Combining Microdermabrasion & IPL Hair Removal Treatments
Microdermabrasion & IPL Hair Removal
With all the different types of aesthetic treatments and beautification products that are out there for you to choose from, you may be left wondering exactly which ones go better together and achieve the best results. While some combos should be avoided, there are others that work extremely well together and will definitely give you the look you’re striving for.
This is certainly the case with microdermabrasion treatments and intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal. Both of these treatments can work wonders on their own, but when you combine them you’ll not only get smooth, hair free skin from the IPL treatments, you’ll also get improved complexion and skin tone thanks to the effects of microdermabrasion.
However, which treatment should you get first? IPL or microdermabrasion? And how long should you wait between them for best results? These are all questions we’re going to answer here today. Before we get there, we feel that it’s important to do a quick review of each of these treatments and how they work, so it’s easier to understand how they work together for your benefit. First, let’s start with an overview of microdermabrasion.
What is Microdermabrasion, and How Does It Work?
Quite simply, microdermabrasion is the process of exfoliation using a physical device to remove dead and damaged cells from the surface of your skin, leaving your skin smooth, healthy, and with a more vibrant and youthful appearance.
Microdermabrasion is different from other methods of exfoliation, such as chemical peels, since they do not use any harsh chemicals to achieve the desired effects. A microdermabrasion tool is a handheld device that is electrically powered and consists of a very fine abrasive tip, along with a gentle vacuum.
Microdermabrasion devices work by gently rubbing the surface of the skin with the abrasive tip, which loosens the dead and damaged skin cells away from the healthy skin underneath. These dead and damaged skin cells are then vacuumed away and contained in the device to be disposed of after the treatment.
Depending on the intensity of the treatment and the area of the skin being treated, microdermabrasion devices can be adjusted to deliver more or less power. In addition, different abrasive tips can be used based on the desired results and the unique needs of the individual.
After the treatment is finished, 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, as well as the fact that it does not carry the same risks of irritation that are often associated with the harsh chemicals used in many types of skin peel treatments.
What is Intense Pulsed Light Hair Removal, and How Does It Work?
While many other methods of hair removal rely on physical methods, such as shaving, waxing, and epilators, intense pulsed light hair removal utilizes light energy to achieve permanent hair removal results.
IPL devices are handheld units that contain a light emitter bulb that produces intense flashes of focused light. While similar in function to a laser hair removal device, IPL devices differ from lasers in their ability to treat a broader range of skin and hair tones. IPL devices achieve this by using a larger spectrum of light in each pulse, vs. the narrow range of light used in true lasers.
Whereas lasers are generally only suitable to treat light skin and dark hair combinations, IPL devices are able to treat many more different tones of skin and tones of hair, making them an ideal method of hair removal for a more diverse range of people that lasers cannot treat.
As the IPL device is moved over the skin on the area to be treated, the light pulses emitted by the IPL device are absorbed by the hair and converted in to heat energy. This heat travels down the hair in to the root inside the follicle, where the heat affects the surrounding cells that are responsible for hair growth and regeneration. The heat energy inhibits the growth of new hair with each successive treatment, thereby producing permanent hair removal results and smooth, soft skin.
What’s First? Microdermabrasion or IPL Hair Removal?
The key to answering this question lies in understanding that there needs to be a certain amount of time between these treatments in order to avoid the potential for problems. Certain issues such as skin irritation, redness, or discomfort can possibly result from too many skin treatments being done too quickly in succession.
Before having a microdermabrasion treatment, it is generally advised to have at least a week prior to your appointment where you avoid any other treatments on the area, including IPL hair removal. This buffer period is to ensure that your skin is fully recovered from the effects of the microdermabrasion process.
On the flip side, you should also wait between 7 and 10 days before having IPL hair removal performed on an area that has been treated with microdermabrasion. This precautionary period is especially important for those individuals who undergo more intensive hair removal treatments, as there can be some lingering effects of the microdermabrasion procedure on the skin once it has been completed.
Many people choose to perform their hair removal treatments first, in order to have the smoothest hair-free skin when they go for their microdermabrasion treatment. While it’s not been proven conclusively that microdermabrasion works better on hair-free skin, there is anecdotal evidence that the absence of hair on the skin being treated with a microdermabrasion device can result in an improved experience for some people.
At the end of the day, as long as you’ve allowed a sufficient buffer period in between your hair removal treatments and your microdermabrasion treatments, you should be quite satisfied with the end result!
The Comfort and Convenience of Silk’n IPL and Microdermabrasion Devices
While salons and aesthetic clinics are common sources to obtain these types of treatments, they also can be quite expensive and a tremendous hassle to try and fit lengthy appointments in to what is likely to be an already-busy work & home life schedule. Fortunately, the ability to conduct both IPL hair removal and microdermabrasion treatments in the comfort of your own home is a reality, thanks to Silk’n technology!
There’s never been an at-home microdermabrasion device quite like this! The Silk’n ReVit Prestige comes with 4 interchangeable tips (fine, regular, body, and massage) and adjustable power settings to that you can totally customize the microderm experience just for you. In addition, it also features a smart ‘auto mode’ that will help guide you through each step of your treatment to achieve optimum results.
With the ReVit Prestige, you’ll see improvements in skin texture and elasticity, and the vacuum stimulation will help boost circulation in your skin and produce a healthier-looking, glowing complexion. Age spots, shallow acne scars, and other skin tone irregularities will be minimized, and you’ll notice a reduction in fine lines, too. In just minutes, your skin will look and feel better and more youthful!
With the Infinity, our product designers took all the brilliant features of the IPL devices that made Silk’n famous, and incorporated the added benefits of galvanic energy to produce even better results. As the Infinity glides across your skin, the electrode on the end of the device gently stimulates the skin with galvanic energy, helping the pores of the follicles to open up and allow the light pulses to more effectively penetrate deeper down in to the root of the hair (which also allows for more effective post treatment moisturizing).
The Infinity also features an ultra-long-life emitter bulb capable of generating 400,000+ light pulses, which is enough for a lifetime of hair removal treatments. With the Silk’n Infinity, you get an effective, comfortable hair removal method that produces permanently smooth, hair-free skin. Time after time, Silk’n Infinity users rave to us about the wonderful results they achieve with their devices, and we’re confident that you’ll feel exactly the same way.
Get Beautiful, Glowing, and Smooth Hair-Free Skin with Silk’n
Once you experience the difference that our technology can make, and the convenience of being able to perform the treatments in the comfort of your own home, we’re sure that you’ll love the results!