• What You Can Do to Reverse Sun Damage

    The weather is finally cooling off here in Salt Lake City, but your summertime activities may have left a lasting mark on your skin. Long after the sunburn fades, your skin could continue to suffer from dryness and age spots. While prevention is the best medicine, it’s also possible to reverse some signs of sun damage that have already occurred. Here’s how. 

    Treat Bad Sunburns 

    You may think tanned skin looks beautiful, but this is a sign of sun damage. Your skin amps up melanin production as a natural defense against UV rays. So if your skin is burned and peeling, this means your skin is so injured that your body must rid itself of the damaged cells. 

    Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix for a nasty sunburn. As you wait for your skin to heal, you can find relief by applying aloe vera and taking cool showers. Stay out of the sun, and refrain from picking at or exfoliating your peeling skin. You could cause scarring if you remove the skin before it’s ready, so just let it shed naturally.  

    Be mindful of the makeup you wear as well. Firm brushes and acne-fighting ingredients can irritate burned skin, so opt for soft makeup sponges and lightweight mineral powder until your skin heals. 

    Soothe Dry Skin 

    Overexposure to UV rays can cause your skin to dry out, even if you don’t develop a sunburn or sunspots. To reverse the appearance of a dull, dry complexion, exfoliate your skin once or twice a week (as long as you aren’t sunburned). Topical vitamin C and E are also helpful for repairing damaged skin cells. 

    Also, just because the temperature drops in the fall doesn’t mean your risk of getting sunburned disappears. Continue wearing sunscreen in the autumn and winter anytime you spend more than a few minutes outside. If you’re prone to dry skin, choose a moisturizing product to help smooth out your skin’s texture. 

    Lighten Sun Spots 

    Dark spots on your skin can come in many forms, including freckles, moles, birthmarks, and sunspots. These are all examples of hyperpigmentation resulting from high concentrations of melanin. Sunspots are larger than freckles or moles, and they usually appear othe parts of the body that get the most sun, including the face, hands, and arms. 

    To help sunspots fade naturally, try adding topical vitamin C to your daily skin-care routine. This antioxidant can help heal your skin, though it takes at least a month to notice results. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial therapy is a fast, effective method to help treat blotchy, discolored and sun-damaged skin. One to three sessions is all you need to revitalize your appearance! 

  • 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. 

     

  • Preventing Sun-Related Skin Damage This Summer

    When it comes to practicing good skin care, your dermatologist will tell you that protecting yourself from sun damage is among the most important steps that you can take. It’s important to shield your skin against sun damage year-round, but it’s especially important in summer when you’re more likely to spend extended periods of time out in the sun. There are several things that you can do to protect your skin from sun-related damage this summer.

    Sunscreen should be a part of your everyday routine, especially in the summer when the sun is stronger and the days are longer. Select a sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection and has an SPF of at least 30. You should also reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours, or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating. Besides using sunscreen, coving as much of your skin as possible with clothing, wearing a hat and sunglasses, and staying in the shade when possible are excellent ways to prevent sun-related skin damage.

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology offers a broad range of skin care products and services for preventing and treating sun damage. To learn more, please call our Salt Lake City dermatologist office at (801) 266-8841.