We recommend using your handset once a week for the first 12 weeks. After this period use your handset once a month, for 3 months or until satisfied. To maintain hairless smooth skin, use your handset once every 1-3 months, or as needed. There is no need to use it more than once a week, as IPL is only effective in the growing phase of your hair cycle.
IPL is suitable for all but the darkest skin tones. This is because the light energy may be more attracted to the pigments in the skin rather than the melanin in the hair. Refer to the skin tone chart below to see whether or not IPL is suitable for you.
You actually have to be careful when anyone claims ‘permanent’ hair removal as all forms of IPL hair removal require some maintenance, or eventually the hair will start growing back. After completing your initial sessions with our handsets you will only have to use your handset once every 1-3 months to maintain smooth, hairless skin.
Our handsets have 2 modes you can use it on. Manual mode, where the handset will flash as you press the trigger button. Auto mode, where the handset will flash on its own (when ready), without you pressing any buttons at all.
IPL can definitely be used on hormonal hair growth, and has proven to be quite effective. Most PCOS customers have said this makes the hormonal hair regrowth more manageable as it doesn’t regrow as quickly. It also assists with minimising the appearance of shaver rash as you will not need to shave it as often.
You should not IPL over tattoos. The light energy will be more attracted to the pigments in the skin, rather than the melanin in the hair which can cause a reaction in the skin and blister. You should always go around your tattoos.
Yes, you should shave the desired areas before using your handset. A close to skin shave is best recommended. The goal is for the light energy to reach the hair follicle as quickly as possible, so shaving beforehand is essential to achieve the best results. The hair follicle does need to be intact for IPL to be effective. This means no waxing, plucking, threading, epilating etc.
Between treatments you should only shave when required. You should never wax, pluck, or epilate as these hair removal methods remove the entire root, which is what absorbs the light during the treatment.
You should wait 1-3 days before and after extreme sun exposure, like tanning. However, normal sun exposure is fine. If you are sunburnt, do not use your IPL handset until your skin recovers, as you may experience an adverse reaction.
No, it isn't necessary to wear eye protection while using our handset. Our handsets are fitted with a sensor and will not flash unless the entire window is pressed against your skin. That being said you should never try and look directly into the light as it flashes.
Cleaning of the handset is advised after each use. You can use an alcohol wipe, or any antibacterial product to clean down the handset and the light window after treatment. Ensure your handset is powered off, and not plugged in before doing so. You should then store the handset in a cool, dry place after use (once the handset is completely dry).
Yes, this is completely normal. As the light energy is heating the hair, you may smell a slight burning but this just means there may be some hairs that have not been shaved. Please ensure that you have prepped the skin correctly, and that the skin is completely shaved before starting your session.