How does IPL hair removal work? Is it painful?
How does IPL hair removal work? Your questions answered
A relatively new method that permanently eliminates irritating body hair is IPL hair removal. The process works like a laser method but works with all broadband light spectra. This can be adapted to individual hair and skin type using filters. Like laser treatment, IPL technology is well suited for the permanent depilation of large areas of the body.
For more than a decade, this method of epilation, which uses IPL, remained a secret for knowledgeable people-with quiet caution spread among beauty salons. Today, this quiet caution with a whisper turned into a cry. With IPL technology, become available to use at home. Thus, a huge number of users share positive reviews about the new hair removal tool, which effectively provides smoothness for several weeks. According to statistics, several million women prefer this tool. Let's figure out what this IPL represents.
Perhaps we should start with the fact that we would never have created Philips Lumea Prestige if we did not believe that it would become the future of hair removal. Today it's time for that «future», along with all the answers to the most pressing questions of users. What is the principle of the IPL? All this will be discussed in detail later in this article.
How does the IPL epilator work?
The IPL epilator uses a method of selective photothermolysis, which damages the stem cells of hair follicles by increasing the temperature. The light pulses they send are designed to permanently stop the process of re-growth of hair. The IPL Philips Lumea Prestige epilator, according to opinions found on numerous forums, is a bit like a powder on a woman's face. Can cover the problem of discoloration in the case of powder and hair in the case of depilation. However, this will never be a permanent solution.
Each IPL procedure weakens the hair follicles, but as you can see from the many opinions about this method of depilation, over time, the hair grows back. This means that when using an IPL epilator, the hair matrix is in a dormant state, but it is not actually destroyed. If we want to get a lasting effect, we should think about laser hair removal. Philips Lumea Prestige IPL epilators, thanks to the use of variable-length light waves, can affect lighter hair. If you really want to use this solution, it is better to get rid of the darker hair permanently first. Using the magic of a diode laser, then start using IPL hair removal to blunt the light hair roots that may appear on your skin after undergoing a series of treatments.
What parts of the body can I use IPL epilators on?
The epilation procedure using the IPL epilator can be performed on all parts of the body and, according to hardware data found on the websites of various salons, allows you to perform procedures on all skin phototypes according to classification, which distinguishes 6 types depending on the amount of melatonin. The darker the hair, the higher the concentration of melanin in it, so that light energy is more easily absorbed by it, which allows you to remove hair more effectively.
If you choose the right light waves for the type of hair and skin, you can also remove light hair, but they should not be lighter than the skin. The procedure allows you to remove hair in the active growth phase, known as the anagen phase. To completely get rid of the hair in this area, several procedures are required. The intervals between them vary depending on the area to be depilated, skin type, and hair type, and are usually about 4-6 weeks.
What does IPL hair removal require at home or how to prepare for it?
Although hair removal using IPL at home, thanks to the numerous devices commonly known as laser epilators, is possible-whether we do it ourselves or in the hands of specialists, we must keep several aspects in mind. First, you need to prepare the skin, during which you need to take care of the following:
Clean skin-IPL epilators affect the hair follicle located under the skin. For best results, clean your skin of all types of creams, lotions, deodorants, antiperspirants, and other cosmetics before the procedure. In particular, you should keep in mind cosmetics containing fats, since their heating can contribute to the appearance of burns.
Short hair — just before the procedure, shave or trim the hair to a length of about 1 mm or less. If you are using an IPL epilator, do not pull out the hairs with wax, sugar paste or tweezers — if you do not leave the root on the skin, the pulsing light of the lamp will not be able to catch any element.
In order to avoid negative feelings associated with it, you should follow a few cosmetic tips:
- At least 2 weeks after the procedure, do not expose the skin to UV rays (avoid sunbaths and tanning beds) - remember that the IPL epilator affects the skin with thermal energy, so you should not heat it further under the influence of sunlight;
- For 2-3 days after the procedure, you can not shave the skin with a razor and use other methods of mechanical and chemical depilation, which can accelerate the effect of smooth skin and, as a result, cause irritation;
- Do not use brightening creams or perfumed products on the treated area of the skin for 1-2 days — IPL epilators can cause skin sensitization to the ingredients contained in this type of product;
- Refrain from scratching, even if you feel a slight tingling after the procedure-the opinions of experts and people who have used IPL hair removal procedures clearly state that any ailments after treatment will pass faster if they do not worsen;
- Do not use creams and ointments without consulting a cosmetologist or doctor — any skin changes should disappear on their own;
- During the week after the procedure, avoid contact with hot water — it is best to wash your face with water at a temperature of 18-20 degrees Celsius;
- During the week after the procedure do not use places with highly chlorinated water and do not use peeling or other exfoliating procedures;
- For 1-2 days after the procedure, refrain from excessive physical activity;
- Drink about 1.5-2 liters of water a day ;
- Use a sunscreen, wear cotton clothing with elements that protect from the sun, such as a hat, long trousers, long sleeves, etc.
Summary — what are the advantages and disadvantages of CrystalSkinCo IPL Laser hair removal
IPL epilators are often called lasers, but it should be noted that these are just polychromatic lamps — most often xenon lamps that affect the skin with pulsed light of different wavelengths. Due to the fact that it is impossible to adjust the wave so that it falls directly on the hair follicle, after applying this type of epilation, which partially resembles laser hair removal, burns and various types of complications may occur. IPL hair removal usually requires about 10-20 procedures, after which you may notice a real reduction in the amount of hair.
IPL epilator effects
The advantages of this method include the fact that exposure to a xenon lamp on the skin can reduce discoloration, but keep in mind that in other cases, this method can increase differences in skin color — depending on the skin condition. It will respond to light waves transmitted by the lamp during the procedure.
Many people have rated the IPL epilator on various forums on the Internet. Their opinions mostly confirm the fact that after a while the hair grows back. If you use a method that requires 10-20 repetitions of the procedure, after which the effect is only visible, this should not happen. It is worth noting that during the use of IPL hair removal requires the use of a razor, which in some cases gives a temporary effect, the opposite of the intended one. It is worth noting that this opinion is incorrect, because a real laser, such as Philips Lumea Prestige-unlike IPL epilators — permanently removes hair that the light reaches the follicles, and its effects are noticeable faster.
Is the hair removal procedure via IPL painful?
The answer is clear, there is no pain. Crystalskin IPL Laser has passed a stage of clinical trials involving more than 2000 women, for the final conviction of its softness and ease of use. The vast majority of users reported a slight feeling of warmth with each flash, and this was the end of the list of sensations. This characteristic was the main reason why more than 1.5 million women preferred the IPL.
The main rule is to properly adjust the light intensity on your Lumea. There is a choice of five options, in addition, the kit includes a user-friendly guide to the correct settings for your skin tone and hair color.
To get rid of pain, it is recommended to carefully follow the rules of the application guide. Initially, before using Lumea, you should shave this area and avoid flashing the same area again. And, it is also important that it is better not to use IPL when the skin is irritated or has tattoos, traces of infection, burns.