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Whether it’s pigmentation, sun damage, age spots or thread veins, we all have tend to have some skin imperfections we would like to get rid of, or at least improve. Luckily for us, there are some great treatments available which can help to treat imperfections and restore our skin to its natural glory.

IPL, otherwise known as Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, is an amazing technology with lots of benefits, from hair removal to helping pigmentation and improving skin texture. The IPL Skin Rejuvenation Facial (also known as the Photo Facial) is a wonderful treatment for achieving a clearer complexion, with celebrity enthusiasts including Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham. A course of treatments can deliver fantastic results, including helping to generate the growth of elastin and collagen, making our skin healthier and plumper.

But IPL is also very effective at treating vascular lesions and spider veins – those pesky thin red, purple or green veins that can cluster around the nose and cheeks. Most people see immediate results and they can be gone forever with just a few treatments thanks to our new high-tech Ellipse machine with advanced computer controlled filters to ensure maximum power with minimum risk to the skin. The best bit? It takes just minutes.

The question you probably want to know next is, does it hurt? Personally, I’d describe it as a warm tingling sensation with a brief discomfort when the light hits the skin. But, of course, everyone’s pain threshold is different. Some say it feels more like an elastic band pinging on the skin. In most cases there’s no downtime with the treatment – you could easily come in your lunch break and be back in the office without anyone being any the wiser – but there can be cases when people experience redness afterwards. In any case, whether you have a specific skin concern or you’re looking for that smooth glowing complexion, I would recommend a patch test and consultation at least 24 hours before the treatment.

Prices cost £30 for a patch test and consultation and sessions start at just £40. For more information call us on 0131 477 3535 or 0131 225 7009.

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Fiona Fowley is the beauty expert and entrepreneur behind the Zen Lifestyle salons. Originally a beauty therapist, Fiona realised there was a gap in the market to create a unique kind of customer experience in the UK beauty and spa industry. She created Zen Lifestyle to provide discerning clients with an exceptionally high standard of therapies in luxurious, beautifully designed surroundings. she has led the business to 18 national beauty awards, as well as being voted UK Salon of the Year 5 times.