INTENSE PULSED LIGHT
What is IPL?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a technology which uses specially filtered light beams to remove hair. The hair, its root and the pigment in your skin called melanin are heated by the light. After a course of regular treatments, the hair follicles become dormant and stop producing hair. Any re-growth of hair following treatment will be thinner hair.
Hair removal using IPL is perfect for anyone seeking permanent hair removal without needing to pay for expensive salon treatments. You can perform your treatments in the comfort of your home, and soon enjoy silky smooth skin.
How do I know if IPL is right for me?
Different IPL products work on different types of skin, tone and body areas. Before using an IPL device you must use the skin sensor provided with the product. Different devices have different ways of checking the skin, this can range from a simple colour chart to a digital skin indicator which the device automatically recognises.
IPL works by directing light at the melanin in the hair, so the effectiveness of the treatment depends on the amount of melanin present. It works best on pale skin with dark hair, as there are low levels of melanin in light blonde, white, grey and red hair, which reduces the effect on hair removal. IPL treatment is also not suitable for people with naturally darker skin tones.
IPL products can be used on various areas of the body, including the face, and our range of IPL products can cater for a variety of hair removal needs.
Different IPL products can be used on various areas of the body, including the face. We range a variety of devices to suit all hair removal needs.
- Is IPL suitable for all skin and hair types?
- How does it work?
- Does IPL hurt?
- What hair removal results can I expect?
- Where on my body can I use IPL?
- Can men use it to?
- Is IPL safe?
- What's the difference between Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser treatment?
- What is the difference between professional and at-home light based treatments?
- Can the light used harm my skin?
- Can I hurt my eyes by using IPL?
IPL works best on pale skin with dark hair because of the levels of melanin in the hair. It isn’t suitable for very dark skin due to the pigments in the skin, and is less effective on lighter blonde and red hair as there is less melanin present.
You can achieve hair reduction if you follow the correct procedure, described in the product instructions. You need to continue to use the product after the treatment time to achieve permanent hair reduction. More detail can be found on the product pages.
All IPL products have been dermatology tested and have a variety of safety features, such as only flashing when they are in full contact with your skin. All safety information is detailed in the user manuals and should be referred to when operating the device.
Intense Pulsed Light treatment uses light of all visible wavelengths, like a camera flash, to remove hair, whilst laser treatments emit a single beam of light at a specific wavelength. They are equally effective treatments, but laser treatment uses more expensive technology and usually requires a longer treatment time than IPL treatment.
This established technology has been used successfully and safely by the beauty industry for more than 15 years. There is an integrated UV filter that makes sure that the light only affects the hair and not the skin. There have been no reports of serious side effects or damage from long-term IPL use.
Unlike professional salon laser treatment, IPL doesn’t require you to wear safety goggles during treatments. The light emitted is only slightly visible when you’re using your device, as it is reflected from your skin.