Originally created for professional spas, the sensiLight Mini50 by Sensica provides professional-grade hair removal in the comfort of your own home, without shaving or painful waxing. Now, you won’t have to worry about cuts, burns, or ingrown hairs, and with continuous use, your hair removal will be permanent!
How does sensiLight Mini50 accomplish this? Using something called RPL (Reactive Pulsed Light) Technology, this FDA cleared device flashes light, which eliminates hair regrowth at the root. As it’s doing this, sensiLight Mini50’s built-in skin tone sensor (what the company calls “the most advanced double-safety mechanism”) automatically senses variations in skin tone and adjusts intensity accordingly, ensuring safe, pain free, and permanent results in as little as four treatments.
Compared to the competition, sensiLight Mini50’s compact and easy-to-use design means you can take it with you wherever you go, and because it lasts 50,000 flashes, you won’t have to worry about expensive refills.
Given all of this, it might be easy to believe that the sensiLight Mini50 by Sensica really is “the easiest, fastest, most effective way to remove hair at home.” Is this really the case, or is it a bunch of hype? What are customers saying? Are there better options? Let’s get your questions answered by first taking a look at the technology behind sensiLight Mini50.
How Does sensiLight Mini50’s RPL Technology Work?
SensiLight Mini50’s RPL (Reactive Pulsed Light) Technology is just a branded name for something called IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light. This technology basically works by applying high output bursts of broad spectrum light (generally between 400nm and 1200 nm) to the skin, which can be fine tuned for targeted treatments. Depending on the “tuning,” IPL treatments can be used to address acne, rosacea, pigment problems, and photorejuvenation.
In this instance of hair removal, the light from IPL penetrates skin, strikes hair shafts and bulbs, and is then absorbed by the melanin present in the hair. Once it’s absorbed, the heat from the light destroys the hair-producing papilla, causing the follicle to no longer produce hair.
When it comes to sensiLight, they’ve presumably renamed their IPL technology to RPL, since its built-in skin tone sensor reacts to the varying pigment of your skin. Why is this important? Because IPL generally works best on light to medium skin with darker hair, and can lead to burns and pigmentation issues on darker skin.
But remember this: there are generally two classifications of IPL devices; those used at home, and those used in professional settings, such as your dermatologist’s office. Will you experience equal results with sensiLight Mini50?
Is SensiLight Mini50 Equal To Professional Hair Removal?
While watching the sensiLight Mini50 commercial, your ears probably perked up when the manufacturer claimed it was originally created for professional spas and that it provides “professional grade hair removal.” What does this really mean?
First, understand that if you’re looking to get the most bang-for-your-buck, your dermatologist will probably recommend laser treatments over IPL for hair removal (obviously this might be different when referencing other conditions, like veins, photorejuvenation, etc.). Why? Because while IPL devices like sensiLight send out broad spectrum light, whereas “the great thing about laser is that you can specifically set them up, adapting the nanometre of the wavelengths to target an exact pigment. For example we know that brown hair is zapped at 800 nanometres.”
Second, even if we’re only referencing IPL treatments, at-home devices often come in a distant second to in-office machines, which are typically higher-powered and much more effective. For a lot of professional insight into the difference between home IPL devices and in-office IPL machines, be sure to read through this RealSelf.com thread.
Taking these two important factors together, although sensiLight Mini50 might be the “most advanced in-home treatment,” it’s almost certainly not “better” (or even equal to) a laser treatment, and it’s probably much less powerful than IPL machines you’d find at your dermatologist’s office. One RealSelf doctor summed it up by saying:
“The home devices being marketed now as lasers, acne red light and other treatments are a huge joke and waste of your time, money and energy. The idea that people can "laser themselves" is absurd. They are weak and ineffective and not worth the bother. See a professional/physician's office for your treatment so that you get great results, lasting results, and so you don't hurt yourself.”
Granted, all of this is based on our research. What are customers who’ve used the product saying?
Are SensiLight Mini50’s Customers Pleased With Their Hair Removal?
Whether we’re talking about the company’s original sensiLight device, or the more recent sensiLight Mini50, there wasn’t much (any, really) customer feedback. As such, there’s no way to gauge it’s efficacy, ease of use, or other important factors.
The good news is that the hair removal industry houses hundreds of these IPL devices, many of which you’ll even be able to find at your local big box retailer or beauty store. We’ve also reviewed many of these popular at-home IPL machines like LumaRX, Infini’Silk Pro, Silk’n Flash&Go, Tria Laser 4X, and more.
Overall, at-home IPL devices seem to have a mixed online reputation, including here on HighYa. Some customers appear to have experienced great results, while others don’t find the high prices of these devices in line with their results. Granted, these all come from different manufacturers, so there’s no way to know if you’ll experience the same with sensiLight Mini50.
Speaking of which, how much does sensiLight Mini50 cost?
Will SensiLight Mini50’s Price Make Your Hair Fall Out?
There are two ways to purchase Sensica’s sensiLight Mini50:
- A 60-day in-home trial for $19.99, plus free S&H. Afterward, you’ll be billed three consecutive installments of $49.99 each, bringing your total to $169.96.
- A one-time payment of $149.99, plus free shipping.
Either way, your order will include bonus treatment lotion, a 60-day refund policy, and a two-year warranty. In order to process a refund or file a warranty claim, you’ll need to call Sensica’s customer service at 855-736-7422.
Pro tip: At 50,000 flashes, sensiLight Mini50 seems to last about 33X longer than some of the competition. Despite this, given enough time, its cartridge will eventually stop working. Unlike more mainstream models that feature replaceable cartridges though, it’s not clear if you’ll have to replace your entire sensiLight Mini50 unit.
Taking all of this together, should you spend the money on sensiLight Mini50?
Is the SensiLight Mini50 “Revolutionary” Spa Technology?
Compared to some of the competition, the skin tone sensor built into the sensiLight Mini50 seems pretty cool. Does this make it “revolutionary”? This is certainly a subjective term, so we’ll leave that decision up to you.
What we can say though, is that if you’re in the market for an at-home IPL device, the market is literally flooded with options in all shapes, sizes, and feature sets, and finding the right fit is a highly personal experience. What does this mean? You might have to try out several options (after speaking with your dermatologist, of course) before finding the perfect fit.
If you go through this process ordering only online, you’ll have to factor in S&H charges both ways (in the event you’re dissatisfied), which could really add up if you try out several products. On the other hand, buying locally might limit your options somewhat, although you could save a boatload in shipping, and returning the product could be as easy as hopping in your car.
What’s the answer for you? Ultimately, that’s only something you can figure out. But based on what you’ve now learned about the sensiLight Mini50 by Sensica, you have what you need to make a more informed decision.