Smoothskin Muse review - (2022)

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The Smoothskin Muse is safe for use at home on the body and face. It uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) which slows and reduces hair regrowth after each treatment. Eventually hair stops growing and periodic sessions keep your skin silky smooth. Learn more abouthow home IPL works here.

In this tried-&-tested Smoothskin Muse review:

  • First impressions
  • Before you start
  • Is it easy to use?
  • Lamp lifetime
  • Is it safe?
  • How fast is it?
  • What to expect?

First impressions

It arrives in a neat and compact black and orange box. I love the packaging. It’s stylish and colourful without being garish.

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The sleeve shows all the important information about the Muse. I love the friendly, down-to-earth tone. It’s unlike any other brand.

Smoothskin also do a fab job of setting realistic expectations. Because no where do they use the word ‘permanent’. I really like their simple explanation of long-lasting stubble-free results:

“As long as you keep up with top-ups, the chore of daily shaving will soon be a thing of the past”.

Overall, it’s friendly, clear and kinda playful. Now I just want to see what’s inside!

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I lift it and the first thing I see is the glossy, speckled-gold stardust swirl along the top of the Muse and a small square orange envelope that greets me…

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“hello smoothie”

Why, hello.

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Keep the box. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s perfect to store everything safely and small enough to fit in a draw.

What’s in the box?

  • Muse IPL device
  • Power pack & cable
  • Mains socket plug
  • User guide booklet
  • Support programme invitation

The Muse device

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Firstly, I love the gold dust sprinkled speckle across the glossy back top. The black and gold colourway is unlike all the others. It’s sleek and sophisticated.

It’s smooth and cool to the touch. There are only 3 buttons on the top. It looks simple. But also like it means business.

Along each side is a matt-black silicone grip that your fingers naturally rest on. It’s a bit bigger than I expected but not too heavy. There’s a natural grip and it’s balanced in my hand. It feels quality, well-made.

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Before you start

First, get acquainted with the user manual. Read the important information for reasons you may not be suitable to use it (contraindications) and guidelines around tanning.

Do a skin patch test too, shave your hair and get yourself setup to do your treatment. Keep reading to learn more.

Start with the user guide

This one is distinctive because it’s a pleasure to read.

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The opening paragraph took me by surprise. There’s none of that serious dull language you get in other guides.

Carefully read the warnings, precautions, contraindications and eye safety guidelines to check there’s nothing preventing you from using the Muse.

Check the user manual on the Smoothskin website before you buy it.

The guide is well laid-out, logical and beautifully designed with clear headings and diagrams. But most of all the tone of voice is friendly and conversational. It’s clear, concise and easy to absorb. Top job.

Important tanning guidelines

After tanning, your skin is extra sensitive with increased risk of IPL side effects such as burns, blisters, discolouration and scarring. It’s more sensitive after treatments too so there’s a higher risk of sunburn if you go out in the sun.

Smoothskin say don’t use the Muse on recently tanned skin, including artificial tans. After your treatments also cover up and use a sunscreen of SPF 15+ to avoid unprotected sun exposure. The website FAQs say avoid the sun for at least 7 days before and after your treatments.

It’s best to avoid tanning altogether, both with sunlight and artificially, during your start-up treatments.There’smore on tanning and sun exposure here.

Do a skin patch test

The user guide explains how to do a test patch. It’s very simple.

Shave your test area (for each body area you’ll treat), power on the Muse and do two side-by-side test flashes on each treatment area. Wait 24 hours and if your skin has no reactions, you’re good to do the full treatment.

TIP:If you’ve not used the Muse for a while and your skin has darkened (i.e. after Summer) you should do another skin patch test.

Shave it!

Shave your treatment areas immediately before your treatment.

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Your treatment areas must be totally smooth with no hair above your skin. If there is, it can sting when zapped by the IPL!

Also, you want your hair follicle (the bit below your skin) to absorb all the IPL energy. It’s where IPL works to give you hair reduction.

Once shaven, dry your skin. No moisturisers or deodorant please!

  • Use a good, sharp razor
  • Use shaving cream for a close shave. Try using hair conditioner – it does the job (but can leave the tub a bit slippery!)
  • Take your time to get a close shave without any nicks!
  • If you don’t want to shave your face, try this instead

TIP: Smoothskin say don’t wax or epilate because you need hair in the follicle for IPL to be most effective.

Comfort & privacy

Next, choose a comfortable and private spot to do your treatment.

Some people set up in the living room and watch TV. Others choose a private bathroom or their bedroom. Whilst it depends on which body areas you’re treating, there are a few tips to help you get started.

  • In front of a mirror: I like to have a full length mirror. This is very helpful for a thorough bikini line, underarms and backs of legs
  • A mains extension cable: the Muse has a very long power cord, but an extension cable from the mains gives you more flexibility on where you situate yourself. If you’re treating large areas you’ll want to use it corded because it’s faster.
  • Find privacy: back to the bikini line again! It’s far from elegant and not something you’ll want to share with housemates, kids, window cleaner etc.
  • Choose the right time: you don’t want to be rushed or interrupted, so choose a time when kids are tucked up in bed.

So, if you’ve got all that sorted, you’re ready to go.

Is it easy to use?

It’s one of the easiest. That’s because it has some clever tech inside that does all the hard stuff for you. Therefore, it’s as simple as point-and-zap.

First-time users comment in the reviews their surprise at how easy it is to get going.

Super-simple steps

Wait 24 hours after your skin test and if there’s no reaction you can start. It’s the most simple to use.

  1. Shave before every treatment (unless you’re smooooth).
  2. Plug it in and press the power button. The buttons change from blue to white. and the sensor indicators illuminate blue.
  3. Press the handset at 90 degrees firmly against your skin. Your intensity illuminates white from 1 to 10. Press the flash button.
  4. Slide to the next spot and repeat. Cover your skin in flashes avoiding overlap.

If not in use for 3 minutes the device reverts to standby mode with a blue power button.

The flashes are bright, and the user manual tells you to look away for each flash. Make sure you use it in a well-lit room and you can try wearing shades if it’s too much. Your skin must cover both skin tone sensors before it’ll flash, so this avoids any accidental flashes.

Ergonomic design

The Muse is comfortable to hold and easy to manoeuvre around your body. It weighs just 367g. It takes just a little practise to get comfortable with the different grips.

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1) The long handle fits snug in the palm of my hand as my index finger naturally rests on the large flash button. It’s in the perfect place. This is the most comfortable grip for covering large areas (like legs) with speed. It gives a bit more reach for backs of legs and knees too. And it felt most natural on the feet, toes, bikini line and underarms.

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2) Alternatively, try resting your thumb on the flash button, grip the side of the handle with your fingers wrapped underneath. This works well for the insides of your thighs, bum cheeks, backs / top of legs and tummy.

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3) Another grip I find helpful for my face (chin, under chin and upper lip) is resting the underside on my thumb and pressing the flash button with my index and fore finger.

The other buttons are further along the top so they’re safely out of the way. Therefore, with both these grips you can continue without interruption.

It’s easy to get accurate coverage because the angles ensure perfect visibility of the treatment end. Simply slide it along 1 cm at a time.

Long power cable

There’s no waiting about with the Muse because it’s mains-powered. Several reviewers love you don’t need to faff about charging it. Plug it in and off you go. It’s ready when you are.

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The cable is 2 metres long to the power pack. The mains cable plugs into this and is an additional 40 cm long. So, the power pack sits just below the socket and you get the full 2 metres of cable to play with without being weighed down.

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It’s flexible and not too thin. It doesn’t wind around itself and end up in knots.

One flash window

The Muse has one single flash window. It’s safe for both body and face. At 1 cm high by 3 cm long it’s the best size and shape for a multi-use flash window.

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It’s big enough to cover your skin fast on large areas like legs. And it’s narrow enough to position on small areas like your upper lip. As feedback in the reviews suggests, this can take a bit of practise. But you soon work out how to do it.

  • For your upper lip try blowing out your cheeks or turning your lips in around your teeth. This makes a flatter surface.
  • For shins and other bony or uneven areas, you can try turning the device 90 degrees so the length of the flash window runs down the bone.

Would other specialist windows improve it?

I do like the no-faff design off the Muse. And I think additional attachments would detract from the brilliant plug-and-go simplicity. It may take a bit more manoeuvring on some areas but it does the job better then most. They do help but aren’t necessary.

Pssssst: The Braun Pro 5 IPL has a smaller attachment. Check it out if you really want one.

How long will it last?

The Smoothskin Muse gives THE best lamp lifetime.

In recent years Smoothskin, Philips and Silk’n have released models with 100s of thousands of flashes. Because IPL results get better and better over time, that’s likely more than you’ll ever need. But just to be sure, Smoothskin have gone either further.

The Muse is the first high-power home IPL device to give unlimited flashes from the lamp. So, you’ll get unlimited full body treatments and / or small area treatments. The flashes keep coming as long as the device doesn’t break. So, you never need worry you’ll run out.

Several reviewers appreciate these infinite flashes so they never need to think about repurchasing.

N.B. General usage and wear and tear can also affect how long the machine keeps working.

So, is this thing safe?

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Is it safe?

Yes. The Muse is clinically proven safe for home-use. It’s also FDA-cleared so that gives extra reassurance.

There’s an in-built UV filter in the flash window to protect your skin. And other impressive and high-tech safety features.

Let’s start with eye safety and then look at the clever skin tone sensor.

Eye safety

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There are 2 smaller sensor windows at either end of the flash window. Both must have full skin contact before the Muse will flash. This safety feature protects your eyes so you can’t accidentally flash it into open air.

They’re also the skin tone sensors.

Advanced skin tone sensor

Like other skin tone sensors, the Muse keeps you safe by checking for a suitable skin tone (Fitzpatrick tones I to V). If your skin is too dark it won’t flash and the side LED indicators light up red.

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But the skin tone sensors are clever too.

They continuously check your skin and set the best intensity level for your tone. They do this before every flash. Each flash therefore adjusts to the perfect balance of safety and power.

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The Muse has 10 intensities – 1 is low and 10 is high. The IPL energy output ranges from 3 J/cm2 to 6 J/cm2. It’s one of the most powerful home IPL hair reduction systems available. You get faster and longer lasting results using the highest intensity that safe for your skin. The 10 LED lights along each side show you which level is set.

Some refer to this as Variable Pulsed Light (VPL).

So, there’s no need to stop and check your skin tone across different body areas. It’s perfect for you if you’ve varied tones across your body. You just press the button and keep going until you’re done.

Online reviewers appreciate the technology because it minimises irritation from too high an intensity level. And it’s better than fiddling around with a manual intensity guage and potentially using an incorrect strength.

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But you do have an option if you find the flashes smart in more sensitive areas. You can activate ‘gentle’ mode.

Gentle mode

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Some areas are more uncomfortable than others. Such as underarms and bikini line. That’s because hair is thicker and denser there. So, you may want to reduce the intensity a bit, especially for the first few sessions when more hairs are actively growing.

Pressing the ‘feather’ gentle mode button reduces the IPL intensity output of the flashes.

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It’s a good option to have. But remember, you get faster and longer lasting results using the highest intensity that’s safe for your skin.

You can also control the speed of flashes using ‘glide’.

Glide mode

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ForStamp mode: Press and release flash button for a single flash. Move to the next spot and repeat. This is good for small areas like upper lip or around ankles where you need precise placement.

For Glide mode: Press and hold the flash button for continuous flashes. Flash, glide 1 cm to the next spot, flash and repeat. The flashes come every 1 to 2 seconds so it’s pretty close to a gliding motion. Be sure to only flash each area of skin once.

Glide means there’s no repetitive button pressing (annoying on large areas) and it reduces strain on your grip. It’s also fast to cover your skin.

How fast is it?

It’s one of the fastest.

The big 3 cm² window flashes every 1 to 2 seconds. The flashes are faster on the lower intensities.

Smoothskin say you can cover a full leg in around 8:30 mins. For me it took around 12 minutes, however I’m meticulous. I zapped my full body (full legs, extended bikini line, underarms and face) in just under 50 minutes.

Some reviewers share it takes longer than 20 minutes for a full body because you must make sure you don’t miss any bits. And others, comparing it to other slower home IPL devices they’ve used in the past, say it’s fast.

It’s a good choice for treating large areas or your full body but check out the latest Smoothskin Pure model for even faster sessions.

The Muse is incredibly simple to use. Simply shave, plug it in and off you go. So, it’s a super choice for first time users. But here’s a bit more information about what it feels like.

What to expect during treatments?

When you power it on you hear the quiet whirring of the coolingfan. Each flash makes a gentle pop sound.

Most users say the flashes don’t hurt. They simply feel warm against their skin. However, certain body areas can smart!

Reviewers say it doesn’t hurt as much as waxing or epilating, but on these sensitive areas it’s like a hot sensation for just a few milliseconds. For some it stings on the denser, thicker hair on the bikini line or underarms. I feel it most on my bony ankles and at the tops of my legs. So, sensitive areas differ by person.

A few online reviewers share the Muse gets hotter as you useit too. Therefore, they start with their most sensitive areas before it heatsup too much. And those who find it stings too much simply press the “feather” buttonto lower the intensity in gentle mode so it’s more comfortable.

TIP: Make sure you get a close, smooth shave because otherwise, if there’s hair above the skin surface, it stings!

The flashes are bright white, but harmless to your eyes when against your skin. However, some find them annoyingly bright. To remedy this use the Muse in a well-lit room (so they don’t appear so intense). The user manual tells you to look away for each flash. But this makes it awkward to get precise coverage. Instead, try looking slightly to the side of the Muse (not directly at the flash window). Or you can wear regular sunglasses which eases the glare.

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It takes concentration to remember where you’ve zapped. But after a couple of sessions, you’ll find your rhythm and routine. And it’s fast too, so you’ll be done before you get tired or bored.

What to expect after your treatments?

A common skin reaction to IPL hair removal is skin redness. Skin can also feel hot, tingly and a bit itchy too. This is normal, and disappears within 24 hours. You can cool your skin with an ice pack, water spray, soothing Aloe Vera gel or an unscented moisturiser if you like.

If there’s no reaction you can apply your usual toiletries, deodorantsand moisturisers. Wash them off if you later feel irritation.

Avoid anything that irritates your skin for a day or 2 after your sessions. Things such as exfoliating, using bleaching creams, enjoying saunas and hot tubs or wearing tight clothing.

And if you go out in the sun, cover up and / or wear a high SPF 15+. This helps protect your skin from sunburn and reduces the risk of developing any of the rare side effects.

Rare side effects?

The Smoothskin Muse treatments are super-safe because of the clever skin tone sensor. It means you can’t flash too intense IPL for your skin tone. So, you’ve virtually no risk of blisters and burns or scarring.

The rare IPL side effects are below. Most won’t experiencethem but if you do and they don’t go away in the times shown, go see yourdoctor:

  • Skin redness which doesn’t go away after 24 to 48 hours
  • Swelling and redness around the hair follicle which doesn’t go away within 2 to 3 days
  • Temporary lightening or darkening in skin colour

Effort & results

You need 12 weekly sessions taking 11 weeks to complete the start-up phase. Then less frequent monthly top-ups to stay soft and smooth.

A full body session takes around 50 minutes. That’s fast, which makes the Muse a low effort at-home IPL device. However, the new Smootksin Pure model is even faster with a full body zapping done in just 20 minutes. Wowser.

So, what happens during the 12 weeks?

Shave before every weekly session, and in between as you need. You’ll still see hair growing in the first few weeks. These are hairs not yet treated in their active / Anagen growth stage.

After 4 weeks most see a noticeable hair reduction. This means fewer hairs growing. And those that do grow slower, look finer and lighter, and feel softer. You’ll need to shave less frequently between sessions. And it’s quicker and easier too because there’s soft and less hair.

After 6 sessions your hair reduction should be significant. You may have bald patches or be almost entirely smooth!

Smoothskin recommend to keep going and complete all the 12 weekly sessions, even if you’ve got to smooth already. This catches any hair not yet in the Anagen growth stage and it compounds your results. You’ll get your highest possible hair reduction with long-lasting results right from the start.

At the end of 12 sessions you should be entirely smooth. Then switch to top-ups every 4 weeks. Top-ups are very important because hair will eventually grow back without them.You should stay continuously smooth with these regular sessions. Reduce the frequency to 8 weeks or more once you’re comfortable your hair growth has stopped.

Smoothskin Muse Review Summary

The Muse is a super choice for full body treatments because it’s fast. If you have light skin tones you can take advantage of the high IPL power for fast and long-lasting results. And for medium and varied skin tones it’s super-safe because of the effortless advanced skin tone sensor. It does all the hard work for you.

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Lamp lifetime


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Unlimited IPL flashes so you’ll never run out. Hands-down winner!

Ease of use


Fast, sleek, sophisticated plug-and-zap simplicity. Adjusts each flash to your skin tone for non-stop no-faff sessions.

Effort & Results


Hello smooth with powerful IPL. 12 weekly sessions for long-lasting hair-free results, then top-ups every few months to keep it so.


  • Lasts forever with unlimited flashes
  • Sleek & sophisticated unisex design
  • Auto-selects the best intensity level for your skin before EVERY flash
  • Gentle mode for sesntive areas
  • Fast, straightforward plug-&-zap simplicity
  • May work on light blonde hair
  • Clinically proven,CE certified & FDA-cleared
  • 90-day money back guarantee


  • It’s expensive (but handsome)
  • Not available in all countries
  • Quite big so a little awkward for petite hands
  • Tricky to flash on your upperlip

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Where is SmoothSkin made? ›

With more than 30 years' experience, SmoothSkin are the pros of the IPL hair removal world. Not only do we design and make our products all here in the UK, but we also carry out our own research and even run our own clinical trials, all from our HQ in Swansea, South Wales. What's the SmoothSkin Story?

Can you use SmoothSkin more than once a week? ›

No – we recommend that you do not use more than once per week. This will have no effect other than to irritate your skin. Remember though, with SmoothSkin Bare, you can treat any stubborn areas, such as underarms, with multiple passes (running your device over the same area a maximum of 3 times).

How often should I use SmoothSkin Bare? ›

Use SmoothSkin Bare once a week initially – making sure to shave before each treatment so there are no hairs remaining above the surface of the skin. There's no need to use Bare more than once a week, and you won't get better results this way.

How do you use a laser SmoothSkin? ›

Place the device onto the skin and press and release the activation button. Re-apply onto the next treatment and repeat. For maximum results, you can treat stubborn areas (such as the underarms) with multiple passes. Run your SmoothSkin Bare+ over the area a maximum of 3 times per treatment session.

What does Smoothskin mean? ›

Smoothskin (also smoothie) is a derogatory term that ghouls use to describe someone who is human, referring to the less ravaged outward appearance of humans compared to their own.

How do you clean a Smoothskin? ›

To ensure maximum performance of your SMOOTHSKIN PURE, it is particularly important to keep the front of the device and reflector free from dirt, hair or other debris. To aid in the cleaning of this part, the front of the device can be cleaned with a slightly damp cloth. Store SMOOTHSKIN PURE in a cool, dry place.

What happens if you use IPL hair removal too often? ›

Will I see quicker results if I use Lumea more often? No, using your Philips Lumea more often than recommended will not speed up the hair removal process. Do not treat the same area multiple times in one session as this will not improve efficacy and can cause skin irritation.

Can I laser my hair everyday? ›

Most patients can have laser hair removal once every 4 to 6 weeks. Your dermatologist will tell you when it is safe to have another treatment. Most patients see some hair regrowth. Your dermatologist can tell you when you can safely have laser treatments to maintain the results.

Can you IPL every day? ›

All in all, you should not use IPL every day. Also, if you wait any longer between sessions, the hair will recuperate and begin to grow back in earnest. After the fourth session, though, you can be more forceful and apply the IPL product if you detect any hair growing back through until it completely stops.

Do you have to shave every time you use IPL? ›

Shaving before your IPL hair removal treatment helps the light beam to focus in on the hair root. When using IPL, you'll need to shave less and less as your treatments go on. As the hair follicles will be empty, you'll notice fewer ingrown hairs and less stubble 'shadow'.

How many times a week should I do IPL at home? ›

It's recommended to do one session every two weeks for the first four sessions and then every four weeks on whichever area you are treating. You should start to see results after four sessions, says Sensica.

How many IPL sessions are needed for a beard? ›

Since the IPL device is targeting pigment in the hair follicle, it is important that you shave prior to your treatment. For facial hair, a treatment every 4 weeks should get you well on the way to a reduction in unwanted hair.

Which laser hair removal machine is the most effective? ›

Alexandrite (755 nm)

The Alexandrite laser hair removal system is the most frequently used laser on the market because it is so quick and extremely effective. Alexandrite (“Alex” for short) can provide quick treatments on large body surface areas due to fast laser pulse repetition rates and larger treatment spot sizes.

Can you wear deodorant for laser? ›

Avoid creams, lotions, and deodorants before your appointment. The laser technician may apply an anesthetic cream before treatment. If your doctor prescribed medicine to take before treatment, take it according to the directions.

Can I spray deodorant After laser? ›

After your laser hair removal treatment, we recommend that you avoid wearing deodorant or applying other products for 24 hours, except for soothing products such as Balense Recovery Cream.

How can I get smooth skin on my back? ›

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  1. Exfoliate regularly. The number one thing you can do to get baby-soft skin is exfoliate. ...
  2. Drink plenty of water. ...
  3. Try a honey face mask. ...
  4. Use the right moisturizer. ...
  5. Slather on SPF. ...
  6. Get your vitamin C. ...
  7. Sleep with a humidifier. ...
  8. Reach for retinol.
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How can I make my body smooth and shiny? ›

7 Ways to Make Your Body Smooth
  1. Hydrate—Drink Plenty Of Water. ...
  2. Daily Exercise Will Help. ...
  3. Time To Exfoliate Your Body. ...
  4. Moisturize And Hydrate Your Skin. ...
  5. Don't Use Products With drying Ingredients. ...
  6. Don't Use Super Hot Water In The Shower Or Bath. ...
  7. Try To Avoid Harsh Elements Like Cold and Wind.
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Can you use SmoothSkin pure on face? ›

A: SmoothSkin Pure absolutely works on male body hair, just remember that whereas women can use SmoothSkin devices from the cheekbones down, we advise men to treat from the neck down only. SmoothSkin is not recommended for use on the male face or beard.

How do you use SmoothSkin pure IPL hair removal device? ›

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How do I use SmoothSkin gold IPL? ›

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Does hair grow back if you stop IPL? ›

We can also only treat active hairs (in the 'anagen' cycle). So after a course of IPL hair removal, we will have destroyed the suitable treated follicle's and they will never grow back, but there is a strong possibility that a brand new follicle may activate or follicles, not in the 'anagen' phase will still grow.

Can you use IPL on pubic hair? ›

Yes, IPL is safe to use on the pubic areas like the bikini line, but it isn't recommended for the genital area, where the skin may be darker and the hair density is higher, absorbing more light energy and perhaps causing discomfort.

Can IPL worsen hair growth? ›

Answer: IPL can rarely cause a paradoxical increase in hair growth. It happens very rarely and more often in patients with some hormonal abnormality, like polycystic ovary syndrome, but not necessarily just under those circumstances.

What are the negatives of laser hair removal? ›

Side effects
  • Redness and irritation. Laser hair removal damages the follicles of the targeted hairs. ...
  • Crusting. Some people may experience skin crusting in the affected area. ...
  • Changes in skin color. Some people may notice minor color changes to the treated area of skin. ...
  • Eye injury. ...
  • Risk of skin infection.

How many years will laser hair removal last? ›

Regrowth on the face

On the face, laser hair removal isn't typically permanent but may be long-lasting. Some people report seeing no hair return after 10 years or more. Others experience regrowth sooner and rely on annual touchup treatments to keep unwanted hair at bay.

How many times do you have to laser before hair stops growing? ›

Generally, clients need about two to six laser treatments in order to completely get rid of hair.

Can I do IPL 2 days in a row? ›

It is recommended that you wait 3-4 weeks normally between IPL treatments and I would absolutely not do it on someone after only 2 days, unless we are treating totally different areas. The skin needs time to respond to what was done and retreating after 2 days could potentially damage the skin or even create burns.

Should I moisturize before IPL? ›

Use a moisturizer with 30+ SPF to protect your skin from sun exposure. Avoid smoking at least six weeks before IPL. Stop any medications that may cause excess bleeding. Discontinue antibiotics (if advised by your general physician)

Does IPL work permanently? ›

This causes the hair to be shed, usually 1 - 2 weeks following treatment. The aim is to permanently damage the hair follicle sufficiently to prevent hair regrowth. It is for this reason that IPL is really only suitable for those with a good contrast between skin and hair tone.

Does IPL tighten skin? ›

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is a popular form of skin rejuvenation therapy that can help tackle the majority of skin-related concerns, including tightening lax skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

What should I not do before IPL? ›

Before your IPL treatment:

Avoid any irritants to your skin, such as any products containing Retin-A, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents or Vitamin C for one week before your treatment. 3. Do not wax or use a depilatory on treatment areas for one week prior to your treatment.

What happens if you dont remove hair before IPL? ›

What happens if I don't remove hair before using my Philips Lumea? If you use Lumea while you still have hair on your skin, the light from your Lumea may burn these. This can result in an unpleasant smell and damage your Lumea.

How long after first IPL will I see results? ›

It only takes a week to see the initial results of an IPL treatment, and it only takes four to six weeks to see the final results of a given session. Even better, you may only need three 20- to 60-minute sessions to get the results you're looking for.

Does hair fall out after home IPL? ›

After IPL hair removal

The hair will appear to grow (though very slowly) for 2 to 4 weeks and should then fall out; this is the treated hair being pushed out of the follicle, not new growth. Any hair that does not fall out was either too fine, too light, too deeply rooted or possibly wasn't treated.

How long does it take to see results from IPL at home? ›

How quickly does the IPL Photofacial show results? The effects of an IPL Photofacial are gradual, so don't expect to see immediate results. You begin to see a change in your face within a week to 10 days and on the other treated areas of your body within 6-8 weeks.

Does IPL cause damage? ›

There is very little risk of damaging your skin from IPL treatments, also known as photofacials. A photofacial is a non-invasive treatment that saturates the surface of your skin with light to target problem areas and reverse both signs of damage and aging.

Do I have to shave my upper lip before IPL? ›

Shaving & dermaplaning your face before your IPL and laser sessions works best. This is why is works best: Shaving cuts your hairs super-close to your skin. Therefore, there's no hair on the surface to absorb the pulses or flashes of light energy.

Is it better to shave before IPL? ›

You need a small amount of hair visible at the surface of the skin for the IPL light to effectively destroy the follicle. Shaving the area being treated will help the laser focus beneath the skin and improve the results.

What is the best laser hair removal machine 2021? ›

Our Picks
  • Best Overall: SmoothSkin Pure Fit.
  • Best Splurge: Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X.
  • Best for Body: Braun Silk Expert Pro3 Permanent Hair Removal System.
  • Best for Coarse Hair: Silk'n Infinity.
  • Best for Dark Skin: Iluminage TOUCH Permanent Hair Reduction System.
  • Best for the Face: Tria Precision Hair Removal Laser.
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What is the newest technology for laser hair removal? ›

Soprano laser hair removal incorporates sophisticated 3D laser technology to remove excessive or unwanted hair without damaging the surrounding skin tissue. We usually see results in our patients after the third treatment. After six treatments you can expect to see around a 90% reduction in hair regrowth.

What is best for permanent hair removal? ›

Permanent: Electrolysis is the only FDA-approved method of permanent hair removal. Versatility: According to the American Electrology Association, electrolysis is effective for people with any skin type, skin color, hair type, and hair color. Electrolysis is suitable for any area of the body — including the eyebrows.

What happens if you shower after laser? ›

Take a hot shower or work out

First of all, the skin is vulnerable after laser hair removal and more susceptible to external aggressors. Hot water can burn and blister the skin so better go for a cool shower. Avoid hot showers for 48 hours after your session. You will need to avoid sauna and hot tubs as well.

Can I shave between my laser appointments? ›

Yes, you can shave in between each session of laser hair removal. During your course of treatment you can shave any hairs that may regrow. After your first laser hair removal session you will notice that you won't need to shave as much as before. After 2-3 sessions you may only need to shave once in a 4-6 week period.

Can laser destroy sweat glands? ›

For treating hyperhidrosis, 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser light is used to permanently destroy axillary sweat glands by photoselectively heating sweat gland tissue without damaging the surrounding tissue. The procedure is performed under local anesthetic and is finished in less than an hour.

Do and don'ts after laser? ›

Avoid very hot baths, showers, steam baths or saunas, and don't swim in strong chlorinated water for two or three days. Don't use bleaching creams or perfume products for 24 to 48 hours. Avoid exfoliating or peels for one week. Try to avoid wearing tight clothing for two or three days.

What happens if I shave right before laser? ›

Shaving before laser hair removal is important because the hair needs to be the right length for the laser to treat it effectively. The follicle must also be intact and plucking or waxing can often damage the follicle and leaving a poor environment for the laser to treat.

What should I avoid after laser treatment? ›

Avoid anything that involves chlorine (e.g. swimming) for 48 hours. Avoid make-up on the treated area for at least 48 hours. Avoid the application of perfumed products or bleaching creams for 48 hours. Avoid scratching the treatment area if blistering or crusting occurs, as this can cause scarring.

How do I use Smoothskin gold IPL? ›

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Is Philips an IPL? ›

The technology that Philips Lumea uses is based on IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which is also used in professional salons. We have adapted this technology for safe and effective use at home. The IPL technology works by heating up the pigment (melanin) in the hair and hair root underneath the skin.

How many times a week should I do IPL at home? ›

It's recommended to do one session every two weeks for the first four sessions and then every four weeks on whichever area you are treating. You should start to see results after four sessions, says Sensica.

Can I use IPL machine everyday? ›

You might be wondering, Can I use IPL every week? And the answer is yes! In fact, using your handset once a week for the first 12 weeks is a good idea. After this initial period, you could then start using your handset once every 3 to 4 weeks for best results.

Which brand is best for IPL hair removal? ›

The best IPL hair removal devices to shop now
  1. Braun IPL Silk·expert Pro 5 PL5124. Best for speedy IPL hair removal. ...
  2. Philips Lumea IPL 9000. Best overall for face and body IPL hair removal. ...
  3. Silk'n Infinity 400,000. ...
  4. Sensica Sensilight Pro Permanent Cordless Hair Removal Device. ...
  5. SmoothSkin Pure Hair Removal. ...
  6. Jovs Venus Pro.
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Which is safer IPL or laser? ›

If you've been looking at treatment options for permanent hair removal then you have probably come across both laser hair removal and IPL and are wondering what the difference is. In short, laser hair removal is safer, more effective, and the only way hair removal should ever be performed.

Can you use IPL on pubic hair? ›

Yes, IPL is safe to use on the pubic areas like the bikini line, but it isn't recommended for the genital area, where the skin may be darker and the hair density is higher, absorbing more light energy and perhaps causing discomfort.

Is Philips a trusted brand? ›

Philips (91% rating)

Although cannot be sold in sets yet in the US, Philips remains to be a top TV brand. When it comes to sound quality, it is comparable to Sony with its built-in Bowers and Wilkins speakers.


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