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August 26, 2013

// Unwanted Fat

Keeping In Shape With Back-To-School Workouts

Can you believe it’s already that time of year? The summer season is winding down to a close (very sadly, for some) so things are definitely about to change. We’re not just talking about the leaves on the trees, either. In about a week or two, the kids will be headed back to school and things around the house will be a lot quieter during the day. For some, that may provide more time to tend to their exercise routines.

But for others, the hustle and bustle that comes with preparing the kids to go to school before they head out to work means less time to workout. Hopefully, you’ve been keeping to your summer exercise regimes. If so, it shouldn’t be too hard a transition for you to keep it going throughout the fall. FoxFitness.com offers up some tips on how to do just that.

Plan Ahead. Step #1 is figuring out times in your schedule that will allow you to stick to your workout routine. With summer coming to an end, your schedule is about to change, so it’s important to work your exercise regimen into a new slot. Try not to skip it. Think about ways in which you can squeeze some workout time into each day so that you can stick to your fitness goals.

Use Fast Effective Workouts. Many people think that staying fit requires hours in the gym. It doesn’t. In fact, quick, high-intensity workouts work best for those who are looking to burn fat and gain some muscle. The website recommends that you use “circuit training, compound movements, and interval training, which will all help you save time in the long run.”

Find Something You Enjoy. Many people also think that working out is a chore. But it can actually be the most fun part of your day. If you hate your form of exercise, you’ll be less likely to stick to it, reminds FoxFitness.com. Don’t like running? Try biking. What about swimming? You may also want to look into possible fitness programs offered at your workplace or a nearby facility.

Wear a Pedometer. If you know how many steps you take each day, you may be encouraged to take a few more. According to the website, “experts recommend getting 10,000 steps each day.” Get yourself a pedometer and find out just how much walking you’re doing. Some simple changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator will help increase your step count and burn more calories.

Include Your Kids. What better way to stay fit than to include those who give you your hardest workouts? Instead of TV and video games after school, get your children to join you for a walk or a bike ride. Choose an activity the whole family can enjoy. It can even be as simple as joining them for a walk home from school instead of picking them up in your car.

Enjoy the rest of the summer while it’s still here. But with the school year about to start, it’s a great time to think of what the fall will bring you. Let’s just hope that it doesn’t bring the fall of your workout routine! Staying in shape can be fun. Find the fun in your exercising and you’ll be sure to stick to it. Here’s hoping this back-to-school season is your healthiest one yet!

August 19, 2013

// Skin Care

Looking Forward To A Fresh New You!

The skin is the largest organ on our bodies. So it only makes sense that we treat it with care. Strangely, many people take skin care for granted by neglecting to wear sunscreen on a daily basis. As with everything else we own and use regularly, our skin goes through common wear and tear. It’s important for us to be practicing ways to maintain its smoothness and natural lustre.

It’s no different than your teeth. Naturally, we brush our teeth daily. We should be flossing as well. And let’s not forget your regularly-scheduled trips to the dentist. Are you providing your skin with the same type of maintenance? “I just get up and go,” a friend recently reported, “Sure, I shower first. But I never thought regular moisturizing was necessary.”

Not only is moisturizing necessary, but it’s practically mandatory. Between the sun’s UV rays, pollution and the fact that we all age, our skin takes quite a lot of damage on a regular basis. With that said, we can do all we can to protect it and still not stay young looking for our entire lives. After all, aging is inevitable for us all, no matter how well we take care of ourselves.

Thankfully, there are ways to revive and restore natural beauty. If skin rejuvenation is what you need, it’s important to seek out a painless and effective treatment that won’t damage your skin any further. Clearly, we’re not talking about plastic surgery here. Invasive procedures like face lifts are not only incredibly expensive, but they’re dangerous as well.

Not to mention, the plastic and stretched look is surely not one you’re interested in, is it? Facial peels, on the other hand, gently remove dead layers of skin to reveal a refreshed and glowing new look. A much more natural way to battle the signs of aging, facial peels are ideal for both young and old individuals looking to tighten skin and increase their radiance.

Facial peels, by the way, are also excellent remedies for sun damaged skin, age spots, acne, discolouration, rosacea, large pores, facial veins, pigmentation issues, fine lines and wrinkles. There are a number of different kinds of peels as well. There is the PCA Peel that treats many skin conditions including aging, acne and scarring. There is also the Medique Peel that is often used to treat cystic acne.

Another method of combating these issues is known as Microdermabrasion. As explained by Discovery Fit & Health, “Microdermabrasion is a general term for the application of tiny rough grains to buff away the surface layer of skin. Many different products and treatments use this method, including medical procedures, salon treatments and creams and scrubs.”

As always, it’s important to get all of the facts on the treatments that are best suited for your skin type. Your best bet, of course, is to consult an expert. Of course, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have about facial peels at The Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre. It’s as simple as giving us a call at 403-358-5818. Let’s get you that fresh new look you’ve been looking for.

August 12, 2013

// Unwanted Moles

Examining The Common Causes For Moles

Moles are actually quite common. They don’t just appear on faces either. Moles can be located on just about any place on your body. They vary in colour, texture and shapes. They also vary in size. Of course, many people who have moles would rather not have them at all. For the most part, they are not dangerous. But it’s important to know what causes moles.

This way, it will help you to help you make a better informed decision about what to do about them. ArticlesBase.com provides some great insight into the various causes of moles. In this week’s blog, we’d like to take a look at these causes, which the website informs are among the most common. You may be surprised to know how many different types of moles there are.

Melanin. This is the pigment in your skin that is responsible for making up its colour. ArticlesBase.com notes that if there is an uneven distribution of what are known as melanocytes cells, you may notice some discoloration in your skin. This happens to be the most common of all causes and is nothing to be worried about. No damage is done to the body.

Sun Exposure. Readers of our blog know how important it is to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Quite often, we recommend the use of sunscreen and will continue to do so. As ArticlesBase.com points out, excessive sunlight can also lead to moles and other variations in the skin’s pigmentation. Be sure to stay in the shade as often as you can and apply sunscreen what you’re out in the sun.

Birth. “Some families have a history of dysplastic moles,” says the site. And these are known to cause skin cancer. Some moles develop over time, however, and can also change their appearance with the passing of time. If you notice continued growth and/or changes to moles on your skin, you should consult your doctor immediately. Cancerous moles are, of course, the worst kind.

Hormonal Changes. As mentioned, moles can appear over the course of time. But when changes are occurring in the body, this can lead to the appearance of moles. Adolescents experiencing puberty or women who are pregnant go through hormonal changes that may lead to moles. Our bodies go through changes all the time, so the appearance of moles shouldn’t be too surprising.

Aging. The older you get, the more likely you are to get moles, as well. As ArticlesBase.com points out, this is pretty evident. Simply take a look at elderly people and you’ll likely notice that they have more moles than those who are younger than them. This doesn’t mean that you are guaranteed to get moles as you get older. But the possibility is more likely than not.

At The Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, the VariLite laser is used to safely and effectively remove moles. The laser is also used to in the treatment of skin tags, other pigmented skin spots and small red blood vessels (also known as telangiectasia) on the face. With this laser, you’ll get the results you want without having to worry about bruising or downtime! For more information, simply call 403-358-5818.

August 6, 2013

// Hair Removal

Avoiding The Pain That Comes With Hair Removal

When you really think about it, removing hair on your own is quite an annoying process. Shaving, waxing and tweezing are all time-consuming practices that produce short-term results. And, in many cases, they don’t produce the results that people are looking for. Take shaving, for example. For many people, it leads to razor bumps, ingrown hairs, nicks, cuts, scratches and rashes.

“My skin is really sensitive,” exclaimed David, “Whenever I shave, I get razor bumps. It never fails. I stopped shaving with razors and shaving cream when I was in my teens. The combo just wasn’t working for me. So I switched to electric shavers – which were better – but I still couldn’t shave more than once or twice a month. My skin would break out that much.”

People like David can definitely benefit from Laser Hair Removal. Permanently removing hair certainly helps with the razor bump and ingrown hair problem. When skin is so sensitive to shaving, it pays to not have to place a razor or shaver to that skin. Laser Hair Removal makes it so that razors and shavers become things of the past. But what about waxing?

“Waxing really hurts,” commented Alyssa, “It helps for the hair to stay away longer than shaving does, but who really wants to go through that all the time? Waxing feels like you’re actually ripping your skin off! I’m not sure why so many people put themselves through it. It got to the point where waxing was simply too painful for me. I’m glad I don’t have to anymore.”

Alyssa did away with the wax strips and decided to go for Laser Hair Removal. At Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, the LightSheer™ Hair Laser is used. It’s an incredible treatment that uses a patented chill tip. It protects the skin to help the treatment be virtually painless. Only certified experienced laser technicians perform the procedures, so you know you’re in good hands.

Who wants to experience pain when removing their hair, anyway? That brings us to tweezing. Not only is tweezing the hair removal process that takes the longest, but it is arguably the most painful as well. “I didn’t have much hair on my back, so I’d let my girlfriend tweeze the strands that were there,” admitted David, “I felt like the pokes and pulls would never end. They all stung!”

Shaving, waxing and tweezing – who needs them? It’s time to look into a solution that will help you to avoid the razor bumps and ingrown hairs. It’s time to remove your hair without screaming in agony each time you pull a wax strip. It’s also time to avoid the sting of tweezers for those loose strands that you’d prefer to get rid of. There is a solution to all of these issues!

Laser Hair Removal has helped numerous people do away with hair, helping them to avoid the many nuisances that come along with them. If you would like more information about the procedure, help is just a phone call away. The experts at Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre are always happy to answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to call them at 403-358-5818.