Philips Lumea Prestige BRI956 review, BRI953 & BRI950 – it just got serious

Philips Lumea Prestige BRI956 Laura G
Philips Lumea Prestige BRI956


This is it. The new Philips Lumea Prestige has arrived. It's the biggest step forward in home IPL hair removal in ages. It keeps all the good bits from the earlier models such as cordless operation, intuitive gun-shaped design and almost endless flashes. And Philips have found room for some unique additions you won't find on any other device. Overall, I love it because it's the fastest, most precise and comfortable to use with unrivaled design & quality. It just got serious. Read the full tried-and-tested, in-depth expert review to learn all.

Best overall home IPL hair removal

Tria 4X laser hair removal review – most powerful for home-use

Tria 4X laser hair removal Laura G
Tria 4X laser hair removal


The Tria 4X has a great reputation and it's the only FDA-approved and clinically proven laser for safe use at home. The laser is the most powerful you can choose to get your best results for years to come. I recommend it for hair-free results on face and smaller areas with lighter skin tones. But it's not for everyone. There's more you need to know before you choose it. Read this full tried-and-tested, in-depth Tria 4X hair removal laser review to learn more.

Best home hair removal laser for longest lasting results

Smoothskin Muse review – no-faff power, fast & endless flashes

Smoothskin Muse Laura G
Smoothskin Muse


Hello Smoothskin Muse. This is a handsome device with high performance to boot. It's the first high power IPL device to give unlimited flashes. So there's no question you'll get smooth results for decades to come. The goal is fool proof simplicity delivered through advanced technology. And it's spot on. Learn more in this tried-and-tested, in-depth review of the Smoothskin Muse.

Best home IPL for no-faff power, fast & endless flashes

Venus Silk expert/ Braun Silk expert 5 IPL review (5001, 5009, 5008); fast, safe & simple

Braun Silk-Expert IPL Laura G
Braun Silk-Expert IPL


No device is more straightforward and simple to use than the Braun Silk expert 5 IPL. It's great value and I recommend it for full body treatments and for treating large areas. That's because it is fast to apply to your skin and the flashes give many years of use. This Braun IPL review sums up the pros and cons, and all the good and bad bits from the online reviews. Find out how the best alternatives measure up and decide if you should buy the Braun Gillette Venus Silk expert 5 IPL .

Besy Buy for fast and powerful, safe and simple treatments

Smoothskin Bare review; a game-changer?

SmoothskinBare Laura G


Don’t be fooled by the no-frills design and affordable price tag. This device, new in 2016, changes everything. First, it comes with unlimited flashes so you’ll never run out. Second, it’s fast. A full leg takes just 4 minutes! That’s possible because the one low intensity level takes only 0.6 seconds to recharge between flashes. And the low intensity level is gentle too, so it’s safe for darker skin tones. If you thought IPL was too boring and tedious, think again. The Smoothskin Bare makes it easier to commit to regular, fast treatments that keeps your stubble away!

Ultrafast, budget buy - it's a game-changer!

Smoothskin Gold review; sleek, super-safe and foolproof

SmoothSkin Gold Laura G
SmoothSkin Gold


With one of the fastest treatment times out there and a skin tone sensor that checks AND selects the best intensity level for you, the Smoothskin Gold stands proud. It's the super-safe, no-hassle, foolproof option that gets the job done quickly. It's great for treating your full body and large areas like torso and legs, especially if your skin tone varies across by body part. Find out if it's the perfect one for you by reading this full Smoothskin Gold review.

Fast, foolproof, no-fuss treatments

Iluminage Precise Touch review; for dark & black skin and fair hair

Iluminage Precise Touch Laura G
Iluminage Precise Touch


The Iluminage Precise Touch is the little sister of the Iluminage Touch, and it's designed for treating small areas like your underarms, bikini line, forearms, chin, upper lip and sideburns. It's clinically proven and cleared by the FDA as both safe for ALL skin tones (including dark and black) and that it works on fair hair too. It's uses extra-caring and safe technology and it's effortless to use. Learn more in the full Iluminage Precise Touch review.

Best Buy for dark and black skin
Best Buy for fair hair (red, blonde, white)
Best Buy for facial treatments

Iluminage Touch review; safe for dark skin & effective on fair hair

Illuminage Touch Laura G
Illuminage Touch


It's safe to use the Iluminage Touch on dark and black skin tones and it's the only device proven to work on fair hair too. It's incredibly easy to use with fast treatment times on the lower intensity levels, best for dark skin. It's expensive, but great value replacement cartridges are available. So a fine choice for large areas, or full body and face treatments. Keep reading the Iluminage Touch review to learn if it's the best choice for you.

Safe and effective on ALL skin tones and most hair colours

Silk’n Infinity review: safe for all skin tones?

Silk'n Infinity Laura G
Silk'n Infinity


The Silk’n Infinity is the latest from Silk’n. It uses two energies; galvanic current to open the skin’s pores so the second energy, Intense Pulsed light, easily penetrates deep to the hair follicle. And it’s safe for dark and black skin too when used on the lower intensity settings 1 and 2. There’s an advanced skin tone sensor that protects darker tones too. The small, mains-powered unit is basic but does the job, for an attractive price too, usually under £170.

Philips Lumea Advanced review SC1999 and SC1997

Philips Lumea Advanced SC1999 Laura G
Philips Lumea Advanced SC1999


The Philips Lumea Advanced is the mid-range spec, less costly cousin of the very desirable Lumea Prestige models. It has the same 15+ years lamp lifetime and a similar great gun-shaped design. It comes with specialist window attachments and all the expected safety features and treatment modes. It's a good choice for full body treatments (taking 14 mins per full leg). And a great choice for smaller areas like underarms, bikini line, tummy and face, because it's quick to cover these areas and the specialist attachments make it easier and more effective. User reviews love it too.

Great value, great quality. Super choice for smaller body areas