Skin Cancer is Preventable

One in six Canadians that were born in the 1990s will develop skin cancer. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer and is the number one cancer killer of women between the ages of 25 to 30 years old. The risk of melanoma is 75% greater for people who use tanning beds before the age of 30.

If these statistics shock or worry you, please read on for how you can prevent this.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and it is the most preventable as well. There are more new cases of skin cancer each year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined. There are over 80,000 cases diagnosed each year in Canada alone. This cancer is caused when our skin is overexposed to UV radiation from the sun and artificial tanning beds.

Our skin plays a vital role in our health. It is the largest organ we have and is our protector from things such as pollution, bacterial infections, and the sun, but it can only do so much. The ultraviolet rays from the sun damage the DNA in our skin cells which can cause cancer. So how can we protect ourselves from this preventable cancer that has continued to rise?

The best way to prevent skin cancer to protect your skin. Most people love to be outdoors playing or relaxing when the sun is shining with many more that earn a living by working outdoors. Unfortunately, too much of a good thing can harm you. The sun can help with things like depression, improving our appearance, and increase our levels of vitamin D but exposure to the sun must be done so safely. The following are tips for enjoying the benefits of the sun.

  1. Sunglasses – it is important to protect our eyes from the sun as well as our skin. There is no need to spend an absorbent amount of money on sunglasses as a cheap pair with UVB and UVA protection will do the trick.
  2. Sunscreen – Use a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher for extended stays outdoors. This should be applied 15 to 20 minutes before heading into the sun and should regularly be reapplied throughout the entire time you are outside. Definitely, reapply after swimming or playing sports that cause you to sweat.
  3. Head Cover – Put a hat or scarf on your head. This will not only protect your face and neck from overexposure to the sun, but it can also decrease your chance of heat stroke.
  4. Stay Away from Tanning Beds and Lamps – there have been reports for and against this practice. While Canadians use many different types of products to give them that healthy glow, there is no safe way to tan.

It is important that we pay attention to our body. We know ourselves best, and by being aware, reporting any changes in our health to a medical professional, and practicing sun safety, we can reduce our risk of skin cancer. The following are warning signs from the Government of Canada Public Health website:

Asymmetry. Do the two halves not match if you imagine drawing a line through the mole?

Borders. Are the edges uneven, scalloped or notched?

Colours. Are there many shades (brown, red, white, blue or black)?

Diameter greater than 6mm. Is the mole the size of a pencil eraser or larger?

Evolution. Has there been a change in size, shape, color, or height? Has a new symptom developed (like bleeding, itching or crusting)?

The amount of skin cancer cases has increased over the last 30 years, and although it is the most common type of cancer, it is preventable. By following the simple safety tips, you can reduce your risk of getting skin cancer.  


Is Your Makeup Undermining Your Skincare Treatment?

Makeup is a way that you can enhance the natural beauty that you already possess and is used for skincare as well. Using makeup to play up your features and downplay what you consider flaws are what makes this a multi-billion dollar industry and one that grows by 7% each year. The average woman will spend over $3,000 on mascara alone! But is over the counter makeup so many women purchase doing more harm to your skin than helping you appear more radiant?

You may have heard the term that skin needs to breathe. The fact is that the top layer of skin is dead and the layers beneath are nourished by oxygens and nutrients in your blood supply. The implication that is meant when you hear that your skin needs to breathe is whether or not your pores are clogged. It is not a myth that poor makeup choices can clog your pores which in turn can compound the problem of acne-prone skin.

Non-comedogenic makeupJane Iredale skincare is the key to clearer skin while still allowing women to use the skincare and makeup products they love. Jane Iredale Makeup is a line of cosmetics that can be used to protect and nourish your skin. Committed to providing a product line that not only enhances the lives of the women who use it but one that is delivered with integrity makes Jane Iredale products stand out from other lines of makeup products.

Make up that is thick or overly creamy in texture should be avoided as these are more likely to clog your pores and can further aggravate skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and rosacea to name a few. Non-comedogenic makeup is comprised of ingredients that will not block your pores. Most of these products are oil-free and are beneficial to those that have sensitive skin or are acne prone. Not all oils will clog your pores, so it is possible to use non-comedogenic products that contain certain oils such as avocado oil that are used in a number of Jane Iredale concealers and lip products which can be found at Laser and Skin Care Medspa in Red Deer. Make up that contains ingredients such as parabens and silicone should be avoided.avocado with natural ingredients for skincare

Products that are hydrating, control oil and are pH-balancing are healthy, restoring and revitalizing to your skin. You want to nourish your skin while still protecting it. Avoid makeup with synthetic fragrances or talc as these are potential irritants for those with sensitive skin. Look for natural ingredients such as aloe vera extract, chamomile flower extract, jojoba seed oil and tea tree extract. These ingredients have all been shown to be good for your skin.

A skincare line that is hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested is a good start to finding a line of products that will not add to your acne problem. Because promises made by cosmetic companies about their products aren’t regulated by the FDA, it is important that you educate yourself. Skincare is individual, and while one product may work for others, it may not necessarily be your best choice. Taking the time to read the ingredients on packages and talking with a professional will be helpful.

Just as important as choosing the right makeup to suit your skin, it is also vital that you have a good skincare routine. Leaving your makeup on overnight is a no-no, and you should also avoid aggressive forms of exfoliation. Ensuring that you are treating the underlying acne problem rather than just using makeup to cover it up is another is another suggestion. Once the condition has been treated, it is important to keep the treatment program in place to prevent future breakouts. The staff at Laser Skin Care and Medspa would be happy to give you more information on how we can help you care for you

The Importance of Building a Daily Skin Care Routine

As we leave winter behind and start to look forward to longer days and more natural light, we should also change our skin care routine. After months of dry, harsh cold weather, our skin deserves some TLC. Spring is about new beginnings and why not begin with a simple method to freshen up your beauty routine this season.

There is no need to spend hours in the bathroom when a simple plan is all that is required. By keeping it simple, yet effective, you will be more likely to continue to care for your skin on a regular basis. Each night it is important that you are removing the day from your skin. What we mean by that is taking off all traces of makeup, addressing any skin issues such as acne, and applying products that will help to not only hydrate your skin but also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Alyria Skin Optimizing System offers dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, paraben free products that we carry here at Laser Skin Care and Medspa.

Transforming your skin from the dull and drabness of winter to a lighter and brighter feel, we have taken the guesswork out of which products to use and how to use them the most effectively for glowing result.

Step 1 Using a Cleanser

Avoid using a bar of facial soap. Although many bar soaps are better formulate and gentler on your skin than their harsh predecessors, most of them still cause your skin to become dry because of the ingredients that hold a bar of soap together. These binders tend to be higher in pH levels and will have a negative effect on your skin. A product such as the Gentler Cleanser by Alyria is mild enough to use daily and will leave your skin clean while soft to the touch.

Step 2 Hydrationwoman in shower

Even with an intense cosmetic highlighter, you won’t achieve a look of luminosity if your skin is dehydrated. It is important to ensure you are getting enough fluids during the day but drinking water won’t go directly to your skin. Try the Oil Free Hydrating Lotion if your skin is in the oily range or the Hydrating Complex for all skin types. Both are proven moisturizers to help with moisture loss and to protect against dryness.

If you feel you need an instant boost of hydration than we suggest you try the Intense Hydrating Serum from Alyria that has a combination of vitamin B5 and an antioxidant blend to repair and soothe your skin.

Step 3 Eye Creamwoman's eye

The area around your eyes requires a little extra care as it is thinner and more sensitive skin. It is recommended that Glycolic acid or retinol products not be used close to your eyes. We carry a number of products that may be right for you. From the Alyria Revitalizing Eye Serum and the Firming Eye Cream to the Anti-Dark Circle Eye Cream. We would be happy to help you decide which is the best product for your needs.

Step 4 Daily Protection

Cooler temperatures are gone and now it is important to ensure that you are applying a layer of SPF over your moisturizer. It is also a good idea to ensure you are reapplying this throughout out the day as well. Alyria Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45 is the perfect choice for this. It will protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun while providing a unique blend of power antioxidants to minimize further the damage that the sun can cause.

star of sunscreen on ladies backStep 5 Exfoliate Weekly 

Using an exfoliant is important in achieving an even-toned complexion and a brighter, smoother look to your skin. This step only needs to be completed once a week to allow new healthier cells to shine through. Exfoliation sloughs off the top layer of dead skin that will result in an appearance that is clearer and more lustrous. Alyria has a beautiful line of exfoliants to achieve these results.

Whatever your skin type may be, the staff at Laser Skin Care and Medspa can help you choose the right line for your skin type. We are here to help you take the guesswork out of the products that will help you achieve a healthier and more alluring look.