Skin Care Decoded: A Basic Guide to Common Ingredients

Have you ever thought about the ingredients that are actually included in your personal skincare products? It’s safe to say that with the abundance of options on the market, along with the plethora of ingredients they contain, most of us have been confused by the labels on our favourite brands at one time or another. It’s best to see a Toronto dermatologist if you’re unsure of what will work best for your skin concerns.
Here’s a simple breakdown from our Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa team.
• Hyaluronic Acid: A transparent, gel-like molecule contained in dermal fillers that is produced naturally in the body to keep the skin and connective tissues lubricated and cushioned. It helps the skin absorb and retain water. The synthetic version in skincare products moisturizes and plumps skin while making fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable.
• Ceramides: Lipids (fat molecules) that help protect the skin’s outer barrier, shield it from harmful environmental elements, hold onto moisture to keep skin supple, smooth, and moisturized, and bind skin cells together.
• Glycerin: Attracts water from the surrounding atmosphere into the outer skin layer to keep skin dewy and replenish moisture to prevent dehydration. It also supports the skin barrier to stop water loss.
• Antioxidants: Vitamins and minerals that prevent and reverse damage from free radicals – molecules that harm the skin cells.
• Retinol: An antioxidant derived from vitamin A that encourages skin cell turnover, new blood vessel production, and collagen regeneration.
• Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHAs): Exfoliate skin to remove dead skin cells and unblock pores. BHAs such as salicylic acid penetrate deeply into the pores to strip away excess oil.
• Caffeine: Helps to reduce swelling and inflammation while tightening and brightening skin.
• Isopropyl Alcohol: Enhances skin penetration of other ingredients and acts as a preservative but can cause dryness and irritation.
• Zinc Oxide: A mineral that physically blocks a wide range of ultraviolet rays and blue light. It also protects skin from irritants.
We’ll help you build a customized skin care routine for your unique skin type and concerns. For more information, contact Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa to request a consultation with Toronto dermatologist Dr. Martie Gidon. Give us a call at 416-483-4541 or submit your info via 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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8 Ways to Improve Sun-Damaged Skin

Many of us wish for a golden, glowing tan, but spending hours in the sun unprotected isn’t advisable, giventhe risk of skin cancer, heat exhaustion, and eye damage. In fact,excessive levels of sun exposure are also thought to be the primary cause of accelerated aging. Sun damage, also referred to as “photoaging,” happens when damage accumulates on the skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays, resulting in brown spots, redness, rough spots, lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and skin cancers. The best way to protect yourself against these changes is simply to follow sun safety practices such as wearing abroad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+ each day, seeking shade and wearing protective clothing plus sunglasses. Our Gidon Aesthetic & MediSpaclinic recommends these skin resurfacing tools for Toronto patients to correct skin imperfections.

1. Fractional Laser Resurfacing

If your skin is sun-damaged, you may have wrinkles, age spots, blotches, loose skin, and spider veins. Fractional laser skin resurfacing uses tiny columns of energy to stimulate collagen remodeling in the deeper layers for a smoother texture and clearer tone.

2. IPL Photorejuvenation

IPL (intense pulsed light) is a light-based treatment as opposed to a laser. It creates a more even skin tone by minimizing sunspots, freckles, spider veins and other types of discolouration with brief pulses of light that cause pigment to be eliminated.

3. Microneedling

Another effective way to kickstart collagen production from the inside out is with microneedling. This treatment involvesmicrofine needles that create controlled injuries to stimulate new collagen. Radio frequency can be added as well as personalized serums to enhance the treatment.

4. Photodynamic Therapy

Photosensitizing agents are applied to the skin and activated with light to destroy damaged cells.

5. LED Photomodulation

LED photomodulation is a non-ablative, low-intensity light therapy that enhances the skin quality with pulses of red or blue light.

6. Microdermabrasion

The microdermabrasion device gently exfoliates to rejuvenate dull or damaged skin while encouraging more collagen development. The skin immediately feels soft and smooth.

7. Chemical Peels

The chemical solution exfoliates the damaged surface layer of skin to reveal fresh, smooth skin.

8. Medical Grade Therapeutic Skin Care Products

At Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa, our experienced team can analyze your skin and determine which therapeutic skin care products would be best for your skin type to help prevent more sun damage, reverse existing damage and maintain the effects of in-office treatments.

Interested in reversing the signs of sun damage on your skin? Each patient is unique – we can help you create a treatment plan for your specific concerns. To explore options for skin resurfacing, contact our Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa practice serving Toronto and surrounding areas. Give us a call at 416-483-4541 or fill out a contact form.

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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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The ABCDEs of Skin Cancer: 5 Warning Signs to Look For

The summer months are associated with sunny days and outdoor fun but it’s also a time to acknowledge one of the world’s most dangerous diseases affecting the skin. Caring for your skin goes beyond simply cleansing and nourishing the body’s protective barrier, it also means guarding it against harmful outside forces like ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This summer, our team at Gidon Aesthetics, who provide information on dermatology for Toronto area patients, will be highlighting important things to know about the common disease, including effective methods of prevention and detection.

THE ABCDES OF SKIN CANCER: 5 WARNING SIGNS TO LOOK FOR

Cancers can appear very differently on various people and there’s no fixed description. The A-B-C-D-E criteria provides useful details to make it easier to examine yourself for melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It can be explained as follows:

The ABCDEs of Detecting Melanoma

  • A is for Asymmetry: Normal moles maintain a uniform, symmetrical shape while cancerous lesions usually have two sides that don’t match.
  • B is for Border: The border of a cancerous mark is typically irregular, blurry and undefined.
  • C is for Colour: Rather than being a single, solid shade, skin cancer is characterized by unusual splotches of mottled black, brown, white, red, or blue.
  • D is for Diameter: Larger lesions that are 6mm or more in size may raise some red flags.
  • E is for Evolving: New marks, or ones that seem to be continually changing in shape, a cut that doesn’t heal properly, or unexpected symptoms such as bleeding should be checked out.

Skin cancer is associated with abnormal mutations of cells and is usually linked to the sun’s UV light. In addition to putting yourself at a greater risk of developing skin cancer, excess, unprotected sun exposure throughout life accelerates premature aging by damaging the structure of the skin. Some common symptoms include sunspots, wrinkles, and skin laxity, which may require laser skin enhancement.

The Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation warns against artificial indoor tanning and recommends seeking shade during the most intense hours of sunlight, frequently applying broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of over 30 before you go out,and wearing protective clothing to cover the skin.

Learn more sun protection tips from Toronto-based Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa. Have questions about our cosmetic dermatology services? Call us today at 416-483-4541 or write to us to request an appointment.

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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