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June 13, 2017

// Hair Removal

Finding The Best Way To Prepare Your Bikini Line For Summer

We are about a week away from the official start of summer! It’s a time of year that most Canadians very much look forward to. Trips to the pool or a local beach – depending on where you live – is commonplace when the warm and sunny weather hits. And, as a result, getting our bikini lines in order is also a popular getting-ready-for-summertime practice. The only problem with bikini line maintenance is that it can be tricky. And that’s putting it mildly!

As many Canadian women are well aware, shaving can produce the smooth results needed to wear bikinis without any concern for exposing pubic hair. As it has become more popular over the years, a bikini line free of hair is generally the desirable look. Then again, “desirable” isn’t usually the word people use to describe rashes, razor burn and ingrown hairs. However, these are often the results of shaving.

How many women are shaving their bikini lines?

“A study by the University of Texas found that 77 percent of women shave their bikini line, as opposed to trimming it with scissors or using hair-removal cream,” informs Jenn Sinrich of Women’s Health Magazine, “But bumps, redness, and irritation are almost always part of the package.” Sinrich goes on to provide a 7-step process for women to safely shave their bikini areas.

The 7-step process, however, is quite taxing – described as both time-consuming and expensive. It involves investing in high-quality razors, shaving creams and moisturizers. As well, it involves holding a cold compress to the shaved area for approximately ten minutes post-shave. It also involves thoroughly cleaning razors and replacing them when necessary. The objective is to minimize redness, razor bumps and ingrown hairs.

How can you minimize skin irritations after shaving?

“After every shave, make sure to sanitize your blades with rubbing alcohol and warm or hot water. If your razor looks rusty and you’ve been using it for a while, toss it out,” advises Sinrich, “This is to avoid the overgrowth of bacteria that’s been exposed to the blades while they sit idly in your shower. So cut your losses (and avoid those red bumps) by refreshing your stock of razor blades and storing them in a clean, dry place, like your medicine cabinet.”

Cosmopolitan offers similar advice, pointing out that shaving the bikini line requires sharp and clean razors and transparent shaving gel. The publication also recommends using a toner post-shave in order to prevent razor rash. But the magazine also reveals that laser hair removal is becoming a more popular choice for everyone. It’s a choice that can help to eliminate all of the above-mentioned skin irritations that are commonplace with shaving.

What makes laser hair removal a more effective solution?

“It used to be that unless you had fair skin and dark hair, you risked scarring and pigmentation problems or, at the very least, poor results from laser hair removal,” reads their website, “But lasers like YAG and EpiLight work better on a broader range of complexions and hair hues… Plus, just one or two treatments can yield impressive results.”

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

May 9, 2017

// Hair Removal

What Are The Major Side Effects Of Face Waxing?

Even for those of us who haven’t attempted to wax unwanted hair from our faces, we can easily imagine just how much it hurts. Waxing our legs, arms and underarms hurts enough. The sensitive skin on our faces, however, offers the practice of waxing the ability to cause both intense pain and numerous side effects. Needless to say, the side effects of face waxing are the hardest to hide.

Consider the obvious fact that we present our faces to the world each and every day. There are no long sleeves or pants to hide the damage we’ve done if a face waxing session goes wrong. So, when it comes to removing hair from our upper lips, chins and cheeks, it’s pretty important to take some precautions – such as using a high-quality wax – in order to prevent some of the most common side effects: ingrown hairs, pimples, bleeding, bruising, discolouration, redness and swelling.

What is the most common side effect of face waxing?

Although side effects vary from person to person, breaking out after face waxing is pretty normal. This is especially true if a low-quality wax has been used. According to Patrice De La Ossa on Livestrong.com, “a skin test patch should always be done to see if your skin is more sensitive or prone to breaking out before waxing the facial area. Ingredients in the wax can trigger a reaction.”

Burning and scarring is another common side effect of face waxing. This is especially true if the wax is too hot. One’s face can be scarred when the skin is burned due to the hot wax and then is lifted off with the wax strip. Ouch! Of course, with the removal of skin comes the possibility of infection. It’s important to keep burned areas of skin as clean as possible in order to prevent infection, De La Ossa advises.

What factors can worsen the side effects of face waxing?

Keeping in mind that your facial skin is incredibly sensitive to begin with, it’s important to understand the ways in which any medications you’re taking may impact its sensitivity. De La Ossa points out that certain medications can interfere with face waxing and cause unwanted side effects. She cites antibiotics as an example.

“Antibiotics can cause your skin to be ultra-sensitive and lead to severe redness following waxing,” she informs, “Acutane users should not be waxed. Acutane leaves the skin extremely thin, photosensitive and more reactive. You must disclose any medications you are currently taking to avoid side effects associated with face waxing.”

How can the side effects of face waxing be avoided altogether?

Quite obviously, there is only one way to avoid the side effects of face waxing. And that is to never wax your face! So what does one do about the unwanted hair on her face? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer a hair removal solution that has a long history of providing safe, effective and long-lasting results.

Our laser hair removal treatments utilize the LightSheer™ Hair Laser – a revolutionary treatment in the management of unwanted hair. With the help of our medically-supervised hair removal procedures, you will be able to eliminate the side effects associated with face waxing for good! For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

March 21, 2017

// Hair Removal

What Are The Major Side Effects Of Tweezing?

It’s odd how much pain we’ll put ourselves through in order to get our desired appearances, isn’t it? We’re all aware of the often-sharp sting that comes along with plucking a strand of hair from our eyebrows. And yet, many of us are compelled to go through with the procedure anyways – repeating it over and over again until our eyebrows are seemingly perfect.

Of course, there are many of us who don’t stop at the eyebrows. The compulsion to pluck unwanted hair from our bodies can lead us to yank strands from our faces, arms, legs and chests. And, as many women have discovered, this can lead to permanent scarring.

Charlotte Starling of Norwich, England is one such woman. As reported by Kelly Strange and Emma Innes in the U.K.-based Daily Mail, Starling became so obsessed with plucking her unwanted hair that she was diagnosed with dermatillomania – the compulsion to pluck at skin. Going so far as to use knives, needles, pliers, and even her sharpened fingernails in order to pluck hairs, Starling has left her entire body scarred for life.

“I would do anything to find a way to pluck hairs,” Starling is quoted as saying, “It’s like a drug and I’m an addict. It’s made me devious and dishonest because I will do anything to find a way to pluck hairs and get that sense of relief…I’ve always obsessed about plucking my eyebrows. I wanted to get the shape just right and would spend ages plucking out the tiny hairs until they were perfect. Like all young women I wanted to look my best.”

Sadly, Starling’s attempts to look her best have caused her to look her worst. Strange and Innes report that her dermatillomania condition has gotten so bad that she has been registered as disabled. This has forced her partner, Martin Thompson to give up his job in order to stay at home and care for her.

Of course, Starling’s condition can be considered extreme. While most of us may not suffer from an uncontrollable desire to pluck away at our skin, we continue to utilize tweezers as a hair removal source. As a result, we continue to endure the side effects of tweezing that include skin irritation, ingrown hairs and folliculitis. This is a condition that results from the breaking of blood vessels around the hair follicles.

“The condition appears as small, pimple-like white dots on the skin, causing itching and pain,” explains Vanessa Day on HairRemovalForum.com, “Folliculitis can easily be mistaken as an embarrassing breakout. Mild folliculitis will usually clear up on its own in a few days, but it can still be uncomfortable and embarrassing. More severe infections can cause permanent hair loss and scarring, and should be treated by a dermatologist.”

Hyperpigmentation is another unpleasant side effect of tweezing. Defined as the darkening of skin in patches around the face, this condition is caused when “melanin forms deposits in the skin from prolonged inflammation due to plucking,” Day informs.

As you can imagine, we’re not ones for recommending tweezing as a safe and effective hair removal option, here at the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre. Instead, we offer a solution that has a long track record of providing safe, effective and long-lasting results. Our laser hair removal treatments make use of the LightSheer™ Hair Laser, which is a revolutionary treatment in the management of unwanted hair.

With the help of our medically supervised hair removal procedures, you will be able to eliminate the side effects associated with tweezing for good! For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

February 21, 2017

// Hair Removal

4 Tips For Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Shaving

Cuts, scratches, nicks, rashes, razor bumps and ingrown hairs. What do they all have in common? We hate them. What else do they all have in common? They are the results of shaving. And most of us have to endure them shortly after we touch razors to our skin.

Somehow, we continue to endure the above mentioned pains, all in the name of having smooth and silky skin. But as we’ve all learned long ago, shaving doesn’t always produce the smooth and silky results that we crave. The thing is, many of us are simply doing it wrong. Or, at least, there are shaving techniques that we need to revamp in order to avoid as many of the pitfalls of shaving as possible.

Here are four tips:

1. Exfoliate first. It’s important to remember to treat our skin with the utmost care. That means that when preparing to shave it, a little extra attention needs to be devoted. In other words, don’t go in “cold”. Exfoliating your skin before shaving will help to give your razor a better opportunity to remove hair without causing damage.

“Exfoliating before shaving is one important preparation step that can help get rid of dead skin cells so they won’t gunk up your razor and hinder a close shave,” explains Paula Mooney on Lifehack.org, “You can even use portable sonic face cleansing brushes to exfoliate your legs and get a good scrub before taking a razor to your gams.”

2. Rinse your blade between strokes. Shaving in a rush – it’s a big no-no that many of us are guilty of. When getting ready for important social events, we always want to look and feel our bests. But what do we do when we’re running out of time to get ready? We quickly jump in the shower and take those razor blades to our legs, stroking up and down hastily without rinsing the blade between strokes.

Stop that! You’re making it harder on your skin with each stroke of a blade that has not been cleaned off after its previous stroke. “As you shave, your blade is collecting shaving cream, hair, and even dead skin cells,” Miki Hayes reminds us on Bustle.com, “That build-up happens fast, and every stroke you make after the first one is giving you a worse shave and increasing your risk of razor burn.”

3. Use fresh razors as often as possible. We all know how expensive the practice of hair removal can be. The money we spend on razors, shaving creams and gels, wax strips, hair removal creams and moisturizers adds up. But here’s the thing. It doesn’t pay to skimp on razor blades if shaving is your hair removal option of choice. Obviously, each use of a razor makes its blade duller.

The duller the razor blade, the greater the chance that it will rip and tear at your skin instead of glide across it smoothly. Ouch! “If you decide to go the disposable razor route, remember to ‘dispose’ of them as often as you can, aiming to use each one for no more than three shaves,” insists Mooney.

4. Quit shaving altogether. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we firmly believe that the only true way to avoid the pitfalls of shaving is to stop shaving completely. Opt for laser hair removal – a treatment that continues to increase in popularity thanks to its long-term effectiveness and proven safety.

Our laser hair removal treatments make use of the LightSheer™ Hair Laser, which is a revolutionary treatment in the management of unwanted hair. The treatments are virtually painless and are known for producing long-term or permanent results. Our medically supervised hair removal procedures will help you to eliminate the problems associated with shaving for good!

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 10, 2017

// Hair Removal

How To Avoid Razor Burn And Razor Bumps

If you’ve ever put a razor to your skin – and who hasn’t? – you have likely endured the pain and irritation associated with razor burn. The natural need to keep our skin smooth and silky has us shaving areas of our body where unwanted hair grows on a regular basis. Our underarms, legs and bikini areas are among the most-popularly shaved areas on our bodies. And, as a result, it’s these areas that are most commonly affected by razor burn.

Just how often are women shaving? According to Dr. Josh Axe on his website, “a survey revealed that women spend 72 days shaving their legs over the course of a lifetime, meaning approximately 1,728 hours…Shaving also ranked as women’s most disliked beauty ritual, with 35 percent of the women polled saying they loathed shaving their legs more than anything else, such as doing their hair and tweezing their brows.”

From this information, we can surmise that razor burn is one of the top downsides to our beauty rituals. And, as if razor burn (which can include symptoms such as redness, stinging and itchiness) wasn’t enough, many of us have to contend with razor bumps as well. Ingrown hairs, which become more prevalent the curlier our hair is, is another problem that is often associated with shaving.

Is there a way to avoid getting razor burn and razor bumps after shaving? Dr. Axe strongly recommends that you avoid dry shaving. He advises that you wet your skin by taking a shower or bath in order to soften the hair before shaving. You may even decide to shave while you are bathing. It’s also wise to prep your skin by using a good moisturizing shaving cream, lotion or oil.

Dr. Axe also recommends that you shave in the right direction. “For your underarms, shave from all angles to include up, down and sideways,” he directs, “For the bikini area, shave in the direction of hair growth first (inward) and gently against for an extra-close shave, but again, be careful because this can cause razor bumps and ingrown hairs. For the beards, shave in the direction of the hair growth and for the legs, shaving against the hair growth.”

What if razor burn and razor bumps can’t be avoided? For many of us, it doesn’t matter how many pre-shaving and shaving precautions we take, razor burn and razor bumps are still inevitable. In such cases, it’s important to treat our shaved skin in order to minimize pain and discomfort as much as possible. On BeyondDisease.com, Dr. Goel recommends a number of home remedies for razor bumps.

Among them are baking soda, tea tree oil, honey, apple cider vinegar, black tea and Aloe Vera. “Razor bumps can be treated quickly with Aloe Vera gel,” she informs, “The healing power of Aloe Vera is well known and in fact, many people use this herbal remedy to treat all sorts of cuts and burns. By moisturizing your skin with Aloe Vera, you’ll be helping your skin speed up the healing process. This all-natural gel is also effective at soothing swelling and the burning sensation that accompanies razor bumps.”

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we highly recommend doing away with the potential for razor burn and razor bumps altogether! By offering laser hair removal treatments, we help patients to give up their razors for good. Our medically supervised hair removal procedures will make your tweezing, waxing and shaving routines disappear. Treatments are virtually painless and can produce long-term or permanent results.

Our laser hair removal treatments make use of the LightSheer™ Hair Laser, which is a revolutionary treatment in the management of unwanted hair. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.