Pre And Post Aftercare Advice

ipl aftercare

Pre – Treatment advice

8 Weeks prior to treatment:
No waxing, plucking or threading for at least 8 weeks and/or between IPL treatments (for hair removal) This ensures that the hair is in the follicle for the light to reach and destroy the hair follicle. There’s no need to grow the hair during the course of treatments you are still able to shave between sessions,

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 sessions.

1 week prior to treatment:
avoid instense exfoliation, microdermabrasion or skin peels on the area which will be treated.

24 – 48 hours prior to treatment:
Do not use bleaching creams or perfumed products on the area which will be treated.

Please also:
Avoid swimming in strong chlorinated water immediately before and after treatment
Avoid wearing tight clothes when attending treatment sessions
Hydrate the body by drinking plenty of water
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 24 hours of scheduled treatments on the area.

Post – Treatment Care:
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 and 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 the skin and reduce redness after treatment.

Avoid using makeup 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 6 weeks after your course of treatments.