It’s no secret that sun exposure causes premature ageing of the skin, whether it’s by contributing to the development of wrinkles, pigmentation or sun spots. However, sun exposure can also have much more serious consequences if you don’t take proper precautions during the summer months.
In Australia, we have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, largely because of the high levels of ambient ultraviolet (UV) radiation we experience due to our proximity to the equator. Known as the invisible killer that you can’t see or feel, UV radiation can be high even on cool or overcast days.
But how can you protect yourself from something you can’t see? Here are some useful tips to help you get through the summer months while minimising the impact of sun exposure on your skin.
Know the UV rating
The first step to protecting your skin is to know the UV rating.
The Bureau of Meteorology report daily on the levels of UV in your location through the MetEye website and the SunSmart App. Basically, if the UV rating in your location is 3 or above, you should make sure you are taking sufficient measures to protect your skin.
Follow advice from the Cancer Council
When UV levels rise to unsafe levels, the Cancer Council Australia recommends you protect your skin by following the rules of Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide:
–Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
–Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards.
–Slap on a hat. Broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
– Slide on some sunglasses that meet Australian Standards.
Undoing the damage
While we all do our best to minimise the damage of UV on our skin during the summer months and throughout the year, there are a range of treatment options to help minimise the effects of sun damage that do occur.
–Mole removal: If you or your doctor suspects a mole could pose any cancer risk, it is integral that you have it removed immediately. In the case you have any unsightly moles that don’t pose any cancer risk but you’d prefer to have removed for aesthetic reasons, Electro Surgery (RF) treatments provide an effective way to remove moles without cutting, stitching or scarring.
–Aura laser: Aura laser is a non-invasive treatment where light from the laser is absorbed by the pigmentation in the skin to reduce freckles, dark moles and hyperpigmentation.
–Co2 laser: Co2 laser treatments work by promoting the production of collagen in the skin to treat wrinkles and reveal a softer, smother, more youthful appearance.
–Cosmetic Skin Peels: Cosmetic Skin Peels work by removing layers of dead skin cells, resulting in a reduction of wrinkles and pigmentation and an improvement in skin texture.
–VIP Skin Program: We offer up to 50% savings on cosmetic skin peels on our VIP Skin Program, to help reduce sun damage.
ME Clinic also provides a range of other sun damage treatments which can help to reverse the effects of sun damage on the skin.
To find out more about the various treatment options available to help you undo the damage done during the summer months, book a no obligation consultation with one of our experienced Cosmetic Physicians, Clinicians or Aestheticians to find out how we can help you.
Includes information sourced from Cancer Council Australia.