Peachy Skin Bar Singapore Super Hair Removal review: Is this treatment as effective as IPL?

Peachy Skin Bar Singapore Super Hair Removal review: Is this treatment as effective as IPL?

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Text: Emily Heng

Optimism might not be my strong suit, but I'd like to think that there's a lot to be thankful for in 2020. Fast fashion is (seemingly) losing its hold over consumers; nature is healing amidst the aftereffects of COVID-19 (ha); while the beauty industry has conceived yet another innovative treatment to meet our needs with less pain, effort, and moolah involved (!). This brings me to the focal point of this piece: SHR. For those unaware of this acronym, fret not — you're not losing grip of the skincare lexicon just yet. Rather, it is a pretty newfangled and exclusive term; the latest of laser hair technologies utilised by select clinics in Singapore. What's the deal? Allow me to shed some light on this intriguing sitch.

The premise

Marketed as a more advanced form of IPL, Super Hair Removal claims to use gentler pulses of energy at a higher frequency. This, consequentially, leads to minimised instances of skin trauma such as discolouration, swelling, and infection that is known to occur with typical laser treatments. Bespoke facial salon, Peachy Skin Bar, is one of the few offering this service. Applicable for most areas on the face and body, it also comes with a supplementary Fuzz+ Therapy service which comprises an oxygen spray and soothing mask post-SHR. Translation: silky-smooth, well-hydrated skin all over to complement that glowing visage of yours.

There are four main SHR services to select from: Itsy, Bitsy, Teenie Weenie, and Peachy Polka Dot Bikini. I opted for the latter — essentially, the equivalent of a Brazillian wax.


The procedure

It's hard to expound upon a treatment seeing as how it lasted a mere fifteen minutes, but I'll do my best. First things first: points for efficiency. My therapist got to it without fuss, shaving and cleansing my intimate areas thoroughly. She then issued me a pair of safety glasses before firing up the laser. There is virtually next to no pain involved — you can expect a dull flare of heat against your skin, and nothing else. A cooling gel was applied after to cool down sensitised, reddened skin, as well as SPF. I was out of there in a flash, sipping on my complimentary drink dispensed to all Peachy Skin Bar customers. Perfect for a quick pampering pop-in during lunch hour, indeed.


The payoff

The magic, of course, lies in the results of SHR. As promised, I did find that I experienced no irritation or unsightly bumps in the days that came to pass. By day four, I was feeling safe enough to slip into a pair of skinny jeans without incurring dire consequences — and by God, dear reader, was I right. I did, however, notice that I experienced an accelerated rate of hair growth as compared to IPL, though the strands that grew back were significantly softer and finer. Still, I'd take that over the fear of inflammation and infections any day. BRB, I'm booking my next appointment, stat.