You can rejuvenate your skin from the inside out with a photofacial, also known as intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). In addition to breaking up dark spots caused by melanin, gentle bursts of energy stimulate collagen production, plump up your skin, smooth out wrinkles, and stimulate cell growth by stimulating energy to penetrate the layers of your skin.
Forever Young BBLTM (BroadBand Light) is the industry’s leading photofacial technology at Gago Wellness in Brighton, Michigan. Our experienced team of aestheticians treats wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, sun damage, acne, and broken blood vessels in a painless, 30-minute session that requires no downtime.
Within a week to ten days of your photofacial, you will begin to see results, which then gradually improve over a period of several weeks or months. You can support these changes by taking good care of your skin following your photofacial treatment. This is because it takes a little time for your body to respond to the light treatment and to turn over new cells.
What to do after your photofacial
Follow these aftercare tips to maximize the results of your photofacial and protect your skin during its transformation:
Put it on ice
In spite of the fact that a photofacial is painless, you may experience some redness and minor inflammation. These symptoms will usually subside after a few hours, but you can soothe your skin with cool compresses if you’d like.
Maintain a clean environment
Use a gentle cleanser twice a day to help your skin clear away bacteria and debris. Broadband light energy has prompted your skin to work at clearing away bacteria and debris.
The skin should be moisturized
We can recommend specific products that support the healing process and keep your skin hydrated.
Ensure its protection
You should keep your skin protected from the sun’s ultraviolet rays after your photofacial by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 to protect it. Plan to grab a few of these every summer and use them regularly after BBL treatments. Our Avene noncomedogenic makeup with spf 50 is water and smudge resistant and provides excellent protection.
What not to do after your photofacial
Photofacials have the advantage of not requiring you to clear your schedule and isolate yourself while you heal. However, there are some precautions you should take if you want the best possible outcome.
Make sure you stay cool
You should still avoid sitting out in direct sunlight for too long, even if you wear sunscreen. Sun exposure not only exposes your skin to UV rays, but also heats up your body, making you flush and sweat.
The first two days after your treatment, keep the water warm or cool. Avoid super-hot baths and showers.
Take a break from strenuous activities
Try switching out sprints and weightlifting for strolls and stretches for a couple of days. This helps you avoid overheating and flushing.
Make sure you don’t pick
When your skin pushes out impurities after a photofacial, it is normal for blemishes to appear. You might be tempted to scratch, scrape, or pick at them to speed up this process, but this could cause a dark spot or scar.
It is important to choose products wisely
We can help you find the right skin care product for your needs. We recommend avoiding products containing glycolic acid, retinoic acid, and tretinoin.