We have reviewed a lot of hair removal devices on the Advice Sisters Beauty and Style. They keep getting better and easier to use. This is a review of Cos Beauty Perfect Smooth, a pro-style DIY at home IPL Hair Removal Device. It uses intense pulse light IPL) to target melanin in your hair follicles.
The Cos Beauty Perfect Smooth is a powerhouse in a hand-held unit. With continued use it can result in permanent hair removal asnd offer additional skin enhancing benefits.
Hair Removal In the Past:
In the past, you could only get pricey IPL treatments at a doctor’s office or salon. Imagine, now you can get the same type of hair removal in the privacy of your home.
There are 5 levels of treatment and several different varieties of the Cos Beauty Perfect Smooth IPL Hair Removal Device. Each comes nicely boxed.
The Perfect Smooth is available in a number of colors including pink, fuschia, black, blue, and the one we received, an elegantwhite and gold. Our $159 version features 100,000 flashes.
The $300 model has 200,000 flashes to offer.
This sounds like a lot of flashes, but you’ll use a lot to cover large areas such as your legs. You can purchase replacements lamps on amazon .com.
Is it Safe?
Not every skin tone is suitable for IPL. All but Type V! (very dark) skin on the Fitzpatrick Phototyping Scale should be able to use it..
Where is The Hair?
areas of the body for hair removal with the COSBeauty Perfect Smooth IPLTheoretically, you can use the device almost anywhere on your body but there are some areas that should not be treated with IPL such as on the face above the cheek line, around the eyes, eyebrows or eyelashes (it could cause eye damage).
However, you can use it on your bikini line (but not on some other intimate parts) and under your arms, as long as it is comfortable enough for you.
If you’ve recently been tanning in the sun or on a tanning bed (I don’t recommend either) you should wait until you skin calms down or it might burn or be blistered.
Better Than Other Methods?
cos beauty perfect smooth device and goggles in my hand
Is this better than other methods of hair removal? I’d say “yes” especially if you want more permanent reduction of hair. It’s clean, and easy. However, you do have to continue to use it to see really reduced hair growth or permanent results.
You don’t need an advanced degree to run the PerfectSmooth either. The controls are understandable with a nice lighted LED panel.
Cos Beauty claims that with just two to four self-treatment sessions, most users experience visually diminished hair that is comparable to results produced by professionally administered laser procedures.
Everyone’s body is dfferent so it might take longer than this, but it’s definitely going to make a difference if you keep using it.
You have to be patient and know that your skin and hair are unique. Don’t give up!
As I mentioned in safety above, this is not a toy. Don’t overdue it. Here is how to use the Cos Beauty Perfect Smooth effectively:
1. For the first four sessions: treat each area once every two weeks.
2. .After the fourth session, treat each area once a month.
3. Most women will need 6 to 8 treatment sessions for permanent hair removal.
4.Most men will need an average of 8 to 10 treatment sessions.
There really isn’t a downside as long as you read the instructions and follow them. However, it’s an investment whereas creams and gels are cheap.
The Perfect Smooth isn’t hard to use but you need some practice to get the device to fire properly in some locations on curved skin parts.
The treatments aren’t painful, but there is a bit of a jolt that feels like a rubber band snapping against your skin as the laser is working. Sometimes, you can smell a bit of burning hair.
Cos beauty claims that Perfect Smooth will encourage collagen renewal and help reduce future acne breakouts.
I can’t comment on how and why IPL works to destroy old collagen structures and build up new collagen or how IPL reduces acne-causing bacteria beneath the skin. That’s another story entirely. However, it you find additional skincare benefits that is a plus.