Laser vs IPL

Laser vs IPL

There are so many hair removal systems out there nowadays, often with no indication of which one is best suited to you, so it can be very confusing.

It is essential to know the skin type before commencing with IPL, or Laser hair removal, and this should always be assessed during a consultation and Patch test.  This is called the ‘Fitzpatrick’ skin type; on a scale of skin type 1 – 6:  1 being the lightest, and 6 darkest.

Knowing the skin type for laser hair removal will mean safety and efficacy of hair removal.

Clients most often will not know the difference between IPL and Laser which is what has prompted this article

IPL can only work on light skin, and dark hair because of the Wavelength, whereas the latest Lasers (such as our Initia from Lynton) can work on skin types 1-6 (as mentioned earlier), and on all hair colour – apart from white, grey and red due to there being no pigment.

IPL and Laser are completely different. 

Laser stands for: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

IPL stand for:  Intensive Pulse Light

Laser hair removal accounts for 70 per cent of technology-based hair removal; IPL 30 per cent – make sure you do check before you book.

How does it work?

Lasers produce a single wavelength of light with a very concentrated beam, and specific target, which is the hair follicle’s melanin. The heat is absorbed by the follicle, leaving the surrounding skin unharmed.  Lasers do get better, faster results than IPL.  Many hairs can be treated at one time with Laser as each laser pulse takes just milliseconds.

IPL  is not a type of Laser at all.  It produces a broad spectrum of wavelengths which are dispersed at a variety of depths which mean that only some of those wavelengths go dep enough for permanent hair reduction.  Surrounding skin tissue absorbs some of the Pulse Light, and the skin’s pigment also heats up, therefore the risks of burning are greater.

This is why IPL is NOT as good for hair removal.

IPL works well for the following:

  • Fine blood vessels (spider veins)
  • Superficial pigmentation
  • Sun damage
  • Anti-ageing

Why is IPL hair removal cheaper than Laser?

IPL machines are cheaper than Laser machines, therefore treatment cost is determined by this, (and other factors mentioned previously); also the quality of the machine, so please bear this in mind when choosing your hair removal clinic.

Cheap hair removal machines equals cheap prices, which could likely result in insufficient results for you.  Also please be wary of clinics offering Groupon Laser hair removal deals! If they can afford to slash their prices so much, there must be a compromising quality somewhere!  Do your research, and always ask questions if not sure.

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Laser vs Waxing

Whilst waxing may appear cheaper than Laser hair removal, in the long term it is not due to the fact that waxing requires life – long dedication, whereas once Laser results have been achieved (usually after 6-8 sessions), then all that is required are yearly maintenance top up treatments.

Of course, this all depends on the individual, and hormonal factors, but if you add up the costs of life time waxing, you will be surprised at how much you actually save on a course of laser instead! Plus, no more in grown hairs and fuzzy time in between sessions! The other thing to consider is that Laser is more permanent than waxing, and less painful if you choose our Lynton Initia.

Our in house Hair Removal Expert offers both Botanical Waxing and Laser, so she can chat to you about your options from a place of real experience!

Laser vs Shaving:

Shaving only removes the tips of the hair, and not the root, it is very temporary. The hair will appear blunt, and coarse in texture. The hair will also grow back faster, meaning that you will have to shave every other day, and in some cases, every day, which is very inconvenient for many people, as well as irritating.

Apart from the time consuming aspect of shaving, it can be very painful if the skin is cut or grazed.  Ingrown hairs are a common problem which can be both painful and unsightly.  An ingrown hair is when the hair grows back on itself, and re- enters the skin. The follicle can then become blocked with dead skin cells, and sebum, resulting in the appearance of black heads, or pimples. When bacteria gets trapped, pus forms, which can then lead to inflammation. This results in a painful bump in the skin. Not ideal.

If the hair is dark, red, or coarse, it can be more prone to ingrown hairs and irritated skin.

Laser hair removal will help eliminate the ingrown hair problem!

OK, so shaving IS required before laser hair removal, purely on the basis that the root must be there for laser to have effect, but evidence suggests that it actually REDUCES the likelihood of ingrown hairs!

So, for a short period of the ‘inconvenience’ of shaving, and an investment outlay, you, can permanently enhance your life by not having to continually upset your skin in the name of smooth comfort.

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What makes Ashmira so special

‘’Having a wax at YOUmassage is more of a Holistic treatment”

 At YOUmassage, we use Ashmira Botanica, designed to make waxing a first class experience from start to finish.  Ashmira Botanica is tough on hair, but gentle on the skin.

At YOU Massage Therapy we use two waxes, which are the Wild Violet Strip Wax, and Mulberry Peelable. The beautiful Mulberry is a non-strip peelable wax which is gentle and effective to the sensitive areas of skin. Most effective on face, underarms, bikini, and all intimate areas.  It can be also used anywhere on the body.

Ashmira Botanica was created by Tracey Smith – a Therapist for many years, and the ‘’Wax daddy of the UK,   Andy Rouillard . from the well known Axiom Academy.

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How Would You Like to Have Your Baby With a Minimum of Pain and Discomfort with just ONE SESSION of Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy in Preparation for Labour and Childbirth is now Available in Southampton

How would you like to have your baby with a minimum of pain and discomfort? With just ONE SESSION of Hypnotherapy during your 3rd Trimester, you can learn how to ‘let go’ and be calm and relaxed during labour and childbirth.

Marion Harvey, Dip.hsoh from Me time Hypnotherapy offers ‘Comfortable Childbirth Hypnotherapy’ sessions at YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton, which can change the way you deal with contractions, thinking of them as beingAntenatal hypnotherapy with MeTime Hypnotherapy pleasant rather than painful. A lot of women have reported that, by the third or fourth contraction, they were actually smiling or even laughing! The ideal time for this one session is at any time during the third trimester (from 6 months pregnant).

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How Yoga can help to build your Core Strength

Yoga for Core Strength

Agnieszka Olechowska, Yoga Teacher at YOU Massage Therapy, Southampton, describes how Yoga is not just for flexibility and relaxation

Some people associate yoga exercises with muscle flexibility rather than strength. Students coming to my classes often ask how long it’s going to take for them to perform splits or back bends. Flexibility is, to some people, the main goal with their Asana practice. However, although muscle stretching to aid and improve flexibility plays an important role in a typical yoga class, we shouldn’t forget about simultaneously developing our strength.

Strong muscles play an important part in supporting the joints and protecting them from damage. The weaker our muscles are, the less stable our joints become. Prolonged imbalance can lead to chronic pain and this in turn makes us involuntarily take it easy on the muscles by unconsciously avoiding movements that cause discomfort or pain. The muscles can then become progressively weaker and a vicious circle arises.

Some people may associate strength with gym bodies with their chiseled abs and generally well-developed musculature. This is another popular misconception: Simply having carved muscles doesn’t necessarily make us strong and functional humans. Yoga practice itself won’t turn our abs into a dreamed-of six-pack, but it offers much more than just boosting appearance. Practiced regularly, it helps to develop core muscle stability which positively impacts our physical health.

What is the core and why is core strength and stability so important?

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Thai Massage – The art of giving from the hands and the heart

Image courtesy of Phonlatuch at freedigitalphotos.net

Image courtesy of Phonlatuch at freedigitalphotos.net

Written by Georgia Franchini

In 2014, I travelled alone to the mysterious land of Thailand in order to complete a course in Traditional Thai massage. When I received this therapy, it helped me so much that I decided to go to Thailand to learn to practice it myself. It allowed me to absorb their culture, and it opened me up to the path of Yoga and meditation, which is an important part of learning and practicing this traditional healing system.

What is Thai massage?

Traditional Thai massage originated from India, but has been practised in Thailand for over 2,500 years. It is a form of oriental body work, and the theory is based on balancing the energy within your body to aid in health and general wellbeing. There are 10 major energy channels within the body. Blockages within these channels give rise to disease and negative symptoms. Thai massage aims at removing these blockages so energy can flow freely, allowing you to feel relaxed, energetic, and free from pain. “A 2004 study found significant improvement in the mental well-being of patients suffering from musculoskeletal pain when treated with massage” (J, Johnson, Research), it has been proven that massage can have huge health benefits, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Here are some of the health benefits:

• release blogIncrease range of movement in joints

• Improves circulation
• Increases supply of blood and oxygen

• Promotes relaxation
• Elongate and release fascia (muscular bondage and support system)
• Prevents joint sprains and muscle strains

• Improves lymphatic drainage and flow (the body’s cell waste removal and immune system)

‘Lazy man’s yoga’

Thai massage is also known as ‘lazy man’s yoga’, this is due to the fact that the benefits of both are very similar. If you have practiced Yoga before you will understand the health benefits that come with simply being present and focusing on your breath. Massage and Yoga focus on the rhythm and depth of your breathing, as it’s important for your body in order to stay healthy. Thai massage is rhythmic and meditative between the giver and receiver, creating a dual meditation between two people. Traditionally Thai massage is used without oil and with clothes on. This is because stretches and pressure points are used in order to increase the energy flow. However, you have a choice to choose whether you prefer to be clothed or not. It’s important to be comfortable before receiving your massage. I will use my palms, elbows, and feet in order to perform stretches and pressure points.

Is it for me?
If you feel that any of these health benefits listed could be beneficial for you, then Thai massage is what you need. If you have previously tried Shiatsu and enjoyed it, you may also enjoy Thai Massage as they are similar and grew from the same roots. You do not need to be a yogi or an athlete to feel healthy again. Living a busy lifestyle can make it easy to neglect our health. So take control, and give yourself some extra loving care within a safe environment at YOU Massage!

Southampton Osteopath Tim introduces himself

Joining the team at You Massage Therapy, Southampton as an Osteopath.

As a new member of the team at You Massage therapy, I was asked to write a little piece about me, so anyone interested can learn a little bit about who  I am.

Why I became an Osteopath

Tim Young OsteopathFrom a very young age I have received complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) such as osteopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathic treatments for various different ailments. It was not until I was a teenager where I was playing sport seriously (rugby and rowing at national level) did I understand how effective these treatments were bringing me back from injury and keeping me playing and training in the sports I loved.

When leaving school the notion of becoming an osteopath had not even entered my head, not being the most academic student (I would always much rather be on a rugby pitch or in a rowing boat, than a classroom) I did not think it was attainable. Not really knowing what I wanted to do, I enrolled on a course at college gaining a BETEC National Diploma in rural studies so I could do what I liked doing best when not playing sport, which was working with animals. Unfortunately as I suffered with hayfever, it made finding employment in this field very hard (excuse the pun) so I fell into a career in construction.

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Welcome Kim

Go from OW to WOW!!

Hello, you are cordially invited to an hour’s vacation on my massage table.

Why you may ask? Aching body? Stressed? Lots of tension?

Athlete or not, a sports massage is the solution!

Hi, my name is Kim Healey. I am the new addition to the YOU Massage Team and will be offering my services as a Massage Therapist for Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Indian Head Massage and Holistic Massage.

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Sports Massage

massage sportsHaving a Sports massage during the winter is probably more important than it is in the Summer periods. Whatever the season, athletes and office workers should take to the table at least once a month.

 

During autumn as we approach winter, our bodies become slow and our immune system starts to slow with the temperature, increase of virus’s and colds. Whilst having a massage with a cold or flu won’t be any good for you or your therapist as you wouldn’t want one of us to go down as we then won’t be able to do our job. More importantly having a massage whilst feeling rough will just make you feel better.

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What is Muscle Energy Technique?

 

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MET is also used by many professionals including Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Sport Massage therapists to aid soft tissue therapy.

 

MET involves client participation and is a stretching technique aimed at lengthening tight muscles. Tense muscles can become short; pulling on the bones they attach to and thus have the potential to change the position of a joint causing pain and discomfort.

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