Sun Questionnaire…how much do you know?

Sun Protection

  1. Why do you need to use sun protection? Ultraviolet radiation from the sun enters the skin and breaks down into free radicals which cause damage leading to skin cancer and aging of the skin with wrinkling, brown spots and spider veins.
  2. Is the sun strongest at certain times of the day? Yes, the sun’s radiation is strongest from 10 am to 4 pm so limit exposure during these times.
  3. Does sunscreen alone provide enough protection? No. If you enjoy outdoor activities, add an antioxidant serum, wear a broad-brimmed hat, protective clothing and sunglasses.
  4. Is the sunscreen’s SPF important? Yes. Use an SPF 30+ containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
  5. How long does sunscreen keep its strength? About 2 years if it is kept out of the sun and heat. Check the bottle for the expiry date but if you are using it regularly, it should not last that long.
  6. How much sunscreen should you apply? 30 grams (1 shot glass full). Apply to all exposed areas.
  7. In which order do you layer your products? Serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, make-up, then insect repellent.
  8. Do you need sunscreen if it is not sunny out? Yes. UVA is still present on overcast days so wear sunscreen, protective clothing and sunglasses daily. UVA also penetrates through glass.
  9. Do sunburns cause skin damage? Yes. Five sunburns double the risk of melanoma skin cancer.
  10. Is a tan healthy? No. A tan is a sign of sun damage. Non-spray self-tanners are OK to use.
  11. Do dark complexions need sunscreen? Yes, to protect from skin cancer and dark spots.
  12. Are you protected if you sit in the shade? Not necessarily. Make sure to avoid UV reflection off pavement, sand and water.
  13. Do golfers need to worry about the sun? Yes. In addition to damage from the sun, water and sand- traps reflect UV radiation.
  14. Do you need to re-apply sunscreen? Yes. Sunscreen only lasts 2 hours when exposed to sun.
  15. Is the sun the only source of vitamin D? No. Vitamin D is found in eggs, salmon, enriched milk, orange juice and supplements.
  16. Do tanning salons cause skin cancer? Yes. Indoor tanning increases the risk of melanoma by 75% in people under the age of 35 years.
  17. Is it too late to reverse past sun damage? No. You can use sun protection, topical antioxidants, AHA’s and retinols at home, as well as our in-office treatments such as IPL, fractional lasers and photodynamic therapy to help reverse your sun damage.

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Written by Dr. Martie Gidon

Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa - Center for Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Skin Tightening and Cellulite Treatment. Cosmetic Dermatology practice of Dr Martie Gidon in Toronto providing a wide range of laser and light based therapies.

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Can Exercise Help You Prevent Wrinkles?

ExcerciseExercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and has numerous benefits. It can help control your weight, reduce the risk of serious diseases, and improve your mood, thinking skills, and mental health. The lockdowns have motivated many of us to stay active and exercise is a great way to not only shake off any negative feelings like mental stress or depression but also boost your immune system.

Many people don’t realize that exercise also has some lesser-known, long-term positive effects for your skin. Running, cycling, or other forms of cardio, strength training, and stretches will improve your skin health from the inside out. In combination with regular in-office skin renewal procedures such as injectables, radio frequency, fractional laser treatments and medical grade skin care products from our Toronto practice, starting a workout routine could help you attain and maintain a glowing, rejuvenated complexion. Continue scrolling for some of the perks of exercise for your skin.

Promotes Blood Circulation

Exercise increases blood flow, oxygen supply and vital nutrients to the skin, leading to more effective cellular repair and function to keep skin healthy. Additional benefits are the production of collagen and new skin cells to keep skin firm and glowing.

Removes Toxins from Skin

Environmental stresses from air pollution and UV rays cause damaging free radicals to form in the skin. Improved blood flow removes toxins from the body more efficiently and keeps cells healthier. While exercise won’t detoxify the skin (that’s mostly your liver’s job), the enhanced blood circulation helps to eliminate waste from the skin to cleanse it. Impurities are also released through your sweat.

Lowers Stress Levels

Exercise decreases elevated hormone levels and inflammation caused by stress and can improve acne and chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Stress can also cause you to frown more, leading to a loss of skin elasticity and wrinkles.

Reverses the Signs of Aging

Scientific evidence has shown that appropriate exercise can keep people looking younger for longer. It not only keeps skin looking healthier but may actually turn back the clock for your skin. If you exercise outside, remember to use an antioxidant serum, sunscreen and protective clothing.

Curious about what to expect from injectables, fractional laser treatments, radio frequency treatments and medical grade skin care products at our Toronto office? To learn more, contact Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa by calling us at 416-483-4541 or fill out a contact form to request an initial consultation.

Written by Dr. Martie Gidon

Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa - Center for Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Skin Tightening and Cellulite Treatment. Cosmetic Dermatology practice of Dr Martie Gidon in Toronto providing a wide range of laser and light based therapies.

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Neuromodulator Injections vs. Microtoxing: How Do They Compare?

Since they were first approved in the late 1990s for addressing cosmetic concerns, neuromodulators (botulinum toxin type A) have been considered the gold standard for relaxing and softening wrinkles. Recently, we introduced a new technique called “microtox”. This treatment does not replace the traditional neuromodulator injections that target muscle movement, but instead, is a superficial treatment that affects the skin. During your consultation, we’ll discuss your cosmetic concerns and guide you to see if neuromodulators from our Toronto practice would be the most suitable option for you. First, let’s take a look at the difference between standard neuromodulator treatments and microtox.

  • Traditional Neuromodulator Injections
    Repeated facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, and squinting will cause your skin to form expression wrinkles, typically around the eyes, forehead and brow. Initially, you will see the wrinkles only when using the muscles that cause these expressions, but eventually, also in a resting state when those muscles are not being used. With traditional treatment, neuromodulators are injected right into the muscles to relax muscle movement and are the most effective way to temporarily minimize these wrinkles.
  • Microtox
    Microtox is a treatment that consists of injecting tiny amounts of neuromodulator into the skin superficially. Unlike traditional neuromodulator treatments into muscle, microtoxing focuses on the skin as a skin renewal treatment and does not affect wrinkles or muscle movement. It is used over large areas such as the face, neck and chest to enhance the overall quality of the skin. It improves texture and tone, minimizes pore size by shrinking enlarged oil glands, decreases oil and facial sweat production, and helps control the redness and flushing associated with rosacea.
  • Enhanced Combination Treatment
    Traditional neuromodulator treatments and microtox can definitely be used together and result in a refreshed, natural-looking appearance with enhanced skin texture and radiance.

Need more advice on what’s involved in having neuromodulators from our Toronto-based practice? We can help you get started and choose the best injectable for your specific concerns. Find out more about cosmetic treatments from our Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa office by calling us at 416-483-4541 or fill out a contact form to request a consultation.

Written by Dr. Martie Gidon

Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa - Center for Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Skin Tightening and Cellulite Treatment. Cosmetic Dermatology practice of Dr Martie Gidon in Toronto providing a wide range of laser and light based therapies.

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