Best home laser and IPL hair removal machines for long-lasting results
Unwanted body hair has been the bane of people's lives for centuries. Finally we have a solution, and it comes in the form of a handheld device that zaps hairs using pulses of light. While this may sound scary, the process is actually very effective and straightforward.
There are two kinds of machines available for home use – the majority are IPL, or intense pulsed light. IPL isn’t a laser, but rather a spectrum of light and wavelengths that reduces hair growth gradually. A laser delivers one single wave or red light to directly disable the follicle and is a quicker process. Anyone using an IPL machine will find that there will be some regrowth, so areas would need to be redone, possibly every six to 12 months.
Before opting for this type of hair removal, check the brand’s skin and hair charts. The ideal combination for these devices is dark hair and fair skin. Many do not work if your skin is dark or hair is light (blonde, grey, white or red). Be sure to read the handbooks thoroughly as they detail all instructions, including where you can and can’t use the machines.
Dr Raj Mallipeddi, a leading consultant dermatologist, said: “Generally those with darker skin should be more cautious as there is more risk of discolouring and pigmentation. A trained specialist in a clinical setting will be able to tailor settings for an individual’s requirements. There is less flexibility with a home device, but it may suit those who prefer the convenience of home treatment. It may also be less expensive.”
This is possibly the most attractive machine on our list from award-winning IPL maker M3, with a slick black body, curved so it fits neatly into the palm. Use once a week for 12 weeks to make sure you catch all the hairs in the growth cycle.