An Introduction to IPL Hair Removal

For many of us, hair removal is a tedious and time-consuming part of a regular beauty regime but at the London Cosmetic Clinic we offer IPL hair removal which is both quick and convenient. IPL, short for intense pulsed light, hair removal is a relatively new treatment that utilises a range of different wavelengths emitted from a flash lamp to reduce hairs. It is relatively cheaper than laser treatment and the variation in the wavelengths means that it can also be used for other skin issues such as acne treatment and repairing sun-damaged skin. This method is called Selective Photothermolysis.

During the treatment, the pigment within each hair absorbs the light emitted from the IPL device and converts it into heat. This then destroys the follicle and prevents a new hair from growing in its place. Whilst other salons may recommend that it is used on dark hair and fair skin, we use the specialised Ellipse system which gives great results on various skin and hair tones.

IPL hair removal can be used on various areas of the body and face. For example, it can be used on the upper lip instead of hair removal creams, which have an unpleasant smell and can cause sensitivities or it can be used on the bikini area as a less painful alternative to waxing. It isn’t a permanent hair removal system but does reduce the hair so regrowth is much less thick and less noticeable. It also leaves your skin feeling softer, unlike other hair removal treatments such as shaving which can cause dryness and irritation.

As regrowth is far slower and less noticeable than typical hair removal options, you only need one session every four to eight weeks. You don’t risk ingrown hairs or irritation and will be pleasantly surprised with your rejuvenated smooth, silky skin.