Excessive sun exposure or inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea or acne may lead to either coarse or crepey skin. The greatest enemies of the ageing skin are the sun and cigarettes. Treatments to improve this may vary from improved skincare to IPL / laser treatments.
The best skincare and anti-ageing product available in the market today is the SPF 50+ sunscreen, preferably containing a physical block such a Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide. Sunscreens should be applied at least 20 mins before sun exposure, and reapplied every 2 hours. It is also recommended to follow the ‘slip, slop, slap’ advice by wearing a hat, sunglasses and protective clothing, and staying out of the sun between the hours of 11am and 3pm. The best tan is a spray tan or a from a bottle of self-tanning lotion. Tanning in the sun or the solarium not just accelerates skin ageing, but is also associated with deadly skin cancers like melanoma.
Stopping smoking is the next best skincare secret. Smoking is not just associated with cardiovascular diseases and multiple cancers, but also accelerated skin ageing due to skin damage and tissue loss from the nicotine. Smokers often have thin dry skin and a sallow complexion, and can look up to ten years older than their non-smoking counterparts. Strategies to quit smoking include contacting the Quit helpline on 131 848, nicotine replacement with patches and gums, prescribed medications, hypnosis and acupuncture.
At Melbourne Cosmetic Medicine, we recommend The Skincare Company and Aspect Dr range of skincare products, which are ideal for acne and sun damaged skin. We also recommend prescribed topical vitamins A, B and C. Compounded prescription medications are also available to treat pigmentation problems from sun damage.
Choosing the right specialty serum for your skin concern:
1. ACNE: Exfoliant, Vitamin A, Hyaluronic B5 and Vitamin B3
2. DRYNESS: Hyaluronic B5, Hydration Booster and Vitamin B3
3. PIGMENTATION: Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, Exfoliant and Vitamin A
4. ROSACEA: Vitamin A, Hyaluronic B5, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin C
5. UNEVEN TEXTURE: Vitamin A and Exfoliant Serum
6. AGED SKIN: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Hyaluronic B5 and Exfoliant Serum
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