At-Home IPL Review: Panasonic ES-WH90


Panasonic IPL

Over the last couple of months, I have been using the Panasonic ES-WH90 IPL machine. After receiving an influx of questions after posting a photo of this brand new device on Instagram, I thought I would answer everyone’s questions all together.


What is IPL?

IPL quite literally stands for Intense Pulsed Light – a method of hair removal that can be either performed at home or within a salon environment.


Is it the same as Laser Hair Removal?

No – laser uses one wavelength, and IPL uses multiple wavelengths.


What’s the difference between a salon experience and an at-home device?

Essentially the ‘power’ of the treatment. IPL in a salon is a lot ‘stronger’ than at-home devices. Salon machines cost tens of thousands of pounds each, and require specialist training to administer (which is why treatments also cost us £1000s!) Devices we can buy to use at home are a lot cheaper and easier to use, but also take more sessions before they start to show results.



Does it hurt?

This completely depends on your pain threshold. Personally, not at all – I don’t even experience any discomfort. For me, it simply feels warm! (I have also had laser hair removal in a salon which you can read about here, and I found this to be slightly painful.) The Panasonic ES-WH90 has various settings, so you can start on the lowest and slowly build your way up.


How does it work?

Without getting into too much boring detail, the pigment (colour) in your hair follicle absorbs the light from the IPL machine, and the light heats up the hair bulb (cells at the base of the hair), damaging it so the hair cannot re-grow. For the light to be able to find the hair bulb, it works best when the skin is pale and the hair is dark. It only works on ‘living’ hair (percentage varies depending on the area and person, but the percentage of living hair could be 20-40%). This is why it takes a fair few sessions to achieve the desired results.



Can I shave?

Yes, you can shave and trim your hair as much as you like throughout the treatment. Just don’t pluck, epilate or wax! In fact, it’s best to shave the day before you have an IPL session for best results.


Does it permanently remove all hair?

Quite frankly, no! It can permanently reduce hair growth – so the hair is much more sparse, but it is highly unlikely to fully remove every single hair permanently. No form of IPL or laser hair removal can guarantee fully permanent hair removal (if a machine or salon does, they’re lying!) If it works on your skin and hair type, it can remove up to about 90% of hair, and believe me, this is a HUGE difference.


Will it work on me?

Unfortunately it is quite simply impossible to tell unless you try it! Having said that, it is most likely to be effective on pale skin tones with dark hair. IPL cannot remove blonde, red, white or grey hair.


How much does it cost?

Unlike salon-based treatments, it is a one-off payment. The Panasonic ES-WH90 has a RRP of £399.99 but is available from Amazon for around £350. Alternatively, they also offer another IPL product, the ES-WH80 which doesn’t come with the extra face attachment (which aims to improve your complexion and add glow!) which costs £199.99 from Boots.



The verdict?

IPL is an incredible form of hair removal which can have the most fantastic results. Although somewhat costly, the results are long-lasting and can make a huge difference to your self-confidence and the length of your beauty regime!

The Panasonic ES-WH90 boasts an ergonomic design for maximum comfort, making it easy to hold and enables you to reach various parts and angles of the body. When it comes to treatments, I would definitely recommend opting for a trusted, reputable brand to ensure you are using the best technology that adheres to high safety standards.

Panasonic ES-WH90 – LINK

Panasonic ES-WH80 (which doesn’t come with the extra face attachment) – LINK

Are you thinking abut IPL?