[By Constance Song]

For every beauty aficionado with clear, flawless baby-angel skin, there’s bound to be a beauty treatment she swears by as her ride-or-die beauty secret. Turn out that photo-facials are all the rave now, bridging the gap between your regular spa facials and aesthetics laser therapy to keep your complexion pigment and wrinkle-free.While we might be all too familiar with the term IPL or Intense Pulsed Light, it’s the newer generation of BBL or BroadBand Light that you should familiarize yourself with.A supercharged skin rejuvenating light therapy that’s a grade up from your traditional IPL, BBL engages the help of high-intensity light in short blasts to produce younger-looking skin that’s brighter, firmer and so much more.

What exactly is BBL?

BBL is the latest and most advanced technology in light therapy that sets new standards for treating skin conditions associated with aging and pigmentation irregularities, with little to no downtime and exceptional long term benefits. With a wide selection of interchangeable filters, BBL penetrates deeper into skin to target a variety of skin problems, such as melasma, freckles, age spots, wrinkles and even redness and inflammation associated with rosacea and inflammatory acne.

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How Does BBL Work?

Mode of action of BBL against unwanted skin pigmentation and vasculature

With the help of different filters, light of varying wavelengths are converted into heat energy when absorbed by chromophores in the skin. A chromophore is an atom or group whose presence is responsible for the colour of a compound, such as brown pigment in sun spots/age spots, redness of broken capillaries and even bacteria which causes acne. When this happened, the target tissues “suffer” thermal injury and are eventually eliminated from the skin. As the healing process beings in response to the “controlled injury” caused, healthy collagen and elastin are produced and the skin is restored to its healthy and natural condition.

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Same same but different

BBL is essentially a better, improved technology that stemmed from IPL. Compared to IPL, the more advanced technology of BBL is able to treat darker skinned patients better with a wider safety margin. The risk of complications and downtime is lower, and the number of sessions require for satisfactory outcome is less. Due to the surge in popularity of light based devices, there’s an influx of IPL machines on the market with varying performance standard and safety. Many salon based versions are unreliable and dangerous giving IPL a bad reputation in recent years. When the potential outcomes of cheap treatments include burn, permanent scarring and hyperpigmentation in addition to monetary loss, it is simply not worth the risk.

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What Are the Benefits of BBL?

Not only can BBL restore damaged skin, it also offers age-defying benefits, targeting skin imperfections at a molecular level no matter what age you are to improve signs of aging and skin damage for a younger, smoother, and radiant complexion. This Broadband Light treatment safely and precisely treats a number of skin conditions not just on your face but anywhere on the body, including sun damage, sun spots, rosacea, age spots, facial veins, and coarse hair growth.. In addition to clinical improvement in the appearance of photo-damaged skin, there is evidence supporting that long term regular BBL treatments will enhance the expression of youth related genes in aged skin cells, essentially reversing the ageing process and returning skin to a genetically youthful state!

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Can BBL be combined with other treatments?

New research has further shown that use of topical antioxidants which can be effectively delivered by Aqua.dermabrasion or Hydrafacial with a BBL treatment regimen has been shown to improve the texture of the skin (such as pore size, pigmentation, dullness and roughness) as opposed to BBL treatments alone.SW1’s Full Bloom Program incorporates BBL treatment which boasts multiple benefits with some improvement seen instantly after the first session, culminating over consecutive sessions done at regular interval to boost cellular metabolism, increase collagen production and promote skin regeneration for unparallel luminosity. Paired with Aqua.dermabrasion, an improved and highly efficacious exfoliating experience to gently remove the epidermal layer and promote a thicker healthier dermis while smoothing and refreshing the skin with an infusion of a bespoke blend of skin tonics such as AHAs/BHAs and Hyaluronic acid, it is rounded up with Oxy Shot Intensive whereby highly concentrated oxygen molecules are delivered directly to the epidermis to complete the whole skin detox and glow revival experience.

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