iLuminage Skin Smoothing Laser System Review
iLuminage is a joint venture of Syneron Medical and Unilever the consumer products giant. There no need to present Unilever, it is one of the largest consumer companies in the world, managing over 200 brands! If you haven’t heard of Unilever you probably have heard of: Axe, Dove, Knorr, Lipton, Magnum, Rexona, Hellmann’s, Cif, Ben&Jerry’s and many more.
Who is Syneron?
Syneron Medical is an Israel-based medical devices hi-tech company that’s already seen success with numerous aesthetic medical devices. The founder of Syneron is Dr. Shimon Eckhouse who is the inventor of the IPL hair removal technology. Syneron is a global leader innovative company, launching new devices which exceed and outrank existing technological solutions.
Syneron’s business is mainly focused on professional dermatologists, physicians and hospitals. Leading the industry Syneron’s devices enable physicians to provide advanced solutions for a broad range of medical-aesthetic applications including body contouring, hair removal, wrinkle reduction, tattoo removal, acne, and other skin’s appearance flaws.
The cooperation of Syneron and Unilever makes so much sense. Syneron brought their cutting edge laser technology, Unilever brought their private consumers know-how. Together with the celebrity designer Karim Rashid, they launched the most beautiful and advanced skin smoothing laser.
Using the iLuminage Skin Smoothing Laser System
iluminage is a luxury beauty brand, designed to perform at-home laser to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. It is outstandingly designed, FDA cleared, ergonomically advanced, convenient to use for skin-rejuvenating treatments. The tiny precise laser tip promises precise treatments were the laser is needed.
The iluminage is using the diode laser, Class 1M with Wavelength of 1440 nm (nano-meter). Beaming the iluminage non-ablative laser delivers multiple micro-pulses of controlled, safe laser light on the skin. The wary collagen structure is stimulated by the light and reinforced from within, thus dramatically reducing wrinkles around the mouth (laugh lines, smokers wrinkles) and eyes (crow legs) where fine wrinkles and lines tend to develop.
Like the TRIA age defying laser, prior to the iLuminage treatment the face needs to be thoroughly cleaned.
The areas which the iLuminage is approved for are around the mouth and eyes. The forehead was not included in the treatment protocol. The areas are divided to 4 treatment zones, covering each zone requires by iLuminage 40 pulses. Each treatment takes about 3-4 minutes to complete.
iLuminage Skin Smoothing Laser Safety Feature
Automated contact sensors– Like the TRIA this device has a tip sensor, which will prevent the laser from emitting unless the tip is pressed to the skin.
Arming sequence– The On button needs to be pressed for 3 seconds to activate the laser applicator, and if the applicator is left idle for 30 seconds, it will shut down automatically to prevent the device from being used by children or unauthorized people.
Internal pulse counter – The device has an internal counter which counts 200 pulses, before it locks down. This is to protect over motivated customers who may want to pulse themselves endlessly, from overdoing it… 160 Pulses are needed to treat the 4 zones so once the device reaches 200 pulses, a four hour timer is activated, allowing the customer to cool down 🙂 from causing damage to themselves.
The iLuminage Skin Smoothing laser treatment protocol is for daily treatments for 5 days on, 2 days off, for 4 weeks.
Futuristic feature – The device comes with a USB cable which is planned to be connected to your computer or mobile to sync the device with the iLuminage Skin Clinic app. The app is not yet accessible, but it will allow each user to see their progression, upload wrinkle images to a personal dairy, connect with a skin specialist and enjoy the first ever interactive home treatment.
iluminage research results:
– 78% significant improvement in fine lines and wrinkles by 2 weeks
– 87% significant improvement in fine lines and wrinkles by 4 weeks
– 95% significant improvement in fine lines and wrinkles by 12 weeks
Many reported it also helped with skin tightening, and enhanced effectiveness of anti-aging creams and serums.
The iLuminage Skin Smoothing Laser Pros
- Unique beautifully sleek design.
- Fully automated display panel.
- Higher energy than the Tria Age Defying Laser.
- High safety features
- USB connector to manage all your skin treatments data and progression (not yet launched)
- It sends reminders so that you never forget a session.
- iLuminage also offers several Copper Oxide textile products.
The Downsides of iLuminage Skin Smoothing Laser
- Precise overlapping 1/4 inch movement per pulse (see image from user guide)
- Like the TRIA, non replaceable battery device lasts for 2 years.
- The forehead is not officially included in the plan.
- Costs more than the TRIA.
- Some users experiencing pain during the treatment.
- Sometimes you may miss some areas.
iLuminage has Skin Rejuvenating Copper Oxide textile products to complete their age defying treatments, such as Copper Oxide Eye Mask, Copper Oxide Pillowcase, Socks and Gloves. There’s not much research demonstrating copper bound with peptides has anti-wrinkle and skin-smoothing benefits. Yet these items do have good rating by Amazon customers, so they somehow add to the overall treatment success.