Does IPL Work as an Effective Beauty Treatment? A Survey of Studies

What is IPL? It is short for “intense pulsed light” and it describes a class of devices that deliver high-intensity light for a very short duration at frequencies easily absorbed by red blood cells (hemoglobin) or melanin.

The idea behind IPL is that when high intensity light is absorbed by the hemoglobin inside dilated or broken blood vessels, it can reduce the appearance of redness or rosacea. When it is absorbed by the melanin in freckles or age spots, it can lighten them – in some cases, it can even remove them.

IPL is also claimed to improve the look of one’s skin by stimulating collagen, which is responsible for the skin’s tightness and strength.


Yeah, But Does IPL Work?

Worldwide, each year, women and men spend over US $110.3 billion on beauty and skin care treatment products.  Given the amount of money spent on skin care, one has to ask how effective are these products and treatments? Most skin care products are not regulated by the FDA because they only make beauty or skin improvement claims, not medical or health claims. However, this doesn’t mean they are ineffective or a waste of money – many are quite effective.

IPL, on the other hand, does make medical and health claims, so it is an FDA approved treatment for certain conditions and problems — our Lumenis M22™ is an FDA approved device; further, because these treatments result in improved skin appearance, IPL qualifies as a beauty treatment product because it improves skin texture, tone and color.

Specific Claims and Evidence

Does IPL Lighten “Sun Spots”, “Age Spots”, And Brown Blotches?

  • According to Harvard’s Skin Care and Repair Special Health Report, IPL can effectively diminish sun and brown age spots, freckles, red spots, and dilated blood vessels; additionally, these effects appear to be long lasting, according to the University of Maryland’s Medical Center.
  • According to the University of Utah’s Health Care site, IPL can effectively diminish freckling and skin discoloration caused by sun damage and compounded by aging.
  • According to The University of Texas’s Medical Branch at Galveston, IPL is “especially effective” in treating mottling (uneven dark spotting) and dyschromias (hyperpigmentation) caused by sun damage and inflammation from skin injury; additionally, according to a 2008 California State Science Fair project conducted at the University of Southern California under the direction of Dr. Verbin,  IPL can reduce a scar’s hyperpigmentation to more “aesthetically pleasing” levels.

Is IPL Effective In Removing Hair?

  • A recent review of “Current Trends in Intense Pulsed Light” by Dr. David J. Goldberg in the Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology (Jun 2012; 5(6): 45–53) found that IPL “can be used to treat unwanted hair in a variety of anatomic locations,” but its effectiveness varies with both hair color and size: IPL works better on coarse, dark hair rather than on light, fine hair, and it is typically ineffective on blond hair.
  • According to The University of Texas’s Medical Branch at Galveston, recent advancement in IPL technology have resulted in these devices having increased hair removal effectiveness.

Can IPL Stimulate Collagen?

According to the same review of “Current Trends in Intense Pulsed Light” in the Journal of Clinical & Aesthetic Dermatology,  IPL has been found to trigger a cytokine reaction in the skin which in turn stimulates the formation of new collagen I, III, and elastin. Because wrinkle reducing collagen creams ‘are a waste of money’, say scientists, this cytokine reaction triggering property makes IPL the only technology currently available that can slow the age related loss of collagen; further, this benefit could be combined with Botox for even better anti-aging results.

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The Mail Online’s Claudia Connell Finds That The Geisha Facial Beats Botox

The anti-aging benefits of The Geisha Facial® have been garnering acclaim from near and far since its inception January 1st, 2008 when Shizuka Bernstein introduced it to the beauty world. Benefits of this controversial treatment include: reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, firmer skin, brighter and more even complexion. And as our most recent reviewer states in The Daily Mail that the Geisha Facial would even “beat botox”:

I notice a definite improvement in my dark circles and the sun damage marks on my forehead. I also have bad scarring on my chest following an unfortunate  incident with hot oil and a chip pan some years ago and the marks there are also significantly reduced.

Two days later, I meet a friend for her birthday lunch and she tells me I look glowing before miming a needle going into my forehead to suggest I’ve had Botox. But I haven’t actually had any for more than a year.

Since I reckon Botox takes around five years off my face and that my friend thinks the nightingale droppings have done the same, that’s a result I am more than pleased with.”

If botox and The Geisha Facial both take 5 years off the face, in a show down, here’s 5 reasons The Geisha Facial would beat Botox:

5 reasons why The Geisha Facial® Beats Botox

1. All-natural Alternative

The Geisha facial involves no needles, just bird poop. The amino acid present in the guanine enzyme works to brighten skin, lightening dark circles and hyperpigmentation. It also tightens skin and is what gives it that signature Geisha Facial *glow* that lasts for days.

Related blog post: The Associated Press Reports on The Geisha “bird poop” Facial®

2. Uplifting Benefits of a Facial

Feeling refreshed will make you look it too. Facials aren’t just about cleansing, they also help boost immunity and relieve stress. The Geisha Facial is designed to pamper you and melt away stress. Finding the time to relax may be challenging for most, but it can actually trim years off your face.  Think about the last time you felt refreshed, didn’t you also look it? Our skilled technicians perform this treatment under the highest standards to make you feel like you are on cloud 9.

3. Lower Price tag

The Geisha Facial is priced at $180 per treatment. Every treatment builds upon the other to improve skin elasticity and even out complexion. If you receive a facial once a month, the price tag would still be less than a standard botox injection.

4. Natural Route

The original Geisha Facial incorporates the Shizuka new york Skincare System to cleanse, brighten, and tone the face. These products are made of all natural ingredients sourced directly from Japan such as sake, fermented soybeans, mushrooms, and green tea. They are specially designed to bring you a taste of Japan in a bottle. Escape to Mount Fuji without leaving the city!

5. Celebrity Status

Aside from it being a good conversation piece, sleep better knowing you’ve overcome your fear of strange things and that bizarre beauty has got nothing on you now. And hey you now run with the likes of celebrities like Tom Cruise and Victoria Beckham.

 Cruise is “proud” of himself for taking the natural route. Tom [Cruise] doesn’t go in for Botox or surgery .. the [Geisha Facial] results have been fantastic.” ~ Now Magazine

Related blog post: Tom Cruise and The Geisha Facial®

 

Men Outpace Women As The Fastest Growing Skin Care Demographic Worldwide

HONG KONG/FRANCE, Paris—Men are now the fastest growing skin care demographic market worldwide according to data compiled by Euromonitor.

The growing male market, however, is highly localized to the Asia-Pacific region. This region accounted for US$2.1 billion last year. This is well over half of the $3.3 billion spent globally by men in 2013 with most of the growth coming from South Korea.

Of the worldwide total spent on skin care, US $110.3 billion, women still dominate in raw dollars spent, almost $107 billion. But this difference, $3.3 billion, is not small change to companies like Estee Lauder who are stepping up their development and marketing of male-targeted products.

Men: Fastest Growing Skin Care Demographic Worldwide

Scruffy Guys Need Quality Skin Care Treatment Too
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Why a specialty men’s skin care product line? It isn’t that men don’t want to stand in a line at a frilly cosmetics department store decorated with fuchsia feather boas fans — they definitely don’t want to do that; it’s that a man’s skin care needs are different from a woman’s.

For one, men have firmer, 25% thicker, skin then women. This is due to having more naturally occurring collagen and elastin in their dermal layer. A man’s skin also ages differently than a woman’s: when a man starts to age, the first signs appear around the eyes with dark circles, bags and wrinkles. Finally men have larger pores and more oily skin than women due to high androgen hormone levels.

All these differences mandate a separate line of skin care products for men.

What Is The Best Skin Care Regime For Men?

  1. For cleaning, rubbing a bar of soap on one’s face, while easy and convenient, isn’t going to cut it. Because a man has larger pores and more oil, he needs something that will exfloliate, hydrate, and clean his larger pores. And most men will find it easier to shave because exfoliation helps reduce ingrown facial hairs.
  2. For moisturizing, pick an oil based moisturizer if you have dry skin or a water-based moisturizer if you have oily skin. Keeping skin hydrated is an important step toward keeping it healthy. Facial moisturizers can enhance the functioning of the stratum corneum, the uppermost layer of skin.
  3. To get rid of wrinkles, use a retinol cream, ideally one with a moisturizer.
  4. The sun is your enemy. To protect your skin, use a good sunscreen every day, year round. If you work inside, look for a sunscreen in the 15 – 30 SPF range that blocks both UVA and UVB rays; Go for a higher SPF if you work outdoors.
  5. Consider a regular regime of facials tailored for guys. If you have normal skin, consider one of these: the Classic Men’s Facial, Signature Micro Facial, or the Express Facial; if you have dry skin, try one of these: the Classic Men’s Facial + Collagen Mask or the Collagen Boost Facial; or if you have oily/combination skin, go for a Classic Men’s Facial or General Skin Care + Anti-Aging;  or you can fine tune your facial with our  men’s facial finder.
  6. If you want to step out from the pack and engage in some top notch care for your skin, do what the big boys do, like Tom Cruise, and try our renowned Geisha Facial.

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An Anti-Aging Facial that’s also an Immunity Booster

 

Have you wondered why spa facials leave you feeling better afterwards? Aside from giving you a youthful complexion, a spa facial actually enhances your body’s wellness by increasing immune system functioning. There are a few components of an anti-aging facial that will actually help relieve allergy symptoms like nasal congestion and drain toxins from the face and body.

SNY’s award winning Lifting facial was voted best facial by NY Magazine and most recently awarded Best Facial Massage hot spot by Style.com. The popular anti-aging facial uses microcurrent technology to stimulate and tone facial muscles. Shizuka comments on the correlation between the technology and allergy relief:  “We don’t guarantee that the Lifting Facial’s microcurrent technology will clear sinuses, but it can definitely be a side effect as the microcurrents work to rejuvenate tissues in the face.

While medication can bring instant relief, try complimenting your allergy relief routine with this award winning anti-aging facial which includes these three additional sinusitis relieving components:

Facial Massage

A spa facial will almost always include a facial massage which stimulates muscles to promote collagen production which simultaneously drains fluids from the face to decrease puffiness. A facial massage generally includes applying gentle pressure to the areas around the nose, forehead, and cheeks to ease muscle strain and provide significant relief from nasal congestion. For sinusitis sufferers, a facial massage breaks up the mucus that collects in nasal cavities thereby increasing blood circulation and allowing for headache relief from pressure build up.  This also opens up passageways and is very relaxing and all-natural.

Related blog post>> Facial Massage for Stress-Busting Rejuvenation

Steam

Steam can be a powerful aid in allergy relief.  During the Lifting Facial a steam machine in placed near the face to open pores to prepare them for extraction.  Slowly inhaling the steam opens up passageways allowing fluids to drain from sinuses naturally.

Lymph drainage

The Lifting Facial provides lymph drainage which allows the release of any toxin buildup in the lymph nodes that have collected over time. The lymph system drains the body of excess fluids but sometimes these fluids pick up allergens that don’t respond well to the immune system. Draining lymph nodes manually boosts immune system functioning by stimulating the flow of lymphatic fluid and draining out harmful toxins.

The dual nature of the Lifting Facial as an anti-aging treatment and an immune booster will leave you looking and feeling your best! Check out what this award-winning facial can do for you!

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Rachael Bletchly’s Bird Brained Geisha Facial Review In The Daily Mirror

Rachael Bletchly's Bird Brained Geisha Facial Review In The Daily Mirror

A writer for the The Daily Mirror, a UK publication, recently wrote a review about a facial performed by a spa in London, England that’s strikingly similar to Shizuka new york’s Geisha Facial® .

While other spas around the world may imitate The Geisha Facial®, the original was born right here in New York City by Shizuka Bernstein and her husband, the dermatologist, Dr. Robert M. Bernstein. We still think it’s worth responding to her review. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion, right?!

While some may believe the facial is effective but not worth the price point, we beg to differ. The years of research Shizuka and her husband put into the treatment process ensures it’s “scientifically correct” and effective for balancing out skin tone, deepening hydration, and to ensure it’s facial-worthy, it’s a highly relaxing and calming experience.

As a master aesthetician herself, Shizuka ensures that every Geisha Facial® is performed with techniques that fit her standard of care and precision for each and every client. “I want to bring Japanese beauty secrets to all my clients so that their skin may benefit from all-natural Japanese ingredients without having to  leave the city. I’m not happy until my clients are satisfied with the results”, says Shizuka.

Every Geisha Facial® incorporates all-natural ingredients sourced directly from Japan like green tea, sake, and Mount Fuji water. With the help of Shizuka new york’s highly trained facialists, you’ll be transported to Japan and back in little under an hour!

 

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