Laser hair removal or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a semi-permanent treatment that prevents hair growth by tackling the root of the issue. It uses light to heat hair follicles that are in the active growth stage and destroys them without damaging surrounding tissue or skin. Results accumulate with each weekly session – usually, it takes two or three weeks to see initial results, and eight to 12 sessions to get the full effects.
Since bursting onto the scene in the mid '90s, we’ve more or less left laser to the professionals. But in recent years, at-home devices have come a long way. Now we’re at the point where Braun has created a user-friendly device that promises the safest, fastest and most efficient IPL for visible hair reduction in just 4 weeks.¹ Invest in a top quality device now and eventually, you’ll be able to retire your razor altogether. (Imagine!)
If you have a few questions, such as 'is at home IPL hair removal safe?', you’re not alone. The internet is rife with information on laser hair removal – some of it true, some of it not-so-much. Here, Hannah English, beauty writer, pharmaceutical scientist and Braun ambassador helps bust a few myths.
MYTH #1: IPL hair removal is painful
“IPL shouldn’t be painful if you’re using a high-quality device. The Braun Silk-expert Pro has three different settings for personalised and convenient usage across different body areas with different levels of sensitivity. The ‘normal’ setting works with full power for effective treatment, but you can switch it to the ‘gentle’ and ‘extra gentle’ settings – these are recommended for your first time, so you can get used to the feeling of IPL hair removal. It’s nice to know that you can switch to Gentle if you’re having a sensitive day, as well. Personally, I use it on the ‘normal’ setting almost every time and have barely felt a thing!”
MYTH #2: You need to go into a clinic to ensure your safety
“Make sure you choose a high-quality IPL device that is safe for use at home. The Braun Silk-expert Pro is completely safe for use at home – it uses technology that continuously measures the differences in skin tone (80 times per second) and automatically adjusts the light intensity to the optimum level. So, it’s always the perfect balance between energy and safety.”
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MYTH #3: At home IPL hair removal isn’t effective as in-salon laser
“At home IPL results will vary from person to person, and it also depends on several factors like overall continual treatment upkeep, energy output, and hair and skin colour. The mode of action is the same for both technologies – that is, targeting the melanin in the hair follicle. In terms of reported hair removal results, there’s no principal difference. The key difference is the type of light used to achieve results. At home IPL is a broad band pulsed light source, whereas in-salon laser is a monochromatic, coherent light source.”
“The time it takes to see results varies from person to person, depending on their typical hair growth cycle. For some people, areas including the underarm, lower leg and bikini area could take up to 16 months. Braun recommends a start-up phase of four to 12 weekly treatments to achieve optimum results. If you no longer see hair growing, you do not need to complete the full 12 weekly treatments; you can switch to monthly maintenance treatments.”
MYTH #4: Shaving between treatments will make the IPL hair removal less effective
“Shaving in between treatments is completely fine and will not disrupt the effectiveness of IPL! Only the hairs in their growing phase are susceptible to the light treatment – and it must be below the skin (from shaving), so shaving is actually important between treatments! You may have issues if waxing or using other forms of hair removal where the follicle is removed, as we need to target that follicle with the IPL.”
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¹Assessed on lower leg, armpits & bikini, following the treatment schedule. Individual results may vary. Efficiency based on the combination of window size, speed and energy. Safety technology shared with Cyden