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Remington i-Light Pro

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Remington i-Light Pro is a corded IPL home hair removal device with five energy levels settings and skin tone sensor. It's cleared by the FDA designed for use on the body below the neck, including the arms, legs, underarms, bikini line, chest and stomach.

It's not intended to remove hair on the neck, head or ears. Of course, the common sense precaution also means it shouldn't be used on the eyebrows or eyelashes. It requires multiple treatments to have the best results.

How Does It Work?

This system uses IPL (intense pulsed light). Devices even using the same basic technology have different parameters, meaning they put out light at different wavelengths and pulses.

Remington calls theirs ProPulse(TM) Technology. This light travels through the skin claiming it targets where the most melanin (color) is found, in the hair's root. As the light energy is converted into heat energy it disables the hair follicle.

Who Can Use This Device?

Hair color. Since the light is seeking out the hair's melanin it works optimally on dark hair and better results are seen on those with black, brown, or what is considered a dark or dirty blond. Blond or red may achieve some reduction, but not respond as well as darker hair. It will not work on white or grey hair because of the lack of color.

Skin color. Light to medium skin tones can safely use this device. If the skin tone is too dark, whether naturally or from a sun tan, the device will then attack the skin's melanin (color). A skin sensor will test the tone and determine if it falls within the safe range.

Will It Hurt?

IPL hair removal treatments can be compared to feeling a mild sensation of heat and a rubber band snap. Of course the discomfort varies on personal tolerance, skin's sensitivity, the area being treated and the color and thickness of hair. Five levels allows it to be adjusted for comfort. However, the highest or fifth setting gives off more energy, which usually leads to better hair reduction results.

According to the company, it's different than other IPL home devices because it "has output parameters similar to clinical machines which can cost as much as $100,000." The i-Light Pro applies a 110ms stretched light pulse that "slowly and thoroughly heats the hair shaft, while helping to keep the surrounding skin cooler". They add that it "uses a state-of-the-art optics, which deliver a uniform output and helps reduce hot spots."

How Long does Each Treatment Take?

To get the skin ready, the area first needs to be shaved and dried. The averages for each treatment, according to the company are, "10- 12 minutes per leg, 1- 3 minutes for underarms, 1- 3 minutes for bikini area." The device is corded, not cordless, so you won't be stopped during a treatment and have to wait for it to re-charge.

How Effective Is It?

Hair goes through different cycles: growing, resting and shedding. But they aren't all on the same stage at any given time. The hair needs to be 'zapped' in the growing stage to disable the follicle, which is why it's not a one time deal. The company recommends three treatments in the first month, each spaced two weeks apart, and then after that, only as needed.

According the company's booklet "Individual results vary. In clinical testing, on average, participants had 47.8 percent fewer hairs six months after just three treatments, similar to results observed from professional hair removal systems."

Reviews

We tested this system out. Two women tried it out on their bikini, underarms and legs. See what they thought of the skin sensor, discomfort, and find out about their hair-ridding results in: Remington i-Light Pro Review.

How Much Does It Cost?

The suggested retail price is $249.99 and comes with one cartridge equipped with 1500 flashes. How long will that last? According to the company one cartridge is "good for 2 -3 body (bikini line, underarm and lower leg) treatments." The display panel has an indicator warning when it's almost time to put in a new cartridge, which retails for $24.99.

This Remington product by Spectrum brands became available in the United States on December 9, 2011 (compare prices).

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