Archives for Skincare

What can you really do about spider veins?

If you’re not sure what spider veins are, or if you have them, spider veins are small, blue blood vessels visible underneath the skin. These can be a sign of poor circulation.

What’s the difference between varicose and spider veins?

  • Varicose veins are stretched-out veins, where blood has pooled. These veins are thick and protrude from the leg. These type of veins only occur when valves are not working properly.
  • Spider veins are small, blue blood vessels visible underneath the skin. These can be a sign of poor circulation.

“Spider veins generally only present a cosmetic concern and are caused by genetics, pregnancy, obesity, advanced age or inactivity.” — Jennifer Chwalek, Dermatologist

The obvious choice to preventing spider veins is a healthy diet and exercise, as with many skin problems, the solution starts on the inside. However, once you have them, laser treatments are your best bet in getting rid of them.

Westside Laser & Light uses the Cutera Coolglide Excel vascular laser for varicose and spider veins. This award-winning laser specializes in vein treatments and is unparalleled in safety and efficacy for treat both facial and leg veins. Using our technologically advanced procedures we can diminish both spider and varicose veins by using a highly concentrated beam of light. This treatment is much to be preferred over other vein treatments because it is minimally invasive, practically pain free and requires no general anesthesia.

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It’s Sun Awareness Week: How to Fight Sun Damage

This week is ‘Sun Awareness Week’, and with the weather finally cooperating, we’re all finding more excuses to spend time in the sun. Sunshine is a fantastic source of Vitamin D, which helps promote overall health and ward off mental and physical illness, but too much exposure to the sun (or unprotected exposure), can cause damage to our skin.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Canada. Many skin cancers can be prevented. The single most effective way to lower the risk of developing skin cancer is to reduce your exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR). — Canadian Cancer Society

Most of the skin changes our body goes through over time, aren’t just a ‘normal part of aging’, but actually the result of sun exposure. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays cause damage to the elastin in our skin, which results in changes such as sagging, stretching, discolouration and wrinkles.

There are many different types of lasers and procedures that can be used to fight the signs of sun damage, and at Westside Laser and Light, we use only state-of-the-art equipment and treatments. Some of our most popular anti-aging treatment options include Laser Genesis Skin RejuvenationTitan Skin Tightening and our two newest treatments, Fraxel® Restore Dual and Pearl Fractional®

The laser treatment that is best-suited for you is something that should be discussed between yourself and a licensed medical practitioner, and that’s why we employ staff with a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of medical aesthetics. Our staff is recognized as not only being personable, but able to keep you informed and at ease with any questions you have.

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It’s time to be proactive against sun damage

With Spring weather finally here, the days get longer and we all try to spend as much time in the sun as we can. Sunshine is a fantastic source of Vitamin D, which helps promote overall health and ward off mental and physical illness, but too much exposure to the sun (or unprotected exposure), can cause damage to our skin.

Most of the skin changes our body goes through over time, aren’t just a ‘normal part of aging’, but actually the result of sun exposure. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays cause damage to the elastin in our skin, which results in changes such as sagging, stretching, discolouration and wrinkles.

There are many different types of lasers and procedures that can be used to fight the signs of sun damage, and at Westside Laser and Light, we use only state-of-the-art equipment and treatments. Some of our most popular anti-aging treatment options include Laser Genesis Skin Rejuvenation, Titan Skin Tightening and our two newest treatments, Fraxel® Restore Dual and Pearl Fractional®

The laser treatment that is best-suited for you is something that should be discussed between yourself and a licensed medical practitioner, and that’s why we employ staff with a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of medical aesthetics. Our staff is recognized as not only being personable, but able to keep you informed and at ease with any questions you have.

Please feel free to contact us to book a consult or to ask any questions regarding our treatments and services.

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Five reasons to love coconut oil

The hype is all about coconut oil lately, and you don’t have to go far online to find countless articles on the various benefits of coconut oil, but it has us raving about its power for your skin.

Here’s five amazing reasons your skin will love coconut oil:

  • Hydrating dry skin: the properties of coconut oil have amazing moisturizing qualities and just a little on your skin will make all the difference. You can use coconut oil from head-to-toe.
  • Alternative shaving cream: instead of buying shaving creams, use coconut oil for your legs while shaving. Coconut oil is naturally anti-microbial and will also soothe as you shave.
  • Makeup remover: the oily properties of this secret ingredient will wipe away makeup with ease, while still soothing and moisturizing your skin. Say good-bye to those drying chemical removers.
  • Face cleaner: before using your favourite cleanser, massage some coconut oil into your face. Coconut oil is naturally anti-microbial, anti-fungal and moisturizing.
  • Massage oil: what better oil to use for a massage than coconut oil, with its amazing hydrating properties, your whole body will love it.

Coconut oil also has many great uses for your hair and in addition to your makeup routine, read this article in Prevention Magazine for some more ideas. Be sure to check our blog for more skin-saving tips and treatments.

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Take a New Approach to Skincare This Year

This year, why not take a new approach to skincare and anti-aging, more specifically the 3D Approach. It’s no secret that everyone ages at a different pace and in different ways as well. For most people, you start losing facial volume in your early 30s, while others have fine lines or wrinkles. Whether one, two or all three of these signs of aging, the 3D Approach can help.

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Caring for Your Skin in Winter Weather

Calgary has officially been hit with it’s first real dose of winter weather, and with the snow doesn’t just bring colder temperatures and rough conditions. For some people, the winter air can bring dryness, flaking and even eczema to the skin. Our skin will deal with some level of increased dryness this season, so here’s some tips for combating the cold.

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Halloween Makeup and Skincare

Halloween is the one time of year when you can transform yourself into someone (or something) else, and for many people this means wearing a lot of makeup. If you plan on applying face paints or costume makeup, ensure you are taking the right steps to prevent skin damage or adverse reaction to your skin.

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Which Vitamins are Best for Skin Health?

Are you one of those people who is mindful about what your supplements and vitamins your body needs? Just like maintaining a healthy body, your skin requires balance too, and that’s where vitamins can come in handy (but only if you use the right ones).

The following are the best vitamins for skin health, and you can take them either via foods rich in those vitamins or with the aid of supplements or capsules.

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How to Treat Your Skin After Sun Exposure

The weather has been hot, hot, hot this week in Calgary, and regardless while you should always be wearing sunscreen, there are a few steps you should always take after sun exposure as well. These tips are not treatments for sunburns, they are for anybody who’s been exposed to sunlight, as the rays have aging effects on the skin.

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How to Choose the Right Sunscreen for Your Skin

Sunshine is a fantastic source of Vitamin D, which helps promote overall health and ward off mental and physical illness, but too much exposure to the sun (or unprotected exposure), can cause damage to our skin. It’s important to wear sunscreen during the summer months, but also to pick one that is meant for your skin type.

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Men’s Health Week: Protect Your Skin

June 9 to 15th is Men’s Health Week in Canada, and if you plan to sport your bronzed skin all summer, you better be aware of the damage this time of year can have on your skin. It’s no surprise that statistics show men are a lot more lax with their sun safety habits than women, so here’s some reasons to protect yourself this summer.

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Sun Awareness Week: Fighting Sun Damage

This week is ‘Sun Awareness Week’, and with the weather finally cooperating, we’re all finding more excuses to spend time in the sun. Sunshine is a fantastic source of Vitamin D, which helps promote overall health and ward off mental and physical illness, but too much exposure to the sun (or unprotected exposure), can cause damage to our skin.

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Fighting the Effects of Sun Damage

With Spring finally here, the days get longer and we all try to spend as much time in the sun as we can. Sunshine is a fantastic source of Vitamin D, which helps promote overall health and ward off mental and physical illness, but too much exposure to the sun (or unprotected exposure), can cause damage to our skin.

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