Photoaging and UV Exposure

As part of the Ontario Skin Cancer Prevention Act, youths under the age of 18 have been banned from using tanning beds as of this past Thursday, May 1st – perfectly timed, considering May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The goal of the legislation is to protect young people, who are especially vulnerable to damage from UV radiation leading to skin cancer. According to the World Health Organization, the use of tanning beds by individuals under the age of 35 increases your chance of skin cancer by a whopping 75%. In fact, the WHO classifies tanning beds among its highest risk category, which includes tobacco and asbestos.

Aside from serious health effects, long term exposure to UV rays has been proven to cause photoaging by damaging the skin’s collagen and elastin fibres, resulting in premature wrinkles and fine lines. Other side effects of prolonged UV exposure are as follows:

  • Both UVA and UVB cause damage to DNA, with UVB in the epidermis and UVA deeper in the dermis.
  • This damage causes mutations in the p53 tumor suppressor gene, a gene responsible for repairing damaged DNA (if possible), or discarding cells that are damaged beyond repair.
  • If p53 doesn’t function properly, these highly damaged cells continue to multiply.
  • Around 50% of skin tumors have this mutated p53 gene in them.
  • UVA penetrates deeper into the skin reaching the dermis where collagen, the structural scaffolding of the skin, is located. This causes the skin to sag in places leading to wrinkles.
  • Both UVA and UVB cause the number of Langerhans cells, an important part of the immune system, to decrease, lowering immunity.
  • UVA increases the number of inflammatory cells in the dermis.

Generally, the effects of UV exposure on the skin are permanent, however, thanks to scientific breakthroughs and advances in medical grade technology, they can be minimized and in some cases, completely reversed. Professional treatments like IPL Photo Rejuvenation and Laser Genesis are specifically designed to treat the most common age concerns that are so often a direct result of excessive tanning in our youth, such as deep wrinkles, fine lines, loss of skin elasticity, uneven tone and texture, redness/Rosacea, freckles and age spots, etc;

Taking simple precautions in your everyday routine, such as wearing sunscreen, can also have a hugely positive effect on the overall/longterm condition of your skin. Always choose an SPF formulated with zinc oxide, which is far more photostable than any other sun protecting ingredient.

Summer to Fall Skin Care Transition

Fall is coming! Temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter, nights are getting longer, the air is getting colder and drier, and our skin begins to lose its moisture.

It is important to adjust your skin care regimen when we begin to enter a new season. With the change in climate, our skin loses its natural moisture. The drier and colder weather also promotes the worsening of acne and rosacea. Therefore, we need to adjust our skin care routines to hydrate our skin, preventing the drying, sensitive, redness, and itching effects, and the aggravation of acne and rosacea from occurring. In addition, the failure to hydrate around the eyes also causes irritation and pigmentation, which leads to what we all despise – under eye dark circles.

Our bodies’ natural skin barrier comprises primarily of lipids. They work to prevent moisture loss. Aging and sun damage can cause the depletion of this barrier. Moisturizing can help improve the barrier by reducing water loss while the natural barrier works to renew itself. Therefore, the first and most important step when transitioning into the fall season is hydrating your skin! There are two types of moisturizers: Protective emollients, or occlusive agents, and hydrators, also known as humectants or hydrophilic agents.

Protective emollients or occlusive agents comprise of fatty acids that causes occlusion – the ability to keep moisture in the skin. These help the skin to keep its natural moisture from escaping the epidermis by placing a layer of emollient over the skin.

Hydrators, humectants or hydrophilic agents, are comprised of ‘water-loving’ molecules. They attract water from the lower levels of the skin to the surface, and can attract water from the atmosphere, locking moisture onto the skin’s surface.

Our everyday moisturizers contain both emollients and humectants. Creams, which are thicker in consistency, have more emollients than lotions or fluids. Therefore, when transitioning from summer to fall, it’s best to change from lotions to creams.

You can also help boost your body’s moisture, treat post-summer skin problems and gain better, smoother, hydrated, and healthy skin with services provided here at NewDermaMed:

Oxygen Facials – these super hydrating facial treatments use fine mists of oxygen infused with vitamins to instantly plump, hydrate and smoothen your skin cells. A great bonus to this is that it creates a great canvas for easy and smooth makeup application!

Microdermabrasion – Now that summer is over, it is important to exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells that lay on the surface of our skins. These dead skin cells create a dull, uneven skin tone. With microdermabrasion, it gently clears your skin and most importantly – refreshes your skin! Microdermabrasion significantly treats clogged pores, dry and dull skin patches, sunspots and other skin conditions caused by sun exposure during the summer!

Laser Genesis and IPL Photo Rejuvenation – The long sunny summer days in many cases causes us to develop sun spots, also known as age-spots, uneven skin tones and textures due to sun exposure, especially unprotected sun exposure. With Laser Genesis and Photo rejuvenation, we can help you achieve radiant, clear, and smooth skin for the upcoming fall season!

To aid in this summer to fall transition, we encourage the use of SPF to prevent sun damage and other effects of UV rays that exist even during the fall season. Feel free to contact us so we can help you customize and build your new fall skin care regimen!

8 Ways to Revitalize Your Skin

Oxygen Facial

Oxygen facials are a luxurious marriage of state of the art oxygen technology and restorative skin treatment. Oxygen facials have gotten plenty of media attention since being launched. A-list celebrities such as Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow are just a few of a long list of the red carpet regulars who consider this treatment a necessity before major events. These unique revitalizing facial treatments are a combination of oxygen infused with lightweight hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants. The result is instantly plumped, illuminated skin with reduced blemishes. Your skin will emerge hydrated, calm, balanced, and glowing with health and vitality.

Exfoliate

Microdermabrasion is a great way to polish and remove any dead skin cells from your skin. This is a non-invasive method of reinvigorating and resurfacing the skin. Immediately after your treatment you can notice a smoother, more clear and radiant complexion. Our medical grade FDA approved microdermabrasion system gently buffs the skin of fine lines and superficial discoloration while refining the texture and tone.

All NewDermaMed skincare treatments are performed in a most relaxing and regenerative environment.

Learn more about Microdermabrasion

Laser Facial Rejuvenation

Laser Genesis is an advanced and scientifically proven skin rejuvenation procedure that significantly improves uneven skin tone and texture, facial redness and fine lines. Loss of collagen is a major cause of the visible signs of aging. The highly advanced Laser Genesis penetrates deep beneath the skin’s surface, heating the upper dermis to stimulate new collagen production, increasing skin firmness and improving the skin tone and texture with no downtime.

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Be Sun Savvy  

NewDermaMed’s EltaMD line provides an innovative combination of consumer & physician friendly broad-spectrum sun care. Each uniquely designed formula offers UVA and UVB protection and safety for any and all skin types and conditions. Their technologically advanced micro fine transparent zinc oxide leaves no white residue on the skin’s surface while keeping the skin safe and protected. Formulations are available in either tinted or colourless, lightweight, moisturizing or sport friendly. All EltaMD products are non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free, hypoallergenic and sensitivity tested.

Green Tea

Green tea has long been known for its high antioxidant content, mainly due to the polyphenol antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG for short. A cup of green tea can contain anywhere from 4 mg to 450 mg of EGCG according to the FDA. Green tea has been purported to have anti-cancer properties, boost the immune system, increase alertness and decrease your waistline. These benefits are more than enough to justify making green tea a part of your diet.  *Tip, the more unprocessed the green tea leaves are the more EGCG is generally present.

Contact NewDermaMed to learn more about improving your skin health and beauty or call 416-671-9766 to book your FREE consultation with one of our medical professionals today!