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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 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.

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.

June 6, 2017

// Skin Care

Wedding Season: Yet Another Reason To Remove Your Ink

Tattoo removal, it appears, is just about as popular as tattoos themselves. In other words, tattoos remain highly sought-after. People from all over the world continue to ink themselves up with elaborate designs, phrases and images that often have some sort of deeply-rooted sentimental value. However, just as many people regularly decide that the time has come for them to remove their once greatly-loved tattoos.

As time passes, people change. And, as a result, so do their opinions about the tattoos they decided to place on their bodies. Tattoos, most of them find, are no different than clothing. Eventually, they go out of style. Of course, unlike clothing, tattoos can’t be changed on a daily basis. Therefore, there is only one true solution to making that ultimate change in appearance: laser tattoo removal.

With the first day of summer coming up in about two weeks, many Canadians are considering removing their tattoos. With the warmer weather comes the time of year when we expose our skin to the sun a lot more often. Thus, tattoos are revealed for the world to see. If you’re one of those many Canadians who have decided that they no longer wish to share their tattoos with the world, then you may want to consider removing your ink.

Wedding season is here!

While there is no official “wedding season”, it goes without saying that a lot of Canadians like to tie the knot during the warm and sunny days of summer. Naturally, a wedding day is one when people like to look their absolute best. Of course, that goes double for the bride and groom! In most cases, a tattoo that has been placed on the arms, hands, neck and upper back are bound to be exposed.

Generally speaking, tattoos don’t typically match well with wedding dresses. At least, this is what is felt by many women who previously felt their tattoos were stylish and alluring. Dayna is one of those individuals. Prior to her 2014 wedding, the Florida-based bride-to-be shared her thoughts about entering married life with her tattoos in a chat on WeddingBee.com.

“I covered myself in tattoos when I was young and reckless and now I am racing the clock to get them off of me via laser treatments before the wedding,” wrote Dayna, “What can I say? I thought I was edgy and alternative and I wanted to be Angelina Jolie when I grew up. Now I look in the mirror and think ‘What WAS I thinking?’ Especially the one on my wrist. I suppose the others can wait but I can’t have this tattoo in all of my ring exchange photos.”

Dayna admits that she was less than satisfied with the laser tattoo removal treatments she underwent to remove her tattoos, stating that they carried a “higher risk of scarring”. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we wish we could have introduced her to our method of tattoo removal – Q-switched Nd: YAG lasers using PhotoAcoustic Technology. They are known for their improved methods of safety and efficacy.

Is your wedding day coming up?

While it generally takes anywhere from 5 to 15 treatments sessions for our lasers to completely remove tattoos, we can certainly start the process to help you look your best on the big day. 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.

May 30, 2017

// Skin Care

5 Foods That Will Help You Eat Your Way To Healthier Skin

There are many different ways to keep your skin looking youthful, fresh and nourished. But there is probably one way that is easier than all of the rest. It’s a no brainer when you really think about it. And that’s because keeping yourself hydrated is an integral part of maintaining good overall health. In other words, drink water! As Arshi Ahmed points out on StyleCraze.com, water is essential for maintaining optimum skin moisture.

“It replenishes the skin tissue and increases its elasticity,” she explains, “This helps delay the appearance of signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines…Water is a perfect replacement for your expensive anti-ageing treatments. It keeps the skin well hydrated and glistening, thereby, enhancing the complexion. For soft and supple skin, drinking an adequate amount of water is more important than applying topical creams.”

If you’re of the mind that drinking the recommended 9-12 cups of water every day is a bit much, there are certainly other ways to stay hydrated. You can eat your way to healthier skin by eating foods that are high in water-content! Here are five:

1. Watermelon.

Given its name, the entry of this fruit on this list should come as no surprise. In fact, watermelon is heralded as a food that has the ability to hydrate even better than water itself! According to Abby Lerner on Shape.com, “a 2009 study at the University of Aberdeen Medical School found that the combination of salts, minerals and natural sugars in some fruits and vegetables can actually hydrate people more effectively than water or even sports drinks. Watermelon was on top of the list, thanks to its 92 percent water content and essential rehydration salts calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.”

2. Iceberg lettuce.

Health experts tend to advocate dark green salads made up of baby spinach to maximize the nutritional content, says Amanda MacMillan on Health.com. However, with its 95.6 percent water content, crispy iceberg lettuce has the highest hydration power of any type of lettuce, “followed by butterhead, green leaf, and romaine varieties.”

3. Cucumbers.

You’re not likely to come across a nutritionist who doesn’t advocate salad eating. However, it’s important to include the right ingredients in your salad. Cucumbers are among them. Says Lerner, “the flesh of cucumbers is primarily composed of water but also contains vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling—which is why cucumbers are often used to help swollen eyes and sunburn.”

4. Celery.

MacMillan dispels the myth that celery has “negative” calories. She does, however, confirm that its 95.4 percent water content helps us to stay hydrated while also neutralizing our stomach acid. Celery “is often recommended as a natural remedy for heartburn and acid reflux,” notes MacMillan.

5. Zucchini.

Not to be mistaken for cucumbers (although you can certainly find ways to eat them together), these nutritious veggies also help to keep you hydrated. “With 95 percent water by weight, Zucchini is one of the most hydrating vegetables you can eat,” informs Lerner, “A healthy serving has less than 25 calories and is an excellent source of folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C.”

Keeping yourself hydrated plays a major role in your skin’s health. However, if you feel that your skin could use a little extra assistance in getting rejuvenated, please don’t hesitate to contact the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre. We offer a variety of peels, for both young and old, that tightens skin and increases radiance. For more information, call us at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.