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Rio IPL Intense Pulsed Light Hair Removal System
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- Fast and effective permanent hair reduction that destroys the hair root
- Treats up to 180 hairs in just a few seconds
- Suitable for larger areas such as legs, arms, underarms, bikini line, back, chest and certain areas of the face
- Long life bulb with +40,000 flashes
- Features a security lock for added safety
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Long term hair removal with Rio Intense Pulsed Light
The Rio Intense Pulsed Light hair remover uses the latest intense pulsed light (IPL) technology. Placed gently against the skin, pulses of intense light are delivered directly to the hair follicle with enough energy to destroy the root without affecting the surrounding area. IPL delivers quick and efficient long term hair reduction and is suitable for larger areas such as legs, arms, underarms, bikini line, back, chest and certain areas of the face. The Rio IPL hair remover can be used safely on the face within the area illustrated by the white dotted line (below right). The Rio IPL hair remover should not be used around the eyes or on the lips.
Not all skin types are suitable for IPL
The Rio IPL hair remover 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 not suitable for red, light blonde, grey or white hair.
The Rio IPL hair remover is not for use on or by children under 14 years old and not for use on or by children between 14 and 17 years old without parental supervision.
How to use the Rio IPL hair remover
Check for any reaction by testing a small area of your skin 24 hours before you begin treatment. This patch test will confirm the maximum power level for your skin type.
When you are ready to go, 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 unit on, enter the security code, press the enable button then place the wand over the area you wish to treat. Ensure the skin sensors are in contact with the skin and press and hold down the treatment button on the wand. This initiates the treatment flash.
After the treatment flash the unit will self-check, then move the wand to the next area to be treated and repeat the process. When you have finished your treatment, turn the unit off and store in a safe place away from children.
The timing for follow-on treatments is not critical. Rio recommends treatments at two-week intervals, although some people like to treat the area every week and others just once a month, depending on personal preference and on where the treatment area is. As long as the hair follicle or surrounding skin is not red, sore or inflamed, treatment can be repeated after a minimum of 48 hours.
FAQ about IPL
How should I prepare my skin for IPL hair removal?
Ensure your skin is clean. IPL hair removal is most effective on pale skin. Sunbathing, use of sun beds and fake tanning should not be undertaken for three weeks before treatment.
How should I prepare the hairs for IPL hair removal?
Shave the area to be treated. Minimising the length of the hair enables the light energy to go directly to the hair root and avoids hair burning on the surface of the skin.
What areas can I treat?
Most body hair can be removed using IPL. The most common areas are underarms, legs, chest, back and bikini line and certain areas of the face.
What does it feel like?
Most people experience a warming of the skin. Slight irritation similar to that of a minor sunburn may be felt if used on too high a power level, or if the area has not been shaved. Men undergoing the procedure experience greater discomfort as male body hair is generally thicker than womens', however the sensation quickly disappears.
Can I use IPL hair removal on sensitive skin?
Yes, the IPL reacts with the hair, so the surrounding skin should not be affected.
How will my skin appear after the treatment?
Usually there will be no perceptible change. A slight redness after treatment may occur but will normally fade over 24 hours. There may be some localised redness around the hair follicle--this 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.
After IPL hair removal, is there anything to avoid?
Sun exposure or deep tanning should be avoided for at least 48 hours. Ensure natural or fake tans have completely faded before further treatments. 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.
How often can I repeat IPL hair removal treatment?
The timing for follow on treatments is not critical. Rio recommends treatments at two-week intervals, although some people like to treat the area every week and others just once a month depending on personal preference and on where the treatment area is. As long as the hair follicle or surrounding skin is not red, sore or inflamed, treatment can be repeated after a minimum of 48 hours. This gives time to see which hairs have been shed and to identify new regrowth. Choose a time which is convenient for you. Avoid excessive treatment on the same region at one time. This may cause reddening and swelling.
Is there any after-care routine I should follow?
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.
What is the difference between IPL and a laser?
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.
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, do not use if close relations (parents/grandparents) have skin tones as described above. Not suitable for red, light blonde, grey or white hair. Not suitable for use on certain areas of the face, such as around the eyes or on the lips. Not for use on or by children under 14 years old. Not for use on or by children between 14 and 17 years old without parental supervision.See all Product Description
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I have had this product since April 2010 and felt that I couldn't give a proper review of it until I had owned and used it for at least three months.
What is it?
After opening the box, I was pleased to see that the machine came with a DVD as well as a booklet explaining everything in detail. I opted for the book first as I prefer to make my own judgements before looking at overly smiley people looking like they would be better suited to The Price Is Right.
This machine uses the latest technology to remove hair on the body. It uses an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) that is sent directly to your hair follicles to destroy the root, effectively giving you permanent hair removal. The book itself covers a number of sections including how to use, frequently asked questions and aftercare. The book isn't too big which is a bonus but gives you a constant source of reference for any questions you may have. All I had left to do after reading the book (I decided to skip the DVD option) was to road test it.
I know this review may seem lengthy but when you see the price tag you may agree that a lot of information is required to make a good buying decision.
The first thing you must be aware of is that not every skin type is suitable for IPL treatment. This IPL machine is not suitable for tanned or dark skin tones, for example, those of Afro-Caribbean, black African, Indian or Pakistani decent. The company Rio even goes as far as saying that even if your skin tone appears to be suitable on the skin tone chart, to not use if close relations (parents/grandparents) have skin tones as described above. It is also not suitable for red, light blonde, grey or white hair.Read more ›
The machine is easy to use, and was able to use it without using the DVD. The wand is a little large for use of on the face, so you have to make sure that you get all 4 contact sensors on the skin, which is clumsy if you are doing the lip. I've worked out the best way to do this for myself though.
Like I say, you can use this on other hairy areas too, but I would say that if you want to do legs, prepare to spend a good amount of time in any one session - the actual bulb/laser bit is quite small so it will take a while. I'm going to concentrate on other ares before using on legs I think. Perfect for underarms and Bikini though!
So, like I say, I've had this machine about 2 months, and have started to see results already! Hairs on my face are either much lighter in colour and finer, or just haven't grown back at all (YET) - so I am thrilled! no more tweezing! the skin is also much improved - no more spots from ingrown hairs. I was so impressed with the lip hair, I have started using on binkini and underarm and I am impressed. after about 2-3 weeks of use, the hairs just fell out, and with continued use, the next ones to grow also fall out.
My advise on usuage is -
- to make sure you have the right skin tone and hair colour to use this. It's not suitable for dark/coloured skin, or fair/light coloured hair.
- You MUST shave the area before use.Read more ›
I've used this for 3 weeks now on my own skin as my wife thought I was an ideal guinea pig for the treatment! Using it on my underarms is awkward due to the shape of the wand and the only way to see what area you've done is in a mirror (the wand leaves a mark on your skin when you press it down so you can see where you've just done but it fades a bit quickly). In the end I ended up getting my wife to use it on me, always helps when you have a partner who is willing to do the work for you! (don't worry, I always help her out in return).
You do need to shave the hair first though, something like a ladyshave or non-epilator device is fine (an epilator pulls the root out so the machine won't work if this has been done recently), so be prepared to shave your legs/arms etc.
The treatment is painless if a little hot once the bulb has been in use a bit and it's not too slow to get an area like under one arm done. With legs, though, be prepared for a couple of hours work.
Initially I couldn't see any difference. My hair grows at an extraordinary rate, so it was a good test, but after a couple of treatments I can see the difference in hair growth, it has slowed down and even stopped in some places. However, it is patchy and I can see this being and issue for legs while you're a few months in to the treatment.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I spend a lot money to remove my hair in beauty salon. Now I have my own beauty room for myself :)Published on 1 Jan. 2014 by Marta Drewnowska
I have had this for a good while now and no matter how high I have the light, it still doesn't work as it says it does. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2013 by Mrs J T Freke
This is a very worthable machine. I've frequented a beauty saloon, and this machine have produced more results in the same time as the professional sallon machines, with the... Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2012 by V. Nunes
I bought this product at the beginning of the year but am just writing the review as wanted to see the effect long term. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2012 by uk1maria
This is a difficult product to review, as the instructions say it may take up to 6 months for effects to be seen and one may need to redo the whole process again in 6 months to... Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2011 by DErrington
Following the instructions I am just about to start my third treatment and must say that it's definitely working! Read morePublished on 18 April 2011 by gwiltyassin