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What is the Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 and What’s an IPL Device?
An IPL device is a ‘hair reduction device’. They don’t call it a ‘permanent hair removal device’ because the hair will come back eventually.
The Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 removes the hair for up to 6 months, which basically means you can be hair-free for the summer without even thinking about booking waxing appointments or having to shave.
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and it blasts the hair follicles with heat and light to prevent the hair regrowing.
You hold the device against your skin, press the button and it delivers a flash of bright, hot light to the root of the hair. This puts the hair follicle into a ‘resting phase’ so it won’t grow back for up to six months.
Does the Braun Silk Expert IPL Hurt?
A question you may ask.
You can barely feel it on your legs or bikini line but there may be a slight sensation on your underarms. I wouldn’t say it’s painful, just slightly uncomfortable for a fraction of a second. But if you’re used to waxing, this is nothing!
How to Use the Braun Silk Expert Pro 5?
The IPL tackles the hair follicles so you’ll need to wax or shave before each treatment.
You use it once a week for 12 weeks and then you should be hair-free. After that you may need to occasionally shave and use the device every month or two to keep on top of it.
Add it to your weekly beauty regime and after shaving you slowly run the device across your skin.
You turn it on and press the feather button either once, twice or three times. There are lights to show which setting you are on. One light is the lightest setting and three lights is the strongest setting. I went in at number three and always use that setting but if you have particularly sensitive skin then you may wish to start on a light setting.
There are two ways you can use it:
- Continuously run it across your skin (almost like a razor) while holding down the button so it continuously zaps you
- Press the button each time you want a zap
There are two heads you can use – a large and a small – so it’s just as easy to do small areas as large.
What is Braun’s SensoAdapt Technology?
The SensoAdapt technology continuously reads and adapts its intensity to your skin tone, which is very handy if you have tanned areas that may be a little more sensitive or inflamed, as it’ll use a gentler and shorter pulse of light. This technology also makes the Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 IPL the safest IPL device on the market and ensures the treatment is fairly painless since you’ll only feel a quick, warm sensation with every flash.
What Areas Can You Use an IPL device?
You can use the Braun IPL all over – legs, underarms, arms, bikini line and face. Men and women can use it in exactly the same way. You can’t use it close to your eyes so you couldn’t use it near your eyebrows.
Who Can Use It?
IPL devices aren’t suitable for every skin tone. They work best for people with light skin and dark hair. It’s something to do with the contrast between hair colour and skin colour. If there isn’t much of a contrast then the device won’t be able to pick up the hair follicle. It doesn’t work on black skin tones or if you have white skin and very fair/grey/red hair.
IPL vs Laser Hair Removal
In essence, laser hair removal should be permanent but IPL won’t last forever. Also, laser hair removal destroys the hair follicle but IPL puts the follicle into a dormant state. Due to that, laser hair removal is more expensive and needs to be done by a professional. IPL devices on the other hand, are much more affordable and can be done at home.
It works. Though there isn’t any guarantee how long the effect will last, it 100% works on legs, underarms and bikini line and it’s amazing.
It’s not like laser hair removal where you can, theoretically, have it done and never think about hair ever again. You do still need to keep on top of it but you won’t need to do it anywhere near as frequently as shaving or waxing.
Available on Amazon for $349.80 (as of 12th March 2023), try it out for yourself today!