Hair Removal: IPL vs. Shaving

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Hair Removal: IPL vs. Shaving Hair Removal: IPL vs. Shaving

Unwanted body hair can be a general nuisance so removal should be an easy, quick fix. In the beauty industry, there are many options to choose from if you are in need of a hair removal solution.

A variety of hair removal techniques are offered in salons and med-spas, but now, you can do almost any of those services in the comfort of your own home. Of the many techniques that exist to remove unwanted hair, IPL, also known as intense pulsed light hair removal, is one treatment that is available.

At RoseSkinCo., we stand behind using this form of laser hair removal as it is painless, easy, unique, and effective. By using our IPL laser hair removal handset, you can do your own hair full-body treatments in only 30 minutes at a much more affordable price.

Now, for those of you who are loyal to the traditional form of hair removal, shaving, you may be curious as to the benefits of IPL. We’re going to share some additional hair removal methods, break down the two techniques of IPL and shaving, let you in on the differences between the two, and share our reasons for preferring one more than the other.

Hair Removal Methods

Not everyone prefers the same hair removal methods which is perfectly fine. Luckily, there are a variety of at-home methods to choose from so that you’ll be able to pick the one that best suits you.

IPL Laser Hair Removal

IPL laser hair removal is an alternative to the traditional method of laser hair removal as it uses intense pulsed light technology to remove unwanted hair. The light from IPL laser will destroy and remove the hair cell resulting in smooth, bare skin.


Waxing is a method that is used to remove unwanted hair on the body and the face. While commonly done in the salon, waxing has become widely available for customers to do at home on their own. Manufacturers sell wax in the form of hot wax, hard wax, or wax strips. If you closely follow instructions when dealing with the wax, this can be a viable option for you.

Hair Removal Cream

Another method that can be used at home with very little effort is hair removal cream. Hair removal cream can be applied to areas of the body where you have unwanted hair using chemicals to remove it. It is important to be cautious when using hair removal creams as some chemicals can cause redness, skin irritation, or burning.


Catered more towards the face, plucking and threading are common methods used to remove unwanted facial hair. Depending on your pain threshold, this method can be painful for some, however, this could be the method that gives you the best results.



When you see or hear the word hair removal, shaving might be the first thing that comes to mind. It is often the first method of hair removal that many of us were introduced to when we first started tackling our unwanted hair and it is a highly common method.

Shaving is the process of removing hair with a razor. It’s a versatile option when you have multiple parts of the body you are looking to remove hair from.

In the market you’ll find razors of all kinds, including different shapes, sizes, number of blades, etc., however, they all have a similar promise: to give you the closest shave as possible without irritating or breaking the skin. As with shaving and the other forms of hair removal listed above, every method has its own pros and cons.

Shaving: What are the pros?


All hair removal methods have benefits to them hence why they are still practiced today. Even though hair removal is the ultimate goal, there still might be a method that you prefer most. For some, this can be shaving.

There are a few benefits of shaving that can make it such an appealing method to men and women.

For one, shaving is painless (if done correctly). Removing body hair can be a hassle to do in the first place, therefore the less pain that’s involved, the easier it is to endure. To be able to remove your hair in a painless way and still achieve the results you want is a benefit to shaving.

Shaving is a body hair removal method that is cheap. Not all hair removal methods are cheap, especially if you are getting treatments like waxing and laser professionally done.

Disposable razors can be found for as little as $3 at your local drugstore. For a small investment, it can give you large results, making it something you’ll most likely want to come back and use again. For those on a tight budget, this could be your ultimate solution.

Lastly, one more benefit to shaving is that it is easy and doesn’t require much other than yourself, the razor, and the shaving cream. If you don’t have too much time on your hands, but still want something that doesn’t take too much effort to remove your unwanted body hair, shaving could come in handy.

When it comes to shaving, you’ll find that it isn’t the most complicated method around. It is definitely a quick and easy way to remove unwanted hair, but before you commit to shaving or any other hair removal technique, it is important to understand the cons just as much as you weigh the pros.

Shaving: What are the cons?


Despite all of the advantages of shaving, there are still cons you’ll want to be aware of. You may have heard of the tip about exfoliating before and after shaving. This is recommended to prevent ingrown hairs, a side effect of shaving that may be more or less common depending on your skin’s sensitivity.

Ingrown hairs occur when the hair that you shaved is not fully removed from its follicle and gets trapped underneath the skin. While ingrown hairs can be taken care of and prevented, it is not guaranteed that your shave will leave you completely spotless.

In terms of sensitivity, shaving may cause redness or irritation. Not all razors are created the same, meaning that the quality of the razor could cause irritation more than another. This could be a con to those who buy razors that aren’t made of the best quality, causing you to have to spend a bit more money on a razor than you’d like to.

Lastly, the safeness and cleanliness of a razor is something you’ll want to be wary of. Razors can eventually rust making it no longer safe to use on your skin. You’ll also want to be careful, as it is easy to nick the skin if you aren’t using a razor properly.

Related: How to Remove Pubic Hair Without Shaving

With all that said about shaving, and what you know so far about its pros and cons, let’s bring in IPL and look at how it works as a form of hair removal.

IPL and How it Works


You may have heard of laser hair removal, however, IPL is a new and modern alternative to that technique. Also known as intense pulsed light hair removal, IPL is used to remove unwanted body hair by using the laser’s light energy.

The energy from the light absorbs the pigment of the hair which results in the removal of the hair cell. Just like shaving, IPL can be used on any body part in a gliding motion. You can also apply the laser over the hair in a stamp-like motion if you prefer that way better.

With the RoseSkinCo™ IPL Laser Hair Removal Handset, you can do this treatment once a week. Our handsets are certified for safe use so you don’t have to worry about using an IPL that could potentially be harmful to your skin and health.

Not to mention, rather than having to seek a professional for this kind of treatment, our IPL laser hair removal handset can be used on your own and at home. If you are someone who is on the go, you are more than welcome to take your handset with you on your travels.

To dive further into IPL and how it compares to other hair removal methods, it is important to assess its benefits.

IPL Benefits and How it Compares to Shaving


If you are comparing various methods of hair removal, something you’ll want to consider is how long the results last you.

To compare shaving and IPL, the results for IPL are a lot more long-lasting than the results are for shaving. How fast your hair grows back after shaving is dependent on your hair type, however, after each IPL laser treatment, regrowth slows down significantly.

With IPL it is recommended that you do a treatment once a week. After 4 weeks (4 treatments), you’ll notice a significant decrease in your hair and after 12 weeks, your hair will be removed to the point where touch-ups are needed rather than a full treatment (if necessary). As for shaving, touch-ups are needed a lot more frequently as razors do not slow down regrowth.

One question that many may have about IPL is safety. There have been numerous clinical studies that demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of IPL, making it a good method to use at home or in medspas. Unlike dealing with razors while shaving, you won’t have to worry about the IPL laser tool rusting or the potential of ingrown hairs.

Lastly, if you decide to do IPL at home, you don’t have to worry about purchasing multiple devices like you may have when buying razors. At RoseSkinCo., our IPL Laser Hair Removal Handset is covered by a full 1-year warranty; if there are any defects detected within 1 year of use, we can replace it for you.

Although IPL is certainly the pricier option when comparing it to shaving, the investment will last you a significant amount of time. If you compare how many razors you purchase per year, the total can be just as much, if not more than what our IPL handset cost.

IPL Hair Removal: What are some drawbacks?


As with any hair removal method, there are some drawbacks that come with it. Nearly all hair removal methods will cause some sort of irritation that you may or may not experience. No one will have the same reaction when using IPL, but for your first few treatments, you may experience a bit of redness or minima discoloration of the skin. In general, IPL is a painless treatment and the feeling you should expect is a warm sensation on your skin.

In terms of treatment time, this can vary as well. Although shaving is ideal for those who are on the go or don’t have much on your hands, it may take a bit longer to complete your IPL treatment considering the amount of hair you are hoping to remove.

Our Solution


Now that we’ve discussed various types of hair removal methods, compared shaving and IPL laser hair removal, and weighed their pros and cons, our solution to your hair removal needs is IPL laser hair removal. Despite the investment, IPL laser hair removal’s pros outweigh the cons. It is a convenient, safe, and high-quality device that can give you long-lasting results.

At RoseSkinCo. you can remove unwanted hair that you need from all parts of your body. You can bring it with you wherever you go. For any questions or general inquiries, email us at