Intense pulsed light, as known as IPL, works by gently flashing a bright light against the skin, which eliminates the risk of cuts, itchiness, razor burn or undesirable odors.
What annoys you most about traditional methods for removing body hair?
Discover some of the most common frustrations caused by shaving, waxing or sugaring, chemical depilatories and mechanical epilation.
Shaving is both one of the oldest and most common methods of hair removal, but that doesn’t mean that it is the best choice.
- Ingrown hairs & razor burn – We’ve all seen those unsightly bumps that occur when hairs with sharp ends from the razor grow inwards into the skin.
- Itchiness – The sensation of stubble growing in, especially on sensitive body parts, is one we’d like to skip.
- Cuts – Ouch!
- Only lasts a few days
Waxing or Sugaring
Waxing is an ancient technique in which the hair is pulled from the root. Sugaring follows the same process, but uses a sugar mixture to remove unwanted hair and is somewhat less painful.
- Painful – Ask anyone who has experienced a Brazilian, and they’ll tell you the truth: waxing hurts!
- Ingrown hairs
- Risk of Burns from hot waxes
- Increases wrinkles – the stretching and pulling involved can encourage skin to wrinkle prematurely or deepen existing wrinkles
- Must allow regrowth – salons suggest hairs should be approximately ¼ inch long before waxing
- Expensive – Having a professional regularly wax or sugar legs, underarms, and bikini line costs $1,035 – $1,500 each year.
These creams or gels use chemicals like calcium thioglycolate to dissolve undesirable hair, and have been produced since the 1970s.
- Unpleasant smell
- Irritating – the chemicals in depilatories can cause inflammation and rashes
- Only lasts a few days – just like shaving, depilatories only remove the hair at the surface of the skin, so regrowth occurs quickly.
These automatic hair-plucking machines pull out hairs as they are moved over the body.
- Painful – Epilators usually pluck between 5-40 hairs at once, and so the process can be extremely painful compared to methods that remove larger amounts of hair in one pull. Mechanical epilators can also accidentally pinch the skin instead of hair follicles, which is extremely painful.
- Ingrown hairs
Eliminating unwanted body hair shouldn’t be frustrating or painful – consider more permanent options like Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology. This advanced technique is clinically proven to reduce unwanted hair, and avoids many inconveniences of more temporary methods. IPL works by gently flashing a bright light against the skin, which eliminates the risk of cuts, itchiness, razor burn or undesirable odors. Best of all, some IPL devices can be used to reduce unwanted hair in the comfort of your own home, leaving skin soft and radiant.
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