Articles Tagged: Skin care


Why You Need Sunscreen Year-Round

Posted on October 7, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

Most people understand the need to wear sunscreen in the height of the summer, but we find far less awareness of the need to continue to wear protection at other times of the year. Even here in Los Angeles, where we are pretty much guaranteed copious sunlight throughout the entire year, there’s a widespread belief that you only really need protection when the sun is burning hot.

Nothing could be further from the truth — damage from the sun’s UV rays is cumulative. Although exposure to high-intensity sunlight is incredibly dangerous, so is continued exposure to the lower intensity sunlight that we encounter throughout the year. Just because your skin may not be burning does not mean that you’re not in the process of damaging it. You can easily damage your skin without necessarily feeling anything untoward happening.

Negative Effects of Sunlight

Although sunlight has many positive benefits on the body, including boosting serotonin and Vitamin D levels and regulating our sleep patterns, sunlight can actually be responsible for a wide range of negative effects. 

Excess sun exposure can lead to sunburn, heat rash, premature wrinkles and aging, dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. It can also lead to the development of several different types of skin cancer.

Sunlight is composed of a range of different light frequencies, most of which we see, but several of which we don’t. The ultra-violet (UV) components of sunlight are primarily responsible for damaging the skin. There are two categories of UV rays – longer wavelength UVA rays penetrate further into the skin and are primarily responsible for skin aging; lower wavelength UVB rays don’t penetrate as deeply and are the leading cause of skin burning. Exposure to either UVA or UVB rays can lead to skin cancers. 

Seasonal Effects

The intensity of UV light that you’re exposed to depends on several factors, including the season, the time of day, the amount of cloud cover, and your latitude, altitude, and even the ozone level. The EPA even publishes a UV index map of the US, along with a four-day forecast. UVB rays are most intense in the summer and spring; UVA rays are present in all seasons. In addition, UVB rays are present even in cloudy conditions; they also penetrate most window glass types.

Effective Protection

We recommend regular application of sunscreen, both as a precaution before exposing yourself to direct bright sunlight, but also as a part of your regular daily routine, year-round. It’s worth stressing that the need to use an effective sunscreen is not limited to when you’re lying on a beach, but is needed when you go about your everyday life, regardless of the temperature, the clothes that you’re wearing, and even if it’s a cloudy day.

Your clothes obviously provide considerable protection. But in addition to protecting your face, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your neck, shoulders, forearms, hands, legs, feet, and any other body parts that might be exposed. Some people even tan through their clothes, demonstrating that sunlight can penetrate through light clothing.

Sunscreen Products

Sunscreen products have come a long way from the heavy, greasy formulations used to be the only option. You can choose from a wide range of effective sunscreens that incorporate moisturizers, are easy to apply, and are absorbed by the skin. Although a sunscreen’s SPF rating provides a good indication of its effectiveness, you shouldn’t necessarily use this rating as the only way to select a product. A lower-SPF rated product that you’re comfortable using routinely will do you more good than a high-SPF rated product that you only use rarely.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care has experience in a wide range of non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including several that can be used to help rejuvenate your skin and help to mitigate the negative effects of too much exposure to sunlight. We can advise the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Our team is also able to evaluate skin damage accurately. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.


Benefits of Photofacials

Posted on October 1, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments use a high-power computer-controlled flashgun to create powerful flashes of light that can be used for various therapeutic and aesthetic purposes. An IPL Photofacial is simply the use of this technique to resolve problems occurring on and around the face. IPL treatments are not the same as using a laser – IPL uses a broad range of light frequencies, and can penetrate further into the skin than a laser can. It turns out that IPL can be used to treat an extremely wide range of problems.

The principal benefits of IPL Photofacials are listed below – this is not an exhaustive list:


Treating Acne

IPL therapy can be used to target the bacteria that cause acne.  These bacteria can be found on the skin surface, in the first skin layer (the epidermis), but mostly in the second skin layer (the dermis).

High-intensity IPL can reach through the skin and into the dermis, and efficiently kills bacteria while also reducing inflammation.


Reducing Skin Pigmentation Issues

IPL is perhaps best-known for reducing hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and sun spots caused by excess sun exposure. As with acne treatments, IPL reaches through to the dermis, where it is used to target areas of darker pigmentation. IPL acts to even out skin tone, which results in clearer, younger looking skin.


Skin Rejuvenation

A side-effect of IPL therapy is that production of collagen and connective tissue is stimulated. IPL also heats the skin, causing blood vessels to expand. This increases blood flow to the treated areas, which also tends to help the production of collagen. Boosting collagen has the effect of reducing wrinkles, and can mitigate the effects of aging. The result is firmer, smoother, and more youthful looking skin.

In addition to these benefits, IPL can also be used to treat spider veins, wrinkles as well as helping to reduce the size of skin pores.  And if that isn’t enough, it can also be used to help prevent the typical effects of aging before they occur.

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


How to Optimize Your Skincare Regimen

Posted on December 18, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

When seasons change, it is time to re-evaluate your beauty routine. We will discuss two helpful tips to follow when optimizing your skincare regimen.


  1. Adapt Routines for the Season

You may find that some of your favorite summer beauty products are no longer working well during the winter. For colder months, we recommend using heavier creams because they will offer a layer of protection from the dry winter air. We also love moisturizers with ceramides, such as Skinmedica TNS Ceramide Treatment cream, because they hydrate the skin more efficiently and they are very effective at soothing dry, flaky skin.

  1. Integrate Cautiously

Although there are plenty of new and innovative beauty products to try this winter we recommend taking your time in introducing each new product to your regimen. We find that our patients experience minimal side effects when changing their beauty routines if they incorporate each new skincare product one at time. Slowly integrating new skincare products will also help you better determine which products are working for you and which ones are not. Ideally, you should give each new product a two month trial before judging its efficacy.


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 to schedule a free consultation.


3 Skin Care Tips to Fall in Love With

Posted on October 10, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

Fall is a season of new beginnings. The kids head off to school and we return to the office with a few more dark spots and fine lines than before our summer vacation.

Fortunately, the cooler months offer an excellent opportunity to repair and rejuvenate the skin. At Your Laser Skin Care we offer high quality and effective skincare products and treatments that will help restore your skin. One of our favorite lines, Skinmedica, offers a wide range of products that can help you transition to the needs of the season.

Below are a few helpful tips on how to adjust your skin care regimen to better accommodate the change in climate that comes with fall.

  1. Use sunscreen regularly

Although, you may feel less heat from the sun in the fall and winter, UV rays are something to be avoided throughout the year. Applying a sunscreen such as Skinmedica’s Essential Defense and Repair SPF 34 can protect you from the damaging rays of the sun and the unique formula also provides a host of other anti-aging benefits.

  1. Use a serum at night

Nighttime provides an opportunity for your body to repair itself. Serums are highly effective when applied at night, and the TNS Essential Serum is a fantastic option to dramatically improve the condition of your skin.  This innovative serum delivers a combination of antioxidants, peptides, and human growth factors to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  1. Refresh your skin with chemical peels

Skinmedica’s comprehensive range of medical grade chemical peels can treat a variety of skin conditions. The Illuminize peel is the least aggressive formulation and can reveal a brighter, more radiant complexion with little to no downtime. The Rejuvenize and Vitalize peels are tougher on dark spots, and can provide the deep exfoliation your skin needs in the fall months.

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


3 Ways to Maximize Your Beauty Sleep

Posted on September 15, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

During the day, our bodies are exposed to various environmental toxins that could damage the skin. We repair the damage best at night when our body can fully concentrate on cellular repair and regeneration. Although our natural functions help us heal from the everyday stressors, we should also put in the effort to optimize our sleep routines. Here are three tips to make the most of your beauty sleep and reduce wrinkles.

  1. Use a humidifier

Every night, before bed, many people take a few moments to nourish their skin with moisturizing lotions and creams. We strongly believe hydration is absolutely essential to achieving soft, supple skin. We also believe you should always be aware of the way the environment affects the condition of your skin. For instance, the dry air that circulates throughout your room as you sleep can create a dull complexion. A humidifier placed in the bedroom will infuse the air with moisture that will keep your skin hydrated.

  1. Use silk pillowcases

Cotton is a common fabric used in pillowcases because it is affordable and easily manufactured. However, spending a night with your face resting on a cotton sheet can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. Cotton blends create unnecessary friction against your body, which results in frizzy hair and creased skin. Silk, on the other hand, is a soft and luxurious material that will not cause the friction and it will increase your comfort during sleep. Silk pillowcases are more hypoallergenic than cotton and polyester blends, and they are also better at moisture retention than cheaper fabrics.

  1. Sleep on your back

It’s no secret that a good night’s rest can do wonders for your appearance, but sleeping can also age the skin if you are positioned incorrectly in bed. Sleeping on your side creates creases and exaggerates nasolabial fold on one side of your face. Over time, it will cause facial asymmetry and create wrinkles. You can prevent premature aging by simply sleeping on your back.

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 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 to schedule a free consultation.


Your Must-Follow New Year’s Skin Care Resolutions

Posted on January 2, 2017 by Ella Fedonenko

The holiday season is winding down, and a new year has now begun. If you’re like most women, you’d like to look a little younger, fresher, and more beautiful. So why not make 2017 all about your skin? Resolve to take better care of your skin this year—now that’s a New Year’s resolution you’ll want to keep. (more…)