Perhaps one of the benefits of the nursing schedule is that I really only have to take two shifts off in order to gain a whole 7 days off, and that’s exactly what I did. Although I did end up gaining one more day since I caught a cold during the last few shifts before my week off and my co-workers literally refused to work with me unless I call in sick on the last day. I’m talking about them telling me to put on a mask and walk the other way that they were walking..
So here I am, with 8 days off. Initially I booked a week off because I knew that this IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment for my freckles will probably require me to hide from the public for about a week. Now on top of that, I’m also recovering from this nasty cold. Oh, one more thing, I’m also recovering from a strained tendon or muscle as per my physiotherapist to my left shoulder. SIGH – my body is broken, at age 25.
I booked my IPL appointment in the beginning of October for the end of October. After booking the days off, there was no turning back. Growing up in East York, Toronto, I was a carefree child who played outside ALL THE TIME. I didn’t really cared for or noticed the freckles that accumulated on my face maybe up until high school. Sunscreen was also something I never thought twice of. This all changed, thanks to my best friend. She bluntly pointed out my freckles one day and told me that those freckles will “turn into age spots when you get older and clump together”. Now, I still do not know how truthful that is, but, thanks Jacklyn, because from that day forward, I became SUPER conscious of my freckles. I started wearing SPF 42 BB Cream (Missha) as my “sunscreen” since high school and 8 years later, I’m still using it. Not that it matters of course because I don’t even reapply at all throughout the day and we all know that defeats the purpose. As I grew older, I started noticing that the left side of my face started looking darker up near my eye area. I knew it was because of the village of freckles that formed there. I blame this partly due to my genetics as well because my older sister and I both are very prone to freckles whereas my younger 3 siblings have NONE. My cousins from my dad’s side of the families also have the Asian freckles. It started bothering me more and more until I decided one day, I WILL have to laser them off if it’s the last thing I have to do. For the last couple of years, I’ve just been waiting for the opportunity to – more like the right referral/recommendation.
Finally, two months ago, during a dinner with my realtor and his friend, I got my answer. I complimented about her skin and from talking about skin care, I found out she regularly gets IPL to get rid of her freckles. From there, I decided to book from the place she gets hers done.
Now, I tried not to google or research too much on this prior to my appointment. I know others would but I just did not want to freak myself out on the complications. I knew the recovery phase will result in all my freckles darkening (like super dark similar to “coffee grinds”) and eventually flaking it in about a week (though some websites says up to a month!). Today is day 2 since my treatment and I just HAVE NO PATIENCE!! Yes my freckles have gotten darker, they look like coffee grinds but I’M DYING TO HAVE THEM FLAKE ALREADY! I’ve been staring real hard at them, taking a billion pictures, and researching reviews on IPL. Even my boyfriend said if I stare at them any more, I’ll end up giving all my freckles a name of their own. Yesterday was Halloween and I felt like the girl from Wendy’s or Pippi Longstocking from all these DARKENED freckles on the cheeks.
I’m glad I have 4 more days off, but, will they really fall off by then!? They’re easy enough to cover with makeup since they’re flat/smooth and all but, I don’t want to be putting anything on a healing face. Only time will tell …