Hair removal products are now available in a large variety. IPL devices in particular promise a removal of up to six months. The test shows you which models are really suitable for long-term, healthy hair removal.

As temperatures get warmer and clothes get shorter, many people turn to hair removal products. Razor, epilator, wax or cream – body hair can be removed in many different ways. However, the laboriously achieved result is usually short-lived. IPL devices, on the other hand, promise something else: up to six months without hair, razor cuts or painfully expensive laser treatments. In order to reduce unwanted hair growth in the medium term and to gain long-lasting, silky smooth skin, IPL devices are a cheap solution.

The abbreviation IPL stands for “Intense Pulsed Light”, whereby the body hair is to be permanently removed by intensive light pulses. During the growth phase of the hair, a pulse of light is passed painlessly through the skin into the hair root. The pigment melanin contained in the hair is thereby heated to 73 degrees Celsius, the hair root dies and falls out. However, since body hair grows asynchronously, around 60 percent of the hair can be treated at once with IPL removal.

IPL removal can even improve the complexion in the long term. If you want to beautify small scars or light acne, an IPL device is a very effective and inexpensive investment.

The IPL device achieves the best results on people with light skin and dark body hair. Since the light method needs both the melatonin and the contrast of the skin to the hair for a satisfactory result, the IPL method is not suitable for people with lighter or reddish hair and rather darker skin. However, even with dark body hair, you must plan enough time for painless hair removal. After treatment, the affected skin should be rested for up to 48 hours. Therefore, you should avoid outdoor leisure activities and swimming pools in particular.

Caution: Be careful with moles, skin diseases and tattoos, you should never use IPL on these areas. It is also not recommended to use if you have a sunburn. If you still have doubts, you can also consult your family doctor or dermatologist.

But which IPL device can you use to get the best result? Our partner AllesBeste* has tested eight different devices in practice. We present the top four in the table below.

For this comparison, a specialist editor from our partner examined test reports from other publications as well as the most popular offers (“best sellers”) and customer opinions from online retailers. Based on this, the product selection was made. For the selection of the top devices, models with more than four stars and a reasonably high number of ratings come into question. A selection of customer reviews was read and devices were selected that, based on the professional assessment, meet the needs of the users. The products have not been tested in the CHIP test center.

All products that the CHIP test center had in the laboratory can be found in this overview of the best lists. Products that have also been tested by our other cooperation partners can be found in the test

*This article was created by FOCUS online authors and is based on the results of the article “The best IPL device” by AllesBeste. The content is based on the version of September 21, 2022. Our partners from the CHIP test center were not involved in the investigation.