When I was writing about some of the rare side effects, injuries and dangers that you can get from IPL and Laser hair removal machines, it dawned on me that it really is important to advocate the necessity of investing in high quality products (and some bling accessories, jokes they aren’t really blingy but we have to jazz it up abit now and then!) in order protect yourself when doing permanent hair removal treatments. The importance of buying these products can most often than not get overlooked.
Put it this way, its because you spend a couple hundred dollars on the machine you figure that the extra $50-$100 on all the other stuff can wait. But really, the extra money on the proper gels, cream, goggles etc will SAVE you from spending even more on any skin treatment that you need from not using these products.
These are just some products and accessories you really need to factor in when purchasing an IPL or Laser hair removal machine for home use and in order to prepare yourself properly for your hair removal treatments.
UPDATE: I have received a lot of queries and questions as to which are the best products to buy. I am happy that I am getting questions about this for 2 reasons. 1. People are listening to me and understand the importance of doing proper permanent hair removal at home and 2. People are actually looking after themselves properly and that is what I am here to advocate for!
So which ones to I recommend for ipl and laser hair removal you do at home?
Best Selling: Being under $10, they are super affordable (in comparison to the ones below). They come in a variety of colors which is good because traditionally they were only available in red. They will protect you well when doing your sessions at home.
(The only reported downside in comparison to the ones below is that the plastic can tend to be more flimsy)
Most Protection: The goggles provide ultimate protection and are high quality. Is it required for permanent hair removal at home? Generally, no, I personally think the ones above are just fine but I guess these are good if you want better quality.
These are really handy to ensure there is no cosmetics on the area before it is treated. If there is any sign or trace of cosmetics, this can make the treatments ineffective. They aren’t that expensive and definitely very handy.
(I use the Purell brand as I have used them for years and I really like them, plus I just saw they were no.1 product on Amazon)
Update: I get a lot of questions when it comes to numbing creams. One of these is ‘Is a numbing cream necessary?’ My answer is, Yes and No. It’s hard to tell whether they are necessary or not as it’s up to each individual how they experience and cope with pain or any uncomfortable feeling. Basically, if you have found waxing to be uncomfortable or painful, I would suggest buying a numbing cream for sure.
This is important if you don’t want to experience any pain or discomfort. It really helps people get through the treatments. Again, I would recommend here a good quality cream to make sure it actually works and from a reputable brand, see below.
Best Selling: This brand is currently the best selling numbing cream for laser hair removal and IPL hair removal done at home. It’s affordable and works a dream.
The same brand isn’t available in the UK, however I have included the most popular available to anyone that want’s one and lives in the UK or Europe.
I will constantly update this page as I keep adding additional things as I think of them.
Don’t Forget the Cartridges!
It may be handy that when you buy your machine, buy an additional cartridge at the same time to save on shipping and the hassle of placing another order.