Takes time, but worth it
I waited until the first 12 weeks had passed to see if I would notice any results. For me, this hasn't been a quick process and there are certainly some patches of hair still remaining. However, they are considerably sparser and my upper lip hair and underarm hair have all but disappeared. Overall, happy with the SmoothSkin Bare and am confident I will see results on the stubborn patches of hair on my legs as I continue using it.
Has done nothing for me
Annie Burke | Female | 27 | 1
Unfortunately, after following the instructions this hasn't worked for me at all even with me persevering
So fast and easy to use.
Samantha | Female | 27 | 5
I treated myself to a Smoothskin Bare as I was fed up of having to shave daily and also the cost of razors. I have olive skin and dark hair so I thought this product would be perfect. Needless to say it has not let me down. I followed the instructions to the letter and soon started seeing a difference. I have been using it for 5 months now and I no longer have to bother shaving at all. I really like the fact that it is so quick and it doesn't hurt. I will definitely be recommending it to my friends.
update from my 1st review
karen marshall | Female | 52 | 4
I said I would update after using a further 12 weeks and have to say after using weekly (well nearly!) I am seeing a difference. What I was most horrified by was my upper lip hair continuing and after carrying on using it I can see a difference. The hair is still there but barely noticeable and very fine and not black. I do get the occasional bristle which to be honest is better for me being plucked but on the whole it\'s definitely better. My legs are still bristlely but I only need to shave once a week and they aren\'t visable like before when I had black hairs after a couple of days.
My underarms are nearly gone, in fact I can\'t ever see any . All in all I\'m getting better results but certainly not quick for me.
I will continue if it takes a year as it\'s the best hair removal device I\'ve used.
Thanks for reading. Hope it works for others a little quicker.
Hasn't worked for me
Unfortunately this hasn't worked for me!
I followed the instructions to the letter . Fair skinned. Perhaps the reason why it's not worked is that my hair is too light, but it hasn't worked in my underarms/bikini line either where I'm not so fair.
Anyway, I contacted customer support and they have suggested I try the Gold - so I am persevering and starting anew with the 12 week program. I'm 2 weeks into that but am yet to see any change.
Not sure it's worth the time/money/hassle to be honest, despite all the positive reviews. I am disappointed. However, no side effects to using it, not painful etc.
I've only just done my second week so it's a bit early for a real review. I'm not noticing any results yet, but it is definitely an easy device to use and isn't painful. I'd recommend doing your face first because the operating area gets quite warm and I found it more comfortable to do it first. Hoping for some results soon.
Not working as good as it should for me
karen marshall | Female | 51 | 3
I bought my smoothskin bare from boots mother's day weekend as a treat from my kids and husband. I am brunette hair, easy to tan skin, dark hairs on legs etc and I have always had the horrible upper lip hair. I epilated my legs for years and bleached my upper lip and plucked the odd nasty hair and shaved my under arms and public hair.
I stopped doing all this before using my ipl and allowed the hair to grow and shaved as per the instructions. The only time I have ever shaved my upper lip hair too.
I've been using my ipl bare ever since mid march and although the regrowth has slowed down its certainly not gone and I actually now get black hairs growing in my upper area, stubble I guess you would call it.
I had googled heavily for all reviews on ipl systems and the reviews of smoothskin ipl bare were the best but it definitely isn't working after 12 weeks of using, especially my upper lip area. I can leave my legs now for a few days but they are still growing happily away.
I shall continue in the hope I will one day be smooth and I feel devastated about my upper lip. What once was a few wispy hairs is now looking like a full mustache would grow if I did not shave.
All in all disappointed as yet! I will update after another 12 weeks.
fabulous give it a try
Received my smooth skin bare november2016 well impressed good looking device its smaller than other IPL machines and much lighter I had laser treatment years ago on my face many years ago when I got the chance to test this device I thought yipee as I had a few black hairs appearing on my chin perimenopause not good ha well can honestly say after 6 weeks of zapping away using stamp mode hairs got finer and finer great stuff also treated my bikini line ,underarms and arms on glide mode very easy to use and pain free only takes a few minutes I have light skin and very dark hair so now am at 5 months hair free ready for the summer if we get one ha would highly recommend to any body I even bought my older sister one for her birthday
Speedy hair free
Natalie Oliver | Female | 36 | 5
I bought the Bare a month ago and can see an amazing difference there are a few areas still to see results but its so quick and easy to use - I know I will keep up the weekly treatment. I had an old boots machine before and it never worked as well as this and I had been using it for years - you had to use a gel with it which was very messy. I was amazed how easy the SmoothSkin bare was to use. Im keeping at it to hopefully have fabulous skin ready for my holiday. Thank you SmoothSkin.
Fab for Indian skin
I have fitzpatrick skin tone 3/4 and this device works perfectly for me. I am a Indian lady with a medium brown Indian skin tone and have problems with dark hair - especially on my face! With the smoothskin bare it really does work for me. It was quick and easy to use. Knowing that just using this once a week is keeping me from getting my man beard is great. So for all the Indian ladies looking to get rid of that tash and beard, this does greatly reduce it - hopefully it will eventually stop. In regards to my underarm hair, it was quite thick, but I am happy to say that the bare has worked even there. Now about my legs - which were worse than my husbands! I now have bare patches and where there is growth, it is growing finer. I am one who does not like to take a long time with things like hair removal as I am a busy mum, but the bare device is really fast and easy to use, which for me is a important factor. It is great that I don't have to go out to a salon for hair removal and can do this in my own time - and as I stated earlier it is really fast.
The key is to keep up with the regime (which really does not take long), and you have no worries of running out of flashes with the smoothskin bare - what a bonus! I have already recommended this to others.
Elvina Saniukaite | Female | 33 | 5
I bought Smoothskin bare about a month ago. This is the first one I got for myself. Never used any of these before. But it is easy to use it. Even my hands are quite small I got the grip of it. And I love that it is so fast. Definitely it is worth investing. It takes about 10 min for whole body. And I can see some of the results already only after two uses. That just amazing :) Enjoy your purchase if you get one! :)
Another great quality product from Smoothskin
Having been using Smoothskin Gold for over a year now, I was curious to see how the new addition, Smoothskin Bare, would compare. After 7 weeks of use I can now say that I'm very impressed! The new model is easy to use as it glides along a lot more smoothly and seems to zap more quickly between each flash. I was worried that with a smaller device, the results would not be as good as with the Gold, but I have been proven wrong! The device has given the same great standard of hair reduction as I have come to expect from smoothskin, but with the added bonus of being even easier to handle.
The only downside is that my partner now wants to use it!
Enjoying the fabulous results a year later
Kalli Kaur | Female | 43 | 5
I've used the SmoothSkin method for just over a year now and am absolutely delighted with the results. I went through the process of regular weekly IPL on my legs and as hair regrowth started to reduce moved the process onto thighs, underarms and bikini line. Am at the stage where I now shave odd areas maybe once a week, IPL those areas fornightly, am done within minutes and get to enjoy lovely smooth skin all the time! Am looking forward to summer time and not having to spend anytime planning ahead for wearing shorts!!!!
It works for me - Gold v Bare
Julie Roberts | Female | 51 | 5
I have PCOS and have tried pretty much every type of hair removal system to remove excess hair over many years. I know this technology works as I had IPL treatment on my bikini line and chin/upper lip at a salon. Before I started the course I was told the facial hair would probably grow back due to the PCOS and it would need ongoing maintenance sessions. The advice was correct as the bikini line hasn't grown back after 10 years, the facial hair has.
I went back to managing the chin hair with plucking every morning but was spending too much time getting rid of those pesky black dots as hairs grow through. Not wanting to spend a fortune at the salon again, I researched the market for products on offer and decided to buy the smoothskin gold, taking advantage of the ability to pay over 3 months.
The system is very simple to use and the IPL technology suits my pale skin and dark hair. I don't find it hurts and it's certainly not as painful as waxing.
It's great to see hairs fall out after a few days, not all but some, which is why you need to keep treating the area. I use the system as a way of managing the hair on my chin and upper lip, There are fewer hairs at any one time and they seem finer. I also use it on my forearms where the reduction of hair has been dramatic. I use an electric lady shaver in between treatments.
I now have a smoothskin bare and there are some differences when compared to the gold version. The bare is smaller, about the size of your hand. It is faster so whilst the gold seems quite fast the bare is quicker, handy for legs especially. The gold automatically adjusts the power to suit the skin colour whilst the bare just has the one power. Whilst the bare is faster, I don't seem to loose as many hairs on my face per treatment as I did with the gold but it is as effective on the finer hairs on my forearms.
Overall, I'd say if you have coarse hair think about going for the gold as it has more power, if you have finer hair then choose the bare as it's quicker.
Great Hair Removal Device
I have been using my smoothskin bare for a while now and so far very pleased with results. I know it is a little bit of a long process as no hair removal is instant but the results the bare is achieving is really positive, highly recommend!
Nice small device, light and easy to hold and super fast for what it is doing. Literally 10mins a leg. Faster than a leg wax too!!
It's like a lightening faster version of the SmoothSkin Gold
Kalli Kaur | Female | 43 | 5
Just when I getting bogged down by the time taken to use the SmoothSkin Gold and fiddly indicators, along comes the SmoothSkin Bare!!! It's so fast at repeating the laser flashes and it really glides over the skin. I can now whizz round more areas in minutes without stopping. Skins is so ultra smooth that I want to keep on using it.
Claire Clarke | Female | 42 | 5
Have used the SmoothSkin Gold for nearly a year and have almost hair free legs and underarms, and to be fair, when the hair does grow back you can hardly see it.
But having tried this new machine, I cannot fault it, it's really small, compared with the other, It's really light and the refresh rate on the flashes is amazing. I used to set aside a good hour and a half to de-pelt my legs, shaving first then zapping, but with this super whizzy new gadget it would take less than half an hour from start to finish. I know the hair growth isn't as much, but it does still need doing once in a while and to be honest, with this new SmoothSkin, you can do 'other areas' that you maybe couldn't reach before.
I've already recommended this to my friends and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to you, so buy one today :)
Wow - just wow!
SophieA | Female | 44 | 5
I own the SS Gold device already having received the new SS device to test I can give some early indications of results. I may come back to update this review in a few weeks.
ABOUT ME: I am in my early 40s, and of Pakistani heritage, so have mid-olive skin (albeit with a warm [red/orange/yellow] base tone, rather than cool [blue/purple]). The closest European approximation is a southern European person in a sunny climate, not suntanned to nut brown, but definitely not white! This is an important prerequisite because many IPLs won't work on darker skin tones. This was one of the main things that swayed me to the SS brand - you really can be quite brown to use it (plus it's beautifully designed and lovely to look at).
Much of this review will be about the *original SS Gold* device because I owned and used. In terms of the new smaller SS Black Bare device, I would say on results so far:
- just as good and as potent as the SS Gold (if not more…?)
- much faster than the SS Gold (hurrah!)
- fantastic value as number of flashes are unlimited I think? Unlike the Gold
- *much* easier to handle and use on tricky areas like upper lip and chin and armpits.
I will now review the SS Gold and then mention the new SS Bare. First of all, to say that the original SS Gold device was life-changing for me is not an exaggeration. I bought it principally to win the battle against chin and upper lip hair. Ladies, you know how it goes...mid-thirties onwards or after kids, the unwanted facial hairs start rearing their horrid little heads, and tweezing goes up from once a month to once a week - or worse. One day it occurred to me that I should fix the problem once and for all, before the darn things turn white (and useless for any IPL device), and I end up with a white goatee to rival Tom Jones's. I also thought I may as well sort out armpits and lower legs with the SS device as well (I am otherwise more or less hairless on my body but get awful ingrown hairs on my legs and dark shadows in my armpits when shaving).
I used the SS Gold as instructed, and after about two months, I ceased shaving my armpits (only a few fine hairs left), my legs had huge patches totally devoid of hair so mostly sorted, my arms were almost hair free, and all but the most stubborn of my facial hair has gone. What more can I say? My skin is baby smooth. It has been AMAZING and transformative. The only place where I've found hair is more resistant, bizarrely, is my thighs. My leg hair there is very fine anyway and maybe that's the challenge. I don't know... I'm still trying to zap.
Now the new device, which I was sent to consumer test, WOW! My lower legs are now devoid of all hair *after one use* - this is not an exaggeration (remember my baseline was nearly all hair gone with the Gold device). And I've managed to catch the last little hairs in my armpits and on my chin and upper lip. My theory is that the new Bare device is easier to manoeuvre so no hair can escape its beam on curved body parts.
Drawbacks of the new device: as with the old one, it won’t work on my bikini line because my natural skin tone there is too dark from years of too much hair removal. If you're tanned and buying mainly for your bikini line, you might be disappointed if you are darker 'down there'. That's not the device's fault, it's Mother Nature's (or my own!). The only other drawback is that I find the light pulse much brighter with the new Bare device, so I have been wearing sunglasses when using. But not an issue at all for me.
Finally, just to say that compared to other devices on the market, the SS ones are as beautiful to look at as they are to use. Absolutely fantastic all round, I love, love, love, both devices! At £199 and unlimited flashes, this one I think is an absolute steal.
In conclusion, it is as my headline says: SS is the best money I have ever spent. And I cannot thank whoever invented and designed them enough.:))
Smoothskin Bare - works brilliantly
Karolina | Female | 34 | 5
As a fan of the SmoothSkin Gold I was keen to see if there was much difference with the Bare. Both products work brilliantly but for me the Bare is a much better shape which means it contours to your body better when using it on your legs. The Gold I occasionally found I had to angle a certain way to get all the lights to light up so that it would fire the laser. There is also less gap between zaps, the Gold has more of a delay between treatments. I've now been using the Bare for 10 weeks and can say it is just as fantastic as the Gold and my hair regrowth is a lot finer. Looking forward to reducing time between treatments now. Only downside is that I recommended the Gold to all my friends and a couple bought them and now I have to tell them that the Bare is better ;) At least I can donate my old Gold device to my sister :)
Quick and easy to use
I have previously used the Smoothskin Gold and been impressed however using the Smoothskin Bare has been even better! I've only used it once so am yet to see the results on my legs (i'm sure if it is anything like before it won't be long before the results show) however the size of the smoothskin bare and the speed just makes it so much easier to use. You really can do your legs and bikini in 10 minutes! The smaller device definitely makes it a lot easier to hold and to move around your body. Very impressed so far.