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Spring break is fast approaching. You’ve booked your lodging, flights, and are anxiously awaiting packing up and taking off to break free from the norm for the week. However, it doesn’t matter if you’re headed to the beach or prepping to hit the slopes, it’s important to put sun safety at the top of your priority list!

Here are some tips that can help you when it comes to protecting your skin on vacation:

Sunscreen!

Did you know that most people only use about half the amount of sunscreen that they should be using? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Most adults need about 1 ounce, or enough to fill a shot glass, to fully cover their body. No matter what the SPF number, sunscreens need to be re-applied every 2 to 3 hours. This doesn’t only apply to those venturing to the beach either. Sand reflects about  25% of the sun's UV rays and snow reflects about 80% of the sun's UV rays. You can just as easily get a sunburn on a mountaintop as you can on a beach so it’s important to be protected!

Limit your time in the sun

When you’re on vacation and having fun, it’s easy to lose track of time. The latest research shows that the sun’s rays are most damaging from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. If you plan to be out during that time, remember to reapply sunscreen and try to limit your exposure time. Seek shade if available!

 

Pack accordingly

A wide-brimmed hat is a great choice for keeping your face protected from the sun. Sunglasses are a must as they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. If possible, wearing long pants and shirts when you’re outside is the best option. If you’re going to be swimming, sun-protective clothing like swim shirts are available to help keep you protected.

Making sure that you’re prepared when it comes to sun protection can make all the difference. Even one sunburn can increase your risk for developing skin cancer. If you have more questions about how to best protect yourself from harmful UV rays, please call us at 210-255-8447 to schedule an appointment today!

Let’s face it, dealing with hair loss is no walk in the park. According to the Cleveland Clinic, around 50 million American men and 30 million women have male- or female-pattern baldness. This can begin early in life, but it is much more common after the age of 50. Living with this type of hair loss can be frustrating and embarrassing to deal with. However, a new treatment option may be the key to addressing this issue.

You might have heard of different facial treatments using PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, that use your own blood to help achieve results. There’s a similar treatment that works this way to treat hair loss.

PRP for hair loss is performed by beginning with a standard blood draw from the patient's arm. The blood is then placed in a machine where the plasma is separated from the blood.  This platelet rich plasma is injected directly into a patient’s scalp.  These cells, full of growth factors can help revive miniaturized or deficient hair follicles.

The process is typically performed once monthly for 3 months and then every 4-6 months for maintenance. The injection schedule will ultimately depend on your pattern and amount of hair loss, age, genetics, and hormones. Studies show about 20-30% improvement in hair growth on average.

If you’re dealing with hair loss and ready to try PRP therapy, give us a call today at 210-255-8447 to schedule your consultation!

What if you could have smooth skin all year long, no razor required? Sounds like a dream right!? Enter: laser hair removal! Laser hair removal has quickly become one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the U.S. How does laser hair removal work? Select wavelengths of light are absorbed by melanin in the hair and its follicle, destroying the hair in its entirety.

It’s important to note that with laser hair removal, multiple treatments will be needed to attain maximum results. Our hair grows in cycles, and not all of our hair will be in the same cycle at the same time. Your aesthetician will recommend the appropriate number of appointments needed, and also advise you on how long to wait in between scheduling, usually 4-6 weeks.

Many people are worried about the pain associated with laser hair removal. If you’ve ever had waxing done aside from your eyebrows, you know that often packs quite the punch, yet it’s something you’re still willing to do. Most people concur that laser hair removal is much less painful than waxing and compare the way it feels to tiny pin pricks or small rubber band snaps on the skin.

Isn’t it expensive? Laser hair removal pricing depends much on the size of the area being treated. Scheduling a consultation with our aesthetician will help you to create a customized plan to achieve your goals. As an added bonus, all laser hair removal packages of 6 treatments for legs, bikini, or underarms are all 20% off through the month of January!

Call us today to get started and schedule your consultation!

We’ve heard them all. You’re going on a trip and want to develop a “base tan” to protect yourself against getting a sunburn. You have a party or a dance coming up and want to have a little bit of color of for the event. You “never” go to the tanning bed…only a few times a month.

For starters, there’s no such thing as a base tan. According to the Mayo Clinic, using a tanning bed before spending time in the sun on a trip is simply exposing you to more UV radiation. Every little bit of tan is proof of skin damage, and in turn increases your risk for developing skin cancer.

Dangers of Indoor Tanning

The American Academy of Dermatology (ADA) reports that Approximately 7.8 million adult women and 1.9 million adult men in the United States tan indoors. Research also indicates that more than half of indoor tanners (52.5 percent) start tanning before age 21, while nearly one-third (32.7 percent) start tanning before age 18. These statistics are quite alarming when you consider that one indoor tanning session can increase your risk of developing skin cancer (melanoma by 20%, squamous cell carcinoma by 67%, and basal cell carcinoma by 29%).

Dangers of Indoor Tanning

Did you know that as many as 90% of melanomas are estimated to be cause from UV exposure? Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death in women 25-30 years old and the second leading cause of cancer death in women 30-35 years old. What’s even worse is that this that up to 90% of all cases of melanoma are considered to be preventable. [1]

There’s no such thing as a healthy tan. If you’re looking for alternatives, consider spray tanning. Unlike a tanning bed, spray tans utilize a mist and do not contribute to your risk of getting skin cancer. Sunless tanning is also available in different options, like lotions, that can be applied year-round at home.

If you have more questions about the dangers of indoor tanning, or how to best protect yourself from harmful UV rays please call us at 210-255-8447 to schedule an appointment today.