Step-by-step how to use Braun Silk-expert Pro IPL device at home
Wondering if an IPL hair removal device is for you? Learn about the top benefits of IPLs and how having an IPL at home can help improve your hair removal experience. Plus, learn about how the technology behind the Braun Silk-expert Pro.
The only IPL with anintelligent SensoAdapt™ skin tone sensor
Skin tone varies across your body, so the SensoAdapt™ sensor (with UV protection) continuously reads the skin tone and adapts the flash intensity for the safest & most effective permanent visible hair removal.Learn more
How to use Braun Silk-expert Pro in simple steps.
Step 1: Remove all visible hair in the area you wish to treat with your preferred hair removal method. If desired, the Braun Silk-expert Pro includes a Venus razor for easy surface hair removal. Ensure there is no hair remaining above the surface of the skin. Then pat your skin dry.
Step 2: select the standard head or the precision head depending on the size of the area you wish to treat. Plug in the Braun Silk-expert Pro.
Step 3: Put the nozzle in full contact with the skin to make sure the product works correctly. If the light flashes white, a valid skin tone is detected. If not in proper contact with the skin, the device will not flash. In the case of a red light, there is not full contact or it is an invalid skin tone.
Step 4: For larger body areas use gliding mode: hold down the treatment button and glide along your skin. For smaller areas, press and release the treatment button. For sensitive areas or if it’s your first time, you can use the gentle or extra gentle mode.
Step 5: It is important to wipe clean the nozzle after every use.
Step 6: In the first phase of your treatment, treat once a week for 4 - 12 weeks. Then adjust to your needs (i.e. every 1-2 months).
Braun Silk-expert Pro: Most frequent questions by step
1. Preparation - All you need to know before you start your treatment.
Skin tones and hair color
Question: I have red hair, can I use an IPL device?
Answer: IPL is not suitable for everyone. It is most effective on light to medium skin tones with hair ranging from natural blonde to dark brown or black. The device is not effective on very blonde, red, grey or white hair where the smaller amount of melanin would not absorb the light energy.
Question: Why isn’t IPL suitable for darker skin tones?
Answer: Since dark skin contains more melanin, it could absorb more than the safe, recommended amount of light energy which may cause discomfort.
Question: Do I need to stay out of the sun before IPL?
Answer: If your skin tone got darker due to artificial or natural tanning and your skin does not suffer from any irritation the Braun Silk-expert Pro device can be used as it will automatically adjust the energy level to the safest and most efficient level and it will also tell you should your skin have become too dark for treatment.
Question: Is it suitable for men to use?
Answer: Men can use the Braun Silk-expert Pro IPL from the shoulders down (chest, back, arms, stomach, legs). It should not be used on the face, neck or genital area. Use on male beards or facial hair may lead to uneven results.
Skin tones & Body hair type chart:
2. Starting treatment - How to best use Silk- expert Pro
Question: Is IPL suitable for intimate areas?
Answer: IPL is safe for use on the bikini line, but it isn’t suitable for the genital area where the skin may have a darker color and where there is a greater hair density, which would absorb more light energy and may cause discomfort.
Question: Can I use IPL on my face?
Answer: Braun Silk-expert Pro is safe for use on the face below the cheekbones. It shouldn’t be used near the eyes and along the forehead. It works effectively on the upper lip, chin and jawline. We recommend doing a patch test before use.
3. After treatment
Question: How long will it take to see results?
Answer: The typical hair growth cycle varies between individuals and could take up to 18-24 months, depending on body area (underarm, lower leg and bikini area can take the most time). Since only hairs in their growing phase are susceptible to treatment with light, it is important to do multiple treatments to achieve continuously smooth skin. For this reason, we recommend a start-up phase of 4-12 weekly treatments to achieve optimum results. If you no longer see hair growing, you do not need to complete the full 12 weekly treatments. You can switch to maintenance treatments.
Question: How often will I have to treat to maintain the hair removal results?
Answer: After completing your start-up phase, you can continue to treat according to your needs. Re-treat on a per need basis.
Question: How should I care for my skin after IPL?
Answer: We recommend avoiding exposure to artificial light sources, such as tanning booths or solariums. Avoid any activity or skin products that may irritate your skin for 24 hours after treatment. This includes using hot tubs or saunas, wearing tight-fitting clothing, using bleaching creams, perfumed products or peeling products. The above may cause irritation, such as itching and redness, in the treated areas.
Question: Do I need to stay out of the sun after IPL?
Answer: After treatment, we recommend using sunscreen SPF 15 whenever treated areas may be exposed to the sun.
Question: Can Silk-expert Pro be used by women who are pregnant or teenagers?
Answer: As the product has not been tested among these groups, it should not be used.
Question: Do I need to use gels or buy replacement lamps?
Answer: Braun Silk-expert Pro works without the need of additional lotions or gels and there is no need to purchase replacement lamps like with other devices.
Question: Do I need to wear goggles?
Answer: There is no need to wear goggles when using Silk-expert Pro. The skin contact sensors ensure that the device can only be triggered when in contact with the skin and the light visible during treatment is perfectly safe.