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Last updated: 01 March 2020


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Intense Pulsed light (IPL) devices are powered by flash-lamps. The pulsed light technology works by sending a beam of light to an area on the skin with enough power to disable or destroy the root, but not enough power to harm the surrounding skin. 

In unqualified hands, the use of at-home IPL devices may cause a range of injuries. But if you still want to use one, we've tested and reviewed IPL models from Beurer, Remington, Philips and more.

Our buying guide will tell you what features to look out for and how we test explains our testing rigour.

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Our expert testers conducted testing over a month and a half and we put each IPL through a user trial with 20 women. Our results can tell you which IPLs:

  • perform the best over 45 days
  • are the safest
  • are the easiest to use.
Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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