Braun IPL BD 5009 Review

Braun IPL BD 5009 Review
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If you have yet to get on board the IPL wagon, you are missing out. The convenience, efficiency and comfort of the Braun Silk-expert is unmatched by any other shaving methods.

IPL hair removers make easy work of keeping your skin smooth. Instead of scrapping across your skin with a razor every morning or holding in the tears as you wax your legs, an IPL hair remover is painless and gets rid of hair for months.

One of the best IPL home machines is the the Braun Silk-expert. It’s a compact device that you plug into a power outlet and then pass over your skin as it removes hair. You can use it on different parts of your body including your face, arms, legs and bikini area.

Braun IPL BD 5009 review

Braun Silk-expert IPL BD5009

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What are you buying?

1. SensoAdapt skin tone sensor

IPL – Intense Pulsated Light – technology does not work on every hair colour and skin tone. A certain level of melanin is required for the hair remover to work. And even for those skin and hair colours on which IPL hair removal is effective, varying amounts of energy are required depending on your skin tone and hair colour. Too much intensity can cause skin irritation while too little may not effectively remove hair.

The Braun Silk-expert uses a smart skin tone sensor to automatically adjust the light intensity reaching your skin. The sensor reads your skin up to 80 times per second, ensuring maximum safety and effectiveness.

2. Long term hair removal

In as few as four treatments, most women see huge changes on their skin. The unwanted hair simply disappears. No more shaving every morning or making waxing appointments every weekend at the salon.

The hair disappears for months at a time, sometimes for as long as 12 months. When it starts to reappear, just shave again and you can keep enjoying your silky smooth skin.

The best part is that the Braun Silk-expert is safe enough for use on different parts of your skin. You can use it on your face, legs, arms, lips, armpits and even your bikini area. There are several settings available (see below) to allow you to use the device comfortably and safely.

It’s not just for women. Men can also use it to shave their arms, legs or stomach. But you should first shorten the hair first using one of the traditional shaving methods. IPL works best on short hairs.

3. Two treatment modes and three intensity modes

There are three intensity levels to choose from; normal, gentle and extra gentle. The best mode depends on your skin sensitivity and where you are shaving. You can use the gentle mode on your face and the extra gentle mode on your bikini area. The gentle modes are also ideal for those using IPL for the first time.

In addition to the intensity modes, there are a couple of treatment modes; gliding and precision. The gliding mode is ideal for large non-sensitive areas such as your arms or legs. The precision mode works with a skin contact sensor to provide a more precise operation around areas like below the lip or the underarms.

How easy is it to use?

The Braun Silk-expert comes with clear instructions. There is even a chart to help you decide whether your skin tone and hair colour are ideal for IPL hair removal.

To use the hair remover, just plug it into a power outlet and get to work. The treatment and intensity modes give you more control over the process. So even if you have extra-sensitive skin, you can still use the Silk-expert comfortably and painlessly.

What accessories are included?

The Silk-expert plugs into a power outlet. So it doesn’t include any batteries nor do you need to buy any. But it comes with an exfoliator at no extra cost. If you don’t want the exfoliator, you can also get the Silk-expert + Gillette Venus bundle.


  • Very easy to use.
  • Safe and comfortable.
  • Long term hair removal.


  • Not ideal for all hair and skin colours.
  • Cannot be used where there is no power.

Anything else you should know?

IPL hair removers are generally pricey compared to razors and waxing strips. But consider how much you save. You don’t need to keep buying more shaving accessories and equipment nor do you need any more salon appointments to keep your skin smooth.

And even time-wise, it saves you a bundle. You can spend the extra time focusing on your work, family or hobbies.


If you have yet to get on board the IPL wagon, you are missing out. The convenience, efficiency and comfort of the Braun Silk-expert is unmatched by any other shaving methods.

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