Why ARE we Hairy? And is IPL the answer?
Well, it’s all down to evolution, our ancestors, who were a lot hairier, were thankful for it as a way of keeping warm (by trapping heat).
Over the ages, body hair became less and less, as the need for this ‘insulation’ diminished with climate change and the invention of clothes & fire. Plus, less hair allowed the skin to be cooled by sweating.
But still our entire body (except for the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet) is covered in hair. It’s estimated that we have about 5 million follicles!
Some of it is fine, wispy and almost invisible, though in some places it is coarse and curly.
And, since ancient times, we’ve been trying to remove it!
Some of the first razors, (made of copper!), were used in Egypt and India around 3000 BCE.
Egyptian women removed their head hair and considered pubic hair uncivilised! Upper-class Roman women of the sixth century BCE used tweezers, pumice stones and depilatories to achieve the desired degree of hairlessness; while Egyptians of Cleopatra’s time used a sugar mixture in a method like waxing. Elizabethan women removed their eyebrows and hair from their foreheads to give themselves a longer brow.
Fast forward to the last century and as hemlines got shorter, clothes got skimpier, advertising media became more widespread and hair removal became the norm.
But the pendulum is still swinging, and a bit of a ‘natural’ resurgence is upon us, where people are embracing and even making a feature of it!! There is even a hashtag on Instagram for #armpithairdontcare 😱
To remove or not to remove, that is the question
Of course, it is entirely a personal choice, and if you want to remove it there are many methods & procedures. Some temporary, some semi-permanent and some permanent.
If you (like a lot of people) are just not great at scheduling and keeping up with your appointments, or if you really don’t want to keep shelling out for temporary procedures then permanent is definitely the way forward.
IPL (Multi Pulsed Light/Intense Pulse Light) technology which we combine with Radio Frequency which makes it now possible to treat darker skin.
What to Expect?
Your trained technician will clean the area that’s being treated. Then they rub a cool gel onto your skin. Then, they apply light pulses from the MPL/IPL device to your skin. During your treatment, you’ll need to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes.
The pulses might sting your skin slightly. Some people liken the feeling to being snapped with a rubber band.
Depending on which part of your body is being treated and how large the area is, the treatment should take 20 to 30 minutes.
To get the results you want, you may need to have three to six treatments. Those treatments should be spaced about one month apart to let your skin heal in between.
What you will be happy to hear is that we are getting excellent long-term results on the widest range of skin types AND without major discomfort.
It IS a medium-term commitment but one that we feel is worth it and your free no obligation consultation will address any queries and concerns
We’ll be happy to see you! Why not give us a call?