• Examining the Ways the Sun Changes Your Skin

    Sun energy

    You might feel great while you’re out soaking up the sun, but when you do, you put your health on the line. If you love the outdoors, talk to your dermatologist about how you can protect your skin from harmful rays. Here is a look at some of the ways the sun can change and damage your skin.

    Lines and Wrinkles

    Immediately after a day in the sun, your skin may appear tan and healthy. However, a tan isn’t a healthy glow – it is actually a sign of skin damage. The effects aren’t immediately apparent, but the tans you get when you’re younger will make your skin age faster when you’re older. That is because the same rays that make you tan break down the collagen and elastin that help your skin stay firm and smooth. As a result, your skin will sag and wrinkles will appear as you age.

    Freckles

    If you’re prone to freckles, then sun exposure can make your existing freckles appear more prominent and cause new ones to develop. The more you’re out in the sun, the more freckles you’re likely to get. They are most likely to develop on the hands and face, but they can occur anywhere. While freckles aren’t medically dangerous, they cause cosmetic concerns for some people.

    Skin Cancer

    The most dangerous impact the sun can have on your skin is skin cancer. Repeated sun exposure is associated with basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. Severe sunburns before age 18 are linked to the development of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, later in life. Report any abnormal skin growth or changes in moles or freckles to your dermatologist so you can be screened for skin cancer.

    At Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology , our doctors are committed to educating patients about sun safety. Make an appointment to learn more about protecting your skin from the sun and treatments for existing sun-related skin damage. Call (801) 266-8841 to reach our Salt Lake City office.

  • Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology Team Members: Laurie Ellis, D.C.N.P.

    Laurie Ellis, D.C.N.P.

    At Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology, we’re proud of the accomplished team we’ve assembled to give our patients the best possible care. Our healthcare providers come from a variety of backgrounds and specialties, which allows us to meet a spectrum of patient needs for both medical and cosmetic dermatology. Nurse practitioner Laurie Ellis is one of the members of our standout team.

    Laurie completed her nursing degree at Montana State University and has worked as an RN in Washington, Minnesota, and here in Salt Lake City. After working as an RN, Laurie decided to obtain a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Westminster College in 1997. She worked in internal medicine and dermatology until deciding to pursue her certification as a dermatology nurse practitioner from the Dermatology Nurses’ Association. When she isn’t helping patients in our practice, Laurie spends time with her husband and three daughters in Park City.

    Experience our team’s compassionate and high-quality care for yourself by making an appointment at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology . You can reach our Salt Lake City office by calling (801) 266-8841.

  • How to Keep Your Skin Healthy and Youthful

    Fresh Faced Woman

    Who doesn’t want healthy, younger-looking skin? Your cosmetic dermatologist can offer a long list of procedures to help keep your skin looking great, but there are also important things you can do at home to maintain a healthy complexion. Add these tweaks to your skin care routine to look vibrant and youthful for life.

    Stay Out of the Sun

    The sun is one of your skin’s biggest foes. Sun exposure is the cause of the majority of cases of skin cancer, but it also causes other damage. Being out in the sun causes fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration that make you look older. Avoid the sun completely between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, when the rays are the strongest, whenever possible. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, and wear a hat to shield your face when you’re going to be outside for extended periods. Tanning beds are definitely not safe alternatives to sun exposure. In addition to contributing to skin cancer, they cause the same kind of aging as the sun.

    Give Up Smoking

    Smoking takes a significant toll on your skin. The smoke itself encourages wrinkles and a dull complexion. Further, the action of pursing your lips repeatedly encourages wrinkles to develop around the mouth. Smoking also causes skin to lose firmness and gives it a leathery look. Quitting is good for your skin and your overall health. Talk to your doctor if you need help.

    Eat a Healthy Diet

    Healthy skin starts with healthy dietary choices. Aim to get plenty of water each day to keep your skin hydrated. Fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats to get your best complexion ever.

    The team at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology can also play an important role in keeping your skin in top condition. Our cosmetic dermatology treatments, like chemical peels and Botox, can resolve age-related skin issues and help you look as young as you feel. Make an appointment with one of our Salt Lake City dermatologists by calling  (801) 266-8841.

  • How Injectables and Fillers Can Help You

    Are you looking less than your best? Aging, stress, sun damage, and poor eating habits can all take a toll on your skin and leave you looking older than you feel. The good news is that your dermatologist can help you reclaim a youthful complexion with injectables and fillers.

    Watch this video to find out how injectables and fillers can help improve the appearance of your skin. These treatments help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Fillers can also restore structure to skin that is sagging.

    Visit Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City and find out how injectables and fillers can help you get the look you want. We offer a range of medical and cosmetic dermatology services. Learn more and make an appointment by calling (801) 266-8841.