Tips and tricks for summer ☀️

The weather is warming up and we at Dr Briggs’ practice are loving it! However with more sunshine comes the need for more protection and prevention ✔️
UVA rays are invisible and these are the rays that attack your collagen and elastin, so it is critical that you reapply your sunblock every 2-3 hours, regardless of the SPF factor.
UVA rays penetrate deeply into the skin layers, damaging collagen and cells, which leads to wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and loss of elasticity.

Tips and Tricks for Spring and Summer: 

1. Sunscreen.
– Make sure you sunscreen is of high quality, there are two forms out there- chemical and physical sun protectants.
– Re-apply when you’re out!
– Check expiry dates- that sunscreen you found in the cupboard from 10 years ago will not do the trick.
– Hands, lips, neck and decolletage too! Remember it’s not just your face that can make you look older.

2. No Hat, No Play!
Take a tip from school kids and protect yourself even more with a hat. Lucky for you they are right on trend!

3. Sunglasses.
Your eyes are the window to your soul! Not only do sunglasses prevent you from excessive squinting which can cause crow’s feet and other deep set wrinkles, it also protects your eyes from sun related diseases.

4. Fake It, Don’t Bake It!
There are so many realistic fake tans on the market now there is no longer a need to lay out for hours in the sun to get that crispy bronzed look. Personal favourites of the ladies at Dr Briggs practice are Bondi Sands and St Tropez. For those of you who don’t like to DIY, a professional spray tan that lasts a week or so can cost as little as $20, a small cost for the health of your skin.

5. Oopsie… I spent my youth baking in my backyard in baby oil!!
As we know, knowledge about ageing and skin cancers has only really come into the limelight in the last 10-20 years. If you already have significant skin damage e.g. wrinkles, age spots, rough texture and uneven skin tone, we can help! Our practice offers a number of treatments to revise those days you spent working on your tan. Dr Briggs can also assess and remove suspicious looking moles and lesions to ensure you don’t have any nasties growing.