Are you interested in semi-permanent hair loss? Have you heard of IPL but not sure exactly what it means and whether it will work for you?
We’ve put together our top tips on how to get the best IPL hair removal treatment with guaranteed results.
What does an IPL machine do?
IPL stands for intense pulsed light. It’s similar to a cosmetic laser, although the two are often confused. The difference is in how they emit light. An IPL hair removal machine gives off light beams that spread when they hit the second layer of the skin, the dermis. A laser on the other hand will target specific pigment. Once the light penetrates the dermis it is transformed into heat, which impacts on faults in the skin. This includes hair follicles. IPL will damage the follicle to prevent further hair growth for at least a few months at a time.
Why IPL is ideal for hair removal
Hair removal can be done in lots of different ways. We can trim, pluck, shave, wax, bleach, use depilatory creams and epilate. Depending on the rate of your natural hair growth, most of these processes need to be repeated at least weekly to maintain a hair free physique. Over time it also becomes expensive as items such as razors and waxing kits are either disposable or will need to be replaced after only a few uses.
An IPL hair removal machine can change all that. After a few regular sessions, IPL can remove hair for a long time. In fact the success rate is around 92% after your first set of treatments, which is exceptional. IPL can be used to get rid of unwanted hair from almost all parts of the body below the eyes. That includes areas that are difficult or even dangerous to reach with products like razors, such as the ears and the upper lip.
One of the best IPL machines on the market is the Nu eLite by the British Institute of Lasers. It is a premium IPL machine that comes with a large LCD screen that lets you see the controls, as well as a very handy, lightweight but durable handpiece that lets you control fluence, frequency, pulse parameters and more. It is suitable for all skin types with quick and easy settings on the machine.
How to prepare for IPL
The great thing about IPL is that it doesn’t require any intensive preparation. You won’t need sticky numbing creams, safety goggles or long consultations. It’s a perfectly safe routine treatment that is provided in thousands of clinics across the country.
To get ready for your IPL session, all you need to do is to remove any body hair you can at home. IPL needs to be able to reach the hair follicles under the skin so it’s important that the skin is as smooth and hair free as possible.
IPL isn’t painful but if the machine is passing over a sensitive area, you may feel a heat sensation or something snap against your skin. It isn’t dangerous but if you feel uncomfortable, bring it up with your IPL specialist.
How to tell which IPL service is the best
As with any semi-permanent beauty treatment, you want to ensure that you’re getting the best quality treatment for you money. Before you commit, do some online research on the clinic or IPL therapist of your choice. Do they have a background in delivering solid care and lasting results? Is their clinic up to modern safety and hygiene standards?
Also take a moment to explore what their services include. The best IPL machine is capable of more than just hair removal. For example it can reduce redness, wrinkles and blemishes as well as soothe symptoms of skin conditions and painful rashes. Ask your IPL specialist what they can do for you, and be confident in negotiating the best price.