By Zoe Bradbury
We’ve all heard the old adage as Summer hits and temperatures start to heat up: wear sunscreen, watch out for moles or irregular spots, and don’t spend too much time in the sun.
And although one may be careful with their sun exposure and think their bronzed glow is healthy, underneath, the skin may be suffering.
Skin protection goes beyond just using a sunscreen – often, professional exfoliation is also necessary.
Despite being the body’s largest organ and serving as a protective barrier for infection, skin health is often overlooked beyond the annual mole-check.
Fine lines and wrinkles, premature ageing, pigmentation and sun spots are all signs that skin may need a little more TLC during the summer months.
Without proper attention, collagen and elastin can start to break down, which can give the appearance of ageing, the complexion dull and lack-lustre.
The damage isn’t irreversible though. Skin can renew, regenerate and replenish in just 90 days, with a little help.
Bondi Beauty sat down with Australian Skin Clinics’ National Training Manager, Darlene O’Gara, to gather the hottest (no pun intended) insider tips on how to rejuvenate skin in just 90 days.
90 days may seem like a long-time frame, but when considering your skin will be present with you for the rest of your life, taking 90 days out to repair and replenish isn’t a stretch by any means.
Additionally, it’s all to do with the skin’s cell turnover.
“In our 20’s and 30’s, the skin has a 28-day cycle, which is typically how long it takes for skin cells to mature, move up, then peel off the surface naturally,” Darlene says.
“However, as we grow older and move into our 40s and 50s, it can slow down to about 60-90 days”
“Without tending to, these dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of the skin, trapping bacteria and causing blemishes and breakouts,” she says.
This can additionally lead to discoloured and irregular cells causing more permanent looking spots and discolouration.
As such, assisting this skin cell turnover is critically important to maintaining healthy skin.
It’s just an appearance necessity either. The skin plays a critical role in protecting the body from infection, while also acting as a filter. It also helps to regulate body temperature, something that is critically important in summer.
“Developing a strong skincare routine which includes professional exfoliation will encourage skin cell turnover,” Darlene says.
This will make the skin appear smoother and more youthful, which can be supported by using products that stimulate the body’s collagen supply, which naturally depletes as we age.
“Treatments such as micro-needling can also help to break up uneven, lumpy scar tissue and reduce hyperpigmentation and pore size,” she says.
“If needles aren’t your thing, monthly microdermabrasions and skin peels are a great option to buff away dead skin cells that often makes skin appear dull and lacklustre.”
“A skin rejuvenation treatment such as Australian Skin Clinics’ Regeneration Peel helps to normalise cell production and give the skin a revitalised, smoother and more even complexion.
Depending on how many treatments you have, you’ll notice a change in the clarity, elasticity and texture of your skin.” For more information about the treatments, click here
You don’t have to head to the salon to see all the benefits though. Opting for products that offer a protective barrier between the skin and harsh pollutants can make all the difference.
“A SPF50+ sunscreen and moisturizer are always a must, [but also] using a vitamin C serum daily can help to fight against pollutants that are causing DNA damage,” Darlene says.
Darlene recommends choosing products that contain jojoba oil, as this ingredient can help fight oxidative stressed caused by everyday pollution.
Additionally, incorporate a vitamin-rich eye cream into your beauty routine, and ensure you are exfoliating 1-2 times per week.
“The key to skin resilience is knowing your skin and treating it well,” Darlene says.
“Investing early in the health of your skin with a solid routine will not only protect it from the harsh everyday elements, but also keep you looking and feeling your best throughout the year.”
Bio-Oil has to be one of the world’s most trusted brands when it comes to revitalising skin, particualry when it comes to scars and stretch marks.
With a pink, jelly like texture, this new dry skin gel-oil seamlessly blends into the skin, instantly moisturizing. Only a small amount is needed of this concentrated product, with the highly potent formula creating a protective film over the skin that protects and hydrates.
Smelling like citrus and key lime pie, the MERE Skincare Recharge and Repair Night Mask is an overnight treatment designed to plump, refresh and hydrate the skin overnight.
Housed in a luxurious black glass jar, this product feels amazing on the skin. With a lightweight, water-gel texture, it massages seamlessly into the face, meaning that this overnight mask doesn’t transfer onto pillowcases or sheets. As the skin turns to recovery and replenish mode overnight, this mask simply helps and enhances its job.
Locking in moisture, this mask contains a plethora of antioxidants for ultimate repair and regeneration, such as Australian Prickly Pear Oil to hydrate, Hydrolysed Australian Marine Collage to make skin plumper and more youthful, and Active Australian Flame Tree, helping to erase daily damage of pigment causing enzymes.
This is the perfect option for dehydrated and dry skin, and it’s also a great treatment for flying, eliminating dull and jet-lagged skin.
Combating the stressors of pollution, stress and exhaustion, the L’Occitane overnight serum is a skin-renewing addition. Only a small drop of this luxury elixir is needed, applied before bed to hydrate and renew skin.
With a gel-like texture, this feels smooth on the skin and seamlessly blends in. After one night, skin looks visibly renewed thanks to the inclusion of the Immortelle Oil Extract, L’Oreal’s signature antioxidant ingredient that increases collagen synthesis for smoother and firmer skin.
Innovative UK beauty brand NIP+FAB has hit the shores of Australia just in time for summer.
This new Vitamin C Concentrate will leave your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated with just a few drops of the liquid gold serum. Containing vitamin C to brighten and improve uneven skin tone, Panthenol to hydrate and moisturize, and acai fruit extract to revive the skin’s surface, this concentrated formula is a true game changer.
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