IPL: The Top 3 Common Mistakes
Dreaming of ditching the razor, cancelling your waxing appointments, or leaving those hair removal creams on the store shelf once and for all?
Taking the dive into a smoother, hair-free world is definitely an exciting choice. But before going all in, it’s necessary to know everything you can do to maximise the success of each intense pulsed light (IPL) session. Make sure you avoid these three common mistakes in order to ensure your best results—and to really achieve the hair removal goals of your dreams.
Mistake #1: Booking a tanning date - fake or real
If you’ve made any tanning appointments, skip them! While a regular appointment to maintain glowing, tanned skin may seem like a necessity, it can be problematic for your hair removal results. Darker skin pigments, as well as topical creams and sprays, can impact the outcome of IPL. The reason: your IPL handset works by targeting the pigment in skin and hair. The greater the contrast between skin and hair pigments (i.e, lighter skin and darker hair), the better the results.
Mistake #2: Skipping a session
While it might be OK (though potentially a little embarrassing) to miss a waxing appointment, the risk of missing an IPL date with yourself runs higher. Hair grows in three stages: the anagen (growth) stage, the catagen (transitional) stage, and the telogen (resting) stage. At Selfie Skin, we space out treatment sessions to target hair follicles in the growth (anagen) stage—but not all hair follicles will be in the same stage at the same time.
For this reason, skipping a session could lead to increased hair regrowth post-treatment due to missed hair follicles or a longer treatment period. For best success, treat each session as a self-love priority, and know that it’s only for now. Once the treatment plan is done, the odd maintenance session is all there is to worry about.
Mistake #3: Resisting the Razor
Are you a wax kinda girl, through and through? Unfortunately, you’ll need to pick up a razor between sessions. We know, it’s not ideal, but shaving regrowth in the treatment area between session is the top method for best results for IPL. Waxing, plucking, or depilatory creams can damage the hair root or remove it altogether, meaning there is nothing left for the handset to target.
Cut out these hair removal methods for at least three weeks prior to the first IPL, have some razors on hand to treat hair regrowth in between, and take comfort in knowing that, while shaving may not be the favourite option, it’s only temporary.