No matter how hard we try, there are just some things in life that cannot be avoided – the changing of seasons, how we feel emotions, needing to go to the bathroom, and probably the most inevitable of them all – growing up and growing old. Now, don’t get us wrong, there is beauty in embracing all the wisdom and experiences of life as we age. But when it comes to visible reminders of these momentous years, the feeling is quite the opposite. Wrinkles and fine lines are among the first things we begin to notice – and mind you, they can happen as early as our 30s! Once they start appearing, so does the urge to hide these so-called flaws with anti-aging products, cosmetic procedures, and – in some cases – surgery. And while they’re all effective in their own ways, we believe that aging can be just as graceful (and as painless!) as it is intended to be – which brings us to today’s topic: IPL Skin Rejuvenation.
If you’ve followed us for some time now, then you probably know all about this best-selling treatment of ours. We’ve published several articles about it on our Lovoir beauty blog – from the overall benefits of IPL Skin Rejuvenation, to more tailor-fit guides on how it helps specific skin problems (we’ll drop them down below for anyone interested!). But today, we’ll be focusing on what it can do for aging skin – wrinkles, dark spots, dull complexion, and all that (oldtime) jazz! For anyone facing these skin changes, we hope this article serves you well!
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Intense Pulsed Light Therapy Explained
IPL treatments are often promoted as an effective anti-aging solution, but for us at Lovoir Skin Body & Beauty, we playfully consider it to be a pro-aging treatment as well! It allows you to age as elegantly as possible without altering your natural beauty through surgery, invasive procedures, and long periods of downtime. Instead, our IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment helps you get rid of unwanted wrinkles, fine lines, and dull complexion through your skin’s innate processes.
The basic concept is this: Our IPL technology emits a broad range of lightwaves to treat problematic areas at different levels of our skin. Once these pulses of light are absorbed, they release heat onto skin tissues, broken capillaries, and pigment cells that are responsible for these signs of aging. This will trigger your skin to heal on its own, eventually giving way to a brighter, tighter, and more youthful appearance.
Simple enough to comprehend? We hope so! Now onto the fun stuff – how it works on aging skin!
IPL vs. the Signs of Aging
We’ll be honest, aging skin can be tricky to treat. Instead of dealing with a lone skin concern like acne or facial redness, it unfortunately manifests as multiple skin conditions from texture to skin tone to overall complexion. And for someone experiencing all these changes at once, it can seem almost impossible to find a single way to treat them. While IPL cannot claim to address all signs of aging, it is certainly capable of treating the most common ones. Its advanced technology can target these specific problems simultaneously, making it one of the more holistic solutions for aging skin.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Starting the list is aging skin’s biggest giveaway – wrinkles! A combination of genetics, sun exposure, lifestyle, and our skin’s natural aging process are to blame for their inevitable appearance on our faces. But the most common culprit of all is the loss of collagen, our skin’s most abundant protein. It is responsible for our skin’s elasticity, keeping it flexible, supple, and healthy. However, as we age, we produce less and less collagen, thus making it harder for us to get rid of fine lines and skin folds. For someone in their 20s or 30s, this problem may feel like a lifetime away. Well, don’t get too comfy, because they can start surfacing well within your youthful years! In fact, by the time we turn 30, our collagen production starts to decrease by 1 to 2 percent every year.
What IPL Skin Rejuvenation Can Do for Wrinkles
Our IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment works to stimulate the body’s collagen production. It starts by releasing lightwaves into the skin, which are meant to destroy damaged skin tissues around our wrinkles and fine lines. As a natural healing response, our body produces collagen in the affected area, developing into new, smoother, healthier-looking skin!
Another telltale sign of aging is the appearance of small brown spots or patches over random parts of your skin. While they are most common in people over 40, you’re not automatically in the clear just because you’re younger. Sun exposure plays a big part, so if you’re someone who frequently spends time outdoors, these dark spots can come out a lot sooner than you think!
This is what happens: UV radiation triggers our skin to produce melanin, the pigment cells that give our skin its color. Unprotected exposure through the years can eventually lead to an overproduction of melanin, resulting in clusters of dark pigment that manifest as age spots. The easiest preventive measure would be to start your SPF routine at a young age. However, this is not always as helpful for people who are naturally prone to sunburn or hyperpigmentation. In such cases, age spots are something that cannot be avoided forever.
What IPL Skin Rejuvenation Can Do for Age Spots
With our IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment, the beams of light destroy these dark pigment cells on the topmost layer of our skin. Once they’re zapped away, our body will take its natural course of healing and produce new skin tissue to take its place. You’ll eventually be rewarded with visible improvement in your skin’s texture and appearance!
In the face of bigger problems like wrinkles and dark spots, we hardly ever notice the effect of aging on our skin complexion. But in reality, as we get older, we unavoidably lose our youthful glow too. Simply put, our skin cells are unable to fully rejuvenate, causing our skin to look dull and dry.
What IPL Skin Rejuvenation Can Do for Dull Skin
By increasing the production of collagen, our IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment will help bring back your skin to its bright, smooth, and youthful glory. As a result, most of our customers enjoy not only an improved overall appearance but also enhancements in specific areas that used to have wrinkles, redness, or acne scars.
Risks of IPL Skin Rejuvenation
With all these great benefits now on your radar, we can understand how eager you must be to try it out for yourself! But before you do, we encourage you to book a consultation with us first so we can better understand your skin condition. While our IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment is safe and non-invasive, it is not automatically the best solution for everyone. And because your safety is our top priority, we take it upon ourselves to give you the best experience possible.
That said, if you happen to fall under the categories below, feel free to reach out to us and we may be able to recommend a more suitable anti-aging treatment for you.
- Pregnant women
- Those taking medications for other health conditions
- Those using skin products that contain retinoids
- Those with existing keloids or a history of severe scarring
- Those with a skin resurfacing disorder
- Those who just tanned their skin through sunbathing, tanning creams, or tanning beds
What To Expect From IPL Skin Rejuvenation
Once we’ve given you the go signal to proceed with our IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment, here’s what you can expect before your big day!
- Length of Treatment: Each session takes around 15 to 30 minutes, with most people needing around four to six sessions to get the best results. Our skin therapist will analyse your skin condition and recommend a personalized treatment plan for you.
- Pain Level: Compared to more invasive treatments, our IPL procedure is generally painless! If there is anything to be expected, you may experience quick tingling sensations similar to a rubber band snapping on the skin. Not to worry, our cooling gel and soothing lotion will come in handy in case of any possible discomforts.
- Side Effects: Other than a few hours of facial redness and slight sensitives, our IPL treatment does not pose any bothersome or long-term side effects.
- Downtime: Zero to minimal! There’s a reason people schedule their IPL treatments during lunch breaks. You can carry on with your day as you please – except hitting the gym or drinking alcohol for the next 24 hours. But hey, that’s a small price to pay for great results!
- Aftercare: IPL is quick and easy, but that doesn’t make post-treatment maintenance any less important. After all, half the battle is how you take care of your skin afterwards! Our IPL Skin Rejuvenation aftercare instructions include high-SPF sunscreen and gentle skin care products. Our skin therapist will provide you with all the tips so you can recover as smoothly as possible.
Book Your IPL Skin Rejuvenation Treatment
You’re now one click away from achieving smooth, blemish-free, youthful skin! Book an IPL Skin Rejuvenation treatment here or give us a call.