4 weeks prior to treatment
Do not expose the skin to UV or self tan for at least 4 weeks before and/or between IPL treatments
1 week prior to treatment
Avoid intense exfoliation, microdermabrasion or peels
24-48 hours prior to treatment
Do not use bleaching creams or perfumed products
To ensure your comfort after treatment, please adhere to the following post treatment recommendations:
For up to 24 hours
The skin may be red and warm after treatment. 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.
For 48 Hours
Avoid all heat treatments including hot baths, saunas, steam baths and showers.
No swimming in strongly chlorinated water.
Do not use bleaching creams.
Avoid 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 72 Hours No shaving.
For 1 week
Do not exfoliate the treated area or use peels.
For 2 weeks
No UV exposure. No self tan.
Avoid prolonged outdoor activity that may expose the skin to a lot of wind or sun.
Avoid waxing, plucking, threading (at all times during a course)
Avoid depilation creams.
For 6 weeks
Use sun protection SPF 30+.
Limit sun exposure and do not use tanning beds for at least six weeks.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated before and after treatment.
Protect the skin from sun exposure with suitable clothing and use sun block SPF 30+ before first treatment and between subsequent treatment sessions. but do not use sun blocking creams within 24hrs of scheduled treatment. (As this can create a barrier to IPL)
Wear loose fitting comfortable clothing to attend appointments.
Avoid swimming in strong chlorinated water immediately before or after treatment.
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.
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