Most of us seek soft, smooth and supple skin but maintaining that perfect hair-free body can feel arduous. These days we use a multitude of methods to keep hair growth at bay from cheap disposable razors to home waxing kits. The honest truth is that almost all of these methods can lead to skin irritation that manifests in unsightly scrapes, knocks and bumps. That’s why long-term and technologically advanced hair removal solutions are the way forward, and one of the most revolutionary is IPL treatment.
So what’s it all about? Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a light energy treatment that is absorbed by the hair follicle, preventing further growth. Unlike laser hair removal machines, an IPL machine is capable of treating a wider area of the skin. This is why IPL has been proven to have a host of other benefits such as in improving the condition of your skin.
IPL machines come in different shapes and sizes, but to make the most of your treatments, it’s best to opt for an IPL machine operated by a certified clinician. Firstly, IPL works differently on individual skin tones. Your beauty expert will be able to do a patch test and advise you on treatments. Secondly, although IPL is pain-free, it can lead to discomfort if the machine is not operated in the correct way. Letting the professional take over will also maximise your chances of reducing hair growth in just a few sessions! Thirdly, if you’re looking to improve your skin beyond hair removal, your consultant will be able to help you.
As with any other non-invasive beauty treatment, there are a few things to bear in mind before you go for your first IPL session. IPL should not be used to treat tattoos as there is an increased risk of burning the skin. The same goes for skin that has recently been tanned or burnt through sun exposure or sensitive areas such as moles. In addition, between IPL sessions, it is best to avoid any other hair removal methods that involve pulling the hair out of the follicle. IPL requires this to be present, so shaving is the best way to go. Finally, when you arrive for your IPL session, make sure that your skin is clean and free from other cosmetics, creams and fragrances. A blank canvas will allow the IPL to be most effective.
One of the biggest myths with IPL is that it’s painful. When applied correctly, IPL should lead to no more than a tingling or light zapping sensation. Your consultant will start by testing the machine on a smaller area so that you know exactly what to expect. There may be slight discomfort when the machine moves over very sensitive parts of the skin, but most people won’t even notice. As with anything, the best advice is to stay calm and relaxed, which will help the treatment feel like a breeze.
The results are highly individual but usually you will only need a couple of top ups a year to keep your skin smooth, healthy and hair-free. So if you’re interested, why not give it a try!