What is IPL?
By now you’ve probably heard the word ‘IPL’ thrown around in conversation. But do you know what it actually is? In the video above, all your questions will be answered, including exactly how IPL hair removal works and the safety of at-home devices. And just in case you can’t watch the vid right now, we’ve also included a bit of information below. You’ll be an expert before you know it!
What is IPL?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is used for long-term hair removal. You can get the treatment in-salon or do it at home with a device like the Philips Lumea Precision Plus. The device is safe, effective and cordless, so you can use it wherever you want.
How does IPL work?
Every time you press the button, the IPL device releases a lo- energy light pulse to the hair follicle. The hair absorbs the light, and then falls out naturally and painlessly.
How often do I need to use my IPL device?
There are four stages in a hair life cycle, and one of these is the ‘growth’ stage - which is perfect for IPL. But hair grows at different rates, meaning every hair reaches the growth stage at a different time. So, when you start IPL, you’ll need to use the device every two weeks to make sure you get every hair. After four sessions, you should have targeted most of the hairs, so you’ll only have to repeat every month or two - depending on your growth rate.
Is IPL safe?
It sure is. The Philips Lumea Precision Plus has a filter that protects your skin from harmful light. For more sensitive areas like your face and bikini line, there are extra attachments with specific filters.
Is it effective?
Yes, but it depends on your skin and hair colour. The key factor here is melanin (the pigment in your skin and hair). The more melanin in your skin and hair, the darker the colour.
How do I know if IPL is suitable for me?
IPL works best on people with light skin and dark hair. If you don’t fit that profile, it will still work for, but you may have to use it more frequently. The graph below will help to determine whether it's suitable for you.
Why only certain skin and hair colours?
The light of the IPL is absorbed by melanin, and you want IPL to target your hair, but not your skin, in order to get the best results.
Have you ever tried the Philips Lumea? Do you have any other questions about IPL?