The average woman will spend a great deal of time and money keeping her skin smooth and free of unwanted hair over the course of her lifetime. With advances in at-home laser hair removal technology, the quest for smooth skin is becoming far easier to achieve.
Read on for an in-depth comparison between the SmoothSkin Gold and the SmoothSkin Bare – two of the fastest and most popular devices on the market – to help you determine which device will best fit your routine.
How Does IPL Work?
Both devices work by sending specific wavelengths of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) into the hair follicles to reduce unwanted hair and prevent future regrowth. This technology is both safe and effective.
Who is it suitable for?
Both devices are suitable for use on skin tones between 1 and 5 but no higher as the melanin content and lack of contrast between skin and hair can prohibit results. Both of the devices come with a skin sensor that will prohibit the device from operating if your skin tone is too dark. These devices are also not recommended for use on recently tanned skin or on birthmarks, moles, or tattoos.
Smoothskin Gold VS Smooth Skin Bare
With a sleek, compact, lightweight design, the SmoothSkin Bare device is comfortable and easy to hold. Although slightly larger than the Bare device, the SmoothSkin Gold features an ergonomic design developed to increase overall comfort.
Both the SmoothSkin Gold and the SmoothSkin Bare are some of the fastest laser hair removal devices available, but the SmoothSkin Bare reigns supreme. With only 0.6 seconds between flashes, the SmoothSkin Bare claims to be the fastest laser hair removal device on the market.
With the SmoothSkin Bare, the treatment of both underarms can be completed in just a few seconds and a full leg only takes about 4 minutes. The company suggests the entire body can be treated in around 10 minutes.
The SmoothSkin Gold, although not as fast as the Bare, still boasts an impressive rate of treatment with only 1 second between flashes. The SmoothSkin Gold is capable of treating the full body quickly and easily although the total treatment time is longer than the Bare at around 20 minutes.
Both units feature two modes: Glide and Stamp. Glide is geared toward larger areas while the Stamp mode treats smaller, more delicate areas with precision and accuracy.
With 9,500 milliwatts of power, the SmoothSkin Gold is considered to be one of the most powerful devices on the market. The Bare device features one, low-intensity setting that still treats unwanted hair effectively.
The SmoothSkin Gold features a specially designed “Detect and Set” function. This ensures each treatment is tailored to individual skin tones by using sensors to determine the correct intensity prior to each flash.
Due to its singular, low-intensity setting, the SmoothSkin Bare is extremely comfortable to use and often reported as painless. Although the SmoothSkin Gold features higher levels of power, if a user finds the sensation uncomfortable, the device offers a “Gentle Mode” that reduces its energy output.
Number of Flashes
The SmoothSkin Gold features an impressive number of flashes – 200 000 – that make the device capable of completing hundreds of full body treatments (or about 10 years of treatments).
Even more impressive, the SmoothSkin Bare offers an unlimited number of flashes ensuring a long-lasting lifespan.
With less power, the SmoothSkin Bare will take longer to produce results. Generally, results will start to become noticeable around 4 weeks of treatment. Treatments will need to be continued until desired results are achieved.
With the SmoothSkin Gold, results are more rapid. A reduction in hair and an increase in smoothness can be seen within 1 to 2 weeks or sometimes even within a few uses. Following an initial 12 weeks treatment period, it is recommended to perform maintenance treatments around once a month.
For an overview of both products at a glance, see the breakdown of each device’s pros and cons listed below.
- Smaller, more compact design
- Unlimited flashes
- One comfortable intensity setting
- Less expensive than the SmoothSkin Gold
- Fastest device on the market
- Comes in a choice of two colors
- Its lower intensity is especially beneficial for skin types IV to V
SmoothSkin Bare – CONS
- Less powerful
- Results may take longer
SmoothSkin Gold – PROS
- Ergonomic design
- Fast results
- Varied intensity settings allow for a personalized experience
- Most powerful device available
SmoothSkin Gold – CONS
- Higher price
- Limited number of flashes
Overall, there are many factors to research when choosing the appropriate laser hair removal device to fit your needs. Consider using the list above as a guide for determining your best choice.