01727 837429

info@theskintoloveclinic.co.uk

Sun shining - protect your skin

Ask Jane – Skin Pigments and Holidays

I’ve recently started developing an age mark on my cheek. I’ll shortly be going on holiday to the Canary Islands and am worried about it getting worse in the sun. I’ll be using a factor 50 sun cream, but is there anything else I can do?”

These kind of skin pigments or spots are frequently caused by UV damage; quite often this sun damage stems back from childhood, especially if you grew up at a time when we were not so aware of the dangers of UV rays. Many patients notice that they get worse after they’ve been in the sun.

Skin Pigment Protection

In terms of protection, don’t use anything with an skin protection factor (SPF) lower than 30. An SPF 50 is ideal to protect yourself, particularly when you already have skin pigments. Remember to keep applying it frequently throughout the day and don’t be stingy with the amount of product you use; you’re using it for a reason! You may like to use a sun cream designed for the face which not only protects but also treats concerns; there are products such as Skinceuticals Brightening UV Defence SPF 30 which contain ingredients to actively help to reduce the appearance of sun spots whilst helping to prevent the formation of new ones.

Avoid the sun. I know it’s easier said than done on hot holidays, but this really is key if you want to try to stop pigmentation getting worse. This means sitting in the shade with your SPF on. I would advise wearing a wide brimmed hat to help protect you further; there are sun hats with SPF protection that you may wish to invest in.

Melasma, which is hormonally induced pigmentation, can be made worse in the sun also so it’s very important to wear sunblock and avoid the sun if you have this.

Which Skin Treatments Could Treat Skin Pigments?

There are treatments that can help reduce the appearance of sun induced pigmentation; certain skin peels, laser treatments, topical products to name a few. However, it’s very important to remember that if you expose yourself to the sun and don’t wear a daily SPF treatment you will not stop new pigmentation forming. Equally, if pigmentation which sitting in the upper most layers of the skin is treated successfully there’s nothing to say that any pigmentation sitting in the lower layers of the skin cannot be stimulated by the sun and start to become visible.

In short my advice is protect, protect, protect! Avoid the sun, wear a large sun hat and frequently reapply your sun cream with a 30 to 50 SPF.

Once you’ve been on holiday you may wish to have a Visia scan of your skin so that you can see the pigmentation; including any pigmentation that may not currently be visible to the naked eye. This may sound daunting but knowledge is power; once you know what is happening with your skin you can make steps to improving it.

If you are worried about any pigmentation that you notice on your skin, you can arrange to have a consultation with one of our nurses, where they’ll discuss your concerns and develop a plan to treat the affected area to restore your skin to good health. You can call the Clinic on 01727 837429 or email us at info@TheSkintoLoveclinic.co.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Disclaimer: This blog is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. We are all unique which means that our results, recovery and suitability for any type of treatment will vary. Always seek the advice of a professional should you have any health or cosmetic concerns or to discuss treatments specifically for you.

Recent blogs

How Can I Get Rid of My Saggy Neck Without Surgery?

Saggy neck. Turkey neck. My mother’s neck. We’ve heard them all over the years! Call it what you like, there’s one thing …

Which is Better, Thermage or Fraxel?

Welcome, you’re in the perfect place to ask your Thermage vs Fraxel question. But before I go on, let me introduce you …

SHARE

    SUBSCRIBE

    To receive the latest offers and updates enter your email address below to sign up to our mailing list.

    You may opt out at any time.

    Open

    What people have said...

    I am extremely happy with the treatment I received and the professionalism of the staff. Emma and Jane were extremely friendly and reassuring too. Thank you.
    Catherine Rumsey
    Catherine Rumsey
    15:27 14 Oct 21
    It's always such a pleasure to visit Skin to Love. Everyone is always so friendly and welcoming. Natalia carried out the second part of my Profhilo course today but I have seen her a number of times for various treatments over the years. She listens to me and always takes the time to talk about the procedure and what I can expect and I am never disappointed! Thank you :)
    Karen Taylor
    Karen Taylor
    11:24 08 Oct 21
    Excellent service and explained everything thoroughly so I understood. Really impressed with the level of care. Thank you.
    Melissa Uddin
    Melissa Uddin
    18:02 07 Oct 21
    FV Lessers
    FV Lessers
    14:31 07 Oct 21
    Would recommend, had a consultation by the nurse , very informative and all staff are extremely knowledgeable of their treatments. Not pushy in selling products or services , the look and feel of the store is very warm and welcoming. I am looking forward to getting treatments there.Update in 4/10/2021 - after going to mobile therapists and now here, I must say there is a big difference ! much much more professional and great customer service - I have had anti wrinkle injections and was reassured this will work and it has! ( I had deep frown lines) worth the bit of extra money for sure!
    Camillia Barton
    Camillia Barton
    12:17 04 Oct 21
    Nadine Lackhee
    Nadine Lackhee
    17:43 25 Sep 21
    Valerie Minchella
    Valerie Minchella
    10:20 19 Sep 21
    Excellent experience. Emma was very professional and efficient. Would highly recommend.
    Holly Le Blond
    Holly Le Blond
    12:59 11 Sep 21
    Had my second byonik facial and could see improvements instantly. Skin looked dewy and redness reduced. Looking forward to the next treatment already. All staff were wonderful as always.
    Caz CC
    Caz CC
    20:39 04 Sep 21
    Michelle Shearly
    Michelle Shearly
    08:28 29 Aug 21
    Sherie Ariaee
    Sherie Ariaee
    18:47 21 Aug 21
    Jane was very good. I had some skin tags/moles removed and it was painless and very quick. Everything from the consultation to the actual removal was great. Would highly recommend.
    Belinda Butler
    Belinda Butler
    11:15 17 Aug 21
    Deborah Jones
    Deborah Jones
    21:00 16 Aug 21
    A very reassuring and thorough mole check. Emma was friendly and helpful.
    Tamsin
    Tamsin
    11:09 14 Aug 21
    Sam Murphy
    Sam Murphy
    19:06 05 Aug 21
    Servicio impecable. Te hacen sentir bienvenido y cómodo. El asesoramiento es magnífico y cualquier tratamiento se explica paso a paso. ¡Totalmente recomendada!----------------------Impeccable service. They make you feel welcome and comfortable. The advice is great and any treatment is explained step by step. Fully recommended!
    Monica Galan
    Monica Galan
    16:13 02 Aug 21
    Very friendly very knowledgeable
    Richard Garcia
    Richard Garcia
    11:04 31 Jul 21
    I had some laser treatment for my facial pigmentation and I have to say it was amazing! The marks - which were relatively dark - have virtually gone. It was so much better than I thought. Also painless.Jane was very helpful and put me at ease.
    Samantha Smith
    Samantha Smith
    13:03 30 Jul 21
    This is my 3rd visit to the clinic and it's always so nice. I'm always well informed and I feel confident in the treatment offered to me.
    Chelsea Martin
    Chelsea Martin
    17:44 14 Jul 21
    I went for a laser hair removal consultation and patch test, Anna made me feel really comfortable, she is very knowledgable and can’t wait to have her for my first session
    Erin Jackson
    Erin Jackson
    15:51 08 Jul 21
    Maggie McGivern
    Maggie McGivern
    13:12 08 Jul 21
    Aoife Kiely
    Aoife Kiely
    12:49 06 Jul 21
    Rashad Koura
    Rashad Koura
    11:13 04 Jul 21
    Excellent service from NataliaLooking forward visiting again
    Mia Karal
    Mia Karal
    12:34 26 Jun 21
    Patricia Woodward
    Patricia Woodward
    15:38 19 Jun 21
    Thank you Jane for your care and attention from start to finish, all the ladies are welcoming and lovely from the moment you walk into the clinic, can't rate them highly enough.
    David Herman
    David Herman
    19:39 18 Jun 21
    From my initial consultation and thoughout my treatment I felt at ease and in good hands i didnt feel talked into anything , friendly and informative. Thank you to Jane, will be returning soon
    Karen Smith
    Karen Smith
    12:43 13 Jun 21
    Max Gibbons
    Max Gibbons
    00:01 05 Jun 21
    david jay
    david jay
    16:31 03 Jun 21
    From start to finish I received excellent service and advice. Maura kindly stepped out the shop to find me, as it was my first time and Jane had so much knowledge of skin that I felt right at ease with the products she had chosen for me. A week in and my skin feels so much softer. Thank you all, see you soon.xoxo
    Louise Findley
    Louise Findley
    18:22 02 Jun 21
    Siobhan Godfrey
    Siobhan Godfrey
    15:44 01 Jun 21
    Carol Washington jones
    Carol Washington jones
    16:03 27 May 21
    Hannah F
    Hannah F
    21:39 15 May 21
    amanda ling
    amanda ling
    10:32 14 May 21
    Yet again an amazing service!! Natalia is an absolute expert at her job! I had lip fillers and i LOVE THEM! shes is so bubbly and fun to be around but also is professional at her job. She always makes sure i look amazing before leaving and makes me feel so comfortable. I would highly suggest going here if you havnt already been. The front desk staff are so lovely and welcoming also.
    Roxy W
    Roxy W
    18:13 12 May 21
    Natalia is my practitioner and I could not be happier. She explains everything and gives advice which is much appreciated. Also she is kind and very professional. But what I appreciate the most is her gentle and light touch so am never left bruised. I am already booked for my next treatment. I highly recommend Skin to Love Clinic and Natalia.
    Tanya Jepuranovic
    Tanya Jepuranovic
    19:19 07 May 21
    Gemma Shrimpton
    Gemma Shrimpton
    17:55 05 May 21
    zarah lloyd
    zarah lloyd
    11:45 04 May 21
    I have been going to the skin to love for my acne. I have recommended to my friends and family as they are so professional and friendly with amazing products. I look forward to my peel at the end of the month.
    Elizabeth Pitcher
    Elizabeth Pitcher
    16:27 01 May 21
    Penny Taliadoros
    Penny Taliadoros
    16:57 29 Apr 21
    Joanne Conlon
    Joanne Conlon
    19:28 22 Apr 21
    Jane Gill
    Jane Gill
    15:33 15 Apr 21
    Angelique Rowan
    Angelique Rowan
    13:46 14 Apr 21
    Brilliant service from the minute you walk in to the moment you walk out. My therapist, Natalia is very knowledgeable and I trust she always makes the right decisions for me. I appreciate the friendly but professional approach. Thank you!
    Barbara Salomon
    Barbara Salomon
    11:16 18 Dec 20
    Cat Powerlifter
    Cat Powerlifter
    23:06 17 Dec 20
    Always feel I'm in safe hands with Jane. No hard sell which is very refreshing.
    Alice Moss
    Alice Moss
    18:16 08 Dec 20
    Lauren McAleer
    Lauren McAleer
    17:49 07 Dec 20
    Very friendly and personal. Always a feeling of being in safe hands with the very best advice and treatment.
    Max Campbell
    Max Campbell
    09:20 07 Dec 20
    The staff were very welcoming and asked me thorough questions in order to choose products that best fit me.
    JulieT-T
    JulieT-T
    18:19 05 Dec 20
    Jane & Natalia were very informative and friendly. They were quickly able to diagnose my skin condition through facial scanning & recommended a skincare course for me. I was assured they are there to help with any questions along the way & with regular reviews too. My first time at this clinic and from when I walked in through the door I was greeted with a warm welcome by the front desk staff.
    Soraya
    Soraya
    15:20 04 Dec 20
    Excellent service and treatment worked really well after second treatment. No more spider veins visible on my son's face. Staff very friendly and easy to talk to. Appointment very easy to make and rescheduling made very easy on day of appointment with no extra charge. Very satisfied customer!
    Alison Chapelier
    Alison Chapelier
    18:53 26 Nov 20
    Great treatments, superb advice and wonderful products. Jane and her team are always very professional and make sure they giving accurate and meaningful advice for their client. I have loved going to the Skin to Love Clinic for more than 2 years and intend to continue for many years to come.
    CHERYL Cook
    CHERYL Cook
    08:56 24 Oct 20
    I would recommend this place lovely staff and very helpful
    Donna
    Donna
    11:41 14 Oct 20
    Perfect!
    J
    J
    15:56 13 Oct 20
    Julian Laite
    Julian Laite
    15:36 09 Oct 20
    Excellent treatments and always pleased with results. Professional and friendly, thank you.
    Theresa Harding
    Theresa Harding
    22:45 01 Oct 20
    Ross McBrearty
    Ross McBrearty
    21:29 01 Oct 20
    Paolo Armentano
    Paolo Armentano
    13:54 26 Sep 20
    Natalia was brilliant and really knowledgable. Felt very comfortable and left with a good grip on my options. Excellent Covid compliance also. Thank you
    Emma Richardson
    Emma Richardson
    12:04 22 Sep 20
    Marisa Rivero
    Marisa Rivero
    16:52 10 Sep 20
    I went to the clinic last week. I met Jane who explained the types of treatment to me. It was very clear and I opted for the reduction of fat from the abdomen and love handles.Today i had my first session and it was absolutely fantastic.Initially you can feel like a painful but bearable pinch on the abdomen. After five minutes everything becomes very quiet and you can do another activity like checking your email and maybe chat on the phone with a friend.Jane and Nathalie were great , kind , and very professional .I can t wait to do the second treatment to see the results . I highly recommend this Clinic 100%.Rita
    Rita Chillemi
    Rita Chillemi
    22:27 08 Sep 20
    From the consultation to the end of the treatment, Natalia was kind, patient, understanding and extremely professional. She listened to my issues and then recommended the right treatment but put no pressure on me. Infact she encouraged me to have a think and do some research before i committed to anything. On the treatment table she explained everything she was doing and I could tell I was in very good hands. The procedure was uncomfortable and it could have been very easy to start panicking but she put me totally at ease and her confidence and professionalism meant that I had the utmost faith in her and my results were brilliant, far better than I had anticipated. Would throughout recommend her and the practice. 5 stars!
    ZARAH LLOYD
    ZARAH LLOYD
    15:27 04 Sep 20
    Gemma
    Gemma
    14:53 04 Sep 20
    Very pleased with the procedure I had. The staff were knowledgeable, reassuring and friendly. Their COVID-19 precautions were very good which made me feel safe.
    Beeple Sauce
    Beeple Sauce
    14:09 19 Aug 20
    Always very professional and lovely experience.
    Natalie Waites
    Natalie Waites
    15:36 17 Aug 20
    Andreea Fuioara
    Andreea Fuioara
    11:26 15 Aug 20
    Extremely pleased with results and impeccable service in beautiful surroundings .Thank you .
    Lee Moran
    Lee Moran
    21:12 13 Aug 20
    Anne Thomas
    Anne Thomas
    14:16 30 Jul 20
    Always a pleasure to visit this salonJane and her team are so friendly ,professional and enthusiastic about their treatments.No high pressure sales here just information on treatments and products that you can go away and think about.Thank you all ,as ever
    alison lee
    alison lee
    15:59 26 Jul 20
    Andria A
    Andria A
    09:50 10 Jul 20
    Debbie Moore
    Debbie Moore
    21:46 12 Mar 20
    No fuss just a friendly and professional welcome and treatment.
    Sally G
    Sally G
    17:09 03 Mar 20
    Had a consultation with Jane, who was very helpful with her recommendations & explanations. Gave me confidence in using the clinic
    Mary Grindle
    Mary Grindle
    10:32 02 Mar 20
    Amazing & very knowledgeable staff. Very informative in regards to how to use products and the products are very high quality. Not too expensive and already showing signs of improvement. Would highly, highly recommend.
    Lucas Wagstaff
    Lucas Wagstaff
    08:07 02 Mar 20
    Amazing experience. Jane The dermatologist was knowledgeable but also caring, she gave me tailored advice and an aftercare plan. She made sure I knew what was going to happen and was comfortable throughout the whole procedure. She listened to my concerns and found ways to work with my situation, even gave me some stress ball to help with my nerves :). Looking forward to my next appointment.
    Al Bo
    Al Bo
    16:01 23 Feb 20
    had my first treatment today what a lovely experience. Can’t wait till I can see the results and my follow up treatment next month. Thank you Jane 😊
    Jacqui Coleman
    Jacqui Coleman
    14:22 23 Feb 20
    Thank you Jane, for the friendly professional way you looked at my skin problem with me, it was certainly a lot more in depth and informative than I was expecting, the before and after photos are testament to that the treatments you gave has almost removed all the scarring that acne left on my face. I cant thank you enough.— Brandon
    Ian Nixon
    Ian Nixon
    16:19 22 Feb 20
    Lisa Chapman
    Lisa Chapman
    09:19 16 Feb 20
    My therapist was very attentive listening and watching to check I was not uncomfortable.I felt confident in her hands due to her professionalism.
    Rachel Moffat
    Rachel Moffat
    07:25 14 Feb 20
    Can’t speak highly enough of the team at the skin to love clinic. Everything from the consultation to the treatment is amazing and I’d highly recommend them
    Geoffrey Banks-Smith
    Geoffrey Banks-Smith
    21:47 11 Feb 20
    Alex Miles
    Alex Miles
    12:48 28 Jan 20
    I had 2 skin tags removed by my eyes made me feel very calm and was told what was going on lovely staff make you feel comfortable definitely recommend to anyone
    amanda cooper
    amanda cooper
    13:34 18 Jan 20
    Pauline O'Brien
    Pauline O'Brien
    18:48 15 Jan 20
    zoe traynor
    zoe traynor
    17:06 11 Jan 20
    Fantastic clinic. Lovely warm and welcoming team who really are experts in their field. My skin has never looked better! I highly recommend.
    Hayley Naunton
    Hayley Naunton
    18:52 03 Jan 20
    I had my consultation with Jane today to discuss best treatment for my skin concerns. she was very knowledgable and informative and gave me the best options for my concerns. I was very happy, definitely recommend "Skin to Love Clinic".
    Pari Nixon
    Pari Nixon
    15:29 27 Dec 19
    I cannot recommend the team the innovation and treatments more highly than at the Skin To Love Clinic. They are at the cutting edge of beauty and have new ways and procedures that make your skin look beautiful. I've spent many years on Harley and Wimpole street and assumed you couldn't get this level of investment and treatments anywhere else but the Skin the Love clinic not only offer every top treatment but the Jane and Sue are so skillful and have a real eye for what will work for you. Their mini thread lift is incredible as is their 'vampire' treatment but skin since I have moved to St Albans has improved dramatically
    Annie Lonie
    Annie Lonie
    01:08 25 Dec 19
    Ranya jumah
    Ranya jumah
    15:49 22 Dec 19
    Professional, warm and friendly clinic with amazing staff who make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive.
    Olivia
    Olivia
    08:37 21 Dec 19
    The staff are friendly, professional and very helpful.Dr Critchow’s knowledge is second to none. I highly recommend this service
    Ifrah Ali
    Ifrah Ali
    18:08 17 Dec 19
    Excellent advice, Service and treatment. I’m really happy with the outcome of a procedure to deal with a cosmetic blemish that bothered me for years.
    Simon Mitchell
    Simon Mitchell
    07:31 17 Dec 19
    The nurse who saw me was excellent - friendly, professional and sympathetic to my condition. I was treated with respect and felt extremely comfortable and reassured throughout the appointment. I would thoroughly recommend Skintolove to anyone with a concerning skin condition.
    Paul Jones
    Paul Jones
    16:44 14 Dec 19
    Nour Agha
    Nour Agha
    18:07 03 Dec 19
    excellent would highly recommend
    Jeanette Howells
    Jeanette Howells
    17:09 26 Nov 19
    Jane is absolutely amazing (as with the rest of the team of course!). She goes above and beyond to make you feel at ease before, during and after treatment and ensures you're comfortable throughout. I love the Skin to Love clinic and all everything everyone has done for me. Always a very happy customer!
    Ella Brearley
    Ella Brearley
    18:10 09 Nov 19
    Ozlem Johnston
    Ozlem Johnston
    12:31 09 Nov 19
    Top class treatment, unique experience from start to finish. Impressive after care service, could not praise enough
    Stephen Kendall
    Stephen Kendall
    17:31 19 Oct 19
    js_loader