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March 24, 2014

// Unwanted Fat

6 Ways To Spring Back Into Tip-Top Shape

Spring is finally here! Okay, it may not feel like it just yet. But the spring season is upon us and soon enough (hopefully!), the weather will catch up with the calendar, giving us all a lot more reasons to spend time outdoors. Of course, the great outdoors make for the perfect venue to get your workout regimes back in order. For those of you who have been camping indoors all winter long, you’ll soon have the chance to get back into shape in your favourite way!

It’s important to kick off the spring in a healthy way. After all, you’re bound to be more active, spend less time inside and want to participate in all of the great events that warm weather allows for. Feeling and looking your best will play a big role in how much you’re able to enjoy the new season – not to mention the rest of your life! Let’s look at some ways you can use the spring to get into tip-top shape.

Book A Physical. According to Shape.com, this is actually the first step one must take when creating their spring fitness routine. Keeping tabs on our health is not only important in general, but is a key step in creating a workout regimen that is ideal for your age and body type. You don’t want to overexert yourself. Making sure that you are capable of handling your fitness routines is the first step in making them successful.

Become Your Own Drill Sergeant. Sure, you can hire a personal trainer. But the truth is, no one is going to care more about your health and fitness than you. It’s important to use “tough love” on yourself, according to Joe Decker of Active.com. “This means accountability,” he writes, “No more oversleeping or skipping workouts for happy hour. You need to make a plan to get into shape and stick with it.”

Set A Schedule, But Be Realistic. Making time is perhaps the most difficult part of working out. Now that the spring is here, you should be more encouraged to make time for those outdoor cardio exercises you’ve dreaded all winter long. Don’t assume you have to “catch up” though. Shape.com advises that you simply “post your exercise plan in places you’ll look frequently, like the calendar app on your smartphone or at your desk at work.”

Change Up Your Cardio. Decker points out that while weightlifting helps to build muscles, cardio helps to get rid of unwanted fat. But you don’t want to do the same old routine day in and day out. Many people get used to simply heading out for a jog day after day. This won’t cut it. Switch it up and “shock your body”, says Decker. On different days, try skipping, jumping jacks, sprinting and other various ways to get your heart rate up.

Protect Your Skin. Shape.com reminds us that with the spring comes more time spent outdoors. And with more time spent outdoors comes more reason to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. While you’re getting that extra Vitamin D, you also want to wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF of at least 15 to prevent skin damage. Don’t forget to rub it in behind your ears and behind your neck, advises the site.

Keep It Simple. At the end of the day, you don’t want to overwhelm yourself with your new spring workout routine. Decker reminds us that to stay in shape, you don’t have to purchase expensive equipment or even sign up for a gym membership. Keeping it simple is not only easy, but effective. Pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, dips, lunges and squats are among his favourite exercises.

March 17, 2014

// Hair Removal

5 Major Problems Men Face With Shaving

Shaving is an incredibly common practice. It’s safe to say that we’ve all tried it at least once. And it’s even safer to say that most of us put ourselves through the trials and tribulations of shaving on a regular basis. This is especially true for men. Many, in fact, need to shave on a daily basis. This isn’t actually easy for a lot of men. There are many problems that arise due to shaving.

Laser hair removal has actually become quite the favourable alternative for men with sensitive skin. Following the required number of treatments – which can be different for each patient – one no longer needs to put himself through the daily shaving routine. Can the perils of shaving truly disappear forever? And are they all that bad? Adam Fox of AskMen.com reveals some of the worst problems men face with shaving.

Barber’s rash. Some men enjoy that old-school, clean-to-the-skin type of shave. But to achieve that look and feel, you literally have to take a sharp piece of metal to your flesh, reminds the site. Sometimes, dirty razors and towels can create pus-filled bumps as hair follicles become infected. Ew! Rashes were never meant to be part of the clean shaven look, were they?

Uneven hair growth. Most men believe that once they shave themselves clean, the hair will grow back evenly, with each strand being equal in length. If only if this were true. Fox reveals that many men experience patchy, irregular hair growth on their faces. Laser hair removal helps to eliminate this problem as it not only stunts and prevents hair growth, but regulates hair growth cycles as well.

Blind spots. Have you ever noticed a guy who looks clean shaven except for that one little spot that he seems to have missed? Yep. It happens to the best of them. It’s pretty tough to get in and around all of the unique nooks and crannies of the face. Consider that no two faces are created with exactly the same dimensions. That means that no one razor can provide the perfect shave for everyone. What a hassle!

Dry skin. When you shave, you’re not only removing hair. You’re removing skin as well. The loss of moisture can lead to parched pores that form a sealant on the skin, says Fox. This results in flakes, redness and ingrown hairs. As you can imagine, the damage to the skin created by shaving can create other issues that require all-purpose moisturizers for some sense of relief.

Razor bumps. Pseudofolliculitis barbae or PFB is the medical term for razor bumps, reveals Fox. This is one of the most popular (yet unpopular) results of shaving. They result from coarse, curly hair trying to make its way through the follicle only to curl its way back inside. It can lead to an inflammation and generally appears as unsightly, red spots where clean shaven skin is supposed to be.

It’s time to give up the razor for good, isn’t it? Laser hair removal isn’t just for women, you know. And at Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, the revolutionary Lightsheer Laser Hair Removal system is used to permanently remove hair. Performed by certified experienced laser technicians, Lightsheer treatments are known to be very safe, effective and virtually painless solutions to unwanted hair!

For more information or to book a consultation call 403-358-5818.

March 11, 2014

// Spider Veins

No Store-Bought Solutions For Varicose Veins

We’ve probably all seen those late-night infomercials that advertise various “wonder drugs”. The scariest thing about them seems to be their long list of side effects. Perhaps, the only reason they can really be called “wonder drugs” is because they make you wonder why anyone would take them! The truth is, the solutions to many of our ailments are not found in bottles.

The same can be said of issues related to our skin. Take varicose veins, for example. They are a lot more common than you may think. But that doesn’t mean that people enjoy having them appear on their legs. When varicose veins show up, most people seek ways to have them disappear. But are the store-bought options viable ones? On CanadianLiving.com, Julie Hunter tackles this question.

She speaks to Dr. Sanjoy Kundo of the Vein Institute of Toronto to get some insight into the treatments that people tend to adopt in an effort to remove varicose veins. Dr. Kundo insists, however, that in order to properly treat these veins, it must be understood what causes them. Hunter affirms that varicose veins are caused by faulty valves in the main draining vein of the leg.

“When the valve is faulty it causes the blood to backflow and overflow smaller, less ‘competent’ veins, which then bloat with the unexpected pressure and become visible varicose veins,” she writes, “In 10 per cent of cases, though, the vein is an isolated, abnormal vein that is less serious and easier to treat.” So are there any store-bought solutions than can help?

Creams and pills. There are both creams and pills that are marketed to help reduce the appearance of varicose veins. These over-the-counter methods are promoted in ways that highlight their natural ingredients and properties that work to reduce both pain associated with varicose veins, as well as their size. Dr. Kundo admits that such products tend to be good sellers.

However, he dissuades patients from going this route as creams and pills are not really effective. “I’ve seen a lot of patients that have tried many different creams and pills, and nothing has yet to work,” says Dr. Kundo, “Once the varicose vein is there, there is an underlying problem that cannot be solved by these types of products.” So what other options are there?

Compression stockings. Hunter writes that while compression stockings help to relieve pressure on varicose veins while aiding in the circulation of blood, Dr. Kundo warns that compression stockings do not represent a cure for varicose veins. “As soon as the stockings come off, the veins will come back,” he says. So what would be the best way to treat varicose veins?

Sclerotherapy. This safe and effective procedure eliminates varicose veins through the injection of a medication that closes them right up. Known as the “gold standard” treatment of varicose veins, the “sclerosing” solution combines with compression stockings to safely and efficiently do away with varicose veins. This treatment is highly recommended over any store-bought options.

For more information on Sclerotherapy, contact Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818.

March 4, 2014

// Unwanted Moles

Finding Happiness And Health Through Mole Removal

We all want to be happy, healthy and safe. Sure, you could conduct a survey and ask as many people you know what they want out of life to clarify this. You may get a lot of answers that revolve around money. Perhaps, you may get a few responses that refer to fame. But, when it’s all said and done, the commonality that we all have is the need to live life everyday with smiles on our faces.

What puts those smiles on our faces is different for everyone. But happiness, health and safety are never taken off the board, are they? This is why it’s so important that we look after ourselves to make sure that we remain healthy. What is happiness without our health and safety, anyways? Many people, however, pass things off as “normal” when they’re actually irregular.

Things like back pain or headaches are generally dismissed as things that will “go away” without treatment. But there could be something bigger at play that needs to be taken care of. The same can be said about moles. Most people regard moles as “beauty marks” or other standard skin developments that aren’t anything to worry about. For the most part, this is true. But the importance of looking into one’s moles should not be dismissed.

To maintain one’s happiness, a person may wish to avoid getting bad news. But for true happiness, one should err on the side of caution. Are moles really all that bad? Aren’t they just brown spots made of pigmented cells? On Life123.com, Philip Lop explains that, in some circumstances, moles need to be removed. And, don’t worry, it isn’t because they are necessarily life threatening.

Cancer Risk. Of course, the chance of cancer is the most concerning reason to rid one’s self of moles. As Lop points out, “some moles are at risk of becoming cancerous and leading to a malignant melanoma. Moles that are larger than 1/4 inch and/or irregular in shape are known as atypical or dysplastic moles, and present a higher risk of cancer.” In such a case, removal should be mandatory.

Comfort. As we mentioned, the presence of a mole is generally not a life threatening occurrence. Moles can, however, appear in positions that cause discomfort. This is especially true if their placements are subject to friction. Areas such as the neck, where the mole can rub against a shirt collar, is an example pointed out by Lop. Men with moles in their beard may also experience great discomfort.

Esthetics. One’s health is most important. But, for some, finding a greater happiness in looking better is the main reason for wanting to remove moles. As Lop puts it, “some people may want to have a mole removed that is unsightly, particularly if it is on their face.” Then again, there are people with moles on their faces who are considered beautiful thanks to this feature! See Cindy Crawford.

Do you have unwanted moles that you would like removed? For the safe and effective removal of moles, Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre uses the VariLite laser. Excellent for the removal of moles, skin tags and other pigmented skin spots, this laser has also been known to treat “telangiectasia” or small red blood vessels that appear on the face. For more information, do not hesitate to give us a call at 403-358-5818.