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November 29, 2016

// Skin Care

5 Holiday Gifts To Buy For Your Skin

With Christmas less than a month away and the holiday shopping season in full swing, Canadians are packing the malls looking for gifts for their loved ones. We’re guessing you may have a list of those you need to buy gifts for. But we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of some gifts that you can buy for a very special loved one: your skin!

Here are five holiday gifts to buy for your skin:

1. Sunscreen. Yes, we know that the summertime is far behind us. But that doesn’t matter to the sun. While the temperatures will be low throughout the next few months, the sun’s UV rays will still be beaming down on us. It’s important to keep your skin protected from the sun all year round so as to avoid sun damage and early signs of aging. “Though exposure to sunlight especially in the morning is very beneficial to overall health, too much sun can damage the skin and accelerate the skin’s aging process,” says SalonPriceLady.com.

2. Almonds. And we’re not talking about the chocolate covered kinds that are easy to find during the holiday season. “Almonds are very good skin savers,” informs SalonPriceLady.com, “They provide essential fatty acids that help against inflammation which hastens facial lines and sagging. Most dermatologists take almonds with their breakfast so there’s no chance of forgetting to eat some during the day. That’s how important almonds are.”

3. Paraben-free products. We ladies love our makeup. But, it’s really important that what we’re applying to our faces doesn’t contain harmful chemicals or drying agents. Ensure that the skin care products you buy are paraben-free. As Jeremy Poon explains on StreetDirectory.com, “parabens are synthetic chemical preservatives that are widely used in personal care products such as shampoos, conditioners, hair styling products, make-up, facial masks, skin lotions and creams, and deodorants.”

4. Comfortable pyjamas. Anything that will help you to get a better night’s sleep is great for your skin. As SalonPriceLady.com explains, “our entire body recovers during sleep the skin, included. People who miss out on the suggested 8 hours of sleep will show signs of aging faster than those who are able to rejuvenate from a complete and restful slumber. Lack of sleep and rest will surely have their toll and it will show primarily on your skin through dryness, facial lines, looseness and eye bags.”

5. Weights. If heading to the gym is on your New Year’s Resolutions list, we recommend picking up some light weights so that you can do your workouts at home. Too often, people become “gung ho” about working out in the new year, but slip off of their routines when driving through the snow to the gym becomes too much of a chore. Working out at home can be just as beneficial, especially if you have some weights of your own.

And as SalonPriceLady.com explains, weight training is beneficial for your skin. “Some weight training not only keeps your muscles tight and firm but your skin as well,” the site points out, “Working out in the gym not only tones the muscles in your body but your facial muscles as well.”

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, have a number of excellent treatments that assist with the rejuvenation of your skin. They include Microdermabrasion, Facial Peels and Intense Pulse Light Photo Rejuvenation (IPL). Perhaps, one of these treatments will make for the perfect holiday gift for your skin! For more information about them, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

November 22, 2016

// Hair Removal

What Makes Winter An Ideal Season For Laser Hair Removal?

A couple of weeks ago, we blogged about the fact that the winter presented the ideal season for laser tattoo removal. The truth is that the exact same thing can be said about laser hair removal. And the reasons aren’t all that different. It’s important to remember that when using a laser to treat skin, it’s always best that the skin be given the opportunity to be at its palest. In other words, the less sun it gets exposed to, the better.

Why is limited sun exposure a good thing for laser hair removal? Lasers increase their efficiently when there is a stark contrast between the colour of the hair and the colour of the skin. During the summer, when we are prone to exposing our skin to the sun, our skin becomes darker, making it more difficult for the laser to penetrate the dark hair follicles. By regularly tanning our legs, arms, backs and faces, we present less-than-ideal situations for laser hair removal.

With the winter weather now here, we are all bundling up. As a result, we expose little to no skin to the sun’s UV rays – which are still very much present. In turn, this allows our skin to go “untanned” (read: undamaged) and essentially allows for the laser to do its job much more easily. It should also be noted that all of the bundling up we do during the winter time presents another benefit for those looking to remove unwanted hair.

What other benefits does bundling up give to those considering laser hair removal? Keep in mind that laser hair removal generally requires several sessions. This is because there are several stages of a hair’s life cycle. It’s important to book a number of appointments in order to treat all of the hair follicles during the right phases. In many cases, the appointments span over several months.

If you consider the months of winter the months when you’ll be going through your laser hair removal sessions, you won’t have to worry about exposing your skin to anyone during its “middle stages”. Keeping your skin covered up from the sun is also a healthy choice as you’ll be avoiding any possible sun damage to the treated areas. By the time summer rolls around, you’ll be in a perfectly smooth, bikini-ready condition!

Why is it best to get bikini-ready long before bikini season? Consider the fact that most people associate hair removal with warm weather. It’s common for salons to get fully booked when the weather begins to heat up. You can certainly save yourself the hassle of ever having to book another appointment at a salon when you’ve already gone through your laser hair removal sessions.

What laser is most effective in the management of unwanted hair? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly use the LightSheer™ Hair Laser. It provides a revolutionary treatment in the removal of hair as it uses a patented chill tip to protect the skin. This makes the treatment virtually painless. All treatments are performed by certified experienced laser technicians as your safety and the quality of treatment are very important to our clinic.

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 15, 2016

// Skin Care

How To Keep Your Skin From Drying Out In The Winter

With frigid temperatures upon us, here in Alberta, no one can tell us that winter hasn’t arrived yet. Mother Nature doesn’t exactly abide by the calendar. Hovering around the freezing mark, the temperatures, as of late, have proven that the season of bundling up is definitely here. And although all of those extra layers do a great job of keeping us warm, they also work to protect our skin from being exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Yes, it must be remembered that, even during the coldest months of the year, the sun can still cause skin damage. Our faces, quite obviously, continue to get exposed to the sun. However, most of us have already tucked away all of that sunscreen we were so prone to using during the summer. Well, here’s a reminder to take that sunscreen right back out so that you can begin using it again. Skin protection, it can be argued, is even more important during the winter.

“Winter weather is not fun for skin,” states Britta Aragon on DrFrankLipman.com, “Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.”

So what steps can be taken to keep our skin from drying out in the winter? Well, let’s first take a look at that whole “hot showers” thing. Naturally, we like to keep warm during the coldest months of the year, so hot showers are generally used as common methods of warming up after coming in from the cold. As Aragon points out, the heat can dry our skin by ridding it of its moisture.

The solutions, she suggests, is to take warm – not hot – showers. “Hot showers and baths always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin,” Aragon advises. She goes on to note that your skin should be moisturized with an oil-based moisturizer right after it is washed.

In what other ways can our skin be protected from losing its moisture? Hydration remains important throughout the winter time. We tend to think about drinking water as a way to stay hydrated during the summer since we’re prone to sweating, especially during and following workouts. However, the need to stay hydrated does not lose its importance during the winter. So keep drinking your water.

“We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out,” Aragon reminds us, “A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.” To maintain your hydration, you’ll also want to refrain from or significantly limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine.

What solutions are available for sun damaged skin? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer a number of treatments that work to conquer sun damaged skin, restoring its smooth and youthful appearance. Blue-U PhotoDynamic Therapy, ProFractional and Intense Pulsed Light Photo Rejuvenation (IPL) all improve the overall appearance of your skin safely and effectively, with little to no downtime.

Click HERE for more information about these treatments or, better yet, contact us today to learn more about which of these treatments is right for you. Give us a call at 403-358-5818 or email us at info@auroralaser.net.

November 8, 2016

// Skin Care

What Makes Winter An Ideal Season For Laser Tattoo Removal?

With winter fast approaching and Canadians enduring cooler temperatures every day, most of us are already in “bundle up” mode. Keeping ourselves warm is an obvious requirement throughout the colder months of the year, but all of that layering provides another benefit. Naturally, it keeps our skin protected from direct sunlight. And, for that reason, winter is an ideal season for laser tattoo removal.

Why is protection skin from the sun so important when it comes to removing tattoos? Well, let’s first begin with the fact that the sun’s UV rays work to darken our skin by increasing the production of melanin. Melanin is our skin’s natural pigment. The more melanin in our skin, the harder it is for a laser to destroy the pigment of the tattoo that is being removed. On Livestrong.com, Chris Sherwood further explains the impact of the sun’s UV rays on melanin.

“Once ultraviolet rays penetrate the skin, the work directly on cells called melanocytes,” he writes, “Melanocytes are responsible for producing melanin, the substance in your body that give the skin its colouring. The ultraviolet rays work as a catalyst for the increased production of melanin. The more time spent exposed to ultraviolet rays, the more melanin that will be released. The greater amount of melanin released, the darker the tan will become.”

To reiterate, the darker our skin gets, the harder it is for laser treatments to penetrate the unwanted tattoo ink. So when we keep ourselves covered up during the winter, thus avoiding direct sunlight, we give our skin better opportunities to have safe and effective laser tattoo removal sessions. Arden Fanning of Vogue magazine lists laser tattoo removal as the number one skin treatment that is better to do in the winter.

“The technology in laser hair removal is largely based on skin tone, so having an even, tan line –free surface to work with means better, faster results,” she reveals. Fanning goes on to quote New York City dermatologist, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank as saying “laser hair removal is best to do in the winter because there is less sun exposure than other times of the year. The laser targets pigment, therefore having the least amount of melanin makes the treatment easier, safer, and most effective.”

What lasers are the most safe and effective for tattoo removal? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we use the Q-switched Nd: YAG laser which uses PhotoAcoustic Technology and the RevLite laser. The Q-switched Nd: YAG laser using PhotoAcoustic Technology safely penetrates the skin, targeting each tattoo ink colour with specific wavelengths. This causes tattoos to gradually fade during a course of 5 to 15 treatment sessions.

The RevLite laser is the most advanced laser for removing black and multi-coloured tattoos. Most lasers have at least two wavelengths to target dark blue, black and red inks. The RevLite laser, however, features four wavelengths that target a wide range of colours including blue, black, red, orange, purple and even the often-difficult-to treat green and sky blue. Tattoo treatment ranges from 5 to 15 sessions.

Are you ready to remove your tattoos? For more information about our laser tattoo removal treatments, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

November 1, 2016

// Spider Veins

Will Winter Worsen My Varicose Veins?

Welcome to the month of November! Now, winter hasn’t officially started yet. And not every day is a cold and blistery one. But as most Canadians know, the wintery conditions will soon be upon us. And by “soon”, we mean any day now. Naturally, we’ve already entered into “bundle up” territory as we’ve already experienced some frosty days. Cold weather conditions, of course, also tend to keep us inside. And believe it or not, that can impact our vein health.

How can staying inside impact our vein health? It’s important to remember that blood travels through our veins and the more we do to keep the body active, the more we encourage healthy blood flow. By staying indoors and remaining inactive, we run the risk of decreasing our blood circulation. This is especially bad news for those of us who have varicose veins in our legs. The decline in activity during the year’s colder months only serves to worsen them.

“It’s usually too cold, rainy or snowy to go outside (during the winter), and most people tend to stay indoors,” reads VaricoseVeins.org, “The lack of movement and physical exercise certainly has negative impact on the state of your veins. In general, most of the healthy physical activities that help varicose veins, such as walking, cycling and swimming are simply harder to do in mud and snow, and people end up sitting in front of the fireplace with a cup of tea, rather than slaving on a treadmill in a gym.”

What other cold-weather factors can worsen varicose veins? Usually, staying inside and keeping warm during the winter entails changes in our diets. Consider the fact that Halloween was just yesterday. Most of us have a bunch of extra sweet treats in the house. Combine eating them with decreasing your penchant for exercising and you’ve got yourself a recipe for weight gain. And, of course, the holiday season is fast approaching. It’s a time of year when there are lots of fattening foods to indulge in. That doesn’t exactly help our “keeping fit” routines.

“During the winter, people also start to eat more junk food – with nothing to do, cookies and sweets become more appealing during a TV marathon,” details USA Vein Clinics, “While eating these things is perfectly fine, it is important to remember to eat healthier foods too. Foods rich in fibers and omega-3s will help provide oxygen for the blood and, therefore, increase blood flow.”

Can the cold itself impact varicose veins? Changes in the temperature can also create changes in atmospheric pressure. It’s important to remember that, while there are a number of factors that can cause varicose veins, pressure on the legs is a major one. So when there is a change in the pressure of the atmosphere, those who have varicose veins can suffer the effects. USA Vein Clinics explains further.

“When it begins to get cold and snowfall occurs, it causes a temporary change in the atmosphere, which actually can affect your body,” reveals the website, “This change leads to your body feeling heavier, even if it weighs no different than it did before. As a result, the circulation in your body may be slightly less efficient than it otherwise would, leading to the possibility of vein problems.”

What is the solution to varicose veins? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer sclerotherapy, which is considered the “gold standard” in the removal of unwanted varicose veins. The procedures involve the safe and effective injections of medication into unwanted veins to make them disappear. Discomfort is minimal and results are excellent.

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