Monday, 9 May 2011

Boots Smooth Skin ipulse plus - Week 1

Boots Smooth Skin Ipulse Plus

As you know I am a massive beauty junkie and so when I was asked to review the Smooth Skin Ipulse Plus, I was absolutely delighted.  It first launched in 2008 but as I was pregnant and then breast feeding the Pixie, I wasn't able to try this, but guess what?!  I am NOT pregnant and I am NOT breast feeding anymore so bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Firstly, I hear you ask, what is this??

The Boots Smooth Skin brand (or just "iPulse" as it's known as  in other countries) uses IPL (intense pulsed light) technology which offers clinically proven, permanent hair reduction.  This has been around for about 30 years and works by using flashes of light which target the pigment in the hair which them disables the hair follicles and stops new growth. 

It's recommended that you use this between 6 and 12 times (once a week) and after that hair growth should be minimal with the occasional top up session every couple of months to keep the stray hairs at bay!  Regrowth becomes less over time and eventually you'll have minimal growth - yippee doo da!!!

The iPulse PLUS also comes with an  "Electronic Skin Tone Sensor" device which takes the guess work out of choosing the appropriate skin type setting for each part of your body.  There are four skin type settings meaning you can personalise treatment depending on skin colour.

I am going to be treating my legs, bikini area (no Hollywood or Brazilian stylee though ;-) underarms and the odd facial hair (ahem). 

I did the first treatment session at the weekend and spent about an hour zapping the follicles.   You need to "prep" each area by shaving and then smear the area with the activator gel which helps to guide the light down the hair follicle.  It also cools the area that you are treating.  

By far the longest time was spent on my legs (approx 30 mins) with 10 mins on each other area.  The first great thing was that the power cord was VERY long meaning that all areas were really easy to reach and treat, without having to be a contortionist.  It was a bit weird at first as the *zap* sound with a flash of light was a bit space age, but I soon got used to doing it.  It is VERY easy and almost pain free.  I say almost as there was a little bit of discomfort but this was because I had the ipulse on the wrong setting.

I have taken photographs to be able to show you "before" and "after" shots so stay tuned for more info!

The Boots Smooth Skin PLUS is a a little more expensive than the original model at £399.99 but if you factor in the cost of salon treatments you are definitely quids in. 

If you want to find out more you can get in touch with the iPulse team using their international sales email address which you can find on the iPulse Facebook page.

Other useful links are 

Buy Boots Smooth Skin PLUS from

iPulse website:
iPulse on Twitter:
iPulse on Facebook:

If you have any questions, please do post them here, I will do my best to help as have access to experts and a manual as thick as my arm!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx


  1. This looks AMAZING! I have tried everything, waxing, creaming, Joylene-ing, electrolysis but dream of a magic wand to rid me of my whiskery top lip, I hate it.

    Plus to add insult to injury a few weeks I plucked a new hair from my chin.
    And you know what? It had a split end. I don't know what is the most sad part of that.

    I have a 'tache and I don't care who knows it!

  2. Forgot to say, good luck and let us know how you get on!

  3. I love the sound of beauty machines like this - also the ones that make you skinny and reduce your freckles (although I'll believe those 2 when I see them!).

    My only thing is the price, that is pretty prohibitive.

    Scribbling Mum I loved your comment!

  4. Its a dream product! The thought of controlling my own pain rather than leave it to someone in a salon hellbent on getting over an argument with her boyfriend by rippppping wax strips off me, is brilliant. Im with Scribbling Mum and the facial hair - bloomin nightmare! And it would def be good for the very odd facial hair! I wish I could afford it! X

  5. Well I am 2 weeks in and have already noticed a difference!!! I have taken pictures of my arm pits and will do a week by week comparision blog post at the end....

    Watch this space!

  6. Been using for 5 weeks now and my underarms are nearly hair free. Can't wait for same effect on bikini line

  7. Hi,

    I am looking at buying the plus machine... where can i access your photo results please! Thank you for your blog - really helps people like me! x

  8. Sounds Great !!! May be i should try one.

    Nice blog.



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