Keep your skin under cover this summer

Posted on 21 May, 2012

Getting a tan may make you feel like you look more attractive as well as healthier, but if your skin is prone to outbreaks of acne or rosacea, then you could be asking for trouble.

It is essential to protect such fragile skin from irritation or damage caused by exposure to the sun: heat and sunshine can provoke rosacea flare-ups, leaving the complexion permanently flushed; while the inflammation and infection can be worsened by the sun’s rays.

It is not just those who have existing skin problems who should be worried about the effects of the sun: if you fail to use adequate production you could be creating problems for your skin in the future.

Pigmentation problems. Tanning causes the skin to produce pigmentation, but as the skin becomes damaged it is less able to regulate this process. The result could be age spots, uneven skin tone or freckles.

• Wrinkles and fine lines. The sun’s rays can weaken collagen and the supportive structure of the skin, as well as causing the complexion to dry out. Wrinkles and fine lines will start to appear, perhaps earlier than you would expect.

Make sure you invest in a good quality sunblock and don’t leave the house without it!