Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Boots Smooth Skin Ipulse Plus - Review and Update

Back in May I was sent the Boots Smooth Skin Plus to review and over the last 3 months I have really given it a thorough testing.  You can read my original blog post about it here but I wanted to come back after the treatment course to give you the full low down with photographic proof as I know it is a big investment and one that you want to know works before investing in!

Firstly, to recap, the Boots Smooth Skin Plus uses 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 - so, I hear you ask, does it work??
The answer to that is a massive YES.  Have a look here at the photographic proof of my armpits at the beginning, midway and at the end of treatment:
 Week1 - Prior to treatment

Week 6 - Prior to treatment

Week 12 - No treatment needed!

As you can see from the above photographs, the hair regrowth was a lot finer and far less after 6 weeks of treatment.  At the end of the course - I had NO hair growth whatsoever.  It's now a few weeks on and I still have no regrowth.

How fantastic is that!

I also treated my bikini, facial and leg area and have seen the same results.

Now, for a few pointers:

1) Make sure you have a back up of the cooling gel activator.  Mine ran out midway through treatment and it took me a while to find a boots that had a replacement.  This definitely hindered my course so please preempt before you run into the same problem I did. 

2) It's advised that you mark out the areas of treatment using a white eye pencil - I never bothered with this and to be honest, I did miss a few areas on my legs but just treated these the following weeks.  I am sure you would get greater accuracy if you did this but I have to be honest and say it took me more than an hour every week to treat all areas

3) Be prepared for a wee bit of pain!  Some areas more so than others.  It wasn't ever painful but it was uncomfortable, especially on the bikini area.

4) Now, if you are treating your bikini area, I would advise you to get some help.  I wouldn't dream of asking HAW to do this, but it would have been infinitely better had I had someone to zap for me, I did laugh at myself on several occasions as I contortioned myself in front of the mirror.

5) Always put the activator gel in the fridge - it's far more soothing I guarantee.

6) If you are treating the facial hair area, it will feel VERY strange to shave prior to treatment.  I was so, so nervous about doing this as I only have the odd hair but I used the strimmer on HAW's electric shaver.  Initially, I plucked but it didn't work.  You do need to shave all areas prior to treatment.  I promise you it's worth it.

At the moment the Boots Smooth Skin Plus is on offer and you can save £50 meaning that you will only pay £349.99 for the unit.   It works out far cheaper than salon treatments and the beauty is that you get to keep the unit so will be able to keep on top of any stray hairs that dare to appear.

If you are serious about permanent hair removal then I can highly recommend the Smooth Skin Plus.

If you have any questions, please do ask me on the comments below and I will be more than happy to help.

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx


  1. Okkkkkkkkkk....I gotta tell you there is NO WAY I am shaving my face!!! Your arms look great though!! XX

  2. Ha Ha Ha - I have to admit I do have the odd whisker and the thought of doing this made me feel the same as you. However, I was more confident about doing so after seeing the amazing results on my legs and underarms. It's definately a leap of faith but I did that for you!!!!!

    Love S.A.M xx

  3. Buy the gel online and get it delivered (free) to your local Boots.
    My excuse for buying this was that I wanted my daughter to have a better life than me so I knew I was going to need more gel from the start but couldn't get it even in the city center.

  4. Hi BElla,
    I am sure you can order overseas?? Email if not and I'll see what I can do to help!

  5. You're right - you are not meant to treat around tattoos or birthmarks. Spots are fine though!

  6. This is my problem as well - I just went ahead and did it and the dark ones have NOT come back...

  7. Does it only work on dark hairs xx

  8. please can you tell me if it can be used on the chin area

  9. Hi, just wondering after the 12 weeks if you needed to do any top up sessions? Also whichareas did yu treat and did you need to get a replacement handset, ie. did the bulb run out during the 12 week treatment as I believe the bulb has only 10,000 flashes

  10. Hey. Now that it's a year later, is there much regrowth? I'm looking into this, but don't think it's worth it if it doesn't last...

  11. Thanks for the great review! I am very interested in buying this but I am in the middle east and it does not seem to be available here! Is it only sold in the UK. I would really appreciate if you could get back to me.

  12. Hi there, I bought this machine and I can't wait to use it!! Can I ask you, I would like to try my upper lip area, but I haven't got dark hair there, it's a blend of fair and darker hair around the corners of the upper lip, so I'm really scared to trim this area as I worry it won't work on it (being my hair lighter and finer there). Do you recommend not doing it unless the hair is darker? Thanks!!

  13. That's so much for the review - it helped me alot...I've seen and read many many others so let's say that "I know why I want that" but I'm from the Czech Republic which means I have to catch someone who'd re-post it to me. Nevermind - I'm ready to spent all my money for this. My hair is so dark and it grows so damn quickly that I just have to have it :) Anyway - I've got a question - what about birthmarks or any other spots/eczema/pimples on the skin? I bet you can't treat those areas, which means I'll have several "islets" of hair around those spots?

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  15. Hi where exactly could you buy this product? I looked on the Boots website and they had no iPulse plus. I have a real problem with using any other hair removal methods as I have extremely sensitive skin. xx


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