How To: Healthy Summer Skin
Ah, Summer. Long days, warm nights and holiday vibes. However as the humidity creeps to 70%, for many this means sweat, sunscreen pimples and overnight pigmentation. If there are two things you do for your skin this Summer, keep it 1) Clean and 2) Protected.
Did you know we have a treatment that literally sucks out blackheads?
Known as a 'medi-cleanse', the HydraFacial Treatment ($250) is the most effective way to achieve cleaner, clearer, more radiant skin in just 30 minutes.
Using a unique suction handpiece, HydraFacial simultaneously cleanses, exfoliates and infuses antioxidant serums, which is an important step to ensure the skin is properly nourished after spending more time in the elements.
The brilliance of the HydraFacial is that we can customise the treatment to suit your skin's needs, be that combining HydraFacial with a Blueberry Peel for increased exfoliation, or adding on an LED light treatment. Ask our registered nurses about the best options for you at your next visit. To book, call us on 02 9386 1533 or Request Appointment.
At home, its as simple as cleansing; properly and religiously.
Cleansing properly means choosing an effective cleanser with quality ingredients that suits your skin type. A cleanser too strong may strip the skin whilst a cleanser not strong enough won't adequately remove debris.
Every individual's skin has different needs, and we have a variety of cleansers to suit. If you need help choosing the right cleanser, book a FaceTime Video Consult with our registered nurses.
- The quick cleanse: The Cleansing Pad ($60)
- The everyday cleanser (suits most skin types): Cosmedix Benefit Clean ($72)
- The exfoliating cleanser (for oily and thickened skins): Cosmedix Purity Clean ($72)
- The gentle cleanser (for sensitive skins): Societe Pure Everyday Cleanser ($74)
Cleansing religiously means every morning and night and double cleansing when needed. The first cleanse removes products and impurities from the day (i.e. makeup, sunscreen, urban pollution), the second step can then cleanse the skin itself. Learn more about how and why to double cleanse in our previous blog post.
It goes without saying that broad spectrum SPF 50 is mandatory to protect against photodamage, not just in Summer but all year round. Anything over a UV rating of 3 warrants sun protection and the only month Sydney dips below a UV 3 is June.
Not all sunscreens are created greasy and sticky!
Aspect Sun Envirostat On The Go SPF 50 ($30) is our choice for when you're outdoors. This lightweight, chemical sunscreen includes Tapioca Starch for a matte, dry finish, that is non-comedogenic (it won't clog your pores). The Aspect Sun Range of premium antioxidant sun protection is Australian made and owned and developed per TGA guidelines, so you can rest assured it is tailored to our harsh climate.
Yes you must re-apply.
Sure, you know that you should reapply, and it's manageable enough at the beach, but if you're in the middle of your workday or a long lazy lunch? It's not quite a magic wand, but Colorescience Sunforgettable ($84) is physical sunscreen in a brush. Dispensing a lightly tinted powder, Sunforgettable is SPF 30 and perfect for touching up your sun protection throughout the day. The powder doesn't affect any makeup already being worn and won't give you that ghostly reflective pallor.
Whilst sunscreen protects against sun damage, other forms of pigmentation can still occur. We recommend pausing Retinol products during Summer (as they can make you sun sensitive) and instead, introducing a Pigment Inhibitor, which works by blocking the enzymes that produce melanin in the skin. Aspect Dr Complete Pigment Plus Serum ($159.50) is in our opinion the most powerful formula available, containing five different pigment fighting ingredients to unveil a more even, radiant complexion. Yes it's expensive, however we think worth it and one bottle should last you three months.
Protect collagen from the inside out
While we focus a lot on protecting the skin from the outside during Summer, we cannot forget about what's going on in the deeper layers of the skin. Promoting collagen production helps to keep the skin structure in good condition whilst combating the signs of ageing.
The Ultraformer Treatment delivers a unique, micro-focused ultrasound to stimulate collagen, without compromising the surface of the skin. Our newest technique, the "Hollywood Lift" ($550) is perfect for a burst of rejuvenation just in time for all the Summer festivities, while deeper level treatments are also available.
If you want expert advice on choosing the right ingredients for your skin, book a FaceTime Consult with our registered nurses today.