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July 25, 2017

// Spider Veins

Can Varicose Veins Be Diminished With Diet?

When discussing ways to diminish the appearance of varicose veins, it’s important to remember what the functions of veins are. As HealWithFood.org explains, “veins transport blood from the rest of the body to the heart, and they contain one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing back to the rest of the body. Varicose veins develop when the valves weaken in the veins, allowing blood to pool in the veins instead of being pumped back to the heart.”

While it is true that genetics can play a factor in whether or not a person develops varicose veins in his/her legs, there are various other factors at play as well. Increased pressure on the leg veins can force them to swell and become a lot more visible. Naturally, one’s weight can contribute to the amount of pressure on the legs. So, it stands to reason that diet can play a big role in whether or not varicose veins appear.

The healthier your food, the better your legs will look.

As far as VariStop.com is concerned, the better the food you eat, the most beautiful your legs will look. The site insists that improving your diet will go a long way in reducing the pressure placed on your legs and therefore, will help to diminish the appearance of unsightly varicose veins. At the top of the site’s list of recommended foods are those that are high in fibre. The “trick”, says the website is to avoid the three “white poisons”: white flour, white rice and sugar.

“Simply replace white flour with whole wheat flour,” recommends VariStop.com, “Replace white bread with 100% whole wheat bread. Do the same thing with pasta. White rice can be replaced with brown rice and wild rice. People who switch to brown rice instead of white see many health improvements, including lower blood pressure and lower risk of diabetes…The last poison is sugar. Instead of eating a sugary snack, eat a fruit.”

Fruits and veggies are the key.

You’re not likely to be surprised by the fact that fruits and vegetables are highly recommended food sources for those trying to eliminate the appearance of varicose veins in their legs. Branching off of that last point about sugar, blueberries are widely praised for their combination of natural sweetness and high nutritional content. Substituting white sugar for blueberries, when possible, is a wise choice.

“Blueberries are one of the greatest health foods of all time, and they’re a boon to anyone prone to varicose veins,” says HealWithFood.org, “Due to their high concentration of anthocyanins (flavonoid pigments), blueberries contribute to the health of the collagen matrix by neutralizing enzymes that destroy connective tissue and by scavenging free radicals. They also repair damaged proteins in the blood vessel walls and promote the overall health of the vascular system.”

When all else fails, it’s sclerotherapy to the rescue!

Making changes to your diet is a very important step in your fight against varicose veins. However, it you find that it’s not doing enough to diminish the appearance of those unsightly veins, you may want to consider sclerotherapy – the “gold standard” treatment for eliminating varicose and spider veins.

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

July 18, 2017

// Unwanted Moles

4 Simple Steps To Preventing Mole Growth

Last month, right before summer was set to begin, we blogged about the fact that summer is the “season of the mole”. And that’s because the season provides us with the second main reason that moles develop on our skin – sun exposure. The first reason is age. So, since it’s impossible for us not to age, it stands to reason that we all take measures to minimize the potential for sun exposure to promote mole growth.

Allow us, firstly, to mention that most moles are not cancerous. However, it is certainly important to have your moles examined by a dermatologist, especially if you notice any changes in their shape, texture, colour and size. (See the aforementioned blog for more details.) Preventing mole growth requires the following of a few simple steps all summer (and really, all year) long.

Here are four:

1. Apply sunscreen on a daily basis.

It’s important to start out with the obvious. Use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 on all parts of your body that will be exposed to the sun. In truth, this tip may not be as obvious to some as it is to others as there are still a lot of people who think that sunscreen isn’t necessary. It should be noted, however, that sunscreen is needed for protection against the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays all year round.

2. Cover up your skin.

Even when sunscreen is being used, it’s wise to not subject your skin to prolonged sun exposure. If you plan on being out in the sun – especially during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day – you should wear such skin-protecting garments as long-sleeved clothing and wide-brimmed hats. The latter will especially help to prevent the development of moles on your ears, neck, chest and face.

3. Avoid tanning beds.

While this form of tanning isn’t necessarily all that popular during the summer – thanks to the natural sunlight taking care of most of our tanning requirements – it’s important for us to strongly advise against ever visiting a tanning salon. Look at it this way: you’re cooking your skin! There is no benefit to subjecting your body to such damage. Concentrated UV light emanating from tanning bed bulbs is not your friend!

“Using tanning beds before age 30 increases your risk of developing melanoma by 75 percent,” reports the Melanoma Research Foundation, “Occasional use of tanning beds triples your chances. Research also suggests a strong dose-response relationship – meaning the more sessions, hours and years spent tanning, the higher the risk of developing melanoma and other types of skin cancer.”

4. Avoid tanning altogether.

It should probably go without saying that if you should skip the tanning beds, you should avoid lying out in the sun all day as well. We’re aware that it’s a favourite summer pastime for most Canadians, but it does need to be recognized as an unsafe practice. There is no such thing as a “safe tan”, says the Melanoma Research Foundation, “Tanned skin is a result of damage to skin cells.”

For those who have already developed moles that they wish to remove, the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre proudly offers a safe and effective treatment for mole removal using the VariLite laser. It provides excellent results with no bruising and virtually no down time. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

July 11, 2017

// Hair Removal

Shaving Doesn’t Always Produce The Smooth And Silky Look

With summer in full swing, Canadians are undoubtedly investing in items that will help them enjoy the season. Among those items, we imagine, are bathing suits, tank tops, sandals, hats and sunscreen. We’re especially advocates of those final two. Protecting yourself from the sun’s UV rays, it should be reminded, is a key ingredient to truly enjoying the summer.

However, there are a number of other items on the lists of many summer lovers that rack up quite the bills. They include razors, shaving creams and skin moisturizers. Summer, of course, is a season when most of us shed layers of clothing to reveal the skin we tend to hide during the colder seasons of the year. And, as a result, we tend to want to keep that skin as hair-free as possible.

When summer rolls around, we’re reminded of just how much skin there is to shave! Our legs, arms and underarms especially receive more attention. And that means that more razors, more shaving cream and more skin moisturizers need to be purchased. It can become a very expensive, not to mention, time consuming practice to keep hair-free during the summer.

Shaving can produce ingrown hairs.

And then, of course, there are the physical side effects of shaving that make the whole “expensive” thing seem like a non-issue. As many individuals have experienced, shaving can leave results far worse than the appearance of unwanted hair. “The worst con to shaving body hair, is that it leaves ingrown hairs,” writes Dalia Hosny on Fustany.com, “Razor shaving causes the hair follicle to change its growth direction, leaving it trapped under your skin which leads to the presence of ingrown hairs.”

Not only are ingrown hairs considered unsightly – they generally appear as reddish bumps, not unlike acne – they are sensitive to the touch. In other words, they hurt! Sometimes sore, sometimes itchy, the irritation caused by ingrown hairs exacerbate the fact that the original intention for the skin was for it to be left smooth and silky. Of course, ingrown hairs produce the opposite effect.

Shaving can cause skin discolouration.

Ingrown hairs are not the only major side effect of shaving. Discolouration is an unfortunate result of shaving that can also take away from the desired smooth and silky look. This is often caused by too much shaving.

“Repetitive usage of a razor causes red or dark spots, that is definitely a con to shaving body hair,” explains Hosny, “If you shave regularly, you will end up removing hair on the surface of your skin and not from the roots, which can leave dark spots on your skin. Also red and itchy skin can be a result of shaving and not moisturizing your skin enough.”

Shaving isn’t all that long-lasting.

As most people know, shaving produces short-term results. Even if you end up with the smooth and silky results you were looking for, you’re bound to have to shave again within a week. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer a hair removal solution that can help you to both do away with excessive spending on hair removal products and avoid the major side effects of shaving.

Our laser hair removal treatments utilize the LightSheer™ Hair Laser – a revolutionary treatment in the management of unwanted hair that produces long-lasting and often permanent results! For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

July 5, 2017

// Skin Care

Keeping Your Skin Protected From Sun Damage All Summer Long

On behalf of the entire team, here at the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we hope you enjoyed a wonderful Canada Day long weekend! With it being our country’s 150th birthday, we know that the celebrations were grand nationwide. We’re also aware that, for most Canadians, the celebrations will continue all throughout the summer. Understandably, when the weather is warm and sunny, the majority of us try to take as much advantage of it as possible.

What this translates to is a lot of extra time spent in the sun. And while it’s hard to argue that it’s enjoyable to spend time outdoors during the warm and sunny days of summer, it’s also irrefutable that it can be a dangerous activity. It’s important to remember that the sun’s UV rays are hard at work trying to damage your skin. Therefore, it’s imperative that you take measures to protect your skin from said UV rays all summer long.

Starting with the obvious – always apply sunscreen before going outdoors.

Of course, it will come as no surprise to you to hear that sunscreen application is highly recommended. And this doesn’t just count for days on the beach or by the pool. As Shape.com points out, protecting our skin is something to be mindful of at all times.

“About 80 percent of the average person’s lifetime sun exposure is incidental—which means it occurs during daily activities, not lying on the beach,” reads the site, “If you’re planning on being out in the sun for longer than 15 minutes, make sure to use a sunscreen with SPF 30. If you use a moisturizer, save a step and use a moisturizer with SPF.”

What other ways can you keep your skin protected from the sun?

Hats, sunglasses, long-sleeved clothing – these are your friends in the battle against premature aging, sun spots, sunburn and worst of all, skin cancer. By covering up, you significantly lessen your chances of encountering all of the above mentioned conditions. “Choose a hat with at least a 2- to 3-inch brim all around to protect the skin on your face, ears, and neck from the sun,” suggests Shape.com.

Don’t forget, as well, that you can protect your skin from the inside out. Good nutrition is a huge part of skin health. Not only is it important to drink a lot of water in order to keep hydrated, but it’s wise to include a number of nutrient-rich foods in your diet all summer long. This is especially important considering that the summertime is also known for its junk food and alcoholic drink-laden parties.

According to Superlife.com, “research has found certain key nutrients from your diet can actually boost your skin’s natural sun protection and protect your skin from sun damage.” Recommended foods include fruits and veggies such as watermelons, leafy greens, tomatoes, red grapes, strawberries, carrots and pomegranates. However, the site also acknowledges almonds as great skin protectors.

“Almonds are one of the best sources of vitamin E, which protects and repairs the skin from sunlight,” informs the site, “Almonds also contain quercetin, which has been shown to protect against UV damage and the wrinkle-causing breakdown of collagen. One study found that after participants were exposed to UV light, the participants who took the same amount of vitamin E found in 20 almonds had less sunburn than the participants who did not that amount of vitamin E.”

How can you treat skin that has already been damaged by the sun?

Contact the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre to learn about how treatments such as ProFractional and Blue-U PhotoDynamic Therapy can help you! Call 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.