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November 22, 2022 4 min read

Being a relatively recent technology (and now starting to gain popularity), hair removal using the Intense Pulsed Light method still raises some questions. Let's see the most frequently asked questions. We have the answers you are looking for.

Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, are epilation machines that work through very soft light impulses, which reach the hair to its root. This causes the hair you already have to fall out over time and eventually stop growing in the area where the treatment with this technology was applied.

Hair removal using IPL technology has been around for a few years, but it's still little known. Often confused with laser hair removal, this type of "home laser" is a very effective method in the medium / long term, painless, practical to perform in the comfort of your home and affordable.

Due to its numerous advantages and ease of operation, IPL technology hair removal has gained more and more fans and is likely to be one of the most common methods in the near future.

At this time of isolation and when we have to stay at home, you may have a little more time to take care of your beauty and well-being. In this way, it will be ready when we can all return to normality and you will see it peeking out.

Since many questions still arise, we are here to clarify them. So you can adhere to this method quietly. Let's look at the most common questions and their answers.

 

Can IPL Hair Removal be used by all skin and hair types?

Pulsed light devices are not suitable for everyone. IPL technology works by identifying the pigment in the hair, called melanin, and destroys the hair follicle from the root, preventing new hair from growing. The light focuses on the melanin and the treatment is as effective as the lighter the skin and the darker the hair.

In brown and black skins, most of IPL devices' success rates are lower, since skins have more melanin and absorb light that should only be focused on the hair, which can damage tissues and cause discomfort. The same goes for those with light hair (very blond, red, gray or white), since the light is not as capable of identifying them. But the Snowyskin’s IPL Hair Removal Handset works on both dark and light/white hair colors, if your hair is lighter you may just need 1-2 sessions more to achieve the same results as someone who is brunette for example.

 

Can I sunbathe before and/or after waxing?

If sunbathing causes any kind of irritation or allergy on your skin (or, even worse, if you get sunburned) then you should avoid shaving at that time and wait for the next day.

On the other hand, if your skin tone has become slightly darker because of artificial or natural tanning and your skin is not irritated, then the IPL device will be safe. Depending on the model, you can automatically adapt the energy level to the safest and most effective level and there are devices that indicate if your skin has become too dark for the treatment.

After the treatment, it is recommended that you apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 15, or higher, whenever the treated skin areas are exposed to the sun.

 

I'm a man. Can I do IPL hair removal?

Everyone — men and women — can use laser hair removal, regardless of age. However, it is advisable to wait until after the age of 18, since before that age the hormonal system is still changing.

That said, waxing should be done on the body, from the shoulders down (chest, back, arms, abdomen, legs).
Is IPL suitable for intimate areas?
IPL is safe to use on the bikini line, and also you can use your handset on your whole body, including your brazilian and face (just be sure to not get too close to your eyes).

 

When will I start seeing results of Hair Removal?

The normal hair growth cycle varies from individual to individual and can reach 18 to 24 months, depending on the body area in question (underarms, lower legs and bikini area may take longer). As light treatment can only be applied to hair in its growth phase, it is important to carry out multiple treatments to achieve consistently smooth skin.

For this reason, to achieve optimal results, we recommend an initial phase of 4 to 12 weekly treatments. If you see that your hair has stopped growing, you do not need to complete the full 12 weeks of treatment. You can move on to maintenance care.

 

How often do I have to carry out the treatment to maintain the hair removal results?

For best results right from the start, ideally you should use the IPL once every two weeks for the first four or five sessions. Then it will be enough to make small touches once a month, or once every 2 months.

After the initial phase, you can continue the treatments according to your needs. After all, each person is different and, as such, may need maintenance treatments with different frequencies, which is perfectly normal.

 

How should I care for my skin after using IPL?

After shaving, we recommend that you avoid exposure to artificial light sources, such as tanning beds or tanning beds. If in the sun, put on SPF 15 or higher sunscreen. Avoid any activities or skin products likely to cause irritation for 24 hours after treatment. This includes hot tubs or saunas, the use of tight clothing, bleaching creams, perfumed products or peeling products.

The above situations may cause skin irritation, such as itching and redness in the treated areas. Anything that can cause sensitivity should be avoided.

 

Do I have to put gel on the skin I want to shave?

Unlike laser hair removal, IPL hair removal machines work without the need for any additional lotions or gels. Apply the machine directly to the skin, it is completely safe.


Do I have to wear glasses during the epilation session?


You don't have to wear glasses when using IPL hair removal equipment. Skin contact sensors ensure that the device can only fire when it is in contact with the skin and the visible light during treatment is perfectly safe.

Evelyn Setubal
Evelyn Setubal



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