During the summer, I always felt so cute with my sun tan and fresh freckles. But as an adult, come winter, my fair skin was a canvas of blotchiness, hyperpigmentation, and sunspots in all the wrong places. I never really thought that blotchiness was going to be such a problem for me, but UVA and UVB sun damage caught up to me, and it was definitely a problem. The only way to cover up my blotchiness was to wear tons of foundation and cover up that I was totally uncomfortable wearing since I always had clear skin. I didn’t feel like myself with foundation and cover up and I didn’t feel like myself without it. A conundrum of sorts. It wasn’t until I went to a cosmetic dermatologist and learned about the latest photofacial technology for permanently treating sun spots like mine, that I was able to regain my skin confidence. The Cutera Limelight Photo Rejuvenation treatment is a versatile and powerful innovation, providing the safest and most effective treatment for age spots, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation. Over the past 2 years I have received approximately 6 Limelight treatments, and I continue to do them seasonally for touch ups. My skin has literally never looked better.

The Limelight treatment involves a technology called intense pulse light (IPL) to safely and effectively remove signs of aging and sun damage. The light energy specifically targets the pigments in your skin that make it appear blotchy and uneven. You can have the treatment done in a specific spot on your face or body, or you can have it done on a larger area. I do my entire face because there are other benefits to the treatment besides eliminating unwanted pigment. The treatment brightens skin, treats fine lines, enlarged pores, broken capillaries, redness, and mild skin texture issues. It really is a revolutionary treatment.

The entire treatment takes 30 minutes and it is pretty feasible to do inconspicuously over a lunch hour at work. Besides some very minor swelling, and darkening of the pigmented spots, you can walk out of your appointment, put on a little makeup and go back to work without anyone noticing. I mean, as long as you aren’t pointing it out. Within a day the swelling goes down, and within one week the pigments will have made their way to the top of the skin. With a light exfoliation or two the spots will eventually slough off and after 3-6 treatments the spots will never to be seen or heard from again. Well, as long as you stay out of the sun of course!

After receiving my Limelight treatments, I am much more conscious of wearing sunscreen and limiting my sun exposure because life without foundation is just so much better. I don’t want to go back to blotchiness, sunspots and hyperpigmentation, even if it means giving up my cute tan and fresh freckles.

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