If shaving, plucking, or waxing just aren’t cutting it when it comes to hair removal, IPL – Ulike Sapphire AIR+ Dark Green IPL Hair Removal Handset” – might be worth a try. It’s the most advanced hair removal method you can use from the comfort of your own home and works by stunting the hair cycle in its tracks to prevent regrowth.
Due to their high-tech nature, some of the hair removal devices tend to be expensive; although we are offering our IPL hair removal at affordable prices. You will make a saving in the long run too, as you won’t need to spend on trips to the salon or new razors – also cutting down your environmental waste.
To find the very best IPL devices – so you don’t invest in a dud – we asked our panel of testers to try a selection for three months.
Ulike Sapphire AIR+ Dark Green IPL Hair Removal Handset for Women & Men
Innovative sapphire Ice-Cooling technology with painless experience and protect the skin.
What’s in the box
- The Handset
- User Manual & Quick Guide
- Power Cord
- Adapter Foldable Protective Googles
- Googles Storage Box
- Package Box
- 5 energy levels for different skin types
- 2 modes for a targeted treatment
- Suitable for use on the face, underarms, bikini line, arms, and legs
The device innovatively applies a patented light therapy skin rejuvenation lamp, to improve the skin barrier and make the skin healthier, taking the beauty salon’s LED light therapy body care cabin home. A device is able to achieve full body hair removal and body care at the same time, saving you valuable time. Ice-Cooling technology reduces the heat output from the device to protects the skin. This also makes each treatment painless and protects the skin.
This powerful handheld IPL device is also safe and gentle, resulting in a painless procedure. It is safe to use on any area of the body, from the face to the ankles, and everywhere in between. When treating bigger regions, such as the legs, glide mode provides continuous flashing, ensuring that no spots are missed. It provides for excellent precision when you need to target a smaller area, such as the upper lip or underarms.
What is an IPL device?
IPL is a broad-spectrum light that’s scattered across the skin to help with long-term hair reduction. It directs energy at the melanin (the pigment that gives the skin/hair its color) in the hair follicle, heating up the hair right down to the root (where most of the melanin is concentrated) to damage the follicle without damaging the surrounding skin and break the cycle of regrowth.
Don’t expect instant results, but regularly using IPL can help prevent unwanted hair from reaching the skin’s surface. Energy, frequency, skin, and hair color are all determining factors in the efficacy of the treatment.
Most of the best IPL hair removal devices are suitable for the body and face. They work by either gliding over skin, which is best for larger surface areas of the body such as your legs, or stamping (pressing onto the area), which is better for smaller areas where you need more precision.
What’s the difference between IPL and laser hair removal?
Don’t confuse IPL with laser hair removal. Laser treatments use a different light source and target a more concentrated area. IPL method is often more powerful.
You can use IPL devices at home, but if you want laser hair removal you’ll need to have it performed by a trained professional.
Is IPL hair removal safe?
IPL is considered safe to use, providing the device is from a reliable, trusted brand and instructions are followed as advised. Occasionally, some people may experience side effects such as redness, discomfort, or, very rarely, blisters or burns. If any irritation occurs, consult a medical professional.
How to use IPL devices
For IPL hair removal to work effectively, some hair needs to be present for the energy to travel down to the follicle from the surface of the skin – but not so much that you run the risk of burning the skin. For that reason, it’s best to shave before your IPL session rather than completely remove the hairs by waxing or epilating.
To fully break the growth cycle of your unwanted hair, regular IPL sessions are required. Each brand advises on how often to use their machine, and when you can expect to see results.
Can I use my IPL device every day?
Although it comes down to the specific brand and model, most IPL devices recommend you use them once every two weeks for the initial four weeks of treatment. Once you’ve mastered this, top-ups can take place up to once a month.
Note that to see the best results, you should stick to the recommended schedule to stop regrowth long-term. Make sure you note down the date you start your IPL journey and set up reminders of when to top up.
Does IPL treatment remove hair permanently?
Whether you’ve banished hair for good depends on your skin and hair type, as well as the area of the body involved.
If you stick to a regular IPL routine, you can expect to see the majority of your hair gone for the long haul. But as an IPL device can only stunt the growth of active hair follicles, it might take a while to remove all hair. This is because some areas will grow back quicker than others. Persistence is key though, and, at the bare minimum, you can expect much slower re-growth.
Does IPL hair removal hurt?
The level of discomfort varies from person to person, but the sensation can feel quite tingly and hot – it’s sometimes likened to being flicked with a hot elastic band. The process is quite quick, though, so the pain doesn’t last long.
Most devices have a range of heat settings to make the process more comfortable too, especially in areas that are more sensitive. It’s important to remember that a lower intensity is also less effective, so keeping it at this setting would require you to use the machine for longer.
If you’ve tried epilating and couldn’t get through it without your eyes weeping, rest assured this is a more pain-free method!
Who can use an IPL hair removal device?
IPL devices aren’t suitable for everyone, as they’re only able to identify and target hair pigment that is a contrasting shade to the skin.
Naturally light blonde, red, white, and grey hairs contain little pigment, so IPL typically isn’t as effective on people with these hair shades, whatever their skin color. Many devices also don’t work on dark skin tones. Typically, those with pale to medium skin and dark hair are the best candidates for IPL.
Note that they aren’t suitable for pregnant women, those with certain skin/hair conditions, or those undergoing particular treatments. They also don’t work on tattoos or permanent makeup – so always check the small print before you buy.
How many IPL treatments does it take to see results?
Typically, IPL devices should be used regularly for four to 12 weeks, to make sure all visible hair has been treated. Hair should start to appear finer and grow back slower, or not at all.
Top-up sessions can be done where there is any regrowth. Results vary depending on the use of the device and your skin/hair type.
What to consider when buying
- The number of flashes: This is the number of times the device can emit a flash. Most have a minimum of 100,000 but once this runs out, you’ll need a replacement lamp. You can’t get replacement lamps for all devices, while some devices offer unlimited flashes.
- The number of treatment heads: If you plan to use the device on smaller areas, a head that comes with a smaller treatment window is more efficient.
- The level of intensities: This impacts how often you’ll need to use the device and whether you can adapt the intensity to suit more sensitive areas.
- The number of modes: Most devices offer glide and stamp modes, with some also offering a “gentle” mode.
- Speed: The shorter the time between flashes, the quicker the treatment session.
- Automatic skin tone sensor: Some devices detect the optimum intensity and safe settings for your skin tone.
- Corded or cordless: Some devices can be used cordless, for ease of use and transportation.
They also assessed how easy each device was to use and control, how simple the process was, and how comfortable it felt when removing hair. Finally, testers reported back on when regrowth started to appear.
Are there things to watch out for at home before IPL treatment?
For a month before the IPL or laser treatment, no plucking or waxing is allowed. To avoid getting tanned, stay out of the sun for at least two weeks before the treatment. The therapy is less effective the darker the skin. The better the skin, the whiter it is. Make sure you don’t have any lotion or cosmetics on your hair or skin and clean the region you wish to treat. It can be washed or disinfected with an antiseptic wipe. It is critical to avoid going to the gym, or sauna or taking hot showers during the first 24-48 hours.
After doing an IPL treatment at home, how should you take care of your skin?
Artificial light sources, such as tanning salons, should be avoided. For the next 24 hours following treatment, avoid any activities or skin products that may irritate your skin. Utilizing hot pools or saunas, wearing form-fitting clothing, and using bleaching creams, perfumed goods, or peeling products are all examples of this. The above may produce irritation in the treated regions, such as itching and redness. Use sunscreen if you are going to be in direct sunlight. Wear no make-up or harsh cosmetics (like anti-acne lotions). You can apply it once the redness has subsided, which normally takes 24 hours. After laser hair removal, avoid using retinol products.