*** This device is not recommended for those with red, light blonde, or white/grey hair. It's also not advised for those with what the leaflet calls "blackish brown and darker" skin tones ***
I was really excited to invest in a IPL hair removal system; you simply zap the unwanted hairs and they go for good, right? Erm, I quickly learnt that it's not so straightforward as I previously thought. Don't get me wrong; it does work, but it requires the user to stick to a treatment routine and lots of patience...
The main convenience I found was that the device is cordless (it takes an hour to charge and the charger is included). Plus the hand held wand has five power settings, which I thought was really advanced for a home IPL system.
The main thing that I want to point out is that you are meant to use this to treat CLEANLY SHAVEN skin, in order to allow the light beams to reach the hair follicles. I use the highest setting on the wand so my skin does tingle (it feels like when you hold a warm mug) as I use the IPL and is left a bit red in patches for a day, but I actually quite like the sensation and the redness was mild. This can treat all unwanted body hair below the neck.
You have to keep on treating the same area over and over again every few weeks, as although fine, regrowth does continue for at least three months, so yeah, this is not a fix-it-quick solution. However once you have completed the treatment course that is it - you're permanently hairless. You'll never have to reach for a razor, pay for waxing or endure using an epilator ever again.
If you can afford the device and can [and will] stick to a treatment routine, this will work out for you, as if you kept paying for salon sessions it would be costlier and waxing and epilating does hurt. Using a razor will only give you a day or two with smooth, hair free skin, whereas the results of this will be permanent with patience.