I decided I would do my legs (full), which have never been treated before, and my underarms, which have reaped the benefits of laser hair removal years ago, but a few hairs were coming through so I needed a top-up.
Full disclosure: I put off doing this for a few days because I was overcome with sheer laziness. But once I bit the bullet and hunkered down for my first session, it was hands-down one of the easiest processes. Probably the equivalent ease of shaving.
Simply plug in the device, flick on the power point, and you’ll hear some faint whirring (I couldn’t seem to find an ‘on’ switch, so I relied on the power point to power it on and off). Honestly I was a little put off when I opened the box to discover it wasn’t cordless, but it really wasn’t an issue once I got going. The cord is long enough to get a pretty extensive range of movement, so it really doesn’t interfere with the hair removal process.
TOP TIP: It’s a good idea to shave the areas you’re treating before you get started with the IPL device.
When it came to my underarms, I used the ‘stamp’ method. This basically means you place the device on the area, push the button and release (it will flash), and then move it onto the area adjacent. It took me about two minutes total (max!) to do both underarms.
As for my legs, I found it easier to use the ‘glide’ mode, which means you hold the button down as you slowly move the device along the area. It flashes consistently as you go, making it a much more efficient way to treat the legs than the ‘stamp’ mode. Using the ‘glide’ mode, I could do both of my legs in about five minutes, total.
After doing my legs and underarms, I did experience a tiny bit of tingling, but I understand that’s fairly normal and it disappeared after a few minutes.
I repeated this process once a week for three more weeks, having four treatments in total.