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May 28, 2013

// Skin Care

Support Your Skin This Summer

We’re just under one week away from June – the month that summer officially begins. But depending on where you are in the world, summer may have already begun. That’s because most people don’t associate the changing of the seasons with a specific date. They look at the dawn of a new season as the warming of the weather. And the dawn of summer usually entails a lot of glorious sunshine.

I know what your first instinct is likely to be when it’s sunny outside. Sunbathing takes on many forms. And wearing as little as possible while in the sun is often on people’s to-do lists no matter what their days entail. The thing is though, it’s important to not get too caught up in all of the sunshine – literally. Tanning fanatics should think more about what their skin would want and not what they want for their skin.

Imagine that your skin could talk. Do you think it would ask to bake in the heat? Do you think it would request some good old dehydration? Not likely. So with that said, allow me to remind you about just how much you love your skin. Let’s all be cautious about how we treat our skin this summer. On HomeCareAssitance.com, there are actually some pretty unique suggestions as to how.

Sunscreen. Okay, this tip is an obvious one. If you don’t yet realize that you should be wearing sunscreen while out in the sun, you just haven’t been paying attention. The site recommends a sunscreen with an SPF 30 rating, as it has been proven to be effective in protecting against harmful UV rays. Lotions that include zinc oxide have also proven to be helpful.

Red and Orange Foods. Now here’s where it gets interesting. According to HomeCareAssistance.com, foods that are either red or orange in colour contain high amounts of lycopene and beta-carotene. Both offer natural protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays as they help to repair cells that are damaged by the sun. Who knew loading up on carrots would be great for skin care?

Bio-Peptides. Not all skin creams are created equal. You’ll want to be sure that the skin care products that you purchase have a lot more benefits for your skin than simply smelling nice. HomeCareAssistance.com notes that a recent study found that “products containing yeast bio-peptides reduced pigmentation, increased skin hydration and improved skin texture after four weeks.”

Red Wine. Okay, we know that red foods can be helpful, but wine too? The website contests that drinking a glass of red wine can promote skin health. How is that possible? “Red wine contains resveratrol,” says the site, “which activates anti-aging sirtuins. Sirtuins have been shown to block specific biological processes that contribute to aging.” Now, that’s how to enjoy the summer! And your skin will thank you for it.

Of course, there are many other favours that you can do for your skin during sunny days. But, in some cases, our skin may have already undergone some damage from previous exposure. If so, there is definitely help available. For more information on treatments that will replenish your skin, feel free to contact The Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818.

May 21, 2013

// Skin Care

Battle Mother Nature With Soft Lift By Juvéderm

The sunnier it is outside, the quicker people are to want to bask in the sun. Now, it should go without saying that applying sunscreen before engaging in such basking is a must. However, people do tend to forget every now and again. We get so excited to spend time outside that we rush out the door without taking the time to apply that all-important protector from the sun’s UV rays.

And this isn’t an activity that should be taken lightly. It’s bad enough that we can’t turn back the hands of time. There’s no reason to push them forward! And by spending time under the sun with our skin unprotected, pushing forward the hands of time is essentially what we’re doing. Aside from increasing the risk of skin cancer, prolonged exposure to the sun can wrinkle your skin.

The less your skin is hydrated, the harder it is to stay smooth. And, of course, the older you get, the more difficult it is for your skin to hold on to its elasticity. Aging is a natural process. But how you protect your skin is up to you. The truth is, no matter how much you try to protect your skin, Mother Nature will end up calling the shots. So it’s important to be proud of our ages, regardless of how we look.

But, if Mother Nature has added a few lines and wrinkles to that face of yours, there is a way to combat those signs of aging. It seems Mother Nature didn’t have a plan for Soft Lift by Juvéderm. This treatment makes use of the Juvéderm dermal filler by combining it with a cosmetic injectable. After a single injection, patients notice significant changes in their appearances.

An instantly refreshed and rejuvenated look is often the way it is described. You can’t take years off of your age. But you can certainly take years off of your appearance. One of the greatest aspects of Soft Lift by Juvéderm is that it is a quick and safe treatment that doesn’t require any cutting. This isn’t your average face lift. This “soft” version of a lift is one that also leaves no scarring.

Instead, the Juvéderm dermal fillers use naturally occurring sugars in the body, known as hyaluronic acid or HA. By injecting the fillers into specific spots in the face, wrinkles are smoothened out and overall volume is enhanced. The soft lift treatment is quickly becoming one of the greatest ways for people to battle the signs of aging. And you know the signs we’re talking about.

Crow’s feet, forehead lines, laugh lines and frown lines are just a few of the indicators that we are getting on in years. Of course, that’s nothing to be ashamed of. Each year of your life should be recognized as an accomplishment. Obviously, the more years of life that you have, the better, right? But that doesn’t mean we have to show everyone how many years we’ve lived.

If you’re having an issue with facial lines and wrinkles, don’t assume that a face lift is the only way to go. That invasive and risky surgery is certainly not the lone answer to your goal to rejuvenate your youthful look. Instead, contact The Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 and ask about Soft Lift by Juvéderm. It’s time to show Mother Nature who’s boss!

May 13, 2013

// Unwanted Moles

Smooth And Silky Summer Solutions

With the summer season slowly creeping around the corner, many of us have been thinking about exposing our bikini bodies. Naturally, we’ve been working on them all winter. What, with all of the visits to the gym and watching what we eat, how could be not be ready for summer? However, there is one thing that is hard to make perfect through healthy dieting and exercise.

That would be our skin, of course. Doesn’t it seem that our skin simply has a mind of its own? Does it not realize that all we want for it is to be smooth and silky? That isn’t too much to ask for, is it? Meanwhile, many of us are forced to struggle with natural elements that work against our quest for ultimate smoothness. Unwanted hair and moles can cause quite the nuisance.

Hair grows on nearly every part of our bodies, whether we like it or not. Our bikini bodies can be in tip-top shape. But without shaving, waxing or tweezing our bikini lines, underarms, legs and…let’s face it, pretty much everywhere else, it’s hard to feel truly summer-ready. Those aforementioned hair removal methods, however, cause quite the nuisances themselves.

No one like ingrown hairs, razor bumps, rashes or any other form of skin irritation. And yet, these problems are very common results of shaving, waxing and tweezing. Wouldn’t it be great to make these problems things of the past? Well, it’s certainly not impossible. In fact, the LightSheer™ Hair Laser provides long lasting results that allow patients to do away with the standard hair removal practices and the problems they present.

Laser hair removal treatments are only growing in popularity. And the revolutionary LightSheer™ Hair Laser treatment is one of the reasons why. This awesome laser is known for its patented “chill tip”. This protects the skin to make for a painless treatment. The end result, of course, are hair follicles that no longer allow for hairs to grow. In other words, you’ll attain the smooth and silky skin you’ve always wanted!

For some of us, hairless skin is only part of the problem. Moles and skin tags can also cause some discomfort in the form of an unwillingness to expose our skin to the public. It goes without saying that the summer season isn’t made for bundling up. So people who with moles shouldn’t have to. As you may have guessed, there is a solution to this problem as well. So have no fear.

The VariLite Laser is well known for the safe and effective treatment of skin tags, moles and other pigmented skin spots. It is also excellent for removing small red blood vessels on the face, also known as telangiectasia, as well as very fine spider veins in the legs. This VariLite Laser produces fantastic results without causing bruising, leaving patients to require virtually no down time.

If you have any concerns about unwanted hair or moles, you don’t have to spend this summer worrying about them. The LightSheer™ Hair Laser and the VariLite Laser are two solutions to those problems. For more information on either laser, contact The Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818. A smooth and silky future awaits you!

May 6, 2013

// Unwanted Fat

Time To Work Out Outdoors

Welcome to the month of May! If you’re anything like me – and I know that a lot of you are – you’re overjoyed at the fact that summer is right around the corner. In fact, with the sun shining most days and the temperatures a lot warmer than we’ve been used to over the past few months, it’s arguable that summer has already started. That is to say that it’s time to get outside more often.

And you know what that means! Although fitness and nutrition are year-round concerns for all of us, the winter time makes it a bit easier to use that “can’t-get-to-the-gym” excuse for not working out. Well, now that the weather is a lot nicer, you don’t necessarily need a gym membership to keep in shape. The summer – well, actually spring, to be fair – makes it a lot easier to exercise outside.

On Shape.com, Jessica Smith offers up a number of simple ways to get slim and sculpted without ever having to set foot inside a gym. Believe it or not, there are actually ways to get yourself toned and ready for bikini-season without the help of a personal trainer. Of course, discipline and effort will be needed in replacement. Go outside and make use of these suggestions. All you need to get started is a mat or towel and a timer.

10 Long Jumps. “Do a long jump, the length of your mat or towel, and then shuffle backwards to your start position,” recommends Smith. Her first tip points out an important fact. Long distance running isn’t necessary to burn fat. Short exercises that increase your heart rate will do the trick. These exercises won’t take long, and they’ll work!

10 Pushups. Smith’s next exercise allows you to either kneel or do full pushups. If you have any difficulty doing full pushups, start off by kneeling. You will be gaining strength as you do these exercises each day. So don’t worry. Remember that it’s all about progress. You’ll be doing full pushups in no time. Everyone’s fitness level is different. It’s not a competition. It’s fine to do these exercises at your own pace.

15 Sumo Squats. For this exercise, you’ll need to stand up straight with your feet wider than your hips and your toes slightly turned out. Then sit down into a squat position and stand back up again. Fifteen of these will help tone those thighs and quads of yours. Many people tend to forget their legs and concentrate only on their upper bodies when working out. This will help you to get a balanced work out.

15 Burpees. What are burpees, exactly? Writes Smith, “Start with a jump, and then squat down, place your hands on your mat, and jump out into a plank position. Jump feet back towards your hands, pop up into standing position, and finish with a clap at the top.” These can be both fun and exhausting. But have no fear, they are great for your conditioning and strength.

20 Bicycle Crunches. Surprisingly, you don’t need a bicycle to pull these off! Just lie on your back and bend both knees into your chest. Keep your hands clasped behind your head. Reach your right elbow to your left knee followed by reaching your left elbow to your right knee. You got it!

20 Mountain Climbers. Starting in a plank position and alternate your knees into your chest as if you were climbing up stairs on all fours. Keep your hips flat and parallel to the ground. By making time to get this workout in on a regular basis, you’ll find that not only is no gym necessary, but you’ll be enjoying the warm weather all the more. Time how long each workout is and try to beat your time each day. Have fun out there!