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June 24, 2014

// Skin Care

Surfing Through Solutions To Save Your Skin This Summer

With the summer officially here, many people have something pretty specific on their minds when it comes to their skin. It’s time to make it darker! You see, the summertime and tanning pretty much go hand in hand. There are few things more satisfying and enjoyable to people than laying out in the sun with a cold drink in order to relax and catch some rays. Yes, people actually say “catch some rays” as if it’s a good thing!

And while a golden brown tan is something that is rarely ever frowned upon, it’s still something to beware of. Catching rays, as it were, is a pretty dangerous practice. The more you expose your skin to the sun’s harmful UV rays, the more potential you have to seriously damage it. A golden brown tan may look good now, but wrinkly, damaged skin could become a major part of your future if you don’t play it safe.

So what are some ways to play it safe? Well the first thing that is important to remember is that sun exposure is fine – in moderation. Because it’s a key source of Vitamin D, it’s never going to be recommended that you stay out of the sun permanently. However, it is often suggested that you limit your sun exposure to no more than fifteen minutes. And we all know that fans of tanning like to lie in the sun for longer than that!

As well, it is advised that you avoid the sun during the times of the day when the sun is at its harshest – that would be between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is within these hours that the sun’s rays have the ability to do its worst damage. And the last thing you want, following a summer of fun, is the risk of melanoma, which is a deadly skin cancer. If you’re lucky, you can avoid cancer altogether.

Although it shouldn’t have to be mentioned, it’s important to remember to wear sunscreen when you are out in the sun. It’s not all about having a high SPF number either. You’ll want to find a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. But what if your skin becomes damaged? Thankfully, when all else fails, there are some solutions that can help to restore your skin.

Medique Peel. This is a facial peel this is often used to treat patients who suffer from cystic acne. And while this is considered a mild chemical peel, it is also known to repair sun damage. It also works to smooth out rough and discoloured skin, diminish fine lines and wrinkles and brighten up dry and drab skin. If your skin has become damaged, the Medique Peel may be the ideal solution to restore some of its lost vibrancy.

PCA Peel. This facial peel is widely known for making people look as if they have shaved years off their lives – in the good way. In other words, a younger, fresher look is what the PCA Peel is able to accomplish through a technology that treats skin conditions caused by aging, acne and scarring. Your peel can be specifically catered to your skin type and its condition so that you get the best results possible.

Microdermabrasion. This is yet another excellent option for bringing back the fresh and youthful appearance of your skin. It gently, yet effectively removes layers of your dead and dry skin cells so that your glowing skin underneath has the opportunity to shine through. Microdermabrasion is also well known for treating sun damage, as well as acne. For more information on this and other chemical peels, please call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818.

Let’s save your skin this summer!

June 17, 2014

// Unwanted Fat

6 Slimming Summer Workouts For Women

Don’t look now, but summer is almost here! Okay, go ahead and look. This coming weekend marks the official beginning of the summer season. And although the warmth and sunshine that comes with summer may not necessarily greet us every day, it will be summer nevertheless. As you know, there is something that the warmth and sunshine does to us all. And that usually entails encouraging us to go outside more often.

As a result, many of us take a more serious approach to our aspirations to workout in order to stay in shape and show off slim, summer bodies. So how can we utilize the summer to make ourselves that much more fit and healthy? First things first – drop the excuses! It’s time to really put our fitness plans into action. Scouring the internet will allow you to locate countless ways that you can take advantage of summer for your fitness routine. But don’t worry. We’ve done that for you!

In this week’s blog, we’ll look at a variety of ways that you can get yourself into tip-top summer shape by taking notes from some of the world’s health and fitness experts.

7 Minute Workout. Cutting the excuses will probably have to start with the whole “I don’t have time” thing. Mike Mejia of Women’s Health Magazine debunks that whole theory by offering up a workout for women that only takes 7 minutes to complete! Without lifting a single dumbbell, this routine is known to significantly burn fat and build muscle. It includes techniques such as overhead squats, scissor lunges, standing bird dogs, mountain climbers and squat thrusts.

Summer Slim-Down Workout. Not to be outdone, Fitness Magazine offers up a workout that Alyssa Shaffer writes is bound to help you “lose the belly fat and tone from head to toe”. Targeting your upper arms, abs, buttocks and thighs, this routine includes such techniques as the lower-body blast, the hip trimmer, the dip and crunch, the belly and booty firmer, the plank tap and the Russian twist.

“No-Workout” Workouts. Neha Gandhi of Seventeen acknowledges that some people simply don’t like working out, seeing it as a “major chore”. So why not work out when you’re not working out? In other words, you can turn brushing your teeth into exercise if you do some wall squats while brushing away. Her “No-Workout” Workouts also include walking on a treadmill while reading, doing mini-workouts during commercial breaks while watching TV and parking further away from the mall in order to take a longer walk.

“Trouble Zone” Workouts. Nona Tobin of Shape.com insists that women have “trouble zones” which include the stomach, inner thighs, buttocks and shoulders. She offers up 10 of the best exercises women can try to tone these areas. They include single leg deadlifts, side planks, pushups, second position plies, cardio intervals, tricep extensions, step-ups, shoulder stands, bridges and planks with arms raised.

Water Workouts. It goes without saying that the more the weather heats up, the more we look for ways to cool off. And is there any better way to cool off than a dip in the pool? For that matter, a lake, an ocean or just about anywhere else you can swim can serve as an excellent location to both cool off and workout at the same time. On WebMD.com, Barbara Russi Sarnataro writes that water activities including swimming, canoeing and treading water, all make for great excercise.

Killer Body Workouts. Don’t be alarmed by the name of this exercise routine! On Oprah.com, Corrie Pikul writes that you can improve your fitness and your physique in less than 30 minutes a day with these workouts which were developed by an exercise physiologist. They include toe taps, sprinters, triangle pushups, high/low boats, skaters, tuck jumps and rolling planks. These techniques, says Pikul, will get you into shape fast!

June 9, 2014

// Hair Removal

The Problems With Shaving, Tweezing And Waxing

‘Tis the season to be hairless! With just under two weeks away from the official beginning of summer, many of us have already begun preparing to get ourselves into silky and smooth summer shape. What that generally means is that there will be a lot more shaving, tweezing and waxing taking place. These traditional methods of removing hair are common, but that doesn’t make them fun to endure.

All of the above mentioned hair removal practices can be painful, not to mention, come with a host of side effects. Why do we continue to put ourselves through such torture? Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wanting silky, smooth, hairless skin. During the summer, we are prone to wearing less clothing. It only makes sense considering that the weather is warmer. But is shaving, tweezing and waxing worth it?

The problem with shaving. On AskMen.com, Adam Fox reveals that there are several common problems that come along with shaving. Among them are uneven hair growth, acne, dry skin, ingrown hairs, razor bumps, nicks and cuts. With all of the damage that comes as a result of shaving, it’s a wonder why it’s such a popular practice. Perhaps it’s because it’s generally the quickest and cheapest way to remove hair.

Still, issues such as barber’s rash make one wonder how we put ourselves through such agony. According to Fox, barber’s rash is the worst side effect of shaving. “Dirty razors and towels are the culprits,” he writes “Puss-filled bumps and abscesses can develop as a result of the facial hair follicle becoming infected with a strain of strep or staph. But before you go crazy with the home-remedy route, a trip to the doctor for a hearty helping of oral antibiotics is the only cure.”

The problem with tweezing. On HowStuffWorks.com, Sarah Siddons writes that since tweezing plucks the hair out from the follicle, it helps for the hair to take longer to grow back. However, she admits that it doesn’t come without its drawbacks. As you know, tweezing essentially involves the plucking of the hair right from the root. This, as you’re likely aware, doesn’t provide the most pleasant feeling in the world.

“The most common side effects associated with tweezing are red, irritated skin and ingrown hairs,” writes Siddons, “When you pull a hair out of your skin, it’s usually going to be painful and cause at least a little bit of inflammation, and ingrown hairs can result if hair is broken off above the root.” You also can’t forget about just how long it would take to tweeze each and every unwanted hair that you have. Tweezing is arguably the longest and most painstaking hair removal process you can undertake.

The problem with waxing. Waxing, however, refuses to be outdone by tweezing in the pain-causing department. And as Naomi Torres points out on About.com, waxing doesn’t come without its fair share of side effects. They include redness and inflammation, pimples, ingrown hairs, bumps, bruising, burns and changes in skin colour. Don’t forget that waxing is literally the ripping away of hair from the body – some skin is bound to go with it!

“Side effects of waxing won’t always just leave you hairless,” writes Torres, “Hair removal sometimes comes with the price of redness, breakouts, ingrown hair and more.” She goes on to note that certain measures can be taken to lessen the pain and the intensity of the side effects that come with waxing. But is there a solution that can help you to remove your unwanted hair without having to suffer such agony?

The LightSheer™ Hair Laser provides a safe, effective and virtually painless solution to unwanted hair. Avoid the problems that come with shaving, tweezing and waxing by calling the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 to learn more or to set up an appointment. You may also email us at info@auroralaser.net. You may also visit our contact page to fill out the short form and send us a message. Let make this summer a safe and pain-free hairless one!

June 3, 2014

// Unwanted Moles

Why The VariLite Laser Is Your Best Mole Removing Option

When it comes to settling upon options for removing your unwanted moles, it’s hard to put it better than how wikiHow.com put it. “Understand that the safest way to remove a mole is by going to a doctor to look at the mole and see whether it’s a harmless mole, or a potentially cancerous mole,” reads the always informative website, “If you’ve had a mole all your life it’s probably not cancerous, but you still need to get it check out.”

It’s all about certainty. As the website points out, most moles are not deemed to be dangerous. But to be absolutely sure, it’s important to have a medical professional diagnose you. As well, it should go without saying that if you plan on having a mole removed – whether it’s cancerous or not – you should also have an experienced physician perform the procedure. Surprisingly, some people attempt to take this task into their own hands.

But as wikiHow.com so eloquently informs us, we should “understand that using unverified home treatments to remove moles may result in skin damage, scarring or possible infection.” One would think that no one would try a mole removal procedure on his or her own. But apparently, this hasn’t always been the case. At Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we strongly advise against performing any mole removals of any kind.

“If you plan on trying to remove a mole or moles on your own, without the help of a doctor, know first that these procedures may backfire,” warns wikiHow.com. The site goes on to note that surgery is the most favourable option. By allowing a professional to remove your unwanted moles, you significantly lessen any risk you have of scarring, bleeding and infection among other side effects.

Truthfully, attempting to perform surgery on yourself – no matter the reason – should never be an option. At Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we use the VariLite laser to remove moles as well as skin tags, small red blood vessels (known as “telangiectasia”), fine spider veins in the legs and other pigmented skin spots. But why is it important to use the VariLite laser over any other method of mole removal?

It’s safe. You know what they say, safety first, right? Avoid any complications that could come with other methods of mole removal and make the VariLite laser your solution. It allows for the safe removal of moles, causing no bruising and virtually no down time. With many other surgical procedures, long recovery times are necessary and patients tend to experience pain among other side effects. The VariLite laser saves patients from this aggravation.

It’s effective. Well, that’s the whole point, isn’t it? At the end of the day, you want results. And that’s what the VariLite laser provides. It has a long history of providing excellent results. The laser generates an intense beam of light that is absorbed by melanin (the dark pigmentation of the skin) and bright red blood cells that carry oxygen (also known as“oxyhemoglobin”). This causes the destruction of the targeted area, leaving healthy skin cells intact.

For more information on the VariLite laser and how it can help you to remove your unwanted moles, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818. You may also email us at info@auroralaser.net. As well, you may check out our contact page and fill out the short form to send us a message. We’d love to hear from you! And we’d love to make sure that you find a safe, effective solution for any and all of your concerns.