Armpit Hair? Or not!
I believe most people would have seen this trending on Facebook or other social media channels, how girls are showing off their armpit hair or dyeing them to demonstrate “personal choice and expression to help broaden and challenge the standard of ‘beauty’ in a society that already places way too many harmful standards on women.”
I won’t say I’m against these ladies trying to go au naturale, and the #FreeYourPits Campaign is indeed something women empowering but I feel that wanting to keep your underarm bare should be a personal choice too! Just like how people preferring their coffee in different ways, some girls will like the underarm hair-less… like me!
My Underarm IPL Experience at Annabelle Skin
Most girls wouldn’t need reasons for wanting a hair-free underarm. Shaving the uneven surface leaves unsightly stubbles, and sometimes even in-grown hair which hurts like a bad pimple! Not shaving? This means the higher tendency for body odour in a humid and warm country like Singapore!
Which is why, an IPL hair removal treatment is definitely a preferred solution as compared to shaving.
(FYI) IPL which stands for Intense Pulsed Light is a technology which uses the emission of light energy to hit specific area without damaging the surrounding skin. The pulsed light acts directly on the hair follicle, using the hair as a heat conductor. The light energy, attracted by the melanin in the hair reaches the hair root, destroying it if it is in an active phase (growth), this process is called photothermolysis.
(06/10/2015) As you can see, I have an uneven underarm skin tone. According to my therapist, it was because of the IPL treatments I had previously, these treatments actually help to lighten the skin colour, but when the therapists do not cover the whole surface equally with the same number of IPL shots, it will result in patchy skin tone >.
Yea, that sucks right? How I wish the hair can just not grow there.
So for Annabelle Skin, they use the Focus Light Machine by Neoglis Medical Technology® which is a revolutionary technique for treating progressive permanent epilation. This equipment has this special function of selective photothermolysis, which allows the differentiation between skin temperature and bulb: the first will remain within safe limits while the temperature of the bulb will reach levels that cause its thermal destruction.
Underarm IPL without Gel
It wasn’t my first time doing IPL, so what’s the difference at Annabelle Skin Salon? When I hear IPL, I think about beauty, whitening, pigmentation removal, hair removal and thick layers of Gel! Here, instead of the usual Gel IPL, the therapist used ice instead.
To be truthful, I’m skeptical about this treatment when they told me that’s all they are going to use only ice. Therapist use Gel to provide a form of cooling for the skin and help diffuse the heat. So I don’t wish to be scalded or burnt! My first ever IPL experience was from a cheap groupon deal which also had no gel and it gave me an ultra bad experience because it hurts a lot. That treatment gave off a burning smell (burning of the hair?) so it was pretty traumatising for a first-timer.
Here, the Focus Light IPL had a form of cooling to protect the skin, and the flexibility of the equipment allows to set parameters considering the characteristics of skin and hair, making it possible to personalize the treatment according to specific needs. The ice helps to numb the skin while the IPL (without the layer of gel) is able to have a direct and focused shot on the covered skin instead of having the light pulses diffracted through a medium (gel).
A post-treatment product – Starpil Post Epil Mousse is applied on the skin. The mousse helps softens, moisturises, disinfects, heals, prevents ingrown hair and delays hair growth.
Review: Annabelle Skin Underarm IPL – How Effective?
(Update on 10th December 2015) I stopped the treatment to see how long the growth was retarded (or slowed down). I didn’t have to worry about shaving for almost 6 weeks before very fine hair started growing again. This was what two treatments of underarm IPL at Annabelle Skin Salon did for me!
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