It has a built-in battery and can be used cordlessly. This is particularly great for bikini line when you need to twist and bend quite a lot.
It's rather hefty.
The Philips Lumea Prestige IPL is one of the most comprehensive systems you can find on the market. With it, you can enjoy perfectly smooth skin for up to 6 months. And the SmartSkin sensor will read your skin tone and automatically choose the optimal setting for you.
IPL photo epilator
Effective and safe to use on a wide variety of hair and skin types, including naturally dark blonde, brown and black hair and on skin tones from very white to dark brown
All body parts, including face
More than 250,000 flashes, up to 20 years of use
Corded & cordless Usage, SmartSkin Sensor, 5 intensity levels, Integrated UV filter, Slide and Flash mode, Stamp and Flash mode
Body attachment - 4.1 cm², Face attachment - 2 cm², Precision attachment (for use on bikini and underarms) - 3 cm², Luxurious pouch, Adapter (19.5V / 4000mA)
Thanks to the improved IPL technology, this device is capable of treating large body areas such as legs in less than 5 minutes.
The sensitivity button is situated too close to ‘On’ button.
The advantage of the Braun Silk-expert IPL machine is that it's both compact and efficient. This makes it a win-win choice both for cosmetologists working in salons and regular users looking for a portable model to use on the go.
IPL photo epilator
Most effective on light to medium skin tones, with hair ranging from natural blonde to dark brown or black
All body parts, including face
Delivers 400,000 flashes, up to 22 years of use
Coverage - 3 cm², SensoAdapt™ technology, 10 intensity levels, Fast gliding and stamp mode, 3 comfort modes (Normal, gentle or extra gentle), Corded use, Free Braun Silk expert Pro app
Precision head, Premium pouch, Venus extra smooth swirl
2 years, 100-day money back guarantee
It's a true laser device that comes with a built-in battery and can work for 25 - 30 minutes (around 600 zaps) cordlessly.
The laser aperture is rather small.
If you want the best possible results and don't mind small coverage or some pain within first uses, Tria Beauty Laser 4X is your choice. It uses the same technology applied in professional laser machines and outperforms IPL system in terms of performance.
Diode Laser epilator
Naturally light brown to black body hair, Naturally dark blonde, brown and black coloured hair
All body parts, including face
Diode Laser technology delivers on average 3-year lifespan
Spot size ~2 cm², 5 energy levels, Automatic skin tone recognition, Pulse counter, Cordless use
60-day money back guarantee
The lamp provides more than 500,000 flashes and can last for up to 25 years. What’s more, the lamp head can be replaced with a new one.
The replaceable lamp head is a bit difficult to detach.
IPL photo epilator
Works effectively on naturally dark blonde, brown and black hair and on white, ivory, beige, and light brown skin tones
All body parts, including face
Delivers 500,000 flashes, more than 25 years of use
4.5-cm flash window, 2 modes (Single flash, Continuous flash), 5 adjustable energy levels, Corded, Replaceable lamp head design
Pair of safety glasses, Razor, Adapter, User manual
As a nice touch, the kit comes with dark sunglasses. It's a very handy inclusion, especially for those who are sensitive to light.
It may feel uncomfortable in small hands.
This is a great IPL device with fast results. It's a sensible offering for those individuals who want to be hair-free without shelling out much money. It comes at a really good price and does a decent work at hair removal.
IPL photo epilator
More effective for light skin and on dark blond, brown or black hair
All body parts, including face
500,000 flashes, more than 20 years of use
Coverage 3 cm², Integrated UV filter, 5 intensity levels, Auto mode, Manual mode, Corded
Safety glasses, charger cord
Philips Lumea Prestige
The Lumea Prestige is the most advanced hair removal system in the Philips lineup. It was developed by leading dermatologists and undergone 14 years of research. So you can expect superior quality and good results from this device.
Right out-of-the-box, it becomes obvious it's a premium device. It's pleasant to the touch and feels very solid. Nothing creaks when you squeeze it. It feels more robust but a bit more sizeable than similar products from other brands. With that, it weighs a little more than half a kilo. However, this weight is easily justified by its in-built rechargeable battery.
The integrated battery means you can use the device cordlessly, which is a quite handy feature for hard-to-reach areas when you don't want that annoying cord to get in your way. Cordless convenience is particularly great for bikini line when you need to twist and bend quite a lot. Though take note that mains-power operation is 2x times faster compared to cordless one (1 flash per 2 sec vs 3.5 sec).
Overall, you can expect up to 250,000 flashes from a device, which equals about 200 full-body treatments or 20 years of regular treatments. And to schedule your zapping treatments, you can benefit from the special Philips Lumea IPL app that can help you plan your treatments and then remind you about them.
With the Lumea Prestige, you get separate attachments for body, face, and precision areas (bikini/underarms). They are easily interchangeable and have a different shape and size.
- The full-body attachment is as large as 4.1 cm². It has a curved–inwards design to conform to the contours of your legs.
- The flat face attachment is a 2 cm² and it allows for accurate positioning.
- The precision attachment has a medium size of 3 cm². It's a curved-outwards window that fits every indentation in delicate areas.
Take note that the precision attachment has no glass filters, whereas the face and body attachments have an integrated red glass filter for safe use. But even though the precision attachment has no filters, it's not a big deal. The flashes are completely harmless to your eyes and you won’t need additional goggles or sunglasses.
All the treatment windows can be neatly stored in the padded pouch included in the box. It even has separate pockets for each attachment.
Braun Pro 5 PL5124
One of the Smallest
If you look for something extra compact and portable that won't take much space in your luggage, the Braun IPL Silk·expert Pro 5 is the best choice. It's the latest generation epilator that is 15% smaller and 25% lighter than the previous models, ensuring easy handling and transportation.
The unit looks and feels like a high-quality piece of kit. It's well-balanced and fits comfortably in hand - it's not too heavy nor is it awkward to hold, and the controls are cleverly placed on the top. Thanks to this, reaching the needed buttons is easy and convenient, regardless of whether you're left or right-handed. About the only gripe we have regarding the controls is that its sensitivity button is situated a bit too close to the ‘On’ button, making it easy to hit it accidentally during use. Other than that, there are no real issues.
The Braun IPL Silk·expert Pro 5 smartly reads your skin tone and chooses the most appropriate light intensity for it. For example, if you have a light skin tone, it will flash with high light intensity, whereas dark skin tone requires a low light intensity and a fast flash rate. Yet, the light intensity can also be adjusted with the push of a button (Standard, Gentle, or Extra gentle).
Fast Results, Long Life
The Braun Silk-expert photo epilator can make the hair removal process both precise and fast. Thanks to the improved Intense Pulsed Light technology, it's capable of treating both legs in only 5 minutes at the lowest energy level.
The device comes with a Standard head for legs and a Precision head for smaller areas. Accordingly, there are also two treatment methods - Gliding with the Standard head and Stamping with the Precision head.
The Gliding mode involves more flashes for the faster treatment of large body parts, while the stamping mode delivers a precise yet slower treatment for smaller areas. On average, the device can emit 400,000 flashes throughout its entire life, which equals 22 years of treatments approximately.
Tria Beauty Fuchsia Laser 4X
True Laser System
Both laser and IPL hair removal systems give great results, but the laser is proved to be much more powerful than any leading IPL. It gives increased energy and promises faster but longer-lasting results. So, if you want to get the best results in the shortest time, we recommend you consider the Tria 4X.
This laser hair removal system for home use has a great reputation and is currently the only accepted laser system safe for home use. It utilises just the same laser technology applied in spa salons but offers reduced laser power in comparison to professional machines. This makes it much more compact and safe for personal use.
Of course, since the laser is stronger than IPL, it causes more heat and damage accordingly. And the increased heat means it can hurt. However, if you're consistent, the pain will become much more tolerable after a couple of treatments. The discomfort should get less as fewer hair follicles will stay active.
Handling the Device
With the Tria 4X, you'll get a clear manual that concisely explains how the Tria works to reduce hair. The manual includes diagrams to show the features of the device, how to use it step-by-step, and outline what results you can expect. It also suggests how many pulses you need per particular body area and how long it’s going to take. That is to say, the manufacturer recommends customers to treat hair a total 8 times at 2-week intervals for up to 3 months. You may need less or more depending on your hair structure.
Take note that the device is quite heavy - about 600g. Still, it feels well-balanced if you hold the handle at its narrowest part. Positively, it’s a battery-operated device so there will be no cord to get in the way. The LED display on the top will show the battery power remaining, laser intensity levels, skin tone sensor status, and pulse counter. Once the skin tone sensor validates your skin tone, it'll automatically set to level 1. Then, you can simply press the power button to cycle up the levels.
The laser aperture is rather small (5mm), so it'll take a lot of pulses to cover large areas. But even though the application process may seem a little tedious at first, you'll quickly get into a groove.
So, if you want the best possible results and don't mind small coverage or some pain within first uses, the Tria Beauty Laser 4X Home Laser Hair Removal device is your choice. It uses the same technology applied in professional machines and far outperforms IPL system in terms of performance.
If you’re tight on budget and want something as close to the famous Lumea as possible, you may like the VEME IPL Hair Removal Device. It uses the same IPL technology and feels similar in hands while costing twice less. Yet, despite being a quite affordable system, it packs some great extras, namely, along with the hair removal device you also get a pair of sunglass and an extra razor.
The Veme IPL system is ideal for female's and male's full body hair removal. It can be safely used on the face, arms, underarms, legs, bikini area, back and chest without burning or injuring your skin. Unlike similar models within its price bracket, it works not only on brown and black hair but also shows effective results on dark blonde hair. What's more, it's suitable for most skin tones including white, ivory, beige, and light brown.
For treating different areas, the machine is made with five power settings and two modes - the Single Flash is great for small, precise areas like armpits, bikini and face, while the Continuous Flash shows better results on legs, arms, back, stomach, and chest. To switch on the latter setting, you should press and hold the button positioned on top of the device for 3 seconds. The machine will start and continue flashing as long as you hold its head close to your skin (though the LCD display won’t flash). To activate the Single Flash, simply press the button once (the LCD display will be flashing).
The Smart LCD display will show what energy level (LVL) you’re using and how many flashes remain. By the way, the unit really shines in the longevity of the lamp. In total, it can deliver more than 500,000 flashes, which is a huge number considering that you’ll basically need from 15,000 to 30,000 flashes to treat your whole body for 12 times. What’s more, the lamp head can be easily replaced, meaning this device can help you save some money in the long run.
What to Expect
As it's often the case with other similar systems, you should shave the hair before flash. If you have sensitive skin, it’s better to apply Aloe vera gel moisturises before and after the treatment. Other than that, it’s not recommended to stimulate the skin with sauna, steaming or sunscreen for one day at least. Also, avoid touching water within 3 hours after the procedure.
The IPL hair removal system by SMALLRT is another affordable, frills-free option that will be a good pick for beginners. This is a well-balanced at-home permanent hair removal solution that is both convenient and painless. This tool can really make you wonder why you've been wasting money on beauty salons? With it, you'll be able to achieve amazing results yourself!
This IPL hair removal system is designed with the same clinically-proven IPL technology used by professional dermatologists in beauty salons. The device emits a strong pulse that is absorbed by the hair follicle which eventually gets completely destroyed. Simply put, the SMALLRT IPL tackles the issue at the very root - it puts follicles to sleep and breaks the cycle of their regrowth. As a result, you'll get permanent hair reduction and smooth, radiant skin.
Yet, you should stick to the 12-week treatment plan and do regular procedures within this period of time. After you complete the said 12-week plan, you'll see a significant reduction in hairs and any remaining hair will become much finer and lighter in colour. And to maintain permanent hair reduction, you will simply need to repeat the treatment once a month.
As a nice touch, the kit comes with dark sunglasses. It's a very handy inclusion specifically for those with light sensitivity. Make sure you wear them for each procedure, as the light produced by the epilator is rather bright on the eyes.
The tool itself is comfortable to hold and the shape of the head allows you to get into tricky areas like the back of your knees. If you set the gliding mode with 50 flashes per minute, you'll be able to treat a lower leg in just 7 minutes provided that you choose the high intensity. That's quite a good result for a budget-friendly device.
However, be ready that when "zapping" on the highest setting, you'll feel a small sharp snap sensation. Something like an elastic band being snapped against your skin. Yet, you can always decrease the intensity from the fifth energy level to the first. The IPL isn’t cordless, meaning it wouldn't die halfway through doing your whole body.
What Is a Laser Hair Removal System?
People put a lot of stock in their appearance and do a lot of things to look well-groomed and attractive. However, shaving is a chore that most people hate to do. For one, it’s quite time-taking. You might be surprised to know but according to statistics, an average woman spends around 72 days of her life shaving legs, which equals 2 months, and that’s a lot! For two, the results are not lasting - in one-two days the hair growth renews. To solve this problem and make our lives easier as well, the market offers a much better solution - a laser epilator. The advantage of laser hair removal systems is that they effectively reduce hair growth and ensure permanent results. And despite being rather costly, they prove to be a worthy investment in the long run.
Keep note that laser hair removal systems cannot be used by people with cancer, diabetes or any kind of skin diseases. In case you or your close people have some signs or symptoms that make use of a photo epilator not safe, consider buying an epilator.
What Features to Compare
If you've decided to get a laser hair removal system, decide on the type that will work best for you. The type is determined by the type of energy a system uses. In all, you can find three widespread types: laser epilators, Elos hair removal devices and photo epilators, with all three being designed to perform one same task. There are also several types of lasers: diode laser, neodymium laser, alexandrite and ruby laser. Diode laser is the most effective. It generates a pulse of light that melanin absorbs completely. The other types are also good, although they are slightly less powerful.
Photo epilators are perhaps the most popular. The strength of photo epilators is that they are able to cover rather large areas, freeing you more time for other tasks. This way, a single flash will let you cover about 3-6 cm² of skin and remove about 100-200 hairs. The operating principle of photo epilators is very similar to laser epilators, with the only difference being that they use a light wave instead of a light pulse.
Elos epilators are slightly different. They feature a combination of radio wave and light energy. This is a relatively new technology, aimed to provide higher efficiency, safety and comfort and allow you to remove hair in less time.
Skin Tone Coverage
When choosing a hair removal device for home use you need to consider if it will be suitable for your skin tone. For that, check out hair colour coverage. In general, laser epilators and photo epilators are effective on light skin and dark hair. That said, people with light hair may also get good results if they perform more treatments. For dark skin tones, Elos epilators will work better. They are versatile and effective on all types of skin. Also of note is the size of a device. If you want to be able to use it not only on your body but also on your face, opt for smaller models.
Service and Functionality
Functionality and life span of a laser device are also important. The average service life of most epilators is 5 years. When it comes to Elos devices and photo epilators, their service life largely depends on a number of pulses emitted by a lamp. What is good about them is that in most cases, you can easily replace this lamp and use it for another two-three years.
As a rule, all portable epilators allow you to adjust the intensity and a number of pulses. They all have skin sensors to determine whether it is safe for you to use it, and feature UV filters.
When it comes to Elos epilators, the biggest advantage to using them is that they help regenerate the skin, making it possible to get rid of wrinkles, improve complexion, and solve the problem of enlarged pores.
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