I love a good device. Especially ones that aid communication in the cosmetic dermatology area! Being a busy working single parent with a job that involves educating people on cosmetic skincare, I'm often time poor, and I know that many of my patients are in a similar position. Understanding cosmetic skincare is so fundamentally important to your skin's health though. After all, what's the point of all those facial laser and injectable procedures if your skin still can't cope with your lifestyle?
So some of my favourite technologies are the photographic imaging devices that are helping doctors to demonstrate the effectiveness of sunscreen.
I recently attended the Australasian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists conference, where I spotted a Skinscope device at the Skinceuticals stand.
We also have a Skinscope device at Skin Temple, however I'm usually too busy consulting to get to play with it. So I thought I'd go and have my photo taken using the UV filter on the Skinscope device. UV filters are such a great way to investigate sunscreens, and what better way to see how well you applied your sunscreen that day? In fact, I often use my Visia device in the consulting room for this purpose too! Unfortunately, many patients find that their trusted "sunscreen" isn't actually doing anything at all. Sometimes this is because it hasn't been applied evenly, or has been overly rubbed in (male patients are especially guilty of this), and sometimes it's due to an inherent formulation problem in the product.
Trivia fact: The Visia machine was originally developed as a tool for sunscreen product research by Proctor &Gamble in the USA.
Here's my pic on the Skinscope device:
In the example above, I'm wearing La Roche Posay Uvidea SPF50+, which is a chemical sunscreen that also doubles as a light foundation, and on top of that is Skinceuticals UV Defence SPF30+ which is a zinc based mineral sunscreen. I don't generally wear any other makeup products, other than eye makeup, just because I really prefer to have natural looking skin.
I often double up the sunscreen on weekends or if I'm going to be outside in the garden or doing something active like skiing or playing tennis. As for the grey hairs that are highlighted in the UV light..well that's just a little depressing although I'm trying to age slowly...perhaps it's time for a few lowlights to hide my natural "highlights"?
STILL YOU....ONLY BETTER!
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