If you are curious about how those celebrities keep their skin so flawless, uniform and clean at all times when any other normal person at some point develops freckles, discoloration, and dark spots caused by aging all over the body, you’ve come to the right place because we know their secret!
Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t involve any kind of magic and you do not have to be filthy rich to get those same results. Their secret is intense pulse light (IPL) facial, otherwise known as photo facial or photo rejuvenation.
This fabulous treatment can be used by both men and women and it produces amazing results, the full extent of which is visible 7-10 days after the treatment.
To achieve these results a special IPL machine is used. The machine uses light to stimulate the deeper layers of the skin, detect any red or brown patches and burn them off in a matter of seconds.
An IPL facial is a kind of an upgrade on the regular facial. It can be done as an addition to the regular facial routine or it can be done by itself without the application of any additional scrubs, serums or masks.
Step 1: Cleansing
As always, the golden rule is “start by cleansing”. It’s important to completely clean the face of any dirt, impurities and especially makeup so that the other products can slide on smoothly and have the desired effect.
Step 2: Numbing Cream
Yes, you read it right. This treatment hurts (but not too much, don’t worry). Some have described the pain as “snapping a rubber band on your wrist”, which, as you may know, is not at all a pleasant feeling, but it also doesn’t hurt that much.
This is why a numbing cream is used for those faint of heart. The numbing cream is applied in a thin layer and left onfor 15 minutes to start working.
Step 3: Ultrasound Gel
This step is optional, but it’s usually used by most dermatologists because it helps the machine slide over the face (or any other part of the body) much easier.
A thick layer of the ultrasound gel is applied over the whole area that is about to be treated and then removed after the treatment is finished.
Step 4: IPL
After the gel is applied, the real treatment can begin. The light-emitting hand-piece is gently pressed against the skin and the desired area of the skin is then covered piece by piece until the whole surface has been treated.
The light works by penetrating into the deeper layer of the skin and detecting any red or brown discoloration. It then immediately reacts and ‘burns’ it.
It can be used to treat discoloration, sun damage, blemishes, acne, and pore size. It can be used almost anywhere on the body which is why it’s perfect for removing dark spots from the neck, chest, hands, and legs as well.
Different skin types react differently to this treatment, but usually, there is redness on the treated areas right after the facial which completely subsides after a day or two.
Another thing that happens in the days following the treatment is the surfacing of dark spots. This is completely normal and is how the treatment works.
During the 10 days after the treatment, the skin will start to peel and every little blemish, dark spot or freckle that has become more dark and prominent and surfaced to the top will simply fall off along with the peeled skin. This may sound intimidating, but it’s actually incredibly effective.
Step 5: Cooling
After the light has been applied, the treated areas will feel hot and possibly a little sunburnt. This is why ice water or a cooling cream is applied to the treated skin to cool it down and reduce the redness.
All this may sound incredibly intimidating, but it’s actually quite harmless whilst being incredibly effective. This treatment is suitable for both men and women, but men should keep in mind that this facial can be used to remove unwanted hair which is why, with men, the lower part of the face is usually avoided in order to not ruin their beards.
One thing both men and women need to know before starting this treatment is that any products containing retinol or glycolic acid should be avoided for about a week prior and a week following the treatment as they can be too harsh on the newly forming skin.
Another important piece of advice is to avoid peeling the face yourself, instead let it do its own peeling, and of course, always use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when going out!