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December 28, 2016

// Skin Care

3 Ways To Better Your Body In The New Year

With a brand new year set to start in the next few days, many of us have already come up with our New Year’s Resolutions. It’s not uncommon for people to select resolutions that seek to improve their overall health and appearance. At Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we’re proud to offer solutions that have helped numerous individuals follow through on the New Year’s Resolutions they had made for themselves.

Here are three ways to better your body in the new year:

1. Laser tattoo removal. “Finally get rid of that tattoo” has been on the list of many Canadians who seek to better themselves at the beginning of each new year. For so many, their tattoos represent times when they were much younger and a lot more hasty when it came to decision making. As they grow older, they realize that their tattoos don’t exactly fit in with their new lifestyles.

Becoming parents or changing careers are often popular reasons for wanting to do away with tattoos. No matter your reasons, the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre can help with your decision to remove your ink. We utilize Q-switched Nd: YAG lasers which use PhotoAcoustic Technology to safely penetrate the skin, targeting each tattoo ink colour with specific wavelengths. This causes tattoos to gradually fade during a course of five to 15 treatment sessions.

2. Laser hair removal. Many of us much prefer the smooth and silky look and feel of skin. This is especially true during the summertime which is well known for its “bikini weather”. The problem is that shaving, tweezing and waxing are all expensive and often painful practices. And none of them provide the long-lasting results that laser hair removal can give you.

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we use the Light Sheer™ Hair Laser for our laser hair removal treatments. The laser provides excellent long-term and often permanent hair removal. It is also considered a revolutionary treatment in the management of unwanted hair thanks to its patented chill tip which protects the skin and makes the treatment virtually painless.

3. Microdermabrasion & facial peels. For a lot of us, the changing of the calendar is a reminder of the fact that we’re getting another year older. Although aging is inevitable, it doesn’t have to look that way. Thanks to exposure to the sun’s UV rays and bad habits like cigarette smoking, we can age our skin a lot faster than it should. There are, however, remedies that can help to revive and restore your natural beauty by combating sun damage and wrinkled skin.

Our Excelladerm Microdermabrasion gently removes dead, dry layers of skin cells in order to reveal the fresh glowing skin underneath. It is one of the main treatments for sun damage and acne. We also offer a number of facial peels including the PCA Peel which uses the most advanced technology in chemical peels to treat the signs of aging, acne and scarring among other skin conditions.

The Medique Peel is most often used for patients who have cystic acne. Although it is mild, this chemical peel successfully helps to repair sun damage, discoloured skin, fine lines, wrinkles, acne and drab skin.

For more information about these or any other service that can help to better your body in the new year, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

Happy New Year!

December 20, 2016

// Skin Care

5 Skin Care Resolutions You Should Make For 2017

Can you believe that we’re now less than two weeks away from a new year? Of course, this is the time when most of us begin contemplating our New Year’s Resolutions. And while you may have several on your list that have to do with better health practices, there are a few that should be added that pay particular attention to your body’s largest organ – your skin!

Here are five skin care resolutions you should make for 2017:

1. I will get more sleep. Not only do you want to feel more refreshed and energized at the beginning of each day, but you want to look like you haven’t aged beyond your years. Adequate sleep is necessary to keep your skin in tip-top shape. As Renée Rouleau explains on Refinery29.com, staying up late causes yawning which creates excess fluid that results in puffy eyes in the morning. But that’s not all.

“Lack of sleep can have a major impact on mental alertness, but when you are tired it’s also going to be reflected in your complexion,” she writes, “Nighttime is when the body is most metabolically active, ridding itself of toxins, which would otherwise wreak havoc on skin. In addition, sleeplessness compromises the body’s circulatory system and causes stagnant blood in the vessels under the eyes because they have not properly drained.”

2. I will take my makeup off before I go to bed. Now that you plan on turning in a bit earlier than normal, it doesn’t give you any excuses for keeping your makeup on. In 2017, do away with the “I’ll worry about it in the morning” attitude. Keeping makeup on your face while you sleep is a great way to clog your pores. “You’ve known since middle school that makeup can mix with skin oils and dirt to cause zits,” reminds Elizabeth Siegel and Mary Rose Almasi on Allure.com.

3. I won’t neglect my neck. Sure, we may endeavour to keep our faces cleaner than ever in 2017. But it’s time we stop forgetting to include our necks in all of that cleaning action. The neck area is known for displaying the signs of aging. And that’s because we tend to forget it when it comes to cleaning, exfoliating and even applying sunscreen. Rouleau highly recommends that you pay your neck more attention.

“When applying daily moisturizer (one that includes SPF), be sure to extend it to both the front and sides of your neck,” she advises, “Reducing the amount of UV light your skin is exposed to daily will dramatically lessen future wrinkles. Also, be sure to exfoliate the neck two to three times a week with a mild facial scrub to keep it looking smooth. The neck is an extension of your face, so paying attention to this area will keep it looking youthful for years to come.”

4. I will wear sunscreen every day. Don’t wait until the summer returns for you to break out your sunscreen. In 2017, make sunscreen an everyday thing. “Doctors have long advised wearing sunscreen daily (at least SPF 30) and reapplying it often,” report Siegel and Almasi, “The challenge is finding a cream that offers enough protection and doesn’t feel like a lead blanket. Look for ‘nongreasy’ or ‘sheer’ on the label.”

5. I will seek treatment for my skin conditions. If you’re enduring a persistent issue with your skin such as acne, scars or sunspots, there are a number of treatments available to you so that you can reclaim your smooth and youthful appearance. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre to ask any questions you have about your skin conditions and the treatments we offer that may help them.

Give us a call at 403-358-5818 or email us at info@auroralaser.net. Happy holidays!

December 13, 2016

// Skin Care

6 Holidays Eats That Are Actually Good For Your Skin

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! But depending on what you decide to eat and drink, you may not end up being so merry. As with the consumption of any food, there is a concern about its impact on health. And there a numerous foods that have negative implications for our skin. You’ll be happy to know, however, that there are several eats that are often associated with the holiday season that are actually good for your skin!

Here are six:

1. Chocolate. You may be surprised to find this first on our list. Keep in mind that most holiday chocolates are laden with sugar – not good for the skin. But satisfying your love for chocolate with the dark variety can actually have positive results for your appearance. As explained by Laura Jeffers of The Cleveland Clinic, chocolate has flavonols, “an antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals and sun damage, which keeps the skin looking younger and more radiant. But keep your chocolate portion small – no more than one ounce!”

2. Pumpkin. Although pumpkin pies and other desserts are often packed with sugar, pumpkin itself is loaded with skin-friendly components. With the help of dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban, Carina Wolff explains on Bustle.com that “pumpkin is packed with enzymes, beta-carotene, amino acids, and antioxidants to help soften and exfoliate the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging.”

3. Apples. Right up there with pumpkin as a popular pie flavour to encounter during the holidays, apple is a rich-in-vitamin-C addition to your holiday diet. Both vitamin C and copper, found in apples, are beneficial nutrients for our skin, Dr. Shamban informs us. “Vitamin C improves collagen production while copper helps your skin produce melanin – which is the barrier in our skin that protects us from the sun’s UV rays,” Wolff quotes her as saying.

4. Nuts and seeds. Holiday parties regularly have platters of appetizers and finger foods available for their guests. If you see bowls of nuts and seeds – which aren’t uncommon – go for them! Sunflower seeds, for example, contain vitamin E and brazil nuts contain selenium, Jeffers reminds us, “a mineral that can improve your skin’s elasticity and can help battle skin infections. Nuts also contain omega 3 fatty acids.”

5. Turkey. Most Canadians will be happy to see this on our list. Turkey is arguably the most popular part of holiday meals. “The poultry dish can help tighten your skin by increasing collagen, according to HealthCentral,” explains Wolff, “Turkey contains carnosine, a protein that helps slow down the collagen damage process, according to a study published in The Journal of Experimental Gerontology.”

6. Cranberries. Well, what’s a turkey dinner on Christmas without cranberry sauce? You may also be happy to know that this popular accompaniment to turkey contains “anthocyanins, phytochemicals that fight chronic levels of inflammation in the body, according to a NPR article on the fruit,” writes Wolff. Dr. Shamban also points out that ironically, the bright red fruit helps to fight redness in the skin “whether it be for acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, or eczema.”

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer a number of treatments that successfully rejuvenate skin and restore natural beauty. They include a variety of facial peels that can tighten your skin and increase its radiance. We also offer IPL treatments to remedy a number of skin imperfections including rosacea, facial veins and large pores.

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

December 6, 2016

// Skin Care

How To Protect Your Skin From The Winter Sun

Isn’t it strange how so many of us practically forget the existence of sunscreen during the winter time? Treating sunscreen as a “summertime only” product is still too commonplace a practice for Canadians when the weather gets cold. It’s not like people don’t know that the sun still shines during the winter. Because the weather is so cold, however, most people assume that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays aren’t doing much damage. But they are!

This is especially true when there is snow on the ground. UV rays, in fact, can be a lot more impactful when they are reflected off of snow. So, not only should we all be protecting our skin from the sun, we should also be protecting it from the ground. That sounds strange, doesn’t it? Regardless of how strange it sounds, it’s true. UV rays are responsible for both burning and aging our skin.

What are the two types of UV rays? UV rays are divided into two groups: UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are known for their ability to age our skin. UVB rays are known for their ability to burn our skin. This is why it’s so important to apply sunscreen all throughout the year. By protecting our skin, in this way, we can eliminate the early signs of aging as well as sunburn. And yes, sunburn can take place during the winter.

Just ask any lover of winter sports who may have gone on a skiing trip. At higher altitudes, exposure to UV rays is increased. And because the cold air tends to blind us from realizing that our skin is being burned, we generally forget to apply sunscreen to our faces. Have you ever seen anyone who has a “skier’s face burn”? The area around their eyes (where their goggles were worn) is often the only protected area of their faces. And you can tell!

What else can be done to protect our skin from the winter sun? Wearing a hat certainly helps. Not only is it wise to throw on a toque to keep your head warm, but you’ll also be covering up your ears. Our ears are often forgotten when we’re applying sunscreen. And, as a result, they often endure some of the worst sun damage. You’ll also want to protect your eyes. Sunglasses may have that “summertime” feel to them. But wearing ones with UV protection all winter long is certainly advisable.

You’ll also want to protect your lips. Use a lip balm that has UV protection. As well, be mindful of how much sun exposure you’re getting. Just like in the summer, you’ll want to avoid sun exposure when the sun is at its strongest. This is generally between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Finally, avoid tanning beds at all costs. For those of us who enjoy that golden tan that comes along with sunbathing in the summer, the choice to visit tanning salons during the winter is a popular one. The bottom line here is that it is simply not worth it. Tanning beds cause as much, if not more damage to our skin than the sun itself. If you absolutely insist on darkening your skin tone, you may want to opt for a much less dangerous spray tan during the winter.

What treatments are available for sun damaged skin? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we have a number of excellent treatments that address sun damage. Blue-U PhotoDynamic Therapy, ProFractional and Intense Pulse Light Photo Rejuvenation (IPL) are among them. For more information about how they can help to repair your sun damaged skin, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.