OK so this is absolutely nothing to do with charity shopping, but in theory it is to do with looking fabulous for less, or it would be if I hadn’t already spent a fortune on waxing, epilators, razors and hair removal cream.
I have acquired an IPL system, otherwise known as intense pulsed light. It is meant to be the home remedy to laser treatment, intense pulses of light, the heat of which is absorbed by the hair follicles of dark hair on light skin, damaging it permanently and inhibiting hair growth, making the hair grow through finer and eventually stopping some hairs growing all together.
I would like to blog about this treatment as they cost between £300 and £450 a unit and I would like to help people out if they are considering buying one of these, it’s a lot of money, but it would probably be less than the cumulative amount you would spend hair removal over the course of a lifetime. I have the Viss IPL system but you can also get two Phillips Lumea types and there are a few other manufacturers. In fact the Viss one was one of the less well known ones. The Lumea is cordless, whereas the Viss Bulb is connnected to the power unit by a lead.
You have to shave first in order the get the best out of the treatment as you only want to damage the hair beneath the skin, which means that it is preferable to be hairless for the treatment to work, unlike waxing where you have the spend a large amount of time being hairy, and the ingrown hairs afterwards are horrendous.
I did my first treatment yesterday. It took 10 minutes per lower leg as the flash bulb has to buffer for a few seconds between pulses. The unit has a fan (louder than expected) in order to dissipate the heat generated by the bulb. You have some awesome 70s style shades to wear (not unlike welding…) and the treatment has a very slight sting to each pulse due to the heat emitted. However nothing like the pain of waxing or epilating. It should take 3-5 days for the damaged hairs to drop out once the follicle has been lulled into the ‘sleep’ phase of growth and damaged.
I’ll keep you updated on progress, and the performance of this unit. There have been some reports that the Viss unit loses power over about 6 months that cannot be retrieved even with the change of the bulb cartridge, so that will prove to be of some interest to monitor this unit too. Currently the bulb flashes light up the entire room, hence the 70s shades, but one woman said that after 6 months even on full, the bulb barely flashed and the treatment stopped working.
This is what the unit looks like.