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Hair Removal for Your Face

Hair Removal for Your Face

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.

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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.

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How often can I have IPL hair removal treatment?

How often can I have IPL hair removal treatment?

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.

 

Hair growth cycle chart

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How to Throw a Viss Beauty Party

How to Throw a Viss Beauty Party

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.

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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.

If you would like to have your very own VISS Beauty party, then visit our online shop to find your per­fect Christ­mas gift. You can also con­tact our team here or phone us on +1.415.800.4604.

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Removing Body Hair: The Benefits for Cyclists

Removing Body Hair: The Benefits for Cyclists

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.

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The Ben­e­fits

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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.

Hydro­dy­namic

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.

Wound Heal­ing

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.

Apply­ing oils

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

Shav­ing

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

Wax­ing is an excel­lent way to remove hair but it is noto­ri­ously painful and can be expen­sive to maintain.

Depila­tory cream

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.

IPL Hair Removal

I hair removal is a fast and effec­tive way of remov­ing unwanted hair for long peri­ods of time or even permanently.

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Which Fitzpatrick Skin Types Are Suitable For IPL?

Which Fitzpatrick Skin Types Are Suitable For IPL?

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?

IPL Skin Chart

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.

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At What Age Can You Use IPL Hair Removal Products?

At What Age Can You Use IPL Hair Removal Products?

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.
What age can you start IPL blog pic

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.

by Jor­dan Bones

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Body Focus: Hair Removal For Your Underarms

Body Focus: Hair Removal For Your Underarms

Viss Hair Removal For Underarms Blog Pic

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.

If you would like more infor­ma­tion go here to learn about the VISS IPL sys­tem. You can also con­tact our team for more infor­ma­tion or phone us on +1.415.800.4604.

by Jor­dan Bones

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Skin Tones Suitable for IPL Hair Removal Treatment

Skin Tones Suitable for IPL Hair Removal Treatment

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.

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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:

  • White
  • Beige
  • Light and mid brown

The treat­ment is not effec­tive on the fol­low­ing hair:

  • Red
  • Grey
  • 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.

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Body Focus: Hair Removal For Your Chest

Body Focus: Hair Removal For Your Chest

bare chest blog pic

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.

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Is IPL Hair Removal Treatment Painful?

Is IPL Hair Removal Treatment Painful?

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 IPL?

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.

If you would like to find out more about the VISS IPL Hair Removal Sys­tem con­tact our team on +1.415.800.4604 or email us.

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