If you’re living in the Toronto area, you know that winter isn’t the best time to show off your skin; this isn’t California we’re talking about. However, even though winter isn’t the season of skin-baring due to our usual frigid temperatures, it can be the ideal time to undergo laser skin treatment. In fact, taking advantage of this season is an excellent way to turn back the hands of the clock and treat a variety of skin conditions.
For those unfamiliar with it, laser technology, both in Toronto and internationally, has come a long way since skin clinics first started using lasers to reduce the signs of aging and treat skin conditions, such as acne scarring. Put simply, a laser facial uses an intense beam of focused light to burn off the topmost layer of skin, encouraging new skin to grow in its place. While it would be months before patients saw any visible results with the original machines, modern laser skin treatment creates results in as few as one to three treatments.
So why winter for treating skin conditions or the signs of aging this way? Being in a city like Toronto, where we often experience colder than normal winters and significant precipitation in the form of snow and ice storms, doesn’t mean you should put off having your skin treated until it warms up outside. It’s actually the opposite, for three main reasons.
Laser Skin Treatment Works Best if You Have No Tan
If you’re considering having any skin treatment performed using lasers, it’s not recommended that you have it done while your skin is tanned, whether we’re talking a sun-kissed tan, a salon tan, a raging sunburn, or even a spray tan. Normally, the laser focuses on pigmented areas, like brown spots, as areas to treat; this means that if the whole body is tanned, or even just large areas are, this will cause the laser to focus on unnecessary spots and to miss those that really need treatment. It can also lead to unnecessary skin pigmentation or irritation. You should avoid sun exposure and tanning products for two to four weeks before and after your laser treatment.
It’s Easier to Avoid Sun Exposure in the Winter
A major goal of having a laser procedure on your skin is to cause new, healthier skin cells to grow. These vulnerable new cells have to be protected from UV light to prevent damage. It’s much easier to accomplish this goal in the wintertime, when we’re more naturally inclined to stay inside and to cover ourselves up with coats, hats, scarves, and mittens when we do happen to head outside. If you’ve had a laser treatment done on your skin, you should avoid sun exposure for two to four weeks after the procedure; if your skin remains red and irritated after that time (if you’ve had a more extensive procedure done), you should probably stay out of the sun for an additional two to four weeks. So definitely don’t plan any sunny beach vacations right after you have laser work done!
Winter: Also the Best Time for Laser Hair Removal
In addition to being the best time for laser skin treatment, the cold season is also a primo opportunity for laser hair removal. The biggest reason is that it can take four to six sessions to remove all of your unwanted hair and there should be a minimum of four weeks between sessions. If you start right now while it’s chilly out, you’ll have some gorgeous, smooth skin to show off in those summer clothes by the time warmer weather rolls around!
When it comes to receiving laser skin treatment (or laser hair removal) in Toronto, it is recommended that you visit a clinic that offers more than one treatment. Some forms of laser technology, such as the Genesis Laser Facial, are more intense than other laser treatments, and many patients may prefer a less intense treatment. At Anti Aging Clinic, you can get a laser facial using the best laser technology in Toronto. So whether you want to look younger in time for summer, you wish to get rid of acne scarring that’s been plaguing you for years, or you want to get those legs silky smooth in time for shorts season, our Toronto-area clinic offers laser skin treatment at an affordable cost, including the industry-leading Genesis Laser Facial.