Although summer is well and truly over, the battle to keep our legs and underarms smooth continues and, as any woman will tell you, waxing and shaving can be a real pain in the purse.
Here, we discover everything you need to know about Primelase, the new laser hair removal treatment that’s taking the beauty world by storm, from expert Crystal Silver.
How does Primelase work?
Crystal explained: “The Primelase laser uses a specific wavelength of light that is selectively absorbed by melanin, the dark pigment surrounding each hair follicle.
“The melanin conducts the heat from the laser down to the hair root, heating up and cutting off the blood flow to the follicle.
“This permanently disables and removes the hair.”
Can it be used on all hair types?
Those with darker complexions may see a better result with laser hair removal, but blondes and red heads can still say goodbye to razor burn.
“If your hair contains some level of melanin it can absorb the heat from the laser.
“However, white and grey hair has no melanin, so it can’t effectively be treated,” said Crystal.
“Additionally, red hair contains only one type of melanin (most hair contains two) so is more difficult to achieve results, and lighter, finer hair requires a more powerful and faster delivery, which most laser treatments can’t provide.
“Primlease is the world’s most powerful laser and delivers each pulse incredibly quickly to be as effective on lighter, finer hair as darker, thicker hair.”
Is laser removal painful?
Crystal said: “Effective skin contact cooling can minimise any discomfort. Primelase, for example, has two modes of operation, one of which is completely pain-free.
“So, it can be suitable for more sensitive skin, whilst still being very effective.”
She added: “Pulsing three times per second it is extremely fast, yet the inbuilt cooling system keeps the skin at a cool 5C, so you you will hardly feel anything!”
Can I get the same results at home?
Although at-home laser devices can remove unwanted hair, Crystal says higher energy is required for better results.
She said: “For effective hair removal, the base of the follicle needs to be heated 70C, and home-based systems only heat superficially, damaging or breaking the hair but not removing it permanently – similar to waxing, which requires on-going treatment.”