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CurrentBody Skin Laser hair removal device unboxing

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by | May 13, 2024

Right now, I'm testing the CurrentBody Skin Laser hair remover. So, my full review isn't quite ready. However, you can learn more about the diode laser technology, my first impressions during unboxing, and how and when to use in the article below. It won't be long until I'm ready to share my in depth feedback on how easy it is to use, how it feels, and what I think the pros and cons are.

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CurrentBody Skin Laser hair removal device reviewed by Wearebodybeautiful

What is it?

This is a mains-powered infrared Diode laser hair removal device from CurrentBody launched in November 2023. It has a large spot size of 3cm2 which sends powerful light energy at a single 810nm wavelength into your skin. There, it damages and disables your hair follicles, slowing and then stopping your hair regrowth. Learn more about how home laser hair removal works.

CurrentBody lasers technology is an infrared 810 nanometer wavelength diode laser. The pulses are invisible to the human eye. You get 6 intensity levels ranging from 2 to 7 J/cm2. This laser is unique because it has a large spot size, which means quick treatments. The laser has clinically proven results, and it’s FDA cleared for permanent hair reduction. It has unlimited flashes and a 2-year warranty.
The CurrentBody Skin Laser credentials

CurrentBody says their laser device is superior to at-home IPL devices because of the inherent characteristics of laser vs IPL. They say lasers are better because they penetrate deeper with direct and concentrated light, whereas IPL light energy is diffuse, and so it’s less effective. 

However, they don’t give any comparison studies of their laser vs. IPL devices to show this makes a significant difference. Plus, scientific studies of professional laser vs IPL (at comparative intensities) prove inconclusive results too. So, it’s difficult to confirm this claim. Learn more on how laser and IPL compare here.

However, we can compare the optical power of this diode laser versus rival IPL devices. 
The CurrentBody Skin Laser has a maximum energy intensity output of 7 J/cm2 compared to the most powerful IPL device with 6.5 J/cm2. So, based on the hair-zapping energy sent to your follicles, there’s not much in it at all.

The only laser hair removal device available outside a clinic?

CurrentBody says this is the only at-home hair removal laser. But there is another called the Tria 4X diode laser.

First impressions

The laser comes in the distinctive sturdy and sophisticated cardboard box synonymous with the CurrentBody Skin brand. Smooth white paper precisely wraps the box with neat black and silver typography. It features a simple, angular line graphic depicting the laser technology. This time, it’s a powerful laser pulse.

Levels of strong white moulded foam secure the kit inside. It’s all colour coordinated and precisely positioned. It looks and feels quality and expensive. There’s not much plastic, and the cardboard box is recyclable, however the white foam is not. Keep the box to store the device and cables safely between uses. It fits in a deep drawer, under your bed or in a cupboard.

I love the instantly recognisable white, robust, precisely wrapped and elegantly branded boxes from CurrentBody Skin. The packaging is minimal, smooth, clean and professional, featuring a silver laser pulse line graphic and black text.
The front of the sturdy laser box
On the back of the box is a brief paragraph explaining the hair reduction results you can get with the CurrentBody Skin laser. It’s printed in English, French, Italian and German. There’s also a colour chart showing the safe skin tones and effective hair colours, the key features and benefits and the UKCA and CE manufacturing standards marks.
The concise info on the back of the box
Lift of the lid and on top you’ll see the quick start leaflet and smaller user guide booklet.
Remove the lid…
Under the guide is the laser device laying on its side, secured in a sturdy white moulded foam bed. Use the semicircle grips on opposite edges to lift out the foam and device.
Here’s the laser…
Under the laser, at the bottom of the box in white foam cut out rectangles are the white power pack, long coiled cable, and mains cable and plug. 
And underneath the power cables and mains plug.
IN THE CURRENTBODY SKIN LASER KIT is the CurrentBody Skin laser device, power pack & cable, mains cable & plug, user guide booklet, quick start leaflet.
The contents of the laser kit

In the CurrentBody Skin Laser device kit:

  • CurrentBody Skin laser device
  • Mains cable (with UK plug)
  • User guide booklet
  • Quick start leaflet

Next the quality, design and features of the laser kit…

Quality & design

The first thing I notice about this laser is the very chunky, angular shape. The body is a uniform width, with the handle connected at harsh right angles. If you’re a fan of Chris Hemsworth (which I am), you may see a resemblance to Thor’s hammer. Or a large 90s travel hair dryer with nozzle attached (if Chris isn’t your cup of tea).

This boxy shape doesn’t scream ‘ergonomics’ like Philips or Braun does, but the styling I rather like. 

Laying on one side, you can see the angular shape of the laser with the long handle connected to the body at a right angle. I like the air vent patterns, the laser pulse line graphic on the handle, and shimmery cream body. And the contrasting reflective dark metallic trim around the aperture and vents on the back.
Chunky & retro

The laser is a smooth, off-white colour with a subtle shimmer, and contrasting dark reflective metallic accents. The cooling air vents create pretty and interesting patterns. And I like the repeated black line graphic laser pulse on the handle too. This care and attention to the styling elevates the rather boring silhouette, creating an overall retro feel.

Here’s a little welcome tour of the CurrentBody Skin Laser in photo format!

The laser has a very angular shape with the straight handle connected to the cylindrical body at a right angle. Both handle and body are smooth and rounded. The handle has a diameter of 3.7cm and is 12cm long, whereas the body has a larger diameter at 6.5cm and is 15.5cm long. The gun metal effect laser aperture is at one end with the power cable power inlet on the base of the handle. There’s no flash button because the device auto flashes when unlocked and against your skin. It’s weighty at 490 grams.
The dimensions of the laser
Because it’s a laser, there’s an appropriate Class C1 laser warning label on the body where you can clearly see it. As such, don’t look directly into the laser!
The laser safety labels
There’s just one button at the top of the handle to power on/off and control the laser with your thumb or finger. Above that, on the end of the body metallic rim, is a line of six small round intensity indicators which light up white. There’s a pretty hexagonal pattern of cooling air vents on this side too. At the bottom of the handle, there’s some manufacturing and model information in tiny print.
Controls and pretty vent patterns
The laser’s nozzle tapers to a vertical flat surface of 2cm wide and 4cm high. There’s a border of 0.5cm around the glass covered aperture. This is the cooling tip which stops your skin feeling too hot. The laser aperture (or opening) is 1cm by 3cm and you can see down to the workings below. Set at an angle and to one side of this flat treatment surface is the small rectangular skin sensor which senses your skin contact and controls the automatic flashes.
The business end of the laser…
The power cable comes in 2 parts. First, the 145cm long flexible and robust cable with the heavy power pack at the end connects to the laser. Then a shorter 90cm mains cable attaches to the power pack and plugs into the mains. It comes with a country specific plug.
Connect the cables up, then to the mains…
I like the velcro cable ties attached to the cable to keep everything neat in the box.
Nice touch tidy ties!
The long power cable fits securely at the bottom of the handle.
Connect the laser to the power cable…
When powered on, the laser aperture shines blue. You get unlimited laser pulses too.
Powered on…
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TIP: Because there are several heavy bits in this kit, it’s best to keep the original box with foam inserts to store it all together!

Before you start

Read the user manual and do a skin sensitivity test.

Read the full user guide before your first session. You can use the quick start guide as a refresher for your subsequent sessions.
Read the full user guide and use the quick start guide as a reminder

You can read the user manual in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. It’s a quick and easy read which covers the laser device overview, safety info, suitability colour charts, warnings, how to use, patch test instructions, treatment schedule, maintenance, warranty, troubleshooting and tech specs.

Pay close attention to the warnings which list reasons and body areas you should not use the laser devices. There are several reasons you could be unsuitable to use home IPL. These include being pregnant, having epilepsy or diabetes, taking photosensitising medications, having skin conditions, tattoos or after skin peels. You can check the full list before you buy at currentbody.com or learn more about home IPL contraindications here

You must also complete a skin sensitivity patch test. 

To do this, shave your treatment area. Turn on the laser and complete the skin tone check. Then, starting at level 1, zap a section of skin. Increase to level 2 and repeat on an adjacent section. Continue until the zaps become uncomfortable or you’ve zapped all levels up to intensity 6. Wait one hour and if there’s no skin reaction, you can complete zapping the treatment area at your preferred intensity level.

How to use it

Don’t forget to read the user manual and do a skin sensitivity test first!

A razor to shave your hairy areas before laser and IPL hair removal.

First, shave your treatment area, dry it and don’t apply any lotions, creams or deodorants. You can shave, then immediately follow with your session. Or ensure you do your treatment within 4 hours of shaving.

Find a comfy and private spot. You may need an extension cable if you can’t work close to a power outlet. A full-length mirror is helpful too for your face, underarms, and backs of legs.

First, press and hold the power button to turn on the laser. You’ll hear a beep and the laser aperture glows blue. The first intensity light glows white. It’s in standby mode.
First, power on the laser.
Second, place the laser aperture on your treatment area to test your skin tone. You’ll hear a beep and see a white light if your skin tone is safe. If it’s too dark, the light stays blue, there’s no beep from the laser and you can’t unlock it.
Second, test your skin tone.
Next, select your intensity level by pressing the power button to cycle through the 6 levels, low to high. Your selected level glows white. Quickly double-press the power button to unlock the laser when you’re ready to start your session.
Choose your intensity and unlock the laser to start.
Now you’re ready to cover your skin in laser zaps! Place the aperture against your skin on the first spot. Wait for the light to turn pink and a beep. That’s the laser pulse. The laser zaps continuously, which means there's no button to press.
Start zappin’.
After each beep, the light turns blue again. Move the laser aperture 1cm to the adjacent spot and repeat. You can work in up and down strips to cover your legs. CurrentBody says to use a stamping motion, but it also works if you glide along your skin. Continue until you’ve zapped all the skin in your treatment area.
Zapping time!

The laser goes into standby mode if not zapped in 10 seconds. Double press the power button to unlock it again and continue. Long press the power button to turn off the laser. It turns itself off after 5 minutes of inactivity.

When to use it

Home laser and IPL devices demand effort and commitment. There’s a start-up routine to get you to smooth, and give your longest lasting results.

Follow this treatment schedule with your CurrentBody Skin laser: during weeks 1 to 3, do 3 sessions per week. During weeks 4 to 12, do one session weekly. After this, use it once per month until you are happy with your results.
Follow the treatment schedule

The start-up schedule is more frequent than most rival IPL devices. You do 3 sessions per week for the first 3 weeks. Then, once per week during weeks 4 to 12. After 12 weeks, use it once weekly until you reach your desired results. 

After this, zap any new hairs as you see them.

Coming soon…

I’m still testing the CurrentBody Skin Laser. Once I’m done, I’ll update this review with sections on what’s it like and how easy it is to use, what it feels like, my results, the negatives, and a summary round-up of my testing scores and the pros and cons.

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Laura Gladman
I'm a bit obsessed with at-home beauty devices. It's a habit I've had for around 9 years now. I love the science, testing and reviewing them, and sharing my experience and feedback on my site Wearebodybeautiful.com. I'm also a crazy dog lady, and I don't care.

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