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The best permanent hair removal: IPL or laser?

Are you looking for the best permanent hair removal option for you? Are you tired of endless trips to the salon or shaving week in and week out? Are you unsure where to invest your money to ensure you get the best value for your money? Not clear on the differences between Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser hair removal treatment, and the benefits they offer? Fear not. This blog is for you! We’ll look at how IPL and laser hair removal technology work, factors to consider, different uses, who each is for, and before the end of this post, you’ll have all the information you need to ensure you’re getting the best permanent hair removal solution for your individual needs.

 

At Jenzi Beauty, we are making light work of a serious decision! Let’s get started…

 

DIFFERENCE AND SIMILARITIES BETWEEN LASER AND IPL

 

If you’re looking for the best permanent hair removal, it’s important to know how IPL and laser hair removal are different. While they are both light-based therapies, they work with different light sources.

Laser is a single-spectrum beam of light energy that can be precision-controlled to target hair follicles straight at their base, while IPL is a broad-spectrum source of light with multiple wavelengths that covers a larger area, penetrating hair and skin tissue.

Laser heats the hair at its root without affecting skin tissue.

Both laser and IPL are best done during the beginning phase of the hair growth (known as the anagen hair phase) and are absorbed by the brown pigments in the skin (melanin) and hair. When the light pulses are absorbed by the melanin, the process heats the hair follicles and paralyses them, preventing hair growth.

Due to the more targeted single focused light in laser, results are usually faster, but treatments take longer because the light is more precision focused.

IPL covers larger areas with each flash of light, but penetrates shallower, which means shorter but more treatments, and ultimately the same results. It’s much of a muchness in this department when it comes to which one is the best permanent hair removal solution for you.

One huge benefit of IPL as a contender for the best permanent hair removal is that Variable Pulsed Light (VPL) has been developed.

As with our Jenzi at-home IPL device, each user can modify light pulse settings to best suit their hair and skin type making it the safer option for untrained and unqualified personal hair-removal enthusiasts.

 

DIFFERENT USES

Another huge factor to consider when looking for the best permanent hair removal solution is whether the number of benefits you get will be worth their weight in gold.

At-home laser hair removal devices only affect the hair, so it’s a single-function kind of gadget, while IPL can be used for all you ever dreamed of and more.

Here’s what results you can expect to see from your Jenzi at-home IPL device:

• Permanent hair removal

• Reduced signs of ageing

• Reducing the appearance of scars from acne or other wounds

• Improved appearance of birthmarks and stretch marks • Healing of sun-damaged skin

• Lightning darker patches of skin, such as freckles and other hyperpigmentation issues

• Improving the appearance of spider veins

• Reducing redness from rosacea or facial flushing

• Skin collagen boosting

We seriously love these benefits when considering which is the best permanent hair removal treatment to invest in. It’s hair removal, and a whole lot more.

 

FACTORS TO CONSIDER

Full transparency: IPL is best suited to those with fair skin and dark hair, while laser is the better option for those with dark skin as well as light skin.

The reason IPL isn’t a safe bet on dark skin is because the light gets absorbed by the brown pigment in skin and hair, and since darker skin has more brown pigment, it’s going to absorb more light. In this case, light equals heat, so the browner the skin, the hotter the follicle is going to get, which could result in burns or blistering. Nobody wants that!

If you have an olive/Meditteranean complexion or darker, you will want to consider laser as the best permanent hair removal option for you. Blonde, grey, and red hair also doesn’t have brown pigment, so the light won’t be absorbed from the IPL therapy.

The best permanent hair removal for those with luscious blonde, red, or grey locks would need to be E-Light Radio Frequency light-based therapy.

 

WEIGHING THEM UP

If you’re going to make a decision on which is the best permanent hair removal option for you, here’s what else we think you need to know so you can make an informed decision:

TREATMENT TIME

Laser treatment time will take longer as the light is more focused and targeted so it can reach into the base of the hair follicle to get results.

IPL treatment will go quicker, but you may need more treatments.

Both laser and IPL need between 6-10 sessions to notice a significant reduction or permanent removal, however.

PAIN

Laser is often reported to be more painful than IPL. For us, this is a big deciding factor when looking for the best permanent hair removal.

Beauty doesn’t need to be cruelty, and we’re also not a fan of the saying “no pain, no gain”!

IPL has been reported to feel like a brief pin-prick at most. If you feel more than a pin-prick sensation, adjust your light pulse settings to a lower wavelength.

COST

Laser is an expensive light to generate and so costs a hefty sum, whereas IPL is much more affordable.

Salon prices for laser treatments start at R400 for 15 minutes and can cost up to R4200 for 180-minute sessions.

Salon IPL hair removal treatments, still a bit heavy on the pocket, come in at an average of R3820 per session for a full leg, Hollywood, and armpit bundle.

By far the best permanent hair removal solution we have found when it comes to bang for your buck is the at-home IPL devices, like our Jenzi, which sells for R3499 and gives you 600 000 flashes… enough to last you a lifetime!

You won’t have to budget for monthly waxes or photofacials anymore because you can do them in the comfort of your own home.

Use the money you save to buy nice undies and cozzies to show off your smooth bod! Or travel somewhere epic.

LONGEVITY OF RESULTS

While Both laser and IPL will require you to have “top-up” or maintenance treatments once every few months after the initial treatment protocol, laser does require you to do fewer maintenance sessions.

With IPL however, you would be able to get the same results as laser as long as you follow the prescribed treatment and keep up with the maintenance sessions.

 

THE BOTTOM LINE

As you can tell from the information we’ve shared, while laser may provide quicker results, IPL comes up top choice as the best permanent hair removal solution for several reasons.

Especially when considering the convenience of at-home IPL devices, like our Jenzi, that have enough light energy in them to last you many years to come, and will save you a pretty packet.

IPL is safe to use at home on your own and can be used for skin rejuvenation when you’re done “defluffing”. What’s not to love about IPL?

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