Summer will be here before we know it, so now’s a good time to start thinking about your hair removal routine again. In preparation for the warmer months, maybe you’re wanting a more permanent hair removal solution to endless trips to the salon and last-minute shaving.
Many women are turning to at-home IPL hair removal devices, which in the long run work out much cheaper than salon treatments. The results also last longer so there’s no need to worry about shaving in between appointments, or needing to do an emergency shave just before you jet off on holiday.
But you may be wondering, what is IPL?
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a non-invasive technology used in hair removal devices. It works by sending a gentle heat belows the skin’s surface through flashes of light energy. This energy disrupts the growth of each hair follicle, therefore stunting hair growth. It differs from laser hair removal as it uses a broader spectrum of wavelengths, covering a larger surface area and often resulting in quicker treatment times.
With the huge number of at-home IPL hair removal devices on the market, it can be overwhelming if you’re a first time user and you have no idea where to start. We’re here to give you a rundown of the best hair removal devices on the market.
SmoothSkin Bare+ RRP £199
The fastest device on the market
The SmoothSkin Bare+ uses IPL technology to remove hair permanently. It’s safe to use on most areas of the body, including the legs, body, bikini line and face and with over 100 flashes per minute, you can treat your entire body in just 10 minutes - making it the fastest removal hair device on the market.
It comes with a Glide mode so you can literally glide the device across the treatment area for speedy, silky smooth skin. If you keep up your treatment plan, you’ll start to see results in as little as 4 weeks.
Gentle on skin
You can use this IPL device on most areas of your body, it even comes with an additional attachment head more precision in those harder to reach areas. The Braun Silk-Expert Pro 5 PL5124 is one of the safest hair removal devices on the market, as their SensoAdapt™ technology automatically senses your skin tone and continuously adapts to ensure optimal safety at all times. It's perfect if you're new to IPL devices or have sensitive skin, as you can choose from normal, gentle and extra gentle modes, meaning you can feel more in control of your hair removal treatment.
The device comes with a total of 400,000 flashes, so you’ll have enough to last you 20 years. You can do a full-body treatment in just 20 minutes and can expect to see permanent hair reduction in just 4 weeks.
Silk’n Infinity 400,000 RRP £229
Perfect for those with light hair colours
Silk’n are world-renowned for their HPL (Home Pulsed Light) technology, optimising Galvanic Energy and Optical Energy which works to open pores and enable light energy to deeply penetrate the root of the hair follicles.
You may find that a lot of IPL devices are not always suitable for those with lighter hair (grey, white, blonde, red) but the Silk’n Infinity 400,000 is suitable for almost all skin tone and hair colour combinations. With the built in Skin Colour Sensor, the device senses your skin tone and emits only the necessary light energy required.
SmoothSkin Muse RRP £399
Premium IPL experience
The winner of The Independent Best Buy, Women's Health Beauty Awards 2018, and Ok! Beauty Awards 2018, has a treatment time of 20 minutes, but the time needed in between top ups is extended to every 4-8 weeks. To ensure safety, the SmoothSkin Muse automatically scans the treatment area to select the best light intensity for your skin tone. You can use the device on your legs, bikini line, underarms and face and it even comes with a built-in UV filter, plus a lifetime of treatments with unlimited flashes.
Cordless hair removal
Customise your permanent hair removal treatment with 3 different attachment heads, specifically designed for use on your face and body. This cordless handheld IPL device is so easy to use at home, meaning you have the freedom to start your treatment wherever you are.
The built-in SmartSkin sensor tells you which intensity level is best for your skin type, and with no need to purchase extra refill cartridges, this really is a simple permanent hair removal solution that’s ready to go.
Full-body hair removal
Sensica have developed the next generation of IPL technology, called RPL (Reactive Pulsed Light) technology. This combines light flashes to reduce hair growth, and a reactive light which reacts to your skin tone and condition with every flash of light. A flash will not be emitted if your skin is too dark, or if full contact to the skin has not been made with the device.
The Sensica Sensilight Pro comes with an additional 2cm attachment head to target smaller areas such as the face. The device is cordless, is suitable for full-body hair removal and has unlimited flashes, making it the go-to at-home permanent hair removal device.