November 12, 2022 4 min read

If you already know the types of hair removal, you should know that you can use electric epilator,cold or hot wax, pulsed light hair removal, laser hair removal, among others. One of the options for those who want to do this at home is to use a laser hair removal at home (IPL Handset), but is it worth buying such a product? That's what we're going to answer in this article.

Factors such as product certification, the condition of the skin and the season of the year must be taken into account when performing the procedure at home, without the follow-up of a professional.

Appliances for domestic use are generally with intense pulsed light (IPL), a lighter technology with less intensity, which causes the hair follicle to weaken, unlike more modern technologies which destroy the follicle andensure longer-lasting hair removal.

What is an intense pulsed light and how does it work?

Despite being a pulsed light, the intensity of these devices are very low. They are made with a safety margin to prevent burns, redness and blemishes on the skin.

Precisely because it has a weaker laser, it is necessary to do more sessions to achieve the result that would be achieved in an aesthetic clinic, with a device of greater power. Is useless to make several consecutive shots of the laser in the same place, since the reduction of the hair happens gradually, after several sessions. You have to respect the recommended interval in the instructions for each device and wait because the hair will fall out later.

The function of the laser hair removal is to remove hair from the body gradually, using laser energy. For this, a lamp emits laser energy, which reaches the region to be shaved through pulses or flashes. This energy captures the melanin in the hair and slows down its growth. For this reason, the technique works best on those who have dark hair but lighter skin.

Skin care

Laser hair removal can be done all year round, butwinter is the most suitable period because we suffer less sun exposure and the skin tends to be less tanned. This lessens the chance of burns because, in some technologies, light is attracted to the skin's pigment.

The procedure should not be done if the person is being treated with photosensitizing drugs, which make the skin sensitive to light.

How to use laser handset at home?

Physically, the laser epilator looks like that price checker we saw in supermarkets some time ago when we went to buy food. If you are used to waxing, you need to stop for a while and wait for the hair to grow back. This is because the laser acts at the root of the hair. So it should be there, but the thread can't be too big either (you'll also need to shave them off before using the laser hair handset).

At first, you can use the IPL Handset has been designed to deliver results in 3-4 weeks. It’s recommended to use it once a week. It will be normal for some flaws to appear in places where the hair is no longer born, but it is necessary to continue with the epilation in other regions. Afterwards, maintenance is required more or less once a month.

Also, after you shave, it will be normal for hairs to appear again, but fall out soon after, because the root will be too weak. But, if they don't appear or they don't fall, that's not a problem either, as this is not a rule.

What is the difference between a laser hair removal (IPL Handset) and other types of epilators?

The difference between the different types of hair removal is precisely the way it removes the hair from an area: if you use a razor or a depilatory cream, they will just cut them, leaving the root there. A hot or cold wax, like an electric epilator, will pull them out, pulling them out by the roots. Laser hair removal, on the other hand, will weaken the hair so that it doesn't grow back, so it's the most durable type of hair removal.

Portable laser epilator cost effective

Thesnowyskin’s laser hair removal handset on sale usually appears around $170. This means that the device should be considered an investment if you want to buy it.

To find out if the cost-benefit is valid, you can compare the price of waxing in your region with the price of the product and answer: how many waxings would I have to do for this device to pay for itself? Is it advantageous if I buy this device at once and do the maintenance myself monthly? Will I be able to shave all the areas I need with this device?

Or, if you usually use razors (which are usually serviced every three days), you can check if you want to keep using them (less often) and even add the laser epilator to the process.

Is laser hair removal worth it?

The answer to that question depends on you and your skin. As the functioning of the laser epilator depends on the melanin in the body, dark skins can burn or injure with use (and then it is better to use the epilator with intense pulsed light).

Also, you need to know if there is a willingness to invest all the money that a portable laser epilator demands (don't forget that, in addition to the device itself, you will also have to use blades to prepare the skin). Despite this, those who already use it often say that they would not live without it.

Evelyn Setubal
Evelyn Setubal

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