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Sandy beaches, sun kissed skin, warm summer evenings….. Do these feel a lifetime away now the summer’s at an end?  Despite best efforts, during the enjoyment of summer it’s easy to forget to protect your skin and continue to to apply the sunscreen.

Once the tan starts to fade, the noticeable tell tale signs of sun damage to your skin can start to become apparent.  It is not only exposure to the natural sun that can damage the skin. Sun beds also have the same effect, increasing the likelihood of pigmentation damage and subsequently raising the risk of certain types of skin cancers, such as Melanoma.  

What are these dark spots– Hyperpigmentation?

Relatively common, hyperpigmentation shows as dark discolouration on the skin.  The darkness is caused by the body making too much melanin, this happens when factors such as UVA rays in the sunshine activate the pigment-making cells called melanocytes, which then produce melanin to protect your skin.  This results in a tan for many people; however, the process can also cause dark spots and patches to appear in over-exposed areas.

Due to the influence of hormones, women tend to be more prone to hyperpigmentation than men.  Generally appearing on the cheeks, forehead, upper lip, nose chin and other areas of the face that exposed to sun rays.  On the body, it is common to see it in areas of thin skin that has less natural protection, such as on the neck and décolletage area and backs of hands.

Are you noticing increased wrinkles?

Skin that is exposed to heat and UV rays for long periods of time looses moisture, and as a result of this, fine lines may start form or facial wrinkles could deepen.

The look of wrinkles can drastically age our appearance.  That is why it is important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and retain its moisture. This is possible with an effective skin care regime that involves removing dead skin cells, unclogging pores, and restoring moisture in the skin.

How to treat sun damaged skin?

Facial peels – Facial peels come with a range of benefits. Salicylic acid chemical peels (in particular) can be used on a timely basis to clear out clogged pores, kill bacteria, and control oil production for those with greasy skin.

The Salicylic facial peel treats discolouration an evens skin tone, it works by lightening the darker areas of skin so they are less noticeable.  At Surrey Hills Skin Clinic we offer both a light or medium peel, click here to view information on chemical peels.

Wrinkle smoothing injections – For both men and women, wrinkle smoothing injections, commonly referred to as Botox® ,can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  Products licensed for cosmetic use work by blocking the chemical responsible for muscle contraction allowing the skin to smooth out and replenish resulting in a smooth youthful, rejuvenated look.

Dermal fillers – The appropriate use of dermal fillers can replenish lost volume, lift skin and improve the overall appearance.  This popular and versatile injectable treatment for both men and women can be used across specific areas of the face and body to treat sun damaged skin.


Get your autumn glow at Surrey Hills Skin Clinic

Many of our clients come into clinic knowing how they want to look and feel; however, not always knowing the most appropriate treatment for them.  Our skin specialists work will work with you to understand your requirements and put together a tailored plan.  We run clinics in Ashtead and Godalming.  As a new customer, your initial skin care consultations is completely free!  Book your free consultation today.

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    Surrey Hills Skin Clinics flagship clinic is in the heart of Ashtead within easy reach by road or public transport.



    58b The Street
    (Entrance on Grove road)
    KT21 1AW

    Appointments: 01372 276019