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Tripping the (Intense Pulsed) Light fantastic,
This review is from: Rio IPL Intense Pulsed Light Hair Removal System (Personal Care)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)I have very pale, sensitive skin. It reacts badly to chemicals and burns almost instantly in direct sunlight. Naturally, I was very wary about using this Intense Pulsed Light device, and the multiple warnings and safety measures ("ignition" key, access code, single-stage power increments, auto-shutoff, etc.) didn't serve to reassure me.
Thankfully, I needn't have worried. With this device, the paler your skin is the better, and I've had no adverse reaction whatsoever, even at the highest power setting. It's also very easy to use, and almost impossible to misuse: the sensors on the wand prevent the thing from working if the proper contact with the skin isn't being made. All the warnings and precautionary measures may be necessary, and somewhat off-putting at first, but for me they weren't an issue.
Shaving before you use it is essential (a dry safety razor is supplied), as are multiple uses over a period of months. The hairs thin down each time, and once you've used it enough times its effects should be permanent. Just don't expect to be able to zap once and be done with it.
I've only come across two issues while using the device: getting complete coverage and overheating. The treatment area of the wand is actually quite small, even if it does zap lots of hairs at a time. The wand leaves behind an imprint on the skin to assist you, but it doesn't stay there for long and it's difficult to cover every bit of a large area effectively. The device overheats quite quickly, at which point it ceases to operate. While not a major problem, it does mean regular intervals while you wait for it to cool down.
The lightbulb contained in the wand head has a limited lifespan, but the whole head is user replaceable. All in all, it's a good investment if being hair-free is important to you.