Practical Ways to Protect Your Skin in Salt Lake City


April 21, 2013

suncreen for skinOne of the skin’s main functions is to protect us from microbes, elements, extreme temperatures and sensation.  But we don’t always give our skin the same protection back against nature’s elements – especially solar rays and air pollutants.

These elements are daily torture to the health and youthful appearance of your skin.  Therefore it is important to protect your skin in Salt Lake City correctly and often.

Dr. Scott Thompson, the skin care expert at Utah Facial Plastic Surgery, recommends that practical skin protection regimens must be done regularly and properly. Basic skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can actually do so much to prevent various skin issues and delay ageing.  These healthy habits can keep you from undergoing intensive care treatments. Since Dr. Thompson is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Salt Lake City, he can help to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.

Sunscreen Protection

Dr. Thompson cannot overemphasize the importance of sunscreen against skin cancer, age spots, and wrinkles. Go for sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and at the same time designed for both UVA and UVB rays. After all, SPF grading refers to blockage of UVB rays only and that UVA rays (although do not cause sunburn) can penetrate deeply into the skin to cause wrinkles and skin cancer risks.

It is always advisable to wear sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors, and re-application of sunscreen must be done every two hours or more often if you are perspiring or swimming. At any rate, sun exposure should be significantly diminished – by seeking shade – at hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the solar rays are strongest.

Holistic Skin Care

Another practical way to offset the effects of solar rays and air pollutants is to follow a habit of holistic skin care.

Some of the basic skin protection Salt Lake City tips include:

Quit Smoking. The unhealthy habit can contribute to wrinkles and add years to your skin.
Be Gentle to Your Skin. Human skin is not titanium, so it cannot withstand a lot of harshness and abuse. For instance, avoid strong soaps that can strip oil from your skin and apply a shaving cream and use a clean, sharp razor when shaving.
Let Go of Stress. A stressful life often means a more sensitive skin that is prone to acne breakouts and faster ageing. So take smart tips to manage your stress.
Good Food Equals Good Skin. Even with skin, it still boils down to what you eat, as healthy diet is highly likely to make you look and feel good. It has long been suggested that having foods rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.

For more guidance on treating and caring for your skin, it is best to consult Dr. Thompson regarding your specific condition and concerns.

Call our office today at (801) 666-2820 or request a consult thru this Consult Request Form.

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