How to Deal with Excessive Underarm Sweating

Our bodies need to sweat to regulate our body temperature; it’s a normal bodily function essential to ridding our bodies of excess heat from muscles that have been working hard. When your body’s internal temperature is elevated, your body sweats. Your skin’s surface cools when the sweat evaporates.

Sweating also helps the body maintain a healthy level of salinity by sending sodium back into the blood. However, while sweating is essential, excessive sweating, particularly in the underarm area, can be stressful and embarrassing.

People who suffer from excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis can spend thousands of dollars a year on dry-cleaning to get rid of sweat stains. They may try brand after brand of antiperspirants that claim to be powerful enough to work on even the most severe cases of excessive underarm sweat. But what happens when not even the clinical strength deodorants do the trick? What if they only tackle the body odor but not the excessive perspiration?

The truth is that antiperspirants don’t actually stop the sweating process but block the sweat ducts and reduce the amount of sweat that reaches the skin’s surface. Many experts believe that our bodies may eventually adapt and develop resistance to the deodorant brands if we use them too long; therefore, switching up brands every few months is best.

The miraDry System

When it comes to heavy sweating, it’s not enough to keep the smell at bay. Sweat glands are located all over your body; however, the ones that cause the most embarrassment are found in the underarms as the excessive moisture will still leave humiliating pit stains.

Fortunately, there’s a procedure that can help if you’re self-conscious about your underarm sweat. With FDA-approved miraDry, you no longer have to avoid work opportunities or social activities because you worry about others seeing you sweat heavily.

The miraDry system is a non-surgical treatment designed to reduce underarm sweat and odor dramatically. The procedure can be completed in as little as one hour. miraDry is a more effective solution compared to prescription-strength deodorants, sweat shields, or giving in to the exhausting task of changing clothes multiple times a day.

Local anesthesia is administered to ensure comfort during the treatment. Your sweat glands will be mapped out. Using a handheld device to emit electromagnetic energy, you will feel a slight suction that brings the glands closer to the surface.
Using thermal energy, the miraDry System targets and eliminates underarm sweat and odor glands; cooling is applied to protect the skin and keep the patient comfortable. The glands will not grow back once they have been removed. The treatment is clinically proven to have an average of 82% sweat reduction and 89% odor reduction.

Many patients describe the miraDry procedure as painless thanks to the local anesthesia. Because there is no downtime, you can return to your regular activities after the treatment. You may experience some minimal bruising, numbness, sensitivity, or swelling in the underarm area for a few days following the procedure.

As with all cosmetic procedures, the number of treatments to achieve optimal results will vary from person to person. To learn more about miraDry and if you’re an ideal candidate, don’t hesitate to reach out to CüR Laser and Skin.

Why Chronic Snoring Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Because snoring is so common, many people think it’s harmless. However, loud, habitual snoring may be an indicator of serious underlying health issues. In this guide, we explain how and why we snore, the causes, underlying conditions, and how it impacts our sleep partners.

The Physiology of Snoring

The muscles in our throat relax when we sleep, causing our throat to fall backward and become narrow. When we breathe in, the walls of the throat vibrate, creating the characteristic snoring sound; when the air passages in our throat and nose are not blocked, there shouldn’t be any snoring. However, the narrower the airway becomes due to blockages, the more our soft palate and uvula vibrate. The greater the vibrations, the louder the noise of snoring.

Nasal blockages can be caused by many factors, including nasal septum deformities or nasal allergies. When your throat tissues or nasal passages are congested, swelling of tissue fluids causes loss of muscle tone and results in insufficient air flow through the airway.

Air blockages that lead to snoring may also be a result of sleeping at the wrong angle such as when lying on your back; by sleeping on your back, tissues in the upper airway are relaxed backward by gravity and obstruct the airways. Overweight people are also more likely to be snorers as another cause of snoring is bulky throat tissue.

When Snoring is Harmful

Many snorers have medical conditions that contribute to snoring such as a deviated septum, thick tissues in their soft palate, or enlarged adenoids and tonsils. Occasional snoring is usually not a cause for alarm; however, habitual snoring may indicate a more severe health issue that shouldn’t be ignored. Daytime dysfunction and risk of heart disease are common adverse effects on health caused by snoring.

Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the more alarming health problems associated with snoring; it creates several problems for the snorer including strain on the heart, disruptive sleep, long breathing interruptions, daytime fatigue, and chronic headaches. Sleep apnea may also cause obesity and low oxygen levels in the blood, which may result in pulmonary hypertension.

How Snoring Affects the People Around You

While snoring may be an early sign of future health risks, it may also affect the health of the people who live with the snorer.

Loud snoring is often more than just a nuisance for sleep partners as it’s enough to disrupt sleep or keep them up all night; sleep deprivation and poor-quality sleep also impact your health and even puts the non-snorer also at risk of daytime dysfunction and heart disease.

Sleep deprivation caused by a snoring bed partner can lead to daytime drowsiness that results in accidents, impair attention and alertness, kill sex drive, age your skin prematurely, and mess with your memory. Chronic sleep loss also puts you at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, and diabetes.

Ways to Stop Snoring

If chronic allergies cause your snoring, improve your condition with the help of your doctor, who may prescribe allergy medications. Heavy snoring also often occurs from taking sedatives or alcohol, which cause the throat muscles to relax too much; avoiding consuming these before you go to bed may reduce your risk of snoring.

Some people who are serious about minimizing their snoring for the sake of everyone who lives in their home may turn to devices such as anti-snoring mouthpieces, medical-grade nose vents, nasal dilators, and tongue displacement technology.
Because snoring occurs most often in people who are overweight, losing weight is the ideal first step to remedy your snoring. In fact, loud snoring may be your body’s way of telling you it’s time to address your weight issues. Want to continue the conversation on how weight loss may be the key to stop your snoring? Let’s talk.

Lose the Belly Fat the Right Way

The fat around the midsection is the type of fat that most people find most challenging to get rid of, no matter how hard they work out or eat right. However, it’s not something you should give up on since a trim tummy doesn’t just make you look better, but it lowers your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.

A combination of healthy food choices and regular physical activity is the foundation for preventing belly fat from building up and minimizing existing belly fat.

What to Eat and What to Avoid

To prevent fat build-up, you need to avoid the types of food that cause it. Many experts agree that sugar, alcohol, and foods that are high in fat should be limited while you should introduce more high-fiber grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein into your diet. However, what’s most important when it comes to nutrition is a balance.

Over-indulging on fatty, processed food and giving into fast-food cravings are the worst thing you can do for your health. You don’t need to eliminate all the “unhealthy” stuff. You only have to eat them in moderation. By eating right and combining with regular physical activity, your body will function and metabolize better, naturally ridding itself of stubborn fat.

Move More, Lose More

When it comes to belly fat, the truth is that there is no such thing as a spot exercise. However, many health professionals maintain that a combination of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training is crucial to preventing and reducing existing belly fat. Aerobic exercise also helps reduce liver fat and improve insulin resistance. Resistance training helps increase lean body mass, which allows you to bid farewell to that muffin top.

However, to see results, you need to be consistent and work out regularly. Exercise needs to become a part of your lifestyle if you expect to stop stomach fat build-up long-term.

Take Your Body to the Next Level with EMSculpt

You work hard and eat right. Unfortunately, no matter how many times you hit the gym, miles you run, or diets you try, you can’t seem to lose that stubborn layer of fat that has settled in your tummy area which keeps your abs from shining through. The truth is that no amount of dieting and exercise will target that thin layer of fat. But before you consider a tummy tuck or liposuction, you should know some alternatives are non-invasive.

EMSCULPT is a non-invasive body-contouring treatment that can take your body to the next level by treating the thinner layers of fat in your abdomen, creating muscle definition and that “6-pack” you’ve been dreaming about.

EMSCULPT uses High-Intensity Focussed ElectroMagnetic (HIFEM) technology to trigger 20,000 powerful contractions – in the muscles of the abdomen or buttocks – up to 100% of their full potential. This level of contractions is unattainable voluntarily – even by elite athletes!

Using magnetic energy; each treatment builds muscle and burns fat. While optimal results are seen 60 to 90 days post-treatment, immediate improvement in tone may be noted with the first treatment, resulting in improved posture and contour. You will notice an improvement in tone, posture, contour, and muscle definition continuing through subsequent treatments.
Do you want to learn more about what EMSCULPT can do for you? Just ask.

What Makes a Person Look “Beautiful”?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Real beauty is to be true to oneself.
Beauty is only skin-deep.

There is no shortage of beauty clichés out there that try to define beauty as being more about one’s soul than aesthetics. But if real beauty is to be true to oneself, then we should also stop denying that we are wired to appreciate physical attractiveness and even want it for ourselves.

To some extent, we all worry about our looks. We get dressed up for special events or dates. We put on makeup, when we usually don’t, to look more put together for a job interview or meeting. We work out a little more than usual in the days leading up to a beach getaway with friends. We go to the salon or spa to make our hair shine and our skin glow.

It’s human nature to be captivated and compelled by physical beauty. We can’t ignore the fact that attractive people are more pleasing to the eye. We idolize celebrities for their gorgeous faces and beautiful bodies.

But what makes us this way? Is there a universal formula for beauty? Is there a scientific explanation for why we find some people more attractive than others? Why are we innately drawn to beauty?

The Search for Symmetry

There’s plenty of research focused on how beauty has the power to trigger our brains and affect our behavior. One of those studies takes a historical look at beauty perceptions over the centuries. While it’s true that beauty standards have evolved, and the decades have seen many variations of what is considered an alluring body type, one of the things that has remained constant throughout history is the appreciation for a symmetrical face.

The “Golden Ratio” or the “Divine Proportion” is the mathematical number of 1.618:1. Also often called “Phi,” this ratio reasons that the most beautiful things in nature are symmetrical. Concerning the face, eyes, nose, mouth, jaw, and so on that proportion and position according to “Phi” are perceived as the most beautiful or attractive.

Celebrities such as Halle Berry, Amber Rose, Kim Kardashian, and Kate Moss are just some of the women whose faces have scored exceptionally well when scanned on the Golden Ratio grid. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and David Beckham are just some of the male stars whose faces are closest to the Phi ratio.

More Than Just Good Looks

However, more studies prove that our attraction to beauty goes much deeper than an appreciation for symmetry.
Research shows that the majority of men prefer women with pleasing facial characteristics such as plump lips, clear skin, bright eyes, and healthy hair; they’re also drawn to women with fuller hips and bosom and a smaller waist. More women tend to like men with masculine features such as a defined jaw, right muscle tone, muscular chest, and bright eyes.

While humans may seem superficial, these preferences are more about how a human being’s brain is hardwired to seek out a mate that is healthy enough to reproduce. Because symmetry plays a crucial role in indicating good health and strength, we find ourselves drawn to proportionate features. Therefore, we naturally are attracted to beauty for the simple reason that our DNA pushes us to populate and ensure the survival of our species.

What do you think makes a person beautiful? Do you have any interesting facts or beliefs about beauty? Tell us about it.

The Secret to Getting Rid of Stubborn Fat

Why the Secret to Getting Rid of Stubborn Fat is To Keep Cool

There’s no argument that a balanced diet, regular exercise, and a healthy lifestyle are crucial to enhancing and maintaining your wellbeing and physical fitness.But what if you’ve done everything right and still can’t seem to shake off that excess body fat in problem areas like your belly, thighs, and back? What if you’ve long hit your ideal weight and still have that layer of fat that keeps the abdominal muscles or “6-pack” you’ve worked hard for to show themselves? And what about that bulge under your chin that won’t go away?

The reality is that no matter how hard we work out or how disciplined we are with our diet, stubborn areas of pinchable pockets of fat may remain.

Someone may try to convince you that you need to hit the gym more often or give you a list of foods to avoid; however, there is no specific exercise or diet that will only target those problem areas. You’ll likely lose weight but still be left with that layer of fat.

What if we told you that the key to getting rid of those bulges isn’t dieting or exercise but a revolutionary technique that freezes and destroys fat cells, and expels them from the body?

Body Contouring with CoolSculpting

Fortunately, much has changed in the world of body contouring treatments over the years, giving us solutions when diet and exercise just won’t cut it. CoolSculpting is one of those innovative treatments that has made us realize we don’t have to give up and accept the saddlebags, back fat, and belly fat that insist on sticking around no matter how hard we workout or diet.

Developed by Harvard scientists, CoolSculpting is a patented and FDA-cleared procedure that is also approved by Health Canada. The process targets pinchable areas fat in the body such as the inner and outer thighs, abdomen, flanks, back fat, chin and jawline, upper arms, above the knees, and buttocks. Therefore, it’s ideal for targeting man boobs, love handles, banana rolls, and bra bulges.

Are you scared of knives, suction hoses, and needles? Afraid invasive treatments will leave you with scars? With CoolSculpting, you don’t have to worry about any of that. The most you will have to worry about is some minor swelling, redness, or bruising in the treated areas – all of which are temporary.

CoolSculpting technology uses controlled cooling to target and kills those stubborn fat cells by freezing them to the point of cell death. In a few short weeks following your treatment, your body will naturally process the crystallized fat cells, eliminating them from your body.

CoolSculpting is considered a long-term solution because once those fat cells are treated, they’re gone. The best part about CoolSculpting is that it’s easy to fit into your schedule as each application takes 35 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on the area being treated. Multiple applications may be needed to treat a larger area like the abdomen and may be done during one visit. Because we have two devices, we offer DualSculpting and can do both sides of your body at the same time. You can have multiple areas done in one visit, taking the same amount of time you would probably spend at the gym trying to “isolate” those spots.

At CüR Laser and Skin, we carry the Z Wave machine, making us one of the only CoolSculpting clinics to provide an additional treatment that massages the treated area, providing up to 40% better results at no extra cost.
Do you want to learn more about CüR Laser and Skin’s CoolSculpting treatments? Schedule a consultation today.

Laser Hair Reduction: Separating Fact from Fiction

 

Many people turn to laser hair reduction because they’re looking for smooth, stubble-free skin. They also want to free themselves from the hassle of regular shaving and painful waxing sessions. With any cosmetic procedure, it’s essential to separate the myths from the truth if you want to have the best experience and results. It’s true that lasers can target unwanted hairs on the body, starting at the root. The intense heat of the lasers works to slowly destroy the hair follicle, reducing the chance that the hair will grow again.

However, a few misconceptions are swirling around about what hair reduction is and isn’t. We’re here to set the record straight.

5 Hair Reduction Myths You Need to Stop Believing

1. It’s completely painless

The pain level will be different for everyone and will depend entirely on your personal pain threshold.

Some patients won’t need any numbing cream, while others will not be able to sit through the treatment
without a volatile reaction. Some people have described the sensation as tiny pinpricks, often comparing it
to a small rubber band snapping the skin.

2. 100% hair reduction is guaranteed

Laser hair reduction doesn’t get rid of hair permanently; however, it reduces hair growth drastically. At some
point, the hair will be so thin and so fine that you will barely even notice it. Therefore, to say that laser
treatment can remove all hair entirely would be inaccurate. However, because completing all your treatments
will result in significant hair reduction, the little hair that does grow will be barely visible. Most clients
will experience an 85% – 95% reduction in hair.

3. One treatment is enough for permanent results

It takes more than one treatment to see results; the number of treatments needed will vary from person to
person. Some people may need as many as 12 sessions, while another person may need only 5. It boils down to
the area that is being treated, as some parts of your body have coarser hair while other parts have finer
hair. Each varies with every individual.

4. Electrolysis is the same as laser hair reduction

laser hair reduction and electrolysis both target follicles under the skin’s surface; however, electrolysis
involves inserting a probe into the hair follicle and killing it with an electric current. With laser hair
removal, laser pulses can treat several hairs at once and takes a matter of milliseconds. For this reason,
laser hair reduction treatments are more popular than electrolysis.

5. Laser hair reduction is harmful

Laser hair reduction does not expose you to radiation, nor does it cause cancer. Because the lasers only
target the hair follicles, it does not pose a health threat to your internal organs. Therefore, laser hair
removal also does not cause infertility – another common Laser hair reduction myth. Looking to improve the way your skin looks and feels? Laser technology and laser therapy have evolved over
the years, and there are numerous ways in which they can be beneficial for your skin. At CüR Laser and
Skin, we bring the latest laser treatments to our clients. Request an appointment today.

Difference Between EMSCULPT® and CoolSculpting®

Understanding the Difference Between EMSculpt and CoolSculpting

Do you have body fat that just won’t budge? Do you want to build muscle definition, burn fat, and improve tone? There are two body sculpting treatments for toning the body and reducing those stubborn pockets of fat: EMSculpt and CoolSculpting.

If you’re contemplating getting a body contouring treatment, it’s best to know your options and how they align with your specific goals with your body. From fat freezing to fat melting, let’s take a look at how these two innovative body contouring treatments compare.

EMSculpt vs. CoolSculpting

Do you know that thin, pinchable layer of fat on your tummy? The harsh reality is that no amount of dieting and exercise will eliminate that completely. Fortunately, there is a solution that is more effective than trying fad diets and target exercises. That pesky thin layer of fat that sits below the skin and above the muscles can be treated with EMSculpt effectively.

However, when it comes to those thicker pockets of pinchable fat that you can grip between your finger and thumb, the better treatment is CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting will only treat stubborn pockets of fat. However, CoolSculpting will not build muscle.

EMSculpt, on the other hand, will treat thinner layers of fat and will also build muscle. The treatment is designed to take your muscle building and fat burning to the next level whether you exercise 7 days a week, or you are too busy to make it to the gym even once a week.

In many cases, candidates choose to get CoolSculpting first to remove thicker pockets of fat before transitioning to EMSculpt to tackle the thinner layers, while also enhancing muscle definition. For candidates who don’t have much pinchable fat, they may choose to go straight to EMSculpt to start breaking down the thinner layer of fat while also toning and building muscle.

CoolSculpting can target pinchable pockets of fat that sit under the chin, in the bra area, outer and inner thighs, the back of the arms, flanks and the abdomen, between the rib cage, and the pelvis.

How? Using no knives, suction hoses, or needles, CoolSculpting uses a patented technology that uses controlled cooling to target and kill the stubborn fat cells that remain despite diet and exercise. In the weeks that follow treatment, your body will naturally process the fat and eliminate dead cells.

Presently in Canada, EMSculpt can tone/build muscle while also breaking down fat in the abdomen/flanks and the buttocks by using high intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology, which triggers 20,000 powerful contractions up to 100% of their full potential. Contractions like these are unattainable voluntarily – even for elite athletes. Later this year, there will be treatments available for deltoids, biceps, triceps, calves, hamstrings, and quadriceps.

At CüR Laser and Skin, we offer both EMSculpt and CoolSculpting. We are one of the only CoolSculpting clinics who carry a Z Wave machine which used after the treatment to massage the treated area effectively by transmitting powerful radial shockwaves into the skin tissue and providing up to 40% better results.

To learn if you’re a candidate for EMSculpt or CoolSculpting, feel free to contact us and schedule a consultation.

Why a Daily Skin Care Regimen Is a Must ?

Do you really need a daily skin routine? Absolutely.As your body’s biggest organ, your skin protects your body from the many germs to which you’re exposed on a daily basis that threaten your health. Your skin also defends you from the harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun, which can damage healthy cells.

Healthy skin not only shields you, but it also makes you look more youthful and more vibrant. How you treat your skin today will impact the health and appearance of your skin in the future. It’s easier to prevent skin problems now than spend time and money trying to reverse the effect of neglect in the future.

A daily skin care routine is essential if you want to ensure your skin is not susceptible to skin disease, premature aging, and sun damage. If you haven’t quite figured out your skin regimen yet, we’ve got three products that should be part of your daily routine.

Sunscreen

By wearing sunscreen regularly, you decrease the risk of developing cancer; it also helps keep your skin stay looking young as ultraviolet exposure is one of the leading causes of premature aging.

Wear sunscreen even if you’re indoors. After all, sunlight and harmful UV rays still find ways into your home through the windows. If you’re not leaving the house all day, sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30 should be sufficient.

However, if you’re spending time outdoors, make sure you use a product with SPF 60 or higher. A water-resistant, broad-spectrum product is ideal; don’t forget to reapply every two hours if you sweat or go swimming.

Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C serum can brighten your skin by boosting circulation. It’s hydrating, helps fade hyperpigmentation, prevents skin sagging, and results in smoother and more even complexion that glows.

Because Vitamin C helps your skin heal from surface damage and stimulate collagen production, regular use leads to the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C serum is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals that may damage your cells, disrupting its ability to repair itself and produce collagen.

Vitamin C serum can be easily integrated into your daily routine. Wash your face as you usually do, use toner, and massage a few drops of Vitamin C serum into your face. Apply moisturizer and sunscreen afterward.

Retinol

There’s a myth that you shouldn’t combine Retinol with Vitamin C; however, much research shows that the two work together beautifully to combat free radicals.

However, if you want to shorten your daily routine, but you still use both Vitamin C and Retinol regularly, you may want to use Vitamin C in the morning and use Retinol before bed. However, if you prefer to use Retinol in the morning, don’t forget to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

Many people love using Retinol as part of their night routine because skin rejuvenates during sleep. Retinol stimulates the production of new skin cells, fading dark spots from blemish scars, hyperpigmentation, and hormonal changes.

Before using any new products, remember to do a patch test first and wait 24 hours. If you want to continue the conversation on skin care, contact CüR Laser and Skin. We’re here to help you achieve and maintain your skin goals.

Medical Grade Skincare Products Differ from Cosmetic Counter Products

How Do Medical-Grade Skincare Products Differ from Cosmetic Counter Products?

For most of us, our introduction to skincare products began with over-the-counter (OTC) or department store products. Why? It was probably all we could afford in our youth. Our skin care routines likely started with moisturizers, toners, and masks. Soon, we needed something more specific such as acne or spot treatments. And as we got older, we started to dive into the world of exfoliants, trendy clay masks, and serums.

Cosmetic counter products probably worked for you for years; however, the reality is that they may not be as effective today. In fact, they were never really as effective as you thought. When you were younger, your skin healed faster; collagen production was good, and skin renewed itself quickly.

As you get older, you may begin to notice those OTC products aren’t working as well as they once did. There are two reasons why. The first is that your skin isn’t as young and healthy as it was. The second reason is that department store products aren’t potent; they don’t boast high-quality ingredients, nor have they been clinically tested.
Now that you’re keen on having a more serious skincare regimen that delivers real results, you should start integrating medical-grade products into your routine. Here’s how medical-grade skincare products differ from over-the-counter products:

Quality and Concentration of Active Ingredients

The biggest difference between medical-grade and department store products is their potency and the quality of the ingredients. Medical-grade or pharmaceutical-grade products will contain a high percentage or higher concentration of active ingredients.

OTC products have such a low percentage of the active ingredient that it’s typically barely enough to have any real impact. The packaging on many department store products may say “clinically proven;” however, this is a marketing phrase often used to mislead consumers into believing the product has undergone clinical studies.

Higher Standards and Extensive Testing

Pharmaceutical grade products undergo the rigorous testing that is regulated by the FDA or Health Canada, while OTC products can make claims without any clinical studies or research. With medical-grade products, you have the peace of mind that you’re using a product that has undergone years of studies, research, and testing; science and third-party clinical studies can back the claims of its effectiveness.

With medical-grade products, it’s typical to have teams of experts conducting extensive testing, research, and documentation. Depending on the purpose of the product, this may mean years worth of studies, data, and trials.

Product Penetration

Medical-grade products boast a more effective delivery method compared to OTC products. Because pharmaceutical grade products are designed using advanced technology for better product delivery, they address and correct deeper skin issues directly at the source.

OTC products only work on the epidermis or the skin’s outermost layer. Because they sit on the surface, they don’t penetrate deep into the skin and therefore, don’t work deep enough into the dermis to do anything extraordinary.

You want your products to penetrate deeply because that’s where the collagen-producing cells live; therefore, if you want products that have a real impact of your skin, you need something that does more than sit on the surface of your skin.

At CüR Laser and Skin, we only use products that have been clinically tested and approved by government health departments and authorities. We are an aesthetic medical centre that is physician directed. We have the highest standards of care available, provided in a hygienic and professional environment.

A Timeline of How Your Skin Ages

Our genes play the most prominent role in the natural aging process. However, while there are things we cannot control when it comes to how our skin ages, there are things we can do to slow it down. To know what you can do to prevent premature skin aging, you have first to understand how skin ages. Here is a timeline of how skin ages:

Infancy onwards

There’s a reason why perfect skin is often compared to a baby’s skin. Baby’s skin is delicate and typically flawless. Because infant skin has barely been exposed to the environment, it’s soft and supple. And even if a baby’s skin is prone to rashes and irritation, it heals quickly and often snaps back to its original state. As the child gets older, their skin becomes less sensitive.

Teens – early 20s

When kids hit puberty, sex hormones called androgens increase; the excess hormones cause oil glands to produce a lot of oil or sebum. The sebum blocks pores and hair follicles with skin cells, causing acne breakouts. Some teens have severe acne, while other teens will rarely get a pimple. Teenage acne can last for years, but it will typically go away by the early 20s.

Premature skin aging prevention should start as early as your twenties. Protect your skin from the sun, as sun exposure in your twenties can become skin discoloration, age spots, and freckles as you age.

20s onwards

Many people in their mid to late twenties still have acne; however, at this point, it’s considered adult acne. Fluctuating hormone levels likely cause adult acne. The 20s is also the stage that your skin begins aging. The change is minimal, but some people will already have visible lines and wrinkles, especially in their forehead.

If you’re a smoker, smoking will contribute to your skin’s dryness and sallow complexion. It will also speed up skin aging and may cause wrinkles. Alcohol can also be rough on skin, dehydrating it and damaging it over time.

30s onwards

You will probably start to notice the change in your skin in your late twenties; your skin may be drier and more prone to irritation. This is because your skin’s cell turnover rate has begun to slow down, and dead cells start to accumulate on the skin’s surface. You will notice that without regular exfoliation and moisturizing, your skin will look duller. Eye bags, forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and laugh lines become noticeable in your 30s.

40s onwards

By your 40s, hormonal changes and loss of collagen and estrogen will cause your face to lose volume in your cheekbones and jawline. Your face won’t look as tight as it used to be as elastin fibers that made your face look fuller decrease. Dynamic wrinkles will increase at this stage and appear deeper.

50s – 60s onwards

In your 50s – 60s and onwards, you will notice your facial muscles are now sagging. Your skin will feel fragile, thinner, loose, and less radiant. At this point, you have more static wrinkles. Your skin will no longer heal as quickly due to the loss of collagen. You will also notice an increase in skin imperfections such as discoloration, age spots, and freckles.

Premature skin aging can be prevented by making lifestyle changes such as avoiding sun exposure, quitting smoking, eating a well-balanced diet, and committing to a skincare regimen. However, even if you feel you’ve passed the point of prevention, you should know that there’s still hope. There are skin treatments that can dramatically improve aging skin.

If you want to learn more about skin renewal treatments, BOTOX and injectables, skin tightening and resurfacing, contact CüR Laser and Skin by calling (604) 662-7368 or emailing info@curlaser.com for a FREE consultation.