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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What Should You Do Before Having IPL Treatments?

Intense pulsed light (IPL), also known as a photofacial, is a popular treatment to rejuvenate your skin, reverse sun damage spots and enhance your skin’s overall quality with minimal recovery time. The good news is, you don’t need to do much preparation for light-based treatments such as IPL from our Toronto practice but there are still some things that patients should be aware of to ensure the best cosmetic results. When you consider having this procedure, here are some points to remember for the days and weeks leading up to your treatment and afterwards.

  • Avoid direct, unprotected sunlight
    You cannot be tanned before your IPL treatment to prevent burning and you must avoid the sun for 3 weeks after treatment to prevent pigmentation. In the weeks before your IPL session, limit your sun exposure as much as possible, so sunbathing and tanning beds are a no-go. Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen at all times, cover up your skin with protective clothing, don’t venture out when the sun’s rays are most intense, and wear sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats.
  • Don’t wax
    Refrain from waxing the treatment areas one week before or after IPL to avoid irritation.
  • Take antiviral medication if you are prone to cold sores
    If you have a history of cold sores, Dr. Gidon will prescribe antiviral pills to prevent a flare.
  • Be aware of increased photosensitivity
    After your treatment, your skin is more sensitive to ultraviolet and blue lights. Some medications make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and significantly increase the risk of pigmentation. Examples include certain antibiotics such as tetracycline and sulfa. Blue light emitted from devices such as computer screens and cell phones can cause pigmentation, so not only is mineral-based sunscreen important even when you are indoors, but products containing iron oxide, found in foundation makeup and mineral-based powders, should also be worn. It’s best to speak to Dr. Gidon beforehand for specific instructions.
  • Combination treatments may result in several days’ down time
    Dr. Gidon often likes to combine IPL treatments with other procedures, depending on a patient’s concerns. Light chemical peels, microdermabrasion or fractional laser treatments can be performed during the same session as IPL and may result in some downtime. These combination treatments are discussed beforehand so you can arrange your time accordingly.

Interested in learning more information about the benefits of IPL treatments? Reach out to our Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa team by calling us at 416-483-4541 or fill out a contact form.

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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