Indoor Tanning Still Causes Sun Damage

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If you read no further, know this: there is no such thing as a safe tan. Indoor tanning is just as dangerous, if not more, than tanning outside in the sun. In fact, indoor tanning injures thousands of people each year badly enough to go to the emergency department. Indoor tanning can cause sun damage to your eyes that could lead to vision loss. Indoor tanning can also cause premature skin aging, including loss of elasticity, wrinkling, age spots, and changes in skin texture.

There are a lot of misconceptions about indoor tanning, so it’s important to know the following:

  • Tanned skin is not healthy skin. That “healthy glow” from the tanning bed indicates damage to your skin. Whether tanning or burning, you are exposing yourself to harmful UV rays. In fact, every time you engage in indoor tanning, you increase your risk of melanoma. The truly healthy glow is your natural skin color.
  • A base tan is not a safe tan. A tan is the body’s response to injury from UV rays. Skin cells respond to damage from UV rays by producing more pigment, which shows that damage has been done. A base tan only provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of about 3 or less, which does little to protect you from future UV exposure.
  • Tanning indoors is not safer than tanning outside in the sun. Indoor tanning and tanning outside are both dangerous. Artificial UV rays from indoor tanning are typically much more intense than UV rays from the sun. The intensity of UV rays can vary depending of the age and type of light bulbs.
  • Indoor tanning is not a safe way to get vitamin D. While vitamin D is important for bone health, studies showing links between vitamin D and other health conditions are inconsistent. Although it is important to get vitamin D, vitamin D, if needed, can be obtained safely through diet or supplements. (Vitamin D is found naturally in fatty fish, and is added to foods such as milk and some cereals. Read the labels to find out which foods have vitamin D added.) Tanning harms your skin, and the amount of UV you need to get enough vitamin D is difficult to measure, as it is different for every person.

Despite the clear dangers associated with indoor tanning, nearly 1 in 3 young white women ages 16-25 engage in indoor tanning each year. Among those who use indoor tanning, approximately half report 10 or more sessions per year. This is particularly concerning given the increased risk of skin cancer and artificial sun damage among younger and frequent users.

Tanning often begins during the adolescent years. Studies show kids are more likely to indoor tan if their parents allow it or if the parents indoor tan themselves. Research suggests that girls who start tanning with their mothers tend to begin tanning at an earlier age and are more likely to become regular, habitual tanners than girls who initially tanned alone or with a friend. Studies also suggest that parents aren’t very aware of the risks associated with indoor tanning. Given the potential for these behaviors to continue into adulthood, we have to reach likely tanners early to keep them from starting or help them to stop indoor tanning.

The evidence linking indoor tanning to an increased skin cancer artificial sun damage risk is clear. Indoor tanning is an unnecessary and easily avoidable source of UV exposure. Reducing indoor tanning is an important strategy for reducing the burden of skin cancer.

7 Healthy Things to do for your Skin in 2015

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As the New Year is quickly approaching, we all spend time thinking about how we can improve ourselves in the upcoming year. From dieting, to increased exercise, we all dream of a better version of ourselves. Often it’s difficult to identify the steps we need to take to actually reach our goals. As the health craze bombards all of us in the New Year, many of us don’t always think of this one key goal—healthy skin. We all want it but with the overwhelming amount of information out there, it’s far from easy to know what to do. Follow these 7 easy steps to improve your skin this 2015!

  1. Add an eye cream to your skincare regime. The skin around the eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue. Squinting and constant movement of the eyes also hasten the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles. Fine lines and wrinkles come from both sun damage and your skin making less collagen as you age. Collagen helps maintain skin’s elasticity. Vitamin C, peptides, and retinol have can boost collagen production. Try our Firm and Protect Eye Cream to help moisturizer and help prevent water loss in the skin and improve elasticity.
  1. Wash your face once (or twice) a day, every day. Even if you don’t wear makeup, it’s very important to wash your face with a cleanser. It’s not just makeup you want to wash off. Facial cleansers remove makeup, pollutants, bacteria, and unwanted debris off of our face. If you’re skin type is normally dry, or a bit of a combination try our Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Oily or acne prone skin should start with our Medicated Foaming Cleanser.
  1. Protect your skin with an antioxidant serum (or cream). When it comes to caring for your skin, antioxidants can help to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and the free radicals that some along with it. Unlike sunscreens and moisturizers, antioxidants can protect your skin from the inside out by guarding your cells from damage. Vitamins A, C and E and the mineral selenium are thought to be particularly helpful in skin care. In addition to helping fortify cells against free radicals, vitamins A and C also encourage cell and tissue growth, helping the body to repair itself. This is very healthy for the skin, which is constantly shedding and re-growing cells. For this reason, any antioxidants that protect cells and encourage cell growth could be helpful in an anti-aging regimen, as they may help fight fine lines and wrinkles. Try our Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Serum, or our Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Cream.
  1. Wear sunscreen everyday day, no matter the weather conditions. Are you wearing sunscreen right this minute? You probably should be. Even if you’re indoors, chances are there’s a UVA wave heading for your epidermis. If you think UVA is nothing to worry about, think again. A huge number of us do not apply sunscreen to our faces daily. It’s hard to understand, given that the humble sunscreen is hands down the most effective anti-ageing tool you can buy. Up to 90 per cent of aging is caused by external factors, the big one being sun exposure. Our sunscreen, Nature’s Veil SPF 30 with Antioxidants is a physical based sunscreen, perfect for your anti aging needs.
  1. Visit an esthetician for monthly facials. Even if your at-home regimen is working just fine, visiting an esthetician for a medical facial could completely change the way you view your complexion, no matter your age or skin care woes. An hour of one-on-one time creates an opportunity for the esthetician to provide professional advice skin tips and tricks. And, during the consultation, you have a chance to ask questions you may have. Part of getting a facial is learning how to care for your skin properly. Most importantly, this “lesson” will include which products or ingredients work best for your skin type and how to care for your skin at home so you can maintain the results of your facial.
  1. Drink more water. The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body your skin is made up of cells. Skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight, and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Try drinking eight 8oz glasses of water each day.
  1. Get enough sleep. Beauty sleep is real, it’s free, and it can start for you tonight. You’ve probably already noticed that when you skimp on sleep, it shows on your face. Tired skin sags, bags, and loses its luster. Lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, causing the look of dark circle. Not enough sleep can also make you more stressed, and everyone can see that tension. Sleep well with 6-8 hours a night for healthy looking eyes and skin.

 

With the wealth of information out there about skincare, and skincare products it’s sometimes hard to know which steps are right for you. These 7 basic steps are essential for everyone, no matter your age, skin type, or lifestyle. For a more detailed skincare plan, book in for your consultation with our physician for an advanced skincare analysis, or meet our medical esthetician.

It’s a new year, better skin starts now. Contacts us today. Happy New Year from Dermaworks!

6 Ways to Keep Hands Looking Young

No matter the journey you’re currently on, you have worked hard to get where you are, and your hands have been by your side since day one. They have worked hard for you throughout your years and sometimes they might show their age. While you might fret about laugh lines and wrinkles on your face, what about aging signs on your hands? Here are six ways to keep them looking young.

  1. Moisturize:Skin’s health and appearance are affected by moisture. Without water, skin’s natural processes, like exfoliation, cannot occur normally, so maintaining an optimal level of moisture in skin is essential to its look and feel. Skin that is not well hydrated may also be more susceptible to inflammatory skin conditions.
  1. Get a Manicure:Showing some love to your cuticles and nails is important to keep your hands looking young. However, remember to give your nails a break in between manicures so they can recover from the last coat of polish.
  1. Exfoliate: For silky smooth skin from head to toe, make exfoliating hands part of your skin care routine. While the face gets most of the attention when it comes to exfoliation and sloughing off dead skin cells, you can keep them soft and youthful with a little extra care. If your hands regularly feel dry and rough, exfoliating several times per week should improve their condition relatively quickly. People with oilier skin will probably find they need to exfoliate less often, while those with dry skin may find daily exfoliation helpful.
  1. Wear gloves while doing the dishes: Water is your hands’ worst enemy. If we could hire a professional dishwasher, we would, but for most of us, gloves are a decent alternative. Be sure to wear them while doing the dishes to prevent the harsh soap and hot water from ruining your skin and nails
  1. Wear sunscreen. Sun damage is the biggest culprit of old-looking skin. Applying sunscreen to your hands on a daily basis will help prevent dark spots, also known as sun spots from forming. Sunscreen is important because the sun can get to your skin even while you’re doing everyday tasks, like driving.
  1. Get laser treatment: Laser skin treatment is a revolutionary medical technology that has helped millions of people worldwide improve their appearance and self-perception, quickly and effectively eliminating blemishes on the face and body. Melanin is the dark pigment in the skin and is produced by melanocytes (cells). Pigmented lesions occur when an abundance of melanocytes are found in the skin. When dark pigment multiplies it forms freckles, brown age spots, and other pigmented lesions.
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Whatever your skincare needs, Dermaworks can help. Contact us today to find out more about laser skin treatment.

The Difference Between Physical and Chemical Sunscreens

sunscreen-foundation-500x375There is a lot of talk out there about sunscreens and the difference between chemical and physical sunscreens. While we all know how important it is to wear SPF daily, we don’t all know which type is the best personal option. The first step is to understand the basic difference between them. Chemical sunscreens basically work as a sponge absorbing UV rays, whereas physical sunscreens work like a shield reflecting dangerous UV rays. They both encompass different UV filters as well. In the physical type, the active ingredients that protect your skin are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. When we look at chemical types the list is much more daunting. It’s possible you will find: Octylcrylene, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, Homosalate, Helioplex, 4-MBC, Mexoryl SX and XL, Tinosorb S and M, Uvinul T 150 and Uvinul A Plus.

Many of you reading this are already thinking chemical=bad. Are you right to think this? Absolutely. While titanium dioxide can be problematic for a very small group of people, zinc oxide is generally safe. It can be used on delicate skin and is a main ingredient in diaper rash creams. Chemical filters can be much more problematic and irritating for your skin. While others may react instantly, some may develop an allergy over time. Chemical filters can also generate free radicals which can cause skin damage, irritation, and premature aging. Fortunately, physical sunscreens can avoid this.

Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Natures Veil- EditedOnce formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. Want to add additional antioxidants to your skin? Check out our Powerful Antioxidant Serum.

One of the main complaints of sunscreen is the white, pasty look it leaves on your skin and while we all understand the importance of SPF some of us just Natures VeilNatures Veilaren’t ready to accept pasty white skin into our lives. Fortunately, Dermaworks has considered all of the information above when designing Nature’s Veil, our specially formulated physical serum that offers SPF 30, and antioxidants. This broad spectrum physical SPF serum contains micronized titanium and zinc oxides, excluding all chemicals, fragrance, and parabens. (Click here to learn more about parabens.) This fabulous serum is tinted to avoid any pasty look and is fortified with vitamin C, E, and Ferulic acid. This must have product is available for purchase in store, or online at shop.

Still not sure what sunscreen is best for you? Book your consultation with our physician to discuss this topic further.

What are Parabens and How Do They Effect Me?

labelThe topic of parabens have been popping up in a lot of conversations lately. Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products; they stop fungus, bacteria, and other microbes from growing in your favourite creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom. Their names are a mouthful– methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben. You’ll find them listed on thousands of personal care products such as shampoos, mascara, foundations, and body lotions. They allow skin care products to survive for months or even years in your medicine cabinet; however, they also enter your body through your skin when you use these products.

Reports have shown that these preservatives can mimic estrogen and disrupt the body’s hormone system. Cornell University reports that a high lifelong exposure to estrogen can increase breast cancer risk. Estrogen, and synthetic chemicals that act like estrogen, play a role in stimulating the division of breast cells and affect other hormones that stimulate breast cell division. Your body does not easily break down synthetic estrogen, and it can accumulate in fat cells, including breast tissue. In 2004, a study by the University of Reading in the United Kingdom found concentrations of parabens, particularly methylparaben, in human breast tumors. The study examined only the presence of the preservatives in the tumors but did not determine that they were the cause of the tumors.

The ability of parabens to mimic other hormones makes them endocrine disruptors, substances that adversely affect the endocrine system. The endocrine system releases hormones into the bloodstream and is involved in a number of functions related to reproduction, waste elimination, digestion and metabolism. Endocrine disruptors can lead to early puberty in adolescent girls and boys, as reported by the New York Times. Endocrinologists have observed the average age of puberty decreasing in the past several decades and have seen girls as young as eight exhibit breast development and pubic hair growth. Endocrine disrupters can also lead to testicular enlargement and breast development in young boys.

On top of serious issues like those listed above, many products that come into contact with skin contain parabens, which often cause irritation of the skin. This is particularly true for adults, children or babies with sensitive skin. If you or your child has sensitive skin you may find that moisturizers, shampoos, and bath products, which contain these disrupters, may be causing the skin problems. Common skin problems associated with parabens include dermatitis, rosacea and other allergic reactions.

I bet your running to your bathroom now to read all the ingredients in your skincare products, and that’s good! Knowing what’s in your products is the first step to a healthy and safe skin care regime. At Dermaworks we care about your health. Our line of medical grade skincare are all paraben-free (well almost!) One product you’ll find on our shelves does contain a paraben, but for good reason. Our Firm and Protect Eye Cream contains a very small amount of parabens. Why? Because what you’re putting around your eyes matter. We need to be sure it’s completely bacteria free.

Ready to ditch your old products and replace them with paraben-free ones? Our products are available for purchase in store or online. Questions? Give us a call.

Peel Away all Imperfections with a Chemical Peel

Chemical-peelsChemical peels are a type of procedure during which a substance is applied to the skin resulting in faster skin cell turnover (exfoliation or peeling). The goal of chemical peeling is to rejuvenate the skin or address a specific problem such as acne, acne scars, blemishes, melasma, wrinkles, sun damage, or fine lines. Even if you don’t have a specific skin problem, getting a chemical peel is a great way to restore or maintain a glowing complexion. Given then their effectiveness, safety and affordability, chemical peels are a very popular dermatologic procedure.

At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic our illumaPeel combines a variety of active cosmeceutical ingredients to effectively achieve the results you desire, whether it be to help smooth the skin’s texture or erase pigmentation irregularities. Each procedure is a half hour. The face, hands, neck, back and shoulders may be treated and people of all ethnic backgrounds can enjoy the benefits of a chemical peel.

Before and After Chemical Peel

After cleansing the face, our MiniPeel Solution is applied. our physician will advise you when to wash the solution off using the provided anti-redness foaming cleanser followed by applying the Illuma 2 CrèmeThe peeling process usually begins 1-3 days after the procedure and is complete in 5-7 days. The skin may appear dry and flaky during this time.

Moisturizer and sunscreen must be used regularly during the 5-7 days after the peel and is included in your package here at Dermaworks. Use of these products helps achieve better healing and masks the peeling process. You will be able to return to work or other activities immediately after your chemical peel. Peels can be repeated in 2-4 weeks. More than one peel may be required depending on your goals and condition.

Although results may be achieved after one treatment, a series of treatments may be required and varies from person to person. Anxious for that glowing complexion? Contact us today! 

Laser Skin Treatment for Spider Veins

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To the majority of us spider veins are cosmetically undesirable and can make the face appear older, flushed, or blemished. Spider veins are a common development from sun damage and aging. Certain medical conditions and habits (smoking and alcohol) can also promote their development. This type of vascular lesion is formed by abnormally large or numerous blood vessels located directly under the surface of the skin. These vessels may be visible through the skin or result in a red appearance of the skin and can be eliminated with laser skin treatment.

Spider veins usually take on one of three basic patterns. They may appear in a true spider shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a dark central point; they may be absorbing and will resemble tiny branch-like shapes; or they may be simple linear and appear as thin separate lines. During your treatment the laser used will emit a beam of light that is absorbed by melanin (pigment) in the skin and blood in the vessel. This will either break down the melanin or collapse the blood vessel, getting rid of pigmented lesions. Typically one to four treatment is needed for facial spider veins.

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The treatment is fast and simple and typically offers no down time. Patients can resume normal activities almost immediately after having this procedure done. There can be some redness which usually goes away in two to three hours and swelling, if any, may last one to two days. Final treatment results should be evident within 10-14 days for this type of vascular lesion.  Clients should note that sun screen must be worn after the treatment but not to worry, Dermaworks Medical Aesthetic Clinic offers a fabulous sun screen, Nature’s Veil, available for purchase at the time of your appointment.

Laser skin treatment is amazing medical technology that has helped millions of people completely eliminate their facial spider veins. You could be next. Contact us today to book your consultation with our physician.

What is Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

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At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we offer one of the most effective laser skin technologies in the industry–Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing with Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) Therapy using the SmartXide DOT™ CO2 laser system. This revolutionary technology not only rejuvenates the skin, eliminating wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, acne and other scars but also has the unique ability to tighten skin! It is the preferred method if you wish to get the most results with one treatment.

The SmartXide DOT™ CO2 laser system emits CO2 laser energy that creates thousands of microscopic perforations (vaporization of the skin) at a controlled depth. This stimulates new collagen growth and promotes tissue coagulation, resulting in skin tightening. Its fractional nature leaves bridges of skin between the vaporized columns of tissue. This helps with the healing process by reducing recovery time and associated risks (particularly unwanted hypo-pigmentation), thereby allowing the skin to heal faster. It is important to keep in mind that this technology is not only used for severe skin issues, in fact some clients simply feel their appearance looks aged and tired.

This is an in-office procedure that requires pre and post-treatment medications to ensure proper healing and comfort during the procedure.  For your comfort during the treatment, we may apply a topical freezing anesthetic. After the first day your skin will be extremely red and it is very important to follow the post-treatment instructions given to you by our physician. Upon leaving you will be asked to book a follow-up appointment.

During the first 24 hours post-treatment use ice/cold packs every two hours for 20 minutes maximum for selling and discomfort, cover treated areas with a moisturizing ointment every two hours, and keep your head elevated by using two or more pillows when lying down.

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Following treatment normal activities may resume per level of comfort. However, no swimming or using hot tubs/whirlpools while redness is present, usually for at least 24-48 hours. Once you feel comfortable and healed, a normal skin care regime, including makeup or shaving, can be resumed. Mild treatments typically require 1-2 days of downtime (ideally with 3-5 treatments), moderate treatments require 3-5 days (ideally with 2-3 treatments) and more aggressive treatments require 5-7 days of downtime (ideally with 1-2 treatments).

If you would like to improve the look and feel of your skin this treatment may be for you! Contact us today to book your consultation with our physician to receive a quote and see if this procedure is right for you.

What is Vibradermabrasion for Aging Skin?

Vibradermabrasion is the latest in aging skin treatment technology. It is an effective and clinically proven topical aging skin treatment, utilizing a rapidly vibrating sterile paddle to remove layers of damaged skin tissue; leaving healthier and more radiant skin. Vibradermabrasion is the new way to do microdermabrasion. The process is fast, very comfortable for patients and produces exceptional results. 75-85% of the stratum corneum (top layer of non-living skin cells) is removed in minutes.

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 Sun damaged skin
 Fine lines/wrinkles
 Superficial age spots
 Hyper-pigmentation/Melasma
 Poor skin texture/dull skin

 

Unlike traditional microdermabrasion, Vibraderm does not sandblast aluminum oxide crystals over the skin. Instead, a Vibraderm machine
consists of paddles covered in abrasive particles. During the treatment, the Vibraderm paddles vibrate over the skin at extremely high speeds, exfoliating the top layer of skin and stimulating collagen growth.

Treatments typically take less than 30 minutes to perform and require virtually no downtime. This makes Vibraderm easy to fit into busyvibra 2schedules and ensures that people can get back to their active lifestyles. Many patients prefer Vibraderm simply for its lack of post-treatment redness.

Vibradermabrasion creates immediate results for aging skin after just one treatment and in as few as three, initiates the creation of new collagen, leaving the skin more beautiful and vibrant each time. You will immediately notice a textural difference and a glowing quality to your skin’s appearance, however multiple treatments will be required to address hyper-pigmentation, enlarged pores and reduction of fine lines. Results may vary for each patient.

At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic each session is $150 and offers a half an hour of powerful relaxation while we rejuvenate your aging skin. Post treatment we are happy to match and apply mineral foundation by Jane Iredale that is also available for purchase while in our clinic. Contact us today to book your appointment!

Preventative Use of Botox for Wrinkles

47e39d33a242e12ddd11fdc9bfecee4fIs it too early for Botox? The question of when to start isn’t as straightforward as you may think. It depends on your facial structure and your predisposition for wrinkling. Many of our patients wait for the first signs of wrinkles to occur before treatment. However, Botox is becoming increasingly popular among 20-something men and women as a means of preventing their youthful skin from aging.

By using Botox earlier in life, you will keep lines from forming. Creases become etched in our skin over time as we make the same expressions.  If you receive this treatment, you can reduce muscle movement in wrinkle-prone areas before the deep lines appear.  If you have dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that occur when you animate) then using Botox will help prevent the formation of static wrinkles (wrinkles that occur even at rest.)

Don’t forget, to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots daily use of sunscreen is an absolute must for everyone at every age. Nature’s Veil, SPF 30 is a broad spectrum physical sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays with micronized titanium and zinc oxides that offer no chemicals, fragrance, or parabens. It’s fortified with antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, Ferulic acid ester and melanin for enhanced protection. For a full line of our products please click here.

Keep in mind, Botox studies have not been completed on anyone younger than the age of 18, and is not recommended for pregnant women. If you’re thinking of getting this treatment but aren’t sure it’s right for you, come visit our physician for a no pressure, honest, and accurate consultation. We deliver beautiful, natural results every time. Contact us today!


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