Microdermabrasion and IPL hair removal
With all the different types of aesthetic treatments and beauty products to choose from, you may be wondering which ones go together better and achieve the best results. While some types of combos should be avoided, there are some that work very well together and are sure to give you the look you are aiming for.
This is certainly the case with microdermabrasion and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal treatments. Both of these treatments can work wonders on their own, but by combining them, you'll not only get smooth, hair-free skin after IPL treatments, but you'll also get a better complexion and skin tone thanks to the effects of microdermabrasion.
However, which treatment should be used first? IPL or microdermabrasion? And how long should you wait between the two for the best results? These are all questions we're going to answer today. Before we get there, we think it's important to do a quick overview of each of these treatments and how they work so that you can more easily understand how they work together for your benefit. First, let's start with an overview of microdermabrasion.
Simply put, microdermabrasion is an exfoliation process using a physical device that removes dead and damaged cells from the surface of the skin, leaving your skin smooth, healthy, and more vibrant and youthful.
Microdermabrasion differs from other exfoliation methods such as chemical peels because they do not use any harsh chemicals to achieve the desired results. The microdermabrasion tool is a handheld, electrically powered device and consists of a very thin abrasive tip and a gentle vacuum.
Microdermabrasion devices work by gently rubbing the surface of the skin with the abrasive tip, which loosens dead and damaged skin cells away from the healthy skin underneath. These dead and damaged skin cells are then vacuumed up and placed in the device to be removed after the treatment.
Depending on the intensity of the treatment and the area of skin being treated, microdermabrasion devices can be adjusted to deliver more or less power. In addition, different abrasive tips can be used depending on the desired results and the unique needs of the individual.
At the end of the treatment, you will be left with a more even complexion, softer skin, and a healthy, more youthful appearance. It is for these reasons that microdermabrasion is so popular as an aesthetic treatment, and also because it carries the same risk of irritation that is often associated with the harsh chemicals used in many types of skin peeling treatments.
While many other hair removal methods rely on physical methods such as shaving, waxing and depilatories, intense pulsed light hair removal uses light energy to achieve permanent hair removal results.
IPL devices are handheld devices that contain a bulb that emits intense flashes of focused light. Similar in function to a laser hair removal device, IPL devices differ from lasers in their ability to treat a wider range of skin tones and hair. IPL devices achieve this by using a wider spectrum of light in each pulse, compared to the narrow range of light used in true lasers.
While lasers are generally only suitable for treating combinations of light skin and dark hair, IPL devices are able to treat many more different skin tones and hair tones, making them an ideal hair removal method for a more diverse group of people that lasers cannot treat.
As the IPL device is moved over the skin in the treated area, the light pulses emitted by the IPL device are absorbed by the hair and converted into heat energy. This heat travels down into the hair follicle, where it affects the surrounding cells responsible for hair growth and regeneration. The heat energy inhibits new hair growth with each subsequent treatment, resulting in long-lasting hair removal results and smooth, soft skin.
The key to answering this question is to understand that a certain amount of time must pass between these treatments to avoid potential problems. Certain problems, such as irritation, redness, or discomfort, can be caused by doing too many skin treatments consecutively too quickly.
Before a microdermabrasion treatment, it is recommended that you avoid other treatments on the area, including IPL hair removal, for at least a week before your appointment. This buffer period is to ensure that your skin fully recovers from the microdermabrasion process.
On the flip side, you should also wait 7 to 10 days before performing IPL hair removal on an area that has undergone microdermabrasion. This cautionary period is especially important for those who undergo more intensive hair removal treatments, as there may be some lingering effects on the skin after the microdermabrasion treatment.
Many people opt for hair removal treatments first in order to have the smoothest hair-free skin when they switch to microdermabrasion treatment. While it has not been conclusively proven that microdermabrasion works better on hair-free skin, there is anecdotal evidence that hairless skin treated with a microdermabrasion device can result in a better experience for some people.
At the end of the day, as long as you allow a sufficient buffer period between hair removal and microdermabrasion treatments, you should be completely satisfied with the end result!
While salons and aesthetic clinics are a common source for getting these types of treatments, they can also be quite expensive and a huge hassle to try and fit long appointments into what is likely already a busy work and home life schedule. Fortunately, with Silk'n technology, the ability to perform both IPL hair removal and microdermabrasion treatments in the comfort of your own home is a reality!
There has never been such a home microdermabrasion device! The Silk'n ReVit Prestige comes with 4 interchangeable tips (fine, regular, body and massage) and adjustable power settings so you can completely customize the microdermabrasion action to suit your needs. Plus, it also features an intelligent "auto mode" that will help you through each step of the treatment to achieve optimal results.
With the ReVit Prestige, you'll notice improved skin texture and elasticity, while vacuum stimulation will help improve circulation in the skin and create a healthier, radiant complexion. Age spots, shallow acne scars and other uneven skin tone will be minimized, and you will also notice a reduction in fine lines. In just minutes, your skin will look and feel better and more youthful!
With the Infinity, our product designers have taken all of the brilliant IPL device features that made Silk'n famous, and used the added benefits of galvanic energy for even better results. As the Infinity glides across the skin, an electrode at the end of the device gently stimulates the skin with galvanic energy, helping to open the pores of the hair follicle and allowing the light pulses to penetrate deeper into the hair root more effectively (which also allows for more effective post-treatment hydration).
Infinity also features an ultra-long life emitting bulb that is capable of generating 400,000+ light pulses, enough for a lifetime of hair removal treatments. With Silk'n Infinity, you get an effective, convenient hair removal method that produces permanently smooth, hair-free skin. Every time, Silk'n Infinity users impress us with the great results they achieve with their devices, and we're confident that you'll feel exactly the same way.
You can start today with a softer, more youthful complexion and smooth, permanently hair-free skin with Silk'n devices like the ReVit Prestige and Infinity.
Once you experience the difference our technology and the convenience of performing treatments in the comfort of your own home can make, we're sure you'll love the results!