Excess facial hair on women is incredibly common, yet it remains a taboo subject. Hormonal imbalances can be a cause of this and so can having a genetic pre-disposition for facial hair. It can affect a woman’s self-confidence and often make her feel un-feminine. Many resort to quick-fix hair removal methods, but these don’t have long-lasting effects and can actually make the problem worse. Hair removal creams, shaving and plucking can cause the hairs to grow back thick and coarse, as well as damaging the hair follicle which is likely to lead to ingrown hairs.
What treatments are available?
Permanent facial hair reduction methods are available but can be painful, expensive and time consuming. It does make sense to spend more money on a treatment that will give you permanent results, but be sure to research all of the options to find the right treatment for you.
Electrolysis involves a fine sterile needle being inserted into each hair follicle to give the hairs an electric shock which kills the follicle. Hairs then cannot grow back, however it is worth noting that if a new hair is growing underneath the one that has been shocked, it will still grow through. This means that as many as twelve sessions can be required, and at £20 for a fifteen minute session (which will only cover a small area like the top lip) electrolysis can be expensive.
Laser hair removal involves a strong laser targeting the hair growth and destroying the follicle, preventing hair from re-growing. Laser treatment can be costly as a course of six treatments is usually required. Lasers work best on people with dark hair and pale skin because they target the pigment in the hair. This treatment is therefore not suitable for dark skin or people with pale facial hair.
Intense Pulsed Light is similar to laser treatment, but uses various light wavelengths, and lamps are bigger allowing a much larger area to be treated at any one time. IPL is said to be less painful and less time consuming than laser treatments, as well as being one of the cheaper permanent hair reduction methods available. Home hair removal systems are available meaning you can treat yourself in privacy, whenever you need to (usually five or six sessions are required with an annual ‘top-up’ session) without embarrassment or discomfort.
To learn more about hair removal for your face please contact our team via the form or phone us on +1.415.800.4604.
What is IPL hair removal?
IPL hair removal prevents hair re-growth by destroying the hair follicle. Unlike the alternative methods of removing hair, this treatment has long lasting effects and tackles the problem effectively. If you use hair removal creams, wax or razors you are more likely to suffer from ingrown hairs and they can often lead to thicker, more visible hair growth which can actually make the problem worse.
Why should you try it?
In today’s media, the image of hairless men and women like Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence is being promoted and considered a desirable look. Even though excess hair is common amongst both men and women, the peer pressure can often damage your self-confidence. With our IPL hair removal treatment you can safely and effectively tackle the problem in the privacy of your own home which is both convenient and cost effective.
How often should you have the treatment?
Before starting the treatment, you need to consider your previous method of hair removal in the past as it can prevent this treatment from working properly:
- Waxed, tweezed or threaded: wait 3 weeks before starting treatment.
- Hair removal or depilatory cream: wait 1 week before starting treatment.
- Shaving: you can start treatment right away
As hair grows in cycles, we recommend a specific removal routine so you can target as many of the follicles as possible. Within the first 3 months we suggest you treat the area every 2 weeks. After the first 3 months you should only use the treatment once a month until your last treatment.
It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s time for the Christmas party season, when many of us put our looks under a prolonged level of strain by eating and drinking more than we normally would. So we thought we’d tell you about a different kind of party that can help you to survive the Christmas party season. We’re talking about a VISS Beauty party, of course, so read on to find out how you and your friends can make the most of this festive treat.
First step: Rejuvenate your skin
December is a time when many of us consider this a valid excuse to throw back our hair and enjoy the pleasures in life; food, drink and generally being merry. But your skin can certainly feel the effects. So get your friends round to yours and bring out the VISS IPL Skin Rejuvenation system to provide your skin with a different kind of pleasure. The kit works to induce collagen for restoring flexibility, strength and elasticity of the skin. It will smooth your skin and can treat any wrinkles that appear after the more demanding Christmas parties.
Second step: Say farewell to acne
All this strain of the party season can mean unwanted acne begin to show their ugly heads – often brighter than Rudolph’s nose. That’s why your VISS Beauty party isn’t complete without using our safe, easy to use professional standard IPL acne treatment. The light-based technology helps your skin to produce collagen to repair your skin, so that you and your friends can look the part when you unwrap your presents under the tree.
Final step: Prepare for the next party
‘Tis the season, after all, and we have no doubt that you’ve got several invitations to various bashes over Christmas. But it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re looking the part, so we recommend that you and your friends keep the VISS Beauty party going with our home IPL hair removal system. This provides a safe, quick and effective method of removing hair from the body and can save you a great deal of money compared to laser hair removal. The professional home treatment is used in clinics worldwide so you can be sure that your party will go to plan.
From Olympic athletes to amateurs there is a plethora of sportsmen and women who remove body hair to enhance their performance. Cycling, swimming and diving are a few sports that use hair removal to cut down on wind and water resistance.
When competing, any slight advantage you can get over your opponent could help you place. The removal of body hair can shave fractions of a second off your time. This may not help you win a road cycling event but can be beneficial when track racing.
The hydrocyanic benefits could also cut time for triathletes as there is less drag or resistance when swimming. This method is widely used by high level athletes from Michael Phelps to Alessandro Fabian.
Abrasions and road rash are very common for cyclists who regularly compete or train. Falling of a bike at speed usually means you will slide on impact. The friction created rubs away layers of your skin. These abrasions are usually referred to as road rash.
Many claim that removing leg hair up to the short line actually helps in recovering from road rash. Smooth skin reduces damage as hair cannot rip during impact creating less tearing of the skin. It also makes it easier to keep the area clean during the recovery process.
In various sports athletes use different oils and ointments that they massage into different muscle groups. This helps to ease an existing injury or simply prevents new ones. Deforesting areas of the body can help with the application of heat creams like Mentholatum and moisturises to keep the skin supple.
Lasered, shaved, or waxed skin also means you do not gummed hair after applying creams and oils making it easier to wear tight fitting clothes.
Hair removal options
Using a razor is a common method people use to remove hair. This is the quickest way to remove large amounts of hair. A problem with shaving with razors is that the blade becomes dull mid shave leaving an irritant rash.
Waxing is an excellent way to remove hair but it is notoriously painful and can be expensive to maintain.
Depilatory cream can cover large areas of skin quickly making it a popular choice for people who find it hard to deforest areas of the body that is hard to reach.
I hair removal is a fast and effective way of removing unwanted hair for long periods of time or even permanently.
All skin is different. Your own skin will react differently to someone else’s and particularly in different environments and within its reaction to heat and light. After all, that’s why some of us may need a higher factor of sun location whilst on vacation.
Family history, ethnicity and geographical factors will all have influences on your skin type, but it’s crucial to know just what skin type you have, in order to effectively protect it over the years.
In regards to the likes of IPL treatments for hair removal, there are certain skin types which are more suited for these reasons.
Firstly, you need to determine what your skin type is.
One way of doing so is through the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Scale, which is a classification of skin types based on how they response to UV light.
It categorises skin types as a number between 1 and 6, with a corresponding coloration of skin, and how it may characteristically react to sun exposure.
Type 1: White or very fair. Freckles. Always burns, never tans.
Type 2: White or fair. Usually burns, tans with difficulty.
Type 3: Beige. Sometimes receives mild burning but gradually tans.
Type 4: Beige with a brown tint. Skin often described as ‘Mediterranean Caucasian’. Rarely burns and tans with ease.
Type 5: Dark brown. Very rarely brown and tans easily.
Type 6: Black. Never burns and tans very easily.
So which are suitable for IPL?
VISS IPL works most effectively on naturally dark-blond, brown and black hair, but not for those with naturally red, grey or light blond hair. In addition, it is not suitable for very dark skin tones.
With this in mind, to get the best results in a safe way, IPL treatments are ideal for you if you are a Type 3, 4 or 5 on the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Scale.
Of course, the scale is only to be used as a guideline. It may be the case that you can use IPL but at a lesser intensity. For any questions or to discuss your suitability, please feel free to get in touch so you too can enjoy home hair removal.
Growing up with excessive hair is a common problem many women and men face all over the world and can be extremely embarrassing and damaging to your self-confidence.
Both women and men are growing more concerned with how they look and the trend of having as little hair as possible, apart from your head, is becoming more popular. With the media showing off the hairless chests and backs of men such as Chris Hemsworth and the hair free beach babes like Kim Kardashian, it is no surprise that that more men and women are feeling the pressure to opt for this look. However, the typical choices of waxing and shaving require regular upkeep that can be hard to fit in.
IPL is a less painful and less time consuming alternative to laser treatments which also allows you to treat a much larger target area. As well as being cheaper and quicker, the ability to treat yourself in privacy whenever you need to is also an advantage of this option. Viss IPL may be your first experience with a light-based self-treatment so it is important to read the guide thoroughly before you use it so the treatment can perform effectively.
Peer pressure to fit in with the Chris Hemsworth’s and Kim Kardashian’s of the world can be intense, especially for those who suffer from excessive hair growth and those who are at school. However, as hormones are often to blame for excessive hair growth so an IPL treatment would not be effective on those going through puberty. What’s more, as you are not fully developed before the age of 18 the treatment could potentially damage your skin. Therefore, it is advised that you shouldn’t use any laser hair removal products until you are 18.
Although underarm hair is common it can be easily treated. This is not something to be embarrassed about, but it can be viewed as an undesirable characteristic for women in today’s society. There are various methods to remove hair from your underarms. These include:
- Waxing; although this can lead to ingrown hair and red skin rashes that burn.
- Shaving; although this can also cause rashes and bumps as well as dry, itchy skin.
- Hair removal creams; although these tend not to achieve the same level of success.
- Laser hair removal; a faster, more convenient method but one that can be relatively expensive.
Another method for removing hair from your underarms is IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) which we are going to discuss in more detail below.
What is IPL?
IPL is a method whereby pulsed light is used to selectively target hair follicles below your underarms. The light is converted to heat that destroys the hair and disables the cells responsible for new hair growth. You can receive the treatment at a private clinic or there are less costly home treatment kits. IPL can also be used to remove hair from other body areas including the face, chin and neck, legs and bikini line, arms, shoulders and back.
IPL underarm hair removal
If you buy an IPL home hair removal kit you will need to apply a small hand held device to your skin, which will release flashes of light to target the hair follicles. A cooling gel or spray may also be applied. The procedure does not cause any pain.
What are the benefits?
- Selectively targets hair follicles
- Fast treatment process
- Long-lasting results
- Painless procedure
For best results
In order to achieve the most effective results when using IPL treatment to remove hair from your underarms, you must follow the specific instructions provided with the home kit that you buy. This will include information on how to property use the kit, how many weeks to wait between each session, and other important safety tips. By not following these instructions you can cause skin damage.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is an advanced method of hair removal that provides users with smooth, beautiful skin. The treatment is quick, painless and achieves results equivalent to or better than many of the leading laser systems.
The treatment is however not suitable for all skin conditions — so your first step should always be to find out if the treatment is safe for you to use.
What skin types are suitable for IPL?
IPL is successful removing body hair due to the presence of a hair pigment known as melanin. This absorbs the light energy emitted by the device and directs it to the hair follicle, to remove hair and prevent future growth.
Naturally dark pigmented skin however will contain more melanin than lighter skin tones so more energy is absorbed. This means individuals with darker skin tones are more susceptible to burns and hypopigmentation following treatment.
IPL treatment is considered safe for skin tones classified as:
- Light and mid brown
The treatment is not effective on the following hair:
- Light blonde
The VISS IPL hair removal system has eight adjustable light intensity settings to ensure the treatment can be changed for the different skin tones and body hair colours. The treatment is however not recommended for grey, red or light blonde hair, or people with darker skin.
To find out if your skin tone is suitable for the treatment visit our VISS IPL hair removal page and use our handy ‘Is It For Me?’ calculator.
Whilst hair removal has traditionally been synonymous with women’s beauty regimes, male hair removal is fast becoming big business all over the world.
Whilst some men will actively remove hair as part of competitive sporting, with swimmers and cycling the most well-known for this regular hair removal, it’s becoming more commonplace for the likes of back, shoulder and chest hair removal as part of a steady grooming routine.
As this becomes ever more the case, problems are arising, as sensitive skin is discovered, and the household bill for razors increases!
Chest hair, in particular, can often be thick and difficult to remove for men – typically taking numerous razors to accomplish completely smooth skin. Where many men may feel intimidated approaching a salon, solutions at home are increasing in popularity as an alternative to salons.
Chest hair is the ideal treatment to DIY at home as it can be done in stages in your own leisure and eradicates the need to feel embarrassed asking for the treatment from a stranger. Although some establishments will provide the highest amount of professionalism, there is nothing quite like being able to complete your entire grooming schedule in the comfort of your own home.
It’s important to remember that it’s not always just men who must tackle chest hair either. For women who may have an excess amount of body hair – sometimes associated with hormonal changes or ethnicity – and struggle to find appropriate establishments to tackle the issue. Home treatments such as IPL are the perfect solution.
IPL treatments work perfectly for men’s body hair, including the chest, as it will not only remove the hair already present on the skin, but after regular treatment, there will also be a reduction in re-growth, and any hair which does return should be significantly lighter and finer – eradicating the rough and itchy surface on a man’s body.
IPL treatment is a long term solution to one of the emerging grooming issues for men. You can find out more about this type of hair removal, here.
As there is a variety of hair removal treatment options available this can make finding the right solution for your needs difficult.
To help make this process easier we are going to take a closer look at IPL hair removal treatment and how painless the process really is.
How painful is the treatment?
IPL generally feels no more painful than a warm prickling on the skin, although it is best to start treatment on a low intensity setting and work your way up.
Discomfort will depend on:
- Treated area: Certain areas of the body will be more prone to discomfort.
- Texture of the hair: Coarser hair can cause more discomfort for the user.
- Skin type: It is important that you only use the treatment if you have white, beige or light/mid brown skin. It is not recommended for darker skin.
- Hair type: People with darker hair are not recommended to use the treatment.
How to prevent discomfort
A cooling device or tropical anaesthetic can be used during the procedure to minimize levels of discomfort, if you are particularly susceptible. Covering the area with ice for a few minutes after treatment will also help to reduce discomfort.
It is also important that you select the correct intensity settings according to your skin tone and hair colour. You can increase the intensity settings as you become accustomed to the treatment, if necessary, but you must make sure that your skin tone is suitable for treatment.