There’s no doubt whatsoever that the summer holidays are good for our health and also give us a boost in everything we do once we’re back home. The problems is that they’re always far too short and we would be much happier if we could have more of the same. Unfortunately, we have a tendency to let ourselves go a bit when we’re on holiday… too much sun, maybe too much sea, a few drinks too many and, at the end of it all… we go home with a few extra pounds. It’s hard to get back on the right track and despite the fact that we’re happy and relaxed, when we look at ourselves in the mirror we can see that we might have spent too much time in the sun and the signs are obvious.
It’s time to do something about it, before the signs become permanent, because then they’ll be extremely difficult to get rid of.
Naturally, it’s best to start from the face, not because it’s the part of the body most exposed to the sun, because the shoulders and torso are more exposed, but because it definitely represents our “business card” when we get back home.
The sun definitely isn’t the same as it used to be and sometimes, even when we use the highest SPF, the so-called 50+, it manages to penetrate the skin and activate our melanocytes, those blessed organelles that produce melamine, a fantastic substance if it colours the skin evenly, but dreadful in those with a predisposition for the formation of what we call melanic marks. These are irregular and mainly effect the cheeks and forehead. In pregnant women, the name changes to melasma or chloasma. A chloasma is hard to eliminate and sometimes, despite appropriate treatment and removal, it returns after the summer and has to be treated again.
What can we do? Currently the most effective “depigmentation” treatment is definitely “Dermamelan” a Spanish peeling system with really innovative characteristics. First of all, it works! Three months after treatment, we can consider that 80-90 % of marks will have disappeared and the skin gone back to being clear and bright. It is also easy to mange: just one outpatients’ treatment and then a cream for application at home, three times a day for the first month, twice a day for the second month and just once a day in the third month. Naturally, patients have to protect their skin during exposure to the sun, but nothing more. Brilliant results without much effort. And after the marks of course we have wrinkles, general skin ageing which is even more obvious in summer, and sunken temples, but we’ll talk about all this some other time…