Choosing your IPL system
An IPL is a great alternative to waxing, but which one is best for you?
What is IPL?
IPL stands for ‘Intense Pulsed Light’. It’s a hair removal method with a difference. Instead of using blades, tweezers, hot wax or rolled threads, it uses light to stop hair growth in its tracks. You might have seen salons offering laser treatment, but this can actually destroy the hair follicle. IPL is a gentler and safer treatment that’s kinder to your skin, cheaper than salon visits in the long run and means you can fit sessions around your lifestyle.
IPL works by sending pulses of light into the skin, which penetrate individual hairs and get soaked up by the dark pigment inside. This light turns to heat and kills off some of the cells inside the hair, so that it doesn’t grow anymore.
With enough treatments, the hair is killed and falls out—leaving you with smooth and silky skin.
Because light is attracted to dark pigments on the skin, IPL works best on light skin and dark hair. It won’t work on light hair, and can be damaging to very dark skin. If an IPL system isn’t for you, try out an epilator instead—they grab each hair and pull it out by the root, a more permanent solution than a shave. Not sure if IPL will work for your skin tone? We’ve created a guide so you can check.
You won’t be able to wax in between your first few IPL treatments, but the hair will soon start to shed. However, you shouldn’t give into temptation and try to pluck them out because you’ll undo all the good work the IPL did!
Which IPL is best?
All IPL systems work hard to rid you of unwanted body hair, but of course there are pros and cons to each. Instead of asking which IPL hair removal is best, find out which one works best for you and your lifestyle.