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So Summer is finally over. Warm, sunny days spent outdoors are now swapped with cold, indoor days, cuddled up next to heaters and fires and mugs of hot tea. Our beautiful country, where the average rainy day quota is around 107 days per year, the remaining 258 days are usually somewhat partly cloudy or bright sunshine. So it is safe to say that the majority of this Rainbow Nation probably has some form of sun damage, one way or another. We are all mostly outdoor-loving. The warmth from the sun, the fresh air from behind our masks and the enjoyment of having the freedom to socialise again. Even the most sun-shy of us would don a hat and sunblock and entertain on an outdoor veranda if the weather is great.

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What is so ‘bad’ about Summer, after all the benefits it gives us. During the Summer months, we are exposed to much more UV sun rays, especially being that we are in the southern hemisphere and celebrate the festive season around this time too. For most of us we tend to get a little too much UV exposure on a daily basis. Especially if we have gone on holiday and spent the whole day outside with little to no sun protection. 

In fact, most of the sun damage evidence, later in life, can be attributed to the experiences of a ‘misspent youth’. Hours spent roasting in the sun to achieve that ‘perfect’ tan. Unfortunately, with the lovely warmth the Summer sun provides us, we also experience humidity, which can bring with it excess sweating and blocked pores. A recipe for disaster, especially for acne sufferers. 

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Heat also increases irritation & inflammation

Inflammation can trigger pigmentation issues, making dark spots more prominent and resilient. So if you love the sun, it is more advisable to treat your skin concerns in Winter. This is purely due to most people having less bright and sunny, inflammation-inducing daylight hours than in Winter when they are more likely to be indoors. The best aftercare and healing can be adhered to better under these conditions too.

We treat each patient individually, getting to know them, their backgrounds, and their lifestyle. We develop treatment protocols on an individual basis. More a ‘Cinderella fit’ than a one-size-fits-all. All peels, laser, and needling treatments are customized for the patient on the day and their needs. In saying this, the cooler, shorter, and darker winter days do allow an individual to have more intense treatments done, with less chance of inflammation-induced incidents after it.

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Furthermore, many of the treatments that we do at Atlantic Dermatology and Laser leave the skin a little red, sensitive and vulnerable to the elements.

If you enjoy hibernating all year round, think twice about sun exposure, and have a bottle of SPF and a hat in every corner of your handbag, car, and house. You would then probably be perfectly fine to address your skin concerns.

However, if you love to live life in our sun-drenched land and throw skin health caution to the four winds, it’s best to target your skin concerns during the colder months, when you have more favorable conditions for your skin to heal without the threat of excessive heat and inflammation.

 

Book a skin consultation with one of our Skin & Laser Specialists 

 

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Written by Skin & Laser Specialist, Lindsay Lourenco 

Lindsay qualified from Durban university of technology in 2003 and obtained a degree in Dermal aesthetics at Isa Carstens in 2019. She has been working in the aesthetic industry for 7-8 years. Her career brought her to places such as London and Brisbane, where she was able to further developed her skills and passion for beauty therapy. Some of her favorite treatments to do are laser therapies and dermapen peels. One of the biggest factor that Lindsay enjoys about her job, is to see the results of treatments on her patients and the boost of confidence it brings to them.