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Don’t forget to show your skin some love this summer

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It’s that time of the year again. We made it through the harsh chill and the sun has finally got its warmth back. But before you start stripping off and lapping up as many of those glorious rays as you can—spare a thought for your skin.

We’re a country raised on slip, slop, slap, and you’re probably good at adhering to the catchy instructions when you’re at the beach or pool, or playing sport. But what about all of the in-between times—the short walks outside to grab a coffee, or the car trips?

While they may be fleeting moments, those short bursts of sun exposure could be doing you more harm than you realise. Not only is there the risk of skin cancer, but the sun can also cause ageing, pigmentation, broken capillaries and wrinkles.

There are countless skin clinics out there these days, promising you the best skin you’ve ever had. But given your skin is the human body’s largest organ, not to mention it’s the part of you everyone sees first, you want to make sure you’re in the right hands. And who better to look after your skin than an actual doctor?

Dr Shilpa Dahal has a passion for not only treating skin cancer, but all things related to aesthetic medicine. She has diplomas in skin cancer medicine and surgery and has completed further studies in dermatology and aesthetic medicine.

Located in Ainslie, Dr Shilpa’s EnvieSkin offers everything from skin cancer checks and surgeries, to a whole range of aesthetic treatments including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, laser treatments, chemical peels, LED therapy, skin needling, platelet-rich plasma therapy and more.

And if her own glowing complexion is anything to go by, this is a lady who knows her stuff.

While summer is yet to arrive, Dr Shilpa says she’s already seen a number of bad sunburn cases, and as always, prevention is your best bet—not just in summer, but all year round.

“The suns rays are extremely ageing, and they say that Australian women look 10 years older than our European cousins because of our UV,” says Dr Shilpa.

“My advice is to always pick a moisturiser with sunscreen, at least SPF 30+ and use it every single day. And you don’t have to go for expensive products. There are so many good, affordable products out there. You don’t even have to go for SPF 50+—30+ is enough.”

And a warning for the ladies.

“Don’t rely on products that have foundation with sunscreen in it. They’re just not strong enough, and that’s why we don’t see a lot of them with SPF 30+, because they haven’t been able to produce a good product yet,” she says.

“Apply the moisturiser with SPF daily to the face, ears, neck and décolletage—it’s all about prevention.”

But if the sun has already done its fair share of damage to your skin, Dr Shilpa says it’s never too late to repair it—always start with a skin cancer check.

“When it comes to skin, I take a holistic approach, starting with a skincare assessment based on individual goals and tailored treatment plans. Achieving healthy skin is a long term plan—it’s never too late to start,” she says.

“From there, we can talk about the best treatment to achieve their beauty goals. And most of my treatments have minimal downtime. I know people have places to be and lives to get on with.”

“I dislike the word ‘youthful’—it’s not about making you look 20 or 30 years younger. It’s about making you look your age—just if you really looked after your skin.”

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What: EnvieSkin
Where: Within Ainslie Family Practice, 21 Edgar Street, Ainslie
Bookings: Visit envieskin.com.au

This editorial was created in partnership with EnvieSkin. For more information on sponsored partnerships, click here

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