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The 5 Different Types of Wrinkles

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Experiencing wrinkles at some point in your life is natural. In fact, wrinkles are considered one of the most defining attributes of aging. But did you know that a wrinkle isn’t just a wrinkle? There are several different types of lines and creases that arise from various causes.

Here are the five different types of wrinkles and how to find the most effective skincare options to help minimize their appearance.

 

Dynamic Expression Lines

Repetitive muscle movement is the cause of this type of wrinkle. Dynamic expression lines differ from other types of wrinkles because of the way they are formed. This type of crease begins as a temporary line from making a facial expression, but dynamic wrinkles can be transformed into permanent static wrinkles over time.

Top Treatment Options: To help smooth away the appearance of dynamic expression lines, we recommend injectable wrinkle treatment options such as Botox, Dysport, or Dermal Fillers. An injectable neurotoxin can help to temporarily relax the facial muscles that cause expression lines, resulting in smoother skin and a more youthful appearance.

 

Elastic Creases

Fine lines can turn into permanent elastic creases over time. Elastic creases are a direct result of years of exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays, air pollution, and are also caused by smoking. These permanent wrinkles appear around the eyes, upper lip, cheeks, neck, and decolletage.

Top Treatment Options: Make kicking your smoking habit and limiting sun exposure your top priorities. Apply sunscreen daily from head to toe, and don’t forget exposed areas such as the back of your hands that often show signs of aging. Laser therapy and chemical peels are a great way to increase cell turnover and restore a youthful glow.

 

Compression Wrinkles

These wrinkles happen when your face is compressed or squashed into a surface, such as a pillow, and are commonly seen on those who sleep on their stomach or their side. Typically, these wrinkles gradually fade throughout the day, but they can become permanent.

Top Treatment Options: Changing your sleeping position to your back is the best course of action against avoiding this type of wrinkle. If your sleeping habits have created compression wrinkles that are now permanent or very noticeable, injectable dermal fillers that contain hyaluronic acid will help to plump and soften the appearance of wrinkles.

 

Gravitational Folds

Much like the name suggests, these wrinkles form as a result of gravity pulling the skin downwards. Over time, skin begins to sag, causing folds and creases to look more pronounced. As part of the natural aging process, the amount of collagen and elastin in the skin begins to decline, resulting in sagging skin.

These wrinkles are often seen most in the form of parallel lines that run along each side of the nose towards the mouth, commonly referred to as marionette lines or parentheses. Gravitational folds are also commonly seen in those who have lost a substantial amount of weight in a short period.

Top Treatment Options: Ultherapy Is the perfect noninvasive micro-lift that uses ultrasound technology to send energy to the deeper structural areas of the skin to restore and stimulate collagen production. Over the course of 3-6 months, through a natural regenerative process, your skin will begin to lift and tighten gradually.

 

Atrophic Wrinkles

The deep furrowed wrinkles that for as parallel lines between the eyes are considered atrophic wrinkles. These lines form as a result of the gradual breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, and like other types of wrinkles, can worsen with sun exposure. This type of wrinkle is better known as fine lines or crinkles. At this stage they are not considered fully formed wrinkles. Fine lines are the easiest type of wrinkle to prevent and treat.

Top Treatment Options: Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun, and be sure to apply SPF daily. Moisturizing also helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines. Treatment options including Chemical Peels, Laser Skin Resurfacing, and the widely popular HydraFacial will improve fine lines, skin tone, and texture.

 

Finding the Right Treatment For Your Type of Wrinkles

Are you ready to take the next step towards treating existing wrinkles, and preventing future lines from forming? Call Laser Aesthetic Center today to schedule your complimentary consultation appointment with our knowledgeable staff. The only thing you have to lose is your fine lines and wrinkles.

 

Do You Suffer From Skin Sensitivity? Avoid These 8 Common Irritants

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If you are experiencing skin sensitivity, you’re likely searching for which of your current products is causing your issues. If a product is irritating your skin, it’s likely that one of these eight ingredients is the culprit.

These ingredients show up in everything from mascara to hand soap. To help you in determining what is causing your sensitive skin, we’ve put together a quick guide to what may behind your skin irritations.

Dual-Purpose Products

There are many cosmetic products on beauty product shelves that have dual uses. While it may sound like a great concept to cleanse your face while fighting acne, or to moisturize while preventing aging, these dual-purpose products can lead to applying too much of one ingredient without realizing it.

If you have sensitive skin, choose your products wisely. Stick to one-purpose products to avoid overloading your skin.

Fragrance

If you’re experiencing any type of sensitivity, the first thing a dermatologist is going to recommend you cut out is fragrance. Artificial fragrance could contain 200 or more different chemical or botanical components while the ingredients are simply labeled “fragrance” on many products. When eliminating ingredients, look for “fragrance-free” rather than “unscented” to avoid all potentially-irritating scents.

Dyes

Dyes are another irritating ingredient for those with skin sensitivity. Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is a common ingredient found in permanent hair dyes that can cause an allergic reaction. The result is a rash at the hairline, nape of the neck, and around the ears. Ask your colorist before booking your next appointment what they recommend. There are both in-salon and at-home color kit options available that are formulated without PPD.

Sulfates

These cleansing agents commonly found in shampoos help to create a rich, foaming lather. However, sulfates can strip your hair and skin of its natural oils. This ingredient often contributes to rashes, blemishes, and can be too harsh for some, creating dry skin and hair.

Preservatives

While necessary for keeping any products that contain water fresh and stable, some preservatives, such as parabens, can cause an allergic reaction in certain people. Parabens are more likely to cause irritation to those who already experience skin sensitivity and issues such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. Another preservative to avoid in cosmetics and skin care products is methylisothiazolinone which is considered a highly-hazardous allergen.

Essential and Mineral Oils

Products that are labeled as natural or organic can still cause a reaction on sensitive skin. These products often contain ingredients that may be unusual or untested. Plant-based ingredients like citrus fruit extracts and mint can cause irritations if these are primary ingredients.

Helioplex

This relatively new sunscreen agent does an excellent job of blocking both UVA and UVB rays from penetrating your skin. However, 99% of sunscreen rashes that develop are Helioplex related. While this ingredient is highly effective, it could also cause someone with sensitive skin to have a mild reaction. If you notice a reaction to sunscreen, check the ingredients list to see if Helioplex is listed.

Exfoliants

It’s perfectly safe for you to use exfoliating products if you have sensitive skin, but the key to using these products is to apply them in moderation. Start out with a product that contains amino fruit acids. The AFAs re-derived from the sugar cane bud rather than the stalk to provide better exfoliation with minimal irritation.

Are Laser Treatments Safe For Sensitive Skin?

For people with sensitive skin, it can feel as though the selection of new skin treatments or skincare products to try is limited. At Laser Aesthetic Center, our skilled medical staff is experienced in working with all skin types, including sensitive skin. We tailor every treatment to our individual patient. To learn more about the top treatments we recommend for sensitive skin, schedule your free consultation appointment today.

 

10 Tips To Keep Your Skin Looking Perfect During Vacation

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You’ve been planning this vacation for months and have made every possible effort to ensure you look and feel your best. What’s not on the travel agenda? Skin that looks anything less than perfect in all of your Instagram posts. Because your skin faces many challenges while you’re traveling, you have to alter your travel skin care needs by slightly changing your routine.

Keep your skin pimple and flake-free by following these 10 tips to keep your skin looking perfect during your vacation.

Preparation is Key

Prepare your skin as best you can before jetting off, and plan accordingly. Will you be traveling via airplane? Are you going to a dry or humid climate? Not only should you keep these questions in mind while packing your products, but also a few days beforehand. Make sure your skin is in great shape before you leave by scheduling a facial, peel, or other recommended treatment.

 

Pack Accordingly

Take along travel sizes of your regular cleansers that you know already work for your skin. A vacation is no time to be trying out new products that your skin may react poorly to. It’s also a great idea to bring along your regular moisturizer, eye cream, and a serum that will help you counteract dryness.

 

Protect Your Skin with SPF

Even if you aren’t going to a tropical island, packing sunscreen is a must. Protect yourself from skin cancer and skin-damaging UV rays even if you’re headed to a colder climate. A tinted moisturizer containing SPF is a great way to moisturize your skin while still achieving lightweight coverage.

 

Keep Your Hands Off Your Face

The average person touches their face a lot more than they realize, and this is one of the biggest mistakes you can make for your skin while traveling. We come into contact with a lot of germs in airplanes and public spaces, and touching your face transmits those germs onto the skin. If you must touch your face, use a tissue or oil blotter as a shield between your hands and your skin to avoid pimples from popping up.

 

Drink More Water

From the moment you step onto the airplane, the enclosed spaces and stale cabin air immediately dries out your skin. Ditch the tempting sugar-filled soda or latte and drink water instead. It will help to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.

 

Ease Into Things

After you arrive at your hotel and begin to settle in, make a little time for skin care. Your skin is likely carrying environmental elements on the surface from your day of travel. Once you’re checked in, wash carefully, exfoliate to get rid of any left-behind bacteria that accumulated from your travels, and apply a great moisturizer.

 

Focus on Food Choices

Vacation-mode usually includes a bit of indulgence in the form of delicious, rich cuisine and alcoholic beverages. However, filling your mealtimes with starches, greasy pizza, and fried foods will send your skin into a frenzy. Your travels may interrupt your usual diet, but make attempts to still eat fresh fruits and vegetables where you can.

 

Consider Going Makeup-Free

Wearing as little makeup as possible on your travel day is an easy way to have great skin during your vacation. Makeup settles into your pores and hangs onto microorganisms that can wreak havoc on your complexion. Foundations can also be drying or can cause excess oil depending on your skin type. Bring a small makeup bag with you and apply in the bathroom before landing or in the airport bathroom after deplaning.

 

Give Your Eyes Attention Too

Experiencing dark under-eye circles while traveling happens to many of us. Be sure to pack along an eye cream that works to depuff and brighten your eyes so you will look refreshed even while jet-lagged.

 

Bring Oil Blotting Cloths

If you are prone to oily skin, be sure to pack blotting cloths in your easy-to-reach carry-on. Oil blotting papers can help reduce the oil sitting on the surface of your skin and are more gentle than regular tissues. They also won’t leave you with any left-behind residue.

 

Book a Pre-Vacation Skin Treatment

Still have time before your getaway? Now is the perfect time to invest in your skin. A facial will give you the nourishment and moisture your skin craves to prepare for the dry travel climate. Kick off your vacation looking like you will never need to wear makeup again with treatments from Laser Aesthetic Center.

 

5 Ways To Keep Your Skin Looking Hydrated Without Drinking Water

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Drinking your recommended eight glasses of water each day is the best-known way to keep your body hydrated. Not a water fan? There are plenty of alternative options to keep your body functioning and your skin looking flawless. Reaching for some of these water-rich foods and fluids that keep the H2O balance in your body just right may be the answer to achieving that perfect dewy complexion.

 

Focus on Foods with High-Water Content

Many people don’t like to drink plain water, or just don’t have the habit of doing it. However, much of the water we take in each day comes from food. You can ensure proper hydration by drinking other fluids and by eating foods that have high-water content.

Spinach. Spinach has more than 92 percent water and a high content in potassium and calcium. It also contains many other minerals and vitamins, mainly group B vitamins.  Because of its antioxidant content, it’s known as an anticancerous food.

Broccoli. Broccoli also has high water content, and it’s packed with minerals and vitamins, mainly A, D, and K. Broccoli contains phytonutrients that have a substantial impact on the body’s detox system. It also has cancer-fighting and immune-boosting properties.

Fruits. All fruits have very high water content. Most of them are an excellent source of vitamins and fiber as well. In addition to tomatoes, referenced above, other fruits with the highest water content include watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, and cantaloupe.

Cucumber. This veggie has the highest water content of any solid food at 95 percent. It’s very versatile. You can consume it in salads, smoothies, as a snack, or chilled soups. It also contains vitamin E and essential oils.

Celery. Apart from its high water content, celery has fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C, and K.

Radishes. This food also contains antioxidants, and their crunchy texture makes them perfect for summer salads.

Tomatoes. This fruit contains 94 percent water, vitamin C, and is packed with antioxidants, especially lycopene, a cancer-fighting antioxidant.

Cauliflower. It contains up to 92 percent water and is also packed with antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins—mostly C and group B.

Coconut water. This popular drink has a high electrolyte content and potassium, which plays a crucial role in regulating body fluids. You can drink it straight or add it to a smoothie. You may want to pay attention to the sugar content and choose a variety without added sweeteners. Be aware that coconut water doesn’t have any fiber content.

 

Eat What’s In Season

Pack your plate with color by indulging on fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce supplies water, in addition to vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Before you head off to the produce department, research what fruits and vegetables are currently in season. Not only will they be more flavorful and delicious, but you will also save some money at the checkout stand.

 

Give Up Carbohydrate-Loaded Foods

Foods like chips, crackers, and pretzels have very low water content and also strip your body of hydration. Take the opportunity to snack on something more hydrating and helpful the next time a craving strikes. Snacks with higher water content such as yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit, raw vegetables, or smoothies can be just as satisfying.

 

Add Oats Into Your Diet

Oats expand and absorb the water or milk that they are cooked in, creating an unexpected source of fluid. Starting your day with a bowl of creamy oatmeal may give your body additional benefits. Oats are high in the soluble fiber beta-glucan, which has numerous health benefits. Oats can help to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, promote healthy gut bacteria, and increase the feeling of being full for more extended periods.

 

Add Flavor To Your Beverages

Many people find drinking their daily amount of water difficult because of the less-than-appealing flavor of tap water. Spice up what you sip on throughout the day by incorporating flavors. Flavored drinks are typically easier to drink, meaning you are much more likely to drink a more considerable amount. Try infusing your water with fresh fruit, or brewing some homemade iced tea.

 

Skin Still Lacking Hydration?

If you are still finding your skin looking dull and dry after increasing your H2O intake, consider a skin treatment with Laser Aesthetic Center. The HydraFacial is the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and hydration simultaneously. The treatment is soothing, moisturizing, non-invasive, and perfect for every skin type. Call today to schedule your free consultation and to learn more about why the HydraFacial is the ideal treatment for you.

 

8 Most Popular Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments of 2018


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You want to look and feel your best, and sometimes you need a little aesthetic boost to get you there. Whether your goals are to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles, firm and tone your skin, or eliminate dark spots, non-surgical cosmetic treatments can provide you with lasting results. There’s never been a better time to explore alternative procedures that don’t require going under the knife.

Here are the 8 most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments performed in 2018.

Laser Tattoo Removal

If you have tried laser tattoo removal in the past with less-than-desirable results, we urge you to try again with PicoSure. This advanced laser is often able to remove ink colors and types that were previously thought of impossible to remove. PicoSure laser treatments are typically more thorough, and can gradually reduce even stubborn ink colors including blue, green and black with fewer treatments.

Chemical Peels

By removing old skin, new layers can grow in its place resulting in a brighter, clearer, and more youthful looking complexion. Chemical peels vary in strength, and some can be performed in as little as 30 minutes. The stronger the peel, the more likely your skin will require a more extended period of time to recover. Chemical peels are an excellent option for those who want to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, sun damage and acne scarring.

HydraFacial

A HydraFacial is a gentle cosmetic treatment that combines cleaning, extracting and depositing serums into your skin. Sometimes referred to as “hydradermabrasion,” this treatment uses a vacuum-like machine to such up dead skin and extract clogged pores. A HydraFacial is perfect for patients looking for an efficient, effective treatment that takes as little as 30 minutes. There is no downtime or pain involved with this treatment, and you can even put on makeup and return to your normal activities right after having a treatment done.

Coolsculpting

Coolsculpting targets stubborn pockets of fat that won’t go away, no matter how much exercise or dieting you employ. This non-surgical procedure gently suctions areas of problem fat away from the body while cooling the tissue, destroying fat cells below the surface of the skin. A firm massage is then applied to the area to break up the fat which is eliminated by your body naturally. More than one session is often required, and results can take up to three months to see.

Botox

Botox continues to take the title of one of the most common non-invasive cosmetic treatments on today’s market. This injectable treatment relaxes facial muscles with a subtle yet effective result. Quick and relatively painless, this procedure can be performed during your lunch break and will make you look instantly refreshed and well-rested.

Ultherapy

Ultherapy works by delivering targeted ultrasound energy to a deep layer of the skin, at a temperature which will stimulate collagen production. The treatment can apply deep heating into the target layers of the skin without heating the skin’s surface. Treatments kickstart neocollagenesis, which produces new collagen. In this way, Ultherapy uses your body’s natural processes to accomplish skin tightening and lifting.

Liquid Facelift

You no longer need to go under the knife to lift sagging skin and smooth out stubborn wrinkles. The liquid facelift is a non-surgical procedure that uses injectable gel fillers, such as Juvederm, to gently lift facial features. By reducing wrinkles and folds, Juvederm can create a brighter, more rested look. This face-sculpting treatment can give you results that last for up to two years.

The Perfect Procedure For Your Needs

Depending on your case, Laser Aesthetic Center will ensure you receive the ideal treatment for your needs. Looking and feeling like the best version of yourself is just an appointment away for many non-surgical cosmetic procedures. As with any treatment, always do your research thoroughly before having any cosmetic treatment performed. Schedule your free consultation today.

5 Essential Holiday Skin Treatments

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Tis the season for company parties, family gatherings, and other holiday festivities. Everyone strives to look their very best during this time of year, and sometimes a new party dress just doesn’t cut it. Make heads turn at every event this year by gifting yourself an essential holiday aesthetic treatment.

Treat Your Skin to a Christmas Gift

Taking great care of your skin goes far beyond just ensuring you look good aesthetically. When you look good, you feel good! The winter weather can have severe adverse effects on the health and appearance of your skin. There are a number of simple cosmetic procedures can transform your appearance quickly and effectively. Your skin is often one of the first things people notice, and a radiant and rested glow is the perfect pre-Christmas gift to yourself.

Wrinkle Reduction Treatments

The holiday season is one of the most popular times for wrinkle reduction treatments. It is also the time that most people first consider these procedures, and it’s simple to see why. Wrinkle reduction treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers will last several months.

Injectable dermal fillers like Juvederm are a hot topic in the minimally invasive skincare solution world. They are ideal for today’s hectic lifestyle because they are a simple, quick and relatively painless in-office treatment.

The results of dermal fillers and Botox can eliminate or soften:

  • Unwanted wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Harsh lines
  • Expression lines
  • Other unwanted facial expression lines

HydraFacial

The HydraFacial accomplishes incredible rejuvenation without an involved procedure. This hydradermabrasion procedure combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously. The results will leave you with clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort or downtime. The HydraFacial treatment improves:

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Congestion and enlarged pores
  • Oily or acne-prone skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Brown spots

IPL Skin Rejuvenation

Once clients have tried IPL skin rejuvenation for themselves and have seen the results first hand, they’re often hooked. The IPL machine uses a broad spectrum of light to treat and eliminate the signs of aging. The procedure also stimulates collagen production improving the volume and elasticity of your skin. The result is clear, youthful looking skin with fewer wrinkles. IPL can be used to correct:

  • Broken capillaries
  • Freckles
  • Rosacea and redness
  • Age spots

Chemical Peel

One of the best and easiest ways to refresh your dull winter skin is with a chemical peel. These treatments work by peeling away the normal build-up of contaminants and dead skin cells. Some skin peels can require significant downtime of several days or even a week for recovery. However, lighter peels do not have any downtime and will leave your skin feeling smoother and softer. Chemical peels are great for those suffering from:

  • Acne scarring
  • Pigmentation
  • Uneven texture
  • A dull complexion

Microneedling

Microneedling is a relatively new skincare innovation that relies on the unique healing properties of platelets in your blood. You may have heard people refer to this treatment as the “vampire facial” because it requires us to draw a small amount of blood to attain the platelets. When combined with the collagen-producing effects of microneedling, your body’s healing process is kicked into high gear. This treatment provides extraordinary rejuvenating effects. This treatment can benefit anyone who has wrinkles or sagging skin but is not yet ready to commit to a surgical procedure such as a facelift.

Schedule Time For Self-Care

The holidays are a hectic time of year for many of us. Before you get caught up in the stress of the season, set aside time to take care of yourself. Scheduling an essential holiday skin treatment with Laser Aesthetic Center is the perfect gift to yourself this year. We offer complimentary consultations to help you choose which treatment is best for you.

8 Surprising Health Benefits of Winter Weather

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As the outdoor temperature gauge drops and the warm summer sun fades into a distant memory, it’s easy to develop a case of the winter weather blues. However, cold weather has many positives in the form of health benefits.

Read on to learn how the cold weather changing can make you feel like your best self because of these 8 surprising health benefits of winter weather.

Cooler Temperatures Boost Your Brain

Colder temperatures help people think more clearly. Research shows that people perform tasks better when the room temperature is set at a colder setting than a warmer one. What’s more, additional research has shown that people are more inclined to tackle cognitive problems in the winter than in the summer because warmer temperatures use more glucose that is needed for mental processes.

 

Helps You Burn Calories

Our bodies are padded with two kinds of fat – white fat and brown fat. While white fat is the largest energy reserve in the body, brown fat triggers your body to burn calories to generate heat. When it is cold, your body works harder to maintain your core temperature. Our bodies use a considerable amount of energy to help in keeping us warm while out in the cold, making it easier to burn more calories.

 

An Increase in Brown Fat

Most fat in our bodies appears whitish in color, while brown fat is the mitochondria-packed fat cells that burn energy and produces heat in the body. Those with a lower body mass index (BMI) tend to have a higher content of brown fat. Additionally, those that are exposed to colder temperatures have an increase in brown fat – and a corresponding boost in metabolism.

 

Lessens Allergens

If you suffer from outdoor seasonal allergies, winter is likely your sinuses favorite time of year. Pollen counts are virtually nonexistent in cold and snowy weather. If you have indoor allergies, however, you are not in the clear. Mold and dust mite allergies can be worse during the winter months, especially if you spend most of your time indoors.

 

Reduced Inflammation

After an injury, it’s likely you use an ice pack to decrease swelling and pain. The cold winter months work as a surrounding natural ice pack. You may notice your joints feeling less swollen or puffy with a decrease in inflammation.

 

Lowered Risk of Contracting Diseases

The winter weather allows you to be in the clear for several diseases and viruses that are more prevalent in warmer temperatures. Mainly due to the fact that mosquitoes hibernate during the winter, which allows for a decrease in mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika, West Nile Virus, dengue fever, and malaria. While your risk of contracting a disease lowers, your chances of catching a common cold increase, so be sure to keep up on health and safety practices such as washing your hands.

 

Improves Your Sleep

Sleep is vital for healthy looking skin. From reducing under-eye circles to giving you a glowing complexion, a full night’s sleep is imperative. Warm nighttime temperatures in the summer months actually disturb your sleep patterns causing tossing and turning for most people. Cooler temperatures while you sleep mimics the body’s natural drop in internal temperature that occurs a few hours after you doze off.

If your bedroom temperature is set between 60 and 67 degrees, you might burn more calories, too.

 

Rejuvenates the Face

When you wash your face with cold water in the morning, it keeps your skin tight, vibrant and radiant. Cold water tightens your cuticles and pores, sealing the pores in the skin. It is harder for dirt and oils to get into your pores if they are smaller. The cold weather works to rejuvenate your face in the same way with your skin as cold water.

Colder temperatures can also act as a tonic or astringent reducing clogged pores and keeping them less visible. Cold weather also slows down and prevents the secretion of sebum, keeping shine at bay and waterproofing your skin and hair. Open pores and less oil means reduced acne as well.

 

Giving Your Winter Skin a Boost

There’s no doubt about it; winter can be tough on our bodies and overall well being. Treat your skin (and yourself!) to a winter skin treatment from Laser Aesthetic Center. A facial will give your skin the nourishment and moisturizing it craves.

 

Is Your Skin Changing With the Seasons? Here’s Why

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The seasons changing is a great excuse to pack away the shorts and sandals in exchange for cozy sweaters and boots. However, these changes don’t just call for a different wardrobe. Everything in your skincare routine should change too. Cooler temperatures and less humidity also mean spending more time indoors which can deprive your complexion of moisture.

Your skin is affected by every seasonal weather change and here’s how.

 

Cooler Temperatures and Lower Humidity

As the autumn and winter months approach, the humidity levels tend to drop as the temperature does. Drier air quality sucks more moisture from your skin, leaving you more likely to experience dry and flaky skin. If your skin is already prone to eczema or other skin drying conditions, cooler temperatures can worsen these conditions.

Harsh Central Heating

Being cooped up indoors surrounded by dry indoor air not only dries out your skin on your face and body, but it also dries you out internally as well. Heated air indoors causes low humidity, which leads to water evaporating from our skin. A lack of moisture in your skin causes cracking, flaking and irritation, leaving the surface with a lackluster appearance. More so, dry mucous membranes leave you with chapped lips, a dry throat, and even chronic nosebleeds from your nasal cavity lacking moisture.

Extreme Temperature Changes

Going from the cold outdoors into balmy centrally-heated buildings and vice-versa can take its toll on your skin. These extreme temperature changes cause the capillaries in the face to contract and expand rapidly, leading to broken veins and skin redness.

Hot Baths and Showers

When temperatures plummet, a hot bath or a steaming shower sounds like the best remedy for a bone-chilling day. After all, there is nothing more relaxing than a long soak in the bubbles to unwind from the day. However, hot baths and steaming showers can dissolve the protective barrier in the skin which will eventually lead to dryness and skin that doesn’t hold moisture. The next time you turn the water temperature control all the way to the right, think of your skin and opt for warm water instead.

Comfort Foods

As the autumn months settle in, comfort eating is soon to begin. For many people with oily, acne-prone skin, the drier weather can help with breakouts by reducing oil production. However, eating a diet high in refined carbs may trigger or exacerbate acne. Snacking on foods with high glycaemic levels spikes your blood sugar. A spike in sugar is thought to increase the levels of hormones in the body that are responsible for oil production.

Combatting Cool-Weather Skin

As soon as the seasons change, your skincare routine should too. Think of your skincare products in the same way you think of your wardrobe – seasonal. Just as you change your clothes with varying temperatures, you should do the same with your skincare products.

  • Swap your lightweight summer moisturizer for a more heavy duty face cream.
  • Invest in a humidifier to keep the air most in your home or office.
  • Keep your entire body moisturized from head to toe.
  • Resist the temptation to take hot baths and showers that can lead to dryness.
  • Avoid going overboard on carbohydrate-loaded comfort foods.

 

Invest In Your Skin

The winter months are the perfect time to invest in your skin. A facial will give your skin the nourishment and moisture it craves when the air is dry and cold. Revitalize your gray winter skin and leave it looking like you will never need to wear makeup again with treatments from Laser Aesthetic Center.

 

4 Surprising Applications for PicoSure Laser Treatments

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The PicoSure Laser system offers skin patients the ability to address skin disorders and imperfections by resurfacing and rejuvenating the skin. When it comes to the PicoSure system, you might initially think of tattoo removal, but the PicoSure technology can remove damaged outer layers of skin and stimulate the production of collagen in new skin cells as well. Treating these underlying layers results in smoother, younger and healthier-looking skin.

The Many Uses For PicoSure

FDA approved for skin treatment, PicoSure offers the most advanced laser skin treatment for the removal of skin imperfections. PicoSure laser gently delivers ultra-short pulses that penetrate and break down damaged skin cell layers until a smoother and healthier appearance is achieved. The treatment promotes collagen and elastin production and stimulates a non-traumatic tissue healing response. Laser skin rejuvenation has anti-aging benefits in addition to other treatment benefits including:

  • Minimal discomfort and pain during and after treatment
  • Little to no side effects
  • Requires fewer treatment sessions
  • Safe and highly effective
  • Will not injure surrounding skin
  • Successfully removes skin imperfections

Tattoo Removal

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they consider PicoSure laser treatments is tattoo removal. Never before has a single treatment been able to address such a wide range of pigments and types of tattoo ink. Most traditional laser treatments rely either on light or heat to break up unwanted tattoo ink, but the PicoSure system can provide both heat and light waves, attacking the ink on two levels. Through this combined process, the PicoSure system is able to provide a more comfortable and effective solution for tattoo removal.

Skin Imperfections

PicoSure laser skin resurfacing is a safe non-surgical procedure that diminishes the appearance of skin imperfections including:

  • Brown spots: Dark spots on the surface, also known as hyperpigmentation. Most often, they are a consequence of past sun exposure or artificial UV light used in tanning beds.
  • Fine lines: Fine lines are the early signs of wrinkle formation. They usually occur in the most expressive areas of your face, such as around your eyes, mouth, and forehead. Fine lines can be created due to a lack of moisture in the skin.
  • Freckles: Small brown spots on the skin, often in areas that are exposed to the sun. In most cases, freckles are harmless and form as a result of overproduction of melanin.
  • Melasma: A common skin issue that causes brown patches, usually on the face. Melasma can also appear on other parts of the body that are exposed to the sun, such as the forearms, hands, and neck.
  • Pigmented lesions: These lesions are typically brown, black, or blue in color and are common. Benign pigmented lesions are harmless abnormalities of the skin; however, they appear similar to cancerous moles.
  • Stretch marks: Continuous tugging and stretching of the skin can cause stretch marks to form. They most often appear when you rapidly gain or lose weight due to a sudden growth spurt or pregnancy.
  • Wrinkles: A natural part of the aging process as the skin gets thinner, drier, and less elastic. Environmental factors such as smoking and sun exposure can accelerate the development of wrinkles.

Skin Resurfacing and Wrinkle Reduction

The PicoSure laser system does more than aid in tattoo removal. The stimulating effects of the laser treatment can be used to stimulate collagen growth in the deeper layers of the dermis, creating a more plump, rejuvenated look. The regrowth of collagen helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a more youthful appearance. More effective than other treatments, the PicoSure laser system offers many uses and benefits for fresher looking skin.

Acne Scarring

Patients can suffer from stubborn acne scars for most of their life because of how difficult they are to remove effectively. The raised, discolored areas of skin do not respond to many resurfacing options, leaving sufferers frustrated and hopeless. The PicoSure system has been shown to significantly improve the appearance of:

  • Acne and other facial scars
  • Reducing pigmentation
  • Smoothing the skin
  • Age spots
  • Freckles
  • Hyperpigmentation

The Solution You’ve Been In Search of

Whether you are in dire need of tattoo removal, want to reduce stubborn acne scars that have followed you around for years, or just need an overall fresh glow, the PicoSure laser treatment system could be the solution you have been searching for. Contact Laser Aesthetic Center today to schedule your consultation.

 

Getting Your Body Halloween Ready With CoolSculpting

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Halloween is that one time of year where anything goes and showing more skin than is age-appropriate is a necessity. Do you find yourself shying away from certain costumes that you would love to wear only because you don’t have the body you want to pull it off? Shed your insecurities and your stubborn fat with help from CoolSculpting.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a scientifically proven procedure that cools specific areas of the body to  target stubborn fat cells. Fat and other bodily tissues freeze at different temperatures, and the CoolSculpting process effectively chills and kills fat cells while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. After treatment, your body will slowly dispose of those frozen fat cells, resulting in a slimmer and more sculpted physique.

What are the Benefits?

CoolSculpting works by targeting certain FDA-cleared areas of fat cells and applying controlled cooling. The cells die on contact and will be flushed out of the body naturally over the course of three to six months. Results can be seen after just one treatment, and each session only takes an hour.

CoolSculpting is Non-Invasive

CoolSculpting is non-invasive and can be done on your lunch break. Treatments do not require patients to go under the knife or any anesthesia. Most patients find CoolSculpting to be very tolerable and even perform other tasks such as reading a book, answering work emails, or taking a much-needed nap while CoolSculpting is being performed.

Natural-Looking Results

CoolSculpting should be used as an aid in fat reduction and not a complete replacement of proper diet and exercise. Your results will be gradual and natural-looking, so you will never have someone asking you if you have “had work done.” Patients, on average, experience a fat reduction of about 20% with each CoolSculpting treatment.

You Get a Confidence Boost

One healthy-conscious decision often leads to many more. Many patients who undergo CoolSculpting treatments continue their efforts by committing to healthier lifestyles. Treatments will leave you feeling more confident in your clothes and in yourself, and as your view of your personal being improves, your overall quality of life is likely to improve as well.

Safe and Effective

The entire process of CoolSculpting is the only FDA-cleared fat-freezing technology on today’s market. There’s no surgery or artificial substances involved. The fat-freezing process is controlled by cooling technology that targets only your fat cells, which are then shed through your body as a part of its own natural processes.

Long-Lasting Results

With just diet and exercise, fat cells reduce in size but remain in the body, waiting to come back at any chance they get. CoolSculpting permanently removes those stubborn fat cells from the body, and even if you gain weight after treatment, you will likely see a more even distribution of fat throughout your body rather than just in your trouble areas.

Will I Be Halloween Ready?

With CoolSculpting, there are no injections, no pain, and no downtime required. Typically patients begin to see fat-loss results in as little as three or four treatments, though it may take up to three months to see the full results you desire. Most people achieve between 20-25% fat loss in any particular area, making CoolSculpting worth the cost to most. The best way to start seeing the results you desire is to begin treatment sessions.

Can Only Women Get CoolSculpting?

Women aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits of CoolSculpting procedures. The science behind freezing fat cells is the same for both men and women. Men have problem areas just as women do, which makes this non-invasive procedure perfect for both genders.

A Healthier, Happier You

Schedule a consultation appointment with Laser Aesthetic Center and be one step closer towards getting the body you want. We will walk you through the entire treatment process and answer any questions you may have on how to achieve a healthier and happier body.

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