Laser Hair Removal Device At Home

Bareskin IPL Laser Hair Removal Machine Review

When Bareskin contacted me to try out and review their laser hair removal machine I was so excited. When I was younger (pre-kids) my legs, arms and bikini line were always shaved, now at the age of 42 and with two kids I’m finding that I usually look like a hairy bear. Plus to add onto that I am finding that I am getting hair in unexpected and very unwelcome places.

I’m not a fan of waxing and shaving often has become a chore. I looked at having it professionally done and it was not within my budget, so when I was offered my own machine for laser hair removal at home I jumped at the chance. Read on for my Bareskin IPL laser hair removal device review for home use (plus R500 discount code and an awesome giveaway).

***Disclosure – This post is a trade exchange (the products were gifted in exchange for a review), the views remain my own***

Bareskin IPL Laser Hair Removal Machine Review

What Is The Bareskin Laser Hair Removal Machine All About?

The Bareskin IPL laser hair removal device uses IPL laser technology. The device gives off a rapid light pulse called intense pulsed light (IPL).

When this light enters the skin it targets the hair follicles, disrupting hair growth and causing the hair follicle to stay in the resting phase rather than growing phase. The hair then falls out and through using the device on a regular basis at home the hair does not grow back resulting in silky smooth skin that is completely free from hair.

Bareskin IPL Laser Hair Removal Machine

What Comes In The Box?

  • IPL hair laser removal machine
  • charging cable
  • dark glasses to protect your eyes
  • pink razor
  • instruction manual

How To Use The Laser Hair Removal Machine

It did not take me long to work out how to work the IPL laser hair removal machine and before long I felt like a pro even though I have never had any laser hair removal done before.

Preparing Your Skin And Hair For Laser Hair Removal

The first thing you need to do is prepare your skin and hair for using the machine. Your skin must be clean and dry. Do not put any lotion, deodorant, perfume or any other substance on your skin as this will interfere with the process. While salons may use products such as aloe gel for large machines do not use any substances on your skin for laser hair removal at home.

The hair in the area you want to treat needs to be no longer than 2mm. If your hair is longer than 2mm long then you need to shave before you proceed.

Make sure to only shave – waxing, plucking, epilating and using hair removal cream is not going to work as all of these hair removal methods remove the hair along with the root of the hair. You need the root of the hair to remain behind in order for it to be effective.

Using The IPL Hair Removal Device

Make sure to put on your dark glasses to protect your eyes. Plug the IPL laser hair removal machine in and hold the power switch down until you hear the machine start and the red lights turn on. There are five different power settings and pushing the power button once will move the intensity up or down a level. When all five red lights are on it is at the highest setting and when one light is on it is at it’s lowest setting.

It is advisable to start with using the lowest setting and increase the intensity as you go along and become more comfortable with the machine.

When the machine is on and you hold it 90 degrees against your skin the lights will go from red to purple showing that the machine is ready and you can push the bigger button on the machine to release the pulsed light. It will flash and make a crackling sound. You can then move the machine to next area of skin and repeat so that you cover all the areas of the skin you want to treat.

You can also put the machine into continuous play mode by placing the device on your skin and holding down the big button while moving the device along your skin. This will keep the flash going off at intervals while you move the device across your skin. Make sure to match the speed with which you move the device with the flashes so that you cover the area evenly.

What To Do After Laser Hair Removal 

It is important to take proper care of your skin after the procedure. Do not let any water, masks, cosmetics, scents or other products come into contact with the treated areas for 6 hours after use. Avoid the sun and UV exposure for 24 hours after treatment.

How Long Does It Take To Do A Treatment?

It will depend on what areas you are treating – for me personally it took about  25 to 30 minutes each session to do my legs, armpits, chin and bikini areas.

How Often Should You Use The Machine?

For the first four weeks treat the areas three times a week. For weeks five and six do the treatments three times a week and for week seven and eight reduce the treatments to once a week.

After eight weeks you can do the treatments once to twice a month depending on your hair growth.

Frequently Asked Questions about IPL Laser Hair Removal

How Soon Does Hair Begin To Fall Out After Laser Hair Removal?

Your device may only be able to address about 15% of your hair and with repeated sessions more hair will be targeted. Your hair will begin to fall out between 5 and 14 days after laser hair removal, and can continue to do so for weeks afterwards. You can speed up the process by exfoliating.

Hair and skin types for IPL laser hair removal

Does It Work On All Hair And Skin Types?

Unfortunately not all hair and skin types will be suitable for IPL laser hair removal. This IPL device is not suitable for dark skin and for very light, red and grey hair.

The screenshot above from the Bareskin website shows you which hair and skin types will and will not be suitable for laser hair removal at home with this device.

What Areas Can Be Treated With Laser Hair Removal?

You can treat any part of your body, however it is advisable to avoid areas around your eyes.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

No, laser hair removal is not exactly a permanent solution, however it does put the hair follicles into a dormant state for an extended period of time and with continued regular use of the device (say every month or so) hair will not regrow. This makes it the closest hair removal method to permanent.

Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

While some people may feel a little uncomfortable having laser hair removal the effects are minimal. You may feel nothing at all or you may feel little zaps or a burning sensation. I personally feel no pain at all, even on the strongest setting.

Laser Hair Removal Prices In South Africa

I love going to the spa for some self-care and a while back I took a look at laser hair removal and the pricing was not within my budget for hair removal. Pricing varies per salon and pricing is per session and remember you will need more than one session to keep your legs looking silky smooth all the time.

I checked on a local website and here at the prices for laser hair removal – full legs R2335, underarms R460, chin R265, bikini (not full) R660. These are the areas that I am targeting so those are the prices I looked at to compare, Total treatment = R3720 which is more than the cost of the Bareskin laser hair treatment device that I received and it must also be taken into consideration that the device will last me for over a decade!

How Much Does The Bareskin IPL Laser Hair Removal Device Cost?

At the time of publishing this review the full price on the Bareskin website is R3200 and is marked down to R2400 until the end of September 2021. Shipping is free.

You can also use my coupon code KABOU500 to get R500 off for the next 3 months.

How Long Will The Bareskin Laser hair Removal Machine Last?

The machine has 99000 flashes and will last approximately 12 to 14 years with one person using it.

Home laser hair removal device

My Experience With The Bareskin Laser Hair Removal Machine

This Bareskin laser hair removal machine is incredible. I have been using it for just over a month now and it has been an absolute pleasure seeing the results. While it was quite a procedure doing laser treatment at home three times a week I have significant progress with my hair removal already. I can see that my legs and armpits are much smoother and the hair that does grow appears much thinner and lighter than it was before.

While I had to shave my legs previously twice a week if I wanted to have smooth legs all the time after using the IPL device for a while I have to shave less often before using it and I have not had to shave my legs for over a week now which is very exciting. I’m now on using the machine once a week and will soon reduce it again.

I have also been using the machine on my chin where I have had some hairs that bother me immensely. Previously I was plucking them out whenever I felt them and the laser hair removal treatments have been working incredibly well there too.

I have only recently started doing my bikini line and so far so good but I have not been using it long enough to report accurately, however going by the other areas I have absolute faith that it will go beautifully.

The device is so easy to use and there is no pain or discomfort when using it. The only side effect of the home laser hair removal that I have noticed is that my skin becomes quite dry after a treatment in the evening and in the morning my skin is very dry before I apply lotion.

I’m super impressed with this Bareskin laser hair removal machine and I highly recommend that you buy one for silky smooth legs and hassle free hair removal at home in South Africa.

Kaboutjie Discount Code

Use the discount code KABOU500 to get R500 off your Bareskin IPL laser hair removal device (valid for 3 months from today 23/09/2021) – and take note if you buy one using this discount code before the end of September you will only pay R1900 since the full retail price is marked down from R3200 to R2400.

Win a Bareskin laser hair removal device

WIN A Bareskin Laser Hair Removal Machine

Enter your details into the form below to enter this competition.

This competition is open for residents of South Africa and Terms and Conditions apply.

The winner will be announced on our competitions page - this competition is open from:

23 September 2021 to 25 October 2021

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  1. Terri-lee Falken

    Oooh the one I’ve been waiting to hear I’m loving this review!! I definitely need this amazing device. I am quite the hairy lady. And it sucks! So for me to be able to lessen all the effort that goes with having to remove it would be a dream come true!!

    • With a bit of intense effort to begin with you will LOVE this Terri-lee!

      • Deserisé Cocklin-Viljoen

        Such lovely giveaway.

      • So happy to hear an honest review and to finally get an answer on how permanent laser hair removal really is. I have exrememy pale skin and very thick black hair, so even when I shave you can still see the hair follicles below my skin and it looks like I didn’t even shave! This looks like the answer to my problem.

    • Maritza Snyman

      Wow. I can just imagine how wonderful this product must be and how smooth your skin will be afterwards. This sounds like an amazing device. Fingers crossed

  2. Oh my word. I have wanted one of these for so so long! Yay!

  3. Natasha van Staden

    Awsome price to win ,will make my life easieer

  4. My email is not working

  5. Such an amazing giveaway 😍❤️

  6. Anastasia Papaspiridis

    IPL laser hair removal makes so much more sense in comparison to alternative methods of hair removal.

  7. I’ve always been really hairy and laser hair removal is so pricey, I literally have to shave my legs everyday. This would be an amazing win

    • I know the feeling Shahista, If I want really smooth legs all the time I will need to shave at least twice a week and it really is a pain! I have not shaved in over a week and my legs are still smooth.

    • This is such a lovely giveaway.. been reading your blog and thus is definitely something that I need. One of my biggest insecurities hair problems.I basically belong to the bear family been struggling with hair removal for years it’s been years since I’ve shown some skin. As a mother you don’t always get the time to pamper or treat yourself. If there is truly one thing I would love to win it would definitely be bareskin laser hair removal machine. Com’on mommas got to showoff this summer.

      Hope to win, hair crossed fingers crossed.


  8. I love reading on how things that make life easier work!

  9. Thanks for this comprehensive review Lynn – very informative! I’ve been wanting to try something like this Bareskin Laser Hair Removal Machine for ages and this is just the prompt I needed. Have entered your competition and hoping to WIN!! 🤞

    • It’s a pleasure Janet, honestly if I had known these devices were so amazing I would have bought one for myself years ago. I look back on the amount I spent on razor blades over the years and I would have saved so much money. And it is not just the expense, but this is also a green product, no more waste 🙂

  10. Mishqah Stoffels

    Awesome giveaway!

  11. What an incredible device! I always hear amazing reviews about it.🔥

    • I’ve never looked into home laser hair removal, only for having it done in a salon. I always assumed buying a laser hair removal device would be super expensive so I never considered it. I’m so glad to have been gifted this by Bareskin so I could learn about it and share it with you all.

  12. Thanks for a great review, fingers crossed for the win

  13. I have spent a small fortune on hair removal products. I have the scars to prove how much my skin hates me for it and mental scars from those who tormented me about being so hairy. I recently almost bought a miracle cream until I saw the gimmicky ad.. thanks to your comprehensive and sincere review, i am ready to give Bareskin a shot.

    • I’m so happy to have brought this product to your attention Tash, hair removal is costly and it has always been a pain for me. I am so happy with these results and will never do it any other way again!

  14. Nokuthula Masuku

    Super interesting read, I always enjoy your honesty when reading your blogs. This would definitely be an amazing device to win especially since I’m super hairy.

  15. Oh wow! I dislike shaving altogether… I would literally only shave if it’s a must and I know that I am going to wear a dress or shorts. This would be a dream come true by winning this Bareskin Hair Removal Laser Machine.

    • Honesty I’m not fond of shaving either but I find waxing and epilating painful and hair removal cream is pricey and messy so I always shaved up until now. I am so grateful to have been gifted this amazing device, if I had known how fantastic it is I would have bought one years ago!

    • Legs for days with this laser shaver… Whoop whoop.

  16. Fingers crossed!🤞🏻💥

  17. With December and a Coastal holiday coming up this would be perfect to lessen the time spend trying to get rid of unwanted hair for both myself and daughter.

    Epic giveaway!!

    • Yes it is the perfect time to get one of these devices to get ready for summer!

      • So happy I hopped onto your Facebook live yesterday, Lynne. It was such fun AND I got to hear about this competition.

        Dynamite review, my friend. I’m super impressed at how thorough you are.

        After about 32 years of shaving my legs, I’m totally up for IPL laser. The thought that in 8 weeks I’ll be down to doing hair removal only once a month is like a God-send. Bring it on!

        If I don’t win, this is definitely going on my Christmas wish list like you suggested. Pity I was a little late to the party and missed the R2400 discounted price. Hopefully I haven’t missed the R500 off.

        • It really is an amazing device! Yes that special plus the discount was an amazing offer – maybe look out on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, they might have some amazing deals going then that you can add the discount code to!

  18. Linette de Bruin

    Amazing giveaway!!!!

  19. Wonderful prize, yes please!

  20. Wow
    This device sounds like a dream to own. With 3 little kids theres no time for long salon sessions.. Having this would be a dream come true

  21. Thank you so much for the review. I have been using an epilator for the last two years, but thinking of switching to something like this. And now you have fully convinced me!

    • Oh my word, my hubby bought me an epilator as a gift a few years back and I hated it! The worst was that I didn’t know what an epilator was so I thought it was more like an electric shaver so when it started pulling my hairs out I freaked LOL. Trust me this laser hair removal machine is so much nice and has much longer lasting results!

  22. Wow…this would be an awesome reward!

  23. This looks really promising. I am “lazy” with shaving and just too tired sometimes to do so. Think this is something that will suit me and will definitely look into this product and read up more. Thank you for this, was always a bit sceptical about laser.

    • I’m so happy to share my experiences with you! And yes I am exactly the same, I can’t be bothered with shaving twice a week to have smooth legs all the time, it is just too much to manage! However the laser treatments for hair removal work well. I actually put something on Netflix and listen with my headphones while I zap my legs so it is great me-time 🙂

  24. Awesome giveaway!. Nice to be silky smooth

  25. Yes for the win!!

  26. Marcus Hendricks

    This would definitely be the perfect gift for my woman excellent giveaway🤩🤩🤩

  27. I would love to zap these awful chin hairs in the comfort of my own home…

  28. I’m a first time mom of a very busy one year old toddler. Between looking after my kid, husband and the house.. There’s hardly time left to do self care such as shaving every second day. Like you, i dislike waxing ( its so bloody painful LOL) . It would be an absolute dream to win this amazinggggg giveaway. Loved reading the informative blog about the laser device and laser in particular too 🙂

    #fingerscrossed #WinWithKaboutjie

  29. Marizaan Reynolds

    Would love to have one of these!!!
    Shaving also became a chore for me, as Im not into waxing. Holding thumbs. Thanx for a great review on this awesome machine

  30. Fabulous prize

  31. This is a serious answer to prayer! And the fact that I can read a review and watched your live video to see how easy (and painless) it is. I really want one of these! Need to save up and cross fingers I can get one for Christmas!

    • I hope you saw me zap Judy from Fun Mamma SA in the live video – I wasn’t sure if she would scream or find it painless ROFL. Thankfully she didn’t find it sore at all but I was hoping for a little excitement to be honest.

  32. This sounds awesome. I just have a query, I have what people call strawberry skin (those small dots on my legs) and I’ve always been self conscious about it. Will this possibly assist with this?

    • Lonica I am honestly not sure if it will help, this laser device is to remove hair and not marketed for assisting with skin conditions, however I am about to publish a review on Miracle One beauty serum and Inner G One supplements and those products do target skin problems!

  33. Itumeleng Moshoadiba

    This seems like an amazing device and would be an awesome prize to win. Would make life easier…

  34. I never have time to care about myself enough to still try and shave my legs. Having a two year old and a full time job is quite tiring.

  35. Nthabiseng Sentle

    Am not a fan of shaving my legs,but am loving the results on your legs,look at how smooth they are.this is great

  36. I have always had chin hair making me really conscious and self aware. Waxing is so painful. If I can get something like this device it would definitely boost my self image

  37. Ivana Langenhoven

    Just what this hairy lady needs…better than salon treatment for reasons you already mentioned…i have dark hair so hair is always visible…this would be a very special gift for me..thank you