Summer, Sun and… Suspicious UV Damage? 

Summer, Sun and… Suspicious UV Damage? 

It’s bank holiday weekend over here in the UK and, much to no-one’s dismay, it’s absolutely 100% chance of rain and gloom *sigh*.

But that is not going to stop us from day dreaming about post-lockdown holiday plans with the girls, or even just being able to catch some rays in the back-garden. Summer is upon us and as much as we are so here for it, how can we make sure our skin isn’t prone to suffering the adverse effects of the gorgeous soon-to-be sun?

Let’s first gather a general understanding of how the sun can actually cause harm to our skin.

UV rays come from the sun and there are two different types, UV A and UV B. Whilst UV B is a known factor of sunburn and skin cancer, UV A is what penetrates deeper layers of the skin, resulting in skin ageing. One major advice we’d give to all of our readers, is ‘the earlier you start, the better’. Using products with broad spectrum SPF at an earlier stage means being able to create a stronger skin barrier so your skin can easily fight off these every-day aggressors, especially UV damage.

Some personal favourite SPF products we recommend are: 

  1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF50 

The fluid formula is resistant to sweat, water and sand which is perfect for those long beach days, lounging around the pool and having fun in the sun!

2. Obagi Sun Shield Matte SPF50 in

The formula of this heavenly sunscreen is completely matte, which leaves no greasy lines after use so you can stay looking radiant as ever, rather than oily. 

SPF is for Summer… Autumn, Winter and Spring. 

Yes, you heard us right. We’re here to kill the long-standing myth that SPF is only effective in the Summer. Sorry not sorry!

For most of us, summer days means a fresh new skincare routine with a lot more SPF than usual but why do we do this? SPF is not only giving us protection from the sun but also works to keep pigmentation and ageing skin at bay- surely we want this all the time, no?!

No matter the climate, these harmful UV rays still transmit through the clouds and reflect off surfaces even when the sun isn’t beaming down on us, which is why it’s so important that we utilise products with SPF regardless of how bright it is outside our bedroom window.

Lifestyle factors and Everyday Routine

Of course it’s still important to take lifestyle factors into consideration. If you’re spending the majority of the day outside, whether that’s playing sports, working outdoors or lunching with friends, SPF is a must-have in that bag of yours. 

Also have a quick look at your everyday skincare routine. Are your products containing retinol or any chemical exfoliators? If so, your skin can be more sensitive to UV light and therefore more prone to sun damage. Wear a minimum of factor 30 every day is siginificant in building a stronger skin barrier to save yourself from adverse effects in the future. 

How can Hydrafacials help reverse signs of UV damage?

Here at L’Amour, our Signature Hydrafacial treatment works to not only improve the overall texture and tone of the skin, but also treats skin that has physical signs of UV light damage. Many people are under the common impression that these signs can be resolved only through types of laser therapies, however through applying hydrating serums and antioxidants, the Hydrafacial works to erase skin impurities in a much more gentle and effective way. 

As mentioned previously, a common sign of UV light damage is pigmentation and fine lines which is something our signature Hydrafacial works to combat. By resurfacing the skin and promoting the growth of healthier cells, the treatment reduces the appearance of both of these signs without harsh peeling and with minimal downtime. 

The L’Amour team is hopeful that you are just as excited with the key benefits and steps of the L’Amour Signature HydraFacial. Let’s get you booked in!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Prevention & Control Policy For L’Amour Clinic

All of us have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and we sincerely hope that your family have kept safe and well.  We have missed being able to offer you the treatments that we know you love, and we are looking forward to seeing you again at the clinic.

Our priority is to keep you as safe as possible, and prior to re-opening the salon, we have implemented a number of changes, which we would like to make you aware of. During the time the salon has been shut, we have completed the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Prevention and Control Course, which is accredited by the Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists Ltd, the UK trade body for our industry. We have since made a number of changes in the way that we operate that you will notice when you next visit.

Booking Appointments

 If any of our staff feel ill or have symptoms of C0VlD-19, they will self-isolate immediately and not come into the salon. This may mean that we have to cancel your appointment at short notice. We appreciate that this may be inconvenient but it is done entirely for your own safety. If your appointment is cancelled you will be able to re-book again.

If you or any of the people you live with feel ill or display any symptoms of C0VlD-19 – please advise us as soon as possible and do not come to the salon for your appointment. We will not be able to go ahead with your appointment if you show signs you are unwell. We have amended our booking terms and conditions and you will not be charged for any appointments, which you miss due to illness/ other. Deposits/booking fees can be rescheduled until further notice but cannot be refunded

Visiting the Salon

For your safety and to maintain social distancing, we ask that you attend your appointments as close to the appointment time as possible. Please do not turn up early for appointments as this may mean that you come into contact with other clients who are just leaving.

Please attend your appointment alone in order to reduce human contact with our staff. Unfortunately, friends and family members cannot enter the premises. If you have booked appointments with friends /family members back to back then please continue to come to the clinic alone – one at a time.

We have increased the frequency of cleaning in the salon including making sure that common surfaces, toilets door handles etc. are wiped clean using disinfectant products between each client.

All tools and equipment will be disinfected or sterilised in line with the specific manufacturers’ instructions for your safety.

Wherever possible we will utilise environmentally, friendly, single-use items during a treatment that will be disposed of safely after use in order to protect you from cross-infection.

We will have hand sanitiser available for you to use when you come into the salon.

We will understand and not be offended if you wish to wear a facemask or wear disposable gloves when you visit the salon and during your treatment is this is appropriate.

Please don’t be surprised or upset if our staff use personal protective equipment (PPE) during your visit and during your treatment. This may include disposable gloves, facemasks, aprons where appropriate.

We can confirm that the laundering of salon towels and uniforms is a priority and that all salon laundry is washed at 60 degrees C

All disposable items are bagged and safely removed from the treatment area between each client.

Our treatments

We have carried out a risk assessment on all treatments and we are confident that we can continue to provide these safely.

During your treatment

Our staff understands the importance of hand hygiene and we will ensure that we wash our hands in according with NHS recommendations before the start of your treatment.

We will try to make your treatment as safe, comfortable and enjoyable as possible. If you have any concerns about your treatments please let us know and we will do what we can to satisfy you.

After the treatment

In order to avoid handling of cash, we would prefer if you could pay for your treatment by PayPal or bank transfer.

All of these procedures have been implemented for your safety and that of our staff. We will continue to take advice from the Government and the NHS regarding safe practice and will amend them as necessary.

Thank you for your understanding.

L’Amour Clinic