Ever wondered if there is anything you can do about your facial concerns like redness, scarring, and sunspots? Turns out, there is something you can do. These seemingly permanent blemishes have finally met their match with what is called an IPL photofacial. An IPL photofacial is a facial treatment that uses an intense pulsed light mechanism to target a variety of hair removal and skin pigment issues.
These specialized facials can be used to reverse sun damage, remove hair, and even improve skin tone and texture. Plus, IPL treatment can be used almost anywhere on the body (talk about a win-win, right?). We are here to give you all the IPL info you need as well as a few reasons why you need an IPL facial, like, yesterday.
What Does an IPL Photofacial Do?
These facials work with your body, rather than against it, to trigger its natural healing process. IPL treatments work to restore even-toned coloring on your skin and minimize many of your skin concerns. The facial can target anything from hair removal to sun damage, rosacea (enlarged facial blood vessels) to spider veins.
The process works by using a tool that flashes bright light that passes through your skin’s epidermis (the upper layer of the skin) to draw out pigment-producing cells while also dispersing the uneven pigment. Who knew sitting under some flashing light was all it took to achieve your dream complexion and smooth skin goals?
The treatment is not painful, but some patients do experience minor discomfort and liken the feeling to a rubber band being lightly snapped against the skin. Other than this slightly uncomfortable sensation and some bright light, the photofacial has few drawbacks. The intense pulsed light emits multiple wavelengths of light into the skin, depending on the depth and severity of the damage. Spots are then pulled to the surface, eventually turning into a coffee ground-like texture that eventually flakes off, revealing radiant skin beneath.
In short, this treatment works by gently injuring the deeper layers of your skin while avoiding any damage to its outer layers, which induces a natural wound healing mechanism that your body is already familiar with. An IPL photofacial really does have the power to breathe new life into your tired skin while removing hair pretty much anywhere. Yes, even that tough to reach bikini line or persistent upper lip.
What Happens During an IPL Photofacial?
Similar to a regular facial, these facials take about 45 minutes in a dermatologist’s office, but the time can vary depending on the size of the area being treated. However, with KENZZI’s at-home laser hair removal treatment, you can achieve office-quality results from the comfort of your home in a fraction of the time.
If you get this treatment done in-office, you’ll be taken into a room where an aesthetician will cleanse the entire chosen area, in this case, your face. Ideally, you’ll have gone in for your treatment without a full face of makeup, and hopefully, you didn’t come straight from the gym, but they’ll make it work either way.
Next, the aesthetician will apply a cool gel to your skin, which provides more comfort to the skin during the treatment. They will then move the laser machine over your skin in a grid-like pattern. The light will flash about every centimeter, covering the entire face or just a specific target area of your choosing. Some areas may need to be treated multiple times if the damage and spots are severe.
If this seems like a lot of hassle, we’ve got you. The KENZZI solution allows you to get the same results of hair removal and skin brightening, all from home. All this power in a tiny handheld device? Yes, please.
The Best Reasons to Do IPL
So, we know what an IPL photofacial does and how it works, but why might you need one? Read on to discover only the many benefits that this treatment can provide. It will get you feeling more confident in your own skin in no time!
It Will Remove Hair on Any Part of Your Body
The KENZZI at-home IPL hair removal handset will remove hair with ease, without razor burn or ingrown hairs that come from shaving and waxing. It just doesn’t get much better than that. It takes minutes and the KENZZI device has 10+ years of flashes packed in, so you’ll be hair-free for a long time.
It Will Clear Dark Spots and Work to Remove Skin Imperfections
Through the process described above, the IPL photofacial will target dark spots both old and new beneath the skin’s top layer. Not only does the intense pulsed light tackle brown and red spots, but it can also reduce the appearance of freckles, spider veins, general redness, wrinkles, and fine lines. It can also work on tightening pores, reducing the severity of acne, improving facial contour, tightening skin, and boosting both collagen and elastin production.
It Will Give You a Glowing Complexion
IPL photofacials are successful in evening out skin tone as well as improving the texture of your skin. This means you may leave your appointment slightly red and puffy, but after a few days, you will be turning heads with your glowing and blemish-free skin. By boosting collagen production, your skin will look brighter and feel younger shortly after your treatment. Be sure to continue to moisturize both day and night to extend the results of your facial.
It Gets Better With Time
The results of an IPL photofacial consistently improve over time. This means that, even though you’ll most likely see immediate results and feel better just days after the treatment, the best results are often seen up to three months after the last treatment. So, instead of fading over time and needing renewal like most beauty treatments, the results of your IPL photofacial will only get better.
With glowing and hairless skin, you’ll feel more confident and ready to take on anything. One IPL facial is your first step to smooth skin and natural healing. However, for optimal results, a series of treatments are sometimes recommended yearly for optimal results and maximum progress. Some aestheticians even recommend 3-5 treatments, four weeks apart for the best possible results.
It Will Encourage You to Protect Your Skin
This photofacial makes a real, visible difference with your skin’s most irritating concerns, so you’ll want to protect your brand new glow. Not only will you want to, in order to maintain the results of your IPL photofacial, but you’ll also need to. Sun protection and skin care maintenance are essential to the longevity of the results.
So, as is the cardinal rule of skincare at any age, keep up the SPF. Not only will your skin look better, but you’ll also be motivated to keep up a healthy and protective skincare routine.
Sunburns and overexposure will bring back old spots. Freckles and dullness will also return without proper exfoliation.
It’s a Non-Invasive and Quick Treatment
These photofacials induce skin healing underneath the skin, providing near-immediate results while staying centimeters above the upper layer of your skin the entire time. You may experience some slightly red and puffy skin afterward, but you won’t need any real downtime after the photofacial.
Makeup and normal skincare can be applied right away after the treatment if needed. However, as your skin is undergoing a healing process, it is important to stay out of the sun for at least a week and use sunscreen.
The long-term effects of IPL photofacial treatments may actually reverse signs of aging. In other words, wrinkles and fine lines; be gone. Basically, there’s nothing the IPL photofacial can’t do. As a perfect combination of professional dermatology, science, and technology, the photofacial is the next big thing in skincare.
There are some things to be careful of when considering whether or not an IPL photofacial is right for you. For example, those with a higher Fitzpatrick score (a numerical classification for human skin color) are not always the best candidates for Intense Pulsed Light photofacials. Similarly, those with melanoma should be careful when looking into photofacials. This is because the light rays from the facial are attracted to pigment, so darker skin tones can sometimes become discolored and melasma patches can become even darker.
If you’re as excited about IPL photofacials as we are, you need the KENZZI handheld IPLdevice. It is small but powerful and it will give you full control of your skin. Hair, wrinkles, dark spots, be gone. The KENZZI handset is here to save the day.
IPL photofacials seem to be the newest and most effective way to achieve so many of the skincare results we desire. They make a difference in so many areas of skincare struggles that can otherwise be frustrating. With less than an hour of your time, some bright light, and a little bit of SPF, the glowing, hairless skin of your dreams can become your reality.