BABYAMY Mini IPL Laser Hair Removal Light Epilator, £54
BEST FOR: Facial Hair Removal
Compact and easy-to-use, this palm-sized device works on the face, as well as under the arms and around the bikini line for gentle, yet effective, hair removal. With five different levels, it allows you to switch up the intensity depending on your personal preference and sensitivity. Expect to see a visible difference after 6-12 weeks. Just be aware it caters best to those with very dark hair – anyone with red, grey, blonde or white hairs may find it less effective in the long-term.
Iluminage Touch ELOS Quartz Permanent Hair Removal, £375
BEST FOR: Darker Skin Tones
While laser hair removal is deemed completely safe, it can still cause hyperpigmentation on darker skin tones. Thankfully, this Iluminage device has been created with exactly that in mind. FDA (Food & Drug Administration) approved, it effectively reduces hair using Dual-Wave technology, covering a large surface area for smooth, safe and speedy hair removal in as little as 30 minutes. An investment, but worth it considering how long it long results last.
Available at LookFantastic.com
Silk’n Infinity 400,000 Hair Removal Device, £274.48 (was £279)
BEST FOR: Salon-Worthy Results
Just like Iluminage, this Silk’n device is suitable for the darkest skin tones and all hair colours – including redheads, blondes and even greys. With an in-built Skin Colour Sensor, it monitors how much light is required depending on your individual skin tone, so you never have to worry about inflammation post-use. The device also comes pre-charged, with up to 400,000 light pulses, which equates to a lifetime worth of salon treatments.
Available at Amazon.co.uk
Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Hair Removal Device, £399.99
BEST FOR: Convenience & Ease
This innovative tool was developed in conjunction with leading dermatologists for safe, long-lasting results. Showing smoother results after just three uses, the different attachments work on the face, bikini line and larger surface areas like the legs. It’s also cordless, so you can manoeuvre it with ease, getting into every crease for optimal results. Meanwhile, the in-built SmartSkin sensor will tell you which light setting is best for your skin tone to minimise any side effects.
Available at JohnLewis.com
Remington Luxe 8500 IPL Laser Hair Removal System, £399.99
BEST FOR: All Over The Body
Ideal for larger surface areas, this device uses i-LIGHT technology (intense pulses of light) to kill off the hair follicle and prevent regrowth. In fact, you’ll notice results after just a week or so. Just like others on this list, it also has an automatic skin-tone detector, so the intensity will vary based on your individual needs. The only disadvantage is it’s not wireless, but you are less likely to run out of battery halfway through your treatment.
Available at Remington-europe.com
Sensica Sensilight Pro IPL Hair Removal Device, £249.97 (was £375)
BEST FOR: Minimal Pain
We tried this and after 8-12 weeks we noticed a visible difference. Not only was regrowth sparser, hair became much lighter and fine, too. The special ‘glide’ feature allows for quick use, while the numerous settings ensure the whole process is more comfortable. While we did notice some stinging, it was certainly less painful than other devices we tried.
Available at Boots.com
Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 Latest Generation IPL Hair Remover, £350 (was £599.99)
BEST FOR: Long-Lasting Results
Braun’s IPL device wins extra points for its sleek design, but it also has ten different intensity levels, allowing you to control the pulses based on your sensitivity. Choose from three modes, including ‘normal’ ‘gentle’ or ‘extra gentle’. Up to 94% of testers noticed results after three months, while 89% said the effects lasted beyond 12 months of their previous treatment. Use it on delicate areas too, including the upper lip, bikini line and underarms.
Available at Boots.com
Tria Beauty Precision Hair Removal Laser for Women, £235
BEST FOR: Precision & Small Areas
Tria are known for their impressive tools and this is no exception. With three times the eliminating energy of other at-home devices, this one guarantees safe, fast and permanent results. It can be used all over, but is especially effective on small, sensitive areas like the face, bikini line and underarms. Proven to reduce hair regrowth by 70% after just two treatments, you’ll find you require only minimal touch-ups. It’s worth noting however, that this one clearly states it won’t work on grey, blonde or red hair.
Available at LookFantastic.com
VEME Permanent Laser Hair Removal for Women, £119.99
BEST FOR: Value For Money
An Amazon best-seller, VEME’s popular device earns consistently high reviews. It uses IPL technology to gradually break the growth cycle of hair, with up to 96% of testers of noticing visible results post-use. Use it two to three times a week, gradually taking it down to once a week over time. Where you have thicker areas of hair (think armpits and bikini line), use the tool in two directions, back and forth, to ensure you’re grabbing every little hair.
Available at Amazon.com
*DISCLAIMER: Before you try laser hair removal, professionally or at-home, read all the instructions thoroughly and seek out the help of your GP or pharmacist if you’re concerned or worried about any side effects before or after use.
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