How To: Try IPL Long Term Hair Removal

Mar 30. 2020 by Shaver Shop Team

Wondering how you are going to keep up your IPL or laser appointments without a salon? Maybe you’ve always wanted to try this treatment but didn’t have the time? Don’t worry we have you covered with all your IPL needs, plus if you start now you’ll be hair free for summer!

What is IPL?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and when used correctly, this revolutionary technology provides long-term hair reduction. Basically, the melanin in your hair follicle absorbs the light from the IPL device and heats up, which then disables the hair follicle, preventing regrowth.

IPL is different to laser in terms of treatment area size, intensity, pain levels and safety. A laser generally has a smaller treatment area compared to an IPL device and emits a single wavelength of light. IPL devices produce a wide range of wavelengths (colours) of light to produce a single white flash of light.

Will it work for me?

At-home IPL is suitable for people aged 18 and over, depending on your hair and skin colour*. IPL is not suitable if you are undergoing a self-tanning regime (artificial or natural). There may be photosensitive properties in the self-tan moisturisers that could affect your skin’s reaction to IPL or your skin may be extra sensitive following sun exposure. So if you’re going to do at home IPL, best to put the bottle down and/or stay out of the sun for at least four weeks prior.

What device best suits me?

Used to relying on your therapist’s knowledge on devices? We have shortlisted the top performers in their field so you can work out which is best for your skin type and treatment area;

Philips Lumea Advanced has five adjustable light energy settings to ensure gentle but effective treatment. Used correctly, its treatment is safe and gentle to use even on sensitive skin and sensitive body areas. There are three different attachments depending on the area you want to focus on, face, bikini or body. Requiring no gels or oils for treatment, you can get a full body treatment completed in under 20 minutes.

Remington i-Light Pro is dermatologist endorsed and Choice recommended. With two attachments designed to use on both the body and face its technology has been developed to achieve up to 94% fewer hairs after just 3 treatments, with permanent results achievable in just 4 weeks**. It also has a skin tone sensor so you can check each area is compatible before you treat it. With 5 different energy setting this machine also allows you to scale up or down dependent on the area you are treating. Click here to watch an instruction video and find out more.

Last but not least, the SmoothSkin Bare Plus is another powerful IPL system which is known to be ultra fast. With unlimited flashes, you can complete a full body treatment including lower and upper legs, bikini line and underarms in under 10 minutes. By treating your desired area once a week you can start to see results in as little as 4 weeks so you'll never again worry about stubbly legs or prickly underarms! 

Top tips for at-home IPL

1. Before you get started, make sure you shave the treatment area first - do NOT wax, pluck or epilate. You want the hair follicles intact in order for the device to detect and eliminate.

2. Stay out of the sun as your skin is a lot more susceptible to getting burnt. If you do need to go outside, we recommend you slap on some sunscreen or cover up your treated areas.

3. It is advisable to wear loose clothing to allow the area to breathe and avoid irritation.

4. Within the first day or so after treatment, you skin may look or feel irritated which is normal. Use a soothing lotion if irritation occurs or see your GP if symptoms persist.

5. Don’t pluck or wax the hair which comes through after the treatment, manage the growth by shaving until your next application.

6. Stagger your treatments once per week for 12 weeks, then top up as required, around once every four to eight weeks.


*Always read the instructions and use only as directed. Not suitable for red, light blonde, white/grey hair or even dark skin

**Individual results vary. In clinical trials on the body, treatment sites showed up to 94.3% fewer hairs twelve months after just 4 weeks of treatment (3 treatments each 2 weeks apart). Similar results observed from professional hair removal devices.


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