This clever machine uses Radio Frequency waves to make gentle IPL flashes more effective. This means it’s safe for ALL skin tones, including the very darkest black. And, when combined with epilating, it’s the only home device clinically proven to work on fair hair too! It’s one of the gentlest on your skin for fairly fast sessions. But there’s more to learn in the full review about speed of results on dark skin and fair hair.
For dark & black skin, & fair hair too
The Iluminage Touch is safe for ALL skin tones because it uses much gentler IPL than other devices, and combines it with Radio Frequency current. The Radio Frequency travels through your skin down to the hair root creating gentle resistance and so heat. This gives the IPL flashes easier passage through our skin by following the path of the RF. Therefore, it can use much gentler (but still effective) IPL, that’s safe for dark and black skin too. Learn more about this FDA-cleared technology here.
Your hair growth slows after each session until it’s greatly reduced. Eventually it stops growing altogether and periodic use keeps your skin silky smooth. Learn more about how home IPL works here.
The flashes last around 5 years of monthly whole-body sessions. That’s long enough to get you smooth and stay so for many years. Very good value.
Simple to use with a lightweight corded applicator. Flashes with skin contact, no button to press. Very comfortable to use, average speed sessions and gentle on the skin. Use with the epilator for fair hair removal.
Medium & gentle power IPL. Seven weekly sessions for smooth skin, then top-ups every month or so to stay that way. But it takes longer on dark skin and fair hair!
- Small, robust & easy to use
- Lightweight applicator flashes on skin contact
- Low intensity for dark skin gives fastest sessions
- Clinically proven on all skin tones including the darkest black
- Clinically proven to work on fair hair (blonde & red)
- FDA-cleared & CE certification
- It’s expensive at full RRP
- No money back guarantee
- Slow & time consuming sessions vs rivals
- Longer than advertised results for dark skin & fair hair users
In this Iluminage Touch review:
Quality & lamp lifetime
The Touch has a decent lamp lifetime giving around 5 years of monthly whole-body sessions. It’s enough to get you smooth and keep you that way for many years. But, depending on how frequently you need top-up sessions, you may eventually run out of flashes. Thankfully, you can buy replacement cartridges.
The mains-powered base unit and corded applicator is now a slightly out-dated design. But despite that, the materials feel quality, the build is sturdy and the applicator cord is flexible and robust. It feels durable and long-lasting. You get a good 2-year warranty for peace of mind too.
Design & speed
The device is easy to operate with simple controls and three intensity levels. The advantage of the applicator is it’s small, lightweight, and familiar, just like an electric shaver. Therefore, it’s very comfortable to hold and intuitive to position around your body.
And it’s even easier than other rivals because there’s no flash button to press. It flashes automatically when the two RF contact bars are against your skin. So, you’ll feel no strain as you zap away! It also means you can’t accidentally flash anywhere near your eyes. Simply stamp the applicator against your skin for single, precise flashes.
There’s no faff with skin tone sensors either because it’s safe for all skin tones. But, be sure to start on LOW and work up the levels only if it’s comfortable.
The Touch flashes every 0.9 to 1.9 seconds. It’s fastest on LOW level. You must cover your skin in flashes 2 or 3 times. Iluminage suggest it takes around 10 minutes per full leg. We find it closer to 15 minutes on the lowest level. It therefore takes even longer on the higher intensity levels.
The Iluminage Touch is the only home device clinically proven to work if you epilate or wax first. However, Iluminage recommend this specifically for fair hair users (blonde, red and grey/white). It’s to help the IPL work. The IPL energy targets the small blood droplets left behind in the follicle after it’s pulled out.
TIP: You should shave dark hair before using the Touch for faster and longer lasting results.
The epilator attachment sits in front of the flash window so you can do both at once. Hair thickness and density determines if this is a sensible approach for you. If not, you can wax or epilate first, then zap with the Touch.
Treat weekly for seven sessions to get smooth. Then switch to monthly top-ups.
On darker skin using the low intensity level you may need a few more sessions and slightly more frequent top-up sessions for smooth, fuzz-free skin.
For fair hair, be prepared you may need over double the recommended sessions. So, around 14+ weekly sessions. That’s because, to be effective, the IPL relies on just a micro dot of blood in the follicle. Therefore, hairs may need to be waxed/epilated and zapped several times to be effective. Also, your reduction in growth rate and hair thickness is not as obvious as it is on shaved hairs. Therefore, it may seem like it’s not working. Be prepared for the extra commitment!
There are rather a few negatives to consider with the Iluminage Touch. Here goes…
First, unlike other IPL devices you must cover your skin with multiple flashes. And passing over each area 2 or 3 times is more time consuming. You won’t notice it so much on small areas like face, bikini line and underarms, but you’ll really feel it on legs. Especially on the high intensity levels. Therefore, the Touch is a lot of time and effort for whole body or legs sessions. Try the Silk’n Infinity for much faster sessions. It’s safe for dark and black skin too.
Second, you may need slightly more than seven sessions and/or more frequent top-ups on dark skin when using the low intensity. It’s the same with the Silk’n Infinity device which also works on dark and black skin. And, on fair hair you’ll need several more sessions than advertised. So, be prepared for significant weekly commitment and effort. Unfortunately, there are no clinically proven alternatives to try for fair hair.
And finally, there’s no money back guarantee and the Touch is pricey. It’s expensive because it’s a premium device that’s FDA-cleared for both dark skin and fair hair. But if the price tag still makes your nose bleed, try the Silk’n Infinity instead. It’s a cheaper alternative for darker skin and gives faster zapping sessions too.
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