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Skin Care 101: 5 Tips for Avoiding Sun Damage

September 25, 2014
Skin Care 101

Skin Care 101

Phoenix, Arizona is called the Valley of the sun for a reason. With nearly a full year’s calendar worth of sunshine, Phoenix can be one of the most enjoyable places to live from a weather stand point, but one of the worst places to live when it comes to protecting your skin.

Many Arizonans who have lived in the constant sunshine have paid the price with wrinkles, sun damage and sometimes even skin cancer. Due to how severe the repercussions of sun exposure can be, it is important to know the proper steps to take to be proactive, avoiding these skin care problems all together.

You may be able to receive Botox or dermal fillers to reverse fine lines and wrinkles, but it’s difficult to erase decades of skin damage and nearly impossible to reverse the side effects of skin cancer.

This article will tell you the best preventative steps to take when it comes to protecting your skin from sun damage. These steps include:

• Staying in the shade
• Covering up
• Using sunscreen
• Watching out for photosensitivity
• Following a daily skin care routine

Stay in the Shade:

When sunshine is always around you, it can be difficult to avoid. While other states have lots of large trees that provide ample amounts of shady coverage, Arizonans find themselves struggling to seek shelter from the sun. The best thing to do is to stay indoors as often as possible during the sun’s peak hours, typically between 10 am and 2 pm. By staying inside during the hottest part of the day, you are protecting your skin from unnecessary exposure to UV rays.

However, staying inside for that long every day might not always be a realistic option. So other ways to avoid being in direct sunlight involve finding coverage under umbrellas or overhangs that you might find at pools, beaches or any other outdoor areas. Also, avoid sunbathing or any activities that put you in the sun for extended periods of time. The less direct exposure you get from the sun, the better off your skin will be.

Cover up:

It is no secret that there are many situations that will put you in the sun for hours on end. When this is the case, it is important to cover up as much of your skin as possible, while still being comfortable. If you are spending the day at the beach or an afternoon watching your kid’s soccer game, full coverage is the name of the game.

By wearing a hat and sunglasses that protect your face, or a bathing suit cover up that covers your shoulders and stomach, you are less likely to suffer from sunburns. Women can wear maxi dresses that provide full stomach and leg coverage while still staying cool, whereas men can wear linen pants and light weight shirts to cover up as well.

There are many options to choose from when finding clothes that provide you with coverage but also allow you to stay cool in some of the hottest summer months. When it comes to clothing, try looking for pieces that have SPF built into them! These clothing options will be even more protective than your regular every day attire.

Use Sunscreen:

This tip might seem like the most basic part of protecting your skin, but many people forget to put on sunscreen, or forget to reapply throughout the day. This mistake leaves them with bad sunburns and long-term skin damage. When people get badly sunburnt, it usually happens when they leave the house without realizing how much sun exposure their daily activities will give them.

Sometimes even running a few simple errands can leave you with a sunburn. The best practice to follow in order to avoid this situation is to always apply some level of sunscreen on your body before going out for the day. Starting your day off on the right foot with a coating of sunscreen is the safest and smartest choice any Arizonan can make.

When Phoenix reaches its peak temperatures of 110-115 degrees, there is no excuse for forgetting your SPF. It is virtually impossible not to get burnt on days like these, so it’s best to take the proper precautions.

Another mistake people tend to make is forgetting to reapply sunscreen regularly throughout the day. If you are spending your day at the lake or by the pool, one application of SPF 50 is simply not enough.

It is important to reapply your sunscreen once every hour or hour and a half, and to do so after you have dried off when your skin is no longer wet. Once you have reapplied, avoid going back in the water until your skin has had time to absorb the sunscreen, usually about 30 minutes.

Watch for Photosensitivity:

Many people who are taking prescription medicines don’t know whether their medication has side effects of photosensitivity or not. Many acne medications or medications that center on skin problems have this side effect, so it is important to understand this information.

In the simplest terms, photosensitivity is an abnormally high sensitivity to sunlight. Most people who are suffering from this are at greater risk of sunburns than the average individual.

For people who are on these particular medications, it is extremely important for them to take extra precautions of avoiding sun exposure and protecting their skin. The aftermath of being sunburnt when you are on these prescriptions is highly painful, resulting in rashes, skin peeling, and eczema like reactions.

Be sure to look at this list of common medications with photosensitivity to know if your medication comes with this side effect.

Daily Skin Care Routine:

Even though it is important to take extra precautions during the peak summer months, it is beneficial to have a daily skin care routine that ensures your skin is healthy and always being protected from potential sun damage.

For both men and women, it is important to wash your face in the morning and at night, moisturizing immediately after. Washing your face in general is a good practice to avoid acne or breakouts, but it also helps to keep your skin healthy in the long run. Moisturizing is also important, especially in Arizona, because your skin needs moisture to keep itself hydrated.

It is important to use a moisturizer with SPF in it to help you take that one extra step of protecting your face from sun damage. Even something as simple as SPF 10 or 15 can make a huge long-term difference in keeping your skin looking young and healthy.

Additionally, for anyone who applies makeup on a daily basis, it is good to have a foundation or cover-up with SPF in it as well. These are usually between SPF 15 and 25, but doing this in addition to applying sunscreen is the key to avoiding sun damage.

Your Best Skin

Sometimes, no matter how many precautions you take to avoid sun damage, you end up getting wrinkles or discoloration. If this has happened to you, don’t sweat it! Simple treatments like Botox or dermal fillers can fix these problems with ease, and DreamBody’s convenient Scottsdale location is just the place to do it.

Even though these treatments are always available, it’s good to take those little extra steps to keep your skin as healthy as possible. Regardless of what your particular skin problem may be, taking care of your skin helps keep it hydrated, clear and looking younger than ever.


Eliminate Wrinkles and Saggy Skin Caused by Sun Damage

July 15, 2014

While basking in the warm rays of the Phoenix sun may feel nice, it can cause long-term effects which are often harmful to your skin. People see a sunny day as a chance to tan and take a dip in the pool, but without the application of sunscreen, this can cost you smooth wrinkle-free skin. Sunburns and mottled pigmentation are some of the beginning signs of too much sun exposure with little protection of your skin. If you haven’t stopped to consider the amount of sun exposure you receive daily, reading the information below may have you taking an extra second out of your day to apply sunscreen before leaving your home! Believe us, it can save you a lot of heartache as you age.

How Does The Sun Cause Wrinkles?

Beautiful skin is not only a way to avoid spending hundreds of dollars on age-rewinding products, but is also a way to reduce the risk of major health concerns. If you don’t spend long amounts of time in the sun, more serious causes of sun exposure, such as skin cancer and benign tumors may not be a high concern for you as others who do spend lots of time in the sun. However, fine coarse wrinkles caused by Elastosis (the destruction of the elastic and collagen tissue) are produced by normal sun exposure without the regular application of sunscreen. Let’s talk about how these wrinkles form in the first place by ultraviolent (UV) light produced by the sun.


The sun’s ultraviolent light damages the collagen in the second layer of skin, called the dermis. As collagen begins to break down, it loses the ability to support your skin’s structure. Once the structure of your skin begins to weaken, it begins to sag, stretch, and wrinkle. Gross, right? In addition to Elastosis, exposure to the sun’s ultraviolent light can cause:

  • Skin Cancer
  • Sallowness (a yellowish color of the skin)
  • Freckles
  • Sun poising
  • Sunburn
  • Dehydration

Wrinkle-free Services

If you suffer from facial wrinkles and saggy skin caused by recent or past sun exposure, you are not alone. Particularly in the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas, men and women suffer from earlier indications of aging, typically caused by the high amount of sun exposure. DreamBody offers two services that can help diminish wrinkles and fine lines in the face. Botox and Fillers add volume, and provide smoother skin to the targeted area. Take a further look into the benefits both services can provide for you and your skin to see which service may be best for you!

Botox for Eliminating Wrinkles

In just 10 minutes you can eliminate the fine course lines caused by sun exposure. Botox is a purified protein that helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles. The process can be completed on nearly any area of the face you desire. Not only does Botox eliminate wrinkles and saggy skin, but helps prevent further development of these problems. To help sum up your Botox treatment, we have organized the process and benefits of Botox into four easy steps.


  1. Simple Injection
  2. Smoothens out fine course wrinkles
  3. Noticeable results in a few days
  4. Results last 3-4 months

Fillers for Saggy Skin

The loss of collagen when exposed to the sun can result in saggy skin, typically around the eyes and cheeks. The hyaluronic acid in Fillers binds with the water in your skin to bring volume to your face. Fillers restore elasticity to the collagen that was previously damaged by the sun, making this service the perfect solution for sun exposure. Below is the Filler process summed up in a few simple steps.


  1. Simple Injections
  2. Fills in wrinkles and fine lines
  3. Immediate Results
  4. Results last one year

Don’t invest your time and money into buying cosmetic products that don’t seem to work. Most people confuse the acceleration of wrinkles as a normal process of aging, but could have easily retained smooth skin by taking the appropriate steps to protect their skin.

How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Protecting your skin from the sun’s ultraviolent rays can have countless benefits alongside smoother and healthier looking skin. Although it is recommended you avoid sun exposure all together, we have chosen simple and easy-to-remember ways to avoid the ultraviolent light while outside.

Use Sunscreen

You don’t have to be headed out to the beach to apply sunscreen. Anytime you risk sun exposure, always remember to apply a sunscreen with and SPF of at least 35. Apply a thick amount of sunscreen to all areas of the skin (avoiding the eyes). Not rubbing the appropriate amount of sunscreen can reduce its effectiveness by up to 50 percent!

Put on a Hat

A hat with a wide brim can help protect your face, head, ears and neck. These areas are exposed to the sun more frequently than others, so a hat can reduce the risk of damaged skin greatly. Choosing a hat with tightly woven fabric will block additional light from penetrating your skin.

Find the perfect hat to protect your skin from the sun while staying in style this summer from the fashion experts at Elle.

Wear Sunglasses

Some sunglasses are made especially with UV protection. This helps reflect ultraviolent rays from your eyes, which are highly sensitive to sunlight. Many people forget that eyelids and the surface of the eye are also at risk for skin cancer.

Avoid Tanning

Whether you are tanning by the pool, in a tanning bed, or incidentally, all types of sun exposure can be harmful to your skin. The UV radiation damages your skin while it takes on a bronze glow. The risk for skin cancer and melanoma are more likely to develop whether tanning outside or indoors.

Don’t learn to live with wrinkles and saggy skin caused by sun exposure. Book a FREE consultation online at DreamBody and never deal with fine course lines, ever again!

Featured, Fillers

Why Should I Get Fillers in My Face?

February 26, 2014

Why Should I Get Fillers

An anti-aging treatment that doesn’t include incisions or anesthesia sounds too good to be true, right? Filler injections help rejuvenate and refresh your face by using a naturally occurring substance found in our skin. With so many available treatments out there, it can sometimes get overwhelming when trying to pick the best option for you and your skin! Like everyone else, as we age we lose collagen in our skin leaving unwanted wrinkles behind.

Fillers are an easy way to add volume to your face, plumping and lifting cheeks making you look like you did years ago. Since fillers stiffen the collagen in your skin, they also help to prevent more wrinkles from forming.

For those patients who don’t want a dramatic change and want to avoid the surgical table, this is the perfect solution. The filler process is quick and easy using simple injections to give you a younger, more full look. Once completed, you can go about your day and even plan a night out to show off your new look! There are no instructions needed for after care, so say goodbye to the usual “recovery time”. If it’s not age that you’re worried about quite yet, filler injections are a great way to bring volume and fullness to your lips. Still not convinced? This quick and simple treatment shows results the very same day. Don’t let the aging process slow you down from getting the look you want. Watch those deep lines and wrinkles disappear instantly, leaving you with more confidence than ever before.

Did we mention that it’s not just women finding interest in this miracle makeover? Men are just as cautious about the wrinkles that come along with aging, so it’s never shocking to see men in the DreamBody office.

Fillers can be mixed with other treatments as well, such as Botox, which DreamBody also offers as an anti-aging treatment. Both are used to help renew the look of your skin and smooth out those annoying lines. We even offer both the services at the same time if needed; now that’s efficient!

Repeat treatments are needed for many non-permanent solutions to skin. Depending on the type of filler, results tend to last up to one year before you’ll want to make an appointment for your next visit. To schedule your filler consultation, click here.

Age Management, Botox, Featured

Botox vs. Fillers: Differences Between Two Popular Wrinkle Reducers

February 17, 2014

Botox vs. Fillers: Which wrinkle Reducer is right for you?

Looking for the perfect solution to rid yourself of those dreadful wrinkles that undoubtedly come with age? You are certainly not alone.

At DreamBody, we perform not one, but two treatments that do just that. Botox and Fillers! This will give you a chance to learn about both services and decide which treatment you think is right for you. Our highly trained staff will also happily guide you or steer you in the direction they believe is most appropriate for your specific wants and needs if you are looking for the guidance. This handy infographic will show you the main points including similarities and differences between these two popular treatments.

Both services are performed through a simple injection process. When it comes to Botox, you can expect to see results after a few days of treatment, with your results lasting anywhere from 3-4 months (on average). Fillers on the other hand will allow you to see the results instantly, with results lasting up to a year. The main difference between these two services can be found in the final bullet points. Botox smoothes the wrinkles and fine lines in your face whereas fillers do what their name suggests; they fill in the wrinkles and fine lines, leaving you with a fuller looking face. Both treatments will rid you of wrinkles and fine lines, just in difference ways.

For more information on these treatments performed at DreamBody Medical Centers, please give us a call at 480-907-3917 to schedule a consultation and talk with one of our trained professionals! You can also schedule your consultation online here.


How to Make Botox a Great Holiday Gift

December 16, 2013

How to Make Botox a Great Holiday Gift

Skip the striped scarf, blue bracelet or leather handbag this holiday season and give the gift of age-management. No matter who you are on the gift hunt for, make sure to consider Botox this December. Right off the bat you may be thinking to yourself, “no, no, I cannot give someone a service to make them look younger as a gift!” However, the more you think about it, the better of an idea it is likely to sound.

What constitutes something as a great gift? More often than not, recipients of great gifts receive items or services that they have always wanted, yet have never considered buying for themselves. Well, after thinking about that, doesn’t
seem to fit the bill? Botox is an age-management service that works to
eliminate wrinkles
, as well as prevents more wrinkles from forming in the future. Botox is both an immediate service, as well as a
preventative service
, making it the gift that keeps on giving!

For Your Wife

If you are thinking of purchasing Botox for your wife, a great way to work the service into the perfect gift is by bundling it with a nice lunch in Old Town Scottsdale, followed by a romantic couples massage. Together, you can both come to DreamBody Medical Centers to receive your Botox, go out to a nice lunch afterwards and round out the gift with a romantic massage. This will show that you are not saying “you should get Botox” but instead saying “we should get Botox, together” and making your gift a full day event that the two of you can do together.

For Your Best Girlfriend

For all of you women looking for the perfect gift for your best girl friend, take the same idea as listed above, but instead turn it into a fun girl’s day out! You can go get Botox together, and then head off to
Scottsdale Fashion Square
for a fun day of shopping!

No matter who you are thinking of gifting Botox to this holiday season, keep our ideas and suggestions in mind. Turn the service of Botox into an outing on the town, pairing it with lunch, a massage, shopping or a movie!

Age Management, Botox, Fillers

Fillers are a money-saving alternative to expensive facial creams

December 21, 2011

We are bombarded with ads for creams and lotions that promise a miracle cure for wrinkles. The ads are everywhere – in magazines, on TV, online, and in the aisle of every grocery store and department store. The makers of these creams, lotions, and gels tell us that they contain secret formulas and advanced scientific ingredients that will make us look years younger in a matter of days. Some of these products do actually help, but they are expensive and must be used on a regular basis for an indefinite period of time. A better way to achieve wrinkle free and plumper, more youthful looking skin is to invest in fillers.



Dermal Fillers

instead of

Expensive Creams

give you longer lasting results. While anti wrinkle creams are, in general, less expensive than fillers, you use more and it you need to replace the creams on a regular basis for an indefinite amount of time. The creams also don’t work as quickly as fillers. Creams can take weeks or even months to produce results, while fillers refresh your face in just days. In the long run, the facial creams are more costly than fillers.

Fillers are simple injections that add a fullness and elasticity to the face and skin, bringing back the youthful glow that used to be there. There are three types of fillers offered, and they each consist of slightly different components that affect the skin in slightly different ways.


is a gel made of hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in your skin and binds with the water in your skin to add more volume.


is a calcium-based microsphere gel. It is injected into the skin and adds volume, but also stimulates collagen growth to help keep you looking youthful.


Is a collagen injection that is long-lasting and erases wrinkles while supporting the skin.

So, the next time you are considering trying the latest expensive wrinkle reducing cream, considering saving money by looking into facial fillers! Contact a cosmetic medical professional to find which type is right for you and say good bye to those expensive creams and lotions while saying hello to a new, refreshed looking you!

Age Management, Botox

Put Your Best Face Forward This Summer

December 20, 2011

Summertime is a great time of the year to reunite with friends and family so you want to make sure you look your best. Diet and exercise can help you be as slim as you were as you were in college, but neither one really helps to cover up wrinkles as well as you’d hope. A great way to combat the signs of aging on your skin is a session of Botox so that you can make sure that your face matches your vacation ready body.

Botox is a quick and painless way to get your skin to look a decade younger in just a few days. The 10-minute, physician-administered treatment consists of just a few tiny injections and the results last up to four months. Not only will your skin be smooth and wrinkle-free during the summer, but the treatment will last well into August so that you can keep that relaxed, refreshed look even after your vacation is over. So, when you are getting ready for summer, don’t forget to book a consultation at Dreambody Medical Centers to see if Botox is right for you!

* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.