Toe nail fungus is not the only cause of declining comfort and confidence with our feet. Toe nail fungus is treatable with good foot hygiene and laser treatment–safe, non-invasive, and bacteria-killing. A myriad of problems that we encounter as our feet age, weather changes, and our favorite shoes turn against us are also easily dealt with by knowing the cause of our discomfort. We’re on our feet all day, and it is important to remember that beauty goes hand in hand with comfort.
Corns, Calluses, and Bunions
The most bony parts of your feet rub against your shoes, causing corns and calluses that are uncomfortable and frustrate us throughout the day. Bunions are the result of swollen joints and require rest, shoes with looser toes, and staying away from pointed-toed heels. A discussion with your doctor is a good idea if you are in long-lasting pain.
Ingrown toenails, like ingrown hairs, occur when the toenail (like the hair) begins growing back into the skin. Cut your toenails straight and keep them and your cuticles clean to get away from ingrown toenails which can cause pain and infection.
Like other sensitive skin on your body, use a gentle cleanser or soap to keep your feet clean. Your feet do a lot of work for you throughout the day, so make sure they get the TLC they deserve. Use a hydrating lotion of your feet, heels, and legs to improve comfort and promote clean, healthy, and comfortable feet.
Bad circulation is genetic, but can be improved. Avoid crossing your legs (this also helps prevent the appearance of spider veins) to improve flow, and rest your feet by propping them up when possible. Blood rushes to your feet and can cause discomfort, tingling, and/or loss of sensation in the feet. This is also a cause of…
Swollen feet can be a result of bad blood circulation. Follow the same tips as above, and make sure to give your feet time to breathe and relax. Wear breathable materials on your feet (cotton socks) to keep air coming in and out throughout the day and relieve pressure.
Universal Tips to Live By
As we age, the fatty pads of our feet lose their cushioning, just as our collagen production goes down, showing “thinning skin” on our most sensitive areas: face, hands, neck, and chest. Improve your comfort by wearing shoes that are comfortable and support your arches. Our arches also sink as we age, and this is normal. We don’t have to wear orthotics to continue functioning the way we used to, but listen to your feet! The comfort of our feet directly affects the rest of our comfort, influences our posture, and comfort is the key to a clear mind. Be good to your hard working feet by giving them time to relax and keeping your feet, toes, and heels clean.
Topical lip plumping products are irritants employed to increase the appearance of your lips. Blood flow is increased, and temporarily larger lips appear as more blood is pumped to the area, producing swollen lips and mild redness that accentuate the best parts of your natural lip shape.
These lip plumpers can work for a few hours, but overuse may be irritating. Using anything that irritates the skin–in this case, on purpose–can lead to unwanted dryness if used extensively. In the form of a lip gloss, these plumpers have varying levels of effectiveness related to their ingredients and your skin’s reception.
As we know, hyaluronic acid is a key feature of “plumping”. Hyaluronic acid may be employed in a lip plumper to stimulate collagen production as well as draw in and trap moisture to improve the appearance of healthy, more voluptuous lips.
The best products are not found by name, but by your body’s reaction to different stimulants, and your specific wants for your lips. The best customer reviewed products have in common:
Smoothing of fine lines for better makeup application and diminishing appearance of wrinkles
No matter how we change our hair removal technique–wax, shave, or pluck–ingrown hairs always seem to make a magnificent comeback.
A Sign of the Time–Time to Deal with That Ingrown Hair
A short and dark hair, or red and irritated spots around your armpits, legs, or crotch, all suggest that an ingrown hair is forming. Ingrown hairs occur when the hair starts to grow back into the skin, causing inflammation, pain, and annoyance. Here’s how to prevent and how to deal with them when they are already there.
Prevent Ingrown Hairs from Forming
Shave with the grain. It’s what your mother or shaving mentor told you and you ignored. Unfortunately, they were right. While shaving against the grain causes a closer cut, the shortness actually causes ingrown hairs to form. Cutting to close to the skin doesn’t allow for the hair to continue growing in the same direction, causing the hair to grow back into the skin and cause irritation, or even infection as dirt gets caught and oils are trapped under the skin.
Exfoliate when you shower. Exfoliating, by using a loofah (not too rough), helps to remove dead skin cells which can trap oil or dirt in your pores and cause infection with the ingrown hair. Hair has an easier time growing in to smooth skin with no barriers caused by dead skin cells.
New razor. A new blade gives a cleaner cut, has less bacteria on it, and most importantly does not tug at your hair. Tugging causes irritation and affects the direction of hair growth, while cutting keeps the growth cycle clean.
There are many non-surgical or and non-hormonal treatments to change the way acne affects our lives. If acne is a persistent problem for you, or if has recently emerged, you are probably familiar with the many treatments offered by Britannia Dermedics, including Pearl Laser Resurfacing, Laser Genesis, and Chemical Peels. Here are a few tips on how to deal with the emergence of a new pimple between treatments, or when to consider a treatment instead of a new face cleanser.
Acne scarring is caused by improper treatment of breakouts. While we don’t choose how our hormones affect our skin, we are in control of the way our skin is treated. Only some pimples are okay to be popped, which are pus-filled and have the familiar white head.
Run a sterile needle through the very top to release what is inside.
Never use your fingers to pop a pimple. They are covered in bacteria that will aggravate your skin even further and hinder the healing process. Furthermore, the pressure is aggravating and damaging to your skin!
Be Good to Your Skin
If these pimples are a recurring problem, consider Laser Genesis, Pearl Laser Resurfacing, or Chemical Peels–all promote new, healthier skin to form. On a day to day basis, consider these ways to deal with pimples you shouldn’t pop:
Look for professional grade cleanser and face lotion that is catered to your skin’s needs.
Don’t over-cleanse. It can’t be said enough–cleaning reaches a point of diminishing returns and should be reviving, not drying to your skin.
Change your diet–if you notice one food is always around when you break out, try to cut it out and see how your skin is affected.
Sleep on clean sheets and pat-dry your face with a clean towel to reduce bacteria, irritation, and inflammation. Cleanliness is key to speeding up the healing process, as well as helping to prevent irritation from occurring in the first place.
Another layer of make-up on your skin? Will it clog your pores, irritate your skin, and promote oil production? Actually, the answer is no. The opposite is true: primers protect your skin by acting as a barrier between your cosmetics and your skin.
Here are a few reasons to consider a primer as part of your skin care routine:
If you have sensitive skin, a medical grade primer protects your face from sun damage (causing dryness, aging, and redness) and creates a protective wall between makeup, sweat, and your face. A primer is best used when it contains sun protection and promotes an even layer upon which to apply the rest of your make-up.
Treat your Skin Routine Right
Use a medical grade primer in conjunction with the rest of your skin care routine to help moisturize, hydrate, and work with the vitamins that your night and morning moisturizer contain. By retaining moisture, you prevent oil from being produced as a reaction to dryness. A primer can help promote skin tone and texture that are more even in appearance.
Although it seems like just one more addition to your morning routine, primers can aid in a healthier complexion—they are not just for evening out your complexion or as a layer for your foundation to adhere to. They can also highlight areas of your face, and decrease the appearance of fine lines and redness.
Start your day out right for your skin with a medical grade primer!
Unless you’ve stayed inside all summer, you’ve likely accumulated some sun damage over the last few months. With fall just around the corner, it’s time to think about undoing that damage. One of the most effective methods is with an IPL or Intense Pulsed Light treatment, which improves skin tone and removes freckles and brown spots without pain or surgery. Skin texture, lesions, and age or liver spots are treated with an intense but painless light that gets straight to the affected area without damaging skin.
How IPL works
The affected areas of the skin on the damaged areas are heated using a painless, concentrated light, which diffuses redness and brown spots in the top layer of your skin to even out and improve quality.
With IPL, wavelengths of light are absorbed by the top layer of your skin, altering pigment to return it to a more youthful, and even skin tone. Low contrast or light brown spots, which previously were difficult to remove or improve, respond well to IPL treatments.
What areas does iPL treat?
Along with treating aging or redness on the face, IPL commonly treats:
What skin problems does iPL treat?
How long does an iPL treatment take?
An IPL treatment is non-invasive and will not interrupt your routine or require extensive recovery time. Treatment plans are designed to treat your goals; depending on the amount of damage, you may need more than one treatment. The best results are usually seen with three to five treatments.
Although many of us take vitamin C to prevent colds–not our greatest concern in the summer–there are other preventative qualities of this vitamin that are important for our skin, all year long. Vitamin C can improve the quality of your skin because it is essential to production of collagen in our skin.
Vitamin C and Collagen
The production of collagen production keeps skin looking and feeling plump, healthy, and elastic. In other words, youthful. Collagen is the most abundant protein in humans, and essential to forming strong connective tissue. Vitamin C is essential for the prevention of free radicals that form chains that attack collagen production.
Topical application of Vitamin C has been shown to provide protection from and to repair sun damage. Look for medical grade lotions with L-ascorbic acid as one of the ingredients. This type of Vitamin C has shown the best results for relief and protection from sun damage.
Skin care products containing vitamin C can improve your skin quality:
Strengthen your skin’s barrier
Work hand in hand with chemical peels and microdermabrasion for the best outcomes
Increase the effectiveness of sunscreen
Taking Vitamin C daily, as well as applying it topically may be the secret ingredient to improved skin. Look for ascorbic acid in the ingredients list on your medical grade skin care products.
Should you wear it? Absolutely. It’s as easy to get sunburned and accumulate sun damage in the winter as in summer. Even if it the temperatures are in the minus range, you can still get a sunburn as the snow reflects the sun’s rays.
We think snow and ice should come with UV warnings as they can reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays. These rays cause skin cancer but are also the culprit behind about 90 percent of all your wrinkles.
For all you outdoor winter sports enthusiasts, it’s essential to remember windburn and sunburn give a double whammy, leaving your skin dry and agitated. The more elevated the slopes, the higher your sun exposure
What if it’s a cloudy day?
UV rays can work their way through just about anything—with the exception of freshly applied sunblock. About 80 percent of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds.
What SPF should I wear?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of UVB rays, while SPF 30 blocks 97 percent; SPF 50, 98 percent; and SPF 100, 99 percent, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The higher the SPF, the smaller the difference becomes. Whatever your sunscreen’s SPF number, it’s effective for the same amount of time. You should reapply every two hours.
Wear sunscreen under your clothes
Most of your clothing provides very little sun protection. A standard white T-shirt packs an SPF value of about 7—and if it’s wet, the SPF can go down as low as 3, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. While the darker and thicker the clothing, the more protection it provides, the hotter it is, too.
Your best bet: Also apply sunscreen where the sun don’t shine.
Got hat head? From flat hair to static hair, dry fuzzy hair and split ends…winter can be frustrating.
Just like your skin, you need to make adjustments in how you care for your hair during the colder months.
The bad news
Calgary’s harsh winters are tough on your tender follicles and you need to take extra time to ensure your hair doesn’t get damaged. Alongside that, sun exposure on the ski slopes can be just as harmful as it is on a beach. Wind, snow and cold temperatures can make hair dry and brittle.
And then there’s indoor heating. Don’t get us started. It’s like spending an entire afternoon with your head stuck under an old fashioned salon hair dryer.
The good news
You can protect your hair by spending a little extra time, and perhaps a few extra dollars on a moisturizing conditioner—one that is thick and rich, and has these key ingredients: essential fatty acids and humectants. As well as moisturizing your hair, they will do double duty, attracting and holding moisturize in your hair.
Take good care of your hair – you spend time and money on your skin. Make sure your hair is also in good condition.
Start the new year feeling on top of the world. If you’ve been feeling discouraged because you can’t rid yourself of excess fat, love handles, stubborn pockets of fat and cellulite, consider body contouring.
You can be fit, thin and healthy, but as you age, these skin issues arrive for most of us, and no amount of exercise can help.
Sad, but true
No matter your body shape, skin tone, diet or exercise plan, over time our skin looses elasticity, collagen weakens and it becomes harder to loose excess fat. As we age, we develop wrinkles, fine lines and some of us have a genetic predisposition to cellulite, which is a common concern.
How does body contouring work?
The latest advancements in this technology mean non-invasive and painless aesthetic treatment are available to regenerate your face, neck and body. Turn back the clock to get the look you love.
How long does a treatment take?
With treatments such as the Venus Legacy for body contouring, there is no downtime. It’s safe and a treatment takes less than 30 minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
It depends on your goals, and treatment varies from patient to patient.
Treat yourself this year – you can have a body contouring treatment on your lunch break, and head right back to work.