How Skin & Hair Tone Determines the Way IPL Works
Understand the science behind IPL technology, and how the optimum device power setting is based on your unique combination of skin and hair tone.
When choosing a hair removal method, we generally look for the one that best fits our lifestyle, as well as the one that best suits the characteristics of our skin and hair. For some people, this means finding the gentlest method for their sensitive skin, or perhaps the fastest method to fit in to a hectic daily work and life schedule. Ultimately, it’s the combination of all these factors that leads us to choose our preferred method of hair removal.
Because of this, it’s easy to see why permanent hair removal solutions, such as IPL devices like the Silk’n Infinity, are so appealing. After all, by choosing a permanent hair removal solution you can save a lot of time and avoid the many issues that occur with most common hair removal methods like shaving, waxing, depilatory creams, and epilators. The idea of no more razor burn, ingrown hairs, or painful waxing strips might sound amazing, but how can you know if light-based hair removal is really the best choice for your unique combination of skin and hair? The answer is actually quite simple, so let’s take a look at the science behind how these devices work!
How does light-based hair removal work?
Most common temporary hair removal methods work by either cutting the hairs like shaving, or pulling out the hairs like waxing or sugaring. Unfortunately, these methods do nothing to prevent the hair from growing back, and therefore need to be done over and over again. However, light-based hair removal methods like IPL and laser work by affecting the hair follicles themselves and preventing them from growing new hairs entirely. This is why these methods are able to achieve permanent hair removal results.
As the light-based hair removal device is passed over the treatment area, it generates a flash of intense, concentrated light energy. This light energy is absorbed by the melanin, which is the dark pigment in human hair, at which point it becomes converted in to heat energy. This heat energy then gets transferred from the hair into the surrounding cells deep within the follicle that are responsible for the growth of new hair. This heat energy inhibits the function of these cells, slowing down their ability to generate hair. With each successive treatment, the effect becomes compounded and eventually results in permanent hair removal.
How is IPL different from laser hair removal?
Although similar in principle and while they both use the same basic science, IPL (intense pulsed light) and laser hair removal are slightly different in regards to the type of light energy each device uses to produce the desired results. True lasers are defined by the fact that they only use a very specific portion of the visible light spectrum in their light pulses. Most common hair removal lasers use either red, green, or blue light, which is highly focused in to a coherent beam of energy.
This narrow range of light is the main reason why laser hair removal is only recommended for individuals with the specific hair and skin tone combinations that align with that particular color of laser light. For individuals that have a skin tone or hair tone that lies outside of the recommended range of that particular type of laser, they may notice no results at all, or potentially damaging effects on their skin if the laser is too powerful or intense for their skin type. This is why laser hair removal clinics are very specific in who they will treat, as the dangers of using a laser on the wrong kinds of skin can be quite severe.
IPL hair removal, on the other hand, utilizes a much broader spectrum of visible light in each light pulse. Because of this, IPL hair removal devices are able to treat a significantly wider range of skin and hair tone combinations than lasers can. By simply adjusting the energy settings on the device to match the recommended power for each unique skin and hair tone combination, IPL is able to effectively treat the vast majority of people for whom lasers would not be safe.
When you compare the two methods of light-based hair removal against each other, it quickly becomes clear why IPL has quickly become the preferred method of permanent hair removal for so many people. While clinical laser hair removal treatments can be quite costly and are obviously limited with the types of individuals that they can treat, at-home IPL hair removal devices like the Silk’n Infinity are safe, affordable, convenient, and provide effective permanent hair removal results for virtually all skin and hair type combinations.
What types of skin and hair tones can be treated with IPL hair removal?
IPL is able to treat an extremely broad range of hair tones and skin tones, and choosing the correct energy level for your skin and hair type is very important to achieving the best results. If the energy is set too high on dark skin tones, too much will be absorbed by the skin. If the energy level is set too low on light skin tones, not enough energy will be absorbed by the hairs.
Fortunately, selecting the correct energy level is quite easy, especially with handy reference guides like the ones included with every Silk’n at-home IPL hair removal device. Here’s a helpful chart that illustrates the different recommended energy settings for each combination of skin tone and hair tone.
In general, it’s best to start off with an energy setting on the lower end of the range recommended for your specific combination of skin and hair tone. Once you’ve performed a spot-test and have begun your treatments, you may find that you can slightly increase the energy setting to help speed up results. This should always be done one energy level at a time to ensure you don’t exceed the optimum level for your skin.
To make things even easier, the advanced technology of the Silk’n Infinity also includes a skin tone sensor built in to the device. This sensor automatically limits the energy settings available for the user to only those that are in the approved range for their specific skin tone, providing unparalleled safety and making it as easy as possible to select the best energy setting to achieve the fastest possible results.
What else makes the Silk’n Infinity different from other devices?
We’ve already mentioned the ability for the Silk’n Infinity to suit virtually all skin and hair tones, as well as the built-in skin sensor for optimum safety, but there are many other features that help set the Infinity apart from other IPL devices. For example, the Infinity comes with our longest-lasting emitter bulb that is capable of producing over 400,000 individual light pulses. That’s more than enough for an entire lifetime of hair removal treatments!
In addition, the Silk’n Infinity allows you to choose from two distinct modes of operation depending on the type of treatment you want. For larger areas such as the legs or arms, choose ‘Glide’ mode to automatically generate light pulses at the optimum intervals so you can quickly treat these areas in the least amount of time. For precision treatments of smaller areas such as the upper lip, chin, or cheeks, switch over to ‘Pulse’ mode which allows you to control the activation of each individual light pulse with the touch of a button.
Another part of the reason why the Infinity is able to achieve such amazing results is due to the addition of galvanic energy to its IPL treatments. Through a special electrode mounted on the tip of the device, the Infinity emits a flow of warming galvanic energy on to the treatment area. This galvanic energy stimulates the blood flow of the skin, accelerating the skins natural repair and rejuvenation processes. Galvanic energy also encourages the pores of the skin to open wider, allowing the light pulses to penetrate deep down to the roots of the hairs with greater efficiency. This results in more energy going directly to the hairs, producing better hair removal results in less time.
For all types of skin and hair tone combinations, the Silk’n Infinity is the answer!
As you can see, there are many advantages to choosing IPL as your preferred hair removal method. It’s able to provide permanent results, can be done in the comfort of your own home, and is ideal for a wide range of skin and hair tones that other methods of hair removal simply can’t treat.
We’re confident that once you start down the path to permanent hair removal with the Silk’n Infinity, you’ll be delighted with the results you can achieve.
Now is the time to get the beautifully smooth, permanently hair-free skin you’ve always wanted with the Silk’n Infinity At-Home IPL Hair Removal Device!