The combination of intense solar exposure and thin mountain air in Utah can be damaging if you fail to protect your skin adequately. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, we emphasize the importance of proper skin care. With that in mind, let’s take a look at why sunscreen is such an essential aspect of any good skincare routine in Utah’s high-altitude environment.

Understanding Sun-Induced Skin Damage

The heightened UV radiation experienced in Utah’s high altitude can cause a range of skin issues, including premature aging, severe sunburns, discoloration, and even skin cancer. When the sun’s UV rays reach our skin, it can damage the DNA of our skin cells. This makes skin more susceptible to wrinkles, fine lines, discoloration, and a potential increase in the risk for various skin cancers.

The Role of Sunscreen in Protecting Your Skin

Sunscreen is not just for beach days. Living in Utah, whether you are in Provo or Highland, necessitates the use of sunscreen every day throughout the year. The sunscreens we offer at Cope Cosmetic Dermatology not only protect your skin from harmful UV rays but are formulated to hydrate and nourish your skin as well. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 is highly recommended to shield your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

When applied correctly, sunscreen can help prevent the development of skin cancer and keep your skin looking youthful for longer. It serves as a major line of defense for your skin health in the face of the intense sun faced by Utah residents.

Integrating Sunscreen into Your Daily Skincare Routine

For maximum skin protection, it is important to incorporate sunscreen into your daily skincare regimen. Our team of experts at Cope Cosmetic Dermatology recommends applying sunscreen as the final step in your morning skincare routine and reapplying it every two hours when spending time outdoors.

Even when you are indoors, UV rays can penetrate windows, so it’s essential to wear even when you’re simply sitting inside with the windows open. 

Choosing the Right Product

There are plenty of sunscreens available, and selecting the right one can feel overwhelming. Dr. Cope can advise and provide you with sunscreens suitable for your precise skin type and lifestyle. Cope Cosmetic Dermatology carries a variety of sunscreens that cater to a range of skin types and conditions.

Remember to also apply a generous amount of sunscreen to all exposed skin, including areas like the back of your neck, your ears, and your hands. For days when you plan to be outdoors, opt for a water-resistant product that will withstand sweat and water activities.

Making the Most of Your Sunscreen and Schedule A Consultation Today!

Taking care of your skin at higher altitudes can be challenging, but with Cope Cosmetic Dermatology’s expert guidance and top-of-the-line sunscreens, you’re in safe hands! To learn more and find the right sunscreen for you, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation today. Call our Highland, UT office at 385-273-1007 or complete our online contact form.

Restoration, not augmentation. That’s the Cope Cosmetic Dermatology philosophy when it comes to skincare. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Cope guides his patients to the best skin of their lives. A big believer in daily habits and routines, he knows what works and what doesn’t. Dermatology and skin care can be very confusing and complicated. He loves to simplify and teach his patients about what really works. He creates customized plans and accountability to deliver the best results possible.