IPL – Photorejuvenation

Photorejuvenation – IPL

Nordlys IPL System

IPL Skin rejuvenation or Photorejuvenation is the most effective method of obtaining an even skin tone and texture.  It is a fantastic treatment for acne, rosacea, sun spots, dark spots, large pores, broken capillaries and fine lines and wrinkles.  IPL or Intense Pulsed Light therapy uses high intensity pulses of visible light to address these skin concerns.  

At Urban Sanctuary we only use the best technologies and for the photorejuvenation treatment we use the Nordlys IPL system from Candela, this is a dual system that offers IPL and hair removal treatments.  There is no down time required after IPL treatment as it is non invasive but it is advised that SPF should become part of your regular skincare routine.    Photorejuvenation treatment is best advised after the summer months. 

IPL/Photorejuvenation at Urban Sanctuary

A patch test and consultation is required for this treatment.  This takes 20 minutes where a concise medical questionnaire is filled in, a patch test of a small area of skin is then performed.  

Once there are no reactions to the patch test and no contraindications it is possible to go ahead with treatments after 48 hours. 

The area to be treated is double cleansed, a cooling gel is then applied to the area.  Goggles are applied to the eyes to protect from the high intensity light of the treatment. The hand piece from the IPL machine is applied over the skin and small pulses of light are emitted from it. SPF is then applied to the skin.   The sessions are 30 minutes in duration. There is no downtime required for this treatment. 

4 to 6 sessions are advised for optimum results.  

Treatment Preparation

  • The procedure cannot be performed if the skin is tanned or if there is fake tan present on the skin.
  • Clients should not use retinol products on the skin 7 days prior to treatment and
  • If on antiviral medications or anti-inflammatories they must be finished 7 days prior to treatment.


  • Heat treatments must be avoided for 24 hours including hot showers, saunas and exercise.  
  • High SPF is crucial after treatment and to ensure lasting benefits from the treatment SPF should become part of regular skin care routine.  
  • Avoid use of retinols for duration of entire treatment.
  • Avoid wearing makeup for the remainder of the treatment day or for at least 2 hours afterwards. 

At Urban Sanctuary we use the Nordlys IPL system by Candela.  IPL or Intense Pulsed Light therapy uses high intensity pulses of visible light to address skin concerns.  

The light energy is absorbed by melanin, which is responsible for skin pigment and hemoglobin (red blood cells in the blood vessels). As a result, these structures become damaged and are absorbed by the body or brought to the surface of the skin where they will eventually be discarded.  

IPL for acne treatment is also a popular and effective treatment in Urban Sanctuary.  The intense light penetrates through various skin layers targeting acne bacteria and reduces the inflammation or sebum excess (skin oil) production that characterises acne. 

This treatment does require a patch test and consultation where different contraindications are discussed.  Treatment is performed by our expertly trained therapists.  

Clients notice a slight stinging sensation on the skin but only when the light is emitted onto the skin.

Results can be seen after 4 to 6 sessions generally but further sessions may be required depending on the skin concern. 

4 to 6 sessions are required but depending on the severity of the skin concern more sessions may be required. 

Conditions Treated

Uneven skin tone | acne | rosacea | pigmentation | fine lines & wrinkles | large pores | broken capillaries

Treatment Time

30 to 45 minutes depending on area being treated

Treatable areas

Face | neck | decolletage | legs | arms


There is no downtime with this treatment


Pregnancy | Breastfeeding | Epilepsy | Photosensitivity | Certain Immuno Suppressants | Medications that cause light sensitivity | Tanned skin | Blood thinning medications | Vitiligo | Each case is assessed on an individual basis.


  • Patch test & Consultation €25 (Redeemable against first treatment)
  • Photorejuvenation Face €125 per session
  • Photorejuvenation Face APhotorejuvenation Face & Neck €155 per session
  • Photorejuvenation & small area of thread vein treatment €150 per session
  • Photopeel €150 (Jet peel & rejuvenation)
  • Photorejuvenation for Acne €100 per session
  • Decollete Rejuvenation €80 per session
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