Everything You Need to Know About At-Home IPL Hair Removal

As summer inches closer, there’s one thing on our mind: hair removal. Whether you’re always reaching for the razor or flinching through leg waxes, the chances are you’ve thought about how much easier life would be without the bane of body hair. If you’ve ever wished for a longer-lasting or permanent method of hair removal then the good news is that it exists – and the better news is it’s more affordable than you might think!

You may have heard of IPL (which stands for Intense Pulled Light), a light therapy used by cosmetologists for treatments such as acne treatment and hair removal. It can take quite a few sessions of IPL to treat unwanted body hair, so getting it done in a salon can quickly become an expensive treatment. Luckily, SmoothSkin have a range of at-home IPL devices, meaning you pay once and can use IPL over and over again until you get your desired results.

How does IPL work? 

IPL works by sending a wavelength of light into the skin that specifically targets pigment – this is the flash of light you see during an IPL treatment. The pigment in our hair follicles absorb the light energy, which gets turned into heat energy that then kills the growing cells that produce the hair. The SmoothSkin Bare IPL Hair Removal Device makes it quick and easy to do this treatment yourself, as the simple handheld machine allows you to apply the light over all areas you want to banish hair from.

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How many sessions with the SmoothSkin Bare do I need? 

IPL only works on hair that is currently active in the growth cycle, so it can take numerous sessions over a 12 week period to kill all of the hair cells. Luckily, the SmoothSkin Bare has unlimited flashes, so can be used consistently for as long as needed. With up to 100 flashes per minute, it’s also super-quick to work across a whole body – in fact, it can be done in 10 minutes!

Hairs will begin to fall out after 1-2 weeks of regular sessions post-shaving, with lots of people noticing visible results after 4 weeks. However, 12 weeks is the amount of time it should take for all hairs to be killed – after this, sessions with the SmoothSkin Bare can be reduced to once per month to maintain the results.

Can IPL hair removal work on everyone? 

IPL can be an amazing hair removal treatment for a lot of people,  but there are some skin tones and hair types it’s not suited to. As the light targets pigment, the SmoothSkin Bare works best on hair that has a lot of it, such as medium and dark hair. Naturally fair, grey or red hairs are more difficult to tackle with this technique, so results may not be as quick or effective.


People with very dark skin tones also run the risk of having the melanin in their skin affected by the device, so while many light, medium and dark-skinned people can use IPL with no problems, it won’t be suitable for everyone. Fortunately, the SmoothSkin Bare actually checks your skin tone before each flash of light is transmitted, so if it’s not safe on your skin then it simply won’t work.

Save £20 on SmoothSkin Bare IPL at Supercuts!

Now’s the perfect time to start your journey towards smoother, hair-free skin. To help you get those perfect pins ready for summer, we’ve taken £20 off the iconic SmoothSkin Bare online. Simply click here to buy yours for the discounted price of £179.00 (less than £15 per weekly session for 12 weeks!) and get summer ready in a flash.

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By: Claire Cavanagh

On: May 17, 2017

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