• October 13, 2016
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I got an IPL!

What does that even mean?!  Good question, I’m still trying to figure it out myself.  What I do know is that it is really exciting and I like what I’m seeing so far, so I needed to educate and update you guys!

So let’s rewind a second.  Why did I just get an IPL?  Well, you’ve heard me moan and groan lately…!  My skin has been changing since I hit the over 30 mark, and it is continuing to change and I am trying to learn, deal, and treat it constantly.  Now let me get things straight with you guys…I know that I have been very blessed with good skin.  It’s genetics.  My mom (still) has amazing skin, and my father also never really had skin issues when he was an adolescent.  This I know.  I also didn’t grow up with a lot of teenage acne, just an occasional pimple here and there.  BUT my mother was always taking care of me and my skin from an early age.  I got setup with my first real skincare regime at 12 years old.  She actually flew me down from Washington to Utah to her esthetician that she had been seeing for 20 years.  It was my 12 year old birthday gift.  This magical woman named Cheryl taught me how to care for my skin and formulated products for me to use, and I was on the path of skincare ever since.  She also set me up with my first little natural kit of makeup, and it was such a monumental day for me to feel like a real lady!  What a sweet memory… I haven’t actually thought about that for a while!  (And thank you Mom for teaching me those things at such an early age….!)

Skincare has always been a thing for me.  As I’ve mentioned before, I swear my birthday gift when I turned thirty was that all my little sun spots started to show up.  These little babies wanted to party and also didn’t want to leave.  I also would hold onto redness on my face for MONTHS.  I’m not kidding, months!  It has been frustrating because I would get a little clogged pore or spot, and that would heal in a day or two, but the red spot on my face would never go away so it always was looking like I had a breakout.  Then on top of it, lately I have been having major hormonal breakouts around my jaw.  That spread to my forehead, and even my cheeks!  SO bizarre.  I’m working on getting to the bottom of it now, it may be a combination of the changes in my hormones and also the amount that I workout and sweat.  I am now trying to be extra mindful when I’m working out to not have any makeup on my face, and I use a gentle wipe on my face before and after, and then gently wash as soon as I have the opportunity.  I sweat a lot when I work out so I may be clogging my pores with bacteria, which is causing me some breakouts.  Let’s see….skin is all about trial and error!

SOOOO all this rambling is because of course we all want to have the best skin possible, and for me as a makeup artist and influencer it is really important for me to lead by example and keep my skin up to par.  I also am going to be doing some filming at the end of the month (which I’m excited to share with you guys because it is one of those projects that I’ve always wanted to be apart of) so I want my skin looking great for the camera.  Video doesn’t show any mercy….!

I went to my dermatologist yesterday to talk to him about everything that’s going on with my skin and he looked at me and said, “Nikki you need an IPL.”  Yes, I’ve heard of IPL’s, but never really put much thought into them, so I was a bit surprised and caught off guard when he advised me of that treatment.  (Yes I know I am behind the times because I’m sure some of you out there have been doing IPL’s forever….!) Anyways, I adore my dermatologist.  He came highly recommended by one of my best friends and she is the know all guru of anything beauty related around Los Angeles, especially when it comes to skin and treatments.  I am such a referral girl, and that’s how I’ve always found the best experts for anything, so it’s no question I trust his judgement and expertise.  I agreed to do it, not even really knowing the in’s and out’s of what it does, other than just listening to him and saying yes.

WOAH less than an hour after the treatment I was already seeing results!  Truly I won’t see the full results for about ten days, but it’s always a good sign if I was already seeing things moments after.  The process I won’t say is painless, but it is totally bearable and quick.  I sat with numbing cream on my face for about 20 minutes before the laser, and then got the laser done after I was slightly numbed.  The laser has some heat, but they put a cooling gel on my face beforehand, and the sensation almost feels like a zap or a little snap from a rubber band.  I wasn’t screaming and my eyes didn’t even water, so I definitely think it’s doable, and I’ve always adopted a little bit of “beauty is pain” attitude!  After he covered all the areas of my face with the laser, I rinsed, put on a little moisturizer, and was out the door.  There is no down time with this treatment, and the slight bit of redness only lasts for about 30-60 minutes after the treatment.

Are you confused and want to know what the hell the laser actually does?  Well here, I pulled some literature off the internet to explain it so that it all makes sense:

A photofacial, or “fotofacial,” is a 30-minute procedure in which intense pulses of light are used to penetrate deep into the skin. IPL  photorejuvenation then causes collagen and blood vessels below the epidermis to constrict, reducing redness and age lines. The procedure involves only minimal discomfort, while the redness and swelling that sometimes occur after treatment disappear shortly. Most benefits of a photofacial occur gradually in the weeks following treatment.  People who have blotchy, sun-damaged, or discolored skin, or whose skin is affected by large pores, freckles, or wrinkles, may benefit from an IPL photofacial. The procedure is also quick and involves no downtime, making it a convenient option for people with busy schedules.  IPL can treat a wide variety of skin problems. It can be used to remove red spots or diffuse redness and can help with acne or rosacea. IPL treatments can also help to smooth uneven skin texture, close large pores, and eliminate wrinkles by stimulating collagen growth.

Does that help make sense of things?  Currently my skin has has already lightened where I had some dark spots or redness, and I’d say all around it is more radiant and smooth.  This is only been one day after the treatment.  Where I have the really deep dark spots it almost looks like coffee grinds on my face where I’m guessing it’s going to fall off in the next few days.  Let’s see!  That’s why I wanted to update you guys so I can keep you posted as I’m trying this new treatment.  I’ll show you these two pictures.  The first is of me just messing around at the house but with no makeup on and you can see all the little spots and discoloration.  The second is me today after the treatment again with no makeup on, and you can see the huge difference already.  (…and there are no filters or photoshop on either one of these pictures!)


With these treatments, it is recommended to stay out of the sun and make sure to keep the sunscreen on at all times  For best results, they say to get at least three treatments, spacing them out around three weeks to a month apart.  Let’s see how it goes, I will be sure to update you guys again soon about this, especially if I continue to get the treatments done so you can know first hand if it’s something for you, learning from my experience.  I’d say so far so GREAT, and that’s why I wanted to hurry up and write to you guys about this so you can be up on the latest.  If you’ve had experiences or results from an IPL, comment and let me know so we can all learn from each other! Xx