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November 30, 2015

// Skin Care

What Are The Best Ways To Encourage Cell Turnover?

What exactly is cell turnover? As you’re likely aware, we all shed skin on a regular basis. How often we shed our skin often reveals something about our age. As Gloria Sciuto explains it on Examiner.com, cell turnover is “the stuff of life…When we are babies, our pink, plump skin turns over approximately every 14 days. When we are teens, cells turn over approximately every 21 to 28 days. As we age, cell turnover slows down to 30 to 40 days, and after we reach 50 and older, cell turnover can slow to 1-1/2 to 3 months!”

So how do we encourage cell turnover? Evidently, the more our cells turn over, the younger we look. So obviously, it’s important to give our bodies opportunities to turn cells over as often as possible. Clearly, this points to maintaining skin health. And, as with any other health regime, skin health requires us all to participate in routines that promote the body’s ability to heal and rejuvenate itself.

Eat healthy! Here’s a tip that you’re likely to find on just about any list that provides health advice. And this list is no different. As NewBeauty.com explains, “what you eat directly affects the livelihood of your cells. Sugar will boost inflammation’s damaging effects, but eating good fats and oils, like tuna, salmon, soybeans, tofu, olive oil and avocado, help regulate cell metabolism, boost cellular repair and suppress inflammation.”

Take your vitamins! Whether through smart food choices or supplements, getting in your essential vitamins every day will go long way in helping your skin to remain youthful looking. Vitamin C is especially important because of its ability fend off damage caused by the sun. NewBeauty.com also points out that “Vitamin E helps to prevent oxidative damage and protects cell membranes, which makes it an essential vitamin to include.”

Utilize powerful ingredients! Just as you would for your food choices, you’ll want to read the ingredients of the skin care products you use. If they contain alpha lipoic acid, you’re in good shape. NewBeauty.com informs us that it helps to protect skin cells from inflammation. The site also recommends that you look out for products that contain retinoid, which “at prescription strength, can increase cell turnover and, after a few month’s use, can even help to clear age spots caused by sun damage.”

Try Microdermabrasion! “A set of approximately 6 ‘micros’ can do wonders for your skin,” explains Sciuto, who recommends this fantastic treatment. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, our Excelladerm Microdermabrasion gently removes dead, dry layers of cells to reveal fresh glowing skin and is one of the main treatments for sun damage and acne. If you’re looking to get a “fresh new look”, this is the treatment for you!

Give skin peels a go! According to Sciuto, chemical peels provide more “dramatic results”. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer a number of peels that not only promote cell turnover, but assist in treating skin conditions such as acne and scarring. The PCA Peel is one such treatment. As well, The Medique Peel is a mild, yet effective peel for repairing fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage and cystic acne.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

November 23, 2015

// Unwanted Moles

VariLite Laser: Removing Skin Tags And Moles The Safe Way

Each and every day, we take measures to keep our skin looking clean, fresh and youthful. Between the cleansers, moisturizers and creams, we spend a lot of money – as well as time – doing the best we can to maintain our skin’s health. But sometimes, it doesn’t matter how much effort we put into our skin care, there are unwanted occurrences that we can’t control. Moles and skin tags are two examples of such occurrences.

What are moles? As HealthLink BC explains, “moles are skin growths made up of cells that produce colour (pigment). A mole can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. Most people get a few moles during their first 20 years of life. They are usually brown in colour but can be blue, black, or flesh-coloured. Most moles are harmless and don’t cause pain or other symptoms unless you rub them or they bump against something.”

The most important thing to know about moles is whether or not they are signs of melanoma. The dangerous form of skin cancer is often discovered by pigmented growths that are developed from sun damage. Although the presence of moles doesn’t automatically indicate melanoma, it’s important to ensure that cancerous growths are discovered as soon as possible in order for them to be treated. Needless to say, doing so can prevent death.

What are skin tags? “Skin tags are small, soft pieces of skin that stick out on a thin stem,” describes HealthLink BC, “They most often appear on the neck, armpits, upper trunk, and body folds. The cause of skin tags is not known. They are harmless.” So, for the most part, moles and skin tags don’t present health hazards. But, they are often seen as unwanted blemishes on the skin.

So how can they be removed?

Cutting. If you think this sounds painful, you’re not alone. Snipping off moles and skin tags with scalpels or surgical scissors is bound to hurt, not to mention, leave a mark. HealthLink BC explains that if moles have cells growing underneath the skin, deeper cuts for full removal are generally necessary. This may require stitches to help properly heal the wounds that are left behind.

Freezing. They also explain that liquid nitrogen can be used to freeze moles or skin tags away. This generally entails a doctor swabbing or spraying a small amount of the incredibly cold liquid nitrogen on the mole or skin tag. The procedure may also leave a blister once it is complete.

Burning. Just when you thought the methods of mole and skin tag removal couldn’t get any more painful, HealthLink BC describes a procedure where “an electric current passes through a wire that becomes hot and is used to burn off the upper layers of the skin. You may need more than one treatment to remove a mole. Skin tags are removed by burning through the narrow stem that attaches them to the skin. The heat helps prevent bleeding.”

VariLite laser. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we highly recommend this safe and effective treatment for mole and skin tag removal. Also excellent for removing small red blood vessels, spider veins and other pigmented skin spots, the VariLite laser has been proven to provide excellent results with no bruising and virtually no down time.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

November 16, 2015

// Hair Removal

4 Reasons To Choose Laser Hair Removal This Winter

While winter hasn’t officially made its return just yet, it’s safe to say that the chilly temperatures across Canada already make it feel like winter has arrived. That’s nothing new for Canadians. Especially for us, here in Red Deer, where freezing temperatures have already taken effect, the season for bundling up has definitely started. While many Canadians dread this annual cold, there are others who welcome it.

And we’re not just talking about lovers of winter sports such as snowboarding, skiing and skating. We’re talking about those who are ready to finally undergo laser hair removal treatments. Did you know that winter is the ideal time to receive treatments to permanently remove your unwanted hair? There are actually a number of reasons why you may want to begin your treatments during the coldest time of the year.

Here are four:

1. Treatments are more effective on paler skin. During the summer, we tend to expose our skin to the sunlight pretty often. And even though we lather on the sunscreen – a must! – our skin is still susceptible to getting darker. Laser hair removal is most effective on dark hair against pale skin. This is because dark colours absorb more heat. The fading of your tan will help laser hair removal to be more effective during the winter. There’s never been a better reason to lose a tan!

2. You’ll be able to protect your treated skin from sunlight. As you may have already guessed, it’s best to keep your skin safely hidden from the sunlight during the course of time that you are receiving laser hair removal treatments. During the winter, this is made easy. Considering all of the layers you’ll likely be wearing, you won’t have to worry about exposing your treated skin to the sun the way you would during the summer.

3. You should have more time for your treatments. The summer time is a busy time. With the kids out of school, you’re bound to be involved in a wide variety of activities that don’t exactly allow you to free up your schedule. During the winter, you’ll likely be spending more time indoors. With that, you’ll also have more time on your hands with the kids being back in school. It’s an ideal time of year to make time for those laser hair removal appointments.

4. It will have you silky and smooth in time for next summer. Ideally, you want your laser hair removal treatments to be completed before it’s time to start shedding those layers of clothing. Showing off your new silky and smooth body next summer will be a lot more enjoyable when the treatments have been completed. You should consider your laser hair removal treatments to be part of your summer preparations, not unlike going to the gym to get in shape.

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we use the LightSheer™ Hair Laser for our laser hair removal treatments. It is well-known for making tweezing, waxing and shaving things of the past. This is because LightSheer™ Hair Laser provides excellent long-term and often permanent results. It is especially popular because of its patented “chill tip” which protects the skin, making the treatment virtually painless.

All treatments at the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre are performed by certified experienced laser technicians. Your safety and the quality of your treatments are our top priorities. Let’s make this winter your last one when you worry about getting rid of your unwanted hair. For more information about our laser hair removal treatments, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

November 10, 2015

// Skin Care

7 Foods That Promote Skin Health

For the many of us who are on quests to keep our skin looking smooth, fresh and youthful, spending time and money on skin care products is the norm. In last week’s blog, we listed some of the absolute best skin care products on the market. There is, however, a way to promote skin health from the inside out. Did you know that what you eat can help determine how healthy your skin really is?

Here are seven foods that promote skin health:

1. Blueberries. That magic word “antioxidants” is a very important one in the world of skin health. Antioxidants are known for fighting the signs of aging. As Madeline Vann points out on EverydayHealth.com, “blueberries are a great source. Rich in vitamin C, blueberries can play a healthy role in an otherwise decadent dessert and taste great as a cereal topping and tossed into salads.” She notes that red wine and dark chocolate are also rich in antioxidants.

2. Tomatoes. Lycopene is an amazing antioxidant. As Tanya Zuckerbrot informs us on Prevention.com, the carotenoid pigment that gives tomatoes their rosy red colour is also a well-known skin protector. “Studies have shown that a diet rich in lycopene can help protect the skin by as much as 33%,” reports Zuckerbrot, “reason enough to plop a big juicy tomato slice or two on your next burger or sandwich!”

3. Salmon. This popular fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Along with tuna, mackerel, trout, herring and sardines, salmon contains this great source of oil that nourishes the skin without clogging its pores. “Many people try to cut all fats from their diet, but without some fat, your skin may suffer,” says Vann, pointing out that a diet too low in healthy fats can lead to dry and dull skin.

4. Kale. To promote good skin health, you should consume foods that are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium. Kale is one of them. “Kale’s high content of vitamin C…makes it an especially good food for fighting premature aging due to UV damage,” writes Zuckerbrot, “Plus, there are 45 different flavonoids in kale, all of which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. A great way to enjoy kale: DIY kale chips baked with a bit of oil and freshly ground pepper.”

5. Sweet potatoes. Not only are sweet potatoes delicious, but they also provide healthy doses of vitamin A. As Vann points out, vitamin A is a known wrinkle-reducer. In fact, if you take a look at some of the most popular skin creams on the market, you’ll find that they contain vitamin A. However, many of these products can be drying and irritating. “It’s better to include sweet potatoes and other foods rich in vitamin A as part of a healthy diet,” writes Vann.

6. Artichokes. There are a lot of ways to prepare artichokes, Zuckerbrot reminds us. They can be steamed, sautéed, eaten whole, chopped into salads and blended as a dip just to name a few. “Artichokes contain several antioxidants including quercetin, anthocyanin and silymarin, which have been shown to help reduce the proliferation of cancer cells,” she informs, “Another perk: artichokes are high in fibre that helps detox your body for clearer skin.”

7. Avocados. This is just a magical food, isn’t it? Somehow, avocados find their way onto practically every list of healthful food choices out there. When it comes to skin health, avocados are excellent. They are rich in healthy fats, vitamins A and C, and fibre, says Vann, making the avocado “an almost perfect healthy food that enhances your complexion and fight aging skin.” In fact, people have even been known to make natural skin masks using avocado!

November 2, 2015

// Skin Care

Finding The Right Skin Care Products For You

If you’re someone who enjoys having a smooth and youthful glow to her skin, then you’re certainly not alone. In fact, you’re part of a very large club! Who doesn’t like looking their best? And who wouldn’t take steps to ensure that her skin remains as wrinkle-free as possible as the years pass by? Avoiding the signs of aging altogether might not be possible. But having a look that greatly hides your age is definitely something you can pull off.

That is, of course, if you are nourishing your skin with the right products. We’ve all seen commercials advertising skin moisturizers and they all claim to provide something special. The truth, however, is that not all products are created equally. And most of the average store-bought products can only do so much to maintain the firm and radiant look that you really want. The same can be said for products that claim to correct skin conditions.

The Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, however, offers some fantastic products that can help you achieve the look you want. Whether you’re looking to rejuvenate your skin so that it appears more youthful and fresh or you wish to correct damage done to your skin, our amazing line of products can provide the solutions that you’re looking for. Let’s take a look at some of the fantastic skin care products that our clinic has to offer.

Celazome. Celazome products use all-natural Botanicals to help treat all skin types and conditions. According to their website, “Celazome’s patented Lyphazome Nanotechnology allows nano-sized lecithin spheres to penetrate into the deeper layers of the epidermis, delivering 80% of ingredients to begin working in the deeper layers of the skin for long-lasting results, while 20% begin working immediately on the outer layers to deliver instantaneous results.”

Glo Minerals. Glo Minerals is an incredible line of cosmetics that come highly recommended by dermatologists. Composed of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, natural high-pigment minerals, nourishing vitamins and powerful antioxidants, these products help to showcase your healthy, glowing skin. As well, because they are talc-free and free of perfumes and chemical dyes, Glo Minerals cosmetics are suitable for even the most sensitive skin types.

VivierSkin. VivierSkin products represent a vitamin C-based skin care system that helps your skin to stay healthy and youthful. “According to a University of California comparative study, VivierSkin Vitamin C serums are the best,” reveals SkinVitality.ca, “It’s a pretty big claim that the university’s researchers have supported. The study found that the Vitamin C in VivierSkin is able to penetrate and remain within the skin better than other serums researched.”

SkinTx. The SkinTx skin treatment system is a group of products known for its ability to improve photodamaged skin. It is known for using top-of-the-line skin rejuvenators such as Hydroquinone, Tretinoin, Tazarotene, Retinol and Alpha Hydroxy Acids. What does all that mean? Together, these ingredients work to transform the skin by balancing pH levels and penetrating underneath layers of the skin.

We know how important your skin is to you. Therefore, we know how important it is that you find the perfect skin care solution. Don’t be too quick to run to your local store or pharmacy before contacting us to learn more about the skin care products we offer. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.