Pulsed Light Epilator Review

Best Pulsed Light Epilator Review: Buyers Guide 2021

Thanks to IPL technology, ie “intense pulsed light”, you can now remove unwanted hair in a sustainable way with real results in a few weeks at home safely and without pain.

Before, you had to go through an institute because the necessary equipment was too expensive, but today, many reputable brands have put on the market pulsed light epilators to use at home without danger with a quality / price ratio. particularly interesting.

Thanks to my comparison, you will then be able to make considerable savings from a few months of use when you know the price of a simple hair removal session in an institute …

What is the best pulsed light epilator in 2021?

Before examining in detail the 3 best models, here is without further delay the complete pulsed light epilator comparison updated every month bringing together my 10 favorite models, starting with the quality / price – high-end – entry-level podium.

Closed parenthesis, let’s get to the essentials, and discover directly my top 3 IPL epilators! For all the details, go further down the page. If you are in a hurry, you will find the essentials in the tables below 😉

I literally spent weeks sifting through dozens of models from all of the brands available and applying strict criteria. I first eliminated the pulsed light epilators that are not approved by health authorities or highly rated by dermatologists. The other models are not necessarily ineffective, but due to the risk of skin depigmentation, I have chosen to select safe products out of excess of caution.

Next, I researched in-depth consumer complaints and eliminated those that seem to have questionable effectiveness or at least a high level of dissatisfaction (including ease of use). Finally, a pulsed light device must be equipped with a contact detector that prevents the flash from triggering if the device is not in perfect contact with the skin for a question again of safety.

What to know before buying a pulsed light epilator?

First of all, if you read an article or advertisement that states that a pulsed light epilator works on any type of skin or hair, beware. It is true that this method of hair removal has made enormous progress since the 1990s. It was indeed impossible at the time for women with naturally dark skin such as of African, Latin American or Asian origin. ‘use this technology. Today, we will see later in the comparison that some models are now suitable for skin other than white, except for black skin unfortunately.

This is not discrimination, but simply how this technology works, which favors fair skin with dark hair. The epilator will actually “absorb” the melanin in the hair follicles and cannot tell the difference with very dark skin, which could be dangerous. That said, advancements in technology have made it possible for this method to work on a wide range of skin tones now.

Another important factor is the color of your hair. The light emitted by the device is in fact attracted to pigmented hair follicles having a high concentration of melanin. It is therefore the women with the darkest hairs who will achieve the best levels of effectiveness and success from the procedure. The result will be less for people with red, blonde or gray hair. To summarize :

  • If you have fair skin and dark blond, brown or black hair, you are the perfect candidate for a pulsed light epilator!
  • If you have slightly dark skin, you will need to take a quality epilator and do a few more sessions to achieve the same result.
  • If you have dark or dark skin, it is advisable to use another method

One tip for checking the effectiveness of such a model on your skin is to read customer reviews, rather than brand advertisements. That said, all of the products reviewed below have built-in sensors that will be helpful in determining if your skin is suitable for the procedure. To be absolutely certain, consult your dermatologist first before using any particular machine.

Top 3 Best Pulsed light epilators Reviews:

Following this skimming, here are my 3 favorite mid-range models: if durability, efficiency, safety and value for money are paramount to you, I highly recommend the following pulsed light epilators!

1. Remington – I-Light Prestige – IPL6750 (body, face and bikini line)


The treatment window is very wide, making the device ideal for treating large areas such as the legs or back.

You don’t have to charge the device every time – it can be used for extended periods of time. Users reported using it for more than 2 hours per session without a problem.

IPL technology is generally less intense than laser technology, but Remington has improved the original iLight Pro with this version which significantly increases its efficiency.

Unlike cartridge systems that only offer around 50,000 to 100,000 flashes per cartridge (the older model actually uses a quartz bulb of up to 65,000 flashes), Remington has equipped this device with a guaranteed unlimited bulb. which means that no replacement will be necessary for this pulsed light epilator without recharging !


The I-Light Prestige is powered by a mains lead and is therefore slightly less manoeuvrable than other wireless models, however this is not necessarily a bad thing if you want to perform long sessions without running out of battery. …

 Customer reviews 

Most users have seen effective results with this system, although some have noted that they need more time than in beauty salon laser sessions. That said, there are considerably fewer complaints of pain or discomfort than with the laser treatment used by professionals.

Please note that Remington customer service is extremely responsive and customers are able to get their concerns answered after a quick phone call to the company.

 Cost and maintenance 

The cost of this machine is around 300 €. Even with very intense use, for example 2 full body sessions per month, you can last with the same bulb for a whole year (a replacement bulb costs around € 50). There is also a version that is a little cheaper but not compatible for use on the face.


2. Philips – SC2009 / 00 – Lumea Prestige (body, face and bikini line)


The results of hair removal are long-lasting: there is an average reduction of 70% in the number of hairs after the second treatment only. Note also that three treatments are sufficient to see a stable decrease in the number of hairs during the first 6 months.

Does not require replacing the lamp after a certain number of uses unlike other machines. No gel is needed.
Several intensity levels are available for sensitive areas.

Unlike its predecessor, it is suitable for use for the jersey thanks to a 2cm² tip specially designed for this area. If you don’t want to use it, we recommend the Lumea Precision Plus SC2006 / 12 which costs fifty euros less to save money!


There is no cartridge replacement that can be purchased to extend its life after that and some consumers prefer a device whose life can be extended indefinitely. However, to put it in perspective, other models that come with cartridge replacement typically only last 1,500 flashes per bulb.

If you do the math, at an average of $ 50 per replacement cartridge, it would be much more expensive to buy replacement cartridges to get the 100,000 or so flashes of this epilator over its lifetime! To be more specific, it is estimated that you need 1,500 flashes for a full session. This translates to a lifespan of no less than 3 years if you do two sessions per month, and much longer if you only treat certain parts of your body (for example if you only epilate your legs, this device could last you. five years).

 Customer reviews 

Most of the users who have followed the recommended treatment program have found this device effective and many see results after the first session. The main complaints from customers for this product is the somewhat small nozzle which results in longer processing times for large surfaces such as the legs and back.

 Cost and maintenance 

On online stores, it sells for anywhere around $ 400. This is a good deal because as a reminder this epilator does not require replaceable lamps which means it costs next to nothing for long term maintenance!


3. Braun – Silk-expert BD 5009 (body, face and bikini line)


This painless epilator is designed to cover a significantly large area of ​​treatment. It is one of the fastest devices: for hair removal at home, you only need less than ¼ hour to treat the entire length of the leg, for example.

Users who match the manufacturer’s recommended user profile (light skin tone and dark hair) consistently report stunning results. After less than a year of use, many report a reduction in hair count to around 80%, especially for those looking to get rid of hair on the upper legs and around the bikini line.

The cordless design is ultra-portable with an ideal mouthpiece for treating delicate areas like around the lips and armpits.

It is an upgraded version of the Gillette Venus Naked Skin model which was for a time one of the best epilators but required a special gel which made the treatment a little tedious. You also had to buy a replacement bulb after using it as it was a pulsed light epilator with a recharge of around 50,000 flashes. Counting 2,000 flashes for a full body treatment, this means that one ampoule had to be replaced every 25 full body treatments. Thanks to this new generation epilator, it is much simpler, it is an investment only when purchasing the device!


Some users criticize it for making too much noise …

Customer reviews

This epilator is well-liked by users and dermatological experts as an ideal system for removing hair at home. It is particularly considered to be effective in getting rid of facial and underarm hair. What’s more, the product apparently works well for skin of different ethnicities, and both men and women have mostly said that they are very happy with how the system has produced noticeable results.

Cost and maintenance

The cost of this Braun epilator ranges from 300 to 500 € on the different online stores that sell the product. For this price, you will be entitled to a very practical storage case. The longevity is aided by the fact that it was designed to cover a larger area of ​​skin than other models and therefore each treatment uses much less electricity.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What do the initials “IPL” mean?

Pulsed light hair removal, or Intense Pulsed Light in English, is a technology that converts a flash of light into thermal energy very similar to that of laser hair removal. Concretely, the energy of light will selectively target melanin in order to deactivate the mechanism of hair growth. The treatments consist of a lamp held against your skin which projects flashes at the epicenter of the hairs. The devices have been clinically tested in collaboration with dermatologists for over 15 years and are now available for individuals to use in their own homes. Featured high-end models now promise similar results to professional devices.

What is the difference between pulsed light hair removal and laser hair removal?

Lasers have been used in surgery for years. IPL is an adaptation of the laser, more suited to the beauty industry. There is, however, a difference in the underlying technology and the way these devices work. The biggest difference between laser hair removal and pulsed light hair removal is how the device will work during treatment coverage. Due to narrow targeting of laser beam, it covers only small area while pulsed light targets broad area that’s why its treatment is quick.

In fact, the laser produces light of a precise wavelength for a very specific target. The light emitted by the IPL is composed of a spectrum of different wavelengths, which allows photo-absorption (absorption of light) for different targets. In other words, using pulsed light is like applying a bunch of small lasers in one treatment. Note that laser hair removal in general does not work for everyone. Scientists don’t yet fully understand why this one works so well for some people and not for others. To date, there are no conclusive studies that have shown with certainty that any of the technologies is better or more efficient.

Who is this technology intended for?

Pulsed light epilators are designed for women and men who want the benefits of professional hair removal at home without the hassles. In some cases, such as the chest and torso area on men, the hairs are stronger and more sessions will be required. However, in terms of safety and effectiveness, home lasers can be used worry-free by both men and women. On the other hand, it is necessary to be major, the use is not recommended before 15 years, and the authorization of a parent is necessary for a teenager.

But be careful, if your skin is too dark, light cannot distinguish the skin from the hairs. Therefore, only individuals with sufficiently light colored skin should use the device (see image at the top of the comparison). Likewise, epilators work best on black, dark brown hair, less effectively on blonde and red hair, and not at all on gray or white hair.

If your skin is too dark or tanned for treatment, do not use pulsed light epilator. If you have been exposed to the sun since the last time you used your epilator, the skin may be too tanned for further treatment. You may need to wait for the tan to subside before continuing to use the device. Note that the high-end models have a sensor to determine if the skin in the treatment area is too dark to treat. Intense pulsed light should not be used on areas where you have sunburn.

What results can I expect?

Individual results may vary. However, we note during clinical tests and reading customer reviews that on average participants very often have half as much hair from the third treatment. With additional treatments, the results will generally be much more noticeable in the long term and the hair regrowth will diminish considerably. Its results are permanent and you are not supposed to use on the place where you want to grow back your hair.

What parts of the body can I use a pulsed light epilator on?

It is designed for use on body hair below the neck namely: legs, armpits, bikini line, chest, stomach, arms, etc. Some models now offer use on the face, upper lip, ears or neck. The use of light-based devices is initially intended for hair all parts of the body but not recommended above the neck. This is because facial hair has a higher density and follicle depth and requires a specially calibrated device.

Now, facial treatment is possible with a high-end pulsed light epilator suitable for this use which has a smaller window or an adapter specially designed for the face. But no matter the model, never use it on tattoos, freckles and other moles (ask your dermatologist for advice).

When to replace the disposable cartridge?

Some models work with cartridges that last a certain number of flashes. When a disposable cartridge has reached 90% of its possible life, a cartridge status indicator will turn yellow (for Remington brand models for example) indicating that the disposable cartridge will need to be replaced soon. If you want to continue the hair removal session, you have to replace the disposable cartridge.

Is the treatment painful?

There is some level of discomfort during treatment, but users describe the feeling of treatment as tolerable at worst. Some people describe the feeling of a slight burn a bit like a rubber band being knocked against the skin repeatedly. Many models offer a setting with several levels of intensity for people with hypersensitivity to pain, often from 1 to 5. However, the devices used by professionals are much more powerful and therefore potentially more painful. Immediately after the treatment, you may feel mild heat for a few minutes, but eventually it will wear off and you will not feel anything at all.

Should you shave between treatments?

Yes, you can shave the treatment area between treatments, however for best results we recommend avoiding any form of waxing. This is because cold or hot waxing removes the hair roots and the light energy absorbs the hair less efficiently in the follicle. On the contrary, shaving does not remove the roots, only the hairs from the surface of the skin. Thus, the use of an electric razor does not jeopardize the results of the pulsed light treatment, or even facilitates the application of the device on large areas.

What are the risks associated with pulsed light hair removal?

Like any electronic device, it is important to read and follow the instructions in the manual, including the risks, warnings and contraindications. It is advisable to read the warnings and the “safety precautions” section in particular. That said, pulsed light devices have been used in clinical settings for over 15 years. There have been no reported side effects or damage to the skin from long term use to normal use.

In order to ensure safety, we recommend that you only purchase products that have been approved by health agencies. Today, most models have:

  • a skin sensor that detects the color of the skin. If the application surface is too dark, the intense pulsed light epilator will automatically lock for safe use;
  • a contact sensor which checks that the device is correctly positioned during use. It will not emit light unless the unit is properly pressed against a hard surface to avoid possible eye damage.

Do i need protection for my eyes?

No, when used correctly, but we still recommend protective glasses (around € 30, see the model pictured in my article ). Most models have built-in features of touch sensors that help prevent unwanted flashing when the device is flush with the skin. The emission of light during treatment has resemblance with the light of camera and not harmful while it is directed on face.

How often should I use the epilator?

At first, for each part of the body to be treated, you should use the epilator once every two weeks for three sessions. Repeat the process for each new part of the body to be treated. After that, use the device whenever you start to observe hair regrowth. Manufacturers provide specific guidelines regarding the regularity of treatments. In most cases, you should apply a bi-weekly treatment. Do not treat the same part of the body more often than every two weeks.

How long do the treatments take?

The time will vary depending on the size of the area to be treated and the size of your model’s window. Usually, waxing a full leg should not take more than 15 minutes. Today’s epilators are incredibly easy to use and require no training. Each device comes with easy to follow instructions.

Some devices have been specially designed for smaller treatment areas. The size of the head is much smaller and it allows the patient to achieve precision that would be needed to treat areas such as the bikini area. Other devices have a large head size for whole body hair removal. The time may vary depending on the area of ​​the body being treated. Both full legs can take up to 30 minutes, while two armpits could take less than 10 minutes.

Some models run on an electrical outlet and can be used for as long as needed to complete a full treatment of the desired area for hair removal while other cordless models have a battery with limited battery life depending on the intensity chosen.

It is also important to note that results may vary from person to person. Among the users, there are more or less long results, which vary in particular according to:

  • frequency of hair removal: once or twice a week for the first month is often recommended.
  • the use of special tips or not
  • the contrast between the color of skin and hair

You can also consult this site for more information on pulsed light epilators .

When will I start to see results?

After your initial treatment, it may take a few weeks for the hair in the treated area to start to disappear. Hair can sometimes seem to grow back after the first treatment, but much should start to fall out after two weeks. Hair grows in a cycle of three different phases that can last up to 24 months. Only hairs in the anagen phase (or growth phase) are affected by light treatments, which is why several treatments are necessary for optimal results.

The results are usually visible from the third treatment. Treating same area multiple times may cause irritation of your skin.

Why shouldn’t I use an epilator after recent sun exposure?

Sun exposure causes high levels of melanin to be present and puts the skin at higher risk of burning or blistering after treatment. Try to avoid prolonged unprotected sun exposure on the treated areas as your skin in the treatment area may be more sensitive after treatment.

What are the precautions to take after treatment?

There is no need to suspend normal activity after treatment. However, we recommend that you perform the treatment before going to bed so that any redness will go away in the morning. Most of the time3, there is no reaction and you can participate in your routine activities just after the treatment.

In some cases, the heat from the flashes may cause a slight reddening immediately after treatment, but which should wear off within half an hour. If ever a red color is still visible after 48 hours, it is imperative to contact a dermatologist for advice.

In the hours following an IPL treatment, avoid exposure to the sun, a hot shower or bath, heat treatment (for example sauna), swimming in chlorinated swimming pools or a SPA, deodorant if the armpits have been treated in this way. that perfume, soaps or other lotions scented too strongly.

Can I use the epilator if I am pregnant?

Epilators have not been tested on pregnant women, therefore we do not recommend using them if you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby. Hormonal changes could increase sensitivity and the risk of injury to the skin.

What are the possible side effects ?

A recent study analyzed the side effects experienced by patients who self-administered pulsed light hair removal treatments at home. Based on the results, some people will have redness (erythema) in the treatment area within an hour of a session. In some cases, swelling may occur (edema). Other less common side effects include hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin), and scabbing or blistering.

It is notable that the side effect are temporary and would be end in couple of weeks. The side effects appear especially with the laser in institute because of the lower powers of the domestic devices.

The best pulsed light epilator: conclusion

There are a lot of important factors to keep in mind when it comes to hair removal at home. This site tries to provide as much information as possible for those like me who are keen on removing body hair once and for all. The

different tests and comparison are there to help people make the right decision. If you would like to share your own experiences with one of the permanent hair removal devices mentioned on the site, please leave a comment to share your story in the contact section .

To choose your pulsed light epilator, this comparison should greatly help you. Do not hesitate to browse the various associated tests and other guides, opinions and tips so that you do not regret your next purchase. Good reading !


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