• The 10 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

    If you have a nutritional imbalance, your skin is often the first area to show signs of damage. As a result, what you eat has a significant impact on the health and appearance of your skin. Here are the best foods to include in your diet if you’re looking to promote healthy skin. 

    1. Fish: Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are critical for keeping your skin thick, supple, and moist. Omega-3s also reduce inflammation that can cause skin redness and acne. 
    1. Avocados: The healthy fats found in avocados help make your skin flexible and springy, thus reducing the onset of wrinkles. Avocados are even thought to contain compounds that help protect your skin from sun damage. 
    1. Nuts and seeds: In general, nuts and seeds are excellent sources of nutrients that benefit your skin. Walnuts, in particular, are a good source of omega-3s. They also contain a small amount of vitamin E, as do sunflower seeds, an important antioxidant for the skin. 
    1. Sweet potatoes: Orange vegetables, such as sweet potatoes and carrots, are high in beta-carotene, a carotenoid that protects your skin when exposed to the sun. This may help prevent sunburn, along with the dryness, cell death, and wrinkles that come with it. 
    1. Bell peppers: Again, beta-carotene is what gives red and yellow peppers their signature color. Bell peppers also contain vitamin C, a compound your body needs to create collagen, which helps prevent wrinkles. 
    1. Broccoli: This vegetable is packed with several vitamins and minerals for healthy skin, including vitamins A and C and lutein, which protects your skin from oxidative damage. Most importantly, broccoli contains sulforaphane, an antimicrobial compound with cancer-fighting qualities that may help prevent skin cancer. 
    1. Tomatoes: Another excellent source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lutein, tomatoes also contain lycopene, another carotenoid that protects the skin from sun damage. 
    1. Soy products: Soy is famous for its isoflavone content, a plant compound that can either mimic or block estrogen in the body. In postmenopausal women, eating soy every day may reduce skin dryness and improve elasticity. 
    1. Dark chocolate: If you need an excuse to eat chocolate, choose a dark variety that contains at least 70% cocoa. This delivers a high amount of antioxidants that protect the skin while keeping the added sugar to a minimum. 
    1. Green tea: As with other foods high in antioxidants, green tea protects your skin from sun damage. It also contains catechins, compounds that improve the health of your skin by reducing redness and roughness while increasing hydration and elasticity. 

    In addition to eating a healthy diet, accessing the skin care products and dermatological services at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology can help you maintain healthy skin. We remove unwanted molesprovide care for conditions like eczema, and diagnose and treat skin cancer. To schedule a consultation at our Salt Lake City office, please call 801-682-4715 today. 

  • Summer Skincare Tips

    When summer arrives, all you want to do is spend your days outside soaking up the sun and enjoying the warm temperatures. However, the dry heat and high elevation here in Salt Lake City make spending time outside particularly damaging to your skin. Maintain a young and healthy look with these summer skincare tips. 

    Exfoliate Your Skin 

    Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells and other debris to prevent clogging your pores and improve the effectiveness of toner and moisturizer. We recommend exfoliating in the morning a few times a week before applying any makeup.  

    Hydrate Your Skin 

    After you exfoliate, and even on the mornings when you skip this step, apply a hydrating cream to seal in moisture. Use an oil-free product designed for use on the face. You might also layer a booster or toner underneath your moisturizer to refresh your skin even more. Then, up your hydration game with an intensive masque once or twice a week. 

    Drink More Water 

    Summer means higher temperatures and more outdoor activities, both of which can lead to dehydration if you’re not careful. Your skin is often the first thing to be sapped of moisture when you get dehydrated, leading to saggy, wrinkly skin. Keep these symptoms at bay by drinking at least eight cups of water per day—more if you spend a lot of time outside. 

    Wear Sunscreen 

    Everyone knows sunscreen is an important part of sun protection, but most people don’t apply enough. You should use about a teaspoon of sunscreen for your face, and cover the rest of your body with enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass. Then, reapply every two hours or any time you towel off. For the best results, stay indoors or hang out in the shade from about 10:00 am to 2:00 pm when the sun is at its most intense. 

    Soothe Sunburned Skin 

    If you forget to apply sunscreen, or you miss a spot, you could end up with sunburned skin. Unfortunately, the damage is done, but you can soothe the burn and reduce peeling by applying aloe vera and other cooling balms liberally and frequently. 

    Repair Sun-Damaged Skin 

    One blistering sunburn doubles your risk for melanoma, so prevention is definitely the best option. However, you can treat brown spots, wrinkles, and leathery skin caused by UV light with age-fight skincare ingredients. Specialized products can promote healthy cell growth and stimulate collagen production to help undo common signs of aging and slow future damage. 

    Get More Summer Skincare Advice 

    At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City, we offer beneficial cosmetic services and can recommend skincare products designed to protect your skin from the sun and prevent premature aging. You can also turn to us for dermatology services to treat everything from acne and warts to hair loss and skin cancer. 

    To learn more about our skincare services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our dermatologists today at 801-682-4715. 

  • Understanding How Diabetes Affects Your Skin

    Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and if you have diabetes, it is often one of the first parts of the body in which complications appear. People with diabetes can benefit from working with a dermatologist to keep their diabetes-related skin issues under control.  

    Watch this video to learn about some of the skin issues people experienced by people with diabetes. When left untreated, diabetic skin conditions can lead to serious infections and even amputations. Therefore, it’s important to consult a dermatologist if you are experiencing complications.  

    For more information about skin issues in people with diabetes, contact Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. You can make an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City by calling (801) 266-8841. 

  • A Look at Our Skin Care Products

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology is known for providing personalized skin care assessments and recommendations to our patients. We only recommend products that we are confident are effective, safe, and skin-friendly. At our dermatology office in Salt Lake City, you’ll find EltaMD AM Therapy, PM therapy, and the foaming facial cleanser skin care products available for purchase. 

    EltaMD has a strong lineup of skin-friendly sunscreen products, including SPF lip balm with broad-spectrum protection and hydrating ingredients. Our dermatologists also recommend EltaMD’s foaming facial cleanser, which is ideal for all skin types, and the eye gel to minimize under-eye puffiness.  

    If you have any questions about our skin care products or services, you can call Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City at (801) 266-8841. Our board-certified dermatologists provide effective treatments for all skin issues, including acne, eczema, and moles. 

  • Ingredients to Avoid in Your Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

    There are dozens upon dozens of anti-aging skin care products to choose from, and it’s often difficult to determine the right product for your skin type. When making your decision, it’s best to ignore any fancy packaging and instead focus on the ingredients list. Dermatologists recommend avoiding certain ingredients, such as sodium lauryl sulfate and parabens. 

    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate 

    Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant found in many personal care and beauty products, including anti-aging facial cleansers and foundations. Sodium lauryl sulfate is considered safe by the U.S. FDA, as long as it’s used briefly and then rinsed from the skin. But what about beauty products intended to stay on the skin, like foundation? Skin irritation is one possible side effect of prolonged exposure to this chemical. It’s also thought to be linked to acne, especially cystic acne.  

    Parabens 

    Parabens are a preservative commonly used in beauty products such as moisturizers and makeup. Some studies link exposure to parabens to an increased risk of breast cancer and skin cancer, although the FDA has not ruled that parabens are harmful. The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products state that certain parabens may adversely affect the endocrine system, and increase the risk of reproductive and developmental disorders. Because of these risks, some dermatologists recommend looking for paraben-free anti-aging skin care products. 

    Unspecified Fragrances 

    Fragrances aren’t automatically harmful to you or your skin. However, dermatologists recommend avoiding products with them because fragrances are considered to be a trade secret. This means that anti-aging product companies don’t need to disclose the exact components of a fragrance. It’s possible that those unspecified ingredients may be harmful for you or your skin. In some cases, unspecified ingredients may even cause an allergic reaction. 

    Get skin care products you can trust at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Our dermatologist-recommended anti-aging skin care products are available in Salt Lake City. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for a skin evaluation and personalized recommendations, you can call our office at (801) 266-8841. 

  • Protecting Your Skin from Winter Damage

    In the wintertime, it’s common for skin to suffer, especially in frequently exposed areas like the face and hands. As this video explains, the hands may become cracked and cut due to dryness, which makes them more susceptible to infections and irritation. Applying a thick moisturizer several times daily—once every few hours—can help keep the hands from winter damage.  

    If your skincare routine needs a winter boost or you are experiencing skin irritation from seasonal dryness, call Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology for an appointment. Our Salt Lake City area offices can provide you with care for breakouts, eczema, and all other types of winter irritation. To get started, call us today at (801) 266-8841.

  • How Does Winter Weather Affect Your Skin?

    It’s time to put away your sandals and summer dresses and break out the scarves and sweaters. It’s also time to start thinking about how the winter weather will affect your skin. If you do develop skin problems from the low humidity and dry heat, consider visiting a board-certified dermatologist to discuss changing your skincare routine. 

    How Sudden Temperature Changes Affect Your Skin 

    It’s common to experience skin redness or flushing during the winter. It’s the result of the sudden temperature changes. When you’re outdoors in the cold and you walk into a warm building, the abrupt fluctuation in temperature causes the capillaries in your face to suddenly expand. If you’re walking out into the cold from a warm building, the capillaries suddenly contract. These fluctuations can result in broken blood vessels and inflammation. 

    How Dry Heat Affects Your Skin 

    As soon as you turn on the heat in your home, your skin is subjected to harsh, dry air. Your home might be warm and cozy, but the humidity levels will drop. This causes your skin to dry out, flake, crack and become irritated. You may notice that your skin becomes itchy and dull. 

    How Hot Showers Affect Your Skin 

    After being outdoors in the cold, there are few things more relaxing than a nice hot bath or shower. Unfortunately, the hot water strips the skin of its natural oils. Just like the dry heat in your home, this will cause your skin to dry out and become irritated. 

    How You Can Care for Your Skin this Winter 

    There are a few things you can do to take extra care of your skin during the winter months. Dermatologists strongly recommend using a humidifier, especially in your bedroom. Be sure to clean it and change the filter as recommended by the manufacturer. Otherwise, you’ll be pumping germs into the air. You can also switch moisturizers. During the winter, your skin will benefit from a thicker, richer moisturizer. 

    Treat your skin to extra care this winter by shopping the EltaMD and CeraVe skin care products available at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Our team also provides treatments for cold sores, eczema, and psoriasis. Call (801) 266-8841 to schedule a visit with a board-certified dermatologist in Salt Lake City. 

  • Easy Things You Can Do to Reduce Premature Skin Aging

    There are many anti-aging treatments that your dermatologist can provide to dramatically reduce the signs of aging, but when it comes to premature skin aging, prevention is even better. Although you can’t stop the march of time, you can take steps to reduce the chances of premature aging and slow down the progression of fine lines and wrinkles. Try these easy skin care strategies to preserve your youthful complexion.  

    Wear Sunscreen Every Day 

    The sun is the biggest culprit behind premature skin aging. It can damage the collagen and elastin in your skin, which in turn causes fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging to occur. It can also cause discolorations that make your skin look dull and sallow. Wearing sunscreen every day, no matter the season or how much time you think you will be spending outside is one of the best ways to reduce skin aging. As an added benefit, wearing sunscreen will also help to reduce your risk of skin cancer.  

    Eat a Healthy Diet 

    Eating a healthy diet will give you the nutrients necessary to maintain healthy, youthful skin. Get plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, and avoid excessive sugar and processed foods. Cutting back on alcohol and staying hydrated with adequate amounts of water will also support your skin health.  

    Follow a Healthy Skin Care Regimen 

    Wash your skin daily with a gentle cleaner that is appropriate for your skin type. Avoid harsh scrubbing, which will irritate your skin. Choose a moisturizer that is right for your skin type and use it daily. Don’t use any products that burn when you apply them. Your dermatologist can help you devise a skin care regimen that is that right for your needs.  

    Find out more about skin care by making an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. We can help you make the best choices for skin care for your specific skin type and offer anti-aging treatments to help you look and feel your best. Call (801) 266-8841 to make an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City.  

  • How Sunscreen Can Help You Look Younger

    You know that sunscreen is important for preventing painful sunburns and life-threatening skin cancer, but you may not realize that wearing sunscreen every day can also have cosmetic benefits. Watch this video to find out how sunscreen can help keep your skin looking vibrant and youthful. 

    The UV rays in sunlight cause the collagen and elastin in the skin to break down more rapidly, resulting in skin with a lower elasticity that will begin to fold into lines and wrinkles. By wearing sunscreen every day—even when it is cloudy outside—you can help to keep your skin healthy and beautiful. 

    If you want to find out more about the best ways to care for your skin, schedule an appointment with Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City. We can provide anti-aging skin treatments to help you look and feel your best. Contact us at (801) 266-8841 for more information. 

     

  • Skin Care Tips for a Beautiful, Even Skin Tone

    You don’t have to live with uneven skin tone. Talk to your dermatologist about treatments that can improve your skin tone and even out your complexion. This video will also help.

    To keep your skin tone even, wear a sunscreen daily and avoid prolonged periods of sun exposure. The sun is to blame for many cases of hyperpigmentation. Ask your dermatologist about topical treatments for minor discoloration or if you could benefit from a more potent treatment, such as IPL photorejuvenation therapy or microdermabrasion.

    At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology , we are committed to helping you achieve healthy, beautiful skin. Take the first step towards better skin today by calling (801) 266-8841 to make an appointment with one of our dermatologists in Salt Lake City.