Dermatologist tips for a safe summer

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Dermatologist tips for a safe summer in the sun

We all know we need to stay safe in the sun, but sometimes we need a little reminder of all the things that keep us protected. We chatted to skin care expert, Dr Maureen Allem, who gave us this sound advice:

1. Protect your skin from the sun
Sun damage is the number one enemy to young-looking skin – the sun causes 80% of photo-ageing. Only 20% is hereditary and damage to the skin is mainly done by the age of 20.  A suntan produces deep wrinkles, leathery-textured skin and brown pigmentation spots. Use a daily moisturiser combined with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. If you want a tan –fake it.

2. Sun protection
Even for black or olive-skinned beauties exposure to the sun is not recommended during the peak hours of 10am – 4pm. All ladies, regardless of their skin tone, should further protect themselves by using a high SPF 30 sunscreen every day. Also remember to wear protective clothing such as caps and sunglasses.

3. Drink lots of water
Hydrate your skin from within. If you want to look younger you need to make sure drinking water is an essential part of your anti-ageing regimen. Skin cells need water or they will dehydrate and essential anti-ageing nutrients cannot be delivered to your system.

4. Choose the right sunscreen
Pick a good sunscreen. While there is no such thing as a total sun block, choose a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection (broad-spectrum) that has a high SPF. Avoid sunscreens that have vitamin A as it can cause scarring.

5. Stay away from tanning beds
Sunbeds are not safe – there is no such thing as a healthy or safe tan. Essentially, a tan is a scar on your skin. CANSA has recommended that the Department of Health ban sunbeds and sunlamps as it has been proven through recent research findings that there is a relationship between the use of sunbeds and malignant melanoma, as well as other non-melanoma skin cancers.

Dr Maureen Allem is a general practitioner with a special interest in aesthetic and integrative anti-ageing medicine and procedures. She is also the Founder and medical director of Skin, Body & Health Renewal and the Oasis Spas.

For any anti-ageing enquiries, contact Skin, Body & Health Renewal on 0861 263972 / or ask Dr Maureen a question here.

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Dr Maureen Allem is a GP with a special interest in Aesthetic procedures and Integrative Anti-Ageing Medicine. She is also the founder and Medical Director of national group Skin, Body and Health Renewal and Oasis Spas, with 17 centres and four Oasis spas across South Africa's major cities in Johannesburg, Pretoria, the Western Cape and KZN. Anti-ageing treatments include non-surgical, anti-aging procedures, cellulite and weight loss programmes as well as body sculpting procedures. The ultimate aim of all consultations is to provide optimal health and to restore aesthetic beauty. Health Renewal appointments involves an hour long extensive medical consultation which includes hormonal balancing, nutraceutical supplements, intravenous support and detoxification treatments. Dr Maureen has seventeen Doctors working with her using the same techniques she has spent years honing. Dr Maureen frequently travels overseas to World Anti-Ageing Congresses and Laser Forums to stay abreast of the most up-to-date non-surgical procedures.

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  1. Sue1N

    Some articles now say SPF30 is not high enough. It should be at least SPF40.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    tanning bads are apparently really really horrible for your skin, Great tips, thanks!

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I read somewhere that broad spectrum sunscreen is the best. I agree that there are so many sunless tanning products, there really is no reason to damage our skin for a bronzed look.

    5 years ago •

  1. CherylGD

    such good advice and with so many highly effective self tanning products on the market like the fantastic South African home grown Caribbean Tan in a Can, there is simply no need to lie in the sun for extended periods

    5 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    These are steps without a doubt to be followed if one is to protect your skin from sun damage.

    5 years ago •

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