FAQ

Is My Light Lab’s IPL Safe?

Yes!  It’s completely safe to use on any body part, even sensitive areas.

How does IPL work?

IPL (Which stands for Intense pulse light)  is a new type of laser device for permanent and long term hair removal.  It works by using light energy from the IPL device, which is absorbed by the melanin in your hair.  This then turns to heat and destroys the hair cells

Does it hurt?

No!  One of the biggest and best advantages of IPL over other types of laser is that it is far less painful. Most customers explain the feeling as a warm sensation on the skin.

Will this work on sensitive skin?

Yes, It has 5 strength options, so you can choose what you feel comfortable with.

How long before I start seeing results?

Most Customers will see a difference and reduction in hair growth in 2-4 treatments with best and complete results after 12 treatments. However results may vary from person to person.

How often do I need to use it?

We recommend using your handset once a week for the first 12 weeks. After this period use your handset once a month, for 3 months or until satisfied. To maintain hairless smooth skin, use your handset once every 2 to 3 months, or as needed. There is no need to use it more than once a week, as IPL is only effective in the growing phase of your hair cycle.

Are there any side effects from using IPL?

When using the handset as recommended, side effects are rare. Redness and swelling is the most common side effect from IPL, which will quickly subside after treatment.

Will IPS work on PCOS?

IPL can definitely be used on hormonal hair growth, and has proven to be quite effective.

I have Epilpsy, is this appropriate?

IPL will not be suitable for you if you have epilepsy.

I’ve noticed some blackening around the light, is this safe?

As there is heat involved, slight blackening on/around the light window is normal and will not affect your handset, how it works or the results at all.

Is it normal for there to be a slight burning smell when in use?

Yes, this is completely normal. As the light energy is heating the hair, you may smell a slight burning but this just means there may be some hairs that have not been shaved. Please ensure that you have prepped the skin correctly, and that the skin is completely shaved before starting your session.

How do I clean my handset?

Cleaning of the handset is advised after each use. You can use an alcohol wipe, or any antibacterial product to clean down the handset and the light window after treatment. Ensure your handset is powered off, and not plugged in before doing so. You should then store the handset in a cool, dry place after use (once the handset is completely dry).

What is the recommended age to use this device?

We advise that users of our handsets are 16 and older.


Do I need eye protection?

No you will not need to wear eye protection wear whilst using our handsets. Our handsets are fitted with a sensor and will not pulse and light unless the entire window is pressed against your skin. However you should not look directly into the light flashes.

Which areas of my body can I use this?

You can use your handset on your entire body, including your Brazilian and face (just be sure to not get too close to your eyes).

Do I need to shave before use?

Yes, you should shave the desired areas before using your handset. A close to skin shave is best recommended. The goal is for the light energy to reach the hair follicle as quickly as possible, so shaving beforehand is essential to achieve the best results. The hair follicle does need to be in tact for IPL to be effective. This means no waxing, plucking, threading, epilating etc.

Does IPL work for all skin tones?

IPL is suitable for all but the darkest skin tones. This is because the light energy may be more attracted to the pigments in the skin rather than the melanin in the hair. Refer to the skin tone chart below to see whether or not IPL is suitable for you.

Does IPLwork for hair colours?

IPL relies on melanin in the hair absorbing the light energy, and therefore IPL is not effective on very light blonde, red, or grey coloured hair.

Can I use IPL over freckles and moles?

You should not IPL over very dark freckles or moles, however light freckles are fine.

Can I use IPS over tattoos?

You should not IPL over tattoos. The light energy will be more attracted to the pigments in the skin, rather than the melanin in the hair which can cause a reaction in the skin and blistering. You should always go around your tattoos.

Can IPL be used before or after tanning?

If you have recently been sun tanning, we recommend waiting 2 weeks before using your handset. You should wait 48 hours to tan after using your handset. The same applies for sun beds. We advise removing all artificial tan before using our handsets, as the light energy may be more attracted to the pigments in the skin, rather than the melanin in the hair. You can reapply the tan after your session once the skin has relaxed.

Does this remove hair permanently? 

You actually have to be careful when anyone claims ‘permanent’ hair removal as all forms of IPL hair removal require some maintenance, or eventually the hair will start growing back. After completing your initial sessions with our handsets you will only have to use your handset once every 3 months to maintain smooth, hairless skin.

Can men use IPL?

Definitely! Our handsets are suitable for both men and women.