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Beauty is pain, but only if you want it to be. That couldn’t be more true when it comes to body hair. Personally, my mood changes from one month to the next. Sometimes I’m not bothered by bushy armpits, prickly legs, and a grown-in bikini line. And then there are times I want everything—and I mean everything—waxed or shaved away. And then there are those who prefer permanent reduction by way of at-home laser hair removal, which is mostly pain-free and honestly, worth the investment if you want smooth skin and nothing else.
For those who are new to the DIY hair removal method, laser hair removal is when light is pulsed into the skin to heat up and diminish hair at the root over time. I say “over time” because it usually takes consistent use over several weeks to get full results since at-home tools aren’t as potent and powerful as the tools you typically encounter in a dermatologist’s office. With that being said, it’s important to proceed with caution when using an at-home tool. Read directions, test one part of the skin first to make sure it doesn’t cause any adverse reactions and if you can, leave the ultra-sensitive areas to a professional.
Ready to get laser-focused on your hair removal goals? Here are our favorite top-rated at-home devices to try for expert-level results. (Pro-tip: look for tools with unlimited flashes so you don’t have to order replacement cartridges later.)
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1. Braun Silk Expert Pro 5
This handheld tool completes permanent hair reduction in just four weeks with a precision head and SensoAdapt technology that detects your skin tone and adjusts the intensity level to prevent scarring.
2. Remington ILight Ultra Face and Body at Home IPL Hair Removal System
This FDA-approved system is best for fair to medium skin tones and delivers 24 joules in one flash for powerful and quicker hair removal. The one downside to this device is that it will not work quite as well on darker complexions.
3. Silk'n Infinity Hair Removal
Galvanic energy technology goes beyond the surface of the skin to “disable hair growth at the root” while the advanced build comes with unlimited flashes. You can use the device on your arms, legs, underarms, and bikini line.
4. Tria Beauty Precision Hair Removal Laser
This top-reviewed tool is a favorite among Amazon shoppers for its Diode Laser Technology, the same technology used by dermatologists during an expensive, in-office treatment.