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January 25, 2016

// Skin Care

2 Important Things To Remember About The Winter Sun

2016 already seems to be zipping by, doesn’t it? February will be here in just another week. But, for most Canadians, there’s no end of winter in sight just yet. That means that there will be many more weeks of bundling up. And while dressing warmly may seem like the obvious thing to do, there is another winter precaution that doesn’t generally get recognized as being mandatory. And that’s protecting our exposed skin from the winter sun via sunscreen and sunglasses.

Because it’s cold in the winter, many of us forget that the sun’s UV rays are still at work. In the past, our blog has pointed out that these harmful rays can use the bright, white snow as bouncing pads, helping them to ricochet right into our faces. With that said, protecting our skin from the sun during the winter is just as important as protecting it in the summer – even though less of it is exposed.

Here are two important things to remember about the winter sun:

1. The sun can damage your eyes as well as your skin. We often talk about applying sunscreen during the winter to protect skin from sun damage. And as much as this is very worthwhile advice, sunscreen cannot be applied to the eyes! The eyes, however, still require protection. The wearing of sunglasses, therefore, is highly recommended. “When it comes to your eyes, the winter sun can be blinding – literally,” reports David Stevens on SafetyToolBoxTopics.com.

“Overexposure to ultraviolet rays can damage the retina which contains photo-sensitive cells in the back of the eye that allow you to see,” he continues, “Winter sun reflecting off snow is more blinding than summer sun reflecting off water. If bright enough, it can easily cause a temporary, but very painful condition called snow blindness. Snow blindness occurs when the surface of the eye is sunburned. Other types of eye damage have been linked to overexposure such as growths, cancers, and cataracts.”

2. UV rays can cause damage while you’re driving. We also often discuss the act of protecting ourselves from the sun by staying out of its direct light. One would think that protection is offered by the roofs of our cars. It sounds reasonable enough. After all, when driving, we are technically “indoors”. Harmful UV rays, however, can still make their way through our windshields and other windows. Again, applying sunscreen is necessary – even during a winter drive.

On New Zealand’s Women’s Weekly website, Dermatologist Dr, Mark Gray reveals that eye protection from the sun is still required while driving. “Glass reduces the amount of UVB exposure but allows most of the UVA to penetrate,” he says, “This reduces the risk of skin cancer but does not eliminate it. And since UVA exposure is not reduced, you’re still exposed to the ageing effects of the sun, like sun spots and wrinkles.”

It’s also important to remember that some sun damage may have already occurred over the years when you weren’t necessarily taking measures to protect your skin during the winter. If so, there is help available for you, so don’t worry! At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer Blue-U PhotoDynamic Therapy which is a special skin therapy that combines topically applied Levulan (ALA) and blue light to treat sun damage.

In addition to sun damage, Blue-U PhotoDynamic Therapy also treats acne, precancerous skin lesions, fine lines and blotchy pigmentation. It also has the unique ability to minimize pores and reduce oil glands which helps to treat stubborn acne, rosacea and the appearance of scarring due to 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.

January 12, 2016

// Skin Care

Thermage For A Younger Looking You!

One thing is certainly true of the New Year. It’s a reminder that we’re all another year older! And while there’s nothing we can do to stop the aging process – why would we want to? – there is something we can do about the physical signs of aging. Wrinkles and fine lines are inevitable. But there are effective solutions to these signs of aging that can take years off of our appearances. And we’re not talking about plastic surgery.

Hollywood has become well known for its stars who have undergone the knife. And sadly, many of these stars have become well known for what are considered fake, plastic looks. The stretched, unnatural results of the all-too-common facelift are becoming more recognized for its ability to be comedic fodder than it is for its intended purpose of removing the signs of aging. This is why more and more people are opting for solutions that provide natural-looking results.

Thermage is one of those solutions. And very much unlike plastic surgery, it requires no knives and no needles. Thermage is a safe, clinically-proven, non-invasive radiofrequency therapy that tightens and contours the skin. With just a single treatment, it can successfully improve the tone, contour and texture of the skin by stimulating the growth of collagen. Results can be seen immediately and are regularly visible for up to six months.

What is truly amazing about Thermage is that treatments can be customized to meet the needs of each individual patient. As well, it is effective on multiple areas of the body. So, if you’re looking to reduce the signs of aging and have sleeker, smoother, younger looking skin in more places on your body than just your face, Thermage is for you! But how does Thermage work on the various areas of the body?

The Eyes. Our eyes are well known for being the areas of our bodies that give away our ages. Fine lines, hooding and brow lines make us look tired, dreary and worn down. As the Thermage website makes clear, “Thermage treats the upper and lower eyelids to help you look more youthful and rested.” By removing the signs of aging around the eyes, patients look more vibrant and energetic.

The Face. Thermage also works to smooth out the lines and wrinkles that appear on other areas of the face. For example, sagging skin, loose jowls and “turkey neck”, as described by the Thermage website, can all be remodelled by the production of new collagen. The results of the treatment help to improve the overall health of the skin. A naturally smoother and tighter look of the face is sure to shave years off of your appearance.

The Body. This is where Thermage treatments are truly unique. They don’t forget about the fact that the signs of aging don’t just occur on our faces. As explained by the Thermage website, “aging doesn’t just affect the skin on our faces, our bodies see the effects too, with creepy, sagging skin and unwanted bulges and dimples. Thermage is a non-invasive way to smooth the skin on our bodies and even temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite.”

For more information about the Thermage treatments offered by the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-358-5818. You may also email us at info@auroralaser.net.

January 4, 2016

// Skin Care

Resolving To Reduce The Signs Of Aging

Happy New Year everyone! Now that 2016 is here, it’s time to put your plans into action so that your New Year’s Resolutions come true. Too often, people create their resolutions before the changing of the calendar, only to forget them when January arrives. Let’s not allow 2016 to be one of those years!

With the passing of each year, we are reminded that we are another year older. And while this should be regarded as great news for us all, there are those of us who are disheartened with the idea that we may be looking another year older as well. No one has to look their age, however. So, if one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to look and feel younger, this is the blog for you! Is it possible to actually reduce the signs of aging? Of course it is!

And according to television’s Dr. Mehmet Oz on MensFitness.com, it all starts with our diet. Dr. Oz recommends that we eat such “cruciferous veggies” such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, bok choy, kale and Brussels sprouts “because they have chemicals in them that help detoxify the body and prevent cancer.” Beets are also recommended as they help to dilate blood vessels. This helps blood flow throughout the body. He also reminds us that blueberries are filled with antioxidants that help to ward off cancer.

What may surprise you is that Dr. Oz also includes eggs on his list of age-reducing foods. “Many people think eating eggs increases blood cholesterol,” he writes, “Not true. Eggs contain choline, a B vitamin shown to reduce inflammation in the brain, which may lessen the chance of developing Alzheimer’s. And these protein powerhouses protect your bones and fight frailty, too.”

On Health.com, Aviva Patz reminds us that there is a lot more to staying young than simply eating the right foods. It’s important to alleviate our levels of stress as well. We all know that stress has the ability to make us look older. But, as Patz points out, it is life-shortening as well. She cites a 2012 Austrian study that “found that work-related tension harms DNA in our cells, speeding up the shortening of telomeres—which protect the ends of our chromosomes and which may indicate our life expectancy.”

We can eat right and limit stress and we can also exercise and use appropriate moisturizers. All of these activities will help to reduce the signs of aging. But as time moves along, we are all bound to endure the fine lines and wrinkles that come with getting older. You see, when you’re battling the signs of aging, there is one thing that we have no control over. And that’s time. That’s where Juvéderm can truly help you!

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly offer Juvéderm injectable facial fillers to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles. It’s known as a “Soft Lift” as it helps you to instantly refresh your look – as opposed to a traditional facelift which requires a long and invasive surgery. No knives are needed here. Instead, Juvéderm uses hyaluronic acid which is a sugar that occurs naturally in the body.

The injections soften and relax wrinkles and other facial lines such as crow’s feet, forehead lines and frown lines between the eyebrows. If you’re looking to reduce the signs of aging as part of your New Year’s Resolutions, you’ll want to consider Juvéderm. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.