Australia’s climate is renowned for its extremes, and as the effects of climate change intensify, so do the challenges for your skin. With scorching temperatures soaring above 40°C becoming more frequent, Dermo Direct’s dermatology experts share invaluable insights on how to shield your skin from the harsh impact of heatwaves in the land Down Under.
Understanding the impact of 40°C+ heatwaves
As heatwaves above 40°C become a recurring reality, your skin faces increased risks of dehydration, sunburn, and heat-related issues. Dermo Direct’s dermatologists emphasise the urgency of adapting your skincare routine to combat these challenges and protect your skin from the intense heat.
Sunscreen, your summer shield
Under the blistering Australian sun, sunscreen is your first line of defence. Our experts stress the importance of using a high SPF sunscreen (at least SPF 50) to create a robust barrier against the intensified UV radiation during extreme heatwaves. UVB is the major cause of sunburn and increased skin cancer risk, while UVA contributes to ageing of the skin, as well as higher skin cancer risk. Reapply generously and frequently, especially if you find yourself outdoors for extended periods.
In 40°C+ temperatures, your skin’s hydration levels can deplete rapidly. Dermatologists recommend incorporating hydrating products with lightweight formulations to prevent clogged pores. Additionally, consider using facial mists throughout the day to provide instant relief and maintain your skin’s moisture balance.
Cooling strategies for your skin
Combatting the intense heat requires innovative strategies. Experts suggest keeping skincare products like moisturisers and serums in the fridge for a refreshing application. Cold compresses and cooling masks can also provide relief, calming your skin and reducing inflammation caused by the extreme heat.
Protective clothing as a barrier
Beyond sunscreen, protective clothing plays a vital role in shielding your skin from the scorching sun. Dermatologists recommend wearing loose-fitting, breathable clothing that covers exposed areas. Wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses provide additional protection, reducing direct sun exposure during peak temperatures
Professional guidance for extreme conditions
In the face of scorching 40°C+ heatwaves, seeking professional guidance becomes even more crucial. If you encounter any skin concerns, reach out to one of our dermatologists at Dermo Direct promptly. All our dermatologists are Fellows of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, the premier training institution for dermatology in Australia.
As Australia contends with the escalating challenges of climate change, navigating 40°C+ heatwaves become a priority for skin health. Our dermatologists provide essential guidance to help you fortify your skin against the relentless sun and extreme heat. By staying informed and adapting your skin care routine, you can face Australia’s changing climate with confidence, ensuring your skin remains resilient in even the hottest conditions.