Panasonic IPL Hair Removal System
Laser hair removal is always something I've wanted to try. In fact, it's up there on my 101 in 1001 goals. For one reason or another, though, I've never got round to actually trying it. So when I was asked to review a Panasonic IPL Hair Removal System, it seemed like the perfect at-home alternative to lasers.
I say excited. I was also absolutely terrified. Reading the manual, there were all sorts of danger warnings and information on what to do in the event of "intense pain". Taking a deep breath, I set my appliance to the recommended LV1 output level and pressed it against my skin. There was a bright red flash, a beep and... no pain. Nothing. It just felt like a plastic appliance being pressed against my skin which is, essentially, exactly what was happening.
The flash is really, really bright, more so than I expected, but that is the scariest part of the experience. Once it had flashed, I moved the head of the appliance to the next area of my leg and repeated. Nothing scary about it whatsoever. No pain, no redness, no burning sensations. That said, this is the lowest of 5 output levels so perhaps the others are more unpleasant.
I've found the instructions a little unclear, which is why I'm still on LV1. The manual recommends to start on this level for 2 weeks before increasing "the output level one step at a time", but doesn't give an indication of how long to stay on each level for. It also warns that I should "check the output level suits your skin", but I can't find any guidance on how to do this. Another issue I have is that you need to shave before using the product. This makes sense, as otherwise the hairs would singe and cause pain, but it does make it quite difficult to check which areas I've covered and I'm wary of going over the same area of skin twice.
Aside from this, the IPL system is easy to use. It's cordless, so it can be used anywhere and is simply plugged into the mains to charge. The size and shape of the appliance is just about perfect for my hands- it's not unwieldy or particularly heavy- and the button controls are easy to get to grips with.
Of course you all want to know whether I've seen any results. Well, as it's recommended I only use the IPL Hair Removal System for one session of 10 minutes every fortnight, it's hard to tell right now. It does seem that my hair is growing back finer than it was before but I can't confirm if that's true or just wishful thinking. I will be writing an update in a few months time so I'm crossing my fingers that I see some fantastic results.
All in all, I've been pleasantly surprised by my Panasonic IPL Hair Removal System. With no pain at all and a really easy-to-use appliance, I'm hoping this will be a revolution in the way I remove my hair!
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