Getting The Best of Summer & Shielding The Worst
June 3, 2018
The month of May was Skin Cancer Awareness month and as we all know, June marks the beginning of SUMMER…. a time of year that everyone looks forward to because of the warm, beautiful, sunny weather! However, with increased sunshine comes increased exposure to dangerous ultraviolet radiation. So kicking off this month with a reminder to protect yourself against these harmful rays and a solution on how to do just that…. in a chic & sassy way, of course! 😉
Here are some of the health related risks associated with increased exposure to UV radiation:
- Skin cancer (both melanoma & non melanoma skin cancers)
- Premature signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, etc.)
- Worsening of other skin related issues (skin tags, melasma, etc.)
- Vision/Eye damage (cataracts, macular degeneration, etc.)
- Weakening of the immune system
The good news is that decreasing your exposure to these UV rays is very achievable. For instance, if your current skin care regime does not include wearing an SPF on your face daily, that is something to add right away. Even on cloudy days, we are still being exposed to a certain level of UV radiation that can be very harmful over time.
Taking facial protection even a step further, I recently discovered Bluestone Sun Shields. Being from the Midwest originally, taking advantage of this beautiful weather- whenever, wherever- is a major reason I moved to the West coast. I love being outdoors but I also want to protect myself from all of the many health related risks listed above. In addition, if you’re doing any cosmetic laser treatments, peels, taking certain medications, using different topicals (such as retinol), you are putting yourself at an even greater risk of sensitivity and/or side effects from having increased exposure to your face from the sun. Cue this glamorous, private chrome sunshield to save the day:
This effortlessly classy sun shield blocks 99% of UV rays, is recommended by top dermatologists and I loved being able to read outside with it because not only did I know I was protecting my face but it also gave more isolation & secrecy on this Hollywood rooftop. Did I get some looking and staring from strangers? Yes. But did those same strangers later ask me where I got this? Also yes. 🙂 Here is where I found it: http://www.bluestonesunshields.com
PicoSure Laser Treatment
February 22, 2018
Excited to make this first blog post about something that is very near and dear to my heart- lasers! I currently work for a company that makes lasers so it’s a topic that I’ve had the opportunity to learn a ton about over the past few years and absolutely fall in love with!
This week I had the pleasure of doing a PicoSure laser treatment. This particular technology has two aesthetic aspects to it- tattoo removal and facial/skin revitalization. Unfortunately I don’t have any tattoos, but I’ll gladly tell you all about my experience with the facial revitalization aspect.
Before I tell you about my experience, I want to highlight the fact that while lasers are AMAZING technologies, for someone with my skin type, it should also be done with caution depending on the wavelength of the laser and the settings used. For example, at a glance my skin color isn’t very dark, however, I am mixed with Norwegian and African American so there is definitely more melanin in my skin than someone who may appear to be the same skin color as me but has a full European/Caucasian background. That being said, one of the fantastic aspects of this PicoSure treatment is that it is safe for all skin types, light to dark… and everything in between.
The treatment itself is pretty quick- typically 30 minutes or less, however, most people (myself included) will want to have their provider use a topical numbing agent beforehand, which will also take 30 minutes or less. Once the treatment started, it really just felt like a very warm sensation going over my face. I actually really liked the way it felt- more like a soothing warmth, not overly aggressive or abrupt. The provider targeted each section of my face individually until she’d covered everything and she had me hold a cooling fan throughout for even more added comfort as well.
Afterwards, she put some SPF on me and I was on my way! I was very slightly pink for a couple of hours following but nothing crazy that would prevent me from going out in public and she said I could even put on makeup if I wanted to right after. Literally- no downtime! And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for, what it does! PicoSure targets:
- Pigment concerns (brown spots like freckles, sun spots, etc.)
- Fine lines
- Acne scars
Essentially it’s helping to produce cell turnover at a faster rate which allows the skin to repair & renew itself faster. Personally, I feel like it has helped with pore size, tone and texture as well. Depending on your skin concerns, most people will want to do some kind of a series with the treatment but should then just be able to do maintenance treatments from time to time, as desired. I did my first three treatments back in September, October and November of 2017, each one spaced about 4 weeks apart, and then hope to do a follow up treatment maybe once or twice a year just to help keep my skin looking and feeling its best! I would truly recommend this treatment for anyone that has concerns with any of the above issues or anyone that is just trying to maintain/improve the overall appearance of their skin.
To find out more about this treatment, in general, you can visit http://www.picosure.com.