IPL HAIR REDUCTION
IPL is a light based therapy that works by targeting structures within the skin such as melanin, blood, and water in collagen with wavelengths of light to breakdown the structure and improve the appearance of the skin. SkinBase™ IPL emits beams of visible pulsed light onto the skin. This light is absorbed by melanin in the hair and turns into heat energy. Providing there is sufficient melanin in the hair this heat disables the hair follicle so it can no longer produce a hair. The energy heats the hair and safely destroys it without damaging surrounding tissue or skin.
Only approximately 30% of hairs are in this growth phase at any one time which is why for permanent hair reduction, most areas of the body will need between 6-10 treatments. This can vary from client to client. Unwanted hair can be removed from most parts of the body including legs, upper lip & chin, bikini line, underarm, back. A slight warm tingling sensation best describes the feeling experienced during a SkinBase™ IPL treatment.
Before your IPL Treatment there are important preparations you must take to insure the treatment is effective.
8 weeks and/or between IPL treatments you must NOT wax, pluck or thread treatment area.
4 weeks before and/or between IPL treatments you should NOT expose the treatment area to UV or self tan.
1 week before to your treatment you must avoid intense exfoliation, microdermabrasion or peels.
1-2 days before your treatment you must not use bleaching creams or perfumed products.
We also advise you avoid swimming in strong chlorinated water immediately before or after treatment
Hydrate the body by drinking plenty of water.
Protect the skin from sun exposure with suitable clothing and use sun block SPF 30+ but not within 24hrs of scheduled treatment.
Day 1 is the day the of treatment the area treated may be red and warm this is perfectly normal and will naturally subside. If you wish, you can apply a cold compress to help calm the skin. However, it is advisable to avoid using ice as this may irritate the skin. You can also use soothing preparations such as aloe vera, witch hazel or tea tree oil. These will help soothe skin and reduce redness after treatment.
Avoid using make up on the treated area, allowing the skin to cool naturally and more comfortably.
Following your treatment it is important to avoid heat, including hot baths, saunas, steam baths and showers. You should not go swimming in strongly chlorinated water, use bleaching creams or use perfumed products e.g., soaps, creams or perfumes.
Leave any temporary skin responses such as redness to subside naturally. Do not touch, pick, scratch or otherwise irritate the area.
For up to 1 week after you should not shave, exfoliate the treated area
For up to 2 weeks you should avoid UV exposure, self tan,
prolonged outdoor activity, waxing, plucking, threading (at all between treatments) and epilation creams.
For up to 6 weeks A sunscreen of at least SPF 30 should be applied every 2 hours in sun exposure, limit sun exposure when possible and do not use tanning beds.
Hot and humid conditions can aggravate skin immediately after treatment. Skin cooling can be very helpful, a cold compress or aloe vera gel can improve comfort and reduce any swelling or redness.