Remington have just released the i-LIGHT Pro+ Face & Body IPL6500AU, a new home IPL machine for permanent hair removal. I’m getting to the point where I’m sick of itchy shaving stubble and waxing takes too much effort, so IPL and lasers have been on my mind for a while! Remington kindly gave me a machine to trial.
How does IPL hair removal work?
There’s a full breakdown of the science behind IPL and laser hair removal in this post, but here’s a quick summary.
The basis of laser and IPL hair removal is that dark coloured objects absorb light more than light coloured objects. A strong pulse of light is shone on the hair. The melanin in the hair absorbs the light and turns it into heat, which kills the hair at the root, or makes it produce finer, lighter hair. The fancy term for this is selective thermolysis. Since skin also contains melanin, there’s a possibility that dark skin can also be damaged by light treatment, so IPL works best with dark coarse hair on light skin.
There’s a catch though – only hairs in a certain stage of the hair life cycle (the anagen phase – stage 1 below, when the hair is actively growing) will be affected. This means you’ll have to make a few visits to zap all the hair. Hair can also repair itself after a while, so maintenance treatments are needed too.
This brings me to the Remington i-LIGHT Pro+ Face & Body IPL6500AU. It’s an at-home IPL machine that claims to reduce hair for a year after just 3 treatments, spaced over a month, and can be used on the legs, underarms, bikini line, chest, back and arms, as well as the lower face if you’re female.
The i-LIGHT Pro+ is pretty compact – it’d fit inside a cake box. There are a lot of nifty features on this little machine:
- Infinity bulb which theoretically never needs replacing
- Face and body attachments for treating different areas
- A skin sensor to check if your skin is suitable for IPL (if it’s too dark, you can end up with burns or patchy skin)
- 5 energy settings, to ensure comfort – you go with the highest setting that you can handle
The technical specifications:
- 7-8 J per cm2
- >600 nm wavelength
- 110 ms long pulse
The Remington i-LIGHT Pro+ Face & Body IPL6500AU retails for $799.95 which sounds like a lot, but from my research into permanent hair removal in Sydney, just doing your legs requires over $1000 over 6-10 sessions. There’s also a 90 day money back guarantee for peace of mind.
I’ve tried this for one treatment so far – I’ll be posting a review of it in action after my second treatment to let you know how it went!
Update: 5 month review
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