by Jaime Godfrey
Did you know that IPL can be used for skin rejuvenation ? …
… but what is IPL ?
IPL means intense pulsed light; the treatment delivers pulses of heat that travels through a specific wavelength filter, targeting a variety of skin concerns.
It is very effective because the different wavelengths will target more than one skin concern at a time. So even if you are having treatment for just one skin problem or concern, you will also benefit from several bonus features of IPL skin rejuvenation.
Multiple skin concerns can be targeted with IPL. For example:
- Uneven skin tone.
- Age spots and sun damage.
- Spider veins spider naevi.
- Campbell de Morgan spots.
- Red thread veins.
- Collagen stimulation – the heat triggers collagen production, improving overall skin health and texture, helping to smooth out fine lines & wrinkles.
- Skin tightening and refinement lead to tighter, smaller pores.
So, what does this mean for you ?
These factors create brighter, tighter, more luminous, even healthier skin. As collagen production declines at a rate of 1% per year as we age and after the age of 60 is very limited, we must boost it while we have it !
Here’s what to consider before you book IPL treatments.
- At least 24 hours before treatment, you will need to have a consultation to assess your suitability for IPL. If you are a good candidate for treatment, the therapist will patch test your skin to understand skin reaction and settings.
- IPL skin rejuvenation relies heavily on not having colour to the skin, and a tan can limit the treatment and results. UV exposure such as sun & tanning beds must be avoided whilst having IPL skin rejuvenation treatments. Fake tanning such as manual tanning, spray tans, tanning injections or supplements cannot be used as they also change the colour of the skin and consequently the strength of the IPL power that can be used.
- You will need to plan your course of treatment at a time that fits in with having minimal sun exposure, so plan around your holidays.
- Good skincare products is a must alongside this treatment. You will need to care for the skin between appointments and wear a minimum of SPF 30 daily. These 2 factors assist & maintain treatment results.
- IPL has minimal downtime depending on the treatment target; your consultation will cover this.
Some other words, you may have heard this treatment called.
How many IPL treatments will I need ?
You can expect to see a difference even after 1 IPL treatment. Most treatment courses are 3 – 4 treatments.
Will there be downtime after an IPL treatment ?
There will be minimal downtime after treatment; however, aftercare must be followed, including avoiding sun exposure.
Do I have to keep having IPL to maintain the effectiveness of treatment ?
As collagen naturally deteriorates and new pigmentation can appear over time, after the initial course of treatments, you can expect to need a maintenance treatment around 18 to 24 months or when you feel your collagen needs a kick start.
Remember, collagen will decline faster over time if you don’t change how you care for your skin between treatments. Getting good expert advice on the right products to use at home is vital and protects your investment in professional treatments.
The essential ingredients for skin health and anti-ageing, are products that contain:
- Anti-oxidants, i.e. L-ascorbic acid (the purest form of vitamin C).
- Retinol – preferably with a microencapsulated delivery system to prevent irritation on the skin surface and allows more efficient product penetration.
- Minimum SPF 30 ( Zinc Oxide).
Recommended essential products:
AlumierMD Everactive C&E + Peptide, AlumierMD Retinol Serum, AlumierMD Sheer Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF 40 (Untinted or Versatile Tint).