Unwanted facial or body hair is an all too common problem that can actually cause a lot of stress for some women (and men). Not to mention, hair removal is one of those extremely personal activities—especially when we are talking about on the face and or the bikini line. With that said, not everyone wants to hop on a waxer’s table every month and subject themselves to the pain, and sometimes embarrassment, of getting every last hair.
Laser hair removal is a popular, albeit expensive, option that we can turn to. In the doctor’s office, this is done with the ruby, alexandrite, diode or intense pulsed light systems and works best on light-skinned, dark-haired women. Results are typically seen after a minimum of three treatments (repeated every four to eight weeks) with about 10 percent to 25 percent reduction in hair growth after each session.
However, if you are looking for an at-home option, the first and only at-home hair removal system (that is FDA cleared to be safe and effective for all skin tones) has arrived. The Mē Smooth ($395) is powered by electro-optical synergy technology, combining the intense pulsed light and radio frequency. The device targets the hair follicles and delivers heat deep into the skin to inhibit hair regrowth.
It’s supposed to be safe and somewhat painless, just be aware that the flashing of the laser is bright (though the company says it’s 100 percent safe). In clinical trials, women that tried the device said they no longer felt pain after the third use. Women also reported 46 percent average hair reduction after two treatments over the course of two weeks and up to 96 percent hair reduction three months after the last treatment in a series of seven weekly treatments.
It sounds like it is worth a shot if you’re looking into alternate ways of hair removal in the comfort of your own home.
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