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Much ‘ado about wrinkles

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un exposure, smoking, poor nutrition and the inevitable, aging, are all causes of skin wrinkling. We know what causes wrinkles but what if they’ve already appeared. Today there is an array of treatments available to combat the dreaded wrinkle. From drug store creams and serums to surgery and everything in between. It’s the “in between” that is capturing much attention. Non-surgical treatments that produce dramatic results are all the rage. More costly than the basic facial but not nearly as costly as surgery, these alternatives are worth investigating. Many treatments can be provided by an esthetician, others must be administered by a doctor or under a doctor’s direction in a medi-spa or clinic.

Collagen production is stimulated plumping the skin and reducing wrinkles. Usually done in a series of treatments. Little or no redness occurs.

Below is a list of treatments beginning with the least invasive. The first four are often done at the spa by an esthetician.

• IPL. Intense pulsed light heats the skin to promote collagen synthesis and visibly firm skin. No down time.

• Light peel or lunchtime peel. Glycolic acid (20-35%), lactic acid, enzyme peels or Jessner’s solution (1-3 coats) are applied to the skin and left on for one to several minutes. Dry surface skin cells slough off over the next few days, revealing fresh skin.

Now let’s look at the more invasive non-surgical procedures. Some of these require sedation and healing time including pain medication. These are medical clinic treatments directed or administered by a doctor.

• Microdermabrasion. It mechanically removes dry skin cells by blasting fine crystals onto the skin and vacuuming them off. The results are similar to glycolic peel. More than one treatment is recommended. • Microcurrent facial. A small current is applied to facial muscles stimulating and toning them. Since facial muscles are attached to the skin, when the muscle is toned the skin is lifted, reducing wrinkles. It also stimulates collagen and elastin production. It can be done in a series of treatments.

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hat is the best beauty treatment on the market?? You guessed it - Sleep! There is no better beauty treatment than a night of rest and rejuvenation. We all look and feel our best when we have had a good night’s sleep. Quality sleep is as important as nutrition and exercise in maintaining overall health. A good sleep does the following. (1) Repairs the physical body to improve and maintain good health (2) Strengthens learning and memory (3) Revitalizes you psychologically to maintain emotional balance and well-being. Without Enough ZZZZs: We do not function well with prolonged inadequate sleep. People become more accident-prone, are less productive, experience increased fatigue, and suffer health problems. Recent studies show that sleep deprivation actually speeds up physical aging. The state of deep sleep activates growth hormones that restore skin’s elasticity, helping smooth wrinkles and strengthen hair and nails. Lack of sleep also can contribute to weight gain. New studies have shown that people who get more rest are able to maintain their weight or lose weight, as compared to those who are sleep deprived. Barriers to Good Sleep: Sleep disorders can affect anyone. There are many reasons why we don’t get a good sleep! Here is a list of possible barriers that may be affecting your sleep: (1) Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea is a cessation of air through the mouth and/or nose during sleep. It is a common sleep disorder among people. It is often accompanied by snoring. (2) Bladder problems: Many people have interrupted sleep due to frequent trips to the bathroom during the night. (3) Depression/Emotional Issues: Often people are unable to fall asleep or may wake up worrying. Stress and anxiety can cause insomnia or prevent you from staying asleep. (4) Pain/Restless Limb Syndrome/ Spasticity/Cramping: Spasms, cramping and pain can prevent people from getting good sleep. (5) Medication Side Effects: Unfortunately, some people take medications that have side

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• Medium or deep peel. 50% glycolic acid, phenol acid, TCA (trichloroacetic acid), Jessner’s solution (4-10 coats) are some chemicals used to cause complete shedding of the epidermis, allowing it to regenerate. Healing time may take weeks.

creases. Marketed under the names Juviderm, Restylane, Perlane and Teosyal, these products last up to a year. Factors such as age and the area treated determine how often touchups are needed. Some bruising may occur at the injection site.

• Dermabrasion. A surgical procedure in which the epidermis is “sanded” or “planed” off allowing new skin to replace the wrinkled or scarred skin. Anesthesia of some type is necessary.

• Botox. A brand name for botulinium toxin: an injectable purified protein. Safe and effective, this popular treatment is designed to interfere with the contraction of facial muscles. It smoothes wrinkles resulting from repeated facial expressions such as raising the eyebrows or scowling, and is effective for four months or more. Bruising may occur.

• Laser resurfacing. In the form of CO2 or erbium laser, this type of laser gives similar results to dermabrasion. The patient is sedated. Healing time may take weeks or months. • Fractional resurfacing. These new lasers do not treat the entire skin surface but evenly spaced spots to reduce downtime. Multiple treatments may be needed. • Heat and radiofrequency. Infrared heat and radiofrequency devices are used to stimulate collagen and elastin production. • Fillers. Injected into the wrinkle, hyaluronic acid binds with water in the skin to fill in

effects that can interfere with sleep.

Tips for a Good Sleep! Experts recommend good sleep hygiene. Good sleep hygiene includes: (1) Create a sleeping environment that promotes good sleep. Make sure the bedroom is dark, quiet and cool. And make sure your bed, pillow and bed covers are comfortable. Use the bedroom for sleep and sex only--keep cell phones, computers and televisions out. (2) Create a routine before you go to bed each night to signal to your body that it’s time for sleep. This can be something as simple as having a small glass of milk or writing in a journal. (3) Avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco in the late afternoon and evening. These things can keep stop you from falling asleep or wake you up frequently during the night. (4) Avoid eating a big meal just before bed. However, eating a small snack before going to bed may help promote sleep. (5) Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. This routine will promote good sleep. (6) Exercise daily at the time that works best for you. Some people find that if they exercise in the late afternoon or early evening, it keeps them awake, but others prefer to exercise closer to bedtime because they say it relaxes them and helps promote sleep. It’s important to listen to your own body. (7) Avoid taking naps that are too long, no

Leondra King is a certified esthetician, IPL technician and educator. She can be contacted at Laser and Wellness Centre or visit www. isislaserwellness.com.

treated with medication and counseling. People suffering from suspected sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome or any other sleep disorder should consult your health care provider about possible treatments. (10) If you’ve been in bed for 20 minutes and haven’t been able to fall asleep, get up, go into another room, and do something quiet like reading. After about 20 minutes, go back to bed. Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

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Naptime?: The idea that people need to sleep eight uninterrupted hours a night is a modern myth. If we know it’s natural to awaken several times a night, we don’t have to suffer anxiety when we do. Often, it’s the fretting about not sleeping that keeps us awake. Approximately one-third of our lives are spent sleeping. The average adult sleeps seven to eight-and-half hours per night. Many people require more sleep; some people require less sleep. Evidence suggests we need to sleep nine hours a day — but not all at once and not all at night. If you have the opportunity to nap during the day, even for just 20 minutes, it is suggested that you do — just limit it to 90 minutes to avoid waking up groggy or tapping into your nighttime sleep.

During a consultation your doctor, medi-spa technician or esthetician will be able to provide more information on available treatments and their cost to determine which treatment is best for you. Sometimes a combination of treatments may be beneficial.

Shelly Luhning R.N., BScN MN resides in Saskatoon.

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