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August 16, 2017

// Skin Care

4 Ways To Soothe And Repair Your Sunburned Skin

Some of us just can’t get enough of summer! As Canadians, we relish in the fact that warmth and sunshine are the norm for, at least, a couple of months every year. The summertime is still in full swing, but we’re midway through August. That means that many of us have already enjoyed our fair share of time in the sun.

What that also means is that many Canadians have become victims of sunburn in recent weeks. And, as anyone who has been victimized by the sun’s harmful UV rays knows, it’s no picnic!

What are the best ways to soothe and repair sunburned skin? Here are four suggestions:

1. Let water be your saviour.

Sunburned skin is often indicative of a dehydrated body. Water, of course, is the best possible way to rehydrate. And it should be used both in and out of your body. In other words, drink a lot of water and treat yourself to a cool bath. Your body needs cooling off in more ways than one. After all, being sunburned means that you’ve been baking for some time!

Dr. Jillian Macdonald is a dermatologist who is certified with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and based in Ottawa, Ontario. On BestHealthMag.com, she recommends that sunburn sufferers “treat the skin immediately by taking a cool bath or applying a cold compress to the affected area to soothe red-hot skin. Be sure to drink plenty of water to rehydrate your body.”

2. Add oil into the mix.

They say that oil and water don’t mix. However, Reader’s Digest suggests that the combination is a great way to soothe and repair sunburned skin. “For a mild sunburn, add 10 drops each of chamomile oil and lavender oil to a cool bath and soak for 30 minutes or more to relieve discomfort and moisturize the skin,” says their website, “If the burn is more serious, prepare a topical remedy using a few drops of chamomile oil or lavender oil, or both, and half an ounce of a neutral oil, such as almond oil, and apply it gently to the affected areas twice a day.”

3. It’s no surprise…moisturize!

In case it wasn’t already made obvious, your sunburned skin is incredibly dry. Void of its natural moisture, it needs to be moisturized in the worst way. “Apply a mild, unscented moisturizer, such as Glaxal Base (my go-to), to soothe irritation and help minimize peeling,” advises Dr. Macdonald, “Once the sunburn has healed completely, apply a topical retinoid cream to regulate skin cell turnover and help get rid of damaged cells.

4. Blue-U PhotoDynamic Therapy

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly offer this special skin therapy that combines topically applied Levulan (ALA) and blue light to repair sun damage. It is also successful in eradicating acne, precancerous skin lesions, fine lines and blotchy pigmentation.

There are many other benefits to combining the positive effect of Levulan and the light treatment. Among them are minimized pores, reduced oil glands, diminished acne, and the improvement of some acne scars.

For more information about how Blue-U PhotoDynamic Therapy can soothe and repair your sunburned skin, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

August 9, 2017

// Hair Removal

Paying The Price For Our Everyday Hair Removal Techniques

We, ladies, pay quite the price to keep ourselves silky and smooth, don’t we? Not only do our everyday hair removal techniques literally cost us a lot of money (all of those razors, shaving creams, wax strips, hair removal creams and salon appointments really add up!), but each of our chosen methods of removing unwanted hair generally come with a long list of side effects.

Shaving.

Most people select this quick and easy hair removal method, making it the most popular of them all. The problems with shaving are the many skin irritations that it often leaves behind. The side effects of shaving, as many of us know, include, but are not limited to ingrown hairs, razor bumps, razor burn, rashes, nicks, cuts and scratches. What is left behind after a shave is often worse than the unwanted hair itself!

This is especially true if you use the same razor over and over again. “If you forget to change out the blades, dull or rusty metal may cause irritation or infection,” informs Jenny Sugar on PopSugar.com, “Shaving can also cause folliculitis, an infection in the hair follicle usually caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus (staph) or a fungus.”

Waxing.

For most of us, waxing is synonymous with the word “ouch”. Simply put, pain is the most obvious and inevitable ramification of selecting waxing as a hair removal method. Layering hot wax on our skin may sound like a crazy idea – and perhaps, that’s because it is! When wax strips are applied to the wax and then literally ripped off of our skin, it pulls hairs directly from their roots. Needless to say, it is extremely painful.

You will especially pay the price if you wax your upper lip – a pretty common practice among women. As KnowFacts.org points out, the side effects of lip waxing include intense pain, increased chances or being prone to ingrown hairs, the formation of red bumps (especially in people with increased lip sensitivity) and minor bleeding. Not a pretty picture, is it?

Threading.

This is a hair removal method that is most commonly used on the face – particularly the eyebrows. As Sugar explains, “a thin piece of thread is twisted and rolled along your skin’s surface, entwining the hairs in the thread and quickly lifting them from the root. There is no use of harmful products, just thread, so it’s a natural way to get rid of unwanted hair.”

However, while she points out that the skin is not at risk for peeling or burning, threading is not a pain-free hair removal method. Much like tweezing, the yanking of hairs can produce some extreme discomfort. Not to mention, side effects of threading include redness, puffiness and ingrown hairs.

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer a solution to all of the above mentioned side effects of our everyday hair removal techniques. Our laser hair removal treatments utilize the LightSheer™ Hair Laser which is known for producing long-lasting and often permanent results! For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

August 1, 2017

// Skin Care

Is The Summer Heat Worsening My Acne?

For most Canadians, summer is a wondrous season filled with many joyous outdoor activities. The warmth and sunshine is cherished by most of us, considering that our winters are generally considered far too long. Not only is the cold often unbearable in the winter, but the frigid and blustery winter air tends to dry our skin out.

As explained by FacingAcne.com, “When it’s cold outside it can cause dryness in the skin. When your skin is dry it’s the perfect place for bacteria to live and cause annoying breakouts. This can be troublesome because we are used to using drying ingredients like benzoyl peroxide to fight blemishes. Substances like this can actually have a negative effect.”

So the summer heat must be much better for our skin, right?

When it’s hot, it’s often humid. And one thing is for sure – hot and humid weather won’t dry your skin out the way the cold winter air does. However, that doesn’t necessary make it “better” for your skin. Humidity, as you can imagine, causes sweating. And with excess sweating, your pores are a lot more likely to become clogged.

This, says FacingAcne.com, will enhance the probability of acne breakouts. “The moisture in the air is also going to trick your body into thinking that it needs to produce more oil than normal, which can be a nightmare for people with already oily skin,” reports the website.

It all depends on what your skin likes.

Tracy Raftl is an expert on acne and acne control. She suffered mightily from breakouts as a young girl and has used her experiences to help others with finding ways to clear their skin of acne. On TheLoveVitamin.com, Raftl explains that heat and humidity don’t necessarily have the same effect on everyone’s skin. She notes that certain skin types are impacted by the toxicity of their perspiration.

“Some people break out in the summer in humid heat, possibly because if your body is very toxic, your constant sweating will contain toxins that may irritate your skin,” she informs, “It also tends to make oilier skin oilier. People may also break out more if chemical sunscreens are used on the skin that aren’t in winter.”

To solve the problem of toxicity, Raftl recommends a healthy lifestyle that includes nutritious eating. This will lessen the amount of toxins in the sweat and prohibit an overproduction of oil. One can still keep his/her skin from drying out by consuming foods that are rich in good fats and Omega-3s.

What treatment is best for eradicating acne?

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 eliminate acne and precancerous skin lesions. Sun damage, fine lines, and blotchy pigmentation are also improved because of the positive effect of Levulan and the light treatment. It is also known to minimize pores and reduce oil glands, effectively treating stubborn acne, rosacea and improving the appearance of acne scars.

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