IPL Hair Removal

How Does SkinBase IPL Work?

SkinBase IPL targets the melanin in the hair with quick pulses of light, and turns into heat energy within the follicle. When sufficient heat has built up the follicle will break down and be unable to produce a new hair.

Providing there is sufficient melanin in the hair and it is in the anagen ‘active’ growth phase, the treatment stops the hair regeneration. Hair grows in cycles: approximately 30% of hairs are in this stage of growth at any one time, so to achieve the most permanent results a course of treatments will be necessary.  Cycle time varies on different parts of the body, and due to hormonal changes, the number of treatments required will also vary from client to client. A course of 6-10 treatments is advised to achieve desired results.

No IPL or Laser system will ever achieve 100% permanent results (this is only possible with Electrolysis), but any remaining hairs will be softer and finer than before. For permanent removal, those hairs can always be ‘mopped up’ with electrolysis following the course of treatment.

Is SkinBase IPL safe?

SkinBase IPL technology meets CE European Regulations only granted to treatments that are clinically tested and proven to be safe and effective.

How does it feel?

A slight warm tingling sensation best describes the feeling experienced during a SkinBase IPL treatment. This is minimised by a specially developed cryo-handset that is placed on the skin before the treatment: the SkinBase IPL is infinitely more comfortable than most conventional methods like waxing, laser and many other IPL or laser systems.

Which areas can be treated?

Unwanted hair can be removed from most parts of the body including legs, bikini line, underarms, back, etc. Areas that cannot be treated using SkinBase IPL are; over tattoos, the scalp, men’s beards, and mucous membranes.

Please note that I do not treat the face with IPL.

People with hormonal fluctuations or sensitivity to hormone stimulation (such as PCOS) may be at risk from Paradoxical Hypertrichosis, where the energy from IPL could have a reverse effect on hair growth.  Although the documented incidence is low, I personally consider it a risk not worth taking.



If you would like to find out more about IPL, book in for a Patch Test. The treatment will be fully explained, with a thorough consultation to check your suitability and discuss what you would like to achieve. You can then make a fully informed decision on whether IPL is the best treatment for you.

The patch test will be performed on the area to be treated to check for any adverse reaction and establish the correct energy settings prior to commencing your course of treatment.

IPL is perfect for eradicating hair on legs, underarms, bikini line, back, chest etc. Why put up with unwanted hair when you can wave it goodbye?

Pre-Treatment Advice

8 Weeks Prior to Treatment:  No waxing, plucking or threading before or inbetween IPL treatments

4 Weeks Prior to Treatment: No exposure to UV Light (sunlight or tanning beds) or Self Tan before or inbetween IPL treatments

1 Week Prior to Treatment: Avoid intense exfoliation, microdermabrasion and peels

24-48 Hours Prior to Treatment: Do not use bleachingcreams or perfumed products


  • Avoid swimming in strong chlorinated water immediately before or after treatment
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing when attending sessions
  • Drink plenty of water before your session to hydrate the body
  • Use SPF 30+ to protect the skin before first treatment and between sessions, but avoid using 24 hours before each treatment