South Africa is renowned for our beautiful climate, picture perfect beaches and bucket-list bushveld adventures. An active outdoor lifestyle together with one of the highest monitored global ultraviolet levels sets the stage for our South African population to have one of the highest skin cancer rates world-wide. Keep reading for your CHEAT SHEETS to skin cancer’s 3 main Big Bad Wolves. Learn how to identify them and how worried you should be about them!
Confused what ‘Clean Beauty’ means? Yup, that’s totally understandable. With no clear regulations around this term, it can be tricky to figure out, because “clean” and “natural” (the other word that’s become ubiquitous in beauty marketing) can mean a lot of different things. That’s because there’s still no standard definition.
Clean beauty is more than being paraben-free. It is skincare that is good for your skin, good for you and good for the environment.
Still confused? That’s why I prefer to talk about ‘Safe Beauty’ rather than ‘Clean beauty’. We want to be using skincare that is safe regardless of whether it is natural or synthetic.
Let’s clarify further by looking at my Safe Beauty ABCs
It’s not a myth that UV rays damage your skin: skin cancer aside, think wrinkling, broken capillaries and pigmentation.
So sunscreen is my no. 1 year-round skincare staple. Summer, winter, indoors and outdoors – but it is the skincare product most shrouded in controversy. Here are some of the most common statements I hear from my patients around this topic and the real truth based on scientific evidence. So hold on to your zinc oxide – we are about to do some myth-busting!
Will a sun-kissed glow protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays? Can you justify your tan because it will boost your Vitamin D production? Learn what is actually happening when you tan – spoiler: it is pretty astounding!
Sunscreen is something I get asked about every day, typically multiple times a day. And while it is quick to rattle off my sunscreen recommendations for a particular patient, it is not so quick to explain what ‘good’ sunscreen habits look like and why. Keep reading for the ultimate sunscreen lowdown.
Hyperpigmentation really just refers to brown marks on the face or body but before you can treat it, you need to know exactly what type you are dealing with. Because pigmentation is not pigmentation is not pigmentation. Let’s break it down.
Along with our beautiful climate comes a good dollop of UV exposure and fun in the sun can have some serious health risks such as skin cancer.
Most moles, brown spots and growths on the skin are harmless – but not always. Learn the Skin ABC’s which can alert you to red flags in moles that could signal melanoma.
Adult acne is a thing. It is even possible to get acne for the first time as an adult. In the same way that men bald in a certain pattern, adult onset acne tends to affect the lower third of the face with red angry bumps and painful pimples along the jawline, chin and neck. The hair follicles and oil-producing glands in this area are more sensitive to hormones sending oil production into overdrive. Sound familiar?