The IPL is different from laser technology, but both these technologies use light energy which is transformed into heat when it is absorbed by the pigment of the hair, destroying the hair follicle, in the end.
Besides laser (that produces a single wavelength of light, thus it has a concentrated beam and targets only something specific), IPL produces a broad spectrum of wavelengths, which are dispersed at a variety of depths under the skin, therefore, only a few hair follicles are targeted and destroyed.
Because of this aspect, IPL can treat more types of skin complexions and colors of the hair. Also, IPL is safer and don't cause so much damage like a laser could do.
Once again, I am going to tell you that it isn't a permanent hair removal method, although you see this in many online articles, but it can be a permanent hair reduction, meaning that some hair will never grow back and the one that grows back is thinner and lighter. The only PERMANENT hair removal method is electrolysis, but it is quite expensive.
If you want long-lasting results, hair-free skin for at least 6 months, then Remington i-LIGHT is the right choice for you. This unit has been FDA cleared for home use and clinically-proven to be one of the most efficient and the safest hair removal machines to be used from the comfort of the user's home.
You can use it only if you have a light to medium skin tone and dark or brown hair. Some good results were seen on women with blonde or red hair, but it definitely won't work on gray or white hair. You can see on the skin chart if you are the right candidate or not.
The user doesn't have to wear protective eyeglasses during the IPL treatment. Furthermore, the IPL device has several safety features, making it a device which can be used safely and more effectively. So, it has a skin sensor, to test the skin if it is the proper tone. The second safety feature is a skin contact sensor, the light pulse won't be emitted if the applicator tip isn't in direct contact with the skin. The unit has an automatic shut-off mechanism if it begins to overheat and the "Cool Down light" will glow, making the device cool itself down. Also, it has a unique system which filters UV rays, protecting the skin.
1. How to use Remington i-LIGHT Pro Hair Removal machine
It is the fastest IPL system on the market because of its multi-flash mode that triggers the light every 2 seconds.
Your skin should be clean, completely dried and shaved. It is best to shave the hair to make the treatment more effective and to make it more bearable for you. Because the IPL targets the pigment (the color) of the hair, a shorter hair means less pain.
The device has a skin sensor, which tests the skin tone and if your skin is too dark, the device won't work. The producer recommends to make a test prior to the first normal treatment and wait for at least 24 hours to see if your skin can tolerate the treatment and to not have severe side effects.
Choose the energy level that you can tolerate and place the treatment window in direct contact with the skin. As a precautionary measure, if the applicator tip is not in direct contact with the skin, the pulse of light will not be emitted.
After the light is emitted, move the applicator to a new location and make sure that you don't treat twice the same area or you skip an area. When a flash of light is emitted, you will hear a "popping" sound, which is normal.
The highest level delivers more energy and you can see better results, but it also produces more pain and discomfort, during the treatment and after it.
The fan that helps the device to cool down during the treatment, is quite noisy, but it is quieter than a hair dryer.
The producer argues that the unit "applies a 110 ms stretched light pulse that slowly and thoroughly heats the hair shaft, while helping to keep the surrounding skin cooler", which is a great safety measure.
For the first 3 sessions, you should place the treatments at 2 weeks apart. After this period, you should do a maintenance treatment if it is necessary. After 3 treatments, many users have seen great results, on average, 50% reduction in hair re-growth. The hair reduction is not permanent and the user should do touch-ups after six months.
On the control panel, you have an App that tracks when you had a treatment, and when your next treatment session should be performed.
After 2 weeks of the treatment, the hair follicle that was destroyed will fall out. In this period the hair will look like it's growing, but actually the hair is pushed out of the skin. Do not pull the hair, just let it naturally fall down or apply a mild scrub to quicken "this effect".
2. Body areas that Remington i-Light Pro treats
Remington i-Light Pro can be used from the neck down. It is not safe to use on the face, around the eyes, including eyebrows or eyelashes, and some sensitive areas like the nipples, genitals, head or ears. Doing so could potentially lead to permanent serious damages. But I read many reviews in which women told that they used this unit on their faces, without harming this area and they saw excellent results. If you choose to use the unit on these areas, you are on your own.
The unit shouldn't be used on tattoos, freckles, birthmarks, moles or warts, because you may burn these areas or change the color of the skin. Also, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers shouldn't use the device. You can read more interdictions in the users' manual.
Although the head has 2 cm size, Remington i-LIGHT Pro treats your body areas pretty quickly, for instance, the lower legs in 20 minutes, underarms in 5 minutes and bikini line in 5 minutes.
3. Side effects
During the treatment, depending on the person, the energy level and the area treated, you can feel a slight of pain, like a rubber band snaps. Also, you will feel some heat.
After the treatment, you may see some redness on your skin, that will go away in a few hours or days. If you can not bear the pain, especially in the sensitive areas, like underarms and bikini line, you should use a lidocaine cream or a numbing cream. If you see more serious side effects, you should consult your physician.
4. Lamp cartridge
Because Remington is a cheap device compared with other laser or IPL machines, changing the cartridges from time to time, is not outrageous.
5. Technical information
- Developed by Shaser BioScience.
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.6 x 8.3 inches.
- Weight: 4.7 pounds.
- Corded device.
- 5 comfort levels with LED indicators. It starts with the lowest level.
- In the box you will find: Remington i-LIGHT Pro base unit with the hand piece, one lamp cartridge, power cord, lint-free cloth for cleaning, user's manual, instructional DVD and 2 years limited warranty.
You have a 90 days money-back guarantee after you buy the product and you are not pleased with the results or it doesn't work on your skin.
But before you decide to buy and try Remington i-Light Pro, you should read some real customer reviews and decide for yourself if this permanent hair reduction unit is for you or not.
Remington IPL6000 iLIGHT Pro Plus Quartz, the improved version
Because the package is identical to the Remington i-LIGHT Pro, the users may be a little confused, but you don't have to be.
If you use this new version of the product, you will find out that 4 flashes are required per a square inch of skin treated. Also, it uses a quartz that delivers up to 30,000 flashes, 20 times stronger that the regular cartridge. This quartz can last 1,5 years, if you do 2 full body treatment per month.
It is amazing how technology has evolved in the last few years. We could not have dreamed to have these kinds of powerful "beauty weapons" in our homes and to use them on our own, without the physician's advice. Even so, we should be careful when we use a home laser/IPL/HPL hair removal machine because it can improve our beauty routine, but it can also cause some serious body damages.