Cause and effect is present all around us. Sometimes those elements are straightforward such as the importance of cooking grilled meats or keeping picnic foods at the right temperature. Other matters fall into the category of things we know but don’t practice as often as we should such as flossing our teeth or making sun protection a daily habit. But the most damaging cause and effect results from allowing a bad habit to compromise an otherwise healthy or feel-good activity.


The Good with the Bad


One example of this disconnect could be celebrating a healthy workout with a food-related splurge, say a side of fries to accompany a barbecue sandwich. Others come in the form of looking to reduce wrinkles through an injectable such as Botox® Cosmetic but neglecting to protect the skin from sun damage on a daily basis.


Considering the recent onslaught of rain in our area, it’s easy to understand why sun protection might not be front of mind, particularly on the days when the sun doesn’t shine at all. While the idea of sunscreen year-round might initially seem like overkill, particularly on the grey and cloudy days, there is an important reason for the habit. Damage from the sun is cumulative, building up over time.


From childhood onward, accumulative exposure to the sun’s UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays is responsible for up to 90 percent of wrinkles, changes in the skin, and premature photo aging. While it’s easy to feel like you woke up to find a new wrinkle, it’s aging, habitual motions and damage from sun radiation that deplete the skin’s natural stores of elastin and collagen. Without these supportive elements, it’s difficult for skin to maintain the perk and plumpness of youthful-looking skin.


In an effort to turn back the clock, some individuals look to diminish wrinkles and sagging with Botox® Cosmetic. Administered by a trained professional, Botox relaxes the muscles underneath the facial folds and fine lines of the face. Botox is also used for crow’s feet, bunny and smoker’s lines, frown and forehead lines, chin dents, marionette lines, brow lifts, migraines and excessive sweating in the palms, feet and armpits.


Creating a Cyclical Effect


Considering the success of Botox for providing a youthful boost, it only makes sense to also protect skin from premature aging and skin cancer with a daily application of sun protection. If you’ve been turned off by goopy formulas or products that make you look like you have on sunscreen in the past, check out today’s innovative options for sun protection.


A Skin Care Regime Designed to Stall the Aging Process

  • Daily skin protection in the form of lotion and make-up with SPF 30 or greater
  • Retinol and trans retinoic acid to build collagen fibers and exfoliate dead skin cells
  • Hydroxy acids (AHA and BHA) to improve skin texture by unblocking and cleansing pores
  • Glycolic acid to boost plumping collagen cells and reduce wrinkles
  • Sunglasses, hats and sun protective clothing to block burning UVB rays
  • Botox® Cosmetic to relax stubborn, deep facial wrinkles


To learn more about Sunflower Dermatology’s approach to Better Skin for a Better Life, talk to the dermatologic experts at Sunflower Dermatology and Medical Day Spa in Riverside, Missouri. They offer medical dermatology, surgical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology procedures and photodynamic. Protect the largest organ in your body and improve the long-term appearance and health of your skin with Sunflower Dermatology & Medical Day Spa.

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