Did you ever buy into the myth that shaving will make your hair grow back thicker and darker? If you didn’t hear that from your friends or mothers as a teen, you probably heard some other hair removal myths like, if you shave your face, you’ll grow a beard.
Even with IPL hair removal devices, there are plenty of myths circulating, which, if you’re looking into purchasing one for yourself, can be off-putting. We’re here to break down some of the most common myths about IPL hair removal and answer some of your most frequently asked questions.
Myth #1: IPL laser hair removal hurts
It is a common misconception that IPL devices will feel just as painful as an in-clinic laser hair removal session. The great thing about owning your IPL device is that you are in complete control. A well-designed device will also feature different settings to suit each user’s pain tolerance. If you’re a first-time IPL user, we recommend starting off on the lowest setting. Then, each week you can build up to a setting that feels comfortable to you.
Myth #2: An at-home IPL device isn’t as effective as an in-clinic laser hair removal
IPL hair removal devices that can be used at home have proven to be as effective as a weekly visit to a laser hair removal clinic. While the technologies are slightly different, they have similar long-lasting results. Laser hair removal will usually require more powerful technology that can only be managed by a trained professional. So naturally, many believe this technique is more effective. However, the technology used for IPL hair removal isn’t quite the same as an in-clinic laser hair removal. IPL devices have been designed to be used by anyone, anywhere, and can still provide long-lasting hair removal.
Myth #3: You can’t go outside in-between your IPL laser hair removal sessions
If you’re in the middle of your 3–12-week IPL or laser hair removal session, don’t worry; you don’t have to be coped up in your home the whole time. However, make sure you avoid direct sunlight contact on the treated area as the skin will likely be extra sensitive to UV rays. When you need to go outside, make sure your treated area is covered with a physical sunblock (clothing, hats, etc.) and that you’re wearing at least an SPF30 sunscreen.
Myth #4: You can’t use an IPL device on your face
You can absolutely use an IPL device on your face, especially if you’re targeting stubborn chin hairs and thick, coarse upper lip hair. However, if you already have sensitive skin and are worried about potential infections, we recommend starting off on a small area of the face to see how your skin reacts. If it doesn’t work out, and you’ve bought an IPL handset from us, you can return the item through our 90-day money-back guarantee.
Pro tip: If you are using the IPL device on the face, avoid using skincare products that may contain drying ingredients (such as acne treatments). Stick to a simple routine and keep your skin moisturized with a hydrating facial cleanser and moisturizer.
Myth #5: IPL laser hair removal devices are expensive
An in-clinic laser hair removal treatment session can be costly, especially since each visit can cost up to $300. While some IPL devices can cost up to $500, compared to weekly clinical visits, which can cost thousands of dollars after the standard six weeks, purchasing an at-home IPL device can be a more affordable option. IPL devices only ever require a one-time payment and will likely have a long-life span.
Myth #6: You shouldn’t shave in between laser hair removal treatments
In the early stages of laser hair removal, it is common to see hair grow back. Shaving is perfectly safe to do while undergoing laser hair removal treatment. However, waxing, plucking, or anything that involves hair pulling can irritate the skin and affect the laser’s hair removal process. If you use an IPL device, we highly recommend shaving right before a session for the best hair removal results.
If you have any further questions about using an at-home IPL device or want to learn more about the Lanveza IPL Laser Hair Removal Handset, feel free to contact a member of our customer service team. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions!