Is At-Home Laser Epilation Worth the Hype?

Quick-quiz "My perfect hair remover"

In the development of today’s technology, we are now able to have many electronic devices to safely use from home that was once only available at a clinic to be performed by a professional. A laser hair removal device is one of them. It’s natural to wonder whether they’re just as effective as those that are used in a clinic but they have been proven highly effective, they are just less powerful therefore requiring a few more sessions for the finished results.

People choose to implement hair removal from home for a few common reasons being the fact that it’s much more affordable. Prices are significantly different, no matter what hair removal method you go for. The other typical reasons are due to more privacy at home, comfort, and convenience.

Choosing an At-Home Laser Epilation Device

At home laser devices range in price from 150-500 USD and they all have different levels of maintenance. For a middle range device, you can expect to pay 300 USD, to be honest, this seems like a hefty sum to pay straight off the bat, but when you compare it to the costs of what you’d be charged at a clinic getting laser hair removal done by a profession, you’ll definitely justify spending 300 dollars. Don’t be tight when choosing a device either. The cheapest variant could surely prove itself to be ineffective or worse damage your skin tone.

Cartridge costs can definitely add up when implementing on going laser sessions, so you may want to look into choosing a device that is cartridge-free. Usually, a cartridge will need to be replaced every few months, but some devices such as the Philips Lumea doesn’t require replacement cartridges, so that’s definitely something to keep in mind when choosing an at-home laser hair removal device.

Using an At-Home Laser

Before the Procedure:
• Before starting the procedure, examine the area to ensure it’s free of moles, tattoos, scratches and open abrasions. The laser procedure is also forbidden to be used on the genitals, nipples, eyebrows, ears and of course children.
• Shave two days before; hairs should be the length of 1-2mm.
• Ensure the skin is clean and that there’s no moisture or lotion on the area that’s going to be treated. Numbing cream is allowed to be used if you have a low pain tolerance and prefer to not feel the pain unusual feeling of the laser device directing light flashes to your hair follicle. (This basically feels like a rubber band being pulled back and then released onto the skin which is unpleasant or uncomfortable for some but manageable for others).
• Before your very first time using the laser epilation device at home, you should test a small area of skin first. Some devices have a sensor which tests the skin to ensure it is suitable skin, so if it is unsuitable, the device simply will not work.
• Wear protective glasses.

Handy tips:
• You should know that the procedure of performing at home laser treatments is not a “quick fix” but instead, it takes time and there’s no way to rush it so I advise you to get comfy, put Netflix or YouTube on and start zapping. The legs will generally take 20minutes but under arm and bikini line are much, much quicker.
• The more flashes a device has, the more powerful it is and more effective it is with achieving the results within a shorter period of time.
• Start your treatment in winter or autumn as you’ll be free of a tan as the device works better on lighter skin tones in contrast with the color of the hair and also, that way your legs will be ready for next year’s bikini season! Or at least be out of the sun for 2 weeks prior.

1. Select a temperature setting, start from the lowest and work your way up to see what you can comfortably tolerate.
2. Choose an area and begin gradually moving the device over the entire area.

Expect different body parts to be more painful than others. Just like tattoos, they hurt more in different areas; skin getting laser treatment hurts more in different areas too.

After the Session:
• Use a cooling gel to soothe the area and reduce the heat that was directed.
• No waxing or any hair removal method allowed in between treatments except shaving!
• Avoid being under the sun for 2 weeks after the treatment, if it’s unavoidable for you then be sure to wear a high SPF sunscreen as

What to Expect & When to Expect it

To get the best results, you need to have patience and dedicated use. You should spend between 6 weeks to 3 months with a systematic application with breaks in between. Generally, 1 session every 4-8 weeks is the appropriate length of time in between each session so make it a systematic procedure and plan it out so that your treatment stays consistent.

During the period while you’re going through the sessions, the positive signs you’ll start to notice are:
• The hairs on your body starting grow softer, thinner and lighter.
• There’ll also be patchy areas where hairs have stopped growing completely.
• You’ll experience healthier and smoother skin, due to the fact that razor burn or razor bumps and ingrown hairs will no longer be an issue.

The necessary laser sessions differ from person to person. Do not randomly stop your treatment as the hairs will grow back! Patience and consistency are essential. At home laser hair removal is highly effective, devices differ but if you invest in a high-quality device and keep your sessions consistent, you will definitely be delighted with the final results.


Quick-quiz "My perfect hair remover"

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