If you are starting IPL treatment, you’re probably looking forward to your days of hair-free smooth skin! Trust us, you’ll get there with consistency and patience. However, aftercare is just as important to ensure your skin stay’s irritation-free. The better you care for your skin after treatment, the easier it will be to reach your goals and perform follow-up treatments without seeing any negative side effects.
So what exactly should you be doing post-IPL hair removal treatment? Keep reading and we’ll give you our expert tips and tricks to incorporate after a Dermeren Expert Pro IPL Elevate session.
#1. Moisturize With a Sensitive Fragrance-Free Formula
Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, some people might feel slight tenderness after an IPL session. Hair follicles have been heated so it’s normal to experience mild irritation. The best thing you can do is moisturize with a fragrance-free formula.
Avoid putting perfumes or harsh formulations on your skin that will burn or sting hair follicles. If you are experiencing moderate irritation, applying natural aloe vera or Aquaphor to the skin can be soothing. Cool compresses and ice packs are also effective post-treatment if you need an extra pick-me-up!
#2. Replenish the Skin With Antioxidants
Essential vitamins and antioxidants are perfect for rebuilding integrity and restoring radiance in your skin. The Dermeren Care Mist was specially designed for IPL aftercare and helps speed up the healing process. It contains a potent blend of active ingredients including Banksia Flower, Cranberry, Goji Berry Extract, Vitamin B5, White Mulberry, Essential Oils, and Scents: Apple, Lemongrass.
Simply spray on your skin after IPL treatment and you’ll be smelling amazing, and looking glowy as ever! Meanwhile, the ingredients will get to work on strengthening and hydrating your hair follicles.
#3. Don’t Be Tempted to Pluck or Wax Between Treatments
IPL works best when your hair follicles are intact, so avoid plucking hairs or waxing in your treatment area. This ensures that when you perform a follow-up session, you’ll be one step closer to your dream results. A little bit of shaving or trimming shouldn’t be a problem, but give your skin a few days to breathe before tackling more hair removal! Patience is key with IPL. Overdoing treatments is only going to irritate the skin, or delay the hair removal process.
#4. Exfoliate Gently to Encourage Hair Shedding
Don’t focus on exfoliation for the first 36 hours after IPL treatment. When your skin is less sensitive, you may use a soft loofah or washcloth to gently massage the hair removal area. Pick up a creamy body wash made from oats, or a basic sensitive-skin formula. If you have excess shedding, the hair should come off easily with light exfoliation. Avoid irritating the skin or forcing any hair to fall out that isn’t ready yet!
#5. Don’t Bask in the Sun Without SPF
So many people get treatments done to have beautifully smooth skin, shouldn’t the next step be to get your glowy tan on? NO! This is the best time to stay indoors, cover-up, and be liberal with your SPF application. Perhaps you already use a daily sunscreen on your face but add a body sunscreen into your routine if you are treating your legs, underarms, or bikini line.
The summer months are in full swing, so remember if you do IPL treatments to stay protected from those UV rays. Your skin is more sensitive than normal and you don’t want to disrupt all your progress with UV damage or a gnarly sunburn. Stick with at least an SPF of 30 for daily use, and 50 or above for long periods outside.
#6. Avoid Excess Heat or Sweating For 24-28hrs
If you are doing IPL at home with the Dermeren Expert Pro IPL Elevate, give yourself a few days before unwinding in a steamy shower or hot bath. Excess sweating in saunas or steam rooms can also cause irritation since your hair follicles are so delicate. Allow your skin to adjust to the treatment for a few days before diving back into your normal routine. This will help minimize any redness, bumps, or unnecessary irritation post-treatment.
At the end of the day, the best thing about IPL is that aftercare is pretty much a breeze! If you are using the right settings, you shouldn’t have to worry about too much irritation or upkeep. After a few uses, you’ll get to enjoy the confidence and radiance of your hair-free complexion. Nonetheless, these tips are great to keep in mind to ensure you get the best possible results every single time!
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