Month: September 2016

For Better Skin, Curb that Stress!

MicrodermabrasionStress is a natural part of life, except maybe if you are a cave-dwelling Tibetan monk. Since you’re reading this, we surmise that you are not a monk, which makes you like the rest of us average humans who can easily get swept away into a sea of stress. What is at the heart of our stress is irrelevant. It could be the latest news on television, or the extra pounds we noticed on the scale this morning. When we stress, we create a systemic response that can do more harm than good.

Stress is associated with cortisol. In small doses, this hormone can keep us alert and safe. However, for many of us, our body is riddled with cortisol on a daily basis. Our worry over what is happening in our life can lead to chronically high cortisol, which can lead to a number of other problems. Some of the common ways that stress shows up on the skin include:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles. Isn’t it ironic that the idea of aging could be stressful, and yet stress can accelerate the aging process? Cortisol has been linked to the deterioration of connective tissues, which is the underlying problem beneath fine lines and wrinkles, as well as loose, sagging skin and other cosmetic concerns.
  • Acne. High cortisol affects the sebaceous glands, prompting them to excrete more oil. More oil on the skin means accumulation of debris and bacteria, which means clogged pores. Clogged pores equals pimples and blackheads.
  • Skin problems like psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema are chronic conditions that, with good care, can be managed. Each can also flare up during times of stress.

Putting your Skin First
There are ways to maintain healthy, attractive skin even in the face of daily stressors. One of the best things we can all learn to do is manage our response to stress, since we cannot avoid it. How you manage stress is up to you to determine. A walk in the park may be better for you than a hot yoga class, so don’t limit your choices for stress relief.
Stressed-out skin can also be pampered by the team at Sahara Medical Institute. In our Las Vegas facility, you may choose skin-boosting treatments such as:

  • Microdermabrasion
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments
  • Customized chemical peel treatments

We love fostering beautiful skin! Call (702) 823-5010 to consult with us about your aesthetic goals.

Going Bare: Let’s Talk Lasers!

laser hair removalGoing bare, it’s something that men and women alike have enjoyed for ages. We don’t mean bare in the sense of clothing-optional; more like hair-optional! Let’s face it, sometimes, as we get older, we really do notice that hair is growing in places we’d rather it not. Men may suddenly notice a few strands on their nose, or in their ears. Women, and men too, may grow tired of the hair that naturally grows under the arms, on the arms, on the toes, or in another part of the body. Fortunately, we have innovative technology to help us say buh-bye to unwanted hair.

The thing about laser hair removal is that, if you don’t know the details, you can easily believe something that isn’t accurate about this treatment. Here, we will lay it on the line:

Lasers are Great, but Still . . .
In the early days of laser hair removal, it seems as though treatment had been developed solely for those with dark hair and light skin. The reason for the limited range at the onset of this modality was that the wavelengths of light used at that time were most effective on dark hair. In recent years, a number of advances in laser technology have occurred. This has expanded the variety of skin and hair tones that can be treated with laser hair removal. What you need to know is that gray hair will not absorb laser energy. Lighter hairs will, but it may take longer to fully eradicate hair production when hair is super-light.

Your Habits Matter
There are two ways in which habits come into play before, during, and after laser hair removal treatments. Let’s look at how:

  • Prior to laser hair removal, it is necessary to let hair grow into the follicles. Without hair inside these tiny openings, there is nothing to absorb the light that comes from our laser device. Before treatment, you can shave. In fact, it is recommended to shave rather than to let stubble grow.
  • During the treatment protocol, the skin will need a little extra TLC, this can come from moisturizing baths in warm, not hot, water. Heat dehydrates. Also, lotion used throughout the treatment program should be high in water content, not thick. Try to avoid scented lotions, as they may contain alcohol, which exacerbates dryness.
  • Tanning is a controversial habit all around. It creates damage to skin cells that leads to premature aging. As it pertains to laser hair removal, tanning can impede results, and also create discomfort by making the skin more sensitive to laser light.

Get the right information about laser hair removal to determine the best time to start your treatment program. Call our Las Vegas office at (702) 823-5010.