Ask the Medical Cosmetics Expert – Dr. Burger
What an amazing summer we have had this year. It was hot, long and intense. And then it is over! Once those leaves start falling there is no turning back to long lazy sunny days. These very definite seasons are one of my favourite things about Canada.
It is also the time of year to give our skin a break from the sun. We see a huge influx of clients for management of sun damage, sun spots and brown pigmentation this time of year. It is a time to feed this skin (face, but also the rest of our body) that has been depleted by UV rays, with high intensity topical vitamins. This extended UV exposure means that nutrients in the skin are used up to fight free radicals (damaging compounds that break down collagen and elastin fibers in our skin) rather than fight natural aging. In a nutshell the aging process speeds up when we expose our skin to the sun.
Fine lines disappear immediately when the skin is plumped up again with nutrients (not exactly dehydration, but the same idea- nutrient depletion), and we use an ultrasound machine and Galvanic Iontophoresis (an electrical charge) at Hummingbird Medispa to push large amounts of nutrients back into the skin. Iontophoresis damage to collagen and elastin is harder to correct as these fibers cannot be put into the skin with a product applied to the skin. Cells in the deepest layers of the skin have to be physically stimulated to produce these fibers. This means lasers, and can vary from IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) to deep lasers like Pixels or Fraxels to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and rebuild these fibers.
It is a good time to give your feet a break- sandals, gardening, dirt and dry skin! Paraffin used during manicures and pedicures helps rehydrate dry damaged skin and the heat used during the process is on par with a massage for relieving arthritic and other pain.
If you think your skin is sun damaged, dry and depleted after summer, swimming and sandals or otherwise in poor shape, please give us a call at 403-529-2006. There is no charge for a consultation and our highly trained staff are best equipped to suggest a treatment plan for each individual person.