Skincare San Francisco CA

Summertime Sunscreen Tips for Protecting Your Skin

Your skin is a phenomenal organ that protects your body while also revealing your age. As the largest organ you have, your skin needs to be taken care of, particularly during the summer months. The sun’s rays can ruin your skin and lead to the development of skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reports that one in five Americans will eventually get skin cancer. In addition, sun exposure can lead to the development of cataracts, wrinkles, dryness, age spots, and premature aging. Here’s how you can protect your skin this summer.

Sun protection and Sunscreen

Remember, you can still get hit by the sun’s rays when it is foggy, overcast, or misty outside. Sun exposure is possible all year round but is particularly high in the summer. If you are concerned about the health and or beauty of your skin, consider how you can integrate the following sunscreen tips into your daily behavior.

First, wear sunscreen. This simple but often overlooked habit can do wonders to protect your skin. Sunscreen is available in lotions, creams, ointments, gels, wax sticks, and sprays. The trick is to find a sunscreen you like so you’ll use it more. When you get ready for the day, apply sunscreen before heading out the door. If you are visiting the beach, apply at least 1 ounce on your entire body. If you are outdoors for an extended period of time or swimming or sweating, reapply sunscreen every few hours.

Make sure your sunscreen is water resistant so water can’t remove it. Check the label to ensure it is SPF 15 or higher. Keep in mind that your skin can still get damaged from the sun even if you don’t get sunburned. Next, check that the sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection and will block out UVB and UVA light.

Arrange a consultation

If you are looking for additional ways to achieve more youthful looking skin, contact Aura Skin Spa today. You can reach our office by calling (415) 788-3800. We’re excited to help you look and feel your best!

Cellulite Treatment San Francisco CA

Everything you Want (and don’t want) to Know about Cellulite

Cottage cheese skin, dimpled skin, orange peel skin, and the mattress phenomenon. These are all terms used to describe the severity of cellulite. Cellulite happens when fat deposits emerge between the connective tissue underneath the skin. Both men and women can get cellulite but it is far more common in men. It impacts 80-90 percent of women and typically affects the buttocks and thigh regions.

You can possibly prevent cellulite

Studies show that a low fat diet can help prevent severe cellulite. Regular exercise and a lack of smoking can also contribute to helping quell the occurrence of cellulite.

There are different grades of cellulite

Mild cellulite is typified by an orange peel appearance to the skin along with 1-4 topical depressions. The skin may also appear to be sagging or draped. Moderate cellulite comes in the form of five to nine depressions in the skin and has the look of cottage cheese with the skin moderately draped. The last and most severe form takes on a “mattress” look and has around 10 deep depressions along with extremely draped skin.

The cause of cellulite is unknown

Science is unsure of what exactly is to blame for cellulite formation. As mentioned previously, it is in part due to the relationship between the connective tissue and the dermatological layer of the skin. In this layer of skin, women have fat cells and connective tissues that are designed vertically. For men, it is a crisscross appearance. This variation in fat and connective tissue design may be responsible for why cellulite is more noticeable in women.

Cellulite typically begins to forma after age 25

The incidence of cellulite increases with age, but there are other factors that can make it more likely. Genetics, lifestyle choices, and hormones may all contribute to the formation of cellulite. For instance, individuals who make fat, carbohydrates and salt a major part of their diet are more susceptible to cellulite formation. Cellulite is far more common in individuals who are overweight, but can also develop in thin people as well.

Arrange a consultation

To find out how Aura Skin Spa can help you look and feel your best, call us today. You can reach our office at (415) 788-3800, located in San Francisco, California.

Thermage® San Francisco CA

Renew Your Appearance with Thermage

Do you want to smooth your skin or improve the appearance of cellulite? Thermage can deliver just that. Thermage CPT Technology is a specialized radio frequency treatment made to deliver a more sleek, smooth, and younger feel to your skin. Thermage is generally used on the face, neck, eyes, and overall body.

How Thermage Science Works

Thermage treatments use radio frequency energy to encourage the body’s natural renewal system. This smart technology is a simple process and combines heat energy and cooling effects to protect the skin and help the patient feel comfortable. The latest update to Thermage technology uses patented Comfort Pulse Technology, which uses regular cooling and gentle vibrations to enhance your comfort during the treatment.

Thermage Treatment

Thermage transforms the skin by focusing below the surface to diminish skin imperfections caused by age and environmental factors. Thermage can smoothen wrinkled or uneven skin and provide enhanced facial definition for the neckline, jaw, and eyes. Thermage will tone undesirable bulges or dimples on the face and body while allowing the patient to feel comfortable during the process. Treatments generally last 45-90 minutes depending on the size of the area being addressed. Since recovery time is minimal, Thermage is an excellent skin enhancement option for those that cannot spend a lot of time away from work to recover.

Thermage Results

It takes only one treatment to see and notice real and natural results from Thermage. In merely one day, patients report that their skin looks more taut and smooth. Your skin can continue to improve for up to six months after the treatment as the body regenerates collagen. Your results can last years.

Arrange a Consultation

At Aura Skin Spa we pride ourselves in the quality and quantity of services we offer our clientele. Thermage is one of several skin enhancement treatments that we are excited to provide our patients. If you are interested in how Thermage can tone and smooth your skin, don’t hesitate to arrange a consultation with Aura Skin Spa to discuss your expectations and how the treatment works. Call our office at 415-788-3800. We’re excited to hear from you!

Laser Hair Removal San Francisco CA

Get Ready for Spring with Laser Hair Removal

Are you tired of shaving, tweezing, or waxing to get rid of unwanted hair? Laser hair removal offers a long-term solution and is an excellent option to consider. Laser hair removal is hugely popular in the U.S. and stands as one of the most common cosmetic procedures to date. Laser hair removal works by beaming light into hair follicles. These follicles absorb light, which destroys the hair.

The benefits

Laser hair removal can eliminate hair from the face, underarm, bikini line, arms, legs, and other areas. The procedure is precise and can pinpoint dark, coarse hairs and leave the surrounding hair untouched.

Laser hair removal is fast and efficient. With every laser pulse, many hairs can be treated simultaneously. Small areas of the body, like the upper lip, can be treated in less than one minute. The back of the legs and other large areas may take about one hour to treat.

Best of all, laser hair removal is predictable. Many patients report having permanent hair loss after about three to seven treatments.

How to prepare

If you are planning on getting laser hair removal, you should avoid electrolysis, plucking, and wax for six weeks before your appointment. Lasers pinpoint the hair root. If plucking or waxing is done, the root is temporarily removed. Also, limit your exposure to the sun six weeks before and after your treatment. Excessive sun exposure has the potential to make complications more likely.

Recovery and risks

For a few days after your treatment, the area will feel like it is sunburned. You can use cool compresses and certain moisturizers to help alleviate any discomfort. If you had laser hair removal on your face, you might wear makeup as soon as the next day if your skin is not blistered. Over the course of the next month, the treated hair will gradually fall out. Blisters are uncommon, ·but those with darker complexions are more susceptible. Swelling, redness, and scarring are also possible though permanent scarring is rare.

Schedule a consultation

If you are interested in laser hair removal, schedule your consultation with Aura Skin Spa today. You can reach our team by calling (415) 788-3800, located in San Francisco, California.

Skin Care San Francisco CA

Want Healthy Skin? Watch What you put on your Plate

What you put into your body is arguably just as important as what you put on your skin. If you eat healthy foods, not only will you feel better but your skin is also likely to reap the benefits. Likewise, if you are constantly ingesting junk food, your sense of well-being and skin will suffer. Health experts agree, when your diet is lacking in certain foods, you can develop skin problems. Sometimes chronic skin problems like acne, eczema, and psoriasis are directly linked to diet. Here are specific foods that you can incorporate into your healthy skin diet.

Be balanced

Health experts suggest that maintaining a balanced diet is the best route to ensuring and maintaining healthy skin. But there are certain foods that provide a particular boost to the look and health of your skin. These include low-fat dairy products, berries, nuts, fish, healthy oils, whole wheat, and green tea. Here we will address three of these:

Low-fat dairy

Vitamin A is an essential component of healthy skin maintenance. Low-fat dairy products provide one of the best sources of this vitamin. Healthy skin is particularly dependent on food sources with vitamin A. For instance; low-fat yogurt contains not only vitamin A but includes acidophilus- a “live” bacteria for intestinal health –as well. This ingredient may also have a positive impact on healthy skin.

Berries and plums

Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums are all high in antioxidants. Studies show that these foods are rated as containing some of the highest antioxidant capacity. The antioxidants and phytochemicals in these foods can protect the cells and decrease the chance of skin damage. Other high antioxidant foods include prunes, pecans, artichokes, and beans

Whole Wheat

Whole wheat bread, muffins, and cereals contain the mineral selenium. Selenium plays an integral role in maintaining healthy skin cells. Some research demonstrates that skin damaged by the sun may deal with fewer consequences if selenium levels are high.

Schedule a consultation

To find out more about how to improve the look of your skin, contact Aura Skin Spa in San Francisco, California by calling (415) 788-3800. Schedule your consultation today!

Kybella San Francisco CA

Double Chin? Kybella Can Fix That

Do you have extra fat under your chin? When you take photos or look in the mirror, are you annoyed by the extra fat you see below the chin area? Kybella is a revolutionary and relatively new injection used to improve the appearance submental fat, often referred to as “double chin.” A double chin can develop from aging, weight gain, and even genetics. At Aura Skin Spa, we offer consultations with our physicians and medical experts to see if services like Kybella are right for you.

How it works

When Kybella is injected into the submental fat area (fat below the chin) it responds by destroying fat cells. After being treated with Kybella, these fat cells can no longer gather or store fat. Kybella is made of an active ingredient called deoxycholic acid. This acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that works to break down and absorb fat. After the fat is broken down, it is processed using your body’s metabolism.

Depending on your specific situation, the amount of Kybella treatments you require will vary. Aura Skin Spa’s medical experts will help ascertain the number of treatment sessions you need depending on the amount of submental fat you have and your personal goals. Normally, patients need about 3-6 total treatments. Several treatments may be required to help the submental fat break down.

What to expect

If you want to pursue Kybella as a treatment for your double chin, here is what you can expect. The treatment will be done by a board-certified physician or medical professional in the privacy of Aura Skin Spa. Photos will be taken to demonstrate yours before and after look. A prescription pain reliever may be given before the treatment begins along with the application of an anesthetic. Next, Kybella will be administered using injections and will take about 30 minutes or longer to finish. After your treatment, you may develop swelling or redness at the injection area that will last for a few days.

Schedule a consultation

If you are interested in removing excess skin from below your chin, Kybella might be an excellent fit for you. To schedule your consultation with Aura Skin Spa, call our office located in San Francisco, California, at (415) 788-3800.

Vascular Vein Treatment San Francisco CA

Spider and Varicose veins: Am I at Risk?

An estimated 30%-60% of adults in the U.S. have varicose veins or spider veins. Varicose veins are large, raised, twisted blood vessels. They appear swollen and make their appearance in the legs. Spider veins are red, purple, and blue blood vessels that also twist, but are much smaller. Spider veins can show up in the face or legs. Both types of veins are visible underneath he skin. Let’s discuss the risk factors associated with varicose veins and spider veins.

The risk factors

A wide range of situations predisposes certain individuals to develop spider veins and varicose veins. These factors include:

  • Heredity, a history of blood clots, obesity
  • The hormonal impacts of puberty, menopause, and pregnancy
  • Using birth control pills
  • Conditions that create a large amount of pressure in the abdomen like constipation, tumors, and girdles
  • Jobs that include prolonged standing like nurses, teachers, factory workers, and hair stylists
  • Damage or trauma to the skin, exposure to ultraviolet rays, or previous vein surgery

Varicose veins and spider veins are more common in women than men. As we age, these veins can increase in amount.

The symptoms

Many individuals with varicose veins describe feelings of pain, aching, and cramping in the legs. Additional symptoms are restlessness, fatigue, and a throbbing or heaviness in the legs. For women, symptoms can feel worse during certain times in their menstrual cycle or pregnancy. Swelling, ulcers, and darkened skin have also been reported as symptoms, but these are less common. Varicose veins can also create a condition called thrombophlebitis, an inflamed blood clot in the leg.

How to treat varicose veins and spider veins

At Aura Skin Spa, we offer laser treatment to reduce veins on the face, legs, or other areas of the body. Vascular vein treatment delivers pulses of energy that make the blood within the vein coagulate. This will destroy the blood vessel, allowing it to be absorbed into the body. Blood flow is then forced to take a different route through more healthy veins.

Schedule a consultation

If you have any of the risk factors associated with varicose veins or spider veins, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Aura Skin Spa today. You can reach us at (415) 788-3800 at our office in San Francisco, California.

Chemical Peels San Francisco CA

How a Chemical Peel can Renew your Skin

This New Year, rejuvenate and refresh your skin by getting a chemical peel. Chemical peels can eliminate the old and damaged layers of skin to reveal a smoother surface, fewer blemishes, and less scarring. Chemical peels are often combined with other treatments to help improve the overall look of the skin.

The procedure

Chemical peels range from strong to mild, depending on the needs of the patient. The types of chemical peels are alphahydroxy acid (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. The procedure for each type of chemical peel varies. For instance, for a TCA treatment the skin is cleaned then a solution applied. After the peel, a waterproof adhesive or petroleum jelly may be put on the skin. For an AHA peel the skin is cleansed then the solution is applied. For AHA, a post-peel ointment is not needed.

What to expect

Anesthesia is not required for chemical peels because phenol and TCA already contain anesthetic ingredients. AHA normally creates a subtle stinging sensation but nothing that necessitates the use of anesthesia. After a procedure, a phenol or TCA peel may create a throbbing or tingling feeling, reddened skin, scabbing, or significant swelling depending on how strong the peel was. These side effects will last about one week before they begin to diminish. An AHA peel may generate temporary stinging, irritation, or flaking.

After your chemical peel, it is vital to keep your skin protected from the sun for several months. This will assist in reducing the probability of complications while allowing for the desired results to develop. Keep in mind that a chemical peel is likely not covered by insurance if it is done for cosmetic purposes.

Schedule a consultation

To learn more about what a chemical peel can do for your skin, contact Aura Skin Spa today. A consultation will help you determine what service will best accomplish your skin goals. As we enter into 2018, start things off fresh by rejuvenating your skin at Aura Skin Spa. We look forward to assisting you and answering your questions. You can call our office at 415-788-3800, located in San Francisco, California.

microdermabrasion San Francisco CA

What Microdermabrasion can do for You

Microdermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation treatment that can treat discoloration, sun damage, and light scarring. By using a minimally abrasive instrument, the old, uneven, top skin layer is sanded away. Let’s review the benefits, risks, and results of microdermabrasion.

The Benefits of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion can enhance your collagen, resulting in the younger looking skin. As a child, you have higher amounts of collagen that make your skin look smooth and full. As we age, collagen creation decreases resulting in loose and uneven looking skin. Microdermabrasion can:

  • Improve age spots and dark patches
  • Exfoliate and refresh your skin
  • Lessen the appearance of stretch marks and wrinkles
  • Reduce large pores and treat acne scars

The Risks of Microdermabrasion

Any discomfort associated with microdermabrasion is usually temporary. If you experience swelling or redness, this will diminish within a few hours. In some cases, you may have the flaky or dry skin for a few days after your treatment. Additional risks include:

  • Bruising
  • Sensitive skin (Be sure you use sunscreen after your treatment)

Microdermabrasion Results

The results of your microdermabrasion treatment will depend on the health of your skin and the number of treatments you receive. Some individuals have two microdermabrasion treatments per month to maintain a polished and refined look. Consult with your skin specialist to determine how many treatments you need and how often you should get them.

Arrange a consultation

During your microdermabrasion consultation, be ready to address any medical conditions or drug allergies you have, current medications you are on, and your expectations for the treatment. Your specialist may take photographs of your skin, discuss how microdermabrasion works, and address the outcomes associated with the treatment. This consultation is the perfect time to ask any questions you have or voice your concerns.

If you are interested in what microdermabrasion can do for your skin, contact Aura Skin Spa today at 415-788-3800. We offer a variety of services in skin rejuvenation and care including laser therapy and fat reduction. We look forward to helping you achieve younger and more refreshed looking skin. Don’t hesitate to call us with your questions about what our services can do for you.

Botox San Francisco CA

What you need to Know about Botox

Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment that is used to diminish facial wrinkles and creases. It is commonly used to reduce crow’s feet, lip lines, and frown lines. If you are considering Botox, here’s what you should know about what it can do for you and what to expect.

How a Botox procedure works

Botox is injected into specific muscles using a fine needle and works by blocking the signals between muscles and nerves that make a face contract. The result is a more smooth and relaxed look. Botox injections are commonly used for a variety of wrinkles including forehead lines, frown lines, lip lines, and the areas around the mouth and neck. Botox cannot reduce wrinkles created by sun damage, cigarette smoking, or gravity. This is because these wrinkles are not caused by facial contractions.

What can I expect from my Botox treatment?

A full Botox procedure takes mere minutes and can be done during your lunch break. You will not be able to see the full results of Botox injections until about one week after the procedure. Botox injections can last up to four months. As you routinely get Botox injections, the muscles are trained to relax, and treatments are needed less often.

Two weeks before your Botox appointment do not take any anti-inflammatory medications or aspirin. One week prior, avoid alcohol. These precautions will help reduce bruising.

Am I a good candidate for Botox?

If you are in general good health and want to reduce your facial wrinkles, Botox is an excellent option for you. If you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or have a neurological disease, you should not get Botox injections.

Insurance and Botox

Insurance does not typically cover Botox because it is a cosmetic procedure. If you have questions about your health coverage or need clarification on what it includes, contact your insurance company for more details.

Arrange a consultation

If you are interested in getting Botox injections or any of the other services we offer at Aura Skin Spa, contact us today. You can reach our team at 415-788-3800 to schedule your consultation. We’re excited to hear from you!