Removing those unwanted hairs from our bodies has been something we have struggled with for ages. At this juncture, it is not something to worry about anymore thanks to the groundbreaking hair removal methods that allow to remove the hair permanently, such as IPL and laser hair removal techniques. In this article, we will focus on the IPL hair removal technique (Intense Pulsed Light). This technique, once available only in professional clinics and spas, is now easily accessible for at-home use. Now, with all the IPL devices available on the market, you maybe wondering, how to choose the right IPL hair removal device for you? And what are the criteria to consider before buying it?
Table of Contents
- 1 Main Criteria for Selecting a Quality Home IPL Device
- 2 How Does IPL Hair Removal Work?
- 3 Is At-home IPL Hair Removal Device Safe?
- 4 What Are The Side Effects of IPL Hair Removal?
- 5 Conclusion: How to Choose the Right IPL Hair Removal Device
Main Criteria for Selecting a Quality Home IPL Device
The compatibility of the epilator with the color of skin and hair
Thus, intense pulsed light is only effective on dark hairs, including black, dark blond, brown and dark brown hair. Only a few devices can treat red hair. However, the treatment will not be effective on light hairs, such as light blond, grey or white hair.
With regard to skin color, this type of device offers better results on naturally white to slightly dark skins. In fact, most IPL epilators will offer you treatments on skins with phototype I to IV, only a few devices can also treat type V skins.
If you are looking for a pulsed light epilator to treat only the face, armpits or bikini area, we recommend a device with a small window between 2 and 3 cm².
Operational power (in Watts)
Energy per Flash
The number of light pulses
How long does the device run
Power: Mains-powered or battery-powered
How Does IPL Hair Removal Work?
Is At-home IPL Hair Removal Device Safe?
What Are The Side Effects of IPL Hair Removal?
After you have done IPL treatment, you will experience some slight tenderness and even redness of the skin. It will also be accompanied by some slight swelling.
You may also experience some slight change in skin color, the skin may get darker or lighter, but this is temporary and should fade within 2 days. Keep in mind though that you should avoid exposing the area to the sun and use sunblock to prevent further damage.
Conclusion: How to Choose the Right IPL Hair Removal Device
It is good to know that IPL hair removal has been proved to provide you with up to 90% of permanent hair reduction, for this reason, there will be some regrowth, and thus, you will need to redo the treated areas maybe after 6 – 12 months.
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