I think I have lived long enough to have tried all sorts of hair removal products and gadgets – from creams, bleach, wax, epilators and so on.
A few years ago, I discovered the IPL device – and after a lot of research, I decided to go for the Philip Lumea Prestige model – you have other brands like Braun etc of course. But I am glad I chose what I chose. Just thought I’d share why I think it’s such a great product. By the way – am not getting paid by Philips etc – I am just another happy customer…
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Before that - what is IPL?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light technology. It is safe for use on the face, body and even on your bikini line. I should know. You can control the intensity for sensitive areas especially. There are various models under the Prestige lines – not everything is available in all the markets. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the lines in the markets right now. Mine is an older model and it works just fine.
IPL releases light of many different wavelengths. The light penetrates down to the second layer of your skin without harming the top epidermis layer. The light zaps into the bulb of each hair follicle to destroy it and prevent it from growing again. IPL isn’t suitable for everyone unfortunately. It doesn’t work on light coloured hair like blonde or grey hair, or very dark skin tone.
To sum up what I think about this IPL model – here are the pros and cons:-
- Safe to use on body and face
- Cheaper than laser hair removal at the clinic
- Fits nicely in your hand as a handheld – easy to use at specific body areas
- Can be use Corded or Cordless
- Lamp lifetime – the latest model can last up to 250,000 flashes (so on each targeted area, per treatment – you need to go with one flash, or two if you feel necessary, you also need to have at least 4-5 treatments per area (depending on how much hair you have of course). So 250,000 flashes will last you many, many years)
- Smart sensor – you have 5 energy settings to suit your skin tone
- It has different attachments or heads for use on the face, body, and bikini line. Very important – because of the different contours of your body etc
- Less painful than traditional waxing
- Not suitable for very dark skin tone, and light coloured hair
- Expensive (although not much as laser treatment)
- Requires multiple treatments (similar to laser treatment)
So if you read an earlier post of mine, about my hair removal “journey” – (click here to read), you will know that I also had laser treatment for my legs. Super expensive but very worth it. But one of the things I notice is that there there are a few hair growth here and there, time and again. Not obvious, but it’s there, if you look carefully. I find it useful to have my IPL device as part of my ‘maintenance routine’ if you can call it that. With only one treatment (sometimes two), the hair is gone for good.
Anyway – it’s simply a good product – but you need to be disciplined – don’t be lazy to follow through the complete treatment cycle. It’s not even hard – you can do it while watching Netflix or something. Just zap and move, zap and move. So no real excuse really…