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Apr 25

Ah, summer. As a native Antarctican, Jack Frost ruled over my childhood like an emperor and carniverous penguins served as his watchful patrolmen, as we've discussed in previous of my ramblings. This means, perhaps unsurprisingly, that I love summer precisely because it is the exact inverse of Emperor Frost's domain. Everything, whether animal, vegetable, or mineral shines with a higher degree of beauty. The warmer weather lifts the spirits of one and all, and,through some unexplained scientific process, seemingly fills the heart with helium and lifts it within its cavity, thus shedding from its carapace the miseries accumulated during winter. I myself plan to have a second and probably champagne-filledjacuzzi installed on the roof of my 89th floor penthouse office in order to fully take advantage of the many joys summer has to offer.

"But wait!!!" you scream as you erupt out of your beach chair and throw your cat at nothing in particular out of pure terror,"What if you're one of the many people who come to the Yonge Eglinton Laser Centre in Toronto for the express purpose of undergoing laser hair removal with the aid of our diligent and friendly band of certified laser hair technicians? Haven't I heard something about sun exposure being bad for this kind of thing?"

Well, inquisitive reader, your concern is justified and you probably have heard some unhappy reality concerning sun exposure and laser hair removal. But with the summer months around the corner, it bears repeating.

It's important to protect the skin from sun exposure for 4 weeks before and after treatments. This includes the use of tanning beds, spray tans, and self-tanners. We strongly advise patients not to expose the treated area, and to use sunblock with the highest SPF available (30 or higher), such as the ELTA. Even the slightest tan causes melanin to become active at the skin's surface. The laser is attracted to melanin. Treating freshly tanned skin would put you at a higher risk for burns from treatments. The more your tanned skin is the lower the energy setting for your treatment, and often requires more treatments than non-tanned skin. To have a more effective treatment it is best to not have a tan throughout your treatment period. Your technician may reschedule your appointment if she determines that your skin has significant dark pigment.

So: if you think your skin is tanned or darker than it was when we last saw you, please give us a call at 416-545-1900 to reschedule.

Now that I've sent this warning signal rocketing upwards into the blogosphere, I see that the builders have finished installing my second jacuzzi. *Ascends secret staircase to roof, luxuriates in champagne-filled jacuzzi while still wearing expensive suit* Ah ha ha ha, oh yes, mmm, summer. Oh how I love it. Mm ha ha, summer. *Slides downwards until head is completely enveloped by champagne*

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