‘Laser season’ is upon us. What does this mean? Autumn is a time when many peoples’ main focus is clearing sun damage, treating hyperpigmentation, minimising pores and re-hydrating their skin.
Alas, Summer is drawing to an end. The days are getting shorter and cooler, and the holiday season and endless social activities are starting to wind down. We may be starting to feel the effects of over indulgence, and our skin is showing it too. As great as the sun is for our health and well-being, longer hours of exposure to the elements can play havoc with our skin.
No doubt, taking a rejuvenating break away with friends and/or family is great therapy for relaxation and well-being, and reducing stress is key to looking and feeling good. So it’s somewhat of a double edged sword.
But what to do if you are starting to notice the consequences in your skin? Hyperpigmentation is the most common condition along with dehydration, open pores, rosacea and/or ‘tired skin’. There are plenty of treatment options to address all of these aspects – to not only help your skin to recover but leave you glowing and ready for Autumn. Don’t forget Winter can further take a toll on your skin so it’s important to strengthen your skin barrier in advance to prepare for this (especially if you’re prone to Rosacea).
Have you ever come back from holiday and wondered ‘why is my skin so dry?’, not just by the look of it but by how it feels? Sun damage, air conditioning, salty and chlorinated water can be the main causes for skin dehydration, and your skin can appear dull and rough. Sometimes, people also experience itchiness due to dry skin, on their face and/or body.
During the summer, the sun’s rays hit the Earth at a steep angle and sunburn is the effect of too much exposure at peak times of the day. The summer of 2022 has been hotter than previous years and almost everyone on a vacation would have had more exposure to UV radiation, in massive doses. This can lead to premature wrinkling, a breakdown of collagen and the reduction of tissue elasticity, not to mention an increased risk of melanoma.
Prolonged sun exposure will trigger increased melanin production which could be your worst nightmare after enjoying a nice sunny day on the beach. Yes, almost all of us love a tan, but who wants an uneven skin tone with dark ‘sun spots’ or patches. Melasma sufferers know all too well what this is like! These can take a longer time to get rid of and will generally require medical grade skincare and treatments.
Another common skin issue that can happens after a sunny vacation is a breakout. Sun exposure and hormonal/environmental/dietary changes can radically alter the skin’s state. Oil accumulation especially in hot weather can cause skin inflammation, clogged pores etc. These, once built up, could result in acne which will need treatment to prevent acne scars.
Can we skip to the good part?!
So now we’ve looked at the problem is let’s look at the solutions:
Here are some effective tips from skincare expert Dr Najia to rejuvenate skin health and prepare for autumn/winter:
Treating your skin from the inside out first is key. Eating whole food high in water such as fruit and vegetables is a good start plus plenty of filtered/mineral water. On hot days or during exercise consider adding electrolytes to replace minerals lost through sweating. Coconut water is a good option.
Skincare products for post-summer holiday
Besides applying moisturiser in the morning and at night, consider AHAs (such as salicylic acid) and Retinoids to assist in cell turnover and anti-ageing. These skincare heroes can bring plenty of benefits that not only help to rejuvenate the skin, reduce the appearance of large pores but also clear dark spots and soften fine lines and wrinkles.
*Ensure to not use AHAs and Retinol together since they are both chemical exfoliators.
Go to a trusted skincare consultation
Some post-summer skin issues take a longer time to really see results of healing. Beside self-care at home, it is essential to visit experienced skincare practitioners to have professional treatments
The first on our highly-recommended treatment list is Lumecca IPL. This is a powerful and effective energy based treatment to reduce specific pigments in the skin (reds and browns). It can tackle most of post-summer holiday skin conditions such as sun damage, broken capillaries and Rosacea and enlarged pores, and can be used safely on most parts of the body.
Chemical Peels are another all time favourite here at One Skin Clinic, and use AHAs to deeply exfoliate the skin, revealing a fresh and youthful glow. We would suggest this treatment for those who are concerned about reducing fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes and age spots as well as irregular pigmentation on the face and neck.
One of the advantages of having Chemical Peel with One Skin Clinic is that you can benefit from the expert and genuine care of an experienced Doctor in skin treatments, so you’ll be in good hands
For further information and enquiries please call 0203 603 53 59.