If you’re feeling like you look older than you should, you can probably blame the sun, although your diet and lifestyle also make you at least partially responsible. Studies have shown that over 80 percent of all premature skin aging comes from exposure to the sun’s rays. If you’ve been less than diligent with sunscreen, chances are you’ve got a more than a few signs of photo damage. Thankfully, despair is just not an option any more. FDA approved and incredibly effective, Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL) is arguably one of the most effective ways to reverse all those ‘sun kisses’ for good.
What’s the Sun Got To Do With It?
Sun exposure might seem innocent enough. Doctors and nutritionists even recommend it for all the beneficial Vitamin D that a few rays bring. However, the damage it does to your skin is extensive. Routine exposure to UVA and UVB rays break down the collagen and fibers that keep your skin supple, leading to sagging and loss of tone. The rays also stimulate your skin to produce melanin, which takes the form of freckling and brown spots, both small and large. In fact, the sun can do such damage that broken blood vessels can eventually bloom under the surface of your skin, creating the spidery, mottled look that adds decades to an otherwise young face.
What a Few Rays of Light Can Do For You.
Thanks to IPL therapy, all these concerns can be eradicated in as little as an hour. IPL therapy works by shooting a specifically targeted light wavelength through the epidermis and into the middle to bottom layers of the skin. Once inside, the rays are transformed into heat and that’s when they really get to work. They are absorbed by either the melanin cells that create freckles or by the damaged blood vessels. The heat waves destroy these cells, and within hours they are absorbed back into the body. What remains is amazingly smooth, re-toned skin that is completely undamaged and ready to be pampered.
When Will You See Results?
Depending on your particular skin concern and on your skin tone, results can usually be seen within two treatments. Taking about the same time as a salon waxing, IPL therapy is a convenient and a relatively quick-acting solution to something that can be devastating to your self-confidence. Those who use IPL to reverse sun damage usually experience the full benefit of the treatment in five sessions, each roughly a month apart. Not as quick as a facelift or an aggressive chemical peel but with almost no pain and downtime you can regain at least five years of youth, and still recognize the person looking back at your in the mirror.
Dermatologists worldwide are touting IPL as the absolute best treatment for sun damage available. Over 90 percent of people who use it see results but if you’re still unsure, a quick online search of before and after shots will convince you that it’s nothing short of a miracle.