The Best At Home Laser Hair Removal in 2017 – Find the most effective devices in the market today PLUS video reviews, user guides, and safety reminders for first time users.
An at-home IPL hair removal device is one of the best beauty investments you can buy.
Imagine perpetually smooth and silky skin without the pain of waxing, cuts, ingrown hairs from shaving, and dreadful itching whenever they grow out. Not to mention not having to suffer the long term side-effects these treatments which includes thick and wiry hair, loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles, skin darkening, and more.
Laser hair removal eliminates all these risks by permanently reducing hair growth without damaging the epidermis. With regular laser sessions, hair reduction can be achieved without any adverse side effects.
But as with all beauty treatments, this means maintenance and regular trips to the spa or clinic. Save yourself that money and time by getting yourself a DIY device for permanent hair removal at home. With this you can have laser removal sessions any time (as soon as they start to grow!) and at your own convenience.
You can do it on your legs, your arms, underarms, bikini areas, and other parts where you wouldn’t have paid to have done but seeing as you have the device; you can just do it yourself.
Below is a list of the best home laser hair removal devices in the market today, to help you get the best value for your money.
- 1 Editor’s Choice: The Best At Home Laser Hair Removal in 2017
- 1.1 Gillette Venus Silk-expert IPL 5001 (Intense Pulsed Light) Braun Hair Removal System
- 1.2 LumaRx IPL Hair Removal Device, Full Body
- 1.3 Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X
- 1.4 Remington iLIGHT Ultra Face and Body Hair Removal System
- 1.5 How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
- 1.6 Your Guide to Using At Home Laser Hair Removal Systems
- 1.7 Home Laser Hair Removal Safety Reminders
- 1.8 Resources:
Editor’s Choice: The Best At Home Laser Hair Removal in 2017
The products below are our analysis and top picks for the best home laser hair removal devices.
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Video: My Laser Hair Removal Results! | Remington iLight Pro Review
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Your handheld device will emit pulses of laser light that will heat up and deactivate the dark pigment inside the hair follicle. This is the reason why most laser hair removal systems work on contrasting skin and hair tones.
What to Expect
- Permanent hair reduction and hair growth with use of the device over a long period of time, usually 6-12 months after the initial 3 months of use. Though results will still vary depending on the area of the body, coarseness of the hair, and how regularly the treatments are done.
- Some users may experience some discomfort during the first treatment like warmth, tingling, or itching. Some users experience prickling in the skin, while others describe the sensation like a rubber band snapping. This is normal, but these sensitivities will usually go away in later treatments.
- Some users also have mild redness in certain areas. These usually go away within 24 hours. If there is pain still after the first treatment and it’s proving too intense for you, stop using the device and check with your doctor before trying again.
- Hair won’t immediately fall out after the first treatment. Hair will gradually decrease with each treatment and will grow back thinner and finer.
Your Guide to Using At Home Laser Hair Removal Systems
Before your First Treatment
- Avoid any form or hair removal including waxing or plucking 6 weeks before starting
- Avoid getting any form of skin damage like sunburn or skin peels
- Perform a patch test at least 1 day before
For Ongoing Treatments
- Cleanse, shave, and dry your skin before every treatment
- The best time to get at home hair removal is during the hair’s active growth period, so be consistent and follow a schedule. Since hair grows in cycles, you need to schedule your home treatments regularly every 2 weeks for up to 3 months or until you’re satisfied with your results.
- You can shave in between your schedule, but avoid waxing or plucking
Home Laser Hair Removal Safety Reminders
1. Check your skin tone against the device’s skin tone chart
Most devices work well for those whose skin and hair have high contrasting colors, like those fair skin and black hair. Some products however can distinguish similar shades more than others, so make sure to check that your skin and hair tone can be accommodated by the product.
One of the risks involved is damaging the skin (discoloration or scarring) by having it absorb too much laser light.
The good news is, most at home hair removal devices come with a skin sensor that functions as a safety measure. This skin sensor deactivates the machine when the device isn’t safe to use for a particular hair and skin combination.
2. Check which areas of the body the device is safe to use on
The most common areas that are safely covered are the legs, arms, bikini area, underarms, hands and feet, back, chest, stomach, and facial hair.
If you want to use the machine outside the normal coverage areas, make sure to check the manual or call customer service.
3. Do not use on areas that is darker than your normal skin like tattoos, large birthmarks, freckles, or moles.
Lasers target dark pigments on the skin, so irregularities like the above may cause the device to malfunction.
4. Avoid using on broken, swollen, or irritated skin. This includes sunburns, wounds, sores, and skin peeling.
These can make the skin more susceptible to injury. Wait at least 6-8 weeks or until the skin damage is fully healed to try again.
5. Always follow safety precautions for electrical devices
Most of us will do this in the bathroom, so be careful to not get the machine or the charger damp or wet. To avoid accidents, don’t put it next to the tub or sink. Keep the cord away from heated surfaces like towel rails to avoid electric shocks.
6. Don’t use this on areas where you may want to grow your hair back.
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