They say that tattoos are addictive… I don’t have any of those but I’m here to tell you that you can add hair-removal and Foxes Coconut Crinkles to the list of things that “Lipglossiping got herself addicted to” in 2010.
The question is, will I have a single hair left on my body come Christmas? Will I get carried away with it’s fabulosity and start chasing the neighbour’s Persian moggy round the block once I’m done with Mr. L’s hairy back?
The Boots Smooth Skin by iPulse IPL System arrived last week for me to try and report back on, and being the hairy Mary that I am… I honestly couldn’t think of a better candidate.
Until I read this:
I was all of an “OHMYGOD, I CAN’T USE IT!” I may even have squeezed out a couple of tears… and then a few more for the benefit of Mr. L (who missed them the first time round) after he looked up from Micro Mart to determine whether the wailing was coming from me or the baby.
After some email to-ing and fro-ing with the people behind the device, I learned that they’re actually in the process RIGHT NOW of updating the UK manual for the machine. Infact, here it is in black and white from the rep:
…I have managed to get you the most up to date info on the suitability of Boots Smooth Skin for PCOS sufferers.
As you know, in the UK manual, it states that Boots Smooth Skin is not suitable for PCOS sufferers.
We are in the process of updating the UK manual with Boots to give a better explanation of the considerations when using Smooth Skin with PCOS. We know many PCOS sufferers have found good results with Smooth Skin and some have posted their positive reviews on boots.com.
As you will know, in essence, PCOS is related to a hormonal imbalance. Hormone changes may cause dormant hair stem cells to grow into new hair follicles. So it is likely to take longer to be hair-free and require you to top up.
But we also know and understand what a huge comfort it is to PCOS sufferers not to have the extra hair that the condition causes to be so visible…
…We want to do the right thing by our consumers, and while we go through the final rounds of approvals with Boots we would love to give you the chance to get ahead of the UK change.
So there you go. You heard it here first (maybe).
In all honesty as a PCOS lady, this device wouldn’t be my first stop for hair removal. Not for my face anyway, which is precisely why I don’t already own one.
I’ve looked at this particular device many times in the past (it’s one of the few that claim PERMANENT results) and I’ve never been confident enough in it’s claims to go to Boots and lay my debit card down on the counter. I think it’s important that you know this, and that I tell you why.
Regardless of whether there’s any substance to my opinion, as someone with a “proper” problem with excess hair, I knew that I was always going to opt for something that I perceive to be stronger. I want FULL ON peeow peeow laser beams blasting my face yano? I want someone with a clipboard to be operating a machine that takes up at least 10sq foot of floor space and puts a minor dent in the national grid everytime it’s fired up.
I won’t be using this on my face or my chest. I don’t want it to interfere with the results that I may or may not get from the SK:N treatment that I’m currently undergoing.
Instead, you get to see my gorgeous hairy pins. You lucked out. Don’t worry though… I’m not showing them today, your appetite is safe for now.
Check out this instead:
It’s all very neat and compact… slotting into it’s own little vanity case that has been discretely designed without the words LASER HAIR REMOVAL emblazoned all over it. In other words, you can totally leave the IPL stuff behind and take the case on a dirty weekend filled with furry handcuffs and the like. Or if you’re me, Minstrels.
So, the plan is to do one leg. Just the one. Don’t worry, I’m still gonna shave the other one… but I think that doing it this way will leave me under no illusions by the end of 12 weeks whether I’m actually seeing concrete results from the Boots Smooth Skin. I’m also going to pin down Mr. L (he really does have a hairy back and this is the only home IPL system suitable for men) – he’s gonna. love. it.
Much, much later on… god knows if you’ll still be here with me or even care, but I’ll put phase two of the hair-blasting attack into action. I’ll use the Boots Smooth Skin on my face to maintain whatever results I achieve from my SK:N treatment once it’s finished.
For the purposes of the trial and for you ladies with PCOS, I wish I could do that bit NOW – but bad timing forces my hand and I simply can’t. It’s pretty common for hirsute women with a hormonal imbalance to need extra professional laser sessions. Sometimes as many as a couple of times a year to maintain completely smooth skin. I’ve made peace with that, but for me… that would mean £220 for each topup session. The Boots Smooth Skin currently retails at £274.99. It makes economical sense for me to purchase one of these for maintenance and I would (despite my cautious attitude towards it’s claims) be confident enough in the device’s abilities to lay down my cash in an effort to maintain an area that’s already been treated.
Anyway, I’ll introduce you to the more technical aspects of the machine next week when I’m confident that my tan has completely faded (you can’t use the device on fake-tanned skin).
*glances up* Jesus, I can’t half go on.