Christmas is the most joyful time of the year. There’s plenty of excitement from enjoying the company of your loved ones to meeting your friends for drinks and dinners.
But as the Christmas lights are going up and the social events being planned, it’s easy to fall out of your usual skincare routine.
Christmas in Australia comes with the danger of exposure to intense sun. The exposure can not only damage your skin but also increase the risk of skin cancer.
The reason for the intense sun is that during summer, the Earth’s orbit brings Australia much closer to the sun as compared to other parts of the world, resulting in overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV radiations.
Skin Cancer prevalence in Australia
Every year, skin cancer accounts for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers in Australia and the majority of those cases are because of exposure to the sun.
However, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer, which is why taking care of your skin, especially during the summer is critical to prevent the risk of skin cancer.
That said, it is also important to have your skin checked by a GP whenever you notice any changes in your skin health.
5 best ways to protect your skin this Christmas
Our doctors have put together a list of 5 best ways to protect your skin this Christmas.
1) Wear sunscreen whenever you are outdoors
Wearing sunscreen is probably the easiest way to protect your skin from the harmful UV radiations and prevent the risk of skin cancer.
Applying sunscreen with an SPF 30 and above and at least 15 to 20 minutes before stepping outside in the sun is best recommended.
Since during the holiday season, we are more likely to spend time outdoors, remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours and limit the amount of time you’re in the sun between 10 am to 5 pm when the sun’s radiation is most intense.
2) Use a combination of sun protection measures
For best protection of your skin from the sun, a combination of sun protection measures is best recommended.
Do you remember the Slip Slop Slap campaign? It was a health campaign that encourages people to use a combination of protective measures to beat skin cancer.
So, along with the use of sunscreen, wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible, use a hat to save your face, neck and ears, seek shade whenever possible and wear sunglasses that will protect your eyes.
3) Get a good night sleep during the holiday season
Getting a good night sleep can be challenging with the hustle and bustle during the holiday season.
A constant deprivation of good sleep can put your body into stress. When we sleep well, our brain produces growth hormones which are necessary for tissue repair and regeneration of cells.
So, when we sleep well, our body itself repairs and leads to a long list of benefits including fewer wrinkles and glowing complexion. The key is having at least 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep every night.
4) Avoid sugary treats as much as possible
Our diet makes a significant impact on our skin appearance. So, if we indulge in eating too many sugary treats during the Christmas season, it can negatively impact the health of our skin.
The sugar in your diet produces by-products that damage your cells and restrict collagen and elastin from doing their job. Furthermore, high sugary food makes your skin more vulnerable to environmental factors like pollution and UV radiations.
5) Stress can increase the risk of ageing of your skin
The holiday season can be stressful and has a bigger impact on your skin health than we know. Stress is responsible for increasing oil production in your skin leading to stress-induced acne and skin breakouts.
There are many ways to keep your skin healthy such as by applying lotions, staying healthy, keeping active and drinking plenty of water. As for stress during the holiday season, there are ways to de-stress yourself like indulging in more self-care activities, meeting your loved ones and practising mindfulness activities.
Keep your skin protected this Christmas with Healthcare Evolution
If you would like to speak to or see our doctors about any skin concerns then get in touch.
To consult our GP’s on your skin health, visit your preferred locations.
You can also contact us to speak to our staff for further details.
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