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How to Treat and Prevent Sunburns

Posted on July 14, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

As temperatures go up, we turn to the beach for relief from the sweltering days of summer. However, soaking up the sun for extended periods of time can cause long lasting damage to your skin.  Excessive sun exposure can accelerate the signs of aging and make you vulnerable to developing certain kinds of cancer. Sunburns can also be quite a painful experience as your skin peels and blisters as it attempts to heal itself. In order to protect your skin, it is absolutely essential to wear sun protection when you are outdoors. Of course, I recognize that not all sun exposure is inherently bad for you. After all, our skin has the unique ability to convert UVB rays into a form of Vitamin D. Vitamin D isn’t readily available in most diets, and our bodies use it to strengthen bones and boost immunity.

If you have developed a sunburn, we recommend treating the burns immediately. As soon as you recognize that your skin feels painful and irritated, you should get out of the sun and apply a cold compress to the affected areas.  After waiting for a few minutes, apply an over the counter hydrocortisone cream to reduce swelling and inflammation. Over the next few days, keep your body hydrated with plenty of fluids and apply aloe vera directly onto the skin to soothe sunburned areas.

Following the combination of these steps will help alleviate the pain and irritation associated with sunburns. However, if you develop a sunburn, the true damage to the skin may not be visible immediately. Sun spots occur when melanin accumulates just underneath the skin surface, and over time it rises to the topmost layers of the skin.

IPL is one way you can treat the patches of brown discoloration caused by the sun. This therapy works by directing light energy at the unwanted pigment and it dramatically improves the clarity of your skin.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

Laser Technology Offers Treatment for All Skin Tones

Posted on July 10, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

Lasers are revolutionizing the way men and women remove unwanted hair. Historically, hair removal tended to be both painful and damaging to the skin. For example, one of the ancient rituals involved the use of volcanic glass to scrape away hair at the skin’s surface. Over time hair removal techniques have become less invasive, but the process of removing hair is still a dreaded experience for millions of people. Lasers offer the opportunity to simplify your beauty routine and avoid the discomfort associated with traditional hair removal methods.

The first generation of laser hair removal equipment worked best for patients with lighter skin tones. Patients with darker skin tones were also more likely to develop side effects such as hyperpigmentation, and scarring. Luckily, with advances in technology, laser hair removal can now be done safely and effectively on all skin types. The Candela Yag system we use is excellent at permanently removing unwanted body hair following a series of quick and relatively painless treatments. This laser device works by focusing a beam of light on the skin’s surface to destroy unwanted hair follicles. This sought after laser treatment has been very effective at removing hair without damaging the surrounding tissue for both light and dark skin types.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

3 Things to Avoid When Doing Laser Hair Removal Treatments

Posted on June 30, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

Laser Hair Removal technology works by destroying the hair follicle through controlled bursts of high intensity light. You will need several treatments to reduce your unwanted body hair, but each session is relatively quick and we offer treatment packages to make the process more affordable. Our laser technician will work with you to make each treatment session as comfortable and effective as possible, but there are few things you can also do yourself to ensure optimal results.

1. Avoid sunbathing
Avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks prior to your treatment. Sunbathing makes your body more sensitive to heat, which in turn increases the possibility of burns and hyperpigmentation.

2. Avoid waxing and plucking
Do not wax or pluck your hair during the two weeks leading up to your treatment. Waxing and plucking interferes with the hair follicle’s growth cycle and may extend the number of sessions you need to achieve good results. We recommend that you shave the unwanted hair the day before your appointment to maximize the results of your treatment.

3. Avoid perfumes, deodorant, and lotions
Do not apply any moisturizing agents to the treated areas the day of your treatment as this can interfere with the laser’s ability to destroy hair follicles. The skin should also be cleaned thoroughly prior to your appointment.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

4 Steps to Stunning Skin

Posted on June 28, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

Your skin is a reflection of your overall health, and if you want to look your best you need to nourish and protect your skin from the inside out.

Here are four simple methods to optimize your beauty regimen.

1. Sun Protection
Healthy skin is synonymous with beautiful skin, and if you want your skin to look its best it must be protected from excessive sun exposure. SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ is an effective shield against the sun’s harmful rays. Applying a generous coat of this sunscreen everyday will help prevent painful sunburns and certain types of cancers.

2. Drink More Water
Increasing your water intake will leave your skin plump and make it look as if it’s lit from within. We recommend drinking 72 ounces of water throughout the day.

3. Cleanse
Glowing, gorgeous skin is just not possible without properly cleansing the skin on a daily basis. Oils and makeup can clog the pores and dramatically age your skin if they are left on it overnight. We recommend using a gentle, soap-free cleanser such as SkinMedica Facial Cleanser every evening.

4. Exfoliate
The summer heat is making its way toward Los Angeles, and the rising temperatures can wreak havoc on the skin. Your skin will want to protect itself from the heat and humidity by producing more oil in your sebaceous glands. However, the increase in oil production can also lead to a rise in acne. Exfoliating regularly will help keep pores open and remove the dead skin cells that lead to a dull complexion. We love using the Skinmedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser to remove impurities and improve skin tone and texture.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

Sclerotherapy vs Laser Vein Therapy: Which is Right for Me?

Posted on June 26, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

As we age, our body’s natural defenses don’t quite work the way they used to. The valves in your veins begin to show the wear and tear from their efforts of regulating blood flow. As the valves deteriorate, blood begins to pool in certain areas of your body rather than flow freely and as a result, your veins begin to look engorged. Varicose veins are more often associated with aches and pains, and they are larger and more pronounced than spider veins. Spider veins form just under the skin, and many people regard them as an unsightly cosmetic problem.

There are a number of therapies to treat unwanted enlarged veins and make your skin appear clearer and more even toned. Sclerotherapy and Laser Vein Therapy are two of the most popular treatment options for the removal of varicose and spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment option which involves a liquid solution being injected into the vein. Over time, the vein collapses and eventually disappears from the surface of your skin. Patients often tell us how beautiful their legs look and feel just a few weeks after a treatment.

Another good way to treat varicose veins and broken capillaries is Laser Vein Therapy. These days, lasers are more powerful and effective than ever before, and the YAG laser system we use is often viewed as the gold standard in Laser Vein Therapy. This laser is designed to remove veins by treating them with an intense beam of light. The laser, when paired with the patented Dynamic Cooling Device and a topical anesthetic, proves to be a well-tolerated therapy for many patients.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

Botox: An Effective Migraine Solution

Posted on June 7, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

June is National Headache & Migraine Awareness Month. Studies have estimated that approximately 29.5 million Americans suffer from migraines, however only 15-30% seek medical attention.

Migraines can affect men, women, and children, but they are more prevalent among adult women. The primary characteristics of migraines include intense and throbbing headaches that can last anywhere between 4-72 hours and are often associated with hypersensitivity to light and sound. Although the exact causes of migraines are not fully understood, studies have shown that hormonal changes, stress, and abnormal sleeping patterns could trigger a migraine attack.

Patients are diagnosed with chronic migraines if they have more than fifteen headache days a month and on at least eight of those days the headaches have classic migraine headache features.

Effective migraine treatments are available to prevent and relieve painful and debilitating symptoms associated with this illness. Botox is one of the FDA approved preventative therapies for patients suffering from chronic migraines. There have been a number of clinical studies conducted that indicate that Botox can reduce the number and frequency of migraine attacks and improve the quality of patients’ lives.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

How to Get Savvy about Sunscreen

Posted on May 30, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

Rain or shine, sun protection is an absolutely essential step in your beauty routine. Research has shown that exposure to UV radiation accelerates skin aging and increases the risk of developing skin cancers such as melanoma. As carefree sun lovers age, their skin develops leather-like texture riddled with sunspots and wrinkles. Those who are smart when it comes to sun exposure will enjoy smooth, beautiful skin for longer.

In the summer months, you should be especially careful about protecting your face and wear sunglasses and a broad brimmed hat if you are venturing outdoors. Additionally, you should protect any area of the skin that will be exposed to the sun by applying sunscreen. The efficacy of sunscreen products is measured by the SPF rating system. We recommend regularly using sunscreens that fall in the high protection category. These products range in value from SPF 30 to SPF 50.

Sunscreens are regulated in the US and Canada as an over the counter medication, while they are treated as a cosmetic product in Europe and Japan. Due to regulatory standards, not all sunscreens are created equal and the formulations and protection capabilities differ from region to region. There are three main components necessary to create a sunscreen, which include UV filters, emollients, and emulsifiers. Some of the most common UV filters used in American products are zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and octinoxate.

You can make the most of the formulations available in the US by following these 3 useful tips:

  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure
  • Reapply it every 2 hours
  • Apply 2 milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.