All the great things about summer — hot weather, weekends at the beach and lots of time in the outdoors — can also be many of the triggers for summer skin complaints.
The Slip, Slop Slap message has been hammered into generations of Australians and yet, every summer, many of us still get caught out and end up with painful sunburn.
“On an average summer day in Perth, the UV index can be 14 to 16 — roasting level,” said Mark Strickland, SunSmart co-ordinator for the WA Cancer Council.
“For a person with fair skin on a high UV day, just a few minutes in the sun is enough to do damage.
“But in the medium to longer term we’re talking about thickened, wrinkly and blotchy skin.”
Check out these tips from some of Perth’s beauty experts on how to deal with the most common summer skin issues.
If you’ve overdone your time in the sun and are paying the price with painful, inflamed skin, the key is to cool down. Bayview Day Spa owner Bella Narsai said do this by applying cool — not cold — water to the inflamed area.
“You want to calm the skin and the sunburn, not accelerate it,” Dr Narsai said.
Bayview Day Spa offers an after-sun treatment perfect for sunburnt skin which involves applying a DMK solar gel to help cool and heal the skin.
“It takes the heat out of the skin and works to soothe and repair. After 24 hours we talk to the client to check that the inflammation has eased.
“Prevention is much better, but sometimes this just happens.”
DMK solar gel (without application); cost from $33.50
Bayview Day Spa, Claremont. 9384 8106; bayviewspa.com.au.
Tegan Hall, spa manager at Bodhi J Health and Beauty Spa in Wembley, highly recommends the Sodashi range of calming beauty products for skin that reacts badly to heat.
“A beautiful cold compress with the calming concentrate is easy to do at home and you can finish that with the calming and deeply hydrating moisturiser,” she said.
“Keep the calming sprits in your handbag and use it on your skin during hot days when you’re feeling overheated and flushed.”
Prices start from $66
Bodhi J Health and Beauty Spa, Wembley
9387 5152; bodhij.com.au
“Skin dryness is a common skin concern during the summer months, especially after the Christmas and New Year festivities with the excessive drinking, socialising, late nights and time out in the weather,” said Jana Beauty owner Jana Emery.
Her Subiaco salon offers a 24-Karat Gold Hydrating Facial which claims to activate the electrons within skin cells and repair damage.
“Gold is hypoallergenic and known pharmaceutically for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and regenerative properties,” Ms Emery said.
The facial lifts and firms the skin, and reduces the appearance of sun damage and lines.
Jana Beauty, Subiaco
9388 1134; janabeauty.com.au
Years of intensive sun exposure take its toll on the skin.
Belen Cockburn Gateway manager Rebecca Patterson said skin rejuvenation with IPL was a great solution to reduce pigmentation, sunspots and redness.
“This is a non-invasive treatment which has been clinically proven to restore and improve the appearance of the skin, especially sun-damaged skin,” Ms Patterson told Mind&Body.
Skin treated with IPL needs to be shielded from the sun, so it’s essential any treated areas are well protected with clothing or SPF.
Belen offers a complimentary 30-minute skin consultation and a patch test with this treatment.
Cost from $190. Belen Cockburn Gateway
9414 6088; belen.com.au