Thursday, 5 September 2013
Smoothskin by iPulse
When I first started this blog, I didn't think I'd ever be harping on about hair removal, but here I am, several months in and I'm here talking to you about the Smoothskin by iPulse*. I hate shaving, I hate waxing, I hate epilating, I hate all forms of hair removal. It's all so tedious, you spend hours of your life staring at your legs/bikini line/armpits/INSERT BODY PART HERE making sure every last hair is gone, only to step out in your new dress and notice you missed a spot.
The Smoothskin by iPulse is an IPL treatment device. It's basically Intense Pulsed Light that targets melanin in dark hair, disabling the hair follicle and it proceeds to drop out. Typical treatment lasts 6 - 12 treatments for best results and I've used mine twice so far. The nice thing about this handy device is being able to use it while you're at home, there's no awkwardness about getting someone else to help you wax or being in the bath shaving, meaning you miss this weeks episode of Breaking Bad.
Use is easy as it comes with a skin tone sensor that judges whether your skin is the correct tone to treat and adjust the power setting accordingly. After reading the instructions, this seemed like the best option and set about placing the tone sensor on the area I was to treat (don't forget to do a patch test first). There are 5 levels of light intensity and I was coming up at level II which is second from strongest, which made me slightly nervous but I knew it was what was going to get rid of as much hair as possible. You need to make sure you shave the area before use, then you apply some activator gel to area you wish to treat, press the head to the skin (making sure both contact pads are in contact with the area you wish to treat) and press the button. Don't look directly at the light, at this point you need to look away.
I really like this device, the initial outlay is fairly steep but when you think of the overall saving cost of over a lifetime of hair removal, as the average woman spends £3,618 and this device nips in at £399.99. I didn't experience any pain, just a slight warmth but I had heard this can sting a little if you don't apply a good amount of the applicator gel. I think to repurchase the gel it's around £3 a bottle, and this is the only thing I have a niggle with as most of IPL devices don't require the use of another product to go to work. Overall though, I prefer this less invasive method of hair removal, especially as I am forever nicking myself with razors. I have two awful scars on either leg that look like they are mirror images of one another, so avoiding more of the same is going to be heaven.
At 100,000 flashes, the Smoothskin by iPulse is said to last a lifetime with regular use, which is impressive and with the slow regrowth (or lack of) I'm noticing, I will definitely continue to use it. A real bonus is that it can be used on the face, but I'm still working my way up to that. In the meantime, I will continue to use it while on the sofa, with a cup of tea, working it into my routine. 40 minutes with Ross discussing Cheers reruns should do the trick!
Have you tried an at home hair removal device and if not, would you be willing to try one?