How Does IPL Work?
How Does IPL Work?
Tired of shaving and waxing those pesky and prickly hairs? Well you’re not alone! Men and women around the world are fed up with having to continuously shave and/or wax only to do it again and again, week after week, because those hairs just keep coming. Well not anymore! Thanks to the rise in technological innovations, there are products on the market that bring home to you the beauty and ease of laser hair removal. IPL, or intense pulsed light, is cutting edge technology that uses light to heat your hair follicles and prevent hair regrowth, leaving you with smooth legs that’ll stay smooth once and for all. Below is a small guide on how it works and the amazing benefits that come with the Prickly Pear IPL device.
The Science Behind IPL
IPL is a form of light therapy used for hair removal, as well as various dermatological procedures such as skin pigmentation, acne, thread veins, and more. Within hair removal, IPL works by entering your skin where it is then absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the hair shaft. Once the light is absorbed, the hair shaft and follicle heat up, resulting in an interruption of the hair growth cycle.
Although the mechanics of IPL and lasers work in a similar way, they differ in many ways. One such way are wavelengths. Laser hair removal works differently in that it uses just one specific wavelength emitted from the diode, but IPL has multiple wavelengths, all between 500 and 1,200 nanometers, that scatter within the skin, making it more effective and efficient, and covering a wider range of your treatment area for a quicker process. IPL works kind of like a flash lamp, sending out scattered wavelengths of light making it very targeted. As with all light based treatments, IPL works by emitting a wavelength into the skin and allowing it to target the hairs’ pigment. Think of it in the way that black clothing absorbs heat on a hot day, whereas white clothes reflect it. The light is absorbed by the dark pigment in the hair, quickly turning to heat, and killing the growing follicle cells that make new hairs. After the first two treatments, your hair becomes lighter and finer, and over the course of several treatments, the hair growth cycle comes to a stop, eliminating regrowth and leaving your skin smooth and hair free.
What are the Benefits?Aside from the obvious benefit of never having to shave again, IPL comes with many other benefits that typical laser hair removal won’t give. One great benefit of using at-home IPL hair removal devices is the treatment time. Because the beam of light that is used in clinical offices is very concentrated, lasers have an extremely small treatment window, meaning the more surface area that needs to be covered (like your legs), will take a significantly longer amount of time. And in case I need to state the obvious, you have two legs! IPL however, has a broader flash of light that covers more surface area, giving you a much faster treatment.
Another wonderful benefit to at-home IPL devices is that the discomfort level is extremely low. Some devices, such as Prickly Pear, has five settings on their device, letting you choose your comfort level for treating sensitive areas such as the face or bikini line. Unlike lasers that can often times be painful, IPL is safe and the discomfort level is extremely low. IPL devices use a cutting edge skin tone sensor that scans the skin tone, delivering the ideal amount of light with every pulse for a safe and effective treatment.
One of the best benefits, however, to at home IPL hair removal devices is that its affordable, saving you thousands of dollars, all while allowing you to do it in the comfort of your own home. Rather than spending a ton of money at costly salons for hair removal methods, the financial benefit of using IPL is a no brainer. One device is capable of lasting over 300,000 flashes, ensuring you smooth skin effectively, efficiently, and most important, permanently.