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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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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Mother's Day Gift Guide from Tria Beauty

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

We’re heading into May at lightning speed–and Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away! Gasp! Don’t worry about what to get Mom on her special day because we did all of the work for you! Every mom wants beautiful, ageless skin, and Tria has the right tools to get her on the path to a glowing future.SmoothBeauty™ Laser Mask Starter Kit

SmoothBeauty™ Laser Mask Starter Kit

Our best-selling SmoothBeauty Anti-Aging Laser treats fine lines and wrinkles all over the face, resulting in more youthful, radiant, and refreshed skin. FDA-cleared to be safe and effective for the entire face on all skin tones and types.

Mom will love the luxurious Nuvesse Deep Hydrating & Brightening Mask and Serum Roller in conjunction with her laser treatments. Mom only needs to use the mask once per month, and the serum roller can be used daily. The serum-infused mask and serum roller are uniquely formulated to infuse potent key nutrients like Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera deeper into the skin to stimulate natural collagen and elastin production. Each facial mask applies 35mL of serum—the equivalent of a full bottle of serum—in as little as 20 minutes.

Buy during our 20% off promotion and also receive a free Eye Renewal Cream ($65 value!) Ends 5/12ShopULLA JOHNSON - THE YNEZ CHEEK PALETTE

Bobbi Brown/Ulla Johnson – The Ynez Cheek Palette

If Mom is lacking a little color and glow in her visage, this is the perfect palette to give her just the right amount of cheek flush and glow to wear on a daily basis. This nude-beige multi-tasking pot cheek and lip rouge are fast and easy to dab on with a finger for the on-the-go Mom. For a little extra highlight, the golden pink cream highlighter will look beautiful dabbed on the cheekbones and anywhere else a “glow from within” moment is desired! To top it all off, the Mini Extra Face Oil works wonders on parched skin and can be dabbed anywhere extra moisture is needed. Shop
SmoothBeauty™ Eye Wrinkle Laser Regimen Kit

SmoothBeauty™ Eye Wrinkle Laser Regimen Kit

If mom’s issue is just around her eyes, or she needs to maintain her perfect peepers, this is the kit she will love! This gentle combination of the SmoothBeauty™ Eye Wrinkle Laser and our Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream will give Mom the ultimate at-home skincare experience. This kit helps to rebuild collagen and reveals younger-looking skin around the eyes in as little as two weeks.

Mom can use the Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream to soothe skin while replenishing moisture and reducing the appearance of puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Ginger Extract, and Retinol, it helps to soothe and hydrate laser-treated skin while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

For best results, it is best to treat each eye area every night for 8 weeks–and it only takes a few minutes!

Buy during our 20% off promotion and also receive another free Eye Renewal Cream to keep for yourself! ($65 value!) Ends 5/12Shop

 

Williams Sonoma Mother's Day Gift Crate

Williams Sonoma Mother’s Day Gift Crate

If beauty products aren’t Mom’s thing, or her bathroom looks like a mini Sephora store, you’ll bet she’ll appreciate a little bit of artisanal treats and soothing sundries from Williams Sonoma. This beautifully curated keepsake box is filled with the following decadent products that will help Mom get that much-deserved R&R:

  • CC Made Rosemary Caramel Corn (8 oz.)
  • Girl Meets Dirt Rhubarb Lavender Preserves (7.75 oz.)
  • Jasmine Pearl Lavender Rose Loose White Tea (2.4 oz.)
  • Paddywax Salted Grapefruit Candle (3 oz.)
  • Rosemary Bundle (.25g)
  • Decker Chamomile Seed Packet (.125g)
  • Formulary 55 Grapefruit + Rosemary Sea Mineral Body Polish (2 oz.)
  • Clean Wit Industries Oatmeal, Milk + Honey Gardener’s Soap (5 oz.)

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TREASURE & BOND Luca Grainy Leather Backpack

Leather Drawstring Backpack by Treasure & Bond

If Mom is planning a bit of travel this summer, we found the perfect bag to take while she’s exploring the world. This beautifully grained leather drawstring backpack (available in Country Blue, Ivory, and Black) will be the best travel companion to hold her necessities. With an outside and inside pocket, she can store away the little things and access them easily. A cool tidbit about the brand, Treasure & Bond, Nordstrom will donate 2.5% of net sales (that’s 5% of net profits) to organizations that work to empower youth. This is a gift you can feel good about giving!

ShopNourishing & Firming Deluxe Kit

Nourishing & Firming Deluxe Kit

If Mom already owns our powerful anti-aging lasers, she will love this skincare kit to help maximize the performance of her favorite devices. This skincare set includes the Priming Cleanser to remove makeup & impurities, the Super C Brightening Moisturizer with a unique oil-based form of Vitamin C, & Nuvesse Firming & Anti-Aging serum-infused masks + a serum roller to stimulate collagen production.

Buy during our 20% off promotion and also receive another free Eye Renewal Cream to keep for yourself! ($65 value!) Ends 5/12Shop

Hidden Message Necklace by Oak & Luna

Hidden Message Necklace by Oak & Luna

If you’re looking for a gift that is a bit more personal, this gorgeous hidden message necklace not only looks sleek, but it will remind Mom of the people that she holds dear to her heart. Get creative with your message–this necklace allows you to personalize up to 20 characters on rose gold, 18k gold plated or silver. This beautiful necklace also makes a perfect gift for a new mom or even a dog mom!

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Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

Would Mom love the gift of an eternal smooth body? Our best-selling Hair Removal Laser 4X is powered by the same in-office Diode Laser Technology used by dermatologists and is the first and only FDA-cleared at-home laser to remove unwanted hair at a fraction of the in-office treatment. It’s so safe and effective, Mom will be amazed at what she can do all by herself.

The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X targets and permanently disables the hair follicle to stop hair growth on the body for permanent results, and even gentle enough to remove unwanted hair on the face for women. Mom will have to commit to using her device every two weeks until permanent results are achieved.

Buy during our 10% off promotion — now through 5/12!
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How to get rid of acne with blue light therapy

Get Flawless: How Blue Light Therapy Kills Acne-Causing Bacteria

You got one right before a big date. You got two on your wedding day. You got more than you could count before an important job interview. Acne—the skin condition that seems to be as easy to cure as the common cold. You always seem to wake up to a big and painful pimple the day that you need to put your best face forward. Be glad to know you aren’t alone: 85% of men and women ages 12-24 experience at least some form of acne.

The ruckus going on beneath your skin before you see visible acne starts weeks in advance. It all starts with a clogged pore—your dead skin cells mix with oil, and trap the nasty bacteria inside. Oil production plays a significant role in acne. If you are stressed or triggering increased hormonal activity, your glands will kick your oil production into overdrive.

Bacteria loves to hang around inside of clogged pores and feed on your skin’s oil. Once the bacteria start feeding on the oil, it multiplies, causing the infamous swelling and redness that we see at the start of a pimple. The bacteria continue to chow down on the oil, releasing inflammatory grime that your red and white blood cells detect as an attack. Those cells will go to battle on this “infection” and cause even more redness and swelling to occur. And that’s how a pimple is born!

Now we raise the question: How do you get rid of acne? Now that we’ve learned that bacteria and dead skin cells are the culprits causing these tiny nightmares, you’ll be glad to know that blue light therapy combined with expertly formulated acne skincare can banish acne for good.

Tria Positively Clear Skincare Duo

What does blue light therapy do?

Tria’s FDA-cleared Positively Clear Acne Clearing Blue Light uses a high-energy light source to treat mild to moderate inflammatory acne by penetrating deep into your pores to kill the nasty bacteria. Even people with sensitive skin can use it! It only takes about five minutes daily to create and maintain flawless, pimple-free skin.

What does the acne skincare do?

The Positively Clear Foam Cleanser is your first step to clearing away oil, makeup, and other impurities, and prepares your face for the blue light device. A partner to the foam cleanser is the Positively Clear Spot Treatment. Just in case something pops up unexpectedly, the spot treatment will cool and calm down the irritated pimples while sleeping or on-the-go.

It’s a relief to know that the technology exists to help us tackle our biggest skincare concerns.

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