Archive for March, 2014

Pale is the new tan!

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

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Spring is here and the start of our warmer temps in Las Vegas. This year let’s make a pledge by protecting our skin against the harmful effects of prolonged exposure to sun and its UVA/UVB rays.  Truly, pale is the new tan.

Aside from painful sunburn, sun exposure causes brown spots; red scaly spots; drying and wrinkling, and worst of all, skin cancer.

Despite the well-known dangers of sun exposure, on occasion we can get lazy when it comes to protecting our skin, or just can’t resist the myth of ”getting a tan or some color” makes us look vibrant and healthy.

One of the best things you can do is cover up. The sun’s rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It is important to protect our skin by adding sunscreen with a SPF of 20 or better to our daily routine throughout the year. Wear hats and tightly woven clothing. These materials absorb ultraviolet light better than cotton fabrics in lighter shades.

Get in the habit of self-examination, check for moles, freckles, and age spots. Consult with your dermatologist immediately if see anything suspicious or if there are any changes in color, texture or their size. Visit your dermatologist for regular skin cancer screenings.

Tanning booths or tanning beds are far from safe. While makers of these beds/booths tell you that they only produce UVA, the nun-burning type of rays, in fact UVA rays penetrate the skin even deeper than UBV rays do, and can make our skin dry, wrinkled and increase the risk of skin cancer.

Take care on cool, cloudy days. Damaging rays aren’t inhibited by clouds, and you can still get burned because ultraviolet light can penetrate cloud cover. Take precautions even when the sun isn’t shining brightly.

Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems.

Laser Hair Removal — is it for me?

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Laser hair removal is a great replacement for shaving , plucking or waxing excess hair, and a great choice for men and women. Laser hair removal is the most common cosmetic procedure in U.S. reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons — chest, back and shoulders for men and under arms, legs and bikini area for women.

A concentrated beam of light is aimed at hair. The light is absorbed by the pigment, which damages the hair follicle at its base . This will cause the hair to fall out or become finer and much less noticeable over time. Lasers can remove hair for anywhere from several months to years, as the results vary.

Lasers can remove unwanted hair quickly and reliably. Lasers for hair removal target dark pigmentations and as a result they may not be the best choice for very light colored hair, gray, or white. Avoiding tanning and excessive sun exposure is a no-no before a laser treatment, since darker skin absorbs the light before it can reach the follicles.

Generally most people will need 6-8 treatments to experience 80% to 90% of permanent hair reduction. Because of hair growth cycle we recommend appointments scheduled 4 weeks apart for face and 6 week for other areas.

Ouch factor: it depends on the area of the body the laser hair removal is being done. Also depending on a person’s pain tolerance, lasers can feel like a gentle pinch or the snap of a rubber band. Numbing creams can lessen the discomfort.