It’s official: summer is over. While you adjust to longer nights and less daylight, it’s also a great time to focus on repairing your skin from the inevitable damage done by the summer sun. One of the best treatments to fight the effects? A photofacial. Here’s everything you need to know about them, and four reasons why this is the perfect fall treatment.
A photofacial (also known as IPL or photorejuvenation) is a rock star treatment that is primarily used to correct sun damage and hyperpigmentation, as well as to improve skin tone, texture and trigger collagen production.
IPL (which stands for intense pulsed light) photofacials rely on wavelengths of light that go beneath the skin to heat and destroy the damaged cells: this results in improved skin tone and erasure of surface imperfections that appear as a result of aging and sun damage.*
So why focus on this treatment during the fall? There are a few reasons.
This medically-proven treatment typically takes 3-5 sessions four weeks apart in order to see full results* and requires that you have absolutely no suntan during the treatment time. Yep, you read that right — embrace the shorter days and cool weather, your skin will thank you! IPL is attracted to darker pigments, which means the greater the contrast between the skin and the damaged cells, the more efficient response to the IPL wavelengths will be.
Additionally, following the treatment, it’s imperative to stay out of the sun and ramp skin protections: hats, sunscreen, the works! Following the treatment the skin will be particularly sensitive as it returns to normal. Sun exposure can further irritate and damage the skin causing redness and inflammation. Time to break out those scarves!
IPL photofacial is also perfect for autumn because the cooler weather promotes safe, faster healing. It’s important to avoid excessive heat as well to help prevent infection.
Finally, the healing process isn’t the prettiest: expect to look worse before you look better. Luckily, the cooler weather means it’s easier to cover up, so you can conceal any inflamed skin in comfortable clothing without feeling uncomfortable or self-conscious.
Set up a time with our trained professionals to have your skin looked at and set up your plan to a flawless face. Let’s talk about how to get your skin glowing, New Hampshire: (603) 627-7000.