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Back in the early 2000s, we were first introduced to a new cutting edge technology that was designed to permanently get rid of unwanted body hair. This hair removal technique is known as electrolysis — and was historically only available in professional clinics.
And while professional electrolysis worked, it was far from a sustainable hair removal solution.
Because having to book appointments weeks or months in advance and having to commute to professional clinics for the actual treatment is less than ideal. Not to mention the high price tags that these professional clinics demand. All that just to have another person spend way too long invading some of the more personal parts of your body…no thanks!
Lucky for us, a new technology came to market. One that allows us to remove hair from the convenience of our living rooms and save a few dollars in the process.
This new method is known as Intense Pulse Light hair removal, and today we’re going to dive a bit deeper into what it is and if it actually works using DIY devices.
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What is Intense Pulse Light?
Intense Pulse Light, or simply IPL, is a narrow set of wavelengths down the hair shaft which are absorbed by the melanin in your skin and hair. Melanin is a fancy word for dark pigment — which is the stuff that makes your hair brown and your skin tan when exposed to light.
IPL is similar to traditional laser hair removal in the sense that your hair growth is stunted. It works to disable the cells that are responsible for hair growth. And since it is actually a light treatment as opposed to laser, it can treat multiple body hairs simultaneously.
Who Should Use IPL Treatments?
IPL treatment is typically regarded as a less painful alternative to traditional laser hair removal for those with sensitive skin. It’s suitable for all skin tones, except those with the absolute deepest of skin tones.
The good news is there are a variety of products that are better for some skin tones than others. So whatever skin tone or color you are, there is already a solution that will get the results that you want. Besides that, fortunately there are plenty of hair removal geniuses already at work always improving the ecosystem of products and techniques available.
IPL also works for all hair colors except for the lightest of blondes and bright red. It is best practice to avoid using IPL devices over tattoos, moles, and freckles. Any IPL device that you use at home will of course include a user manual which will spell out all the ways you should and shouldn’t use the device, so don’t worry about remembering every bit of instructional guidance from this article.
Benefits of At Home IPL Treatment
There are numerous advantages to using an at home IPL hair removal device. It can provide you with:
- Total control of your body – nowadays the manufacturers of these devices have designed clinic grade quality while keeping the usage simple and safe.
- Relatively painless treatment – devices emit a warm light and discomfort is kept minimal. Many devices have a gentle mode, and numbing gel can also be used for extra sensitive skin.
- Can use in the privacy of home – you can pick exactly where and when you’d like to do it and don’t have to reveal parts of your body to a complete stranger that works at a clinic!
- Cost effective – compared with laser hair removal clinics these at-home devices will save you significant money.
- Fast treatment – with many devices you’ll be able to treat both legs in under 10 minutes.
Final Thoughts on Home IPL Hair Removal
While not as powerful as professional grade laser hair removal at a clinic, at home IPL devices will do more than just get the job done and likely lead to permanent visible hair removal within just a few treatments.
I will confess that the price of the premium devices surprised me at first. While I was expecting to pay only a hundred dollars (or hopefully less!), I quickly realized that it was hard to find a trusted brand name device that was under a couple hundred dollars. You may be able to find some cheap devices online, but many of these are low quality and not designed nearly as well as the household names you’re probably used to hearing (Braun, Gillette, Remington, etc.). Cost may not be a concern for some people reading this, but if it is you’ll at least feel relieved when comparing the cost of one of these at home solutions to the expensive packages a clinic offers.
If you’re only going to take one point away from this article though, it’s that these devices actually work! Do a little research to make sure that you’re going to be purchasing the right device and then enjoy your soon to be hair free future.