• Avoid These Common Skin Care Fails

    You strive to take good care of your skin every day, but are you sure you’re doing everything right? Here are some of the most common skin care fails we hear about and how to avoid them. 

    Forgetting Your Hands and Décolletage  

    Most people’s skin care routine only includes their face. However, the hands and décolletage (comprised of the neck, shoulders, upper chest, and upper back) are also highly visible areas of skin that can develop signs of aging. 

    The easiest way to protect these sensitive parts of your body is to wear sunscreen and other forms of sun protection. For a more significant anti-aging effect, consider trying retinol or retinoid products. 

    Failing to Moisturize Oily Skin 

    People commonly fall for this skin care fail because it stands to reason that oily skin doesn’t need additional hydration. However, excessive oiliness could be the skin’s way of compensating for lack of hydration. Because of this, starting a healthy moisturizing routine could actually improve the condition of your skin. 

    If you have an oily complexion, make sure you choose a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. If you also have sensitive skin, avoid artificial ingredients, including coloring agents and fragrances. 

    Over Exfoliating 

    Exfoliation is necessary to remove dead skin cells and other debris that stick to your skin. It’s so effective that it can instantly improve the look and feel of your complexion. In the long term, exfoliation improves cellular turnover, which can decrease the onset of visible aging. 

    However, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Exfoliating every day or with too much intensity can cause irritation and inflammation. If you remove dead skin cells mechanically (by scrubbing your face with a washcloth or loofa), you can exfoliate up to three or four times a week. If you prefer using chemical exfoliation (by applying mild acids that react with your skin), limit yourself to once or twice a week.  

    Failing to Wash Your Face Before Bed 

    Leaving makeup on overnight prevents your pores from breathing. This can lead to dullness, dryness, irritation, and acne breakouts. Even if you don’t wear makeup, you should wash your face before bed to remove sweat, dirt, and pollutants from your skin. Failing to do so could disrupt the overnight cell turnover process, accelerating the signs of aging as a result. 

    Sleeping on a Dirty Pillowcase 

    As you can imagine, pressing your face against a grimy, old pillowcase for eight hours a night isn’t good for your skin. Launder it once a week, along with the rest of your bedding, to ensure only clean sheets and pillowcases come in contact with your skin all night long. 

    At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, we offer cosmetic skin care services and dermatologist-recommended skin care products to help you look and feel your best. For more help protecting your skin, please contact us online or call (801) 682-4715 and schedule an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist in Salt Lake City, UT. 

  • Make Latisse Part of Your Anti-Aging Routine

    The eyes are one of the first parts of your face to show your age, but with products like Latisse , you can reclaim your youthful appearance. While other treatments, like Botox, address the wrinkles around your eyes, Latisse is the only approved treatment for an often-overlooked sign of aging: lash thinning. Your dermatologist can help you decide if Latisse should be part of your anti-aging routine. Here is what you need to know about getting a more youthful look with Latisse.

    What is Latisse?

    Latisse is an FDA-approved treatment for thinning lashes. It is applied topically to the base of the eyelashes daily, and within weeks, new lash growth can be seen. With Latisse treatment, lashes grow longer, fuller, and darker, and with few side effects, the treatment is safe for the majority of patients. Latisse is only available by prescription, so you will need to visit your dermatologist if you are interested in starting treatment.

    How can Latisse help with my anti-aging routine?

    If you are treating your eyes for fine lines and wrinkles, then Latisse is a natural addition to your anti-aging regime. Lashes tend to get finer as you age, and most people tend to lose a large number of lashes as they get older. Having thinner lashes makes you look more tired and older. By boosting the fullness and length of your lashes, you will instantly look younger. Combined with Botox, chemical peels, topical treatments, and other anti-aging strategies recommended by your dermatologist, Latisse can put the finishing touches on your refreshed look.

    How long do I have to use Latisse?

    Results for Latisse are usually seen within just a few weeks. A full course of treatment takes 16 weeks, and you may need maintenance treatments to keep your results looking their best.

    Build an anti-aging plan in Salt Lake City that works for you at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Our dermatologists can create a personalized plan that takes into account your skin type and treatment goals. Call our office today at (801) 266-8841 to make an appointment.

  • Anti-Aging Spotlight: Radiesse

    Skin aging is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fight back. With Radiesse , your dermatologist can help you turn back the hands of time and reclaim a youthful appearance, all with a simple, in-office, non-surgical procedure. Is Radiesse the right answer to your skin-aging complaints? Here is what you need to know.

    What is Radiesse?

    Radiesse is an injectable dermal filler that is used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles, particularly the nasolabial folds. It is also the only dermal filler that is FDA-approved to the treat the loss of skin volume on the back of the hands that is associated with aging. Radiesse consists of a water-based gel that is filled with microspheres made of calcium. After Radiesse is injected, it is slowly absorbed by the body at the same time that it stimulates collagen production. Ultimately, the Radiesse is replaced by collagen, so that the results look natural.

    What areas can be treated using Radiesse?

    Radiesse is primarily used on the lower portion of the face. It can be injected into smile lines, marionette lines, chin wrinkles, pre-jowl folds, and around the corner of the mouth. It can also be injected into the hands. Radiesse is not typically used to treat the areas around the eyes, but it can be used in conjunction with other anti-aging treatments that address wrinkles in those areas for an overall more youthful appearance.

    What should I expect if I get Radiesse?

    The process of getting Radiesse is fast, and because it is mixed with lidocaine, an anesthetic, it is less painful than other dermal filler treatments. You may experience minor bruising, swelling or redness in the treatment areas, but this usually clears up quickly. You can resume your normal activities after your treatment, and you will notice your results immediately.

    To learn more about Radiesse and other cosmetic dermatology treatments that may be right for you, make an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City. Call our office at (801) 266-8841 for more information about the treatments we offer and to make an appointment.