Commonsense skin care for summer
It’s a dangerous time of year for skin, with both sun and the humidity taking a toll.
While we are slowly becoming educated about the need for protection from the sun, it’s easy to overlook the damage being caused by the humidity.
We always feel hot and sweaty and our skin feels moist, so we don’t realise just how much we are dehydrating.
In fact, we are losing moisture through perspiration and yet not feeling feel dehydrated.
Many women are saying “I can’t stand anything on my face” and can’t abide the thought of using a moisturiser only to feel it running off their face in a sticky sweat.
It doesn’t have to be this way and I would encourage the use of a lightweight moisturiser.
If you don’t, by the end of summer your skin will have become very dehydrated and you will notice some serious signs of ageing.
To stop this cycle, you need a product that concentrates on hydration and the most active hydrating product is a collagen moist gel. It is oil-free, penetrates effectively and stays in the skin.
Collagen is responsible for the moisture in our cells, which are 75 per cent water and are the building blocks for our skin. They need water, not oil.
This is a point I have emphasised to my students over the years: Skin needs water, not oil. Keep the cells, the building blocks, well hydrated and you are going to have nice, healthy skin and collagen gel is the most effective – and pleasant – way to do that.
You want to make the cells like a juicy plum so you don’t end up looking like a wrinkled prune.
The second aspect is one we know a little more about – protecting the skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
In this climate, with the sun beating down every day, a sunblock is a must.
Follow the instructions, and apply half an hour before you leave home to allow time for the sunscreen to absorb properly. Unless you are swimming or washing your face, there is no need to reapply.
I am not suggesting we have to use sunscreen every day but if you are driving and have the sun on your side of the vehicle, for example, it’s a good idea to have the protection. The sun rays so easily cause damage without us even knowing it.
Queenslanders are not good at noticing the need for a sunblock even though we are in the most damaging climate.
The sun is not only dehydrating skin but also disturbing the melanin production which leads to sunspots or liver spots as we used to call them.
A lot of us don’t like the stickiness of a sunblock on our face. When everyone started using some of the early sunblocks, a lot of people turned up with skin problems – acne, blackheads – as they were heavy and oily.
I have formulated my own sunscreen which has been tested by Sydney University and licensed to meet all the requirements of the TGA.
The best testimonials have come from those who really need it – lifesavers and deep sea fishermen – and the biggest compliment is from the Wickham Terrace specialists who recommend it to mothers of albino children.
I use only the best ingredients, some of which I have to import from Europe, but it’s very special.
It goes on like a moisturiser so can be worn as a base under makeup and is absorbed by the skin so it is not sticky or greasy and you don’t look like a ghost.
And of course, the other key point during summer is to remember to drink a lot of water and keep yourself well hydrated.
If you would like a sample sachet of my BioPacific sunscreen, apply via the Contact Us section at biopacific.com.au or send your name and address to Biopacific Skincare, P.O. Box 436, Albany Creek. 4035.