Comparing Key Features Gillette Venus IPL Vs TRIA Laser
Many people who consider home hair removal have to choose between many systems which are available today online. In this post we will try and cover the main features and do a comparison between the Gillette Venus Silk Expert 5001 and the TRIA laser device (forth generation 4X). We will compare the safety and user experience features so you can know what to expect when ordering either one of them.
TRIA Laser Vs Gillette IPL
The main difference between the two is the technology they use. Laser is a single wavelength pulse of light, which is more concentrated and thus has more light energy per square inch/cm of skin. IPL is a wide spectrum of light which does the same thing, only there is less energy per each square inch/cm of skin.
There are success stories for effective hair reduction for both technologies.
The down side of laser is that it takes longer to cover skin area with the tiny laser tip, while the wider IPL window of the Venus IPL covers more skin and flashes faster, helping to complete the treatment session in shorter time.
The pros of laser is the higher energy of light which is transmitted in to the skin, which make the hair removal process of heating the dark hairs more effective.
Best Candidates For TRIA and Gillette IPL
Both devices are effective and safe for nearly the same candidates. The best skin complexion for laser and for IPL is the white to pale skin. With these skin types most of the light energy gets to the hair and not absorbed by the surrounding skin.
TRIA Laser candidates are those with skin types 1-4, were 1 means pale white and 4 means ‘olive’ mildly tanned skin.
The Gillette Venus Silk Expert IPL has slightly wider options to treat people with darker hair skin types, because the IPL has a ‘softer’ pulse compared to laser. The Gillette skin charts say it is safe to treat skin types 1-5, when 5 means tanned skin! Black skin types are not candidates for either of the devices.
Non of the devices can reduce hair growth for grey, red, or white hair colors, as there is not enough pigment to heat inside them.
Safety Features Comparison TRIA vs Gillette Silk Expert IPL
Both systems will not operate unless they are pressed to the skin. This is to avoid accidental pulsing toward the eye. The skin touch sensor at the tip must be touching the skin in order for either of them to pulse.
Skin tone sensor – both of the systems has similar skin tone sensor to detect the tone of the skin which is being treated. This is to prevent the laser or IPL to pulse over dark skin, which can result in pain and skin burns.
The advanced technology SensoAdapt™ which Gillette implemented is that the the sensor checks the skin tone during the treatment and can reduce the energy level if the skin tone gets tanned or darker. Keeping the customer in the safe and effective zone all through the session. The Gillette can be used over facial skin thanks to the SensoAdapt™ sensor which can reduce the energy and deliver ‘Gentle Mode’ IPL.
You can see the skin tone sensor at the tip of the Gillette Silk Expert IPL.
Comparing User Experience During Treatment
The TRIA display panel is more visible and user friendly, the person using TRIA can see the energy level they are using and get all the signals relevant for the treatment in a fine visual display. The Braun’s Gillette Silk Expert IPL has only a set of lights at the side which shows the energy level pulsed.
Another advantage the Gillette Venus IPL has is the fact it is using cord to power the device, unlike the TRIA which is cordless. Though cordless device is more comfortable to use, it requires re-charging and if battery level drops you have to quite the session and charge the device.
The pulsing rate of the Gillette is much faster than the TRIA, and with the wider treatment window it can complete covering larger body areas in less time. So the treatment does not have to take ‘hours’ to complete each time.
The TRIA and the Gillette Silk Expert IPL both have gliding mode, which means the user can glide the system while it continuous to pulse light on the skin. This saves time and trouble covering larger skin areas like the legs or back.
Both systems can deliver nice results, reducing hair growth! There is no ‘perfect’ system, but only the most suitable device per user, each person has to check which of the systems is better for their needs.
If you have pale skin and dark color hair, and have the time and persistence to do longer treatments, and can stand some of the discomfort of laser in order to reduce the hair growth, then the TRIA can be the suitable device for you. Make sure to read the reviews other customers have written. See more about the TRIA at their Amazon page.
The new Gillette Silk Expert IPL seems to be more suitable for more candidates as it has all the advantages of IPL and has even unique advantages and features most of the other IPL system lack. For example the Gillette’s IPL lamp lasting oft 120,000 flashes, which is more than most other IPL devices.
Together with the new Gentle Mode and SensoAdapt™ technology the Silk Expert IPL seems to be challenging to be at the top performance of the home IPL systems. If you are planning to invest in a home hair removal system, it would make sense to order the leading Gillette Silk Expert IPL and not settle for less advanced devices.