We take a look at the topic of laser hair removal, at-home hair removal solution Silk’n Infinity, as well as which skin types work best and why winter is the best time to start treatment.
How does at-home Silk’n Infinity work as an alternative to therapist treatment?
Silk’n professes to be the global leader in professional at-home aesthetic devices. Their Silk’n Infinity uses eHPL technology to create pulses of light to permanently remove undesired hair growth. The device promises smooth skin without stubble, ingrown hairs, redness or irritation.
How does laser hair removal work and how safe is it?
The laser light destroys the hair follicle giving you a permanent reduction in hair. The Silk’n Infinity combines two energy sources: galvanic energy and optical energy. It’s the optical energy that penetrates the hair shaft, but the galvanic energy that facilitates this by temporarily widening the pores to enable better penetration to the hair shaft.
How permanent is laser hair removal?
The efficiency of hair removal varies from person to person depending on their skin tone and hair colour, and the body area in question.
What skin type is best for the Silk’n Infinity laser treatment?
What’s great about the Silk’n Infinity is that it has a skin colour sensor that automatically detects the colour of your skin. The sensor cleverly keeps tabs on skin colour making checks at the start and at random times during your treatment.
When is the best time to start laser hair removal treatment?
Winter is the best time to start laser hair removal when skin is at its most natural in colour – free from any real or fake tans. A typical full hair growth cycle can take 18-24 months so multiple sessions will be required within that time to achieve permanent hair removal.
Why does it matter if I am tanned when I have my treatment?
This is a very important question. Tanned skin is not suitable for light-based hair removal. A tan (real or fake) absorbs heat from the laser, which can cause your skin to get too hot. There can be a risk of burns, so it’s best to avoid having a tan or a fake tan at all costs when starting your treatment. You should also avoid tanning in between sessions.
How should I prepare my skin for laser hair removal?
The best condition for skin prior to your treatment is to be exfoliated and newly shaven, so it’s soft and smooth. The laser will find the hair follicle. Anything longer than stubble is problematic, as any hair above the skin dissipates energy, causing the signal from the laser to weaken, which can affect the result of your treatment. We usually advise on shaving the night before or the morning before your appointment, if possible.
Limit waxing, plucking, epilating and electroylsis for 6 weeks prior to your first treatment and during your course of treatment. This type of hair removal temporarily removes the roots, which are needed for hair growth and laser hair removal.
Will laser hair removal hurt?
Laser hair removal is never completely pain-free, and in this case, the saying ‘no pain, no gain’ is often true. The sensation is similar to the ping of an elastic band on your skin. There are 5 power settings, you can try using the device on the lower setting if you find the pain a little too much.
How should I care for my skin after my treatment?
After your appointment steer clear of swimming, bathing or showering until at least the next day. Avoid hot showers and deodorising the area you’ve had lasered.
Download the app
The Silk’n Infinity connects to your smartphone via its own app, so you can customise your very own treatment programme via a calendar that will keep track of your treatment plan and remind you when it’s time for your next session. Super-clever!
Is it worth it?
Definitely. The days of stubble are over. You may require touch-up treatments for a few stray hairs down the line, but you can definitely say goodbye to shaving on a regular basis.
NB: Do not begin treatment if you think you are pregnant.
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