Waxing hurts. And it’s temporary. In short, it’s a painful short-term fix to unwanted hair. IPL offers a great alternative and SmoothSkin has an affordable option for you, that delivers results. Here’s our SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Hair Removal System review.
SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Review: Design
This product is purposely placed at the budget end of the market. This doesn’t mean you’re getting IPL or the treatment won’t work as well. But it does mean that you’re not getting the ease of use of a more expensive IPL Hair Removal device such as the Philips Lumea Prestige (BRI956/00) for example.
There are two main things that the SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Hair Removal System doesn’t have. It’s not wireless and it doesn’t come with specific body part attachments. If those are dealbreakers for you, then look at our Best Home IPL Hair Removal Devices 2017 roundup.
If you’re happy to make do without both these features, and there’s no scientific reason not to, then the SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Hair Removal System still represents an excellent, affordable, solution to unwanted hair.
Oh, and it comes in Blue, Pink, Beige, Black and White.
SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Review: How does it work?
The SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Hair Removal System works in exactly the same way as it’s expensive rivals.
It uses IPL to remove unwanted hair. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. This is essentially a high-output flashlight. The powerful light travels through the skin and targets the hair’s melanin (hair pigment). When the light is absorbed by the hair it injures the follicle. To completely destroy a hair follicle you need to injure it during a growth phase. The timeline of growth cycles varies and this is why IPL treatment can take 7-10 weekly sessions to complete.
Like all IPL machines, it will only work on certain skin tones and hair colours. Fair skin and dark hair is the perfect combination.
SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Review: How long does each session take?
The SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Hair Removal System is one of the fastest devices available, capable of delivering up to 100 flashes per minute using the Swipe and Stamp mode. Session times depend on how big the area is you want to treat and how efficient you are. The device suggests “you can treat your legs, bikini line and underarms in less than 10 minutes.”
SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Review: How long does it take to get results?
This will vary from person to person depending on skin tone, hair colour and coarseness of hair. The best results you can hope for is up to 92% hair reduction after 4 weeks.
Providing you have the correct skin tone and hair colour you should start to notice results after your second session and see gradual improvements thereafter for the course of the treatment. After weeks 8-10, if you have gained the results you desire it’s recommended to use the device as a monthly top up (if hair begins to return).
SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Hair Removal System Review: Does it hurt?
The majority of users won’t feel any pain when using the SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Hair Removal System. Some users may feel a sharp pang, similar to an elastic band flicking against the skin, but this only happens when using on an area where hair is dense and coarse. It’s not an unbearable pain.
SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Review: Salon vs Home
Buying the SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Hair Removal System is a lot more cost effective than visiting a salon once a week/month. The cost of three lower leg treatments at a salon would pay for the SmoothSkin outright. The results are comparable too.
SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Review: Verdict
The SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Hair Removal System is an easy-to-use and effective product that delivers results. It’s not a sophisticated as its rivals in terms of aesthetics or wire-free use. But it’s affordable and will remove up to 90% of unwanted hair within a month.
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