Me Clinic, we offer a range of laser skin rejuvenation treatments—simply book a personal consultation with one of our experienced physicians to find out which laser treatment will be most effective at treating for your skin condition.