Laser hair removal vs IPL

What is the difference between Laser Hair Removal and IPL?

In today’s laser hair removal device market, we see ads for at-home laser hair removal devices when most of the devices advertised are not even laser at all! There is a mass amount of “laser” hair removal devices you see on Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram. Most of these devices use a technology called IPL – which’s short for Intense Pulsed Light. In layman’s terms… that’s not a laser!

Tria is the only FDA-cleared at-home hair removal laser available on the market and uses the same diode laser technology used by dermatologists and laser hair removal clinics. But how do Tria’s lasers compare with those of the IPL variety, and how is laser more effective for permanent hair removal? Let’s take a deeper dive into the technology, shall we? 

What is laser hair removal?

While both IPL and laser hair removal methods use light to heat the hair follicles to prevent regrowth, the technology is different due to the light source used. With laser, a pulse of focused light targets the pigment in the hair, and the energy from that light converts to heat which then disables the hair follicle underneath the skin. This process helps stop future hair growth, but it doesn’t happen overnight. 

 Since each hair on the body is in a different growth phase, your hair growth will need to be in the anagen hair growth phase for permanent hair removal. This is why lasering at home can take between 3 to 8 sessions or more to see results over 2 to 6 months when performed once every two weeks with Tria’s lasers. Consistency and patience is the key to achieving long-term results. If you miss a session doing laser in the areas you are targeting, you will have to wait longer to see the results you were hoping for. 

Who is laser hair removal for?

Laser hair removal is not suitable for all skin tones or hair colors. Since there must be a contrast between the skin color and the hair color, the laser works best on pale to light brown skin tones with light brown to black hair color. The laser will not work on grey, blonde or red body hair. Even if you do artificial tanning, such as using a spray tan or tanning bed, you will need to wait until your tan fades before using the laser. Tria’s laser will not unlock if your skin and hair color are not suitable–this is a safety feature to keep skin from any injuries.  

Another factor to take into consideration when deciding on laser hair removal is hormones. The most common reason why women grow thick facial hair is due to a hormonal disorder called PCOS. Laser will work to help control the hair growth, but it will not permanently remove it, resulting in long-term use of laser for the face.

If you are a candidate for laser hair removal, then there’s no better time than now to get started on your smooth skin journey!

What is IPL hair removal?

IPL vs Laser graphic

IPL technology, which is different from laser technology, uses a broad spectrum of light with multiple wavelengths to target pigment in the hair. The energy is not as focused as a laser, as you can see in the diagram above, causing the energy to be much weaker than Tria’s diode lasers. This means you will need more treatments and will most likely see less permanent results. When it comes to safety, IPL can be concerning since the beam of light emitted covers a large area of skin surrounding the hair, increasing your chances of skin and tissue damage.  

Tria's laser vs IPL

If we look at this chart here that compares Tria’s hair removal lasers with at-home IPL devices, we see that Tria uses 20 Joules (a unit of energy) and delivers 3X more energy than leading IPL hair removal devices. 

Now that we’ve covered the technology portion of IPL vs. Laser, let’s talk about the machine’s body and why Tria is easier to use than an IPL device.

Tria’s lasers are cordless and do not require you to be tethered to the wall during treatments like IPL devices. You can enjoy the outdoors, lounge on the bed or couch, or use it anywhere you want! Having a cordless device also means that you can maneuver the device in a broader range of places without tangling yourself in a cord.

With Tria’s lasers, you do not have to wear protective eyewear like you do with IPL devices. No need to wear sunglasses at night while zapping away body hair!

Before you go, I’d like to go over the three P’s–the three reasons why you should opt for laser:

  • Precise – Lasers use pinpoint precision when treating each hair.
  • Power – More power means faster results.
  • Permanent – Who wants to invest time into hair removal when it is not permanent? 

That’s all for today Tria Beauties; please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions regarding our hair removal devices by sending a DM to @triabeauty.

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Laser Hair Removal Summer Tips

Laser Hair Removal Summer Tips

Waiting all year for the glory of the summer sun is definitely a highlight for those finally coming out of quarantine. While some of us are still waiting for our community pools and beaches to open, there are a lot of people wondering how to tame hair growth before stepping out in their short shorts. There are many customers coming to us saying they’ve been waiting forever to get into a laser hair removal clinic, and turned to Tria Beauty for their at-home hair removal needs while on lockdown. (Thank you!) Now that the sun has made its appearance, there are a few tidbits you should know about before starting your laser hair removal journey for the summer.

We’ve wrangled some handy guidelines from our wonderful customer care team here at Tria as well as tips from the experts at Boomboombrowbar.com.

TIP #1 – Minimize or avoid sun exposure

As we all know, sun exposure makes your skin more sensitive, especially during the summer months. When you are frolicking about on the beaches in Hawaii, your skin will become more sensitive to heat than ever–think about that time when you had a sunburn and took a hot shower–ouch!! Since hair removal lasers use heat, the treatment will not only sting, but it may cause burns and even scarring. Not worth the risk! Avoid the sun at least 24 to 48 hours before and after sun exposure, and definitely do not treat any areas with a sunburn.

Keep in mind that the areas that could be the most sensitive to the sun are the face, arms, hands, feet, and legs. For men that worship the sun, that could possibly be the chest and back area.

To help minimize sun exposure, always wear sunscreen! Use a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen that shields you from both UVB and UVA rays. To keep your skin hydrated while using your laser, use the pre-treatment Soothing Gel, available in the 4X and Precision Laser Deluxe Kits.

TIP #2 – Avoid tanning

In order to effectively use our at-home hair removal lasers, there needs to be contrast between your skin tone and the body hair in order for the laser to target the melanin in the hair. Tanning the skin, whether you are doing sunless self-tanner, spray tanning, tanning beds, or tanning with the natural sun, your skin tone may become darker than your body hair color.

To find see if you are a candidate for at-home laser hair removal with Tria, you can scroll down on this page to see our skin tone and body hair color chart.

TIP #3 – Use caution when exfoliating

Because laser hair removal will cause your pores to open, you want to let your skin heal for at least 48 hours. Try to avoid the sauna, jacuzzi, swimming pool, or ocean swimming. You also want to avoid exfoliating your skin for about 5 days following your treatment. No loofah or scrubby sponges, salt or sugar scrubs for at least 5 days.

What do you think of these summer tips for laser hair removal? Drop us a message or question on our Instagram or Facebook page!

Watch our video from Instagram Live going over these summer tips and more!

 

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Reasons why your 4X Hair Removal Laser doesn't work

9 reasons why your Tria 4X Hair Removal Laser doesn’t work

Did you know that your hair has to be in a specific growth stage in order for laser hair removal to work? There are several reasons why you could be seeing hair growth after using the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X, and I will break down those reasons for you below! Scroll down a bit to watch the full video.

#1: Your body hair color is too light

The hair removal laser’s heat source is attracted to the pigment in the hair. The hair that you want to remove has to be dark enough for the laser to find your hair’s pigment and will work on light brown to black hair. Unfortunately, Blonde, red, white, and grey hair does not have enough pigment to attract the laser’s heat. If your device unlocks, but you do not feel the heat on level 5 treatments, your hair may be too light for the device.

#2: The laser’s treatment window is dirty

If your treatment window is not cleaned after every use, it can build up a film on the surface of oil, skin cells, or treatment gels. If your window has a build-up of gunk, the laser cannot effectively penetrate through the window. Use an alcohol wipe before every use to make sure the laser can sufficiently penetrate through the treatment window.

#3: Your treatment power level is too low

The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is effective at all treatment levels. The five settings (or three settings if you are using the Precision Laser) are five different levels of intensity. Using a lower intensity means that the treatment will work slower, but may be more comfortable to some users.

We recommend that you start at a low treatment level (1 or 2) and then increase by one treatment level at a time until you’ve reached the highest treatment level comfortable to you. The higher the treatment level, the faster the results.

#4: You are not overlapping your treatment pattern

By overlapping your pattern while treating with the laser, you are making sure to treat every hair, during every treatment. If you move the laser over an inch at a time, you are missing hairs during your treatments.

#5: You are not shaving before treatments

It is very important that you shave your treatment area the night before or a few hours before treating with the hair removal laser. Use a fresh razor to ensure the hair is flat on the surface of the skin. Do not wax or pluck the hairs, do not use an epilator or hair removal creams as the hair will not be flat at the surface of the skin.

#6: You’re skipping treatments

In order for laser hair removal to work, you need to treat at a specific hair growth cycle called Anagen, known as the growth phase. Each hair on your body is at a different growth stage, so it will take at least 6-8 treatments in order to catch all of the hairs in the Anagen phase. Since you do not know what cycle you’re in at the time of treatment, you will have to make sure not to skip ANY treatments. You have to treat your skin with your laser once every two weeks. Mark your calendars!

#7: You are not giving the hair removal process enough time

As I stated in #5, you will need to treat all of the hairs during the Anagen hair growth phase for laser hair removal to be effective. This process can take up to six months for some people. You will also need to be prepared do to touch-ups as some hairs may have been skipped during treatments. Some customers report to me that they see results after three treatments, and some say it takes 8-9 sessions. Patience is key!

#8: You may have biological factors that influence your results

If you have PCOS (in women only) or other hormonal imbalances, there is a chance that this is the reason why you are not seeing permanent results. We have many customers with PCOS that tell me that the 4X is a godsend in controlling facial hair, but it will not be permanent. Menopause can also cause a hormonal imbalance, and it is safe to treat during this stage in life, but we do not recommend our laser for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

#9: Your device needs troubleshooting

If you are seeing an error message or your device isn’t turning on, you will need to turn to page 21 in your Tria 4X manual for help. If the tips in the manual are not helping you troubleshoot your device, be sure to have your serial number ready (on the bottom of your device) and your order information.

If you’ve stored your device away for a long period of time, which we do NOT recommend, you may need to try the reset method to start up your device. Be sure to charge your device at least once every three months to avoid battery drainage. This method is not guaranteed to work, but it has worked fantastic for many customers.

To reset your device:

1. Plug your device in for 24 hours.
2. Take the cord, while leaving the device plugged in the wall, and plug it in and out 5 times in a row, without turning the device on.
3. After the 5th time turn on your device, then put it right back on the charger for 2 hours. After charging for 2 hours turn on the device and see if it works normally.

If you still need assistance, you can contact our Customer Care team and they will be happy to walk you through your issues.

 

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Best legs of your life

How to get the smoothest legs of your life

With summer on the horizon, we’re sure you’ve thought about how you will be shifting your seasonal wardrobe to accommodate for warmer weather. Of course, this means showing more skin! Showing more skin also means, for some of us, shaving daily–and that can be quite tedious especially if you are on vacation. What if you didn’t have to worry about touching another razor again? Wouldn’t that be liberating? Having the freedom to bare our legs without the worry of razor burn or ingrown hairs sounds like paradise! We’re going to show you a couple of products that will make this summer’s legs the best of your life!

EXFOLIATE YOUR LEGS

Cactus Brush from The Body Shop
We wish we would have learned of this product earlier! The Body Shop’s Cactus Long Handle Body Brush ($15) can be used to dry brush the body or use wet with your favorite shower gel. Using this brush is invigorating and exfoliating, and it also unclogs pores! If the brush seems too harsh, The Body Shop also offers many other exfoliating options: The Body Polisher nylon towel ($5) and the 100% Hemp Body Mitt ($10) is just a few more options.

If you are not into exfoliating accessories, or you have sensitive skin, you might love a fruit enzyme peel. The Bliss Jelly Glow Peel ($12) is a non-abrasive exfoliator that uses plant-based fibers to roll off dead skin. You can see the unwanted skin gently roll off your legs–without scrubbing or using any force. It’s perfect on the face, too!

PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL

Tria 4X Hair Removal Laser
Next, let’s worry about getting rid of your cactus legs–for good! Laser hair removal can cost several thousands of dollars if you opt to have it done at a laser clinic. If you’re a celebrity, disposable income might not be an issue for you, but if you are like the rest of us, we yearn for some affordable options. Thankfully, Tria Beauty’s Hair Removal Laser 4X ($449) is just the thing to evict those unwanted hairs from the legs and body. At a fraction of the cost that a clinic charges for hair removal, the 4X is the first and only FDA-approved device for use at home, and is backed by a 60-day money back guarantee.

In a recent article from Marie Claire, Rachel Nazarian, M.D., a dermatologist at the Schweiger Dermatology Group, gives us a valuable preparation tip before using the Tria 4X: “As with all laser hair removal devices, I recommend working with clean, freshly shaven skin. Make sure that you aren’t able to see hair above skin level,” Dr. Nazarian says. Yes! It is completely important to start off will clean, freshly shaven legs before performing your laser treatments. Also, make sure the treatment window is free of any debris that would block the laser light. You can clean the window with an alcohol-based wipe to ensure it’s ready for use.

Get a head start on your summer legs and get your Tria 4X today!Shop

Watch customer and influencer reviews on the Tria 4X Hair Removal Laser on YouTube

BEST SELF TANNERS FOR THE LEGS

Best Self Tanners of 2019
Showing off your legs like the beach babe that you are is beautiful–but some of us need a little assistance with our summer glow. A self-tanner can give the legs a nice bronze slimming effect without harmful UV rays and sun damage. You do need to try a spot test to make sure that the color you choose is right for your skin tone, and that you don’t end up an unsightly shade of orange.

The St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Mousse ($42 for 8 oz.) paired with an applicator mitt is your best bet for a long-lasting tan that doesn’t have that weird self-tanner smell. The tinted mousse is definitely not streaky, so you can confidently apply a few moments before heading out.

For tanning on-the-go, Dr. Dennis Gross delivers self-tanning power to the palm of your hand with the Alpha Beta Glow Peel Self-Tanner for the Body ($45). This tan towel firms and exfoliates the skin as you wear it–a total added bonus to the amazing tan you will get!

If you don’t want to go the gradual self-tanner route, there are several “one night only” spray-on bronzers that will give your legs a moment to glow. To give some instant glam to your gams, the HAMPTON SUN Airbrush Bronzing Mist ($42) is a fine mist spray that you wash easily wash off with soap and water.

MOISTURIZER YOUR LEGS WILL LOVE

Bronzed Legs
It’s important to keep your skin and legs hydrated, especially if you want them looking and feeling their best. Applying these lotions to your legs will not only keep your self-tanner going strong, but will combat dry and flaky skin as well. A great overall body lotion is Hempz Original Herbal Body Moisturizer ($11 for 17 oz.) with a delicious banana scent to boot! It nourishes dry, scaly legs with shea butter and ginseng, along with crucial antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E.

To benefit from wonderful ingredients like Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí Oil and anti-aging Coconut Oil, and a bit of shimmer, you need the Sol De Janeiro Glowmotions ($35) illuminating skin oil. The shimmer oil will give your legs a slimming effect if concentrated on the middle bone area with an added bonus of luxurious moisture.

To moisturize without a slick feeling on your body, the Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer ($7) is an awesome drugstore find that is formulated for use right after you step out of the shower. This product ranks high on Amazon.com and has received multiple Allure Best of Beauty Awards. There are five different formulas to choose from, depending on what type of skin issue you need to address.

Hopefully, you’ve learned a lot from this guide all about beautifying your legs for the summer! Stay tuned this season for more summer beauty tips!

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