Enjoy Effort-free Hair Removal
If you’re fed up with spending money, time, and energy eliminating unwanted body hair, then join the club. You’re not alone in dreaming of some kind of hair removal method that you could do from the comfort of your own home, wouldn’t cost half your savings, or need to be done on a semi-daily basis. Luckily, there’s a solution. Grab yourself an IPL hair removal device.
IPL is like a DIY version of laser treatment—with the added bonus that it’s not nearly as expensive. Home laser hair removal is incredibly effective, leaving you with visibly reduced regrowth—all without shelling out a minor fortune on monthly trips to the salon.
An IPL hair removal device uses broad-spectrum light to damage the hair follicle at the root, stopping it from growing back so fast—or even at all. It’s powerful but not so powerful that you require a qualification in beauty therapy to be able to do it.
So if you’re on a mission to get silky smooth skin, on your legs, bikini line, face, underarms, or even all over, then IPL is the hair removal device for you. Not only will you gradually be able to eliminate body hair for good, becoming bikini or at least mini-dress-ready. But you’ll also neatly side-step other common hair removal woes such as ingrown hairs, redness, and irritation.
What’s the difference between IPL and laser hair removal?
Both IPL and laser hair removal use light to heat up hair follicles and prevent them from growing back. But laser treatment uses a different kind of light source and is more powerful and concentrated. Therefore it can only be done by a trained professional. Both are effective at reducing body hair but IPL has the advantage that it can be used at home and is cheaper.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
Laser hair removal can permanently reduce body hair. But for an at-home alternative, we recommend IPL, which offers similar results to professional laser treatment. It only takes a couple of sessions after which hair regrowth will be slower, finer, and perhaps disappear altogether.
Is at-home laser hair removal safe?
IPL laser hair removal is safe for most people. However, it’s not safe for all skin tones, as it can’t distinguish between dark hair and dark skin, which could lead to burns. Check the manufacturer’s guide before buying. And even after purchase, you should do a patch test to ensure it’s ok for your skin. Finally, only buy from trusted brands.
Different IPL device features
Check out the following features when making a decision about which IPL device to buy:
Number of flashes – these vary from around 30,000 to 500,000, although some devices boast unlimited flashes. Once the lamp runs out of flashes, you’ll need to buy a replacement.
Cooling technology – this can help alleviate any discomfort or redness if you find the sensation painful.
Customisable intensity – this can help manage pain, especially in more sensitive areas.
Speed – this refers to how much time there is between flashes. Obviously, the faster it is, the quicker you can remove the hair.
Treatment heads – use different treatment head sizes for different parts of your body, such as your face or bikini line.
Skin tone sensor – this will detect whether the IPL is safe to use with your skin tone.
Cordless – some devices are cordless which makes them more portable and appropriate for travel.
How to use an IPL device
After conducting a patch test to ensure no negative reactions, give your skin a wash with your favourite body scrub. Then shave and dry off. Begin with the lowest energy setting on the device and go slowly, using a stamping movement for precision in small areas or a gliding motion over larger areas of skin. You can work up to a higher energy level as you get used to the sensation.
While some compare using a laser hair removal machine to the feeling of being flicked with an elastic band—hot and tingly—discomfort varies from person to person. Luckily, it’s over quickly and you can vary the energy settings according to sensitivity.