Sculpsure coming to Sarasota location

The newest Laser Lounge Spa location in Sarasota is introducing a brand new treatment!

Sculpsure is a breakthrough 25 minute body contouring service that is able to target problem areas like the abdomen and love handles, without surgery or a lengthy downtime.

Why Sculpsure?

The technology behind this service was created because although we may try to diet and exercise as much as possible, many of s still retain annoying, stubborn pockets of fat. These pockets can be very difficult to lose.

The laser used in this treatment targets and destroys those fat cells in about 25 minutes. The laser also has no affect on your skin’s surface, so don’t worry about unsightly bumps or rashes post-procedure.

 

These results can be seen in as little as 6-12 weeks. And the results last! Because treated fat cells will no regenerate.

One of the best parts about this process is that there is no downtime. You’re in and out of the treatment and can get on with your day.

Want to learn more about Sculpsure and all it can do? Check out their website to see before and afters, testimonials, and more.

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How sunlight can damage your skin

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Since we are based in Florida, we know the dangers of excessive sun exposure. It can happen daily if you are not careful. As Floridians, when we head to the beach we know we must lather up with the proper sunscreen first and reapply after a few hours, because if you’ve ever had a bad sunburn, you do everything you can not to get one again.

The sun seems so far away as to be harmless. Don’t be deceived! Even on cloudy days the sun’s rays can still have major effects on your skin. When the sun is at its strongest, it can damage your skin in no time at all. That is why it is important to always be prepared.

What can the sun do to your skin?

Certain amounts of sunlight are beneficial to the skin for the creation of Vitamin D. UV rays, though, can be very harmful as they can burn the skin.

Besides a sunburn, prolonged UV damage to the skin can cause your skin to lose elasticity meaning wrinkles.

Having skin protection is important, because besides creating a sunburn, UV rays can also penetrate deeper layers of the skin where they can damage and even kill skin cells.

The worst effect of prolonged sun exposure over many years is skin cancer. It’s important to know what to look for and detect skin cancer early in order to treat it. The Skin Cancer Foundation has a helpful Step by Step Self ExamStep by Step Self Exam to help you check your skin.

How can you protect yourself?

Sunburns, dead skin cells, wrinkles, and skin cancer are all due to lack of skin protection while out in the sun. If you can’t avoid being out in the sun, such as days at the beach or an outdoor picnic, it is important to do your best to reduce your contact with the sun.

Here’s some helpful tips to do just that:

  • Find shade
    If you are going to the beach and know you will be there all morning, either find a spot with shade or bring your own umbrella. Alternate between spending time in the sun and water, and under the shade.
  • Lather up before you go
    In order not to forget, it’s best to put on sunscreen before you head outside. If possible, have someone apply it to hard to reach areas like your back. Make sure you don’t forget to do your face, scalp, ears, back of your neck, and tops of your feet which are all common areas that people tend to miss. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends 1 ounce of sunscreen to your whole body 30 minutes before heading outside and reapplying every 2 hours.
  • Cover up
    This is especially important for people with sensitive skin, including children and seniors. If possible, wear long sleeves, a hat, and shorts or a sarong. Don’t cause yourself to go into heat exhaustion by layering up, if you get too hot then remove the long sleeves.
  • Protect your eyes
    The Skin Cancer Foundation has a helpful article detailing how sunlight can damage your eyes. This includes diseases like eyelid cancer, macular degeneration, corneal sunburn, and more. It is important to have the proper eyewear while outside, not just to be able to see better, but to protect your eyes which are extremely sensitive to the sun’s rays.

 

Resources

How to Read a Sunscreen Label
The Skin Cancer Foundation

Clothing: Your First Line of Defense Infographic
The Skin Cancer Foundation

Your Eyes’ Best Defense
The Skin Cancer Foundation

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What’s wrong with fragrances?

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A movement has begun, you’ve probably heard of it. It’s the move toward fragrance-free products. What’s so wrong with fragrance though? It makes everything smell nice and leaves you with a clean scent.

The move against  fragrance is because of the findings that it can  cause side effects in those with chemical sensitivities. The fragrance-free movement is also part of the move toward more natural products, as many fragrances are man-made chemicals.

The issue is referred to as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and according to WebMD it can cause:

headache,fatigue, dizziness, nausea, congestion, itching, sneezing, sore throat,chest pain, changes in heart rhythm, breathing problems, muscle pain or stiffness, skin rash, diarrhea, bloating, gas, confusion, trouble concentrating, memory problems, and mood changes.

The triggers for these symptoms can be caused not just by chemical fragrances but also tobacco smoke, insecticide, chlorine, new carpet, and auto exhaust fumes.

According to WebMD, although these symptoms are very real, the American Medical Association does not consider Multiple Chemical Sensitivity to be an illness. Although there is disagreement in the healthcare community as to whether this is an illness, chemicals are still an issue for people who are very sensitive to them.

Why fragrance-free?

As mentioned above, there are a growing number of people who develop symptoms like nausea, sore throat, and more, who attribute it to chemicals like fragrances.

If you have sensitive skin already, it may be best for you to start using fragrance-free products. Those with rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, and acne are at increased risk of sensitivity to chemical fragrances.

If you try a product with a fragrance and find that your skin becomes itchy or irritated, it could possibly be due to the chemical fragrance.

What are fragrances?

Fragrances are chemicals and can be found in everything from laundry detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets to perfume, body spray, and air fresheners.

If you plan to go completely fragrance-free, you should be checking the following products:

  • Deodorant/Anti-perspirant
  • Aftershave
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Shaving cream
  • Makeup
  • Creams & Lotions
  • Hairpsray, hair products
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soaps
  • Perfume, cologne
  • Sunscreen, tanning oil
  • Insect repellent
  • Laundry cleaning products
  • General cleaning products (surface cleaners, carpet deodorizers, window cleaner, etc)
  • Air fresheners (including air sprays)
  • Candles and Incense
  • More

How to go fragrance-free

If you want to go fragrance-free, know the difference between products with that label and those that say unscented. Unscented products can contain fragrance that just have no scent.

Fragrance-free products will contain no fragrant ingredients. You may also want to look for labels that say “for sensitive skin” as these items tend to not have chemical fragrances.

When you’re buying a new product, double check to make sure it truly is fragrance-free.

You can also look at the ingredient list for any of the following:

  1. Amyl cinnamal
  2. Benzyl alchohol
  3. Cinnamyl alcohol
  4. Citral
  5. Eugenol
  6. Hydroxy-citronellal
  7. Isoeugenol
  8. Amylcin-namyl alcohol
  9. Benzyl salicylate
  10. Cinnamal
  11. Coumarin
  12. Geraniol
  13. Hydroxy-methylpentylcyclohexenecarboxaldehyd
  14. Anisyl alcohol
  15. Benzyl cinnamate
  16. Farnesol
  17. 2-(4-tert-Butylbenzyl) propionald-hyd
  18. Linalool
  19. Benzyl benzoate
  20. Citronellol
  21. Hexyl cinnam-aldehyd
  22. d-Limonene
  23. Methyl heptin carbonate
  24. 3-Methyl-4-(2,6,6-tri-methyl-2-cyclohexen-1-yl)-3-buten-2-one
  25. Oak moss and treemoss extract
  26. Treemoss extract

List provided by European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety.

Let’s hear from you!

Have you gone fragrance-free? Is it difficult to find products without fragrances? What are your favorite fragrance-free products?

Let us know in the comments below.

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How Does Tattoo Removal Work?

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Tattoos are a great way to show what you love, remember something important, or just to appreciate artwork. But there may come a time when you decide your tattoo is something you don’t want to keep. Maybe it reminds you of something you would rather forget, or maybe you just don’t like it anymore. Whatever the case is, there are treatments out now that can reverse your decision. It’s like a time machine! Well….sort of. I’m going to explain how the removal process we use works, so you can see just how it’s done.

At The Laser Lounge Spa we can remove any unwanted ink no matter the size or color. We use the NaturaLase QSwitch YAG system. This device uses a large spot and a flat top beam to deliver energy deep into the skin with much less damage to the surface. We chose this specific system because of its ability to penetrate deeper and work faster. This laser also utilizes 4 wavelengths which enables it to target all colors of your tattoo.

The NauraLase QS is also the highest energy tattoo removal system in the world! The system essential eliminates the pigments of the tattoo leaving it transparent.

For some of our clients, this system is a life changer. Getting tattoos used to be a permanent decision that you had to endure for a lifetime. If you got a tattoo at age 17 and later regretted it, you had to stick with it and find ways to cover it up. We recently offered up our services to a local man who had gotten a facial tattoo back in 2012. He now has a family, kids, and was finding it difficult to get work with his very noticeable tattoo. He is now going through treatments with us to remove the tattoo and get a new lease on life! You can read about it here in the Naples Herald.

Because we know you will not find a better tattoo removal service anywhere else, we offer complimentary consultations to help you determine the cost and length of time it will take to remove your ink. You don’t have to live with unwanted tattoos anymore! Visit our website to find the closest Laser Lounge Spa location!

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The Benefits of Vitamin C

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As a kid, you were probably told to drink lots of orange juice because of the high amounts of Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been touted as a useful ingredient that helps with eye disease, immune system, and skin. In addition to these health benefits is vitamin c’s usefulness in those with weakened immune systems due to stress. Old wives’ tales likely claimed that the vitamin was a cure for the common cold. While it’s not a cure, it can help reduce your risks for developing complications like pneumonia while you are sick.

Besides all of these benefits, there’s a growing trend toward the use of vitamin c for skincare. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that higher vitamin c intake was associated with a “lower likelihood of a wrinkled appearance, dryness of the skin, and a better skin-aging appearance.” So if you’ve been seeing more vitamin c serums and other skincare products lately, it’s for good reason.

An additional benefit that the skincare industry loves to proclaim is that vitamin c protects your skin from free radicals, which are molecules that promote premature aging. Free radical damage can occur due to our environment such as the sun, and pollution.

Vitamin C has been shown to help increase collagen protein synthesis to repair damaged skin. Two studies found that “higher intakes of vitamin C from the diet were associated with better skin appearance, with notable decreases in skin wrinkling.” And using vitamin C in a topical application “for at least 12 weeks has been shown to decrease wrinkling (21, 23, 25, 27), reduce protein fiber damage (25), decrease apparent roughness of skin (21), and increase production of collagen (26, 27). Topical vitamin C has also been shown to reverse some of the age-related structural changes in the interface between the dermis and the epidermis (22).” The studies do find that not all people showed the same effects, so benefits will vary.

Another useful benefit is that a higher intake of the vitamin has been correlated with a decreased risk of dry skin. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

Now how can you get more vitamin C into your skincare routine? There are plenty of vitamin C serums and topical creams on the market. It’s a good idea to ask your dermatologist about their preference. You can even ask during your next visit with us, we’d be happy to give you our recommendations.

 

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Facts About Wrinkles

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You know about wrinkles, they’re a fact of life that many of us would gladly like to never see. Wrinkles occur because as we get older, many of the natural substances in our skin start to decrease. These substances used to keep our skin looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. As you get older, the skin starts to lose volume and will sag which is how wrinkles form.

Not only does age impact wrinkles, so do our facial expressions. Crow’s feet and frown lines occur due to repeated muscle contractions over time. Outside factors like smoking, pollution, and the sun can also have an effect on your skin. It’s said that about 80% of premature skin ageing is due to UV rays. Which is why it is very important to protect your skin if you do plan to be outside.

Two Types
Not all wrinkles are made the same. There are two types: Expressive (also known as dynamic) and Age related (also known as static).

Expressive Wrinkles
These are formed by, you guessed it, your expressions! When your face smiles, frowns, or makes any other repeated movement, this has an impact on your skin and future wrinkles.

Age-Related Wrinkles
These are known as static wrinkles because they occur as we age, there is no way around them really. The skin will lose elasticity and fold over time.

How to Prevent Wrinkles
There is no proven solution for ridding yourself of wrinkles, but there are ways to reduce them.

  1. Stay out of the sun: The sun is usually at its strongest point from 10AM-4PM. These are prime beach times, and if you do plan on sitting out, wear lots of sunscreen and sit under an umbrella.
  2. Keep a daily routine: Keeping a daily skincare routine that includes cleansing and moisturizing is a great way to ensure your skin stays hydrated.
  3. Reduce stress: Those frowns and furrowed brows can cause serious wrinkles later in life. It’s always good to avoid stress if possible, and find a way to manage it as best you can. This can be done through meditation, daily fitness, or finding some quiet time.
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What are the benefits of Facial Masks?

I’m sure you know about facial masks, even if you’ve never used one. They’re typically seen as those green layers that women have on their faces before they head to bed. Face masks have grown up and matured, becoming a part of many women’s skincare routine.

A mask helps cover the skin and really penetrate it. It depends on the type of mask you use, but many will draw impurities from the skin, get rid of dead cells, as well as tone and tighten.

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One of the most common type of mask ingredient is clay. Kaolin clay, like that in SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque, is a natural part of the soil and is known for absorbing oil and drawing out dirt.

Hydrating masks are used to soothe, nourish, and moisturize your face. These are perfect for those with dry skin, or during dry seasons like winter. Ingredients like white algae, yogurt, and tea can do this.

Face masks can also make your skin appear smoother and more bright. This will help minimize the look of wrinkes and other fine lines. Masks that contain extracts like acai berries or kojic acid can aid in this.

Take a look at Stylecaster.com’s article on the benefits of different types of clay such as Kaolin.

How Different Types of Clay Benefit Your Skin
By Sable Yong

Mud-masking has been around since ancient times, for good reason. Good old-fashioned earth has lots of skin benefits. While in recent times the stuff is bottled and sold (because traveling to the Dead Sea for a facial might be a wee bit impractical), the elementary ingredients intrinsically remain the same. When you think of face masks, clay probably comes to mind since so very many of them contain clay as the star component to absorb impurities and help heal your skin. Clay is great that way. As you may have noticed, clay masks come in a multitude of colors and a multitude of clays—all of which have different specialties. If you aren’t sure which one is the one to address your skin concerns, look no further than this elementary guide to clay.

Read more: http://stylecaster.com/beauty/how-different-types-of-clay-benefit-your-skin/#ixzz3wPy5CfQs

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