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Is sunscreen really that important? 

The sun is a wonderful thing. It’s one of the best perks of living in our harsh climates; sure, it might be warm in Vancouver in January—but at least we’ve got sunshine! Feeling the sun’s warmth on our skin is one of the best parts of summer. In Manitoba, where the summer is short, we can’t help but want to be outside whenever the weather is cooperating. Protecting ourselves from the sun’s damaging rays is a key part of enjoying the season.

It’s important to understand what is actually happening when we don’t protect our skin. When we are under sun exposure our melanin protects our skin, but with too much sun, it can damage or kill our skin cells, while causing free radicals. Frequent or prolonged sun exposure is the main cause of skin cancer. Skin cancer rates are on the rise, and it is now the most common form of cancer.  Many people don’t realize how serious skin cancer can be—they think that it just needs to be cut out and they’ll be fine. But melanoma, if it’s not caught early on, can become deadly.

UV rays also account for 80% of skin aging and wrinkles.  As we age, the damage from our younger years starts to show. Sun spots or “age spots,” start to appear, and our skin loses its elasticity from collagen depletion caused by the sun’s rays.

Sunscreen is going to prevent and protect you from these things in the future. Wearing sunscreen is one of the best (and easiest) things that you can do for your health. We recommend adding it into your morning routine before you leave the house. Keeping a small bottle in your purse or other handy spot is a great way to ensure that you get the protection you need. In addition to the very obvious perk of protecting yourself from the most common type of cancer, there’s the added bonus of protecting your skin’s youthful appearance. Make sure to look for sunscreens with physical and chemical sunscreens for the best optimal protection.

Gabriella, Laser Technician and Esthetician at SKIN Clinics

Say Goodbye to Sun Damage

Remember when tanning oil was common and people proudly bragged about their tans and how many hours they had spent baking in the sun? Remember being a kid and spending all day, every day outside in the sunshine without even thinking of sunscreen? The sun was our best friend, but little did we know, it would be our worst enemy in our later years. Chronic sun damage causes irregular brown and red discolorations of the skin, but the damage typically doesn’t show until we realize it too late. These discolorations can be a result of a sunburn that happened 20 years ago.

The good news is, we can get rid of those spots. With intense pulsed light, or better known as IPL, we can effectively and gently treats sunspots, freckles, age spots, rosacea, small red vessels, and other forms of skin discolorations. As light is changed to heat energy, it reaches our collagen beneath the skin’s surface. The body then naturally removes the injured tissue, giving our skin improved texture, tone, and a more youthful appearance. ‘But is it safe?’ you may wondering. We are proud users of Lumenis technology, which is backed by dozens of clinical papers proving how safe and efficient this treatment is. IPL is FDA cleared and can be used to safely treat any area of the body.

Usually a treatment can be done in less than an hour, and healing time is very minimal, lasting a few days at the most.

Gabriella, Laser Technician and Esthetician at SKIN Clinics

Summer is officially here!

With more sun exposure, our skin needs more protection. SkinCeuticals physical fusion sunscreen gives the most complete protection against environmental damage AND it’s water resistant for up to 40 minutes AND it’s it’s slightly tinted to enhance your natural skin tone.

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