I hate shaving – the chore, the stubble, the cost. I like the results of waxing but can’t abide waiting for regrowth and the hairiness in between.
I’ve wanted to try IPL since it has been available in salons but it’s too expensive for me, so I was really excited when I found this one that I can use at home. It isn’t ‘cheap’, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable using this type of product if it was too cheap – Braun is a brand I trust and I know that their products are well substantiated and safe, so I felt comfortable with the initial outlay and I’ve been really pleased that I got one.
I was so excited when it arrived! The packaging is attractive and there’s lots of useful information on the box exterior. It felt quite heavy which was reassuring and it felt like I’d got a high quality product on my hands. I couldn’t wait to get it open – I read all the instructions which were very clear and informative, it’s really easy to use and not complicated as I had feared it might be.
I did the patch test as instructed, it was very simple. It wasn’t at all painful, just a bit of a strange sensation at each flash but it didn’t last. My skin didn’t feel any different afterwards and didn’t go red or anything. I waited the 48 hours, my skin was absolutely fine.
The machine itself is streamlined and aesthetically pleasing, it fits well in the hand and with only two buttons you can’t go wrong – no complicated settings or things to change as it’s so intelligent it does it all for you. There’s no guesswork involved which is great.
Having charged the enclosed Silk-Epil exfoliator (which only took an hour or so), I went off to have a bath and start preparations for treatment. The exfoliator is also ergonomic and easy to use – I used it in the bath with my favourite body scrub and did my whole body, the battery was ample and did not run out and it felt great. My whole body felt invigorated and ‘polished’ – I felt amazing! So pampered, it was a very indulgent experience. I shaved the areas I wanted to treat and dried off.
I plugged in the IPL machine and made myself comfortable, I was watching TV whilst I did it and the lead was plenty long enough not to restrict me. I waited until the kids were in bed so I could concentrate and relax! Using both the ‘glide’ function and the single flash for more difficult areas was easy. I treated my legs (whole), underarms and bikini line. It was a pleasant experience – I actually quite enjoy the sensation and got used to it really quickly. It was more sensitive at the bikini line but not uncomfortable. It probably took me around half an hour to do my legs and 15 minutes to do my underarms and bikini line. The machine isn’t too heavy and I was very pleased with the whole experience. I didn’t experience any change in my skin after treating. It’s lovely to have a bit of luxury at home and the prospect of a hair-free summer is very exciting!
The app which is available to accompany the product is well designed and easy to use and navigate. The ability to track my treatments and receive reminders is a great help, I have also imported the information to the calendar on my phone. You can choose which individual area to treat on which date and start the process for each when it suits you – for example I want to treat my upper lip but haven’t got around to that yet. There are also useful videos which are well executed.
I’m storing both the IPL machine and the exfoliator in their boxes which is fine, it doesn’t take up much space, but if Braun were to bring out a storage case I’d jump at the chance to buy one so I could travel with it if I needed to.
Overall I’m really pleased with the product and am looking forward to my treatment next week. I’d fully recommend it to anybody looking for permanent hair removal and a bit of pampering. All my friends are very jealous!