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Top 5 Most Overlooked Places Men Forget to Apply Sunscreen

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Are you protecting these 5 most overlooked ares?

As we wrap up this month’s focus on men’s skin care, it is important that we identify the top 5 most overlooked places men forget to protect with sunscreen when working and playing outdoors. 

  1. Scalp

    The scalp is probably one of the most neglected patches of skin when it comes to sun protection. Remember that the top of your head usually takes a direct hit when out in the sun and you need to protect it.  Hats work great to cover both your head and face.  When you aren’t wearing a hat, remember to apply sunscreen to the exposed areas of your scalp to prevent burning (and the embarrassing dandruff like peeling that follows). 

    Our recommendation – A great product to protect your exposed scalp, the area right at the hairline, and the skin in the part of your hair is the Colorescience Sunforgettable Broad Spectrum SPF 50 brush-on sunscreen.   The mineral based power can be brushed right on to the skin, through your hair, without leaving any residue in your hair. 

  2. Feet

    Sunburns on the tops of your feet make it really hard to enjoy your summer activities. If you apply your sunscreen on with your shoes on, you are leaving your skin exposed when you take your shoes off.  It’s important to apply sunscreen to your feet when you remove your shoes and to reapply when you change shoes, or after your feet have been in the water. 

    Our recommendation – EltaMD’s UV Aero Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 makes protecting the tops of your feet quick and easy.  Just spray it on and you are ready to go.  

  3. Ears

    Skin cancer is often found in and around the ears because they are neglected during sunscreen application. In addition, hats often do not protect the ears.  Make sure you are applying sunscreen on the top of the ear, ear lobe, behind the ear, and in the inner-bowl of the ear. 

    Our recommendation – This is another great application for the Colorescience Sunforgettable Broad Spectrum SPF 50 brush-on sunscreen because the brush helps you apply protection into the hard to reach areas of the ear. 

  4. Lips

    The lips sunburn easily, so don’t skip them as part of your sun protection routine. Dermatologists recommend a lip balm with a SPF of at least 30. 

    Our recommendation – Use EltaMD’s Broad-Spectrum SPF 31 UV Lip Balm and reapply often, especially after eating, drinking, or swimming.

  5. Hands

    Long sleeves are a great way to protect your arms, but remember that the backs of your hands are also exposed. In addition to increasing your chances of a sunburn, unprotected exposure can cause your hands to look older due to sun damage and age spots.  Remember the backs of your hands when you are applying sunscreen and reapply each time you wash your hands. 

    Our recommendation – EltaMD’s UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 can be applied to wet or dry skin and is water-resistant up to 80 minutes. 

Expert Tips: Caring for Pale Skin

Caring for pale skin

There is no doubt that pale skin is beautiful, however those who have been blessed as fair-skin beauties know all too well that caring for pale skin takes extra time and attention. 

Pale skin has some very special characteristics that make it unique:

  • Pale skin burns easily and rarely tans
  • Freckles and sun spots appear quickly
  • Redness, pores, and blemishes are more visible

In order to maintain a healthy ivory glow, incorporate these simple skin care tips into your daily routine:

Know your skin type

If you have pale skin, you fall into the Type I or Type II categories of the Fitzpatrick skin typing scale. The Fitzpatrick skin typing scale is a numerical classification schema for human skin color that estimates how your skin will respond to ultraviolet (UV) light.

  • Type I (scores 0–6) always burns, never tans (pale peach; blond or red hair; blue eyes; freckles).
  • Type II (scores 7–13) usually burns, tans minimally (peach; fair; blond or red hair; blue, green, or hazel eyes)

Apply sunscreen to exposed areas every day

Whether it’s an impromptu lunch on the patio, a stress-relieving walk at work, or catching up with an old friend in the grocery store parking lot, you may not have planned to be in the sun.  By adding sunscreen to your daily routine, you will always be prepared for the unexpected.

Quick Tips:

  • Look for SPF protection in products that you use every day.
  • Keep a Colorescience Sunforgettable self-dispensing mineral powder sunscreen brush or EltaMD sunscreen in your handbag, desk drawer, or glove compartment. 
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours.
  • Don’t forget your lips. Use a lip balm or gloss with SPF 15 or higher.
  • Cover your face with a great hat and drape a light, airy scarf over your shoulders.

Wear sunglasses that block UV rays

In addition to reducing glare and protecting your eyes from sun damage, sunglasses also help prevent squinting that causes fine lines and wrinkles.

Quick Tip:

  • Use NEOCUTIS Micro•Eyes to minimize fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

Conceal or treat redness

Rosacea tends to affect the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose.  Redness from rosacea is more noticeable on pale skin and can be challenging to conceal without your makeup looking heavy.

Quick Tips:

  • Use a daily sunscreen to prevent sun damage.
  • Use a color-correcting concealer to help even out the skin tone.
  • Talk to your dermatologist or skincare specialist about laser treatments to treat rosacea.

Beware of vitamins and other prescriptions that increase photosensitivity

Some vitamins, such as vitamin A in the form of retinol, and certain prescription medications are known to make skin more susceptible to sunburns.

Quick Tip:

  • Be extra cautious with sun exposure and increase your SPF protection anytime you add, change, or discontinue a vitamin or prescription drug.

If you want a sun-kissed glow, fake it

If you are a Type I or Type II on the Fitzpatrick skin typing scale, it is unlikely that that your pale skin will tan easily.  Furthermore, any tanning that does occur is usually the result of prolonged sun exposure that is both dangerous and damaging. 

Quick Tips:

  • Opt for tanning products to give your pale skin a healthy glow and help camouflage redness and other imperfections.
  • Exfoliate prior to applying tanning products to prevent dark patches.
  • Avoid tanning beds, as they are just as dangerous and damaging as the real thing.
  • Remember that you still need sunscreen, even if you have a base tan.

Is FemiLift™ Treatment Right For You?

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Vaginal health issues impact millions of women. Whether caused by childbirth, age, or a variety of other reasons, vaginal irregularities and structural changes can diminish a woman’s confidence and self-esteem and lead to decreased quality of life and overall well-being. 

Women often suffer in silence because of frustration and embarrassment. Are you one of them?

Take Our 60 Second Vaginal Health Quiz

  1. Do you experience vaginal dryness, itching, or burning?
  2. Do you need to use lubrication during intercourse?
  3. Have you noticed vaginal looseness?
  4. Do you experience deep pain near the entrance of the vagina on penetration?
  5. Does exercising, laughing, sneezing, or coughing cause involuntary urinary leakage?
  6. Have you been diagnosed with Stress Urinary Incontinence by your doctor?
  7. Do you have chronic vaginal infections?
  8. After intercourse, are you prone cystitis type symptoms such as pain in your pelvis or between the vagina and anus, chronic pelvic pain, or a persistent need to urinate?
  9. Do any of these issues affect your daily life, level of physical activity, or confidence?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, there is high likelihood that vaginal health issues are having a negative impact your day-to-day life. 

FemiLift™ Treatment Could Be The Answer

Mountain West Dermatology & Aesthetics in Grand Junction is currently the only practice in the Western slope area offering the FemiLift™ treatment.  FemiLift™ is an extremely safe and gentle FDA approved treatment developed by Alma lasers. The FemiLift™ laser utilizes revolutionary CO2 technology to kick-start the production of collagen and elastin in your body through the dep thermal heating of the cells in the vaginal area.  Each treatment session takes less than 30 minutes and is virtually painless. Patients report noticeable results after just one FemiLift™ session, with a near-immediate return to activity, including sexual intercourse.

Call or Click Today

Are you ready to start a conversation about feminine rejuvenation therapy with FemiLift™?  To learn more or schedule a consultation, visit our website or call (970) 242-7273.

What is Femilift?

What is FemiLift?

What is Femilift? The innovative FemiLift™ procedure is done in office using a novel, minimally invasive technology that requires no post procedure down time. Patients report a near-immediate return to activity, including sexual intercourse.

The lasting benefits of FemiLift can be an improved quality of life and deeply enhanced self esteem.

Safe, Accurate and Remarkably Effective

FemiLift treatment marks a new frontier in laser technology for safe and effective vaginal rejuvenation. The procedure is performed in the comfort of our Colorado clinic and each treatment session takes less than 30 minutes and is virtually painless. Mountain West Dermatology & Aesthetics in Grand Junction is currently the only practice in the Western slope area offering the FemiLift treatment, and we pride ourselves on the positive feedback we have received thus far. Almost all of our patients’ report noticing positive results after just one FemiLift treatment.

FemiLift for vaginal rejuvenation

The FemiLift is an extremely safe and gentle FDA approved treatment developed by world renowned Alma lasers. The FemiLift laser utilizes powerful CO2 technology to kick-start the production of collagen and elastin in your body through the deep thermal heating of the cells in the vaginal area. Your treatment will begin with one of our board-certified technicians inserting a slender probe into the opening of your vagina, where the 360-degree rotation feature of the handpiece will yield them greater accuracy and precision when targeting specific areas of the vaginal walls, thus allowing them to work quickly and efficiently.

To learn more about FemiLift go to our website here.


Source: AlmaLasers 


Do you need a base tan?

Do you need a base tan?

Do you need a base tan before you travel or spend time out in the sun?  Here is the bottom line:

I think we can all agree that basking in baby oil under the glow of a foil screen is a bad idea. And we’re going to guess (or at least hope) that as you plan your spring getaways, sunglasses and SPF are at the top of your packing list. Still, if you’re like a lot of American women, getting a “base tan” may still be part of your travel-prep plan. But it shouldn’t be.

The base tan myth goes a little something like this: ’I’m going to Florida and I don’t want to get burned while I’m there, so I’m going to the tanning salon to get some ‘base color,’ explains Tim Turnham, Ph.D, executive director of the Melanoma Research Foundation. If that wasn’t bad enough, what happens next is worse: “Then, once they’re on vacation, that person thinks they aren’t at risk for burns and they spend their time in the sun unprotected. Nothing could be further from the truth,” says Dr. Turnham.

What is a tan?

Tan skin is actually the result of the skin’s defenses kicking in. When ultraviolet light hits the skin, it damages the DNA in the skin cells, causing them to send out an emergency signal—melanin, or pigment—to the surface to protect the cells. In other words, when you have a tan, the tan is happening because the DNA has already been damaged, says Dr. Turnham.

Furthermore, past damage, like a base tan, doesn’t protect you from a future sunburn. In fact, it makes you even more susceptible to the other effects of sun damage—like wrinkles and skin cancer—that don’t show up right away, Dr. Turnham says.

Bottom line: There’s no such thing as a safe tan—damaged skin is damaged skin. So for heaven’s sake, skip the base tan thinking and slather on the sun block. Your skin will thank you.

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New Skincare from EltaMD

Mountain West Aesthetics is proud to bring you a new skincare from EltaMD.  We love and trust EltaMD when it comes to our sunscreen, and now we have only the best for your daily skin care.  There are several products available but we are going to focus on 3 for this blog.

Skincare from EltaMD



3 Basic Steps

CLEANSE with a pH-balanced cleanser that doesn’t contain ingredients like AHAs or glycolic acids that may irritate sensitive skin.

MOISTURIZE after bathing and again as needed to help retain moisture in skin.

PROTECT with a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects the skin from exposure to both UVA and UVB rays.

Skincare from EltaMD in Grand JunctionCleansing your skin is so important! Give your skin a fresh start with EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser. A gentle enzyme and amino acid blend loosens makeup, oil and other impurities on the skin and in the pores. The thick, rich foam gently lifts those impurities and rinses them away, leaving your skin feeling clean and balanced.

  • Safe for all skin types
  • Protease enzymes help reduce inflammation
  • Oil-free and pH-balanced
  • Gentle enough for daily use, morning and night

Skincare from EltaMD in Grand JunctionWith EltaMD AM Therapy (Acne Management) moisturizes while it smoothes skin texture and evens skin color and tone. It stimulates the skin’s natural water system to moisturize without oil or heavy emollients. Hyaluronic acid helps increase moisture absorption and retention. AM Therapy is oil-free, fragrance-free, noncomedogenic and safe for sensitive skin.

  • Moisturizes and smoothes skin
  • Brightens and improves skin tone
  • Stimulates the skin’s natural water system
  • Compatible with all EltaMD sunscreens

Sunscreen from EltaMD in Grand JunctionProtection is important. Oil-free EltaMD UV Clear helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to breakouts, rosacea and discoloration. It contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), hyaluronic acid and lactic acid, ingredients that promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin. Very lightweight and silky, it may be worn with makeup or alone. Choose from tinted and untinted formulas for use every day.

  • 9.0% transparent zinc oxide
  • Antioxidant protection combats skin-aging free radicals associated with ultraviolet (UV) and infrared radiation (IR).
  • Calms and protects acne-prone skin
  • Leaves no residue
  • UVA/UVB sun protection
  • Fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and noncomedogenic

These are just 3 of the many products offered via skincare from EltaMD through Mountain West Dermatology and Aesthetics.  Call or come in today and learn about all the skin care products for the best skin of your life!


What is miraDry?

With temperatures soaring, I get a lot of people asking What is miraDry?


miraDry is the only noninvasive, FDA-cleared treatment that will free you from the bothersome problems of underarm sweat.  Get the gift of a sweat free summer and odor-free life with miraDry.  what is miraDry

No more hiding behind dark clothing, jackets or layers of undershirts! Imagine for a moment what an 85% reduction in underarm sweat would look like for you or a loved one! miraDry permanently eliminates the sweat & odor glands in the underarms. But don’t worry: The sweat glands in your armpits only account for about 2% of the sweat glands in your body. So you will continue to sweat normally everywhere except your armpits, simply eliminating the need for chemical and toxic anti-perspirants.


Whether in an important business meeting, public speaking or just out with friends, embarrassing underarm sweat can affect your quality of life. Now, with this simple treatment you do not have to suffer any longer! miraDry istruly changing lives and it could do the same for you!

miraDry in Grand Junction

WHY miraDry?

-90% patient satisfaction rate

-Non-invasive (no surgery)

-Treatment only takes a little over an hour (save time!)

-Immediate reduction in underarm sweat after treatment

-Little to no downtime afterward

-Permanent results

The miraDry treatment can be used on anyone, but men are finding great success with this specific treatment while women can opt for miraSmooth and get sweat, odor, and hair-free all at the same time! Are you curious and want to learn more?  Call us now for a consultation and learn if miraDry is right for you.

Basic Tips for Healthy Skin

Basic Tips for Healthy Skin Care

There are basics that need to be adhered to cultivate a healthy skin and these needs to be aced. A healthy lifestyle can also promote a healthy skin, delay the aging cycle and help you avoid lingering skin problems.

The Basics of Skin Care (1)

Let’s take a look at these basic tips:

Protect yourself from the sun

The sun with all its good intentions needs to be regulated with regards to its impact on your skin, as continuous sun exposure leads to wrinkling, age spots and a possible higher risk of skin cancer.

When choosing a sun screen, pick one that has an SPF rating of 15 at minimum. Be sure to use sunscreen generously and after two hours, it will do a lot of good to reapply. If you swim or perspire, you should use it more frequently.

Whenever the sun is at its strongest, seek protection under a shade.  For protective clothing, use long sleeves, wear hats and long pants.

For laundry routines, use additives that provide an additional layer of UV protection. You can also consider sun-protective clothing that blocks UV rays effectively.

Simple Routines

There are simple routines that can help protect your skin and keep it healthy. Strong soap needs to be avoided, and where impossible, wear gloves.

When you shave, make sure you do not shave against the growth grain, shave instead in the growth direction, this will lead to better results, prevent damage and engender a healthy skin.

During bathing, avoid hot water and use warm water instead, the longer you use hot water, the easier it is to strip your skin oils that keep it moisturized. 

When you rub cream, are generous with it and reapply whenever you notice it is dry to aid healthy skin development.

Healthy diet

Good food and balanced diet makes you look fresh and feel better. Be deliberate about fruits and vegetables, eat whole drains and consume more of lean protein.  The more of Vitamin C and processed carbohydrates rich diets you consume with less fat, the younger your skin will appear.

Stress Management

Uncontrolled stress has been fingered as a trigger for acne breakouts and other skin troubles. Take time to invest in a healthy state of mind by taking vital steps to manage stress and develop a healthy skin.

Have productive schedules and trim them to reasonable limits. Make time for things you enjoy and watch your skin bloom with youthfulness.


Smoking affects your health in too many ways. It contributes to appearance of wrinkles, narrowing your blood vessels and decreasing the flow of blood to needy layers of your skin. This effectively depletes the oxygen available to your skin and starves it of life.

You can quit smoking and rejuvenate your skin. Talk to your Doctor and receive help.  For more information, or to find out the true health of your skin call us for a no obligation consultation.  970-242-7273

What is Medical Micro-Needling?

This is a hot topic and people are always asking What is Medical Micro-Needling?

Medical Micro-Needling- or also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is a non-laser procedure that is designed to rejuvenate and tighten the skin surface with improvements in texture, sun damage, and scarring. A series of treatments is effective over in reducing pores fine-lines, stretch marks, pigmentation, acne scars, and surgical scars. It is safe on any type of skin except tanned skin, with little discomfort. Collagen induction therapy  – uses very fine needles to imprint the skin in a very precise and controlled pattern. The action creates micro-injuries to the skin, which stimulates new collagen production. In doing so, these micro-injuries encourage and harness the body’s innate ability to repair the skin through normal physiological processes.

Before & After Watermarked (1)

Medical Micro-Needling

Medical Micro-Needling Before After








For maximal improvement, we recommend a series of 3-5 treatments, usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart, although longer intervals between treatments are acceptable. Some conditions with more severe textural changes such as surgical or acne scarring may require more treatments. Micro-needling does not replace ablative laser resurfacing which still provides the best results for lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and scars. However, micro-needling offers an excellent complement to laser resurfacing. As a minimal downtime procedure, micro-needling treatments can be spaced between or after laser treatments to enhance and maintain the effects of laser resurfacing, thus taking advantage of the synergy of these treatment modalities.

Erin K. Larson, CLS is the Western Slopes foremost leader in Medical Micro-Needling, having trained other providers in the Denver area and continuing her advanced education in this procedure.  Interested in this procedure?  Contact us for a complimentary consultation and learn if Medical Micro-Needling is right for you.

The Basics For Younger Looking Skin

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Basic Skin Care for Younger Looking Skin


Having a healthy complexion is one of the best ways to look good. It is important to take care of one’s skin. It doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. There are high-quality skin care products on the market today that are affordable. What’s crucial is that you follow a daily skin care routine that includes cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and exfoliating. Whether or not you need to have all four elements of basic skin care depends on your preferences and skin type.




Cleansing will get rid of the makeup, dirt, and other particles on the skin. This should be part of your daily skin care routine. It is recommended to wash your face at least twice each day, after waking up in the morning and then before going to sleep at night. If you have dry skin, then you can skip the morning wash and just use a damp face cloth. You should avoid using harsh cleansers that can irritate the skin. When washing the face, it is important to gently touch the face and not rub too much.




You need to use a toner after cleansing if you have oily skin. Keep in mind that alcohol-based toners will get rid of the oil on the surface of the skin. It will leave your irritate and dry. The dryness of the skin will make your skin to produce more oil. That’s why it is recommended to use a toner formulated for sensitive skin. It is also not recommended to use toner daily. It is also not true that toners can make pores smaller. It is only through proper cleansing and exfoliating of the skin that will maintain clear pores, and improve their appearance over time.




Moisturizing one’s face is another optional skin care process for most people, especially those with oily skin. If you choose to use moisturizer, pick one that is free of oil so that it will not clog your pores. People with dry skin need to moisturize as often as they can to reduce fine lines and make the skin firm again. While there are no moisturizers on the market that can prevent lines and wrinkles from forming, they can plump up the skin to make the lines less noticeable.




Lastly, you need to exfoliate your skin to remove the dead cells, and foster the regeneration of new cells. There are two ways to exfoliate the skin. These are chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliation utilizes Alpha Hydroxy Acid or Beta Hydroxy Acid to remove the dead skin cells. These lotions can irritate the skin and can turn it flaky and red. Physical exfoliation involves the use of buffer pads or facial scrubs. Be sure to pick the product that is not too rough on the skin. Exfoliating should be done once to twice a week.