Best IPL hair removal devices 2021 top 5 at-home hair removal machines
Best IPL hair removal devices 2021: top 5 at-home hair removal machines

If you’re tired of dealing with the unwanted body and leg hair, you’re probably intrigued by the idea of little at-home devices that promise to get rid of your hair from the comfort of your own bathroom.

Are they too good to be true? One of the most advanced and high-tech methods is IPL (which stands for “intense pulsed light”) and these handheld machines claim to permanently reduce fuzz by stunting the hair cycle and preventing regrowth.

The devices themselves aren’t cheap – with the most affordable one, our list still carrying a price tag over £200 – but buying one should mean you don’t have to make regular trips to the salon anymore, saving you a fortune in the long run.

We put a range of the best IPL hair removal devices to the test to find out how well they work.

What is an IPL device?

IPL is a broad-spectrum light that’s scattered across the skin to help with permanent hair reduction. It directs light at the melanin (the pigment that gives the skin/hair its colour) in the hair follicle, damaging the root and helping to break the cycle of regrowth.

Don’t expect instant results, but with regular use, it can help prevent unwanted hair from reaching the skin surface. Energy, frequency, skin and hair colour are all determining factors in the efficacy of the treatment.

Most of the best IPL hair removal devices are suitable for the body and face. They work by gliding or stamping the device over skin, emitting light as they go.

Gliding is convenient for larger surface areas of the body (such as your legs). Stamping (pressing onto the area) is better for smaller areas where you need to be more precise.

IPL devices can be costly, often setting you back at least £200 and sometimes as much as £500, but if you’re always making trips to the salon and are after a more permanent solution, then IPL might be a more cost-effective method.

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