• Understanding the Causes of Skin Discoloration

    No matter how effective your skin care routine is, you may eventually develop areas of discoloration, such as liver spots. Your dermatologist can lighten these areas, but you should know your risk factors of skin discoloration. They develop after years of unprotected sun exposure.

    You can hear about this process when you watch this video, presented by a naturopathic doctor. She explains that exposure to sunlight or UV rays in a tanning bed can accelerate the production of melanin. Melanin is a pigment that can clump in one area to cause skin discoloration.

    At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, you’ll find a full suite of advanced anti-aging treatments delivered by friendly dermatologists in Salt Lake City. Call (801) 266-8841 to schedule a consult to discuss options for your skin discoloration .

  • What Are the Biggest Myths About Skin Aging?

    As a kid, you probably couldn’t wait to get to your next birthday. Now that you’re concerned that your skin is showing its age, you wish you could turn back the clock on your appearance. Although time machines are pure fiction, your dermatologist can use proven science to minimize the signs of aging, and help you preserve your youthful appearance for as long as possible. Anti-aging treatments range from topical products to injectables to light therapy.

    Myth: Genetics control the way you age.

    To a certain extent, genetics do influence the way your skin ages. Your lifestyle plays a far more significant role, however. One of the most effective ways to preserve youthfulness —and prevent skin cancer—is to avoid unnecessary sun exposure. Stockpile sunscreen products, and make their application part of your normal skin care routine. Other skin-friendly lifestyle choices include getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, and eating an antioxidant-rich diet.

    Myth: Skin damage only occurs on sunny days.

    Even if you do routinely apply sunscreen during the summer, you aren’t doing enough to protect your skin. The sun’s harmful rays aren’t affected at all by the temperature. They readily penetrate clouds and untreated windows. This is why dermatologists strongly recommend applying sunscreen every day to all areas of exposed skin. Remember to reapply it every two hours.

    Myth: Your friend’s anti-aging secrets will work for you.

    A trusted friend can help you through life’s challenges and celebrate your triumphs with you. But when it comes to anti-aging skin care, trust your dermatologist instead. Your skin isn’t the same as your friend’s, and what he or she uses won’t necessarily work well for you. Your dermatologist can analyze your skin, and recommend products and treatments that will work well for you.

    Book an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology , and get ready to learn everything you need to know about protecting your skin at every stage of life. Our dermatology specialists offer effective anti-aging treatments in Salt Lake City that are customized to meet the unique needs of your skin. Get in touch at (801) 266-8841.

  • Tips for Preventing Dry Skin This Winter

    Hot cocoa and warm fireplaces are two of the perks of wintertime, but the season is problematic for your skin’s health. Once you turn the heat on in your home, the indoor air dries out—and your skin dries out along with it. Don’t wait for dry, itchy skin to develop. You can modify your skin care routine now to reduce the chances of acquiring troublesome skin issues this winter.

    Use a skin-friendly bathing routine.

    It seems counterintuitive, but taking a shower or bath dries out your skin. This is because hot water strips away the skin’s natural oils, causing it to become dry, itchy, flaky, and even cracked. Instead, take care of your skin by shortening your bathing time and using warm water, rather than hot. Try not to use an unnecessarily large amount of cleanser. Afterward, use a plush, soft towel to gently blot your skin dry.

    Select the right moisturizer.

    Apply moisturizer immediately after toweling off, and reapply moisturizer to your hands and other damage-prone areas frequently throughout the day. Make a habit of moisturizing your hands after each time you wash them. During the winter, put away your lotion moisturizers and look for an oil-based cream instead.

    Protect your hands while working outdoors.

    The dry, cold winter air outdoors can also damage your skin. And if you’re spreading rock salt in the driveway, expect that your hands won’t react to it well. Invest in a good pair of winter gloves, and wear them whenever you’re working outdoors.

    Plug in your humidifier.

    Humidifiers are your skin’s best friend in the winter. Put one in your bedroom, and run it throughout the night. Some humidifiers emit warm moisture into the air, which can be particularly pleasant during the winter.

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology recommends EltaMD and CeraVe skin care products for our patients, which you can purchase at our dermatology clinic in Salt Lake City. You can also request an in-depth, personalized analysis of your unique skin issues and your recommended treatments. Call (801) 266-8841.