There are many environmental factors that increase the rate of skin aging – with one of the most common being sun exposure. While many people spend time tanning early in the teen or young adult years, the results of unprotected sun exposure develops later in life. Too many years of sun exposure leads to skin changes – also known as photoaging. Changes include:
• Deep, thick wrinkles
• Skin patches, known as actinic keratosis
• Freckles or liver spots
• Changes in skin color
Sun protection is one of the easiest ways to prevent any number of these skin-related conditions. Health experts suggest wearing an SPF of 15 or higher when going outside, and reapplying every two hours if you are perspiring or swimming. Avoid long periods in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., as that is when the sun is at its peak strength. Finally, wear a hat when going outside to protect delicate facial and neck skin.
For those who have developed sun spots or deep wrinkles, an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Photofacial targets many signs of aging, especially in relation to sun exposure. An IPL treatment improves the look of the skin and may be used to treat any number of the following:
• Pigmentation of the skin
• Sun spots
Found throughout Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, IPL photofacials are also effective for treating signs of aging – such as bags under the eyes or an early onset of wrinkles. Depending on the appearance of wrinkles, age spots or other skin discolorations, several IPL photofacial treatments might be required to rejuvenate the skin fully.
Before undergoing an IPL facial, there are a few instructions you will need to follow to ensure the procedure goes smoothly. Prior to the treatment, it’s important to avoid sunbathing for two weeks – sunbathing or excess sun exposure can hinder the procedure. Also, avoid wearing any skin care products or makeup on the skin when you come in for the IPL treatment – clean, fresh skin on the face and neck (or anywhere you will be having the procedure) is ideal.
These quick treatments are ideal when you want to erase years of sun exposure from the skin. In Southern California, many enjoy the coastal lifestyle without protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. Though your ideal result might take more than one treatment, a noticeable improvement is seen after each appointment.