Intense Pulsed Light or IPL, is well known for its effectiveness as a permanent hair reduction solution. It’s extremely popular in the run-up to summer. IPL is also actually an extremely versatile treatment and can be used to target a variety of skin concerns. One of these concerns is pigmentation. If you like to tan in summer, there’s a possibility you might be starting to notice uneven areas of pigmentation. This is particularly noticeable on your forehead, chin and cheeks. This pigmentation is caused by sun damage, and no, it doesn’t require you to have been sunburned; any amount of sun exposure can be the culprit, and it gets worse the more time you spend in it.
How can IPL help?
An IPL Photorejuvenation Facial uses filtered light waves to target pigmentation within the skin. Pigmentation is caused by an overproduction of a substance called melanin. IPL specifically targets this melanin and causes controlled damage to it. This alerts your body’s healing responses; your body is designed to flush away damaged cells. Whilst IPL doesn’t cause harm, it does damage the unwanted melanin, your body is then able to flush it away. The results? even toned, clear skin.
How do I know if IPL is for me?
Pigmentation can take a long time to become visible. Even sun damage from when you were a child can cause blotchy patches as an adult. But if you loved to tan in your 20s or 30s and spent every sunny day possible out in the garden catching rays, then it’s very likely that pigmentation will become an issue for you. Pigmentation can have other causes, for example, some people are just genetically susceptible to it, and pollution, strong perfumes and hormonal changes are also risk factors. Luckily, IPL is extremely effective against all of these and works on most skin tones. If you’ve started to notice uneven areas of pigment on your skin, contact us for your nearest IPL therapist now and see what they can do for you.
What else does Photorejuvenation do?
IPL Photorejuvenation is an excellent facial treatment for people who want to breathe new life into their complexion. Not only does it help to reduce pigmentation and age spots, it is also excellent at targeting fine lines, wrinkles and dullness for a smoother, brighter, more youthful complexion. We think it’s the perfect treatment to take your skin from summer to winter when heavier foundations and cold weather can leave your skin looking rough and dull.
Aftercare for IPL
The results of IPL are often very surprising for clients, simply because the difference is SO noticeable! However, once we’ve gotten rid of the pigmentation, it’s up to you to make changes to your lifestyle that will maintain your sleek new complexion. The first and most important change to make is sun protection – you must wear a good SPF every single time you leave the house, because no matter the cause of your pigmentation, the sun will make it worse. Second, use only fragrance-free products and avoid getting perfumes on your skin – spray them on your clothes instead. Some chemicals found in fragrances can make pigmentation worse. Lastly, increase the number of antioxidants in your diet so that your body will be able to fight free radical damage from pollution – which, after sun exposure, is one of the biggest culprits in causing unwanted pigmentation.
What are you waiting for? Contact us to find your nearest IPL therapist now, and don’t delay, because on the 6th September, SkinBase therapists across the country will be holding some very exciting offers!