How Often Should I Use IPL at Home?

Traditional hair removal methods can leave your skin feeling rough and bumpy. And if you're so tired of daily shaving that you're already looking out for long-term options, then you've made the right stop. IPL hair removal can be your savior, where you no longer have to rush for last-minute salon treatments or at-home shaving sessions before an occasion.

At-home IPL provides you with long-term, visible hair reduction. Read below through this simple guide to understand how IPL works and how IPL is beneficial for you.

How IPL Laser Hair Removal Works

Intense Pulsed Light or IPL laser hair removal is a convenient at-home treatment for full body hair removal. However, IPL hair removal treatment is mostly preferred for hair removal of separate body areas, like arms, legs, or bikini areas depending on your individual needs.

The IPL laser hair removal machine is similar to a flashgun that delivers a spectrum of light to the skin. These rays of light target melanin help it reach the hair root and disable key areas within the follicle. IPL hair removal is quite similar to laser hair removal treatment but with a significant difference in the light source. IPL uses a broadband pulsed light source, whereas laser uses a monochromatic coherent light source.

Both ipl hair removal and traditional methods focus on the melanin in the hair follicle, thereby giving you visible long-term results. When considering ipl hair removal, keep in mind that the efficacy of the treatment is determined by three major factors - energy, frequency, and hair color. Irrespective of the treatment, whether IPL or laser, the light source plays a minor role.

One more important thing to note here is that not all IPL devices deliver the same results. You may have to undergo treatment for months with some IPLs. However, with some like the Velvet Beauty IPL, you can achieve visible hair reduction in about four weeks. Moreover, it is specially designed to be an at-home device with a skin sensor that can automatically detect the tone of your skin. This makes sure that it is always adapting the flash intensity, thereby making IPL safer to remove hair more efficiently.

IPL Skin and Hair compatibility

IPL may not be suitable for all – it is not effective on red, very blonde, white, or grey hair. This is because the melanin in the lighter hair follicle is present is in very small amounts, and hence it would not absorb the light pulse from the IPL device. That's why, hair that is naturally blonde, dark brown, or black will find the treatment to be effective. Similarly, IPL is also non-compatible with darker skin tones, as melanin is present in greater amounts. This can make the melanin in the skin absorb more light energy than the safe and recommended amounts, which may cause discomfort.

Here is a chart to help you understand IPL's compatibility with different skin tones and hair colors:

However, if your skin tone has become darker due to tanning, whether natural or artificial, you can use Velvet Beauty IPL Pro. Thanks to the latest Velvet Beauty IPL technology, it can automatically adjust to the safest and most effective energy levels. It will also notify you if your skin has become darker for treatment.

IPL is also suitable for men, and they can use the Velvet Beauty IPL device from the shoulders down to the chest, arms, back, stomach, and legs. However, it should not be used on the face, head, neck, or genital area. For females, the IPL device effectively works on the upper lips, jawline, and chin. It shouldn't be used near the eyes, along the forehead, or genital area. It is best to do a patch test before use.

How to use Velvet Beauty IPL Kit?

Velvet Beauty IPL is an easy-to-use device that has 2 different modes for your convenience. Here is a simple guide on how to use IPL efficiently:

1. Preparation

  • Avoid tanning booths, sunbeds, spray tans, and tanning creams pre-treatment.
  • Ensure there are no open wounds, broken skin, or inflamed areas on the skin you’re planning to treat.
  • Avoid intense exfoliation treatments, such as microdermabrasion, as this increases the risk of inflammation and side effects after your IPL hair removal.
  • Shave the area you’re planning to treat 12 to 24 hours beforehand. Remove all visible hair in the area you wish to treat. Ensure there is no hair remaining above the surface of the skin. Then pat your skin dry. Do not wax or use an epilator for hair removal before the treatment, as it can cause inflammation.

2. Starting treatment

  • Select the standard head or the precision head depending on the size of the area you wish to treat. Plugin the Velvet Beauty IPL.
  • Put the nozzle in full contact with the skin to ensure the product works correctly. If not in proper contact with the skin, the device will not work.
  • For larger body areas, use gliding mode: hold down the button and treat along your skin. For smaller areas, press and release the button. For sensitive areas or if it’s your first time, you should use a lower intensity setting. However, it is recommended to do a patch test first.

3. After treatment

  • It is important to wipe clean the nozzle after every use.
  • Don’t wear tight-fitting clothes after treatment, as it could irritate your skin.
  • Don’t use skin products that may irritate your skin, such as perfume, cleansers, or exfoliators, for 24 – 48 hours after treatment.
  • Avoid hot showers, steam rooms, and saunas.
  • Wear sunscreen with a high SPF to keep the skin protected.
  • In the first phase of your treatment, treat once a week for 4 - 12 weeks. Then adjust to your needs (i.e. every 1-2 months).

The average hair growth cycle varies for every individual. It could take up to 18-24 months, depending on the body area (the underarm, lower leg, and bikini area can take the most time). Multiple treatments can be required to achieve continuously smooth skin, as only the hair in the growing phase is susceptible to treatment with light.

Thus, you may need a start-up phase of 4-12 weekly treatments to achieve optimum results. However, if there is no visible hair growth or hair growth has stopped, you can switch to maintenance treatments. In this case, you do not need to complete the full 12-week treatment schedule.

If you continue to see hair growth in smaller amounts between the 12 weekly treatments, you will have to complete your start-up phase. Once done, you can then continue to treat according to your needs or re-treat on a per-need basis.


Remember, the key to fast, optimum, and long-term hair reduction is choosing the right IPL hair removal device that is dermatologically accredited and safe to use. Velvet Beauty IPL Laser Hair Removal Kit fits the description, giving you the desired results and hair-free, smooth skin of your dreams.

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