DPL, the new IPL?

Hair re­moval can be both­er­some – un­less you find a method you’re com­fort­able with. So we’ve scoped out the best meth­ods avail­able out there, from tra­di­tional wax­ing and sug­ar­ing to light-based tech­nolo­gies, as well as ask­ing beauty ex­perts for their do’s

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Beauty - BY AN­THIA CHNG

We asked the team at

What is DPL?

DPL stands for dy­namic pulsed light. This light-based treat­ment tar­gets and de­stroys the roots of the hair, even­tu­ally re­mov­ing hair per­ma­nently. While the tech­nol­ogy is sim­i­lar to that of IPL, DPL is more ad­vanced and ef­fec­tive in hair re­moval. It also has a cool­ing ef­fect to make the treat­ment less un­com­fort­able.

Aside from hair re­moval, are there any other ben­e­fits of do­ing DPL?

Suitable for both the body and the face, it’s of­ten used in fa­cial re­ju­ve­na­tion treat­ments to tar­get acne, un­even pig­men­ta­tion and en­larged pores, too. It cleanses your pores, im­proves blood cir­cu­la­tion and even tight­ens and lifts age­ing skin. As it takes only 15 min­utes or less, it’s easy to fit in a ses­sion dur­ing your lunch hour, or when you’re in a hurry.

What should one do or avoid do­ing be­fore and af­ter treat­ment?

Strictly avoid sun ex­po­sure on the area of the treat­ment for a few days be­fore and af­ter the ses­sion, and be sure to ap­ply sun­block im­me­di­ately af­ter the ses­sion.

How long does it take be­fore hair grows out?

This varies from per­son to per­son, but it should take around four to six weeks, af­ter which you can re­turn for your next treat­ment. You will need from nine to 12 ses­sions to per­ma­nently re­duce re­growth by 80 to 100 per­cent.

Tucked along the quiet stretch of Sec­ond Av­enue Junc­tion, this bou­tique spa is cosy and charm­ing. The dé­cor is min­i­mal­ist – white walls with for­est-green ac­cents – while the four treat­ment rooms are spa­cious and clean.

Sug­ar­ing, an al­ter­na­tive to wax­ing, is an epi­la­tion method us­ing a 100 per­cent wa­ter-sol­u­ble sugar paste. Made from white sugar, wa­ter and lemon juice, the paste is com­pletely safe for the skin. It’s even ed­i­ble. In fact, it’s de­li­cious – I got to sam­ple some!

Jas­mine Yong, the founder and owner of Sugar(ed), was fast, gen­tle and knew ex­actly what she was do­ing. First, she ap­plied the paste, then she moulded it into my skin, and then she pulled it in the nat­u­ral di­rec­tion of hair growth so as to avoid sub­se­quent in­grown hair.

As this was my first Brazil­ian sug­ar­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, she also gave me a free Hun­gar­ian Well­ness Mud treat­ment ($18) to soothe the de­pilated area.

While the ses­sion wasn’t en­tirely pain­less, it was sig­nif­i­cantly less painful than my pre­vi­ous wax­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. Since the paste is ap­plied at body tem­per­a­ture, there isn’t any risk of scald­ing, ei­ther. I’m a con­vert!

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