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A Simple way to Keep your Skin Hydrated this Summer

skin care San Francisco, CADoctors suspect about 75% of adults in the United States have some form of chronic dehydration. With a daily water recommendation of eight 8-ounce glasses of water, it can be difficult to accomplish. Certain foods hold particularly high water content and are a wonderful alternative to accomplishing your daily water intake. Food alone should never be a substitute for water, but it can certainly supplement your daily water intake. The following fruits and vegetables can help your skin and body feel more hydrated in the coming months.

Watermelon

This quintessential summer food is deliciously sweet and perfect for keeping your body hydrated. With a water content of 91.5%, watermelon is also one of the best sources of lycopenes, an antioxidant that fights cancer. Cut up a watermelon into bite sized squares and keep them stored in the fridge, on hand for when the midday munchies role around or the kids come home from school. Slice pieces of watermelon into a chilled glass of water for a refreshing drink.

Spinach

When lunch rolls around, pile spinach on your sandwich. Spinach has high levels of fiber, potassium, lutein, and folate. One cup of spinach gives you 15% of your daily recommended vitamin E. Vitamin E is a valuable antioxidant for shielding against free radicals.  If you don’t like spinach, no problem—spinach has little taste and is a fantastic addition to any smoothie. With a water content of 91.4%, don’t forget to add this versatile vegetable to your grocery list.

Broccoli

Broccoli is loaded with fiber, vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C. This impressive nutrition profile also has a water content of 90.7%. This cruciferous vegetable has a laudable amount of sulforaphane, a compound that rids the body of cancer-causing cells. Broccoli can add crunch to a salad, be tossed in a colorful stir-fry, or simply washed and eaten with your favorite dip.

This summer, consider how you can add spinach, broccoli, and grapefruit to your diet to increase your water intake and keep your skin hydrated. For more information on treatments that can keep your skin looking radiant this summer, contact Aura Skin Spa at 415-788-3800.

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3 Lesser known ways to protect your skin this summer

skin care San Francisco, CAThe warmer temperature is driving us in droves to the beach, park, or golf course. All the Vitamin D the sun provides is excellent for your health, but you can get too much of a good thing. Here are three lesser-known tips to save your skin this summer and protect it from aging:

  1. The right sunscreen will make all the difference:  If you want to save your skin from the sun, buy a sunscreen that you love and make it handy. There are dozens of brands, so choose one that you like and put it next to your other toiletries, so you see it in the morning and remember to put it on. Do n’t forget to select a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. If you are genetically disposed to burn easily, have fair skin, or skin cancer in your family history, elect for 30 SPF or higher. Also, find a brand that has sufficient UVA protection. You can find this out by checking the ingredient list. If it includes ecamsule, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, sulisobenzone, oxybenzone, or avobenzone it will provide UVA protection. Remember, if you suffer from sensitive skin issues like rosacea, opt for sunscreens catered to kids, which are formulated to be more sensitive.
  2. Be mindful of makeup: Did you know that the type of makeup you put on each morning could act as a sun filter? Darker eye shadow colors and matte lipstick will naturally deflect some of the sun’s rays. On the other had, high gloss lipsticks or powders attract the sun and expose the skin more. To be safe, remember to apply a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 before adding makeup. Be sure not to forget your lips by applying a lip color or lip balm with an SPF factor.
  3. Dress with the sun in mind: Usually, when summer rolls around, we pull out the sundresses and shorts. However, if you know, you’ll be outside for an extra long time, select for materials that act as natural protectants to the skin. For instance, darker colors, fiber types, and dyes can all contribute to reflecting UV rays. For instance, tightly knit fabrics, nylon, and polyester work well at shielding the skin from the sun. Bleached cotton clothing, not as much.

To schedule a consultation about the services at Aura Skin Spa, contact our office today at 415-788-3800. Let us help you determine what treatments fit your health and beauty goals.

Vascular Vein Treatment San Francisco, CA

What causes varicose veins?

Vascular Vein Treatment San Francisco, CAVaricose veins are a common condition characterized by bulging bluish veins that are visible just beneath the skin. Spider veins, or areas of swollen capillaries, are the superficial version of varicose veins. Varicose veins are usually safe but can cause tenderness, itchy skin, and swelling in the legs and feet. In severe cases, they may point to possible sites where blood clots may develop.

Women are twice as likely as men to develop varicose veins and 23% of Americans have them. What causes such a common and often painful condition? Ailments or conditions that place extreme weight on the abdomen or legs can result in varicose veins.

  1. Pregnancy: During pregnancy, the uterus will expand putting a strain on a particular vein on the right side of the body called the inferior vena cava. This, in turn, puts pressure on the veins in the legs.  Hormonal changes during pregnancy may also contribute to the development of varicose veins. If varicose veins form during pregnancy, they normally improve within the year after delivery.
  2. Obesity: Obesity can result in high blood pressure, which can cause undue strain on the legs. This excessive burden can lead to ulcers and skin alteration around the ankles.
  3. Chronic constipation: The Western diet is largely missing fiber rich foods. Overtime, the strain needed to move fiber deficient stools is so significant that there is an enormous amount of pressure placed on veins in the legs. The blood valves become slack and are unable to sustain blood movement, resulting in varicose veins.
  4. Family history: If you have a history of varicose veins in your family, you may likely develop them as well.
  5. Being sedentary: Standing or sitting for a long time is a notable risk factor for developing varicose veins. Without regular movement, blood cannot flow throughout your legs as well.
  6. Age: Age will naturally cause the efficiency of blood valves to diminish. As valves are less able to control the flow of blood, some blood will accumulate in the veins instead of being pushed toward the heart.

For more information on how to treat varicose veins, contact Aura Skin Spa at 415-788-3800.

 

 

Injectable fillers San Francisco, CA

More (surprising) ways that fillers can improve your appearance

Injectable fillers San Francisco, CAInjectable fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, are quickly becoming some of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments, and our patients report being amazed at the way they can turn back the hands of time. If you’re used to having your injectable treatments to help fill hollows under your eyes or redefine your cheeks or jawline, you might be surprised to learn about some of the newest uses for your favorite procedure.

For chin wrinkles

Aging and sun damage can take their toll on the chin. The muscles in the chin also contribute to the wrinkly appearance of the bottom of the face, so Botox is a popular treatment for relaxing those muscles to help smooth out the chin. Horizontal lines in the mid-chin area, as well as wrinkles that extend up to the lip line, can be treated with fillers. Together, these popular injectables can smooth the creases and give the chin a stronger profile.

For thighs dents

Fillers can be used to treat dimples and divots on the backs of the thighs, often caused by cellulite and aging skin.  The filler can help lift the skin to improve the appearance of some superficial sagging and cellulite.

For hollow temples

As we age, fat is lost from the temples, causing them to be hollow and sunken. Fillers, such as Sculptra Aesthetic and Juvederm Voluma, can be used to replace that lost volume and give the face a more youthful contour.

For wrinkles on the elbows

Fillers can help the elbows appear smoother by filling out some of the lines and crevices that all that elbow bending can cause.

For earlobe creases

Maybe you don’t think much about your earlobes in your battle against aging, but they can look droopy, thin and wrinkly. Fillers can give back a more natural and youthful shape to the earlobes, as well as help prevent further stretching and widening of pierced earring holes.

For knee wrinkles

Injecting the fine, crepey lines on the knees with Sculptra Aesthetic can help smooth and soften them.

Discover new ways fillers can improve your appearance. Call for an appointment today: (415) 788-3800.

 

 

Botox can be the best treatment for modern life

Botox® CosmeticThere’s been a lot of discussion in print, broadcast and online about the effects that social media has had on the growth of cosmetic procedures. It seems that since we’re taking (and sharing) a lot more photos, we are more aware of our appearance flaws. Plus, we’re smiling and making various facial expressions for photos more often than at any time in history, and we all know that using our facial muscles is part of what causes wrinkles.

Luckily, we are also hearing and reading about the many procedures available that can help us look better — in pics and person. But all that exposure to information can be stressful, and stress takes a toll on the skin, further driving up our interest in anti-aging treatments. And for those of us who are spending more time than ever accessing information on our phones, we may be squinting to read it, which contributes to lines around the eyes.

It might seem like a vicious cycle, but Botox can be a solution, custom made for times like these.

Botox to the rescue
For some people reading this, they might be realizing they’re overdue for their Botox treatments. Call for your appointment today: (415) 788-3800.

If you haven’t yet discovered the benefits of Botox, are you finding yourself clicking on more articles about it? If so, you aren’t alone. Online searches and inquiries about Botox are steadily climbing, according to reports from Google and other search engines. 

The steep growth in the use of Botox

It may have to do with the many additional ways the product is being employed to help us manage problems of modern life. More than just relaxing the lines and creases that form on the face, Botox has also been shown to have many other uses, including:

  • Helping to alleviate tension headaches and migraines
  • Reducing symptoms of over-active bladder
  • Halting sweat production in the armpits and palms
  • Treating nerve pain

More amazing news about Botox
New research suggests it may promote the production of elastin and collagen, which help make youthful skin tight, firm and flexible.

Lasers can safely and effectively remove unwanted hair

laser hair removalThere’s a fairly simple treatment that could help get you ready for summer weather, and now’s a great time to get started. Laser hair removal can be performed anywhere on the face and body, regardless of your skin type, and you won’t have to be self-conscious about unwanted hair again. Start your treatments by making an appointment today. Call  (415) 788-3800.

A brief explanation of how laser hair removal works

  • The laser emits a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep into the skin.
  • A hand-piece touches the skin to deliver the laser light.
  • This high-intensity light delivers a controlled amount of heat.
  • The heat is attracted to the pigment in hair follicles.
  • This allows the laser light to target and destroy the hair follicle
  • There is no damage to the surrounding skin.

The two different lasers we have at Aura are used specific to the patient’s skin type

  1. Candela GentleLASE,

This is a long-pulse alexandrite wavelength for fair skin.

  1. Cutera CoolGlide

This is a YAG wavelength ideal for the darker skin.

The number of necessary treatments also depends on you

Your skin color, hair coarseness and the laser used will determine how many treatments can give you the desired results. Most patients require six sessions at about four to eight-week intervals for effective reduction of hair, and additional sessions may be needed to achieve optimal results. Each treatment can take from a few minutes up to an hour, depending on the area being treated.

The time between treatments will depend on the areas you are treating

  • Face – four weeks
  • Bikini area– six weeks
  • Legs – eight weeks

The type of skin and hair you have will determine how many sessions you need

  • Lighter skin and darker hair can often require fewer sessions.
  • Darker skin may require more sessions.
  • Blond, red, gray or white hair doesn’t respond to laser treatment because there’s no pigment in the hair follicle to attract the laser heat.

Our cooling methods will help control any discomfort

We use specific methods designed to cool the skin and reduce discomfort:

  • The Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD)
  • Cold gel
  • Chill-tip hand-piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reversing the signs of Aging is easier than ever

wrinkle treatmentThese days, surgery is no longer the only way to fight aging and turn back the hands of time. Non-surgical procedures have gained popularity due to the results that can be achieved — almost immediately, with less pain and little downtime.

Continual advances in anti-aging without surgery

At Aura we can offer our clients a full array of advanced and modern non-surgical cosmetic treatments, including these five:

  1. Filler injections

Filling and plumping the skin can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sag.

  1. Botox injections

Perhaps the most popular non-surgical skin procedure, Botox is widely used by women and men. Botox is injected into certain facial muscles to paralyze them, preventing the extreme expressions that etch the face with lines and folds. Results are visible in one to two weeks and can last about six months.

  1. Fraxel Dual

This laser procedure provides skin resurfacing, effectively treating both the skin’s surface and deeper layers. The treatment can help restore your skin to a more youthful appearance by encouraging the growth of new healthy tissue. The procedure can reduce and eliminate sunspots and wrinkles, as well as improve the appearance of acne scars, skin texture and the mask of pregnancy.

  1. Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

The IPL Photorejuvenation or PhotoFacial treats the damaged superficial layer of the skin and delivers thermal energy to treat deeper tissue. The treatment works to stimulate collagen production and resurface your skin without damaging it.

  1. Thermage

This radio frequency procedure can be used to treat the upper and lower eyelids, to smooth lines and wrinkles on the face and neck, and even to smooth skin on the body and improve the appearance of cellulite.

Side effects shouldn’t last long

Non-surgical treatments can cause some swelling, redness, and itchiness, often disappearing within a few hours to a few days post-procedure.

Discover the beauty of non-surgical treatments

Consult with our skin care professionals to learn more about the non-surgical treatments we offer, and what might work best for you. Call for an appointment today: (415) 788-3800.

Shining a (laser) light on your unsightly veins

Vein TreatmentFor the past several months, your jeans and sweat pants have been helping you hide a problem – your varicose and spider veins. But it’s almost time for your legs to make their warm weather appearance, and the idea might have you alarmed. We can help.

Shorts weather is right around the corner. Your legs can be ready

You don’t have to live with unsightly leg veins. At Aura, we can provide safe and effective treatment that can reduce and even eliminate unwanted spider and varicose veins.

Our laser system can be used to treat a wide range of leg veins

We can treat everything from superficial spider to deeper varicose veins. The procedure is fairly quick, virtually painless (a stinging or snapping sensation) and requires little to no down time. You can likely resume all your normal activities immediately and only need to avoid rigorous activities for about 24 hours after treatment.

The laser delivers pulses of light energy

This causes the blood within the treated vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessel. Over time, your body will reabsorb it. Our laser treatments can be used for:

  • Small, facial veins (telangiectasia)
  • Spider veins on the legs
  • Large blue veins on the legs
  • Almost any area of the body

Laser vein treatments take about 15 minutes per visit

The number of sessions required can vary, depending on:

  • Number of veins being treated
  • Number of areas being treated
  • Color of veins being treated
  • Size of vessels being treated

One to two laser sessions are usually sufficient, and individual results will vary.

See results by summer

Most of our patients report that their veins show significant improvement after about two to six weeks post procedure. For some, it can take several months. That’s why this is an ideal time to start getting rid of unwanted veins, just in time for summer clothing and activities.

Get a free evaluation

Our board certified physicians can examine your unwanted veins to help determine which veins can be treated and the right treatment plan for you. Call for your evaluation appointment today: (415) 788-3800.

 

 

 

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Is a chemical peel what your skin needs?

chemical peelAccording to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), chemical peels are among the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.

Chemical peels can remove the damaged outer layers of your skin

Using varying strengths of acids, a chemical peel can remove the top, damaged layer of your skin to reveal the smoother, younger-looking layer beneath. You may choose to have a chemical peel to:

  • Reduce the appearance of scars
  • Treat blemishes
  • Smooth your skin
  • Even out your complexion

The strength or your peel can be tailored to your skin’s needs and your preference

The more noticeable you want your results to be, the deeper the chemical peel you’ll need. Light and medium peels are fairly painless, though you may feel a slight stinging from the chemicals. After, you can also go about your normal activities as long as you use sunscreen. Your skin should be protected from the sun for several months after any chemical peel to protect your skin and maintain results.

At Aura Skin we feature four types of chemical peels

  1. Alphahydroxy acid (AHA)

The gentlest type of chemical peel, it uses glycolic, lactic and fruit acids to help smooth and brighten skin. The AHA peel treats:

  • Fine lines
  • Dryness
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Acne
  1. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)

This medium peel also treats fine surface wrinkles, blemishes and pigment issues. It can be used on the face, neck and other areas.

  1. Phenol

The strongest chemical peel, it can treat:

  • Deeper wrinkles
  • Precancerous growths
  • Blotchiness
  • Sun damage
  • Freckles
  • Uneven pigment due to aging and hormonal changes
  1. The Vitalize Peel – alpha and betahydroxy, resorcinol and retinoic acids

For people with sensitive skin, this light peel can gently slough away the outermost layers of the skin to help reduce the signs of aging. This peel helps:

  • Improve texture
  • Restore a youthful glow
  • Reduce fine lines
  • Lighten sun damage
  • Treat acne

You should expect to notice the improvement in your skin’s texture and tone and a reduction of fine lines. A healthier, more youthful appearance is best accomplished with seen a series of peels.

Call for your chemical peel appointment today:(415) 788-3800.

 

 

 

 

 

Giving your skin a more youthful appearance

botoxOur patients come to us for procedures and treatments because they want results, and we work hard to deliver. We know you’re also interested in results that come with little pain and minimal down time. That’s why non-surgical procedures continue to grow in popularity.

Lots of things hurt your skin. We can help

The skin is designed to protect you from sun, wind, cold and heat. But over time, the elements (and time itself) show up as wrinkles, lines, and spots. Damaged skin symptoms also create the appearance of aged skin, and you might even appear older than you are. But these days, we can repair many of the signs of skin aging.

Unlike surgical procedures, skin “treatments” are considered superficial, but they can provide noticeable results more quickly and require less pain and recovery time. Here are two of the most popular and effective non-surgical treatments that can virtually update your skin:

Injections

  • Botox

By paralyzing the muscle groups responsible for some of your facial expressions, Botox can smooth out many of the wrinkles in your face. Numbing the muscle allows your skin also to relax, which diminishes the appearance of the wrinkles in the effected areas. Done properly, the results look natural and last for several months. The Botox injection procedure typically takes just a few minutes and shouldn’t prevent you from immediately returning to your normal activities. You may experience some redness, swelling and bruising at the injection site, but that should resolve in a few days.

  • Fillers

As we age, our skin is affected by various factors, including gravity. Wrinkles and saggy skin appear because our skin no longer has the youthful elasticity that allows it to “bounce back.” Injectable fillers are designed to correct the appearance of loose, crinkly skin by adding volume in areas where it has been lost. Some of our most popular fillers brands are composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the body. Hyaluronic-based fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, can also stimulate your collagen production.

Make your appointment by calling (415) 788-3800.