Nufree Natural and Painless Hair Removal

Nufree hair removalIf you are tired of shaving unwanted hair and don’t want to deal with the pain of waxing, you have another option. Nufree is a painless and effective non-wax hair removal method.

Nufree is a natural, self-preserving antibacterial, antimicrobial, anhydrous botanical formula that does not contain any wax, sugar, or honey. Nufree was created for plastic surgeons who needed to remove hair from their patients before surgery. It was scientifically tested for more than 10 years and found to be safe. Nufree has been used for over three decades.

Treatments generally take five to 10 minutes. Eyebrows, sideburns, upper lips, or one arm can be treated in just five minutes. Two arms, the stomach, bikini line, or underarms can be treated in 10 minutes. Two legs take 20 minutes. Finipil is applied after Nufree treatments to shrink the empty hair follicles, keep them clean, and discourage hair re-growth. Since Nufree never dries and does not stick to skin, there is no pulling or irritation.

You will see results immediately after being treated with Nufree. Your hair will grow back lighter and softer after the first two treatments. You will need another treatment in four to six weeks. After each additional treatment in which finipil is applied, you will re-grow one-third less hair. Follow-up visits will not be required for six to 10 weeks. You will eventually need treatments only once or twice a year.

Nufree treatments must be performed by a trained professional with a sanitary disposable applicator or a medical grade stainless applicator that can be cleaned. The cost varies by location, but it can be less expensive than the price of disposable razors. If you are interested in Nufree hair removal, contact Pure Skin today to schedule an appointment.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

laser hair removalMany people who are tired of shaving and waxing are discovering the benefits of laser hair removal. The procedure is simple, effective, and affordable, but it’s not for everyone.

Depilation is removal of hair above the skin. This includes shaving, chemical hair removal, and bleaching solutions. Epilation is removal of hair below the skin and includes plucking, waxing, electrolysis, and laser hair removal. Epilation is much more effective to remove hair for a long period of time.

Growth in the hair follicle starts in the bulb 2 to 6 millimeters below the surface of the skin. The bulb is surrounded by a nourishing matrix. The bulge is located above the bulb and contains stem cells the hair follicles need to regenerate. The bulb and bulge need to be destroyed to reduce the growth of unwanted hair.

Laser light is selectively absorbed by the melanin pigment in the hair follicles. Light energy gets converted to heat that injures the bulb and the bulge, but not the surrounding tissue.

To be effective, the hair needs to be darker than the skin. The best candidates for laser hair removal have light skin and dark hair. Removing red or blonde hair with a laser is difficult, and removing white or gray hair is impossible. A person with dark or tanned skin is at greater risk of burns, scarring, and pigment changes because the pigment absorbs the energy from the laser.

Terminal hair is coarse hair that grows on the head, beard, underarms, groin, arms, and legs. Velus hair is soft, downy hair on the rest of the body. Laser hair removal works best on terminal hair because it is thicker and dark and absorbs laser energy well.

Hair grows in three stages: anagen (growth), catagen (transition), and telogen (resting). Laser hair removal only works on hair in the anagen phase. Different hairs are in different stages at the same time, which is why multiple laser treatments are needed for complete and long-lasting hair removal.

The effectiveness of laser hair removal depends on skin type, hair color, body area, laser power, and wavelength. Treatments are safe and comfortable if all of these factors are taken into account and the skin is cooled during and after treatment. “In-motion” technology allows the laser to move continuously during treatment, which makes it quick and virtually pain-free.

Top Anti-Aging Treatments

anti-aging treatmentsNo one wants to look older, but unfortunately, age, the environment, and lifestyle habits take their toll on our skin. Here are some treatments you can try at home or at your dermatologist’s office to get younger looking skin. You don’t need to do all of these to turn back the hands of time. In many cases, less is more.

Wear sunscreen every day, year-round, regardless of the weather, to prevent wrinkles and age spots. Reapply it at least every two hours and more often if you are swimming or sweating. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and broad spectrum protection. If you are wearing makeup, you can use a mineral powder that contains SPF for touchups.

Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that come in creams or gels. They prevent collagen from breaking down and promote the turnover of skin cells. Retinoids can also treat and prevent acne. Prescription retinoids, such as tretinoin and Retin-A, are more effective than over-the-counter varieties. Use only a small amount. Your skin will probably peel at first. If you have sensitive skin, use retinoids only every other night.

Hydration is important as you get older. Use a moisturizer every day, but don’t overspend on expensive brands that are likely no more effective than ones sold at a drugstore.

You can significantly reduce lines and improve your skin’s tone and texture by getting a medium depth chemical peel every four to six months. You will look and feel like you have a bad sunburn for about three to five days. It is a good idea to get a chemical peel in the winter because you will need to avoid sun exposure for a few days.

Laser treatments can smooth your skin’s surface and reduce lines and wrinkles. They vary in terms of intensity and effects. Discuss options with your dermatologist.

Botox® injections can treat and prevent wrinkles. Botox® works best between the eyebrows, around the eyes, and in the forehead. You will need to repeat the procedure every three to six months to maintain the effects. Be sure to get Botox® injections from a reputable and qualified provider.

Fillers can increase volume in the lower portion of your face, especially around your nose and mouth. Results can last for six months to three years, depending on the type of filler you choose.

Miramar Labs Earns Approval for Hair Removal Treatments

miraSmooth underarm hair sweatingMiramar Labs, a privately owned global medical device company founded in 2006 to create energy modalities for the field of dermatology, announced in July that its miraDry® System has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat unwanted underarm hair. It has been shown to provide permanent reduction of underarm hair of all colors. miraDry® is the only treatment approved by the FDA to treat underarm hair of all colors and to permanently reduce underarm sweat.

miraDry® uses microwave technology. Unlike laser hair removal systems, miraWave® does not require a chromophore to remove hair. It can therefore be used on all hair colors, including light hair, and all skin colors. In studies, miraWave® has achieved a 70 percent reduction in underarm hair regardless of color based on a non-optimized treatment protocol. Miramar Labs has improved the protocol since then and expects to see an increase in hair reduction.

After the miraWave® was approved by the FDA, Miramar Labs introduced miraSmooth™ treatment, which became available in select markets in August. miraSmooth™ enables patients to reduce both unwanted underarm hair and excessive sweating. These treatments are options for patients who were not candidates for laser hair removal procedures.

miraSmooth™ uses a handheld device to emit microwaves that focus directly on the hair follicle or sweat gland. The treatment has only earned FDA approval to treat underarms, but it is expected to be expanded to treat other areas in the near future. Some swelling and pain are possible after treatment, but they usually subside within a few days.

Restylane® Silk and Restylane® Lyft Can Make You Look Younger

Restylane before afterMany people who want to look younger choose minimally invasive procedures instead of surgery. Restylane® offers two injectable treatments that can give you a more youthful appearance.

Restylane® Silk is the only product that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to enhance the size and shape of the lips and to smooth fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that is naturally found in skin. Restylane® Silk is a hyaluronic acid filler that is formulated to treat volume loss and signs of aging around the mouth, but it is also a good choice for people who have narrow or thin lips. Lip enhancement has become more popular with both young and older women recently. Restylane® Silk is made of smaller and smoother particles than other Restylane® fillers. It is administered with an ultrafine needle for better accuracy and softer, more precise results.

Restylane® Lyft can be used to treat volume loss in the face and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The loss of volume in the skin can create a sunken or hollow look and make wrinkles appear deeper. By restoring volume in the midface, Restylane® Lyft reduces the appearance of smile lines and creates a firm, lifted appearance.

You should not use Restylane® products if you are allergic to gram-positive bacterial protein, if you have a bleeding disorder, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Use with caution if you have recently taken an anticoagulant or platelet inhibitors. Restylane® Silk should not be used by anyone under 22. Do not use Restylane® Silk or Restylane® Lyft if you are allergic to lidocaine. Delay treatment if you have skin sores, pimples, a rash, hives, cysts, or an infection.

The most common side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, and itching. These are usually mild and go away within seven days. Serious but rare side effects are also possible.

Which Anti-Aging Treatment Is Right for You?

anti-aging treatmentsMany people want to look younger but don’t want to go through invasive treatments to achieve those results. You can get smoother, younger-looking skin with many minimally invasive procedures, including dermal fillers, tighteners, and laser resurfacing. Each is used to treat specific conditions and offers different results. It is important to know what each offers to choose the procedure that is best for you.

Dermal fillers, also known as injectable implants or wrinkle fillers, include a variety of substances that can create a smoother and fuller face and lips. Fillers are commonly used to treat nasolabial folds, the creases that run from the sides of the mouth to the nose.

Fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane have temporary effects that last for six to 18 months because they are gradually absorbed by the skin. Dermal fillers cannot achieve the same dramatic results as a facelift, browlift, or eyelift, but they can deliver temporary results that can allow a patient to delay those procedures.

Some fillers contain lidocaine, an anesthetic, to decrease discomfort. More than one injection may be required to get the desired effect. You may experience pain, redness, swelling, or itching for up to 36 hours.

Loose facial skin can be treated with skin tighteners that use radiofrequency, ultrasound, or infrared light energy to tighten skin below the surface. Heating the skin stimulates it to produce new collagen that makes it firmer. Skin tightening treatments such as Thermage and Ulthera are used to treat mild to moderate frown lines and wrinkles on the entire face.

Skin tightening treatments can take one to three hours and can be performed with local anesthetic. Results are temporary and vary from person to person. Multiple treatments may be required for the best results, and maintenance treatments may be required once a year.

Laser resurfacing uses short, concentrated, pulsating beams of light to treat fine lines, scars, and age spots. Lasers remove skin layer by layer. This treatment is also known as a laser peel, lasabrasion, or laser vaporization. It works best on fine lines on the forehead or around the eyes and mouth, shallow acne scars, freckles, and age spots.

Treatments can be done with local anesthetic and take 30 minutes to two hours. The area will be bandaged after the procedure and will need to be cleaned and covered with ointment to prevent scabbing. Sunscreen should be worn after laser treatments.

Clearing up Confusion about Sunscreen

sunscreenThe Food and Drug Administration rewrote the rules on sunscreen labeling two years ago, but a new study conducted by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Dermatology publication in June found that many consumers are still confused about what the terms and numbers mean. The study’s author believes more needs to be done to educate the public.

Sunlight is made up of two types of radiation: UVA and UVB. UVA light penetrates the skin and causes tanning. It can also contribute to premature aging, skin cancer, and other damage. UVB rays are primarily responsible for sunburn and can also cause skin cancer.

Some older sunscreens only protected wearers from UVB rays. However, now that it is known that UVA rays can cause cancer, most sunscreens offer broad-spectrum protection against both types of light. For the best protection, dermatologists recommend choosing a sunscreen that contains zinc or micronized zinc.

Sun protection factor (SPF) refers to the amount of time that a person can spend in the sun without getting burned. If a person would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun without sunscreen, an SPF of 15 would offer protection from the sun’s rays for 150 minutes. Dermatologists generally recommend wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

You should apply a generous amount of sunscreen – about an ounce. The protection can wear off, so it is important to reapply it every two hours, or more often if you will be swimming or sweating.

Sunscreen cannot provide complete protection from the sun. It is important to also wear protective clothing and limit the amount of time spent in the sun.

Why Are Wrinkles Deeper around the Eyes?

eye wrinklesFacial wrinkles tend to be more pronounced around the eyes, where they take the form of crow’s feet or laugh lines. Researchers at Kagoshima University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences in Japan sought to find out why. The results of their study were published in the July 1 online edition of Clinical Anatomy.

Sebaceous glands are microscopic glands under the skin that secrete sebum, an oily or waxy substance that lubricates the skin and protects it from water damage. The researchers found that wrinkles tend to be deeper in areas with a lower concentration of sebaceous glands, such as the outer corners of the eyes.

The connection between sebaceous glands and wrinkles only appears to apply to the upper half of the face. Areas with a greater density of sebaceous glands also had a thicker dermal skin layer below the sweat glands and hair follicles in the epidermis.

The researchers examined wrinkle depth, gland density, and dermal skin density in the forehead and eye regions of 58 Japanese cadavers between the ages of the 20s and 90s. Since the study examined only embalmed Japanese cadavers, they cautioned that their results might not apply to people of all races. The researchers believe that other factors may play a role in determining wrinkle depth.

People who are concerned about the effects of aging are advised to drink plenty of water, protect themselves from the sun, eat a healthy diet, exercise, and get enough sleep. These actions can ensure optimal skin metabolism and reduce the effects of aging.

The Benefits of Massage Therapy

massage therapy benefitsMassage therapy is more than a way to relax. It has been shown to offer a host of health benefits. Here are some of the many ways your life could improve from a massage at Pure Skin.

• Massage relieves stress and promotes relaxation by lowering heart rate and cortisol and insulin levels. This can contribute to an improvement in overall health.

• Many people have poor posture from years of slouching or injuries. Massage therapy can correct posture by reinforcing healthy and natural movements.

• Pressure from massage causes blood to flow through congested areas. As more blood flows in, circulation and body function can improve.

• Massage therapy can lower blood pressure and contribute to better cardiovascular health.

• Many people experience neck, back, and muscle pain from sitting at a desk at work all day. Massage therapy can relax stiff muscles and ease pain.

• Joints tighten as people age and restrict range of motion. Massage can improve flexibility and reduce the risk of injury.

• Anxiety and stress can cause constricted breathing. Massage can relieve respiratory problems and help you relax.

• It is estimated that 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. Massage therapy can reduce pressure and pain and lower the frequency of headaches.

• Regular massages can improve the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity to fight off illness and infection.

• Massage can speed up healing after an operation by allowing more oxygen and nutrients to flow into tissues and vital organs.

• Massage therapy can also speed up recovery after an injury and help you relax and stay motivated and focused on your rehabilitation process.

Anyone can benefit from massage therapy. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of massage or scheduling an appointment, contact Pure Skin today.

Is Botox® Safe?

is botox safeBotox® is one of the most commonly used treatments for wrinkles. It can effectively reduce the signs of aging, but many people are concerned about its safety.

Botox® is made from purified and sterile botulinum toxin and is safe to use in small doses. If someone’s skin becomes too firm and it is hard to move the face or make expressions, it is likely that too much Botox® was used.

Some people should not be treated with Botox®. It is not recommended for use in anyone who is sensitive or allergic to botulinum toxin or any other ingredient. It also should not be used if the patient has an infection at the injection site or a condition such as myasthenia gravis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Eaton Lambert syndrome.

A few units of Botox® are injected into the treatment area and relax the muscle. This causes wrinkles to disappear. The treatment generally takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Results become visible within two weeks.

After being treated with Botox®, you should avoid sleeping in a horizontal position for at least four hours. You should not get a facial massage for five days.

Botox® can cause side effects, including headache, bruising, itching, rash, allergic reaction, weakness, nausea, and pain. These are usually noticed right after treatment. If you experience any of these side effects, tell your doctor right away. Allergic rashes, headache, and neck pain usually subside within a few hours. Bruising should go away in a few days.

Botox® can also cause droopy eyelids, inflammation of the cornea, dry eyes, double vision, tearing, and sensitivity to light. If you experience any of these side effects, consult an ophthalmologist.

If you are interested in treating your wrinkles with Botox®, contact Pure Skin to schedule a consultation.