Over the past decade or so one of the most revolutionary treatments to hit the beauty industry has to be laser hair removal or ipl hair reduction. When this technology first came into the market it was considered an ‘elite’ treatment, affordable only by a few clients. Nowadays, with further developments of the technology and increased competition, this wonderful, life-enhancing treatment can be accessed by an increasingly large consumer base. For example the upper lip can be treated for as little as £34 per session. The most popular areas are facial hair, underarms, legs and bikini line for women. The back is a popular area for men.

A life changing treatment
I have had IPL myself and I can really say that permanent hair removal has been a wonderful, life-changing experience. Personally, I have not waxed or shaved for years and I can hardly tell you how much more confident and feminine this makes me feel. I think it is the single most effective investment anyone can make in a beauty or cosmetic treatment.
I love recommending this treatment to clients because I know that its works fantastically well. Providing a service that makes clients really delighted with the results is the most satisfying aspect to running a beauty clinic. I find that that clients tend to think about it for a while, but when they have had one area done they don’t hesitate to get other areas done too, and wonder why they put it off for so long. This is one treatment which I never hesitate to recommend to friends and family, as well as clients, because I am so confident they will be thrilled with the results.

Better than waxing
Waxing and shaving can be very irritating to the skin, rashes and ingrown hairs are quite common and the area tends to suffer from dryness after waxing and shaving. Getting waxing appointments in a salon is not always convenient and over the years the cumulative cost of this is substantial compared to a permanent solution. In my opinion the worst thing about waxing is that you are always in-between treatments. Shortly after removing the hair the area starts to get bristly again but it might be another 3 or 4 weeks before its ready for another wax. The effect with shaving is much worse, because with waxing you are at least removing hair by the root. With permanent hair reduction you are always completely smooth.

How does IPL work?

IPL stands for intense pulsed light. This technology has been clinically proven to be safe and effective for hair removal. It is also very efficient, fairly painless, and involves no downtime. Laser hair removal is a very similar technology using a slightly different output of light. These systems deliver a controlled, filtered flash of light to the hair, pigment in the hair converts the light into heat, which destroys the hair follicle, rendering it unable to produce new hair growth. For most clients 6-9 treatments are sufficient, with results getting better and better after each session. After the first 3 sessions you do notice a huge reduction.

How can you get started?

Wherever you go for this treatment you will need a thorough consultation and a patch test before your course can begin. At Zen Lifestyle we have been offering ipl hair removal for over 8 years and have some of Scotland’s most experienced practitioners. I would like to offer all Scottish Woman readers a discount of 30% on courses of 6 or more treatments until the end of November. Please mention this article. If you think it may be time for you to learn more about this treatment, we’d love to see you for a consultation.