The Ultimate Last-Minute Summer Skin Guide
Despite a somewhat disappointing summer, this week Britain is experiencing a heat wave which will see temperatures hitting highs of 29C. With sunshine aplenty and most getting themselves outside to enjoy the warmer weather before we are faced with winter, it remains important to protect ourselves from the September sun.
Our external environment has a significant impact on the makeup of our skin, and changing weather conditions mean that the problems we encounter with our skin change too. Leading cosmetic surgeon and CMO of Uvence, Dr Olivier Amar, discusses three summer-related skin concerns and how we can combat them:
1. Sun damage & SPF
Although it becomes even more vital to protect our skin from harmful UV rays when the sun is more intense, a common misconception is that SPF is only important during the sunniest days. In fact, it is always important to protect our skin from the sun, even when it is cloudy. Wearing a high SPF – even under makeup – is of utmost importance to protect against premature ageing, of which the sun is one of the biggest causes.
2. Hay fever
One of the most common symptoms of hay fever is itchiness around the eye area. As we come to the end of the hay fever season, many people are still suffering from these symptoms. It’s important to note that the skin around the eyes is very delicate, and so tugging and squinting can accelerate the process of wrinkles and sagging. There is a plethora or remedies available to help address this, such as eye baths, which should always be attempted first. But for those who have suffered with itchy eyes over a number of years and have noticed their skin has been damaged as a result, nonsurgical skin rejuvenating treatments can help to address these concerns – ranging from PRP to Uvence.
During hotter days, it is much easier to become dehydrated – and this can have an adverse impact on skin. Our skin is made up of over 60% water, and staying hydrated helps to boost and maintain its elasticity, as well as reduce the effects of scarring and fine lines. Lots of people associate drinking lots of water with ensuring their skin remains plump, which is what a lot of patients are now seeking through subtle cosmetic tweakments.
Dr Olivier Amar, leading cosmetic surgeon and CMO of Uvence, discusses how our skin concerns shift according to changing external environments:
“Similar to all seasons of the year, warmer weather brings an array of skin related issues. Whether it be hay fever or the risk of damaging the skin due to the significant increase in sun exposure; it’s important that we understand how to address these issues. Some of these concerns are short-term, but for those who have been experiencing them for a number of years, it is understandable that many of us may be looking for longer lasting solutions.
During the pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of people seeking subtle and rejuvenating cosmetic treatments. Enquiries for rejuvenating treatments tend to increase during the summer period, as many of us favour a refreshed appearance – especially as we start to head into the autumn.
It is important to remember that these seasonal skin implications will likely improve over time, and while it is understandable that many people will want to address their concerns using cosmetic treatments, I would advise to wait until you know this is the best option for you. There are many alternative options before seeking cosmetic treatments, and doing your research will help you to identify what avenue is most suited.”