According to a survey carried out by Hiched.co.uk, the average time from proposal to walking down the aisle is 20 months, 13 months of which will be spent planning your wedding. With so much to think about, such as choosing the venue, selecting the food, dress shopping, and countless other tasks that need to be planned, take some time out to prep your skin so you look and feel your best on the big day. The earlier you can start your skin preparation the better, so you can get the best possible results from your treatments and ensure you have plenty of time to complete your course.

12 months to go

So it may feel like ages away, but if you do have any skin conditions you aren’t happy with, now is the time to start.  Laser hair removal is a really popular treatment with the bride to be, the most common areas being face, underarms, legs and bikini. Just imagine not having to worry about waxing or shaving before the wedding or honeymoon! You will see up to 90% permanent hair reduction but need to allow for a course of eight treatments for best results.

Another popular treatment amongst future brides is tattoo removal. You may have an old tattoo you don’t want to show in your perfect dress, or even worse an ex’s name that really needs to go. Tattoo removal can take several months as you have to have a course and leave around six weeks in between treatments.

If you aren’t happy with your complexion and you have acne scarring or an uneven skin tone, you can opt for laser resurfacing. CO2RE effectively targets both superficial and deeper layers of your skin for a smoother, more even complexion. The targeted energy of the laser stimulates collagen formation for continued improvement and younger-looking skin. You will experience down time with this treatment, so best to start as soon as you can.

Six months to go

Skin Peels are the ideal treatment for brighter, smoother skin, so you are looking your best for your wedding photos. A Glycolic Peel is a treatment suitable for all skin types. It penetrates deep beneath the skin surface, exfoliates and encourages cell regeneration and collagen production. Skin Peels can treat sunspots, acne scars and blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles are reduced, and skin is rejuvenated. Ideally you would have a course of at least three to see optimum results.

 

Three months to go

If you have a skin condition such a facial thread veins, moles, or milia you would like to remove, three months before is the perfect time to speak to one of our expert dermatologists. We have more dermatologists than any other skin clinic group and can treat a wide range of skin conditions.

1 month to go

You may want to think about anti-ageing injectables or dermal fillers at least a month before. This is the perfect confidence booster when so many people are watching you and the photographer is snapping away. Fillers don’t have to mean a complete change of appearance, they can enhance your natural look and give a fresh and polished appearance.

A special treat a week before the big day…a HydraFacial. Why not take your bridesmaids along for this pre-wedding treat. Its six-step process detoxes, cleanses and exfoliates, brightens, extracts, hydrates and finally rejuvenates, creating wedding-ready skin!

Homecare

At least two months before, kick start your homecare regime. Our practitioners will carry out a skin assessment and compile a personalised treatment and homecare plan in the lead up to your big day giving you a healthy, glowing and refreshed look for your big day.

If you would like to talk this through with one of our skin experts, book your free consultation today.

HydraFacial is the latest treatment everyone is talking about. And it’s not just the A-listers who are opting for this wonder treatment. Sk:n has an increasing number of male clients are seeing the benefits and returning to us time and time again. So why is HydraFacial so popular amongst men?

 

  1. It’s not like any other facial

When you think of a facial, you probably think of a spa or salon with relaxing music, incense burning and a feeling of being pampered. Not that you won’t get a pampered feeling from HydraFacial, because you will. But HydraFacial is so much more than a facial. It’s an experience and a confidence booster focusing on the unique philosophy of ‘Skin Health for Life’. There are five treatments to choose from depending on your skin type which generally follow the same principles – a six-step process which gives many more benefits than just a facial. Steps include detox, cleansing and exfoliating, brightening agent, extraction, hydration and rejuvenation.

  1. Improves skin health

A recent Mintel study found that improving skin health is the number one driver for men, with 30% stating this was their primary focus.  HydraFacial will improve overall skin health and stage one kicks off with a skin detox – a lymphatic draining technique which helps increase circulation eliminating toxins.

  1. Consistent and immediate results

Our male clients like treatments which give consistent results, there is no downtime and you can see a difference instantly. A recent study carried out by Realself (2018) found that life events are the main influencers for adults in the UK to pursue aesthetic treatments with the top reason amongst men being starting a new job. HydraFacial will give your skin an instant glow. Step two will remove dead skin cells and gently lift impurities and step three includes a gentle glycolic and salicylic solution which will loosen debris from your pores, brightening your skin.

  1. HydraFacial can prevent spots

Spots were also found to be men’s greatest skincare issue. 46% of men said they feel self-conscious if they have a spot on their face, rising to 63% of men aged 16-24. At sk:n we find a lot of men prefer to invest in preventing spots rather than treating them. Step four of the process will remove blackheads and impurities in congested areas, extracted using honey extract and salicylic acid.

  1. Maximum hydration

Dehydrated skin can be caused by lack of water, diet, incorrect product use, the weather and so on. HydraFacial’s step five combines hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides to replenish, plump up and hydrate your skin.

  1. Treats lines and wrinkles

The same study also found that 22% of males worry about wrinkles. Step six in the process is rejuvenation, where an LED light is used to stimulate collagen and also reduces redness, leaving you with instantly glowing skin.

  1. HydraFacial can treat acne

Acne is one of the most common skin problems we see at sk:n. In the UK 80% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne and 3 million people over the age of 30 are also affected. HydraFacial has two treatments specifically designed to treat acne which follow the same six-stage process as Skin Health for Life and include an additional step – a Glysal Peel which will regulate oil levels caused by excess sebum.

We can assure you our service will make you feel comfortable and at ease. Our service is discreet and confidential and our team of experts work with you to achieve your desired results. Find out more here.

We hear from Lorna who suffered with acne in 2018 and came to sk:n for help when her skin was affecting her confidence and became continually painful. In just 6 weeks after 3 salicylic peels Lorna saw a huge difference and her acne was almost clear.

“I visited sk:n Milton Keynes in March 2018 after I had a pretty severe acne breakout. I’ve always had hormonal acne, but I’d never had active acne on my cheeks. I’d had a stressful time at work and it suddenly broke out almost overnight.  I didn’t do anything straight away in the hope that it would clear up on its own but after 2 months it was getting worse. My skin made me feel self-conscious, and worse still it was so painful I couldn’t sleep at night as I sleep on my side. Being a makeup artist for MAC, people almost expect you to have good skin which made it even worse. I was also worried it was going to scar as I have a friend who has acne scarring because she ignored it for so long.

I booked an appointment with my GP. He changed my contraceptive pill and said I had to wait a while to see what happened. I was also prescribed an ointment, but this made no difference. I also tried antibiotics as well as facials and loads of different homecare products. None of this worked either, my skin became really dry and looking back some of the products probably made it worse. I had no idea what I was buying or putting on my skin and the cost was escalating. My skin was so congested and using so many products was not helping.

Trust the experts

As nothing seemed to be working, I knew I had to speak to a dermatologist. Before booking a consultation, I read loads of Google reviews about sk:n from existing customers which reassured me they were the experts. My expectations weren’t high and I didn’t expect it to get better, I just wanted to see a slight improvement to reduce the pain and inflammation. I knew the staff at sk:n were professionals and I trusted them completely.

Initial consultation

During my initial consultation with a dermatologist I was asked lots of questions about what I had tried previously and what products I was using. I was told to immediately stop using all of the products. They used a skin scanner to look at my skin in more detail and told me how dehydrated my skin was. I also got to see some before and after shots of other clients which was great to see.

Preparation

I was prescribed various products to use at home which would also prepare my skin for the first treatment. Products included Dermaquest Hydrating B5 Serum, Dermaquest Essential Moisturiser and sk:n SPF 30. I used these throughout the treatment and still use them now.

Treatment

After using the homecare products for 2 weeks, I was ready for my first treatment which was the first of a course of 3 salicylic peels. Initially the treatment felt quite uncomfortable (only for a few minutes) and felt like a burning sensation. After the treatment I had quite a lot of peeling and couldn’t wear make-up. Surprisingly this actually didn’t bother me that much, in fact it helped me to talk to people about my experience. Through my job as a make-up artist I would meet people everyday but they wanted to hear about my journey and I would show them my before pictures! And I knew the more it peeled, the more it was working so it was actually quite satisfying! The peeling lasted around 10 days from my first treatment, and my 2nd and 3rd treatment the peeling lasted around 3-5 days.

Post treatment

After just 3 salicylic peels my skin was almost blemish free, it felt soft, smooth and my friends called it my “baby skin”! Now I only have hormonal break outs on my chin and I rarely get spots on my cheeks. The treatment made such a big difference and it was totally worth it. I saw an amazing transformation with very few treatments. After 3 treatments and just 6 weeks my acne had almost gone. It was incredible and I am so happy with the results! I now feel confident and I am so surprised how far my skin has come in such a short space of time.  I acted quickly and I’m so happy that I did as now I don’t have any acne scarring. It was the best decision I made.

Service

The service I received in the clinic was exceptional. The practitioners who carried out my treatments were so personable and their service went above and beyond. The receptionist greeted me by name and I was blown away by how comfortable they made me feel. I recommend sk:n to everyone and tell anyone I meet through my job about sk:n in the hope that they too can also benefit from sk:n treatments. sk:n totally exceeded my expectations!

Results 

Aesthetics treatments amongst males are becoming increasingly popular. A recent study carried out by Realself (2018) states that life events are the main influencers for men (70%) in the UK to pursue aesthetic treatments. In fact men are nearly three times more likely than women to say getting divorced or ending a relationship influenced their decision to opt for aesthetic treatments. Our male clients at sk:n feedback to us they feel ‘comfortable’ and ‘reassured’ throughout the whole process. Our service is discreet and confidential and our team of experts work with you to achieve the results you are looking for.

So what treatments are we finding are most popular amongst out male clients?

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is increasingly popular amongst our male clients who want to remove unwanted hair from the upper arms, back, chest, abdomen, eyebrows, beard and neck. Laser hair removal means you can say goodbye to ingrown hair and skin sensitivity after regular shaving. You will have a treatment course of 6-8 sessions and see a difference in hair reduction after just a few treatments. The team at sk:n are laser hair removal experts, having treated over 1 million people for laser hair removal. You can have a discreet, no obligation consultation with one of our experts to talk through what you would like to achieve.

Tattoo Removal

If you want to remove or just fade your tattoo to add new ink, sk:n use high grade laser technology which is simple, effective and the safest way to remove a tattoo. The laser light passes through the skin to break up the ink, which is then naturally disposed of through the body. If you need to get rid of your tattoo quickly, visit one of our Tattoo Centres of Excellence where we use the latest most advanced laser technology – The PicoWay Laser, which should remove your tattoo in roughly half the treatment time of a standard laser. PicoWay laser is available in our Glasgow, Esher, Bluewater, London Harley Street and London Wall clinics.

 

Anti-Aging Injectable treatments

We are seeing an increasing number of men who are looking for a long-term solution to lines and wrinkles. With our Anti-Ageing Ijectable and Dermal Filler treatments, we can create a look which is refreshed and natural.

Many people find the sun has aged their skin and you may not want to look younger,  but just good for your age. Anti-Ageing Injectables can address lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and on the forehead.

Dermal Fillers can enhance your facial features and are the solution to a number of concerns. Fillers can reduce dark circles and add volume to hollows under the eyes rejuvenating tired eyes, , reduces lines and wrinkles on the face, neck, lips, décolletage and hands and boosts collagen production and overall skin quality. Our injectable treatments give you instant results and there is no down time, so you can go straight back to work. Our injectable treatments are carried out by doctors and nurse prescribers only, so you can rest assured you are in safe hands.

Acne Treatments

Acne is one of the most common skin problems we see. In the UK 80% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne. And its not just that younger age group, 3 million people over the age of 30 are also affected. If you suffer with this condition, remember you are not alone and you should never feel embarrassed about seeking help. sk:n offer a wide range of treatments and products to treat acne and many of our clients have reported a huge difference in just a few weeks.  Our experienced practitioners will work with you to find the right solution for you, with a tailored treatment and homepage package to get the best results.

If you have lots of moles, you probably already know the importance of checking them for changes and abnormalities, especially if your skin has been exposed to the sun. But do you know exactly what it is you’re looking for?

Why should you check your moles?

There have been concerning developments around the use of apps to check the condition of their moles. A particular concern of this was highlighted by The Sun, stating that certain apps failed to flag a concern about red, crusty, scaly or ulcerated moles – a common sign of melanoma (read more here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/6704139/skin-cancer-apps-spot-cancerous-moles-claims-risk-deadly-melanoma/)

While some people may think that they are doing the right thing by ‘checking’ their moles via an app, this should never replace the need for a consultation with a doctor or an experienced medical professional in this area if you feel you need to seek advice on a lesion.

An app will not be able to detect the changes in the shape, colour and texture of your moles that can be a sign of a type of skin cancer known as melanoma. Early detection is key: the sooner melanoma is diagnosed, the better your prognosis is likely to be, so keeping track of what is ‘normal’ for your moles is important – and could save your life.

What to look for when checking a mole

When carrying out a mole check, you are looking for specific changes in the mole’s appearance and texture. A good way of remembering exactly what to look for is to follow the ABCDE method, as recommended by the NHS:

ASYMMETRY:

Does one half of the mole mirror the other half, or is each side a different shape?

A healthy mole is usually round and symmetrical in shape. An asymmetrical mole (i.e. a mole that is NOT symmetrical) could be a sign of melanoma.

BORDER:

Is the outside edge of the mole uneven or jagged in appearance?

Melanomas tend to have an uneven or irregular edge, whereas a normal, healthy mole is more likely to have a smooth, even edge.

COLOUR:

Is the mole an uneven colour?

A normal, healthy mole is usually fairly uniform in colour. A melanoma may have two or three shades of brown, black, red or pink, giving the mole a blotchy appearance.

DIAMETER:

Is the mole larger than 6mm across?

A melanoma is usually larger than 6mm in diameter, but this is not a definite sign of a cancerous mole; it may be smaller.

EVOLUTION:

Has the mole changed colour or shape?

A melanoma may ‘evolve’ or change in shape, colour, size and texture over time, becoming more raised above the surface of the skin. The actual mole itself may still look normal, but the area underneath and surrounding it could be inflamed or swollen.

Itching and bleeding moles

If your mole is itchy, crusty, or bleeds spontaneously (i.e., without it being cut or scratched), this may be a sign that the mole is cancerous and it should be checked by a doctor.

Keeping track of your moles

It’s a good idea to examine your skin and moles regularly, especially if you are often exposed to the sun, as this greatly increases your risk of developing skin cancer. Remember to keep a check on areas that aren’t always visible, such as the soles of your feet, buttocks and back. If you have lots of moles in hard-to-see places, you might find Mole Mapping beneficial.

Treating and looking after your moles at sk:n

If you have any moles that are worrying you or you don’t like the look of, sk:n offers both Mole Mapping and Mole Removal to put your mind at ease. Mole Mapping is a brand new service available in 5 of our clinics across the country, giving you the benefit of being able to use digital technology to map moles on the body from head to toe. This service will identify any new moles and also check existing moles that show any signs of malignant melanoma or any surface changes. This service is currently available in Glasgow, Leicester, Liverpool, London Harley Street and London Wall. Off the back of the mole map, a consult dermatologist will identify any suspicious lesions and discuss with you the potential removal of any lesions.

To launch this new service we are offering the cost of a Mole Consultation and a Mole Map for £200, saving you £95. This offer is available until 28th February.

For more information on the services we offer to help you click here to read more about moles and what we can offer you here at sk:n

Britain’s Next Top Model finalist, blogger and founder of the #FreeThePimple campaign, Louisa Northcote was determined to find an effective solution to her acne. After years of research and trying different solutions, she discovered sk:n’s team of acne experts. Here she shares her story…

My name is Louisa Northcote. I am 21 years old and I have suffered with acne since I was a teenager.

I started getting acne at the age 13, however it got really bad when I was 16. It still sounds weird to say I “suffer” with acne, because it sounds like I have a disease. But that is precisely how I feel. I know very well how acne can consume you and make you feel ugly, especially as many popular media outlets put the image of clear skin everywhere. Just look at Facetune on Instagram and Photoshop on magazines and billboards.

I have been to see many doctors over the years and tried many products to help my acne. I have been on antibiotics three times and, due to a family history of breast cancer, I cannot take the contraceptive pill, which is sometimes prescribed to help with acne. I even changed my diet and became a vegan for seven months to see if that would help. It didn’t.

Under the spotlight 

In 2017, I entered Britain’s Next Top Model. Modelling is all about your looks: great skin, good body, good hair. Therefore, on the first day of filming when the first challenge was to go makeup free, it meant I had to expose my biggest insecurity: my acne. In addition, throughout the rest of the time of filming, my acne got worse and worse, and increasingly painful. When I came out of the competition, I was lost, upset and in serious need of help to clear my acne.

To me, the last option seemed to be Isotretinoin (Roaccutane). That is, until I came across sk:n when I was researching online acne treatments (something I have been doing basically every night since I can remember, as I was desperate to find a ‘cure’ and educate myself). I decided to search ‘laser treatments for acne in the UK,’ as I had seen Kendall Jenner had used laser to help her acne.

 

Before treatment started

Trusted expertise

I did some more research and found sk:n has over 50 clinics nationwide and 28 years of expertise, in addition to having an amazing choice of treatments for acne. I was sold. I had my first initial consultation with a nurse called Alice, who sat me down and asked about my history. This included what I had used: medications, skincare etc, and she then took a look at my acne and talked me through my options. She explained that I could go on Roaccutane, however, as I had never tried any professional treatments, I should give them a try. We decided to start with a course of chemical peels.

The treatment: what to expect

The next week when it came round to my first chemical peel appointment, I of course felt apprehensive, as I was going into the unknown. However, I also felt excited as I was starting a new journey to help clear my acne. When I got to the clinic, I felt so welcomed and at ease by my nurse Alice, who explained everything she was going to do and let me ask as many questions as possible.

I lay down on the bed and had patches put over my eyes to protect them. Alice gave me a heads up beforehand and then ‘painted’ the chemicals onto my face, asking every few minutes how it felt. It seriously was not bad; it just tingled a bit. Only a few minutes later it was done. She took the chemicals off, again asking if areas still tingled etc, then she put this amazing smelling moisturiser on my face and the treatment was complete. I was then taken over to the skincare products that sk:n stock and my nurse recommended a few to me. These were by Dermaquest, one to apply in the morning, one to apply at night and also a moisturiser by Aknicare. I went over to the desk to make an appointment for my next salicylic acid peel in a few months and that was it – my journey with sk:n had begun.

Midway through treatment

Hardly any downtime 

In the following days, I had this idea in my head that my skin would peel like a snake and would be so red that I wouldn’t be able to wear makeup. Instead, the next morning my skin seemed calmer already, the breakouts had started to dry out and I could put makeup on. I needed hardly any downtime.

I was so excited to go back for my next chemical peel. When it came around again, it was the same process and I saw a difference in my skin. Over the next few months, I underwent six salicylic acid peels on my face, continued to use the products recommended and saw a huge improvement in my skin. Clearing acne is not a five-minute job, it takes time and patience. I got so excited every time my appointment at sk:n came around and every time my nurse said she was happy with my results and that it was getting better.

The next step: laser for acne

After we finished the course of chemical peels, I then met Dr Firas Al-Niaimi, who is a dermatologist and laser surgeon as well as an international speaker and trainer in everything skin and acne. I had a consultation and he said I was the perfect candidate for laser, which would get rid of the last bit of inflammation on my skin and reduce scarring. He made me feel so comfortable and at ease and let me ask as many questions as I wanted.

Dr Firas Al-Niaimi

Going into the laser appointment, I was a little apprehensive again as it was something I had never experienced before. I lay down and put these funky goggles on and I couldn’t see anything. He warned me before he did the first laser application. The feeling was not painful or particularly uncomfortable – as strange as it sounds, it felt like an elastic band pinging against your skin repeatedly; a tiny discomfort, but that was it. Again, it was over fast and all I was left with was a rosy face.

I had four vascular laser (595 wavelength) treatments with Dr Firas Al-Niaimi over the course of a few months – and my skin looks amazing. My acne has calmed down so much and the redness has gone. I barely get any breakouts, except for one or two when it’s my time of the month.

Brand new treatment..

As an acne suffer its always interesting to find out more about new acne treatments on the market and I was delighted to be given the opportunity to try a brand new treatment at sk:n – Kleresca for acne. Exclusive to sk:n Kleresca is a fluorescent light energy treatment which helps heal and renew the skin and also kill bacteria from acne breakouts. I have recently started a course of Kleresca and look forward to sharing the results and when I have completed my treatment plan.

This hasn’t been a quick journey; it has taken months to get where I am now, but it has all been worth it so far. I would highly recommend sk:n and the treatments I had to anyone suffering with acne and low self-esteem. I will forever rave about them to anyone I meet!

Follow Louisa on Instagram via @lounorthcote and @freethepimple_

Winter is all about wrapping up cosy, staying in the warm – and digging out your 200 denier black opaque tights. So why (oh why) should we even be thinking about hair removal at this time of year? An extra bit of fuzz can only serve to keep us warmer, right?

 

Well, picture this: next year, as the sun begins to show its face again (and it’s time to start peeling off those many, many woolie jumpers) imagine how good it would feel to know that your skin is already smooth and clear, ready for you to start rocking your summer wardrobe – without that when-did-I-last-shave-my-legs, panic.

 

This is exactly why winter is the perfect time to begin a course of laser hair removal treatments. For a start, it means you have plenty of time. In order to achieve long-lasting results, experts recommend a course of six to eight treatments spaced four weeks apart. You don’t have to be a maths whizz to realise this means laser hair removal isn’t a quick fix and several months are needed to achieve the best results.

 

Secondly, you won’t have to worry about sun exposure. Those of you who are laser hair removal newbies, take note: sun exposure for up to two weeks before and after treatment is not recommended. A suntan can affect the accuracy of the lasers during treatment (risking skin damage) and can irritate delicate post-treatment skin. But in the winter, (unless you’re partial to a bit of hypothermia) your skin will be safely protected from the sun, meaning you are unlikely to get a tan.* It also means if you’ve got particularly sensitive skin and tend to have a bit of a rash for a day or two after treatment, you don’t have to worry about any unsightly blotches, because they’ll be under your clothes.

 

Save up to 50% on laser hair removal now at sk:n!

We know winter is the best time to have laser hair removal – that’s why we’re offering a massive 50% off courses of 8 treatments during November and a free product pack worth £45! So make the most of the low temperatures – and our super-low price – today: call 0333 130 9954 to book your course now.

                                                                                                  

 

*Skiers beware! Remember to slather on the factor 50 if you’re hoping to have facial hair removal with lasers after/before you hit the slopes.

We caught up with sk:n Cambridge’s Dr Nathan Holt, an expert in laser resurfacing, to find out how this versatile treatment can be used to target a multitude of skin concerns…

What is laser resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing is one of the most advanced skin rejuvenation treatments available and is effective in treating both superficial and deep skin problems, such as acne scarring, wrinkles and pigmentation. At sk:n, we currently offer the CO2RE; a carbon dioxide laser which is adaptable for both ablative (deep) and fractional (milder) treatments; Fraxel, a non-ablative laser designed to target wrinkles, acne scarring and pigmentation; and the Erbium Yag, which treats more superficial skin concerns and has a very short recovery time.

How does it work? 
Laser resurfacing works by targeting and destroying damaged skin cells and encouraging new cell turnover, for clearer, brighter, younger-looking skin.

What results can I expect?

Laser resurfacing is one of the most effective rejuvenation treatments available and offers dramatic, visible results. Your practitioner will assess your skin and select the most appropriate type of laser for your skin concerns.

Click here to find out more about laser resurfacing and to book a consultation.

What is IPL?

IPL stands for intense pulsed light. It is a technology used in dermatology and aesthetics to treat a variety of skin conditions. It is also used to deliver long-lasting hair removal for the body and face.

What specific treatments can be delivered using IPL?

What is the difference between IPL and aesthetic laser technology?

Lasers can be used to administer the same treatments as listed above for IPL, but they are more intense and precise. This means they can be used to target very specific areas of skin, whereas IPL treats a larger area, less precisely.

How do the two treatments work for hair removal?

Both IPL treatment and laser treatment work in the same way. Light energy is absorbed by pigment within the hair follicle, heating it up and permanently damaging it so that the hair doesn’t grow back.

Both IPL and laser need to target the hair follicles during a specific part of their life cycle (during the growth, or ‘anagen’ phase). Not all of the hairs will be in the anagen phase at the same time, so multiple treatments are needed in order to get long-lasting results.

Which is better for hair removal?

Both laser and IPL results for hair removal are long-lasting and can be administered all over the body and face – but they react slightly differently with the skin. The red light of a laser treatment is precise enough to be focussed deep into the individual hair follicles, whereas IPL light is a mixture of different light wavelengths and only a percentage is actually absorbed by the hair. This means a few more treatment sessions are needed with IPL in order to see lasting results.

IPL treatment uses a less-complex type of technology, so it is usually cheaper per session.

Laser hair removal vs IPL at a glance:

Laser hair removal

IPL hair removal

Uses a focussed, precise collimated beam
of red light
Uses a less-precise, diffused white light, produced by a type of lamp
Suitable for all skin colours and tones Suitable for lighter skin tones only
An initial course of eight treatments is needed, with a maintenance treatment once or twice a year 10–12 treatments is normally needed, with maintenance treatments required 4-5 times a year
Not suitable for white, grey, blonde or red hair Not suitable for white, grey, blonde or red hair
Usually more expensive (per treatment) than IPL Usually cheaper (per treatment) than laser

 

FAQs

Which is cheaper: laser hair removal or IPL hair removal?

IPL hair removal is usually cheaper per treatment session. However, you may need more sessions to achieve the desired result, so calculate the overall estimated cost before you commit to either one.

Why can’t IPL be used for dark skin tones?

It isn’t always safe for darker skin tones because of the type of light that is emitted during the treatment. It uses a broad spectrum light – i.e. shorter wavelengths – which heat up melanin (pigment) in the hairs – and also the skin. Laser works in the same way, but can be controlled more easily and focused on the actual individual hair follicles, minimising contact with the surrounding tissue. The broad spectrum light in IPL, when used on dark skin tones, is more likely to heat the surrounding skin too which can result in skin damage and hyperpigmentation.

Which is quicker?

IPL can treat a larger surface area in a shorter amount of time, but more treatments are needed in order to get long-lasting results. So there isn’t much difference between the two treatments in terms of speed.

Everybody is talking about how amazing the Love Islanders look this year and what treatments they may have had. If you’ve been staring at their perfectly smooth skin and wondering if you could ever look that flawless on holiday, we’ve got good news: you can – and here’s how.

Laser hair removal

The downside to being in your bikini almost all day, every day, is body hair maintenance. But if you’re smart, you’ll invest in a course of full-body laser hair removal before you go (à la Rosie) so that you never have to worry about those embarrassing prickly legs or fuzzy underarms. Phew!

 

Free consultations for laser hair removal and savings of up to 25% on courses

Lip fillers

Love Island has really brought lip fillers into the beauty mainstream and Instagram is full of posts about the amazing results you can achieve with this treatment. But approach with caution: always choose a reputable supplier who is regulated by a recognised industry body (like the CQC) to deliver your lip filler treatments. That way you’ll know you’re in safe hands, and all you’ll need to worry about is how great you’re going to look after treatment.

Book a free lip fillers consultation at sk:n

HydraFacial

Heavy makeup and sun exposure can take its toll on your skin, clogging pores and depleting your natural collagen and elastin levels. That’s why, before any beach holiday, you should book yourself in for a full facial treatment. HydraFacial (a favourite of Ellie’s) is particularly effective because it can be tailored to your specific skin concerns. Whether it’s dull skin, acne, pigmentation or dryness that’s irking you, HydraFacial has it covered.

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A Premium Sunscreen

It’s a beauty faux pas as old as time, but even so, many people (we’re looking at you, Alex) still don’t seem to understand the importance of a good sunscreen, and instead favour the short-term beauty boost of a natural tan over healthy skin. Yes, sunscreens can be oily, sticky and uncomfortable to wear. But if you choose a good quality one, like sk:n’s, it will nourish and hydrate you, without blocking pores – and still provide that much-needed protection.

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