It can be difficult to take care of your skin. There are many contributing factors that determine that can get in the way of achieving our skincare goals.
Pollution, exposure to harsh substances, aging, and sun exposure – these are just some of the reasons why our skin gets damaged and becomes dull and wrinkled.
Fortunately, there is a way to help your skin heal from sun damage: it’s called an IPL Facial.
Interested to know more about how this can help address skin damage? Read on.
What is an IPL Facial?
An IPL (intense pulsed light) photofacial is a non-invasive and versatile skin rejuvenation treatment. Aside from your face, this treatment can also be performed on the hands, neck, chest, and legs.
Unlike regular facials, IPL can treat various skin issues such as
Vascular lesions (small blood vessels)
Uneven skin texture
Moreover, IPL also helps stimulate the skin’s natural collagen and elastin production, as well as improve the appearance of early signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines.
How IPL Heals Sun-Damaged Skin
Spring and summer are just around the corner and excessive sun exposure may result in various skin issues, or worse, skin damage.
It’s a good thing sun-damaged skin and a good IPL facial go hand-in-hand.
The IPL light targets sun-damaged skin cells and eventually eliminates them. As a result, this greatly improves the appearance of and helps fade dark patches and sun spots.
In other words, IPL uses short blasts of high-intensity light to help you achieve younger-looking and firmer skin, as well as an improved overall appearance and even skin tone.
What to Expect When Getting an IPL Facial
Before getting the treatment, you’ll be asked to put on sun protection (if you don’t already) and stay out of direct sunlight. You will also have to avoid certain medications that can make you more sensitive to light, but be sure to check in with your attending physician first.
As for the treatment itself, IPL Facials themselves are quick and take just about 30-60 minutes. While the treatment is ongoing, you might feel a slight warming of the skin and some mild discomfort.
Your skin may also appear slightly red and swollen. These are all normal and part of the treatment process.
Aftercare for Sun-Damaged Skin (IPL Facial)
After the treatment, protecting your skin is a must. While you can go back to your daily routine right after an IPL facial, your skin will still go through a healing process for about a week.
This means that you have to avoid strenuous activities like intensive workouts to prevent swelling that can slow healing, along with exposure to direct sunlight since your skin will be more sensitive than usual during the healing period.
You will also have to avoid harsh exfoliants, scented lotions, and aggressive scrubbing to prevent irritation. An ice pack can also help alleviate any sunburn-like symptoms.
To sum things up, IPL can be very effective especially if you also observe proper skin care and apply sufficient sun protection, especially during the spring and summer seasons.
And to maintain your desired results, you may also require follow-up sessions on a regular basis, so this is where a consultation with your treatment provider will come in.
Ready to get an IPL Facial? Call us today to book an appointment or visit our clinics in Sedalia or Marshall, MO.