It may seem far too early to even consider it but now really is the best time to get ready for Summer with IPL Hair Removal.
Many of us are fed up having shaving and waxing to get rid of unwanted hair. IPL is a method of semi-permanent hair removal which is becoming more and more popular. Shaving and waxing simply remove hair from the surface of the skin whereas IPL treatments use focused light energy to destroy the hair at the follicles. Here are some common questions asked.
How many IPL treatments will I need?
It is important to note that complete hair removal is very unlikely in a single treatment. Typically most clients require around six treatments however this is dependent on the colour of your hair, thickness of your hair and colour of your skin. IPL targets hair in the active growth phase and you should expect hair reduction of around 10 – 25 percent per treatment. IPL works by transmitting energy across the skin and the energy is absorbed by the pigments in the hair shaft and transmitted down to the follicle. What this means is that the IPL targets the pigment. We find that IPL is most effective on clients with dark hair and light skin. This is one of the reasons why we recommend having IPL treatments in the winter months when hair is less likely to be bleached by the sun and skin is less likely to be tanned.
How long do results of IPL last?
We refer to IPL as a semi-permanent hair removal treatment as although the initial course of treatments will remove all of your hair follicles your body will eventually produce and develop more.
Many companies often describe IPL as a method of permanent hair removal leaving clients disappointed when around a year after the initial course of treatments their hair begins to grow back. We find that clients typically require a ‘top-up’ treatment once every six to twelve months. Your therapist will advise when your next top up treatment is needed.
Am I suitable for IPL?
Although IPL is most effective on those with light skin and dark hair pretty much anyone can have IPL hair removal. As IPL targets the pigment completely white hair can be difficult to treat. Typically we find that the lighter the hair colour the more treatment sessions are required. When considering the skin, we want the energy to be absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicles, not the pigment in the skin, so we have to change the energy levels in darker skin types, so dark skin types may also require more sessions to get a good result. So all in all anyone can have the IPL hair reduction but you may require additional treatments.
How should I prepare for treatment?
Limit your sun exposure.
We always advise to have no sun exposure for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your treatment. Most of us with ‘Irish skin’ tend to burn in the sun. But all of our skin, even those lucky ones who tan well, can become much more sensitive to heat (from sun exposure) without us even knowing it! If you were out in the sun before your IPL treatment you would run the risk of scarring, burning or seriously damaging your skin. As a result we would not be able to perform the treatment.
Limit your use of self-tanners
As IPL targets dark pigment we also ask that you limit your use of self-tanners prior to your IPL treatments. Fake-tan can cause the IPL to target the ‘fake’ pigment on your skin rather than the hair follicle. Not only will this make the treatment less effective but it could potentially damage your skin. If you use fake-tan prior to your treatment we will not be able to perform the IPL treatment.
Refrain from plucking, waxing or bleaching the area.
Before your IPL hair reduction treatment we ask that you refrain from plucking or waxing the area to be treated for at least 2 – 4 weeks. We also ask that you do not bleach the hair. Plucking, waxing and bleaching reduces the effectiveness of the treatment. If you do pluck, wax or bleach the IPL treatment will not be as effective and you will require additional treatments.
Shave the treatment area.
If you do want to get rid of unwanted hair in between treatments, shaving is absolutely fine. In fact we ask that you shave the area to be treated a day or two prior to your treatment. When IPL hair reduction is performed the hair follicles should be visible however if longer hair is visible it could be slightly more painful. At Renaissance our aestheticians are expertly trained so if they find that the hair is too long they will shave the area.
What should I expect from the treatment?
Before your treatment begins we will clean the treatment area to ensure there are no lotions, cosmetics or deodorants left on the skin. You will be given a pair of protective eye wear and we will apply a cool gel to the area to be treated. The treatment involves a number of applications called ‘pulses’ to be applied to the area. It is not a painful treatment and many clients describe the sensation as a ‘pinch’ or a ‘flick’.
What kind of aftercare does IPL require?
After your IPL treatment there is no downtime and you can continue your normal activities after treatment. However as your skin is likely to be sensitive we recommend using an SPF on sun exposed areas. Excessive skin exposure after treatment risks damaging your skin so we advise that you avoid sunbathing or tanning beds.
After your treatment the targeted hair will look like it’s growing again. This is when the hair begins to make its way out of the follicle. Around two weeks after your IPL treatment your hair will shed and fall out. At this time you will be able to gently remove it with a washcloth in the bath or shower. When your hair is shedding, let it fall out naturally. Please do not pluck or wax the treatment area! If the hair has not fallen out naturally it means that the root is still alive and that the hair will need to be targeted again in another treatment. You can shave after your IPL treatments but avoid any treatments that pulls hair out by the roots.
To book a consultation and patch test, please call us on 018063200.
It’s no secret that Photoshop is used to make celebrities and cover models flawless. For most it can hide a multitude of sins, but more often then not the technique is used for hiding acne and acne scarring. Celebrities such as The Kardashians, Britney Spears and many more have all been airbrushed to within an inch of their life but in truth have been faced with adult acne, a condition that can affect both male and female, all skin types and ages, although generally begins during puberty.
In reality us mere mortals can’t hide behind photo shopping so what is the answer?
Acne can vary from person to person and accordingly so can the treatment. Often a combination of treatments are used together to actively manage your Acne, along with an appropriate homecare regime to enhance and maintain results.
IPL Treatments can provide an effective acne treatment, as well as a permanent solution to acne scarring. IPL treatments utilise a high intensity light source to penetrate through the tissue and destroy acne bacteria quickly and easily. Typically, just 4 -6 treatments over a two month period will greatly improve the appearance of skin as well as evening out skin tone and producing collagen.
Resurfacing Treatments/ Skin Peels
AHA peels can be very helpful in treating acne, especially as a part of an overall acne management program. AHA peels work by exfoliating the upper layers of the skin, and removing debris and irritants from the skin. This improves the skin and increases cell turnover. AHA peels also stimulate new collagen formation and improve acne scarring.
Acne scars are most often the product of an inflamed lesion. The greater the inflammation on the skin, the more likely scarring is to occur. Deep breakouts that take a long time to heal also increase the chance of scarring. Medical microneedling is a treatment that safely and effectively treats Acne Scarring. It stimulates the skin, encouraging the production of new collagen and elastin which enables it to regenerate and repair itself.
It is important to combine your treatment with a suitable home skincare plan to enhance and maintain results. The Image Clear Cell line can treat oily problem skin, and non- inflamed acne or inflamed acne. The products are based on salicylic acid to purify and reduce inflammation in the skin. The medicated line also contains benzyl peroxide which will treat infected pustular skin.
Tips for Acne Management
Once you have started your treatment plan and are following a suitable homecare regime there are also a few tips that are important to remember to keep Acne at bay.
- Zinc is one of the best vitamins that you can take for acne, as it helps to reduce the
formation of free radicals under your skin. If you have cystic acne and want to reduce the bumps on your face, try taking a zinc supplement once a day to destroy your acne from the inside out.
- Keep yourself hydrated to help with acne breakouts. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to maintain clear skin. Water flushes out the toxins in your body, which also includes your skin. It will allow your skin to retain the correct amount of moisture and give it a healthier glow.
- Also clean your makeup brushes regularly and throw out all of your old makeup. Old makeup and dirty brushes can add dirt and bacteria to your face that can cause blemishes and blackheads. Anything that touches your face should be fresh and clean.
- Don’t squeeze or pick. It’s important to adopt a strict “hands off” policy when it comes to acne. Picking can lead to more inflammation and permanent scarring.
- As part of your skincare routine try to include salicylic acid. This component destroys the bacteria that you can get during the course of the day, and prevents free radicals from forming. Using a cleanser with salicylic acid can help control your oil level and reduce the chance for severe acne formation.
For more information or to Receive a personal skin analysis and consultation to determine the best treatment plan for you please call us on 01 806 3200.
Great skincare for men doesn’t have to be wrought with expensive lotions and creams. Get the basics right though and you will have fewer breakouts, shaving will be easier, skin less irritated and inflamed with less ingrown hairs, and most importantly you can protect your skin and prevent premature aging.
So here’s our top five skincare tips for men, and if you or your other half would like more information call us on 018063200 or use our online booking form to book you free consultation and skin scanning.
1. Avoid Hot showers and use a good cleanser
Guilty of taking hot showers and using harsh soaps or face scrubs? Your skin will instantly become dry with this routine so try using a gentle cleanser that will remove the dirt and oil that can accumulate, and hydrate at the same time. Remember, if you don’t cleanse your skin on a daily basis; the excess grime and oil could also leave you with clogged pores and breakouts.
2.Prepare your skin for Shaving
Shave in the shower or immediately afterwords, as the facial hairs are much softer from the warm water and steam. Apply a light layer of foaming cleanser to keep the skin moist and warm and provide an extra barrier while shaving.
3.Soothe Skin post shave
The Ormedic Balancing Antioxidant serum is a soothing, post- shave hydrator. This product especially appeals to men because it’s lightweight and doesn’t leave the skin feeling sticky or greasy. As men tend to have oily skin, it will also help to balance out their oil production. This serum has very little scent, and only 2-4 drops are needed for the entire face and neck.
4.Moisturise Daily Skin care for most men starts and stops with a basic bar of soap or cleanser. Combine that with dry skin after a hot shower or rough shave and your skin will be crying out for some moisture.
A moisturiser will help to replenish your skin’s moisture content and will help prevent razor burn. Choose a moisturiser that contains SPF to help protect you from exposure to the sun’s damaging rays. Unprotected sun exposure can lead to pre-mature aging, fine lines, wrinkles and worst of all, skin cancer.
Protect your skin daily with an IMAGE daily skin moisturiser formulated for your skin type. For example, if like most men you have oily skin, choose the daily matte moisturiser which contains microsponge technology to absorb surface oils and leaves skin with a matte, shine-free finish.
Exfoliation removes the top layer of skin and unblocks your pores – for the uninitiated, this translates as fewer spots and ingrown hairs.
The total resurfacing masque can be used to help clear up blackheads, minimise the appearance of pores, dry up the occassional acne spot, and even lighten hyperpigmentation. If you shave in the morning use this product at night to prevent irritation and vice versa.
It’s that time of year again! Although you’re probably busy carving your pumpkin for Halloween we suggest you keep the leftovers as pumpkins are rich in important essential vitamins and nutrients necessary for healthy and radiant skin.
- Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of ageing
- Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin.
- Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are necessary to maintain good barrier function of the skin. They also regulate sebum, great for an oily skin.
- Zinc in pumpkin seeds is brilliant for acne sufferers. Zinc will help control the hormone level and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin.
- Zinc also protects your cell membranes, helps maintain collagen, and promotes skin renewal.
So enjoy your pumpkin and pumpkin seeds without counting calories, saturated fat or cholesterol while getting plenty of fibre, vitamins, nutrients and minerals!
Your skin will thank you for it
Addicted to chocolate? Don’t beat yourself up, it’s National Chocolate Week! Not forgetting your habit can actually be good for your skin!
Dark chocolate (that’s low in sugar and high in cocoa) is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that nourish skin. Iron, calcium and vitamins A, B1, C, D and E are among the many nutrients that can be obtained, along with significant antioxidant properties (flavonoids) which support the anti-aging process and aid the prevention of cellular damage. Flavonoids also protect and increase blood flow to the skin, improving your complexion, and help your skin protect itself from UV damage and fight Free Radicals (although we’re not suggesting for a second that you forget about your SPF!)
As a rule, the higher the cocoa content, the more flavonoids and the greater the health benefits – dark chocolate with 40% cocoa solids contains five times more flavonoids than white chocolate and twice as many as milk chocolate.
Cocoa also helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin, and fewer wrinkles, and it has also been shown to even improve skin hydration and thickness!
Look for chocolate containing a minimum of 70 per cent cocoa or cacao. If the first ingredient is milk or sugar, the bar is not going to have 70 percent or more cocoa content. But remember, although the right dark chocolate has clear beauty benefits, you have to keep portion control in mind otherwise you’re getting a lot more than just flavonoids—you’re also getting fat, sugar and lots of calories!
Milia is the technical term for a collection of small, white bumps that appear on the face, particularly around the eyes and nose, and create the look of an uneven, irritated complexion. These bumps are caused by a build-up of dead cells that harden to create a small cyst underneath the skin. Although skin has the ability to naturally exfoliate in order to remove the dead skin cells so that new ones can take their place, it can sometimes require a little helping hand.
The important things to remember are:
- they’re not spots – milia do not form from a pore, they are formed when keratin (a substance produced by the skin) becomes trapped beneath the outer layer of the skin, forming a tiny cyst. Unlike acne, milia are rather firm, and squeezing has little to no impact on them
- they’re not harmful or infectious
- they’re not caused by germs/bacteria
- If you are prone to them or have a lot of them – and if your family also suffer with them – you’re probably genetically predisposed to them.
Known Causes of Milia
The most common reason for Milia formation tends to be due to the usage of rich, heavy comedogenic, or pore clogging skincare products preventing the skin from naturally exfoliating as normal. In some adults, sun damage is also a major contributor to milia, because it thickens and toughens the outer layers of skin, meaning it is more difficult for dead cells to rise to the skin’s surface and shed normally.
Treatment of Milia
The most important thing to note when treating Milia is to avoid extracting the milia yourself, as this can irritate or damage the skin and lead to scarring or continual reappearance.
- Gentle exfoliation will aid the eventual removal of milia because the layer of skin surrounding it becomes thinner. Deep exfoliating product ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) and beta hydroxy acid i.e. Salicylic acid & glycolic acid can help reduce the size and number of milia. However, exfoliating your skin will only prevent milia and aid treatment, it will not remove them
Image Ageless Range utilises AHA blends
- Existing milia that don’t respond to exfoliation can be manually extracted by a professional aesthetician with a sterile small gauge needle, which is used to un-roof the lesion, extract the keratin and leave the area to heal.
- Regular professional treatments such as facials, mild chemical peels and microdermabrasion will help prepare the skin for removal and help with the healing process.
Although not a lot can be done to prevent milia, maintaining a suitable skin-care routine certainly helps minimise the chance of them appearing.
- A gentle exfoliating routine. Gentle exfoliation helps to prevent milia from forming and makes removal easier by thinning the layer of skin and removing dead skin cells
- Re-evaluate your skin care products – including eye make-up remover which may cause milia around the eye area, and certain lipsticks, lip balms and products around the lips edge.
- Because secondary milia can be caused by sun damage, always use a moisturiser with at least SPF 15 to protect your skin every day, and choose zinc based sunblocks over chemical sunscreens
- Use gel based, water based products to avoid clogging the pores
- Retinol is also very helpful for both fighting and preventing milia.
- When brushing your teeth, limit possible fluoride irritation to the skin by removing excess froth around the lips
- Drinking lots of water will help to flush out toxins and keep your skin hydrated
- Keep make-up light and opt for mineral based makeups
- Reduce high cholesterol foods
If you think you might have milia and would like a free consultation please call us on 018063200 or use our online booking form
As a nation, we’ve become increasingly more aware of the importance of protecting our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Not only are you putting yourself at a high risk of developing skin cancer, but exposure to both UVA and UVB also accounts for 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging.
But how informed are you? It’s time to quash the most common sun protection myths to practice sun safety all year long.
FALSE. Everybody, regardless of race, ethnic origins and skin type is subject to the damaging effects of exposure to the sun. Even those who tan easily and rarely burn should use sunscreen as a suntan is a sign of skin damage, just like a sunburn.
SPF measures how much protection a sunscreen offers
FALSE. While SPF does stand for sun protection factor, it’s only a measure of the sunscreen’s level of protection against UVB rays, which typically cause sunburn. However, it does not take into consideration whether the sunscreen protects against UVA rays which penetrate deep into the skin and cause premature ageing. Look for sunscreen labeled Broad-Spectrum and contains ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide for UVA protection.
If it’s cold or cloudy outside, you don’t need sunscreen.
FALSE. According to the FDA, “Even on an overcast day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can get through the clouds.” This misconception often leads to the most serious sunburns. Since UV rays can be reflected off of water, sand, snow, and concrete, you can get a sunburn in the shade or when skiing on a cold, winter day.
Once applied, I am protected for the day.
FALSE. Reapplication of sunscreen is just as important as putting it on in the first place, so reapply the same amount every two hours. Sunscreen should also be reapplied after swimming, excessive sweating, or towelling. However it is important to note that you should not rely solely on sunscreen to protect your skin against UV rays; it is just one vital part of a complete sun protection program. Skin care experts recommend using a combination of sun protection that include seeking shade, using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, and wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, a hat, and clothing that protects exposed skin.
Wearing a t-shirt in the sun will protect you from burning
FALSE. While clothing provides some protection, a standard white t-shirt only has an SPF of about 7. If it’s wet, the SPF can go down as low as 3. The darker and thicker the clothing, the more protection it provides.
Its Ok to use last years sun screen bottle
FALSE. After a certain period of time sunscreen breaks down and becomes far less effective, and is unlikely to hold true to its SPF rating at the time. It’s best to store a sunscreen at room temperature and avoid exposure to extreme heat as this can cause the product to break down more easily.