Category: Beauty Tips

Everything You Need To Know Before Your First Laser Hair Removal

You decided to take the plunge and get a laser treatment. Hooray! You’re one step closer to hairlessness or at least the degree of hairlessness that you’re seeking. While your dermatologist or laser treatment provider should be your primary resource, sometimes it helps calm the nerves to listen to someone who’s gone through the experience.

Laser treatments aren’t cheap, so you should arm yourself with all the knowledge you can to make sure your investment pans out smoothly (see what I did there?).

Here is a pretty decent list of things you should know BEFORE you go in for your first laser treatment:

 

1. Mind Your Skin Tone

Lasers work by targeting the melanin in the hair and destroying the corresponding follicle. Making some lasers difficult or ineffective for use on darker skin tones. Recently, however, there are newer models of lasers that work on ranges of skin tones. Your laser treatment provider will choose the best laser for you.

 

2. Hair Beware, But Where?!

A BIG question first-time laserees have is where exactly on their body they can receive the treatment. Well, guess what? Most of your body is fair game—arms, legs, chest, back, pubic hair, and even the anus (sorry if that’s TMI, but it’s good to know). The only places where lasers will not be used are for eyebrows or anywhere near your eyes.

 

3. Brace Your Bank Account

More and more people are seeing groupons pop up that are valid for laser treatments. If you’re lucky enough to scoop one of those up, it’ll set you back anywhere from $99-$300 for several sessions on a medium-to-large area. Buying in bulk seems to be the best way to save when it comes to this type of treatment. And many medical spas offer bundle deals.

 

4. Don’t Show Up As Chewbacca

You will have to shave the area being lasers PRIOR to treatment. It’s best if this is done a day or two beforehand to prevent skin irritation from the laser. Some places will charge you if you show up unshaved. Just do it yourself.

 

5. On A Scale Of 1-10—How’s The Pain

The initial sessions are usually manageable. The sensation is like the snapping of a rubberband on the skin following by a brief cool. As long as you’re consistent with your treatments, you should be fine. However, if you wait too long between treatments the pain quickly increases. Stick to your schedule if you can help it—trust me. They also provide you with safety goggles because staring straight at the laser can damage your eyes.

 

6. Can I Fit This In During Lunch

Laser hair removal is astonishingly quick, depending—of course—on your technician’s style and how many breaks you need to take. Brazilians can take around 10-15 minutes, but most treatments should easily be able to be constrained within a lunch hour (as long as there’s no wait time at the med spa).

 

7. What Results Should You Expect

Results will vary for several reasons. Your skin type, the area being treated, how properly hydrated and nourished you are, etc. The list goes on. The truth is, there’s no way to know definitively how anyone will react to laser treatment. Most people do very well and see favorable results with only a few treatments, some need a few more to get where they want to be.

 

8. A Note About Tanning

Do NOT tan before your laser treatment, you will be turned away. As lasers cannot be used on sun-tanned or sun-burnt skin.

 

That’s it. Now all that’s left to do is show up. Good luck!

5 Tips For Youthful Glowing Skin

The skin is largest organ in the human body and a protective barrier against germs and toxins. Sweat glands and blood vessels regulate temperature, Immune cells ward off infection, and some cells synthesize vitamin D. But, like the rest of our bodies, skin ages.

Loss of elasticity occurs when collagen and elastin production slow, causing skin to sag and wrinkles to form, especially if there has been excessive sun exposure (no skin type gets a free pass on sun damage).

But never fear, there are ways to slow this aging process and in some cases even reverse it Here are a few tips to help keep skin supple and healthy:

 

  • Use sunscreen every day. It’s never too late to start protecting your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays.
  • Use a night cream. This helps to replenish the skin while you sleep.
  • Stop smoking. There are a number of reasons for this but smoking significantly dehydrates and damages the skin. 
  • Increase your fluid intake. Maintaining proper hydration is essential to glowing and healthy looking skin.
  • Exercise. It improves circulation which translates into “happier” cells better capable of producing collagen and elastin.

 

But if you are still not happy with the way you look, laser skin resurfacing may be the solution for you.  Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that helps reduce wrinkles, acne scars, and age spots.  It will also improve the overall tone and texture of your skin.

Gone are the days of “total face lifts” which can irreversibly change the “look” of a person. Laser resurfacing restores skin to a youthful glow without surgery or extensive down-time. Laser Skin Resurfacing is FDA-approved and safe for most skin types.

If you want to tighten your jaw line and remove fine lines and wrinkles, laser resurfacing may be your answer.

The Truth About Laser Treatments For Acne

If you’ve ever had acne, then you’re very familiar with discomfort. The stares from strangers, the eyes dropping from yours to your breakout. It’s not fun. And it leaves many individuals with low self-esteem and shame.

But the fact is that 60-million people in the U.S. have acne—ranging from mild to severe cystic cases. Thankfully, nowadays, there are a variety of treatment options to choose from including laser treatment for acne.

It seems too good to be true, right? Just shine some fancy light on your skin and all your acne troubles disappear. Well, that’s not quite how it works. Here’s the truth about laser treatments for acne.

 

1. Keep Expectations In Check

Acne laser treatment is effective, but will not “cure” your acne. Most patients who undergo this type of therapy see a significant clearing of their acne but it’s rare for this treatment to completely eradicate it. Talk to a dermatologist about combining treatment options to give you the best results.

 

2. Results May Vary

Because each of us is unique and different, the way each of our bodies responds to certain chemicals or substances is different. There’s no way to predict who will and won’t respond favorably to laser treatment.

 

3. A Series Of Treatments Is Usually Required

Some issues can be addressed effectively with a single laser treatment—but acne isn’t one of them. Most studies have shown that it usually takes multiple treatments for acne to respond to the therapy.

 

4. Be Patient

Expanding upon truth #3, regardless of how many treatments you undergo, don’t expect to wake up the next day with a perfectly smooth face. It takes time for your skin to respond to the treatment—usually a couple weeks or so.

 

5. Side Effects ARE Possible

Maybe you’re drawn towards laser treatments because you’ve heard horror stories about the side effects of some of the prescription medications. If that’s the case, I’m sorry to say that lasers carry their own side effects, although mostly minimal and far less serious than some other acne treatments. Swelling, redness, sensitivity to the sun, or burning sensations are the most common. Other uncommon side effects include blisters, pigmentation, and lingering pain. It’s important to follow your dermatologist’s instructions very carefully to avoid this.

 

 

6 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Laser Treatments

laser treatmentsThere’s a lot of mystery and ambiguity surrounding laser treatments in the general population. Some hearken it as the miracle cure-all that works via pixie dust and unicorn tears while others have an image in their mind of a doctor shining a red laser pointer onto their faces or into their eyes. Lasers aren’t that complicated once you get down to it. Here are 6 things you need to know before stepping under the laser:

 

1. No, lasers don’t run on pixie dust or unicorn tears

 

Laser is actually an acronym. I’ll bet you didn’t know that (or maybe you did—and if that’s the case great!). It stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Lasers work with focused light. The light converts to heat as it passes through skin which can be harnessed to achieve a multitude of effects and treatments. In the case of laser hair removal, for example, the heat is absorbed by the hair’s dark pigment within the follicle. The heat damages that follicle, which ultimately inhibits hair growth.

 

2. Stay out of the sun before an appointment

 

This is critical for laser hair removal because the treatment cannot be received on tanned or sunburned skin. Yep. Save the summer glow till AFTER your treatment.

 

3. Everyone responds to lasers differently

 

Because we’re all individuals and not just a homogenous mob of genetic clones, different skin will respond to lasers in different ways. Most physicians account for this by conducting a small test patch to gauge how your skin reacts (depending on the type of treatment).

 

4. Results require consistency

 

As is the case with most laser treatments, usually multiple sessions are needed to achieve optimal results. So, if you’re looking for a one and done solution—do yourself a favor (and save some money) by looking elsewhere. Your physician will work with you to determine how many sessions your treatment will require.

 

5. Most treatments aren’t “relaxing”

 

Laser therapy is often accompanied by mild snaps—similar to the snapping of a rubberband against your skin. So, just keep your expectations in check before you saunter in thinking you’re about to get the Platinum Spa package. It will probably be uncomfortable.

 

6. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen

 

After treatment with a laser, your skin will become highly sensitive to the sun and UV rays. Slather on that sunscreen to prevent any harmful skin damage.

 

 

Aging Skin and Retinol

hands-walking-stick-elderly-old-personAs you age your skin begins to lose some of its natural ability to grow new cells. This slowed cell turn-over can make your skin show fine lines, wrinkles and give your skin a duller look. There are quite a few anti-aging lotions that are formulated to help your skin regain its youthful appearance. One of the most researched and well-known anti-aging skin treatments is retinol.

 

Retinol is a derivate of vitamin A. It prevents dead skin cells from collecting in your pores and follicles, increases the speed of cell regrowth, and stimulates collagen ability to rebuild. This enhances your skin for a more youthful look. Side-effects of retinol tend to be minor and may involve sun-sensitivity, redness, dryness, irritation, skin peeling.

 

Collagen is a protein that is a main component in your skin. Anti-aging treatments with retinol encourage collagen to regrow, enhancing your skins look. Medical News Today describes it as: “Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is the substance that holds the whole body together. It is found in the bones, muscles, skin and tendons, where it forms a scaffold to provide strength and structure.” The word collagen comes from the Greek word “Koll” meaning glue.

 

Skin care treatments containing Retinol have been widely researched. Retinol has had the most abundant amount of scientific research for any skin care treatment. Because of this, Retinol is considered to be one of the safest and most effective treatments for many skin care issues. Its anti-aging properties are one of its most sought after uses.

 

The original products containing retinol, called tretinoin, tended to be very irritating to the skin. Today’s retinol formulas are used as a safe and effective product for extended use, including on sensitive skin. Retinol is most often used to treat skin conditions such as fine lines, sun damage, wrinkles, dullness, uneven pigmentation, melisma, and roughness. Retinol can also be used as a practical treatment for acne.

 

Retinol products can be found as either a prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) product. OTC retinol treatments tend to be weaker than prescription forms. To make sure you are purchasing a high quality OTC retinol product look for vitamin A as one of the first five ingredients listed, and that the product is packaged in an air-tight, opaque bottle. Check the expiration date for product freshness. Prescription strength variets of Retinol can include Tretinoin -name brands Atralin, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, and Renova; Tazarotene –name brand Tazorac; and Adapalene-name brand Differin.

 

Retinol treatments work well for both day and night use. With your nighttime application, apply with an anti-oxidant. In conjunction with your daytime product, apply with a sunscreen to improve your skins’ defenses against sun damage. The best quality retinol products can be purchased at most cosmetic and skin care specialists practices, including Orlando Skin Solutions, the highest quality in skin care service. Orlando Skin Solutions supports the use of Avene’s Retinol System for your anti-aging skin care treatments. This includes the Retrinal 0.1, Retrinal Eyes, and Retrinal HAF Firming Gel.

 

References:

  1. Orlando Skin Solutions. “Anti-aging Skin Care: Why Do I Need Retinol?”

14 June 2016

http://orlandoskinsolutions.com/anti-aging-skin-care-why-do-i-need-a-retinol/

 

  1. Medical News Today. “What is Collagen? What Does Collagen Do?”

14 June 2016

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262881.php?page=2