The Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 is a powerful, compact, and lightweight IPL (intense pulse light) machine that makes it easy to reduce the regrowth of body hair. While it won’t banish hair for good, it significantly reduces the amount of hair on your body. The device is effective and safe, with a built-in SensoAdapt feature that continuously adjusts the intensity of light based on the skin tone. Here’s the full review on Braun Silk Expert Pro 5.
Braun Silk Expert Pro 5: First Impressions
The Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 is the third and largest generation of IPL devices from this brand. It’s well packaged, compact, and neat. On opening the box, everything is stored securely in a neat storage pouch, together with the manual. In the box, you get:
- The Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 IPL with body attachment
- User guide
- Power lead and plugs (UK and Australia)
- Fixed power cord and base station pack
- Venus razor and blade
The device itself is white and gold, and the first impression is sophisticated and refined. It has good quality and feels solid. It’s advisable to carefully read the user manual and perform a skin sensitivity test before you start using it.
Braun Silk Expert Pro 5: Build
The machine has a compact design and elegant shape. At 285g, it’s lightweight and looks classy with no creaks or cracks. It’s made to fit perfectly in your hand, thanks to the smooth lines and ergonomic curvy shape. The cord is two meters long and feels premium. It’s fixed to the base of the gadget, and very easy to handle. It’s thick, flexible, and does not tangle. The Braun Pro 5 device comes in three models:
- Braun Silk-Expert Pro 5 PL5014
- Braun Silk-Expert Pro 5 PL5124
- Braun Silk-Expert Pro 5 PL5137
Braun Silk Expert Pro 5: Lamp Lifetime
The Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 IPL comes with 400, 000 flashes. That’s more than its closest competitor, Philips Lumea. Coupled with the 3 cm2 flash window, it’s enough to treat 1,200,000 cm2 body area. According to Braun, it can give you up to 22 years’ service of full body treatment. In real life, however, it can give you more than 15 years’ worth of monthly full-body treatments.
All models of the Braun Silk Expert Pro 5 come with a standard matt-gold body attachment, measuring 1 cm by 3cm to give you a total of 3cm2. This is perfect for legs, underarms, body, and bikini line. The PL5137 and PL5124 models come with a smaller white precision attachment, measuring 1.1cm wide by 1.5cm long to give a total flash of 1.65cm2. It’s a particularly good fit around the jawline and upper lip. It works well on fingers and toes as well. The Braun Pro 5 has 10 intensity levels and operates at high IPL intensities, with the maximum on level 10 being 6 J/cm2. This makes it ideal for use on light skin. Darker skin requires lower intensities.
When you hear the term laser, you probably become concerned about your safety. With Braun Pro 5, you can rest assured that it has been clinically tested for home use and passed the necessary European manufacturing and safety standards for the CE mark. It has been cleared by FDA for the US market as well. To use it, you must hold the flash window flush against your skin so that the two skin sensors are covered at either side of the flash windows. If not, it won’t flash. This prevents the device from accidentally flashing into open-air anywhere near your eyes.
The Braun Pro 5 is skin-safe and has received independent accreditation from Skin Health Alliance. It has a built-in UV filter, which combined with the skin tone sensor, prevents flashes from hurting your skin. When using the machine, the blue sensor checks your skin before every flash and won’t flash if your tone is too dark. If it determines that your skin is safe, it automatically chooses the best of the 10 intensity levels to suit your skin. The machine comes with additional modes for sensitive parts of your body. The modes are identified by the number of lights:
- One light is the extra gentle mode, which chooses the lowest IPL intensity level 1
- Two lights signify gentle mode
- Three lights mean standard mode. The machine balances maximum power safety to suit your skin tone
Braun Silk Expert Pro 5: The Results
Using the Braun Pro 5 is simple and straightforward. Apart from the cooling fan and “pop” sound of each flash, it’s rather silent. The flashes are bright but harmless to the eyes. It’s advisable to use the device in a well-lit room to reduce the intensity of the light. If you have sensitive eyes, be sure to wear sunglasses to reduce irritation. When using it, your skin may feel a little warm and tingly, especially in sensitive areas like ankles, thighs, underarms, and bikini line. You may also feel a bit uncomfortable when flashing the bikini line and underarms because the hair is generally thicker and denser. You can choose the gentle or extra gentle mode for these areas. One thing you can be assured of is that the machine is really fast and you can do both legs in under 10 minutes. Skin redness is to be expected, but the effects will wear off within 24 hours. After flashing, avoid tanning and wear an SPF 30+. Additionally, avoid things that will irritate the skin like a hot tub, sauna, tight-fitting clothes, and spanking. You can expect hairless skin by session 12, depending on your skin – some may get the result by session six. Typically, a whole-body session might take around 30 minutes. Apart from the redness of the skin, the only downside is the cost of the device. Depending on the model, the prices range between $329 and $477. The price varies from one store to another. The Silk Expert Pro 5 PL5137, for instance, costs $329.99 on Braun.com and $437.24 on Amazon.