- 1 Benefits & Features:
- 1.0.1 94% hair reduction in just 3 treatments*
- 1.0.2 Easier to use on face & body with interchangeable caps
- 1.0.3 More effective with higher IPL energy fluence/power
- 1.0.4 Minimizes chances for mistakes or injury
- 1.0.5 Wide skin tone & hair color coverage
- 1.0.6 Long-term savings
- 1.0.7 Peace of mind
- 1.0.8 No batteries or recharging necessary
- 1.0.9 Convenient digital and manual treatment log systems
- 2 Cons:
- 3 Technical Specification Sheet:
- 4 Compatibility Sheet:
- 5 In-Depth Comparison Guide: LumaRx IPL Hair Removal Device vs. Tria vs. illuminage
- 6 FAQ: LumaRx Full Body IPL Hair Removal Device for Face & Body
- 6.0.1 How does the LumaRx Full Body Hair Removal System work?
- 6.0.2 How to use the Facial & Body Caps:
- 6.0.3 Safety Precautions & Other Treatment Tips:
- 6.0.4 How many treatments are needed until I see results?
- 6.0.5 Is the LumaRx painful?
- 6.0.6 Pain vs. Sensitivity
- 6.0.7 How to patch test a laser hair removal device
- 6.1 OUR VERDICT
- 7 FAQ: At-Home Laser & IPL Removal Devices
- 7.0.1 What is laser hair removal?
- 7.0.2 How do at-home machines it work? Pros and cons compared to professional laser hair removal?
- 7.0.3 Is laser hair removal permanent?
- 7.0.4 What are the main differences between these machines?
- 7.0.5 How many treatments are needed for laser hair removal?
- 7.0.6 Can anyone use these at home hair removal machines on any part of the face and body?
- 7.0.7 Diode lasers vs. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)?
- 7.0.8 At Home Laser Hair Removal User Guide
- 7.0.9 What to Expect Before, During, and After
- 7.0.10 At Home Laser Hair Removal Safety Reminders
- 7.1 Resources:
Benefits & Features:
Video: Get to Know LumaRx IPL Skin Beauty System
94% hair reduction in just 3 treatments*
Uses clinically-proven Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology to deliver up to 94% hair reduction in just 3 treatments.* This is one of the quickest forecasted results among the leading brands. It also uses the same technology that most clinics and professional dermatologists use, all contained in a handheld device that’s perfect for home use.
Easier to use on face & body with interchangeable caps
Unlike most at-home laser hair removal devices where the flash window is fixed, the LumaRx uses different window caps for the face and body. This ensures precision lasering on areas where you need it and broad coverage on large areas of the body. This is similar to those large, heavy-duty professional laser machines.
- Face Cap – has a smaller flash window size at 2 cm2 to ensure precision lasering for areas like the above the lips, etc. It also has its speed and wavelength (IPL depth) adjusted for sensitive facial skin and hair.
- Body Cap – has a larger flash window size than most average at-home laser devices at 3 cm2 and stronger wavelength depth so it penetrates deeper into thicker hair and skin. This provides ease of use for wide body areas like the legs, arms, etc.
Jump to: How to Use the Facial & Body Caps
More effective with higher IPL energy fluence/power
The higher intensity level is, the more effective it is in removing hair. Most at home IPL lasers average 3-6 J/cm2. (E.g. Silk’n Flash & Go Express Hair Removal 3-5 J/cm2; Gillette Venus Silk-Expert IPL Braun Hair Removal System – 6 J/cm2) Even worse, some devices don’t even disclose this up front. (We’ve checked.)
The LumaRx goes up to 8 J/cm2, one of the highest IPL-powered at home hair removal devices out there.
Minimizes chances for mistakes or injury
It has a built-in skin tone sensor that tests for suitable skin tones prior to use. It also has 1-5 energy levels that allow you to control the intensity so you can use the setting that’s effective and most comfortable for you. Some of the lower-end devices lack this feature and can result in the user treating an area with the wrong setting and result in skin injury.
Another is its built-in contact sensor that prevents the device from going off and wasting a flash unless it has full skin contact. This will also prevent you from accidentally flashing your eyes, which can potentially cause eye damage. (PSA: Don’t point any type of laser directly to your eyes!)
Wide skin tone & hair color coverage
Very effective on a wide range of skin and hair types. It covers light to olive skin tones (Fitzpatrick I-IV) and naturally dark hair.
Jump to: Compatibility Sheet
The replaceable cartridge extends the lifespan of what would otherwise be a machine that would need replacing as a whole once the flash lamp runs out. This means your device can last year in and year out as long as it’s kept in good condition. This is a lifetime of savings right here.
With other brands, you also have to buy separate devices for precision and body use. The LumaRx is a 2-in-1 that’s definitely one of the most sustainable and cost-effective at home IPL machine in the market today. Each lamp cartridge is good for a solid 65,000 flashes.
Peace of mind
FDA-cleared (yes, some other devices are not) with a 90-day money back guarantee + one of the longest at-home laser hair removal device warranties at 2 years. Warranty is especially important in this case because this isn’t exactly cheap, plus has a lot of detachable parts.
No batteries or recharging necessary
No need for batteries or recharging with its corded feature.
• Alternating the two caps can be inconvenient while in the middle of treatments
• The cord can limit your range and working area
• If you have very sensitive skin and low pain tolerance, you might not be able to maximize the LumaRx to its full 8 J/cm2 (±20%) power. (If you have normal skin, you should be fine. You’ll just feel a warm, tingling sensation as it flashes.)
Jump to: Pain vs. Sensitivity
• Even though the LumaRx has a high energy fluence/power for an IPL device at 8 J/cm2 (±20%), it’s still behind diode lasers like the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X which goes as high as 7-22 J/cm2.
• Offers mid-range number of flashes per cartridge replacement at 65,000 flashes. The new one however, the LumaRx Pro IPL Hair Removal Device for Face & Body, offers 100,000 per replaceable cartridge. It’s a tad more expensive though.
• One of the more expensive, higher-end devices
• Face cap is made for female facial hair, and is not recommended for male beards
Jump to: Compatibility Sheet
• Has an average speed that clocks in at 3 seconds for the body cap, and 4 seconds for the facial cap. (Why is the face cap slower when it’s smaller? Weird.) It’s not snail-paced, but it won’t win awards for speed either. Some brands only take 1 second per flash. The most common pay-off though is those have less energy fluence, no. of flashes, and/or the window area.
Video: Experience with LumaRX Laser Hair Removal | Does it work? Does it hurt?
Technical Specification Sheet:
|Technology||IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)|
|Maximum Energy Fluence/Power||8 J/cm2 (±20%)|
|Wavelength||Body cap: 650-1200 nm, Facial cap: 600-1200nm|
|Power System||Corded, Electric|
|Lifespan/No. of Flashes||Replaceable cartridge - 65,000 flashes|
|Flash Window Size |
(Smaller windows are better for precision eg. underarms & bikini, bigger windows for wider areas eg. legs & arms.)
|Body cap: 3 cm2, Facial cap: 2 cm2|
|Flash Speed||Body cap: 3 secs, Facial cap: 4 secs|
|Recommended Treatment Schedule and Results||Once every other week over 1 month (for a total of 3 treatments) for each area|
|Treatment Log System||App available in iTunes and Play Store. Treatment Record Cards also provided in the package.|
|Skin Tone Coverage||Fitzpatrick I-IV|
|Natural Hair Color Coverage||Darker Hair|
|Skin Tone & Contact Sensors||Yes, via manual digital checking upon using the device. Also allows manual laser power adjustment for comfort.|
The LumaRx Full Body IPL Hair Removal Device is ideal for:
Face and full body treatments
Facial Cap: Female facial hair (cheeks, sideburns, chin, neck areas, and above the lips)
Body Cap: Female & Male body hair (underarms, bikini line, legs, arms, stomach, chest)
Light to medium skin tones (Fitzpatrick I-IV)
Refer to the skin tone chart to check if yours is compatible with the system. The device also has a built-in tester in case you have areas that have darker skin.
Note: If you have tanned skin, you’ll have to wait until it’s completely faded before you can use any laser hair removal device. (This applies to all brands.)
Darker hair color (Black, Brown, Dark Blond)
The laser on hair removal systems targets the dark pigment in hair, therefore making it more effective on darker hair.
Most of the devices on the market today have similar or lower hair coverage. If you have lighter colored hair, I recommend trying out the illuminage Touch Permanent Hair Reduction Device instead. It’s the only device I’m aware of that covers ALL skin and hair types.
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In-Depth Comparison Guide: LumaRx IPL Hair Removal Device vs. Tria vs. illuminage
We’ve tested and reviewed the LumaRx IPL Hair Removal Device vs. the top 2 performing at-home laser hair removal machines today.
These are based on the latest technology, product quality, specifications, value for money, and consumer reviews.
|Brand/Model||Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X||LumaRx Full Body IPL Hair Removal Device for Face & Body||iluminage Touch Permanent Hair Reduction Device|
(Both DL and IPL treatments are highly effective and safe. In clinical studies however, DL was found to be more effective than IPL. (Jump to: Laser vs. IPL)
|DL (Diode Laser)||IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)||IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) + RF (Radio Frequency)*
* A patented hair removal technology called elos
|Warranty||1 year||2 years||1 year|
|Maximum Energy Fluence/Power |
(In clinical studies, higher energy were found to be 2-3 times more effective.)
|7-22 J/cm2||8 J/cm2||9 J/cm2*
*Max elos energy (IPL + RF)
|Power System |
(Depends on your preference.)
|Battery-powered, 30 mins.||Corded, Electric||Corded, Electric|
|Skin Tone Coverage |
(Jump to: Limitations of Laser Hair Removal)
|Natural Hair Color Coverage |
(Jump to: Limitations of Laser Hair Removal)
|Skin Tone & Contact Sensors |
(Skin tone sensors measure the color of your skin for safety. Contact sensors ensures the device only goes off when in contact with your skin.)
|Yes, via manual digital checking upon opening the device.||Yes, via manual digital checking upon using the device.||Yes to skin contact sensor; No to skin tone sensor as theres no need since it covers all skin tones.|
|Recommended Treatment Schedule and Results||Once every 2 weeks, up to 3 months or until necessary.||Once every 2 weeks, up to 3 treatments or until necessary.||6 weekly treatments, follow-up as needed.|
|Lifespan/No. of Flashes||Built-in laser - 300 battery recharging cycles or 90,000 pulses||Replaceable cartridge - 65,000 flashes||Replaceable cartridge - 120,000 flashes|
|Flash Window Size |
(Smaller windows are better for precision eg. underarms & bikini, bigger windows for wider areas eg. legs & arms.)
|.81 cm2||Body cap: 3 cm2, Facial cap: 2 cm2||1.5 x 3.5 cm|
|Flash Speed||3.5 secs||Body cap: 3 secs, Facial cap: 4 secs||0.9 sec|
|Pros||- The first and ONLY FDA-cleared at-home professional-level LASER hair removal device (vs. IPL, RF)|
- The only device that uses diode laser, the most effective (and expensive) type of hair removal technology used by high-end clinics and dermatologists worldwide
- Has the highest energy fluence of any at-home device
- More portable and safer to use in the bathroom since its battery-powered
|- Uses FDA-cleared IPL technology used by salons|
- Flexible; like professional machines, it has separate caps for the face and body for precision and full body treatments
- Sustainable; replaceable lamp cartridges to extend the device lifespan
- Longest warranty
- Doesnt need re-charging
- Quickest forecasted results at just 3 treatments
- Has the LumaRx app to help you log your treatments
|- The only FDA-cleared at-home device to use the patented hair removal elos technology (an IPL + RF combination) thats clinically proven to be effective and safe on ALL skin tones
- Unlike most devices, you are allowed to wax or epilate before treatment
- Sustainable; replaceable lamp cartridges to extend the device lifespan
- Fastest rate at just 0.9 sec per flash, which means you dont have to go slow just to wait for it to reload
- Uses a universal voltage, which means you can use the system all over the world. (Make sure to check the electrical wall outlet though, if the plug shape is different you still need an adaptor.)
|Ideal For||- Precision lasering; perfect for small areas like upper lips and bikini lines|
- Very dense and coarse hair where IPL may be less effective
- Thick skin (DL penetrates deeper than IPL)
|- Face and full body treatments|
- Precision and broad coverage for different areas with the facial and body cap
- Extended years of continuous treatment
|- Fair hair or darker skin tones that is out of all other devices coverage
- Widest range of different skin tones on the body, no need to check with the sensor every time
- Face and full body treatments
- Extended years of continuous treatments
|Cons||- Small flash window size, inefficient to use in larger areas like legs and arms|
- People with low pain tolerance may need to use a numbing gel during treatment because of its high energy levels
- Needs re-charging
|- Needs light cartridge replacement after 65,000 flashes|
- Can be inconvenient to use with alternating 2 caps
|- Repeated flashing. Unlike the other devices where you only have to flash once over a patch of skin, with TOUCH you have to go over it 2-3 times, eg. youll have to glide the device in two directions--either left-right or up-down for full coverage.
- Needs light cartridge replacement after 120,000 flashes
|The Technology Explained|
Most Powerful At-Home Laser Hair Removal Device
Most Flexible & Sustainable
Fastest, Widest Skin Tone & Hair Color Coverage
Additional Safety Tools & Skincare:
- Numbing or calming gel – One of the side effects of laser or light treatment is a tingling sensation similar to a rubber band snapping against the skin. The higher the power or energy fluence, the stronger the sensation. For those with sensitive skin, a numbing or a calming gel might be needed to reduce any stinging or redness caused by the treatment. (e.g. UberNumb 5% Lidocaine Topical Anesthetic Cream Advanced Formula, Rapid Absorption, Non-Oily) (NOTE: This is generic hack, LumaRx does not endorse this method nor do they recommend using any creams at all. Please do this at your own risk.)
- UV Resistant Glasses – The devices emit flashes of light that direct exposure may potentially be harmful to eyes. It’s actually recommended on the manual that you look away from the device when it’s activating (which is annoying and inconvenient). You can use these UV resistant glasses as a precaution. (e.g. IPL Safety Glasses 200-1400nm Laser Protection)
FAQ: LumaRx Full Body IPL Hair Removal Device for Face & Body
How does the LumaRx Full Body Hair Removal System work?
It utilizes Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, one of the most effective processes for laser hair removal. It disables hair at the root and prevents future growth.
- The IPL penetrates the skin, to the root.
- The heat stuns the follicles and deactivates the hair’s growth cycles.
- Hair falls out within 7-10 days.
The LumaRx Advantage
- Power – the higher the energy fluence, the more effective it is at removing hair. The LumaRx has one of the highest IPL powers in the market.
- Longer Pulses – the light energy should be delivered in long, thorough pulses to gradually and efficiently heat the hair, as well as keep the surrounding skin cool. Longer pulses are more gentle and effective.
- Wavelength Depth – the energy must reach deep enough into the skin to the hair root to effectively deactivate growth.
Video: Get to Know the LumaRx IPL Skin Beauty System
How to use the Facial & Body Caps:
• Facial Cap – specially designed for the female facial hair, designed to be precise and minimize flash leakage. It’s recommended for use on the sideburns, cheeks, above the lips, chin, and neck. It has a wavelength of 600-1200nm (vs. 650-1200nm for Body Cap).
• Body Cap – for use on male and female body hair on the legs, arms, chest, stomach, underarms, and bikini area.
Safety Precautions & Other Treatment Tips:
- For the face, always use a mirror when doing treatments to have a good view and avoid cautionary areas like the lips, dark spots, etc.
- Stretch skin for better coverage. The contours of the face may make it hard for the device sensors to get depressed areas. If necessary, you can catch your lips between your teeth to stretch out the skin on your upper lip or blow your cheeks for better skin contacts.
- After every session, make sure to log it in your Treatment Cards or through the LumaRx app.
- Do not use in areas where you may want hair to grow back again. Some results may be permanent.
- Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Hormonal changes are common during this period and could increase skin sensitivity or skin injury.
- Do not use in places where light emissions could cause an explosion like in the presence of gas, etc.
- Do not use if you have wounded or damaged skin. This includes cold sores, sunburn, or areas where you have had a peel or skin resurfacing. Wait 6-8 weeks before doing any treatments.
- Do not use on irritated skin as well, including swollen skin or rashes. The laser makes the skin more sensitive to light. Wait for the affected area to heal or the redness to subside before proceeding with the treatment.
- Do not use if you have dark skin. Darker skin may absorb too much light and may cause temporary blisters and skin swelling. If you fall under this range, you can try the iluminage Touch Permanent Hair Reduction Device instead.
If some areas of your body are darker than the others, you can test each area with the device’s built-in skin sensor.
- Do not use on lips, nipples, genitals, or around the anus; as these areas have darker skin as well.
- Do not use on tattoos, dark brown/black spots (freckles, moles, birthmarks, warts).
- Do not use if you have tanned skin. The same principles would apply once your skin tone goes out of the covered range. You should wait until your tan fades before getting treatments.
- Do not use if you have a sensitivity to light i.e. photosensitivity. This includes when you are taking medication that make your skin sensitive to light. If you’re not sure if you are, you can do a patch test.
Jump to: How to patch test laser hair removal devices.
- Do not use on skin with makeup applied. It could react negatively to the laser, so make sure to thoroughly clean the area before using.
- If you’ve had any form of laser or IPL done lately, wait until 6 months before using the LumaRx.
- If you’ve plucked, waxed, or epilated in the treatment area, wait at least 6 weeks before treatment. The device disables the hair root, so it won’t work if it’s been pulled out.
- Avoid looking directly at the flash as it has potential to damage your eyes. You can use UV Resistant Glasses as a precaution (e.g. IPL Safety Glasses 200-1400nm Laser Protection)
- Do not use around the eyebrows, eyelashes, or eyes. This can cause serious and permanent eye injury.
- Do not flash the LumaRx on the same spot multiple times during the same session as this can also cause temporary swelling, blisters, or could change the color of your skin.
- Do not treat the same area more than once every other week. This won’t speed up results and can cause the same effects noted above.
- Do not flash the LumaRx on any other surface other than skin or for any other purpose than hair removal.
- Do not cover the ventilation are on the device as this helps keeps it from overheating.
- Do not use if any part of the device has been damaged or broken, including the cord. This could cause skin or eye injury from the flash lamp.
- Do not allow the device to become damp or wet as this is an electric device. Avoid using it near bathtubs, basins, showers, or other places with lots of water.
- Keep the device away from heated surfaces like radiators, stoves, fireplaces, and furnaces. Again, this can cause electric shock.
How many treatments are needed until I see results?
There are 3 initial treatments, every other week within a month. After which, use as necessary for periodic touch ups.
And be patient, it takes time for it to work. You should be able to see results around two weeks after your last treatment.
Is the LumaRx painful?
As with every laser device, you need to take your pain tolerance into account. If you have normal pain tolerance, you should be fine. The norm is a warm, tingling sensation. From experience, I was fine until level 4/5 but the 5/5 I had to build up to. If your worst nightmare starts with the buzzing of an epilator, the high energy levels may be painful for you.
One common option to reduce the sting is to use numbing creams like the ones used for tattoos and ablative laser resurfacing treatments. (eg. Clinical Resolution Non-oily Numb Master Topical Anesthetic Cream, Numb100 Doctor recommended Fast Penetration Pain Relief Cream). Just make sure you passed the patch test first before putting it on AND wash off all traces before using the device. (NOTE: This is generic hack, LumaRx DOES NOT endorse this method nor do they recommend using any creams at all. Please do this at your own risk.)
If you’re going this route, patch test first! Pain tolerance and skin sensitivity is different and you need to address them separately. You have to first check that your skin does not have adverse reactions to the energy level you choose before putting any cream on it.
Pain vs. Sensitivity
The LumaRx has 1-5 energy levels, and the higher the intensity the more effective it is. As you go higher, you’ll need to take two things into consideration: your skin sensitivity and pain tolerance.
Skin sensitivity and pain tolerance is different–you need to address them separately. Sensitivity is an unexpected reaction (like allergy) that requires you to hit brake immediately, whilst pain can be managed and really depends on your tolerance (slash willpower).
You can hack your pain tolerance with numbing creams like the ones used for tattoos and ablative laser resurfacing treatments to reduce the sting. (eg. Clinical Resolution Non-oily Numb Master Topical Anesthetic Cream, Numb100 Doctor recommended Fast Penetration Pain Relief Cream). Just make sure you passed the patch test first before putting it on AND wash off all traces before using the device. (NOTE: This is generic hack, LumaRx does not endorse this method nor do they recommend using any creams at all. Please do this at your own risk.)
Skin sensitivity however, you have to determine this through patch testing and once you’ve hit your ceiling, that’s it.
If this is a deal breaker and you’re willing to write off the pros for a more affordable device, it may be more practical for you to go with a lower max energy one (e.g.SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Hair Removal System, Black – 3 J/cm2; Gillette Venus Silk-expert IPL Braun Hair Removal System – 6 J/cm2).
To be fair though, at this stage you really can’t tell where you’re at until you’ve tried. It’s just a matter of maximizing your money’s worth.
How to patch test a laser hair removal device
This process can help determine if your skin is sensitive to light, and if you can use the laser device using a specific power intensity on an area.
- Thoroughly clean, shave, and dry the intended area
- Perform a test on a small patch of skin with your chosen setting
- Wait 24 hours to check for any adverse reactions such as redness, blistering, or skin irritations
If there are no adverse reactions, you can proceed with the treatment.
Remember, higher intensity levels are more effective in removing hair but it may be uncomfortable for people with low pain tolerance. LumaRx advises that for best results, you should use an effective setting that you’re comfortable with and that doesn’t have any adverse reactions.
However, scenario: you feel like you need to go higher. You’ve already passed the patch test on that level BUT it hurts like hell.
Thanks to laser users of yore, we know you can hack this by using a numbing cream.
You can use the ones used for tattoos and ablative laser resurfacing treatments. (eg. Clinical Resolution Non-oily Numb Master Topical Anesthetic Cream, Numb100 Doctor recommended Fast Penetration Pain Relief Cream).
Skin sensitivity and pain tolerance is different, and you need to address them separately. Sensitivity is an unexpected reaction (like allergy) that requires you to hit brake immediately, whilst pain can be managed and really depends on your tolerance (slash willpower).
However, if it really does have a reaction and the irritation does not go away within 3 days, you can contact their team directly. Details are on the package.
FAQ: At-Home Laser & IPL Removal Devices
What is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal machines emit pulses of light energy to deactivate the root of your hair. Once the root is deactivated, that hair follicle will no longer grow.
It is the most efficient and relatively painless method for removing unwanted hair in comparison to other contemporary treatments like waxing, plucking, and shaving.
Long-term treatment is also more beneficial. Shaving causes hair to be wiry, thick, and itchy (just thinking about it makes me want to scratch my legs!). With laser or IPL however, hair that grows back will be fewer and finer than before–the direct opposite of shaving.
All in all, pretty sweet deal. 🙂
How do at-home machines it work? Pros and cons compared to professional laser hair removal?
The at-home devices above are smaller and more portable versions of certain hair removal machines used by professional clinics worldwide.
Achieving optimum results, however, require multiple treatments over a period of time. Having your very own device is going to save you thousands of dollars in treatments. It will also be convenient because you can do it at home anytime you want.
As with any DIY treatment, there will be limitations. Even if you have the best home hair laser removal machine, there are areas in the face and body where only a trained professional is (and should be) allowed to use laser on due to safety reasons. This includes in between the eyebrows (Don’t risk damaging your eyes because of a unibrow!), the genital area, and other potentially problematic areas. Having it professionally done ensures safety in all aspects. At home, you’ll have to learn how to use the device properly and under what circumstances it can and can’t be used.
If this is your first foray into laser hair removal, no worries because we’ve got you covered. 🙂 The basics of what you need to know are enumerated below.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
These machines are designed to break the cycle of hair growth. The laser or light energy will disable the root of your hair until it naturally falls out. However, as part of your body’s normal physiology, your hair will grow again.
One of the great things about laser treatment though is, unlike shaving or waxing, the hair growing back will be fewer and finer than before. And with continuous treatments, the results will be permanent hair reduction.
There are a few accounts of people reporting permanent hair removal i.e. their hair has never grown back again after a few sessions. It’s likely though that their body has adapted to the treatments and their hair growth has been delayed much longer than they expected as a result of continuous use.
In any case, keeping a regular schedule is very important to achieve great results.
What are the main differences between these machines?
- The technology used for hair removal (laser vs. IPL). Laser is more precise and effective, especially for dense and coarse hair. IPL generally needs more frequent sessions to achieve the same results.
- The maximum strength of the hair-eliminating light energy (the higher the energy, the more effective it is).
- The design of the device (flash window size, corded vs. battery-powered, the number of flashes, etc.). Refer to the chart above and choose the features that best suit your needs and lifestyle.
How many treatments are needed for laser hair removal?
Typically 6-12 depending on the skin, the area of the body, laser used, hair density, and coarseness. Having a regular schedule is also crucial for success.
Can anyone use these at home hair removal machines on any part of the face and body?
No, there are certain limitations for different devices. These are usually:
- Areas of the face and body – Some older versions of at-home devices are not suitable for facial use and in certain parts of the body. The devices above, however, can be used for the face and body. Typical suitable male and female body areas include legs, arms, bikini line, underarms, hands, chest, back, and abdomen. For the face, most of these devices are recommended for use on women’s facial hair from cheek line downward like the cheeks, upper lip, chin, and neck.
- Areas with skin conditions – Damaged skin (sunburned, tanned), inked or tattooed skin, irritated skin (peeling, redness), skin conditions (eczema, acne, psoriasis, herpes, active infections, wounds, etc.), areas with heavily freckled skin, birthmarks, warts, and dark moles, are some of the restrictions for use.
- Certain skin tones – Most devices are suitable for light to medium skin tones, however, there are some that can accommodate darker skin tones. The machines above has built-in safety sensors designed to check the skin tone before use. You can also manually check the skin tone guide as noted above if you fall under a suitable category.
- Certain hair colors – The technology mostly works on darker hair because it relies on the pigment of the hair follicle to work. The higher the contrast between your skin tone and hair color, the more effective your treatment will be.
Diode lasers vs. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)?
Diode laser and IPL treatments are highly effective and safe. Both target the melanin i.e. color in the hair root and results are pretty much the same in terms of permanent hair reduction.
In clinical studies, however, diode lasers were found to be more effective than IPL. IPL needs more sessions to achieve the same results as diode lasers.
This is down to the type of light used and the way it expels on the skin. This affects the light energy that can be used by a device and number of treatments required to achieve results, among other factors.
Diode lasers are more efficient, and the more expensive done in-office.
Because of the high energy used by diode lasers, the stinging sensation and inflammation you may experience will be more pronounced. Despite this, most patients prefer lasers over IPL due to its efficacy. You can always use numbing creams if you have sensitive skin or have low pain tolerance.
Laser – monochromatic and very high energy light source, focused only on the hair follicle. More suitable for darker skin tones. Faster results, more expensive.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Laser) – Broadband pulsed light source flashed on the hair and surrounding skin. Depending on the device’s light energy, may need more treatment sessions in comparison. More affordable alternative to laser.
At Home Laser Hair Removal User Guide
- Prep your skin – Cleanse, shave, and dry your skin before every treatment.
- Select a treatment level on your device – This depends on whether the device is manual or automatic. Check the machine’s manual for specifics on how to set this. Remember: the higher the energy level, the faster the results.
- Choose an area – Treat the face or body part as indicated. Continue treatments as necessary for desired results.
That’s basically it! Simple right? 🙂
The best time to get treatment is during the hair’s active growth period, so be consistent and follow a schedule. Since hair grows in cycles, you need to schedule your home treatments regularly. There’s usually an app that comes with each brand to help you keep track.
Tip: Perform at night so any lingering redness would disappear by morning. 😉 You can also shave in between your schedule, but avoid waxing or plucking.
What to Expect Before, During, and After
After: Hair won’t immediately fall out after the first treatment. Permanent hair reduction will happen after a sufficient amount of treatments, usually at least 6-8 on average. Results will still vary depending on the device used, energy level, skin tone, hair color, the area of the face or body used on, denseness and coarseness of the hair, and how regularly the treatments are done. Hair should gradually fall off with each treatment.
During: Some users may experience some discomfort during the first treatment like warmth, tingling, or itching. Some users experience prickling in the skin, while others describe the sensation like a rubber band snapping. This is normal, but these sensitivities will usually go away in later treatments.
You can use calming or numbing creams if you have low pain tolerance or sensitive skin.
Some users also have mild redness in certain areas. These usually go away within 24 hours. If there is pain still after the first treatment and it’s proving too intense for you, stop using the device and check with your doctor before trying again.
Before: Before starting your treatment, you’ll have to take note of the below list of skin conditions.
At Home Laser Hair Removal Safety Reminders
These are the basic precautions across all at-home laser hair removal treatments. For a definite list, please refer to the enclosed leaflet in your machine.
Do not use if you have:
- Sensitivity to light (photosensitivity)
- Damaged or irritated skin
- Had skin peeling, plucking, epilating, or waxing in the last 6-8 weeks.
- Have tanned or sunburned skin. Wait for the skin to go back to normal before proceeding.
- Are breastfeeding or pregnant
- History of pre-cancer or skin cancer
- Anywhere near water in case of electric shock
Do not use on:
- Eyebrows or areas above the cheek line as the laser light can cause eye damage. It’s highly recommended to use UV glasses as a precaution.
- Areas of the body with tattoos, dark brown or black spots (dark moles, large freckles, birthmarks, or warts)
- Areas with skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, herpes, active infections, or wounds
- Skin tones or hair colors outside the advised coverage
- Ears, nipples, genitals (bikini line is okay), or anus
Don’t use this on areas where you may want to grow your hair back. Long-term usage may be irreversible or permanent.
Always follow safety precautions for electrical devices. Most of us will do this in the bathroom, so be careful to not get the machine or the charger damp or wet. To avoid accidents, don’t put it next to the tub or sink. Keep the cord away from heated surfaces like towel rails to avoid electric shocks.
And that’s it! Thanks for dropping by. I hope this guide can help you with your at-home hair removal journey. If you have any further questions, feel free to drop me a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
Here’s to a flawless and hair-free future! 😉
*Permanent hair reduction is defined as the long-term, stable reduction in the number of hairs regrowing when measured at 6, 9, and 12 months after the completion of a treatment regimen. Individual results vary. In clinical testing on the body, the upper quartile of treatment sites averaged 94.3% fewer hairs after just three treatments. On average, participants had 66% fewer hairs 12 months after just three treatments.
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