Here are some tips for choosing the right pulsed light epilator. For more details, click here to access our 2021 comparison !
What is a pulsed light epilator?
First of all, you have to understand that there is the razor which allows hair removal for up to 2 days, the mechanical epilator which allows an application for up to 3 weeks and we now have the pulsed light epilator which allows long-lasting hair removal.
Most epilators on the market meet very strict European standards: their effectiveness and harmlessness are clinically proven. How is the hair removed? The light energy that is emitted by the device will be absorbed by the hair and this thermal effect will destroy the hair and all the cells at the origin of its creation. The hair will therefore no longer grow back!
2 important criteria for the purchase!
For maximum security, some devices are equipped with skin color detectors. It is a system that will check if the color of the skin and determine if it is really suitable before starting the treatment. For example, if you come back from vacation and your skin is too tanned, and therefore unsuitable for treatment with pulsed light, then the device will not work. Another important element in safety devices: the contact detector. This allows eye safety as the camera flashes only if it is in contact with the skin. For even more safety, it is possible to wear protective glasses.
The size of the window: the larger it is, the less repetition of the number of flashes, and the faster the treatment. Some devices have an extra-large window of 4cm² for a treatment of only 1/2 hour for both legs. In addition, the speed of the flash changes between 2 to 5 seconds, it is about the labs of time which is between 2 flashes. Below 3 seconds, the processing is again very fast.
How to use the epilator?
The epilator can be used by men and women on all areas of the body: legs, arms, armpits, bikini line, back and torso. For optimal results, it is necessary to adhere to a very precise schedule. Indeed, only the hairs in the growth phase can be treated by pulsed light technology, that is to say about 30% of them. This means that we will have to multiply the number of sessions to be sure to eradicate all of the hairs. For this, we recommend ten sessions: the first four should be spaced 2 weeks apart and the next 4 one month. In principle, all hair is removed after 2 months, ie between the fourth and sixth treatment.
How to organize these pulsed light hair removal sessions? First of all, you should know that the treatment must be done on clean and completely shaved skin, but especially not shaved. Because if you pluck the hair, the treatment will not be effective because the hair will already have disappeared. It is important to start with the lowest light intensity. If we see that the skin does not react, then we can then increase the level.
Precautions: Pulsed light epilators are not suitable for everyone. First of all, they are only intended for people over 18, who have fair to dark skin and dark blonde to black hair. Indeed, the epilator will not be effective on white, red and light blond hair or on black skin. It is also not recommended to expose yourself to the sun during the treatment as well as 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after. Check with your salesperson, your dermatologist and read the instructions carefully!