Laser Hair removal is generally most effective in people with light skin and dark hair. A near infrared light targets the pigment in the hair follicle which converts into heat energy and travels down the hair shaft where it destroys hair follicles connected to the blood supply (hair in the active growth stage).
When there is more melanin present in the skin, the surrounding pigmented cells will also absorb some of the heat released from the laser. This can result in Post inflammatory Pigmentation (PIH) in the treatment area. This effect is not always seen immediately and can takes weeks or even months after the initial treatment to appear.
The depth of skin colour is not the only indication for pre-treatment skin prep. Asian skin can often appear light in colour, however genetically, the skin has the ability to produce larger and denser melanosomes. (Melanosomes transfer melanin into the keratinocytes). This can also result in hyperpigmentation following laser hair removal treatment.
Melanin creates an “umbrella like protection” for skin cells to prevent harm from UV damage, heat, trauma and injury. The skin can respond in a similar way to UV exposure (caused by inflammation in the skin ) following laser treatment.
SO HOW WILL SKIN PREP HELP? Read below:
– Has the ability to correct the DNA of defected skin cells
– Strengthen the nucleus of a cell to protect from damage
– Increase cell turnover to assist in removal of affected / pigmented skin cells
– Inhibits the transfer of melanin to skin cells
– Kojic acid, Liquorice extract, Rummex Occidentalis, Witch Hazel, Niacinamide have all been proven to be effective tyrosinase inhibitor ingredients
– Photo protective properties
– Free radical scavenger
– Mild skin exfoliant
– Increase production of collagen
– Protects skin cells from harmful UV rays
– Retain the skins ability for collagen formation
– Maintain healthy moisture levels in the skin
SKIN PREP GUIDELINES
ASPECT – Skin Perfector pack ($145)+ Simply Brilliant ($70) + Reflect SPF ($73) – receive 10% off when purchasing all skin prep products in the same transaction
Gentle clean – Suitable for per and post laser care. Mild foam with water, work into skin, remove with damp cotton pads
Extreme C – Use Am 2- 4 weeks prior to laser treatment. Commence use 3 days post laser treatment
Extreme B – Use Am and PM 2-4 weeks prior to laser treatment. Commence use 3 days post laser treatment
Simply Brilliant / Pigment Punch – Use AM and PM 2 -4 weeks prior to laser treatment. Commence use 3 days post laser treatment.
RETINOL BRULEE – Use every 3rd night 2 -4 weeks prior to laser treatment. Commence use 7 days post laser treatment and increase to every second night if possible. Discuss with technician at the first appointment.
Reflect SPF / Handsfree SPF – Apply AM and reapply every 2-3 hours pre and post treatment at all times
ENVIRON – Clarifying lotion ($110) + AVST Body Oil ($90) + Reflect SPF ($73) – receive 10% off when purchasing all skin prep products in the same transaction
Clarifying lotion – Use AM and PM 2-4 weeks prior to laser treatment. Commence use 3 days post laser treatment.
AVST Body Oil – Use Am and PM 2 weeks prior to laser treatment. Commence use 7 days post laser treatment.
FACE and BODY ENVIRON – Clarifying lotion ($110) + Skin Perfector ($145) + Body oil ($90) + Reflect SPF ($73) – receive 15% off when purchasing all skin prep products in the same transaction
STANDARD AFTER CARE PRODUCTS AND PROCEDURE
SILK Soothing Gel ($45 250ml, $29 100ml) + SILK Face Scrub ($45) or SILK Body Scrub ($45)
SILK Soothing Gel – Use AM + PM 3 days post laser treatment. Can continue to use throughout treatment as a hydrating face/ body moisturiser as required.
SILK Face / Body Scrub – Commence use 5-7 days post treatment. Wet hands, work into dry skin prior to showering. Allow product to penetrate 2-3 minutes prior to rinsing.