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The Forever Free Intense Pulsed Light hair remover uses the latest Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology to give long term hair removal and to achieve satin smooth, hair free skin, without the hassle of waxing, epilating or shaving. Placed against the skin, gentle pulses of intense light are directed at the hair follicle to disable the hair root without affecting the surrounding area. The hair follicle is disabled as a result of lasting damage to the hair root. Regular treatments result in permanent hair reduction. The Rio Forever Free has a treatment area of 20 mm x 10 mm, treating up to 70 hairs (based on treatment of facial hair). The treatment is very quick, for example it only takes a couple of minutes to treat the underarm area. Periodic treatments every four to six weeks are required to ensure that there is no hair regrowth. IPL hair removal is ideal for fast and efficient long term results, for use on the legs, arms, underarms, bikini line, back, chest and certain areas of the face within the area illustrated by the white dotted line (below right), leaving your skin beautifully smooth and without a hair in sight. The Rio Forever Free should not be used around the eyes or on the lips.
The Rio Forever Free IPL hair remover is suitable for fair skin through to olive and tanned skin types. For treatment to be effective the hair needs to be darker than the surrounding skin. The Forever Free is not suitable for tanned or dark skin tones, for example, those of Afro-Caribbean, black African, Indian or Pakistani decent. Even if your skin tone appears to be suitable on the skin tone chart below, do not use if close relations (parents/grandparents) have skin tones as described above as the process may not work. IPL is also not suitable for red, light blonde, grey or white hair. Best results are on pale skin with dark hair. Different power levels are sometimes required on different areas. Each area should be tested for the appropriate maximum power level.
Carry out a patch test prior to treatment and wait 24 hours to monitor skin reaction. Treat different areas on increasing power levels. If you feel any discomfort, the previous power level is the maximum power level you should use. This patch test will confirm the maximum power level for your skin type.
Before you start, shave the area to be treated. This ensures that the light energy goes directly to the hair root and avoids hair burning on the surface.
Turn the key clockwise to the ON position to unlock and enter the security code. Place the wand over the area you wish to treat. Ensure all four skin sensors are in contact with the skin (you may need to apply gentle pressure). The blue ‘ready’ lights will illuminate. Press and hold the treatment button on the wand. This initiates the treatment flash and you may feel a slight warming of the area. The blue lights will go out after the treatment flash and the unit will also self-check after each flash. Move the wand to the next area. When moving the wand to the next area, the skin sensors must be lifted off the skin.
As a guide to the treatment area, a small indentation mark will be left from pressing the wand down on the skin. When moving the wand use these marks, building up a grid-like pattern to ensure complete coverage. A white eyeliner pencil may also help by outlining areas to be treated.
The timing for follow on treatments is not critical. Initially, treatments at two week intervals is recommended, although some people like to treat the area every week or even every other day to start with to clear any visible hair, while others opt for just once a month.
During IPL treatment, most people experience a warming of the skin. Slight irritation similar to that of minor sunburn may be felt if used on too high a power level, or if the area has not been shaved. Men undergoing treatment experience greater discomfort, as male body hair is generally thicker, however the sensation quickly disappears.
After the treatment there will usually be no perceptible change in your skin. A slight redness may occur but will normally fade over 24 hours. There may be some localised redness around the hair follicle which is quite normal. However, if any redness or inflammation remains after 24 hours, this would indicate you have selected too high a power level for your skin type. Please refer to the patch test information above.
Sun exposure or deep tanning should be avoided for at least 48 hours. If the skin is exposed use a sunscreen. Also avoid using abrasive cleansers or skin peeling treatments. Avoid swimming in chlorinated water or using a hot tub for 48 hours. The chlorine in the water can result in itchiness.
If you wish, you can apply an un-perfumed soothing lotion, an ice pack or wet towel to cool the treated areas. Rio recommends not using soap on the treated areas for 24 hours. Take care to keep the treated area particularly clean for three days. When treating the underarms, avoid using antiperspirant deodorant for two to three days. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure for 48 hours.
There are two big differences between lasers and intense pulsed light. Generally IPL covers a much larger area than the relatively small treatment spot with lasers and therefore treatments of larger areas are much quicker. The other difference is the wavelength of light produced. Lasers produce light with a specific wavelength while IPL uses a broad spectrum of wavelengths. This limits IPL to specific skin types.
As with all hair removers which use light energy, there may be slight reddening of the skin after use or lightening of the skin in patches. They should both disappear within 24 hours. IPL should not be used over tattoos, moles, blemishes, scars or open sores, and photosensitive skin.
Long term hair removal with IPL is generally considered to be effective after a minimum of six treatments over a period of 6 months. This varies from person to person and depends on the area you are treating. Initially with each treatment you will notice a gradual thinning of hair in the treated area. To maintain hair free skin repeat the treatment every four to six weeks or as required.
Because IPL treatment needs a hair to be present in the follicle, hair removal methods which pluck the hair, such as waxing, epilators and tweezing are not suitable for use between treatments. Bleaching hairs is also not suitable as it removes the pigment and renders IPL treatment ineffective. Shaving, microdermabrasion discs and cream depilatories are ideal for use between treatments.