Sun Safe Summer- How to protect your skin!

Many new patients come to me asking for fillers Botox etc. We all know that prevention is better than cure. That’s why one of the first questions I ask is How do you protect your skin??

Well, most people use skincare that’s high street and its not really that effective in protecting your skin. It’s never too late! The first protection I would recommend is a physical sunscreen that factor  40 plus and  that’s free from chemicals and that can protect your skin effectively all year round.l

Surprisingly, many people are unaware of the dangers of the sun and its detrimental effect.   So here’s Some advice to  enjoy outdoors safely.

We all look and feel better with a hint of colour but what is the SUN really doing to our SKIN?

The 6 things that influence skin ageing, laxity, pigmentation and skin cancer.

Most factors we can control, however some we can’t.

  • UV rays
  • Smoking
  • Diet –  sugar in take
  • Environmental factors (pollution)
  • Genetics and gender
  • Ethnicity

At Helen Cleland Non Surgical we can advise you on the most suitable sunscreen for YOUR skin type.

UV radiation is made up of UVA and UVB rays which are able to penetrate the skin and cause permanent damage to the cells below: UVA penetrates deeply into the skin (the dermis) causing genetic damage to cells, photo-ageing (wrinkling & blotchiness) and immune-suppression.

  • UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkling, and suppression of the immune system. These rays can penetrate through glass so we cannot avoid it. UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer.
  • Decades of burning and cumulative exposure may cause Skin cancer.
  • Damage in childhood causes elastosis, premature wrinkling and age spots.

As we age the skins ability to rejuvenate lessens. Childhood burning on at least 6 occasions increases the risk of skin cancer. Throughout childhood our skin cells can renew but as we age the body’s ability to repair diminishes resulting in mutations and skin cancer. This is why generally age spots, pigmentation, deep wrinkling and skin cancers appear over 40 years.







86% of Malignant melanomas are linked to UV damage and sunbeds 10 times stronger than the midday sun. Using sunbeds for the first time before the age of 35 increases the risk of developing melanoma skin cancer by 59%. Regular sunbed use under the age of 30 increases the risk of skin cancer by an alarming 75%. The most common misconception is the vitamin D debate. For most people just going about their normal business in the summer months is sufficient to produce the required vitamin D levels. We certainly don’t need to sunbathe to make enough vitamin D. We can also get vitamin D from certain foods including milk, fish, egg yolks, and fortified cereals. Another common misconception: that sunbed use prior to going abroad builds a natural defence to the sun’s rays, the fact is that UV exposure from sunbeds is exactly the same as the damaging UV rays produced by the sun.

The basic rules PROTECT

  1. Wear long sleeves a hat and stay out of the sun especially between 12-3
  2. Wear sunscreen daily even in the winter months
  3. Reapply a sunscreen regularly depending on exposure
  4. Use a reflective based natural sunscreen as chemical sunscreens can be absorbed into the bloodstream rapidly
  5. Do not sunbath, as when your skin goes brown the DNA and dermal cells are damaged.

Sunscreens nowadays can be:

  • Environmentally friendly -Reflective sunscreen (physical)
  • Tinted – so you don’t have to use a foundation
  • Natural ingredients
  • Safe to use – non-toxic and free from oxybenzone
  • Easy to reapply- user friendly size

What skincare? I recommend  chemical free, reflective sunscreen that uses natural ingredients to prevent UV rays from penetrating the skin once applied. I can provide a range of medical grade skincare products help prevent premature aging, acne, fine lines and pigmentation.

Please get in touch at our Cheltenham clinic  if you want to learn more – 01242896997

Best regards,