IPL: The 10 Most Common Questions
Whatever you opt to do with your body hair — whether you want to wear it proudly or laser it off for smooth skin head-to-toe — we support you 100%. If you do decide to move ahead with the latter, there are numerous things to consider — crucially, your method of removal.
When it comes to IPL hair removal, deciphering all the myths and technical jargon can be daunting. Cue: Selfie Skin. We’re breaking down everything you need to know about the treatment and process. Here, we take you through the most common questions we hear from you lovely lot.
1. First things first - what does IPL actually stand for?
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) - this is a modern type of laser hair removal used for permanent/long-term hair removal - too easy!
2. Okay, now how does IPL work?
Light energy from IPL is absorbed by the melanin in the hair, which then turns to heat and destroys the hair cells.
3. Is it safe?
Don’t fret - there have been numerous studies that demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of IPL for hair removal. Due to this fact, it has become an extremely popular safe and effective method of hair removal at home and in clinics.
4. I’m not great with pain - does it hurt?
One of the biggest advantages of IPL over other types of laser is that it is far less painful. Most of the selfie squad tell us it merely feels like a ‘warm sensation’ on the skin.
5. How long should I wait to see results?
Most of our selfie squad begin to notice a reduction of hair after just 3-4 treatments, with complete results after 12 treatments. It’s important to remember though that results vary from person to person.
6. How do I know if I have the right skin type?
IPL is suitable for all but the darkest skin tones. Check out the skin tone chart below to see whether or not IPL is suitable for you.
7. What about my hair colour, does that make a difference?
IPL relies on melanin in the hair absorbing the light energy, therefore IPL is not effective on very light blonde, red, or grey coloured hair.
8. So, where on my body can I use IPL?
You can use your handset pretty much anywhere! This includes your Brazilian and face (just be sure to not get too close to your eyes)
9. Should I shave beforehand?
Absolutely, shave the desired areas before using your handset
10. I’m expecting a little bub, can I still use the handset whilst pregnant and breastfeeding?
When you’re pregnant, your biggest concern is, of course, the health of your baby and you. Your body goes through an enormity of changes such as newfound skin sensitivities, pigmentation, breakouts, stretch marks and rashes. These symptoms often go hand in hand with excess hair growth around your belly, face and other unwanted areas. Can this be helped with IPL you ask?
Waxing and shaving during pregnancy may seem like a lot, especially as the due date draws closer, but we wouldn’t recommend using IPL during this time. This is due to the lack of information available about the effects it may have on the fetus. The change in hormones during this time can also minimise the effectiveness of your treatment and compromise your results.