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Top 10 Best At Home Laser Hair Removal Devices of 2019: The Ultimate Review & Guide

Best At Home Laser Hair Removal of 2019
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The Best At-Home Laser Hair Removal & IPL Devices: The Ultimate Guide & Review – On our quest to be permanently (and gloriously) hair-free, we’ve assessed over 35 of the most reputable and best-selling at-home laser hair removal devices in the market today.

We’ve chosen the top 10 based on efficacy and performance, and compiled it in this comprehensive review.

Included is a detailed product comparison chart, video reviews, user guides, FAQs, and safety reminders–everything you need to know to help you choose the most compatible device to suit you.

If you’ve spent countless hours on hair removal, an at-home laser device is one of the best investments you can buy. 

With the right machine, you can get permanent hair reduction at just a fraction of the price (vs. in-clinic visits). This guide has a first-rate selection of devices that can give you the best results and value for your money.

Jump to: Editor’s Choice: The Best At Home Laser Hair Removal Devices of 2019

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Editor’s Choice: The Best At Home Laser Hair Removal Devices of 2019


We’ve reviewed the top performing at-home laser hair removal devices today, but included the only the best in our list. These are based on the latest technology, product quality, specifications, value for money, consumer reviews, and our experience with laser hair removal.

For a more comprehensive analysis, please click on the ‘Read Review’ button on the comparison chart and refer to the main table at the top of the post.

Without further ado, here are our top picks for the best at home laser hair removal machines:

Brand / Product Name Product Image wdt_ID Technology Hair-Eliminating Energy Fluence / Power Skin Tone Coverage (Fitzpatrick I-VI) Hair Color Coverage Jump to Review
Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X 1 DL (Diode Laser) 7-22 J/cm²
Philips Lumea Prestige – IPL Hair Removal Device for Face, Body, & Bikini 3 IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) 4-6.5 J/cm² (Maximum optical energy: 4.8 – 23 J)
iluminage Touch Permanent Hair Reduction Device 4 IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) + RF (Radio Frequency)* 9 J/cm2²
LumaRx Full Body IPL Hair Removal Device for Face & Body 5 IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) 8 J/cm² (+/- 20%)
Gillette Venus Silk-expert IPL Braun Hair Removal System 6 IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) 4-6 J/cm²
SmoothSkin Gold 300 Intelligent IPL Hair Removal System 7 IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) 4-6 J/cm²
Remington iLIGHT® Ultra Face & Body Hair Removal System 12 Proprietary ProPulse IPL Technology 8 J/cm²
BoSidin Permanent Hair Removal Device, Painless Epilady for Women & Men – Body and Face 13 IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) + ICE Technology 6 J/cm²
DEESS Permanent Hair Removal System for Face and Body, 3-in-1 Series 2 14 IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) 4.1-5.4 J/cm²
Beurer IPL Long Lasting Pro Hair Removal for Legs, Underarms, Bikini Line, Chest, Professional Results at Home, IPL7500 15 IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Max. 5 J/cm²

 

The table above lists the most important aspects of the device to consider:

  • TechnologyTLDR; Diode laser > IPL
    Both DL (Diode laser) and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) have been proven highly effective and safe to use. Clinical studies however show that Diode laser is more effective and give faster results than IPL. Diode is also one of the main laser technology used by surgeons and dermatologists for hair removal, and is generally preferred over IPL. (Jump to: Diode lasers vs. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light))
  • Maximum Energy Fluence/PowerThe higher the J/cm², the more effective.
    This is the strength of the laser that targets the root of the hair and disables its growth. In clinical studies, higher energy is found to be 2-3 times more effective than lower fluence devices. This also coincides with the depth of laser penetration, or how deep into the skin it can go to reach the hair root.
  • Hair Color CoverageThe darker the hair, the more effective the laser. Check that your natural hair color is within the extent of device’s hair coverage.
    Hair removal lasers are characterized by its ability to target melanin, ie. the pigment that gives skin, hair, and eyes it’s color. Since the ultimate target is the root of your hair, the more melanin it has ie. the darker the hair, the more effective the laser will be. If your hair has little to no pigment, ie. you have light hair, lasers will have difficulty targeting the root under the skin. (Dyes won’t work as it doesn’t reach the root.)
  • Skin Tone CoverageThe lighter the skin, the more effective the device. Check if your skin tone is covered.
    There are 6 types of skin tones under what’s known as the Fitzpatrick scale, I-VI from lightest to darkest. As opposed to hair color, the basic idea is for the laser to ignore your skin and just pass through it. So, the less melanin you have, the more it can focus on its target—the root of your hair. Because of the limitations of lasers and IPL in both the depth of penetration under the skin and capability of targeting melanin, most types of laser technology can only work with light skin tones. The chart below illustrates what each device covers and you’ll have to determine if you fall under the its skin tone coverage.

There are other aspects of each device that you might need to take into consideration like if its corded vs. battery-powered, the flash window size, the total number of flashes, etc. These are mostly down to preference so you might want to check the key specifications and pros & cons below.

An IPL or laser hair removal machine is one of the best beauty investments you can buy. It’s a lifetime of hair removal for a fraction of the price of in-office treatments.

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  • UV Resistant Glasses – The devices emit flashes of light that direct exposure may potentially be harmful to eyes. It’s actually recommended on the manual that you look away from the device when it’s activating (which is annoying and inconvenient). You can use these UV resistant glasses as a precaution. (e.g. IPL Safety Glasses 200-1400nm Laser Protection)

Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X

Verdict: The most powerful at-home laser hair removal device

POWER

Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X


Video: The technology behind Tria’s Hair Removal Laser | Tria Beauty®

A tried and tested device with over 500 reviews on Amazon.

The Tria has been proven by a scientific study to give permanent hair reduction.

It is the first and ONLY FDA approved at-home hair removal device that uses professional-standard DIODE laser technology (as opposed to light/IPL or radiofrequency).

It’s an innovative device that is basically a miniature, handheld version of those bulky machines found in skin clinics (You might have seen them–they look like a spin dryer with a screen on top and a long cord on the side.).

Diode laser remains one of the most effective in-office procedures for hair removal and will remain to be so because it permanently and effectively reduces hair growth even in areas with thick and coarse hair.

Because this device uses a diode laser instead of IPL, it’s capacity for energy fluence (the hair eliminating power) gives it a powerful edge over its counterparts. It maxes out at 22 J/cm2  while the rest averages at 8-9 J/cm2.

Unfortunately, it can also be painful for those who have low pain tolerance. The pulse is strong so it can sting and cause redness and irritation. If you have very sensitive skin or low pain tolerance, you can start with a lower setting and work your way up. You can also use a cooling gel or numbing cream so you can tolerate the pulses better (e.g. Cooling and Coupling Gel for Laser and IPL Permanent Hair Removal,  UberNumb 5% Lidocaine Topical Anesthetic Cream Advanced FormulaUltraNumb Anesthetic Skin Numbing Cream).

The laser window is also pretty small which means it’s very precise, but can also be a pain when doing larger areas like the arms or the legs. You’ll have to carve time in your schedule if you want to use this in those areas.

It’s battery-powered as well, which makes it a pro (more portable, no tangly cords) or a con (needs recharging), depending on your preference.

One of the most common limitations of at-home hair removal machines is their efficacy depends on the person’s skin tone and hair color. The Tria falls under this limit of being effective only for light to olive skin tones (Fitzpatrick Skin Tone I-IV) and only with naturally dark hair color. If you have darker skin or fair hair, your best bet will be the iluminage TOUCH below.

The initial set of treatments that you’ll have to do is once every 2 weeks for 3 months. After that, just touch up as necessary.

Ideal for: Fine tuning small areas, very dense and coarse hair, especially where IPL has been ineffective, thick skin that may be unreachable by IPL, looking for a cordless and portable device

  • Technology: DL (Diode Laser)
  • Laser Class: 1
  • Maximum Energy Fluence/Power: 7-22 J/cm2
  • Output Wavelength: 810 nm
  • Skin Tone Coverage: Fitzpatrick I-IV (light to olive skin tones)
  • Natural Hair Color Coverage: Naturally dark hair.
  • Skin Tone & Contact Sensors: Yes, via manual digital checking upon opening the device.
  • Recommended Treatment Schedule & Results: Once every 2 weeks, up to 3 months or until necessary.
  • Lifespan/No. of Flashes: Built-in laser – 300 battery recharging cycles or 90,000 pulses (Keep in mind that diode lasers are more effective and need fewer sessions than IPL.)
  • Flash Window Size: .81 cm2
  • Flash Speed: 5 secs
  • Power System: Battery-powered, 30 mins.
  • Warranty: FDA-cleared with 1-year warranty

Pros:

  • The first & ONLY FDA-cleared at-home professional-level true LASER hair removal device (vs. IPL or light pulses, RF or radio frequency on most devices)
  • The only at home hair removal device that uses diode laser, one of the most effective (and expensive) type of hair removal technology also used by high-end clinics and dermatologists worldwide
  • Has the highest energy fluence/power of any at-home device at 7-22 J/cm2 vs. the normal rate of 3-6 cm2 (E.g. Silk’n Flash & Go Express: 3-5 J/cm2; Gillette Silk-Expert IPL: 6 J/cm2)
  • Diode laser is proven to be more effective than IPL and require less sessions
  • Perfect for precision lasering; targets small areas like upper lips and bikini lines
  • Ideal for very dense & coarse hair where IPL may be less effective
  • Can penetrate thicker skin for more effective treatments (DL penetrates deeper than IPL)
  • More portable and safer to use in the bathroom since its battery-powered

Cons: 

  • Small flash window size, inefficient to use in larger areas like legs and arms
  • People with low pain tolerance may need to use a numbing gel during treatment because of its high energy levels
  • Needs re-charging after use

Video: No More Shaving?! OMG! Tria 4X Laser Hair Removal At HOME 2 Month Test Review!

FLEXIBILITY

Philips Lumea Prestige – IPL Hair Removal Device for Face, Body, & Bikini (2018 Version - BRI956)


Video: Experience the Lumea Prestige BRI956 by Philips

If you’re looking for a truly customized experience, the famous Lumea Prestige is for you.

With the same IPL used and developed by dermatologists, it offers up to 92% hair reduction* after 3 treatments and, after following their advised schedule, you can be hair-free for up to 6 months*.

The Lumea Prestige is the world’s first IPL device that has 4 unique, detachable curved attachments designed for optimum use in different parts of the body. It has an integrated UV filter & safety system that protects you from UV light and any unintentional flashing. It also transforms into both a corded and cordless device, adjusting to your need and preference.

As your curves and hair growth varies in different parts of your body, each area needs to be treated accordingly to ensure the best results. The Lumea Prestige has custom, adjustable curved attachments for the face (upper lip, chin) and body (arms, legs, stomach). Each intelligent accessory differs in shape, flash window size, filter, and triggers a tailored treatment system for each specific body part.  The way it follows the contours of your body ensures efficiency, precision, and safety with every use.

The device also covers a wide variety of hair color (naturally black, brown, and dark blonde) and skin types (very white to dark brown). As with most at-home laser hair removal devices, this can’t be used on red hair, white/grey hair, and light blonde. (Refer to the iluminage TOUCH Permanent Hair Reduction Device below for full skin & hair coverage.) The built-in SmartSkin sensor advises on the best setting to use, making sure your device is calibrated for your skin tone every time.

You can use the device either corded or cordless, depending on your preference. It’s faster when it’s plugged in so you can use this for bigger areas like the legs. Go cordless for smaller or hard to reach areas.

Ideal for: Face and full body treatments, precision and broad coverage on all areas

* Median results on legs, as per the brand study. Individual results may vary.

  • Technology: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
  • Emitted Wavelengths: 565 to 1400 nm
  • Maximum Energy Fluence/Power: 4-6.5 J/cm² (Maximum optical energy:  4.8 – 23 J)
  • Skin Tone Coverage: Fitzpatrick I-V(very light to dark brown skin tones)
  • Natural Hair Color Coverage: Naturally dark blonde, brown and black hair
  • Skin Tone & Contact Sensors: Yes, called SmartSkin sensor
  • Recommended Treatment Schedule & Results: First 4 every 2 weeks, with touch-ups every 4 weeks. After 8 touch ups, you should be hair-free for up to 6 months*
  • Lifespan/No. of Flashes:  High-performance lamp delivers > 250,000 flashes; one of the highest in the market
  • Attachments & Flash Window Size: 
    • Face attachment – Shape: flat; Window size: 2 cm², extra filter
    • Underarm attachment – Shape: concave curved, Window size: 3 cm²
    • Body attachment – Shape: convex curved, Window size: 4.1 cm²
    • Bikini attachment – Shape: concave curved, Window size: 3 cm², extra filter
  • Repetition time: 1-3.5 s
  • Power System: Both corded and cordless use
  • Warranty: 2 years global warranty

Pros:

  • Uses clinically-proven Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology to deliver up to 92% hair reduction in just 3 treatments.* This is one of the quickest forecasted results among the leading brands.
  • Interchangeable custom face & body attachments for specialized treatments, ease of use, efficiency, and safety.
  • High-performance lamp: Delivers > 250,000 flashes; one of the highest in the market.
  • Integrated UV filter & safety system that protects you from UV light and any unintentional flashing.
  • Uniquely offers both a corded and cordless option for your convenience.
  • Minimizes chances for mistakes or injury with built-in skin tone & contact sensor.
  • The model comes with a 220V UK or EU plug cable. A local country travel adaptor is FREE OF COST and comes with the box. This makes the device useable from anywhere in the world.

Cons:

  • Alternating the attachments can be inconvenient while in the middle of treatments.
  • The cordless option seems to reload at a slower pace than corded. The battery also doesn’t last very long in our opinion—we recommended you plug it in for the legs and go cordless on the other areas.
  • Has an average energy fluence/power compared to high powered diode lasers like the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X which goes as high as 7-22 J/cm2
  • Is on the higher end of the price spectrum. A good alternative that has similar features is the LumaRx, featured below.

Video: Philips Lumea IPL Review – Permanent At Home Hair Removal THAT WORKS! Before and After

iluminage TOUCH Permanent Hair Reduction Device

Verdict: The fastest to reload, with the widest skin tone & hair color coverage

SKIN & HAIR COVERAGE

iluminage TOUCH Permanent Hair Reduction Device


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If you have fair hair and dark skin, the search (and endless experiment) for an effective at-home laser hair removal is over!

The iluminage TOUCH is the only at-home hair removal device covering on ALL skin types with the widest range of hair color.

As mentioned above, at-home hair removal machines can only cover a certain range of skin tones (light to olive) and hair colors (dark hair). The iluminage TOUCH, however, uses a proprietary technology that surpasses these limitations.

Their breakthrough elos technology combines IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and RF (Radiofrequency) to make the device effective on all skin types and most natural hair color (There is still an argument over white hair).

The way to use it is just like the usual IPL device, except that you have to glide over the area twice instead of once. You do this for a series of 6 weekly treatments, and follow up as needed.

The flash window is wide enough for body treatments and thin enough on the side for precision use.

It also has a replaceable cartridge similar to LumaRx, which means you can also extend the device’s lifespan. With proper use and storage, this can last you for years and years. A cartridge is loaded with 120,000 flashes.

Ideal for: Fair hair and dark skin that is out of coverage for most laser devices, face and full body treatments

  • Technology: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) + RF (Radio Frequency), a patented Dual-Wave hair removal technology called elos
  • Maximum Energy Fluence/Power: 9 J/cm2 (Max elos energy, IPL + RF);  6.78 MHz RF Wave Frequency
  • Light Spectrum: 550-1200 nm
  • Skin Tone Coverage: Fitzpatrick I-VI (ALL skin tones)
  • Natural Hair Color Coverage: Naturally blond, dark blond, red, brown, brunette or black.
  • Skin Tone & Contact Sensors: Yes to skin contact sensor; No to skin tone sensor as there’s no need since it covers all skin tones.
  • Recommended Treatment Schedule & Results: 6 weekly treatments, then follow-up as needed.
  • Lifespan/No. of Flashes: Replaceable cartridge – 120,000 flashes
  • Flash Window Size: 5 x 3.5 cm
  • Flash Speed: 1 pulse every 0.9 seconds; For females: a 1 min. per underarm, 2 mins. per bikini area, 3 mins. per arm, 10 mins. per full leg. For males: 2 mins. per shoulder, 5 mins. for abdomen, 10 mins. for chest, 12 mins. for back.
  • Pulse Light Repetition Rate: up to 1.1 Hz (1 pulse every 0.9 seconds)
  • Power System: Power Cord
  • Warranty: FDA-cleared with 1-year warranty
  • Weight: 1 kg/ 2.2 pounds
  • Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 11 cm/ 7 x 7 x 4.5 inch (W x L x H)
  • Max Radiofrequency power: 5 Watts

Pros:

  • The only FDA-cleared at-home device to use the patented dual-wave hair removal elostechnology (an IPL + RF combination) that’s clinically proven to be effective and safe on ALL skin tones
  • Effective on fair hair including blond, dark blond, and red; which is all out of other hair removal devices’ coverage
  • Has the widest range of skin coverage, covering Fitzpatrick I-VI (ALL SKIN TONES); No need to check with the skin tone sensor for different parts of the body
  • Sustainable; replaceable lamp cartridges to extend the device lifespan for extended years of continuous treatments
  • The fastest flash rate at just 0.9 sec per pulse, which means you don’t have to go slow just to wait for it to reload
  • Unlike most devices, you are allowed to wax or epilate before treatment
  • Uses a universal voltage, which means you can use the system all over the world. (Make sure to check the electrical wall outlet though, if the plug shape is different you still need an adaptor.)

Cons: 

  • Average 1 year limited warranty compared to 2 years on some devices (LumaRx, SmoothSkin Gold)
  • Repeated flashing. Unlike the other devices where you only have to flash once over a patch of skin, with TOUCH you have to go over it 2-3 times, eg. youll have to glide the device in two directions–either left-right or up-down for full coverage.
  • Needs light cartridge replacement after 120,000 flashes

Video: The iluminageTOUCH: How to Use

LumaRx IPL Hair Removal Machine, Full Body

Verdict: The most sustainable at-home laser hair removal device

SUSTAINABILITY

LumaRx IPL Hair Removal Machine, Full Body


Video: Get to Know the LumaRx IPL Skin Beauty System

The LumaRX uses FDA-cleared IPL technology that is used by most salons for hair removal.

What makes the LumaRx unique is its flexible, detachable parts; namely the caps and the replaceable cartridge.

Like some of the best professional laser hair removal machines, there are two caps for face and body use. The flash window size, speed, and wavelength (IPL depth) vary between the two caps. This ensures that your at-home laser hair removal for the face is precise and the IPL is adjusted for your facial skin. The body cap has a larger window size and stronger wavelength so it penetrates deeper into the skin and hair.

The replaceable cartridge extends the lifespan of what would otherwise be a machine that would need replacing as a whole once the flash lamp runs out. This means your device can last year in and year out as long as it’s kept in good condition. That is a lifetime of savings right there. Definitely one of the most long-term cost-effective and best at home IPL machines in the market today.

It has the longest warranty out of all the top devices as well, which is especially important in this case because it has a lot of detachable parts.

This is virtually painless and very effective on normal hair types. It covers the normal skin tone and hair color range–light to olive skin tone (Fitzpatrick I-IV) and naturally dark hair.

The initial treatment is also the same as the Tria–once every two weeks and top-ups as necessary.

To keep on top of your treatments, there’s a LumaRx app available that you can download on your phone. You can download it from iTunes. (No longer available in the Play Store.)

Ideal for: Face and full body treatments, precision and broad coverage on all areas, 

  • Technology: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
  • Maximum Energy Fluence/Power: 8 J/cm(+/- 20%)
  • Wavelength: 650-1200nm for Body Cap, 600-1200nm for Facial Cap
  • Skin Tone Coverage: Fitzpatrick I-IV (light to olive skin tones)
  • Natural Hair Color Coverage: Naturally dark hair. (Black, Brown, Dark Blond)
  • Skin Tone & Contact Sensors: Yes, via digital checking upon using the device.
  • Recommended Treatment Schedule & Results: Once every 2 weeks, up to 3 treatments or until necessary.
  • Lifespan/No. of Flashes: Replaceable cartridge – 65,000 flashes
  • Flash Window Size: Body cap – 3 cm2, Facial cap – 2 cm2
  • Flash Speed: Body cap – 3 secs, Facial cap – 4 secs
  • Power System: Power Cord
  • Warranty: FDA-cleared with a 90-day money back guarantee + one of the longest at-home laser hair removal device warranties at 2 years.

Quick Link: LumaRx Full Review: IPL Hair Removal Device – The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

Pros:

  • Uses clinically-proven Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology to deliver up to 94% hair reduction in just 3 treatments.* This is one of the quickest forecasted results among the leading brands.
  • Easier to use on face & body with interchangeable caps:
    • Face Cap – has a smaller flash window size at 2 cm2 to ensure precision lasering for areas like the above the lips, etc. It also has its speed and wavelength (IPL depth) adjusted for sensitive facial skin and hair.
    • Body Cap – has a larger flash window size than most average at-home laser devices at 3 cm& stronger wavelength depth so it penetrates deeper into thicker hair and skin. This provides ease of use for widebody areas like the legs, arms, etc.
  • Most at home IPL lasers average just 3-6 J/cm2 (E.g. Silk’n Flash & Go Express: 3-5 J/cm2; Gillette Silk-Expert IPL: 6 J/cm2). LumaRx goes up to 8 J/cm2, one of the higher IPL-powered at home hair removal devices out there.
  • Minimizes chances for mistakes or injury with built-in skin tone & contact sensor.
  • Long-term savings on its replaceable cartridge that extends the device’s lifespan
  • FDA-cleared (yes, some other devices are not) with a 90-day money back guarantee + one of the longest at-home laser hair removal device warranties at 2 years.
  • Easily track your treatments via the LumaRx App (via iTunes and Play Store) or through Treatment Record Cards (provided in the package).

Cons: 

  • Alternating the two caps can be inconvenient while in the middle of treatments.
  • If you have very sensitive skin and low pain tolerance, you might not be able to maximize the LumaRx to its full 8 J/cm(±20%) power.
  • Even though the LumaRx has a high energy fluence/power for an IPL device at 8 J/cm(±20%), it’s still behind diode lasers like the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X which goes as high as 7-22 J/cm2
  • Offers a mid-range number of flashes per cartridge replacement at 65,000 flashes. The new one, however, the LumaRx Pro IPL Hair Removal Device for Face & Body, offers 100,000 per replaceable cartridge. It’s a tad more expensive though.
  • Has an average speed that clocks in at 3 seconds for the body cap, and 4 seconds for the facial cap.

Update: The brand just released a new version called the LumaRx Pro IPL Hair Removal Device for Face & Body.

Video: My Experience with LumaRX Laser Hair Removal | Does it work? Does it hurt?

Gillette Venus Silk-expert IPL 5001 (Intense Pulsed Light) Braun Hair Removal System

Gillette Braun’s flagship IPL product with 300,000 flashes, good for 15 years

Gillette Venus Silk-expert IPL 5001 (Intense Pulsed Light) Braun Hair Removal System


Video: Braun Silk-expert IPL for Permanent Hair Removal | Braun IPL

From the brand that makes it its business to keep you gloriously hair-free, comes their latest product yet.

The Braun Silk-Expert uses IPL technology with an energy fluence of 6 J/cm2. It covers the normal spectrum of skin tone and hair color (light to dark brown, dark hair).

It requires 4-12 weekly initial treatment. Once completed, you can top up once every 1-2 months for maintenance.

All of the above is more or less your average IPL capacity.

What makes it unique is its SensoAdapt technology that automatically checks and adjusts the device to accommodate your skin tone. This means unlike normal devices, you don’t have to check the area every time you need to use it. This is a huge convenience if you have varying skin tones in different parts of your body.

Another plus is its built-in cartridge that loads up to 300,000 flashes–the most out of all the devices we’ve seen.

The speed is also pretty good, clocking at just 1-2 seconds. Combined with its large window which opens at 3 cm2, areas like your legs and arms can be done in no time. The noise level compared to most machines is also much lower.

It also has an app which you can use to schedule your sessions or read up on how to maximize the device: check it out on iTunesGoogle Play.

The 5009 version comes with a violet body exfoliator, while the 5001 version comes with a teal razor.

Ideal for: Full body treatments, looking for easy hair removal on the go, looking for a more affordable at-home laser alternative 

  • Technology: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
  • Maximum Energy Fluence/Power: 4-6 J/cm²
  • Skin Tone Coverage: Fitzpatrick I-V (light, medium and dark skin tones)
  • Natural Hair Color Coverage: Naturally black or brown hair. This may not be effective on grey, white, blonde, or red hair.
  • Skin Tone & Contact Sensors: Unique Intelligent SensoAdapt™ skin tone sensor that continuously reads your skin tone at 80x per second and adapts the IPL intensity
  • Recommended Treatment Schedule & Results: 1x a week for 12 weeks. Treated hairs will naturally fall out within 1-2 weeks. Around 6 weeks, you should see a reduction in hair growth. After the 12 week program, there should be a significant reduction in hairs with those left being lighter and finer. With continuous monthly treatments, you should be able to maintain a reduction in unwanted hair.
  • Lifespan/No. of Flashes: 300,000 flashes; equivalent to 15 years of full body treatments
  • Flash Window Size: 3 cm² (30mm x 10mm)
  • Flash Speed: 1-2 seconds between flashes; ‘Gliding Mode’ for large areas triggers more flashes and lesser missed areas
  • Power System: Power Cord
  • Warranty: FDA-cleared with 1-year limited warranty

Pros:

  • Customizable modes for skin sensitivity – ‘Normal’, ‘Gentle’, or ‘Extra Gentle’ modes
  • 300,000 flashes, good for 15 years of use
  • ‘Gliding Mode’ for large areas triggers more flashes and lesser missed areas & ‘Precision Mode’ for treating small or sensitive areas like the bikini line, underarms, knees, shins, ankles, and face for females.
  • Intelligent SensoAdapt™ skin tone sensor automatically adjusts the device to your skin tone for safety and efficacy
  • For use on face & body treatments unlike most IPL devices
  • Has a wider range of skin coverage than normal, reaching Fitzpatrick I-V (vs. Fitzpatrick I-IV)
  • Has an app to schedule your sessions or read up on how to maximize the device: check it out on iTunesGoogle Play.
  • The 5009 version comes with a violet body exfoliator, while the 5001 version comes with a teal colored razor.

Cons: 

  • Average 1 year limited warranty compared to 2 years on some devices (LumaRx, SmoothSkin Gold)
  • Has a lower energy fluence/power compared to our Top 3 devices above (4-6 J/cm² vs. 7-22 J/cm²).
  • Once the cartridge is used out, the whole unit needs replacement.
  • Has one of the longest recommended treatment schedules in this list (12x vs. 6x overall necessary treatments on average).

SmoothSkin Gold 300 Intelligent IPL Hair Removal System

One of the UK’s leading IPL brand for 30 years

SmoothSkin Gold 300 Intelligent IPL Hair Removal System


Video: How to use SmoothSkin Gold by SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal

Made in the UK, with a brand that has a 30-year history of light-based beauty products, the SmoothSkin Gold boasts clinically proven results with 94% of users experiencing permanent hair reduction.

This unit has over 300,000 flashes; just enough for over 15 years of treatment. You won’t have to purchase any replacement cartridges like most IPL devices.

It can be used for the face & body, and has a built-in ‘Detect & Set’ feature that adjusts the system’s energy levels to your skin tone. The additional ‘Gentle mode’ are made for those with sensitive skin.

The streamlined ergonomic casing enables for an easy grip and has two modes or windows that allows precision lasering on smaller areas like the bikini line (Stamp Mode) and treatment for large areas like the legs (Glide Mode).

The power clocks in at 4-6 J/cm² at 50 shots per minute, taking just 20 minutes for a while body treatment.

Treatment regime consists of 12 weekly treatments, followed thereafter as needed or once a month.

FDA-cleared with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Ideal for: Face & body treatments, Sensitive skin, Dislikes having to maintain laser cartridges, Fitzpatrick skin tone V–one that’s usually not covered in most IPL devices

  • Technology: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
  • Maximum Energy Fluence/Power: 4-6 J/cm²
  • Skin Tone Coverage: Fitzpatrick I-V (light, medium and dark skin tones)
  • Natural Hair Color Coverage: Naturally dark hair. Not recommended for red, grey or very light hair.
  • Skin Tone & Contact Sensors: Yes, continuously active searching for a valid skin tone before activating (‘Detect & Set’ feature)
  • Recommended Treatment Schedule & Results: 12 weekly treatments, followed thereafter as needed or once a month
  • Lifespan/No. of Flashes: 300,000 flashes; just enough for over 15 years of treatment
  • Flash Window Size: 3 cm² (30mm x 10mm)
  • Flash Speed: Manually pulsed every 1-2 seconds (dependent on treatment setting) at 50 shots per minute
  • Power System: Power Cord
  • Warranty: 2 years manufacturer’s warranty, with a 90-day money back guarantee

Pros:

  • Applicable for face & body treatments unlike most IPL devices
  • 300,000 flashes, good for 15 years of use
  • Has a wider range of skin tone coverage (Fitzpatrick I-V) compared to normal IPL devices (Fitzpatrick I-IV)
  • Precision & broad coverage for certain skin areas with its ‘Stamp Mode’ and ‘Glide Mode’
  • Automatically scans and adjusts to skin tones
  • FDA-cleared with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty and 90-day money-back guarantee

Cons: 

  • Has a lower energy fluence/power compared to our Top 3 devices above (4-6 J/cm² vs. 7-22 J/cm²).
  • Once the cartridge is used out, the whole unit needs replacement.
  • Has one of the longest recommended treatment schedules in this list (12x vs. 6x overall necessary treatments on average).


Video: Introduction to the Smoothskin Gold by CURRENTBODY

Remington iLIGHT® Ultra Face & Body Hair Removal System

One of the US’ leading laser hair removal brands

Remington iLIGHT Ultra Face & Body Hair Removal System


Video: Dr. Dover Overview of iLIGHT Pro System by Remington

Remington is one of the most ubiquitous brands in laser hair removal, releasing a diverse range of devices in the past decade. Their latest and most advanced unit, the Remington iLIGHT® Ultra Face & Body Hair Removal System is US FDA-cleared and clinically proven to achieve permanent hair reduction in just 3 treatments.*

The initial treatment is a total of 3 sessions, done every 2 weeks. After that, it’s only used as necessary and as maintenance. Treated hair is expected to fall out within 7-10 days.

The device uses a quartz lamp instead of the usual glass which is less efficient. It comes with two treatment caps for the face and body, for easier treatments and hygiene purposes.

The Remington also has a skin tone tester so you don’t have to second guess your skin’s compatibility. This is especially useful if your skin tone is subtly different in certain parts of your body (which, let’s face it, we all do!).

A skin tone contact sensor is also built-in so it won’t won’t waste flashes indiscriminately or hurt your eyes.

Essential parts like the cartridge, body caps and face caps are replaceable, making it one of the most sustainable devices on this list. You can extend your IPL machine’s life beyond its years by replacing the most worn-out parts.

Treatment cards are also provided to help you easily track your sessions.

Ideal for: Female facial hair, Male & female body hair; stickler for hygiene

*Permanent hair reduction is defined as long-term stable reduction in number of hairs regrowingwhen measured at 6, 9, and 12 months, after the completion of a treatment regimen.

  • Technology: Proprietary ProPulse IPL Technology
  • Maximum Energy Fluence/Power: 8 J/cm2
  • Skin Tone Coverage: Fitzpatrick I-IV(light to olive skin tones)
  • Natural Hair Color Coverage: Naturally dark hair.
  • Skin Tone & Contact Sensors: Yes
  • Recommended Treatment Schedule & Results: Used every 2 weeks for the first 3 treatments. Use only as needed after.
  • Lifespan/No. of Flashes: 65,000 flashes with a Quartz lamp
  • Flash Window Size: 3 cm2 (Body Cap), 2 cm2 (Facial Cap)
  • Flash Speed: 3 Secs (Body Cap), 4 Secs (Facial Cap)
  • Power System: Corded use
  • Warranty: FDA-cleared with 2-year limited warranty

Pros:

  • US FDA-cleared and clinically proven for permanent hair reduction in just 3 treatments, one of the quickest turnovers for at home laser hair removal devices
  • Hygienic lasering; with different caps for the face and body
  • Has a high fluence/power clocking in at 8 J/cm2 the normal rate of 3-6 cm2
  • Long-term savings with replaceable spare parts
  • Minimizes injury with built-in skin contact sensor and skin tone tester.

Cons: 

  • Small areas in the body aren’t benefiting from the different caps since the one for the body is a standard size
  • Offers a mid-range supply of flashes at 65,000.
  • Has an average flashing speed compared to other units

Update: The brand just released a new version called the Remington iLIGHT Elite Face & Body IPL Hair Removal System, Permanent Results at home


Video: My Laser Hair Removal Results! | Remington iLight Pro Review by Wendy Bentley

BoSidin Permanent Hair Removal Device, Painless Epilady for Women & Men – Body and Face

With unique ICE Technology + 450,000 flashes, good for 20 years

BoSidin Permanent Hair Removal Device, Painless Epilady for Women & Men - Body and Face


Video: Bosidin’s Latest Permanent IPL Hair removal device with full ice care

BoSidin’s brand new release has the highest number of flashes we’ve seen in a built-in cartridge, clocking in at 450,000. Their claim is to provide up to 20 years of full body treatments, with a long-term performance and no replacement light cartridge. That’s a bold assertion that unfortunately we can’t test BUT 450k flashes can surely pay off in dividends, especially with its competitive pricing.

Another unique feature is its ICE technology that projects a 360° surround cold compress around the treatment area. This helps with improving the efficacy of the laser, protecting the epidermis, and reducing pain and redness. Another plus is it helps in shrinking pores as well.

This feature is its breakthrough in our opinion, as this kind of cooling system is only usually found with professional, industrial sized laser machines. They’re used not just with hair removal but other skin treatments as well like CO2 laser resurfacing, RF microneedling, Picosure, etc. Cooling systems helps minimize potential side-effects and increase patient comfort, especially when the treatment becomes painful. In laser hair removal, that usually happens when the energy level used is too high, or it’s used in sensitive places.

Another feature is its auto-flash technology that continuously pulses for easier use. One long press and it starts to go off every .09 seconds, as opposed to pressing the trigger every time. It also only flashes when in full contact to your skin, so there’s no wastage of flashes. This is really useful when treating large areas like the legs and arms.

A skin sensor is also built-in that tailors the IPL to your skin tone, so there’s no second guessing when using it.

An integrated UV filter is also present to prevent skin from damage.

There are two heads attachments available, one is with the normal window size of 3.8 cm2 and the other has a smaller spot size for certain areas.

The hair and skin coverage of this device nothing unusual, and falls within the normal IPL range—Fitzpatrick I-VI and dark hair. Another average is its hair-eliminating energy, which falls at the standard 6 J/cm2.

The package includes safety glasses and a shaver as well for prep.

Ideal for: Full body treatments, Sensitive skin

  • Technology: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) + Advanced ICE Technology
  • Maximum Energy Fluence/Power: 6 J/cm²
  • Skin Tone Coverage: Fitzpatrick I-IV (light, medium skin tones)
  • Natural Hair Color Coverage: Naturally black or brown hair. This may not be effective on grey, white, blonde, or red hair.
  • Skin Tone & Contact Sensors: Yes
  • Recommended Treatment Schedule & Results: Approximately 3-5 months, once a week.
  • Lifespan/No. of Flashes: 450,000 flashes; equivalent to 20 years of full body treatments
  • Flash Window Size: 3.8 cm²
  • Flash Speed: 0.9 secs, with auto-flash technology
  • Power System: Power Cord
  • Warranty: N/A

Pros:

  • 450,000 built-in flashes—the highest we’ve seen on a laser cartridge so far
  • ICE technology, unique for an at-home device as cooling system are usually found only with professional, industrial-sized laser machines
  • Increased comfort and skin protection with the ICE tech, as well as improving the efficacy of the laser and reducing redness and pain
  • Auto-flash technology for easier treatments, especially on large areas like the legs
  • Dual heads for adjusting the spot size to your area treatment
  • Flash speed at 0.9/second, on par with iluminage which is one of the fastest

Cons: 

  • We’re a bit hesitant about the brand as it’s quite unknown in our professional circle. BoSidin is a UAE brand (which is not a bad thing mind you—might be better as they have quite thick and lustrous hair) so we can’t really say much about their brand and market share.
  • Aside from brand reputation, can’t see any con that’s unique to this product. The normal limitations that apply to this like the skin and hair tone coverage applies to almost all IPL devices so I can’t really fault this machine on that. At this point, it only needs to do what’s on the tin and you’ve got yourself a winner.

DEESS Permanent Hair Removal System for Face and Body, 3-in-1 Series 2

Multi-functional device w/ lamps for Skin Rejuvenation & Acne Clearance*


Video: How to use the DEESS 3-in-1 IPL device

A multi-purpose device with a detachable head that can be equipped with any of the following*:

  • An IPL hair removal lamp with a regular 4.5 sq. cm window.
  • A smaller 2 sq cm. lamp if you prefer for small areas like the upper lip, chin, sideburns, bikini area, etc.
  • An acne clearance lamp for inflamed pimples, cysts, oily skin, and impetigo. The light is anti-inflammation and speeds up the recovery of acne.
  • A skin rejuvenation lamp that helps with rough and aging skin, big pores, skin elasticity, collagen regeneration, partially increases circulation, and reduces wrinkles.

This set comes with the hair removal lamp that has 350,000 flashes, good for 3 years. The other, interchangeable lamps you can purchase separately at an affordable price, to maximize your device.

If you’ve looked at the other devices, it may be a little confusing why a 350,000 flash unit can only last 3 years while others can claim 300,000 flashes for 15 years (Hi, Gillette Venus and Smoothskin.) It has mainly to do with the number of passes needed for each session. This DEESS machine in particular only clocks in at about 4.1-5.4 J/cm². That’s pretty low in comparison to the other devices that averages at 8 J/cm², and can go as high as 22 J/cm² (Tria). Because of this, you’ll need 2-3 passes for each treatment area. This means at the end of the day, you’ll need to expend twice as much flashes, as well as time and effort for each treatment.

The good news is, the unit itself and its replacement cartridges are pretty affordable; so the compromise for a lighter price tag is your time and effort. (As is for everything, really.)

And another (unspoken) reason we suspect for the limited lifespan is the build. DEESS is a relatively unknown brand compared to the giants of US brand Gillette and UK brand SmoothSkin, and the machine can’t keep up in terms of wear and tear. That said, it DOES cost half the price so we can’t nitpick there.

It has all the standard features such as skin tone and contact sensors. It also has a glide mode or continuous flashing for easier treatment of larger areas like the legs and arms.

For coverage, it falls under the standard of light to medium skin tone and naturally dark hair.

*Lamps sold separately.

Ideal for: Face & body hair removal treatments, inflamed acne and cysts, oily skin, rough and tired skin

  • Technology: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
  • Maximum Energy Fluence/Power: 4.1-5.4 J/cm²
  • Light Wavelength: Hair removal – 510-1200 nm, Skin rejuvenation – 560-1200 nm, Acne clearance –  400-700 nm
  • Skin Tone Coverage: Fitzpatrick I-V(light to olive skin tones)
  • Natural Hair Color Coverage: Naturally dark hair
  • Skin Tone & Contact Sensors: Yes
  • Recommended Treatment Schedule & Results: In the first month, once every week. From the second month onwards, once every two weeks. The duration of the entire course would consists of 6-10 treatments.
  • Lifespan/No. of Flashes: 350,000 flashes
  • Flash Window Size: 4.5 cm2 / 1.5 cm * 3.0 cm
  • Flash Speed: 0 – 3.0 sec, 20-25 flashes per minute
  • Power System: Power cord
  • Warranty: 24 months

Pros:

  • A versatile device that you can use to address various issues outside of hair removal. IPL for acne and skin rejuvenation usually comes with a higher price tag than this, so to get it under one unit is really maximizing your savings.
  • Replacement cartridges are pretty affordable, especially considering the number of flashes available on each.

Cons: 

  • The energy level is pretty subpar at just 1-5.4 J/cm². It’s the lowest in this list so far, and one of the reasons you have to go over each area twice.
  • You can to go over the same area twice, unlike all of the other devices. This means you’ll have to expend twice as much time and flashes for each session.
  • We suspect that the unit may not last as long in comparison to known brands.

Note: There is a portable version of this unit available called the DEESS Series 3 (GP586). It has a lower energy rate and a smaller window, but also comes at a more affordable price.


Video: Beurer IPL – Smooth, supple skin

This is a compact device that’s easy and convenient to handle during treatment, especially in small and hard to reach areas. It also has an additional flash-glide function (automated flashing) for convenience, making the entire treatment process for the face, arms, armpits, legs, and the bikini line clock in at just around 20 minutes.

50% hair reduction can be achieved after just 3-4 treatments, with results lasting over several months. The device comes with an app called “beurer MyIPL” which helps with the scheduling and serves as a guide for your overall treatment.

It comes up to 150,000 light pulses, with a skin type and skin contact sensor for extra safety and efficiency.

It has 3 intensity levels that are dermatologically confirmed for skin tolerance. The skin and hair coverage are a pleasant surprise, as it extends up to a Fitzpatrick V and also works for light blonde and red hair. This is quite unusual for an IPL device, much more so one in the affordable range. A chart is provided to guide you on the energy level you need for every combination you have.

Ideal for: Brazilian, bikini, and smaller areas

  • Technology: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
  • Maximum Energy Fluence/Power:  5 J/cm2
  • Wavelength: 475 – 1200 nm max
  • Skin Tone Coverage: Fitzpatrick I-V(light to olive skin tones)
  • Natural Hair Color Coverage: Black to dark blonde hair
  • Skin Tone & Contact Sensors: Yes
  • Recommended Treatment Schedule & Results: Once every 2 weeks for the first 4 treatments, then once every 4 weeks for the next 4 treatments.
  • Lifespan/No. of Flashes: Up to 150,000 light pulses
  • Flash Window Size: 3.1 cm2
  • Flash Speed: 3 secs
  • Product Dimensions: 72 x 132 x 44 mm
  • Power System: Power Cord
  • Warranty: 3 years

Pros:

  • Compact and easy to maneuver, especially in hard to reach areas
  • Affordable, in comparison to higher end devices
  • Comes with an app called “beurer MyIPL” which makes the setting, planning, and scheduling a breeze
  • Has a wide skin and hair coverage, considering its size and price

Cons: 

  • Energy fluence is on the low side, at just 5 J/cm2 max
  • Flash speed is on the slow side as well, with a 3 sec wait between flashes

FAQ: At-Home Laser Removal


Pain from waxing, epilating, bruising, cuts, ingrown hairs, razor burns, itching, bleeding, infections…these are just a few of the things we’ve had to suffer in our endless journey to smooth, hair-free skin.

If you’ve been at this long enough, you may also be experiencing some of its long-term consequences.

These conditions can be hard to fix like: loss of skin elasticity from pulling, wrinkles, skin darkening, thicker and coarser hair as it grows back, the list goes on and on.

Can you imagine having flawless and silky skin without going through all of this?

You’re here now and you’re right–with laser hair removal, you can definitely can. 🙂

Having laser or IPL can eliminate these risks by permanently reducing hair growth without damaging your skin. With regular treatments, you can get great results without any of these side effects.

It is an effective, evidence-based method of hair removal superior to conventional treatments (shaving, wax epilation, electrolysis).

But as with all beauty treatments, this means maintenance and regular, expensive trips to the clinic. (Go To: Laser Hair Removal Cost Report, 2019. National Average US Fees.)

Save yourself all that money and time by getting yourself an at-home device.

An IPL or laser hair removal machine is one of the best beauty investments you can buy.

It has been clinically proven to be safe and effective for home use.

You can have as much treatment sessions as necessary (as soon as they start to grow!) without forking out a fortune every single time. You can do it at your own convenience on your legs, your arms, underarms, bikini areas, upper lips, and other parts where you need treatment.

It’s a lifetime of hair removal for a fraction of the price of in-office treatments.

It can well be your holiest of holy grails once you achieve optimum results.

The first step, however, is finding the right product for your needs and lifestyle.

On our quest for a permanent solution, we’ve curated the best at-home laser hair removal machines on the market today and laid it out in a comprehensive guide below for you, our readers! 🙂

Hopefully, this can help you on your way to a pain-free, flawless, and hair-free future.

Jump to: Editor’s Choice: The Best At Home Laser Hair Removal Devices

 

Video: Dr. Jacob Explains Laser Hair Removal | Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal machines emit pulses of light energy to deactivate the root of your hair. Once the root is deactivated, that hair follicle will no longer grow.

It is the most efficient and relatively painless method for removing unwanted hair in comparison to other contemporary treatments like waxing, plucking, and shaving.

Long term treatment is also more beneficial. Shaving causes hair to be wiry, thick, and itchy (just thinking about it makes me want to scratch my legs!). With laser or IPL however, hair that grows back will be fewer and finer than before–the direct opposite of shaving.

All in all, pretty sweet deal. 🙂

Video: What to expect with laser hair removal by Dr. Jacob | Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology

 

How do at-home machines it work?

The at-home devices above are smaller and more portable versions of certain hair removal machines used by professional clinics worldwide.

Achieving optimum results, however, require multiple treatments over a period of time. Having your very own device is going to save you thousands of dollars in treatments. It will also be convenient because you can do it at home anytime you want.

 

Pros and cons compared to professional laser hair removal?

As with any DIY treatment, there will be limitations. Even if you have the best home hair laser removal machine, there are areas in the face and body where only a trained professional is (and should be) allowed to use the laser on due to safety reasons. This includes in between the eyebrows (Don’t risk damaging your eyes because of a unibrow!), the genital area, and other potentially problematic areas. Having it professionally done ensures safety in all aspects. At home, you’ll have to learn how to use the device properly and under what circumstances it can and can’t be used.

If this is your first foray into laser hair removal, no worries because we’ve got you covered. 🙂 The basics of what you need to know are enumerated below.

(Jump to: What to Expect, Laser Hair Removal User Guide, Safety Reminders)

 

Is laser hair removal permanent?

These machines are designed to break the cycle of hair growth. The laser or light energy will disable the root of your hair until it naturally falls out. However, as part of your body’s normal physiology, your hair will grow again. The FDA considers laser hair removal as “hair reduction” because any hormonal change can cause previously inactive hair to grow anytime.

One of the great things about laser treatment though is, unlike shaving or waxing, the hair growing back will be fewer and finer than before. Hair follicles are like weeds–the more you treat it with laser, the fewer they come back. And with continuous treatments, the results can be permanent hair reduction.

There are a few accounts of people reporting permanent hair removal i.e. their hair has never grown back again after a few sessions. It’s likely though that their body has adapted to the treatments and their hair growth has been delayed much longer than they expected as a result of continuous use.

In any case, keeping a regular schedule is very important to achieve great results.

 

What are the main differences between these machines?

  1. The technology used for hair removal (laser vs. IPL). A laser is more precise and effective, especially for dense and coarse hair. IPL generally needs more frequent sessions to achieve the same results.
    (Jump to: Diode lasers vs. IPL)
  2. The maximum strength of the hair-eliminating light energy (the higher the energy, the more effective it is).
  3. The design of the device (flash window size, corded vs. battery-powered, the number of flashes, etc.). Refer to the chart above and choose the features that best suit your needs and lifestyle.

 

How many treatments are needed for laser hair removal?

Typically 6-12 depending on the skin, the area of the body, laser used, hair density, and coarseness. Having a regular schedule is also crucial for success.

 

Can anyone use these at home hair removal machines on any part of the face and body?

No, there are certain limitations for different devices. These are usually:

  • Areas of the face and body – Some older versions of at-home devices are not suitable for facial use and in certain parts of the body. The devices above, however, can be used for the face and body. Typical suitable male and female body areas include legs, arms, bikini line, underarms, hands, chest, back, and abdomen. For the face, most of these devices are recommended for use on women’s facial hair from cheek line downward like the cheeks, upper lip, chin, and neck.
    (Jump to: Safety Reminders)
  • Areas with skin conditions – Damaged skin (sunburned, tanned), inked or tattooed skin, irritated skin (peeling, redness), skin conditions (eczema, acne, psoriasis, herpes, active infections, wounds, etc.), areas with heavily freckled skin, birthmarks, warts, and dark moles, are some of the restrictions for use.
    (Jump to: Safety Reminders)
  • Certain skin tones – Most devices are suitable for light to medium skin tones, however, there are some that can accommodate darker skin tones. The machines above has built-in safety sensors designed to check the skin tone before use. You can also manually check the skin tone guide as noted above if you fall under a suitable category.
  • Certain hair colors – The technology mostly works on darker hair because it relies on the pigment of the hair follicle to work. The higher the contrast between your skin tone and hair color, the more effective your treatment will be.

 

Diode lasers vs. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)?

Diode laser and IPL treatments are highly effective and safe. Both target the melanin i.e. color in the hair root and results are pretty much the same in terms of permanent hair reduction.

In clinical studies, however, diode lasers were found to be more effective than IPL. IPL needs more sessions to achieve the same results as diode lasers.

This is down to the type of light used and the way it expels on the skin. This affects the light energy that can be used by a device and the number of treatments required to achieve results, among other factors.

Diode lasers are more efficient, and the more expensive done in-office.

Because of the high energy used by diode lasers, the stinging sensation and inflammation you may experience will be more pronounced. Despite this, most patients prefer lasers over IPL due to its efficacy. You can always use numbing creams if you have sensitive skin or have low pain tolerance.

Laser – monochromatic and very high energy light source, focused only on the hair follicle. More suitable for darker skin tones. Faster results, more expensive.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Laser) – Broadband pulsed light source flashed on the hair and surrounding skin. Depending on the device’s light energy, may need more treatment sessions in comparison. A more affordable alternative to laser.

 

At Home Laser Hair Removal User Guide

  1. Prep your skin – Cleanse, shave, and dry your skin before every treatment.
  2. Select a treatment level on your device – This depends on whether the device is manual or automatic. Check the machine’s manual for specifics on how to set this. Remember: the higher the energy level, the faster the results.
  3. Choose an area – Treat the face or body part as indicated. Continue treatments as necessary for desired results.

That’s basically it! Simple right? 🙂

The best time to get treatment 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. There’s usually an app that comes with each brand to help you keep track.

Tip: Perform at night so any lingering redness would disappear by morning. 😉 You can also shave in between your schedule, but avoid waxing or plucking.

 

What to Expect Before, During, and After

Before: Before starting your treatment, you’ll have to take note of certain skin conditions. Anything other than healthy, unbroken skin shouldn’t have the procedure.

During: 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 as a rubber band snapping. This is normal, but these sensitivities will usually go away in later treatments.

You can use calming or numbing creams if you have low pain tolerance or sensitive skin.

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.

After: Hair won’t immediately fall out after the first treatment. Permanent hair reduction will happen after a sufficient amount of treatments, usually at least 6-8 on average. Results will still vary depending on the device used, energy level, skin tone, hair color, the area of the face or body used on, denseness and coarseness of the hair, and how regularly the treatments are done. Hair should gradually fall off with each treatment.

 

At Home Laser Hair Removal Safety Reminders

These are the basic precautions across all at-home laser hair removal treatments. For a definite list, please refer to the enclosed leaflet in your machine.

Do not use if you have:

  • Sensitivity to light (photosensitivity)
  • Damaged or irritated skin
  • Had skin peeling, plucking, epilating, or waxing in the last 6-8 weeks.
  • Have tanned or sunburned skin. Wait for the skin to go back to normal before proceeding.
  • Are breastfeeding or pregnant
  • History of pre-cancer or skin cancer
  • Anywhere near water in case of electric shock

Do not use on:

  • Eyebrows or areas above the cheek line as the laser light can cause eye damage. It’s highly recommended to use UV glasses as a precaution.
  • Areas of the body with tattoos, dark brown or black spots (dark moles, large freckles, birthmarks, or warts)
  • Areas with skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, herpes, active infections, or wounds
  • Skin tones or hair colors outside the advised coverage
  • Ears, nipples, genitals (bikini line is okay), or anus

Don’t use this on areas where you may want to grow your hair back. Long-term usage may be irreversible or permanent. Always be vigilant in removing hair safely.

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.

And that’s it! Thanks for dropping by. I hope this guide can help you with your at-home hair removal journey. If you have any further questions, feel free to drop me a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Here’s to a flawless and hair-free future! 😉

xo,
Samantha

 

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Top 10 Best At Home Laser Hair Removal Devices of 2019: The Ultimate Review & Guide
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Overall rating: 5 out of 5 based on 34 reviews.

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Thanks for the analysis, it's very thorough. Can you include some models from other brands? Something on the more affordable end? Thanks again!

iluminage touch for dark skin

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5 5 1
The iluminage Touch is heaven-sent. Although results started showing around 9 weeks instead of 6 weeks like advertised. Good thing I kept on it! (Well I wasn't going to flush $$ down the drain.) Once it came around though, worked like a charm.

Gillette Venus 5001 & 5009

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5 5 1
Just a quick one I've noticed for Gillette: IPL 5001 is the US version and the 5009 is the UK version. You can buy the 5009 on Amazon but the US warranty doesn't cover it. Specs are the same though, it's just the add-on that's different.

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5 5 1
Tria's laser is intense and a lot of work but it's EFFECTIVE af. I have thick hair in the most awkward places and this is the only device that treats those parts. The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because the battery drains too quickly I have to recharge in between. Annoying.

Tria Laser

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5 5 1
I am currently nearly finished a full series of treatments with the Tria hair removal laser and could not be happier with the results. Before purchasing I was sceptical because I didn't want to spend the money only to find that it didn't work for me but I purchased the device and I have nothing but positivity to spread about this wonderful device. It's safe and easy to use.

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5 5 1
I've had the Tria laser for a while now and it's been really effective on areas with dense hair. I didn't expect it to be so small though, doing it takes ages. That said, I will still take this any day over others that did nothing at all for me.

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