In this day and age, the usual weekend festivities involve drinking, partying and soaking in that hot Australian sun, especially over the weekend. Whether you’re at the beach taking in the UV’s or enjoying Melbourne’s eventful Chapel Street bars, are you really taking into consideration the way you’re affecting your skin?

On a quest for perfect skin, we stock up on endless amounts of creams, masks and serums, that leaves your bank account calling out for help. But really, there’s a cheaper option that you’ve probably already heard about. Water, the hidden gem that comes to us free through our kitchen tap. Water provides our skin with the essential vitamins and nutrients that leaves your skin looking refreshed and age-less. Water is the answer to your quest, removing all those toxins and waste products that have your skin on the journey to dehydration and wrinkles. So it’s about time to give your drink bottle that promotion it’s been longing for, make it your new best friend!

For some, this information is essential to remember on a Friday afternoon, just before the weekend antics begin. If you’re planning to spend the weekend bar hopping down Chapel Street, you’re setting yourself up for dehydrated skin. Alcohol is the number one cause of dehydrated skin, as it deprives your skin of the essential vitamins and nutrients that will leave it looking fresh and clean. But, in saying that, it’s the long weekend! I’m not here to force you into starting that alcohol cleanse that has been on your to-do list for years now. People are going to drink, so what is the best alcohol to drink? In this case, the clearer, the better: Vodka, Gin, Tequila, these types of alcohol get digested way quicker than most other alcohols.

If you’re on the complete other end of the spectrum, and you’re taking a more relaxed approach to the long weekend, here comes the talk about the effects of UV on the skin.

Whether you’re heading down the Mornington Peninsula to enjoy the coast, or just relaxing in your backyard, you’re putting your skin at risk. Even though the sun’s rays may make us feel good and look tan, exposure to the sun can leave us with the wrinkles and age spots we so dearly dread. This is because exposure to the sun causes the fibers in our skin to start breaking down, sag and stretch, meaning your skin loses the ability to return to its original look. But, it also is one of the main causes of skin cancer. About 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to the UV rays from the sun. So before you head out into the sun, don’t forget to Slip, Slop, Slap! There’s a reason you hear this so often!

Sunscreen isn’t the only savior for your skin; we offer treatments including skin needling and facials that will help get rid of all those nasty toxins and help you become confident and comfortable in your own skin.

So before going out this weekend, know exactly how to take care of your skin.