This system is not for everyone. You can’t use it if you’ve got really dark skin, you also can’t use it if you have sunbathed recently, used fake tan, may be pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, just had a baby, breast feeding or have your period. And you’re not supposed to use it within 24-hours of drinking alcohol, either. Once I’d established that I could actually use the thing, read all the warnings and instructions (I did this three times before feeling it was safe enough to even switch the machine on) and cancelled all social arrangements for the evening, it was time to start.
The process is not so much painful as long and uncomfortable. Lasering the skin feels like you are giving yourself a tiny electric shock, but while there is an instant burning sensation, this fades within seconds. You need to do an all-important patch test, then wait 24 hours. Once I’d got the all clear I had to cover the area in an activating cool gel, then laser one square at a time waiting for the machine to charge up again in between. Sounds like a lengthy process? It is.
I tested the laser for two weeks and saw no hair loss, though the manual reassured me that it takes up to a month for hair loss to show as you need to wait for the ‘zapped’ hair to fall out. Even then I will not be completely hair free for quite sometime (the process has to be repeated a few times), and I’m not allowed to wax in between treatments, so I need to accept that I’ll be more hairy on the way to becoming permanently hair free.
Home lasering is not a miracle remedy or an easy thing to do - but is more affordable than the in salon alternative, so invest time and effort and be patient if saving money is your priority. And it’s probably best to start in January when it’s cold and you’ll be covered up for the next few months – best aim for a hairless 2010 then.