Summer is fast approaching and, as we all look to spend more time outdoors when the weather is fine and the days are longer, it is important to take extra precautions when it comes to the health of our skin.
Sunburn is dangerous. Just one incidence every two years can triple the risk of melanoma.
Over the last 40 years, rates of melanoma in the UK have risen faster than any of the 10 most common cancers, increasing more than fivefold since the mid-1970s, with 86% of melanomas linked to over-exposure to the sun or sunbeds.
A recent study found that men who loved their morning coffee fix could significantly lower a man’s (not women’s) risk of skin cancer.
Conversely, alcohol (and a recent study specifically cited white wine) raises the chances of skin cancer.
Of course, those double espressos are no substitute for protection and using a high factor sunscreen is therefore important in the fight against sunburn – apparently it cuts our risk by 33%.
So, as the holiday season approaches, how can we safely achieve glowing healthy skin this summer?
Here, Dr Leah Totton shares three tips for summer skin.
Dr Leah’s 12-week skin transformation programme – Bare Faced By Summer – aims to get your skin summer-ready and combines in-clinic treatments with home care prescription-strength products.
Obagi medical-strength homecare products are specifically formulated with 4% hydroquinone to reduce pigmentation and include other essential ingredients to brighten and treat signs of skin ageing caused by photo-ageing. It also helps to reduce breakouts.
In her clinics, the medical grade laser uses short impulse light to treat any pigmentation or redness to give that golden summer glow.
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