IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is not only used to erase various skin conditions, it is also used for hair removal. Strong flashes of light penetrates the hair follicles, and quickly destroys the root of the hair. The flashes of light specifically targets the melanin pigment in the hair. The light energy becomes heat energy and this heat damages the follicle causing hair growth to slow down considerably.
Your therapist will prepare a cooling gel, which will be smoothed onto the hairy areas. A hand-held machine delivering intense pulses of light, is gently applied to the areas. Bursts of light will hit the skin and move through your skin until it reaches the hair and targets the melanin pigment. The follicle heats up and is destroyed.
Your skin can go a bit red and tender, so a soothing cream will be given to you by your therapist. There is hardly any recovery, so you can go about your business straight away. But remember to always take the expert advice from your therapist on how to care for your skin before and after your treatment. It is very important to stay out of the sun before and after the procedure, so make your appointment way in advance of that summer holiday.
IPL hair removal is much more suited to those with paler skin and hair tones. Though there are still IPL devices which are used on darker hair - check with your therapist about their devices. It is recommended to try laser hair removal instead, for people with darker skin and hair tones.