An expert answers your questions

Yuri Arcurs

For those looking for long-lasting, economical, low-maintenance hair removal, look no further. While the world of social media and tech has progressed at breakneck speed (can you imagine someone using “TikTok” as a verb a few years ago?) Home IPL machines just keep getting better and better. also.

This is great news for anyone who wants to stay fuzz-free, as it means the end of long salon dates, replaced by a routine you can do in the comfort of your own home, with your favorite playlist. choice.

Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 IPL is the safest, fastest and most efficient IPL machine available today, giving you permanent visible hair reduction for up to six months². But don’t take our word for it – we spoke with Dermatology Physician Dr Anita Sturnham to answer all of our questions.

What exactly is IPL?

Dr Sturnham: IPL stands for “intense pulsed light,” which emits broad-spectrum, multi-wavelength lights that heat the melanin (pigmentation molecules) in your hair, causing “controlled photothermal disruption” of the hair roots. It basically breaks down the hair follicle in a very gentle way – without damaging the surrounding tissue.

Oops, that sounds intense! Does it hurt?

Dr Sturnham: It’s not painful, but you will feel a warm sensation as you approach more intimate areas such as the bikini line and underarms. The best way to improve your comfort is to make sure that you don’t have any visible hairs in the area, because if you haven’t shaved the area properly, you may be scratching hairs on the surface. Basically, the Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 IPL includes a Venus shaver.

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So how do you use an IPL device?

Dr Sturnham: You can treat both legs with the standard head in about five minutes, so it’s a very low maintenance option. Starting with the legs is a great way to familiarize yourself with the device, as the legs tend to be less sensitive than the armpits or bikini area. As you move towards these areas, it’s good to switch to the smaller precision head for a lot more control – and use a ‘dab’ technique for more focus.

How long before I see the results?

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Dr Sturnham: The best results are seen with fair skin and dark hair, so I’m going to share my own experience: I was doing my legs first and noticed that the hair had shrunk significantly by around 60-70% in four weeks. approximately².

Obviously this is not the same for everyone, so I would recommend that you use the IPL every week for up to 12 weeks (or until you see a significant reduction) and then move on to once a month for the maintenance protocol to make sure you are removing any hair growth.

If I have fair skin and fair hair, can I use IPL?

Dr Sturnham: The greater the contrast, the better the results – for example, dark brown or black hair and fair skin. If you have red, gray, or very blonde hair, you will not be a good candidate for IPL because you need to have melanin in the hair follicle to allow IPL to target it, and fair hair is less than darker. nuances.

What if I have dark skin and dark hair?

Dr Sturnham: If you have olive skin, you might still be a good candidate for IPL, but in general, the darker your skin, the less effective it can be – and the more gentle you should use on the device. If you have black skin, I advise against using this device. Braun devices come with a skin and hair color chart that shows you which combinations will work best for that specific form of hair removal, so it’s important to check this out first.

Can I use IPL on my face?

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Dr Sturnham: You can treat anywhere, from the cheekbones down – the upper lip, chin, and jawline are popular choices – just use the “stamp” action rather than the glide.

What are the advantages of Braun’s IPL technology?

Dr Sturnham: Firstly, Braun Silk Expert Pro 5’s IPL safety mode means that the IPL will only release light energy when it is in direct contact with your skin, which is really important. Plus, its SensoAdapt technology means that when you slide the device against your skin, it reads your skin tone in real time and adjusts the intensity of the IPL energy that is released. It also has different modes so that you can choose to select the strength of the treatment according to the sensitivity of your skin and the sensitivity of the area you are treating.

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Try the Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 IPL for up to six months of visible hair reduction³, available now at

¹ Efficiency based on the combination of window size, speed and energy. Security technology shared with Cyden.

² Tested on lower legs, armpits and bikini area, depending on treatment schedule. Individual results may vary.

³ Tested on lower legs, armpits and bikini area, following treatment schedule. Individual results may vary.

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