Articles Tagged: skin rejuvenation

 

Dispelling Common Sunscreen Myths

Posted on February 27, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Time to dispose of some well-known sunscreen “facts” that aren’t actually true at all. You might think that suggesting that you worry about sun protection in the middle of the winter demonstrates particularly bad timing on our part, but please read on. There are some very good reasons why it’s never a bad time to think about protection from the sun.

Myth 1: It’s only necessary to use sunscreen to prevent sunburn while tanning.

Sadly, no. Exposure to sunlight, over time, will cause premature aging of the skin. This damage is not limited to your face and will happen even if you’re on vacation, sitting on a beach under an umbrella, swimming, wearing clothing, and even when you’re out and about on a cloudy day. Most importantly, you can damage your skin without even knowing it, and certainly without necessarily feeling your skin burning.

Recently there have been important changes to the way that sunscreen is used – instead of reserving its use for days when you know you’ll be exposed to a lot of sunlight (vacation, hiking, outdoor events), more and more people are incorporating it into their daily skin care regimen. And with this trend we see sunscreen products evolving away from heavy, greasy creams, towards products that incorporate moisturizers, and are far more easily applied to, and absorbed by, the skin.

Myth 2: One sunscreen product is much like another.

The most obvious difference between different sunscreen products is the degree of protection from sunlight ultra-violet rays that they provide. A sunscreen product’s SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating is a measure of how effectively a product protects your skin. SPF ratings typically range from 15 at the low end, up to 50 or even more at the high end. However, the SPF scale is not linear, and high-SPF rated products may not offer significantly greater protection than low-rated ones. We believe it’s more important to find a sunscreen product that you’re comfortable applying several times a day than to choose a product based simply on its SPF rating.

Aside from their SPF factor, products differ widely in the degree to which they offer protection when exposed to water. Regardless of what the manufacturers claim, no sunscreen is completely waterproof. You should re-apply sunscreen several times during the day to maintain effective protection, as well as immediately following any water exposure. Bear in mind that sunscreens also take several minutes to be absorbed by the skin, and so should be applied several minutes before exposing yourself to water.

Myth 3: Most sun damage occurs when young, so it’s not as important to protect against sun damage when older.

Unfortunately not. Damage from the sun is cumulative and takes place regardless of your age. Given the average life span, less than 25% of your lifetime exposure to sunlight occurs before the age of 18, so there’s plenty of time (and reason) for you to take care of your skin as you age, regardless of how well (or not) you protected your skin when younger.

Myth 4: Wearing sunscreen reduces one’s Vitamin D levels.

Today we are more aware of health problems that can be caused by low levels of vitamin D in the body, and people with low levels of vitamin D can easily combat this by taking supplements. Although the body uses sunlight to make vitamin D, and although sunscreen obviously works to limit sunlight exposure, medical studies have concluded that sunscreen application does not have a significant effect on most people’s levels of vitamin D. Age, skin color, and weight (only one of which we have any control over!) have more effect on our levels of vitamin D.

Myth 5: Having olive or dark-skin means that I can’t burn.

Our last myth to bust is a very pervasive one: does having olive or dark skin allow one to spend more time in the sun without protection? In a word, no. Having darker skin may mean that one burns more slowly, but anyone can suffer damage from too much sunlight exposure, regardless of skin color. Unfortunately, even though very dark complexioned people are less likely to develop skin cancer, those that do are more likely to develop complications. Melanoma is a particularly dangerous form of skin cancer, and having a dark complexion can lead to delays in diagnosing the condition.

Using sunscreen on a regular basis is something that we ALL need to do. A related belief is that maintaining a tan will provide some degree of protection against further damage to the skin. This is quite simply not true, and we strongly recommend against using tanning salons, for all skin types. The World Health Organization lists tanning beds as one of the most dangerous sources of cancer-causing radiation. In fact, using artificial tanning beds before the age of 35 more than doubles your chances of developing skin cancer later in life.

Los Angeles IPL and Skin Rejuvenation

Our office provides IPL and skin rejuvenation treatments to combat the effects of sun damage and premature aging. With our non-invasive and innovative treatments, we can work on removing and resurfacing your skin for a healthier, more youthful appearance.

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 www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

3 Reasons to Get a Laser Treatment or Chemical Peel in the New Year

Posted on December 24, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

We certainly don’t want to presume to tell you that you need a laser or chemical peel treatment, but if you’re thinking about choosing either, we collected three reasons why the New Year is a particularly good time to follow-up.

1. Laser treatments and chemical peels are both effective ways to rejuvenate your appearance and give rapid results. Many people start the New Year off by making resolutions to eat a healthier diet or exercise more. It can be tough to keep to these types of long-term plans when you don’t necessarily see any benefits for a while. However, the feeling of well-being and confidence from getting either laser treatments or chemical peels can give you the motivation to carry on and stick to your resolutions.

2.  It’s strongly recommended to avoid strong sunlight before, during, and especially after laser treatments and chemical peels, while your skin heals, and any inflammation goes down. Winter time is therefore the ideal time of year to plan these treatments. During winter, the damaging UV rays are weaker, there are fewer hours of sunlight in the day, and we typically stay indoors for longer periods. We also wear more clothing in the winter, which in turn provides more protection. These factors, taken together, can be especially helpful when you have a series of treatments, and you may need to avoid direct sunshine over an extended period. Several skin conditions, such as hyperpigmentation, are exacerbated during the summer months. Winter is a perfect time to take care of problems that are caused by excess sun exposure.

3. Dry skin typically is worse during the winter months. Getting a chemical peel in the winter helps to remove the dead skin layers, which in turn increases your skin’s ability to absorb winter skin care products such as moisturizers. Rather than disrupting your skin care routine, a chemical peel can actually enhance your ability to treat dry skin.

Skin Rejuvenation at Your Laser Skin Care

Perhaps the best argument is this: take good care of your complexion during the cooler months and you’ll be better prepared to enjoy the sun by the time the warmer summer months come along.  In moderation, of course!

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 www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

Important Questions to Ask Before Starting a Laser Treatment

Posted on December 4, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

We always recommend doing research before deciding on any course of treatment – it’s always wise to educate yourself on the various options and treatments available. This advice certainly applies when you’re thinking of having a laser treatment, and you have to decide both on the type of treatment to have, and the practitioner you want to perform it.

The following list covers the important questions that we suggest you get answers to:

How much experience does the practitioner have performing this type of treatment?

You should certainly ask each practitioner what their qualifications are, but don’t forget perhaps the most important factor: how long have they been performing the procedure you’re considering.

What types of laser equipment are used, and how safe are they?

Non-invasive laser treatments target skin layers beneath the surface and are inherently safe. Nevertheless, you should expect the practitioner to discuss any risks associated with the treatment with you.

Does this treatment require follow-up visits?

Depending on the treatment being performed, you may well find that individual laser sessions can only cover part of the area you want to be treated. In the case of laser hair removal, for example, hair follicles follow individual life-cycles, and only a certain percentage can be effectively treated in a single session. It’s good to know in advance approximately how many sessions will be needed, and how long you will have to wait between each session.

How soon should you expect to see results?

Be cautious of practitioners who promise immediate results – although some benefits may be visible right after a single treatment session, multiple sessions will often be needed, and it may take some time for all benefits to become apparent. It is of course natural to want to see improvements right after each treatment, but it’s also a good idea to set your expectations to a reasonable level.

What can you do to minimize possible side effects?

Laser treatments can leave you temporarily more vulnerable than normal to sun damage, so most practitioners strongly recommend the use of hydrating skin care products and sunblock after laser treatments.

What things should be avoided before and after each treatment?

Your practitioner should be prepared to provide you with a list of medications and procedures to avoid in the weeks leading up to each treatment, as well as a similar list of things to avoid the following treatment.

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 www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

5 Reasons You Should Consider a Chemical Peel

Posted on May 22, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

There are many simple things you can do to keep looking beautiful no matter what your age. Chemical peels, for example, have been around since the 1990s, and offer variety of benefits:

  1. Customizable

All chemical peels are not created equal. They are quite versatile and can be customized to fit your needs.

  1. Quick Recovery

The side effects include mild irritation and peeling. That is why it is very important to use a good moisturizer in the days following the treatment.

  1. They Help with Acne and Acne Scars 

The ingredients in chemical peels penetrate deep into the skin, which is why they help prevent acne. They can also help improve the appearance of acne scars.

  1. Smoother Skin

Chemical peels remove dead skin cells and promote new cell turnover. The result is an improved appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and smoother skin texture.

  1. Improved Skin Tone

Chemical peels can significantly improve the appearance of sun spots, creating a more even skin tone.

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 www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

 

How to Best Even Your Skin Tone

Posted on May 1, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

Blemishes, wrinkles and sun spots are all parts of a normal aging process. However, professional skin rejuvenation procedures can significantly improve your complexion and reverse some of the changes in your skin that come with aging.

Sun Spots

Although many of us love having tan skin, the sun can also do significant damage to it. Sun exposure may increase freckles and cause sun spots. The best way to deal with these issues is to talk to a professional about IPL photofacial. To prevent more sun spots from appearing, be sure to apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily.

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation caused by acne can be very noticeable, even under the most professionally-applied make up. Chemical peels are a proven solution for this condition. These procedures must only be administered by an experienced skin rejuvenation specialist.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Although a completely natural part of aging, excessive sun exposure may accelerate wrinkle formation. Botox treatments can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in as little as 7 days, making your skin look more youthful with minimal to no discomfort.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing 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.

 

Versatility of Chemical Peels

Posted on April 5, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

Chemical peels are one of the most versatile cosmetic tools that can help improve your skin tone and texture. These treatments can supercharge your body’s natural ability to shed dead skin cells and they also stimulate collagen and elastin production.

Lighter peels, such as SkinMedica Illuminize Peel, can give your skin a bright and healthy glow after only one treatment. More intense peels such as SkinMedica Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels require minimal downtime, but they can also improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots.

Rejuvenize and Vitalize peels contain salicylic acid in its formulation which is a very effective medication for acne.

How many treatments do I need? 

Patients can expect fresher looking skin after just one treatment with a professional grade medical peel.  The effects of the peels are cumulative, and if you are looking for longer term results you should schedule a series of 4 to 5 treatments in order to obtain maximum results. Patients with acne-prone skin can greatly benefit from maintenance chemical peel treatments to clear pores from acne causing debris.

How frequently can I receive chemical peel treatments?

Deeper peels, such as the Rejuvenize peel, can be repeated every 4-6 weeks. Lighter peels, such as the Illuminize peel, can be performed in 2-4 week intervals.

How can I protect my skin after receiving a chemical peel treatment?

The key to a successful chemical peel treatment is to be gentle with your skin while it heals after the procedure. This means limiting sun exposure and wearing a sunscreen that offers a broad spectrum protection. You should also use a gentle skin care regimen that encourages healing for at least week after your procedure. Skin care products containing ceramides will help soothe and hydrate your skin which will speed up the recovery.

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, laser hair removal, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing 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.

 

Get Perfect Skin for Your Dream Day

Posted on March 12, 2018 by Ella Fedonenko

Each bride’s skin is different and it is important to work with aesthetic medical professionals who can provide customized solutions for your unique problems. Our team of trained aesthetic professionals can provide a thorough assessment of the condition of your skin. This assessment will be used to determine the correct treatment plan to make sure you look your best on the most important day of your life.

 

Most brides want a fresher appearance with skin that radiates a healthy and youthful glow.  We suggest starting facial rejuvenation treatments soon after your engagement so that you have time to perfect your skincare routine by your wedding day. We have found that experimenting with new products too close to your wedding will put you at risk for adverse reactions such as breakouts, flaky skin, or rashes.  We can help minimize the risk of these reactions by providing customized recommendations of high-quality skin care products. We can also help amplify the effects of your current skin care routine by incorporating powerful in-office treatments. Our skin care specialists can perform a variety of medical grade chemical peels to improve the tone and texture of your skin. Skinmedica’s range of professional grade chemical peels offer brides several options.

 

Those who are looking to brighten their overall complexion can greatly benefit from the lightest exfoliation treatment, the Illuminize Peel. If a bride is looking to improve the appearance of fine lines and acne scars then they would need a series of more robust treatments such as the Rejuvenize Peel. More pronounced skin imperfections can also be treated with laser skin resurfacing.

 

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and Fillers injections, Latisse, laser hair removal, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 457-8740 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com  to schedule a free consultation.