At a Glance



Reduction in hair growth


Varies depending on area


Minimal to none




None required




6-10 treatments (some may need more)


Fast Treatment


Great Value-for-money


Peace of mind

At Skin Cosmetics London, we’re passionate about empowering you to feel your most confident self, and we understand that achieving this often involves helping you manage unwanted hair. We’re thrilled to offer effective, safe, and state-of-the-art laser hair removal for individuals with darker skin types. With our advanced technology and experienced team, we’re your trusted choice for your hair removal needs.

Our clinic employs the Cynosure Elite iQ laser hair removal machine – one of the leading technologies in the aesthetic field. This machine is designed to be efficient, accurate, and safe for all skin types, including darker ones. Here’s how it works: the laser targets the pigment within the hair follicle, heating it and thereby disrupting the hair’s growth. Unlike some other treatments, this laser does not damage the surrounding skin, making it a safe and effective method for darker skin types, which often have a higher concentration of melanin.

The Cynosure Elite iQ machine comes with a Skintel Melanin Reader, a revolutionary device that measures the melanin density of your skin. This allows us to adjust the treatment to your unique skin type, ensuring maximum results with minimal discomfort. As a result, our laser hair removal treatment is not just ‘one-size-fits-all’; instead, it is tailored to your individual needs and skin type.

The effectiveness of this treatment is visible from the first session itself. Laser hair removal provides long-lasting results, significantly reducing hair growth in the targeted areas. It’s not just about appearance, though; it’s also about convenience. Imagine the time you’ll save when you no longer have to worry about regular shaving or waxing!

At Skin Cosmetics London, your safety and comfort are paramount to us. We understand that trying a new treatment can be daunting, which is why we offer a complimentary patch test and consultation to all our customers. This initial meeting allows us to assess your skin and hair type, explain the procedure in detail, and give you an opportunity to ask any questions. You’ll also get a sneak peek of the results you can expect from our treatment.

We are deeply committed to offering the best customer experience and strive to make each visit a welcoming, beneficial, and empowering journey for you. Our staff are highly trained and experienced in the use of the Cynosure Elite iQ system, and they work diligently to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.

Skin Cosmetics London is the epitome of excellence in skin care and aesthetic treatments. We are here to provide you with an effective and safe solution for unwanted hair. Don’t let common misconceptions about laser hair removal for darker skin types hold you back. Choose us for a personal, professional, and proven approach to laser hair removal.

Book your complimentary consultation and patch test today and discover the life-changing potential of laser hair removal at Skin Cosmetics London. Welcome to a world of smooth, hair-free skin – we look forward to meeting you.

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    comparison title

    TreatmentTraditional lasers (Q-switched Nd:YAG)Picosure (picosecond laser)
    Treatment Intensity★★★★★★★★ ☆ ☆
    Effective for coloured tattoos?NoYes
    Number of treatments needed15+5-10 (depends on tattoo colour, density & size)
    Downtime24-48 hours (more intense)24-48 hours (less intense)
    Tissue trauma✔️Minimal
    Pulse widthNanoseconds (billionth of a second)Picoseconds (trillionths of a second)- Ultra-fast
    Mechanism of actionPhotothermal (generates heat)Photomechanical (little to no heat)
    Technology standardOlder standardCurrent gold standard
    Risk of adverse reactionsPresentVery rare

    What is Skintel?

    The Skintel Melanin Reader is an advanced device used in laser treatment to measure the melanin density in your skin. Melanin, the pigment responsible for the color of your skin, hair, and eyes, plays a critical role in laser hair removal. It is the target for the laser during the procedure, absorbing the laser’s energy to disable hair follicles.

    The amount of melanin in your skin can vary significantly not only from person to person but also across different parts of your body and at different times of the year. Darker skin types generally have higher melanin levels, which can sometimes make laser hair removal more challenging.

    Here’s where the Skintel Melanin Reader comes into play. Before the treatment, the device is used to take a reading of your skin’s melanin density. This data is then used to calibrate the laser machine to the appropriate settings for your specific skin type and color. By customizing the treatment in this way, we ensure that the right amount of energy is used – enough to effectively target the hair follicles, but not so much that it risks damaging your skin.

    This personalized approach to laser hair removal significantly enhances the safety and effectiveness of the treatment for individuals with darker skin types. It minimizes the risk of over-treatment and potential side effects, such as burns or discoloration, that can occur if the laser settings are not accurately adjusted for higher melanin levels.

    By utilizing the Skintel Melanin Reader, Skin Cosmetics London ensures that our laser hair removal treatments are safe, effective, and customized for each individual’s unique skin type. This is yet another reason to trust us with your aesthetic needs – we have the technology and expertise to provide you with optimal results while prioritizing your skin’s safety and health.


    Safe & effective laser wavelengths backed by science

    Nd:YAG lasers, which operate at a 1064 nm wavelength, are indeed often used for laser hair removal on darker skin types, and they are highly effective. This choice is rooted in the way these lasers interact with melanin, the pigment that gives skin and hair its color.

    The 1064 nm wavelength penetrates deeper into the skin than other types of lasers. This is beneficial for a couple of reasons:

    Lower Melanin Absorption: Nd:YAG lasers have a lower absorption rate by melanin compared to other lasers. This means they’re less likely to cause damage or discoloration to the surrounding skin, making them a safer option for darker skin types which have more melanin.
    Deep Penetration: The longer wavelength allows the laser to reach deeper into the skin, accessing hair follicles that are located further down. This makes it particularly effective for hair removal, especially for thicker and deeper hair follicles.
    Versatility: Nd:YAG lasers are effective on a wide range of hair types and colors, and they can be used on nearly any part of the body.
    Adjustable Settings: With adjustable pulse durations and cooling settings, the Elite iQ allows for a high level of customization. This means the treatment can be tailored to your unique skin and hair type, significantly reducing the risk of side effects and increasing the effectiveness of the treatment.
    The Nd:YAG laser in the Cynosure Elite iQ system used at Skin Cosmetics London, combined with the Skintel Melanin Reader’s precise customisation, provide an optimal balance of safety and effectiveness for darker skin types. This technology allows us to deliver highly successful hair removal results while minimizing the risk of any adverse effects.

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    Treatment Step by Step

    Initial Consultation

    The first step towards your hair-free journey is an initial consultation at Skin Cosmetics London. In this consultation, our experts will assess your skin and hair type to evaluate your suitability for the laser hair removal procedure. We’ll also examine the area you wish to treat and discuss your expected outcomes. This is the perfect opportunity for you to ask any queries you may have about the Cynosure Elite iQ laser and the treatment itself.


    Complimentary Laser Patch Test

    After your consultation, we offer a complimentary laser patch test. This is a vital part of the process where we test a small area of your skin with the Cynosure Elite iQ laser. This helps us assess your skin’s reaction to the laser and fine-tune the settings for your individual needs, ensuring maximum results and safety.


    Preparing for the Treatment

    If the patch test results are satisfactory, we’ll provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your first laser hair removal session. This may include advice like shaving the treatment area a day before, refraining from sun exposure, and suspending the use of specific medications or skincare products.


    Your First Laser Hair Removal Session

    On the day of your first session, our skilled technicians will explain the process in detail and ensure your comfort. The procedure begins by cleansing the area to be treated and applying a cooling gel. The Cynosure Elite iQ laser is then used to target and heat the hair follicles, inhibiting their growth. The device’s built-in cooling feature ensures the treatment is as comfortable as possible.


    Aftercare Instructions

    Post-treatment, we’ll provide you with comprehensive aftercare instructions to guarantee the most effective results. This typically includes avoiding exposure to the sun and high temperatures (like hot showers or saunas), refraining from exfoliating the treated area for several days, and using a soothing lotion such as aloe vera to alleviate any minor irritation.


    Follow-Up Treatments

    To achieve optimum results, multiple sessions are usually needed, generally spaced four to six weeks apart. This allows us to target hair at various growth stages. Your subsequent appointments will be scheduled before you leave the clinic.


    Evaluation and Maintenance

    Once all your scheduled treatments are completed, we’ll set up a review appointment to assess your results. While significant hair reduction is expected, occasional maintenance treatments might be necessary to address new hair growth or hormonal changes.

    At Skin Cosmetics London, we use the state-of-the-art Cynosure Elite iQ laser hair removal system to provide you with a safe, efficient, and comfortable experience. We’re excited to guide you towards a smoother, hair-free future.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How is laser hair removal safe for darker skin types?

    Laser hair removal can be safe for darker skin types when performed using the right kind of laser, at appropriate settings, and by a trained professional. There are a few key factors that ensure the safety of laser hair removal for darker skin:

    The Right Laser: Not all lasers are created equal, especially when it comes to darker skin. Lasers like the Nd:YAG, which operates at a 1064 nm wavelength, are particularly effective and safe for darker skin types. They have a lower melanin absorption rate, which means they can penetrate deeper into the skin without damaging the surrounding tissue. The Cynosure Elite iQ system, for example, used at Skin Cosmetics London, employs Nd:YAG lasers, ensuring safer and more effective treatment.
    Customized Settings: The ability to adjust laser settings based on individual skin and hair characteristics is crucial for the safety of darker skin types. With the Skintel Melanin Reader, we can measure the melanin density in your skin and calibrate the laser settings accordingly. This ensures the right amount of energy is used – sufficient to target the hair follicles effectively, but not so much that it risks damaging the skin.
    Skin Cooling Technology: Modern laser systems often incorporate cooling technology, like the Dynamic Cooling Device in the Cynosure Elite iQ system. These technologies protect the upper layers of the skin by providing a burst of cooling before and after each laser pulse, reducing discomfort and further enhancing safety.
    Professional Operation: Perhaps the most crucial factor in ensuring safety is having the procedure conducted by trained professionals. At Skin Cosmetics London, our staff are experienced in performing laser hair removal on a wide range of skin types. They understand the nuances of adjusting settings for darker skin and will ensure your comfort and safety throughout the treatment.
    Patch Test: To ensure the utmost safety, we also offer a complimentary patch test. This allows us to test a small area of your skin with the laser before proceeding to larger areas. It provides an additional layer of assurance that the treatment settings are appropriate for your specific skin type and that your skin responds well to the laser.
    These elements combine to make laser hair removal a safe option for individuals with darker skin. Always remember, however, to seek treatment from a reputable clinic, like Skin Cosmetics London, that has the knowledge, experience, and technology to provide you with the best care possible.

    The 1064 nm wavelength, typically emitted by Nd:YAG lasers, is often considered the safest for darker skin types due to its specific interactions with melanin and its depth of penetration.

    Lower Melanin Absorption: The key to the safety of the 1064 nm wavelength is that it’s less readily absorbed by melanin compared to shorter wavelengths. Melanin, the pigment that gives our skin and hair its color, is the primary target for lasers used in hair removal. Darker skin contains more melanin, so lasers that are highly absorbed by melanin can potentially cause damage to the skin. The 1064 nm wavelength, however, has a lower melanin absorption rate, reducing the risk of skin damage or discoloration.
    Deep Penetration: Another benefit of the 1064 nm wavelength is that it penetrates deeper into the skin. This allows it to effectively reach and disable the hair follicles without causing unnecessary heat damage to the surface skin.
    Less Scattering: Longer wavelengths like 1064 nm scatter less in the skin. This means more of the laser’s energy is directed precisely where it’s needed—at the hair follicle.
    Effective Cooling: Nd:YAG lasers used for hair removal often have skin cooling technologies integrated, like the Dynamic Cooling Device used in the Cynosure Elite iQ system at Skin Cosmetics London. This provides an additional level of protection for the skin surface, enhancing comfort and safety.
    In combination, these factors make the 1064 nm wavelength of the Nd:YAG laser an excellent choice for laser hair removal in darker skin types, balancing effective hair reduction with high safety levels.

    Yes, individuals with darker skin types can certainly achieve excellent results from laser hair removal, thanks to advancements in laser technology. The Nd:YAG laser, with its longer wavelength of 1064 nm, has been specifically designed to target and destroy hair follicles in darker skin safely and effectively.

    It’s important to note that the effectiveness of laser hair removal for darker skin, like all skin types, can depend on a number of factors including the contrast between the skin and hair color, hair thickness, and the area of the body being treated. Dark hair on darker skin tends to respond well to laser hair removal because the hair still has enough pigment to attract the laser.

    At Skin Cosmetics London, we utilize the Cynosure Elite iQ laser system, which is equipped with the Skintel Melanin Reader. This technology allows us to measure the melanin density of your skin and adjust the treatment settings to match, resulting in a personalized treatment plan that maximizes safety and effectiveness.

    After a series of treatments, most patients see significant hair reduction. However, it’s important to remember that results can vary and multiple sessions are typically needed to achieve the desired outcome. We recommend a series of at least 6-8 treatments for optimal results.

    To further ensure the success of the treatment, we offer a complimentary consultation and patch test. This allows us to assess your skin and hair type and gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have. With our expertise and advanced technology, we are confident in providing effective laser hair removal for darker skin types.

    Laser hair removal can be remarkably effective for both darker and lighter skin types, with the specific technologies and methodologies employed varying depending on skin and hair characteristics. The critical aspect in the success of laser hair removal lies in the contrast between the skin color and the hair color: a higher contrast typically leads to a more effective treatment.

    In the past, laser hair removal proved most efficient on individuals with lighter skin and darker hair. This is because the significant contrast allows the laser to easily target the dark pigment (melanin) in the hair without affecting the lighter skin. The Alexandrite laser, with a wavelength of 755 nm, is often the preferred choice for this skin type. This is because its shorter wavelength is highly absorbed by melanin, making it particularly effective at targeting and disabling the hair follicles in lighter skin.

    However, advancements in laser technology have significantly improved the efficacy of laser hair removal for darker skin types as well. The Nd:YAG laser, operating at a longer wavelength of 1064 nm, safely and effectively treats darker skin. Its lower absorption rate by melanin allows it to penetrate deeper into the skin, reaching hair follicles without harming the surrounding skin which contains a higher level of melanin. This makes it a safer and more effective choice for darker skin types.

    The Cynosure Elite iQ system, utilized at Skin Cosmetics London, incorporates both the Alexandrite 755 nm and Nd:YAG 1064 nm lasers, making it versatile for treating all skin types. Additionally, the system is equipped with the Skintel Melanin Reader, allowing us to customize treatment settings according to each individual’s unique skin and hair characteristics. This individualized approach enhances the overall efficacy of treatment, regardless of skin type.

    Nevertheless, the effectiveness of laser hair removal can vary based on several factors, including hair color, hair thickness, and the specific area being treated. Despite skin type, individual results can vary, and a series of treatment sessions are generally required to achieve optimal results.

    At Skin Cosmetics London, we are dedicated to delivering safe and effective laser hair removal for all skin types. Our use of advanced technology, coupled with the expertise of our professionals, allows us to tailor treatments to each individual’s needs, ensuring the most effective and satisfactory outcomes.

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    Client Testimonials

    Shravan Amin
    Shravan Amin
    15. March, 2024.
    Having been with Skin Cosmetics London for now 5 laser hair removal sessions, I wanted to express my gratitude that I chose this clinic to do my course. Goli on the front desk always creates a warm, welcoming ambiance. Parisa, the laser technican, consistently delivers treatments with the utmost empathy and consideration. Over multiple visits, Parisa's reassuring demeanor and expert care have made every session super comfortable, especially as someone who was initially apprehensive about getting laser on my face. They offer flexibility with bookings and competitive pricing. So, for anyone looking for laser hair removal, I definitely recommend Skin Cosmetics London, namely for their customer-centric approach.
    Bushra Anwar
    Bushra Anwar
    13. February, 2024.
    Great place with fantastic service, products and treatments
    Tasvi Shah
    Tasvi Shah
    2. February, 2024.
    Amazing place for laser, I highly recommend! Have had 7 sessions now and it’s been really effective. All the therapists are so lovely and the salon itself is really clean and well designed. Highly recommend to everyone!
    Abrar Mustafa
    Abrar Mustafa
    24. January, 2024.
    Best place in London we always come here from Luton
    Ihsan Khan
    Ihsan Khan
    21. January, 2024.
    Very good service using elite IQ laser in this luxurious clinic in Pinner London
    Alisha Rathor
    Alisha Rathor
    10. January, 2024.
    Amazing service by Parissa! Highly recommend, great results too!! x
    nisha khanom
    nisha khanom
    7. January, 2024.
    I had my first hydra-facial today and I am so amazed with the outcome! My skin looks and feels amazing! First I had a skin consultation which was explained to me so patiently and professionally by Parisa! I am definitely coming back for more treatments! All the staff are lovely and polite!
    mustapha elghawi
    mustapha elghawi
    22. December, 2023.
    Probably the best treatment I’ve had in my life and that is most likely an understatement! 😍
    M M
    M M
    13. December, 2023.
    Great service, excellent staff very professional and caring. Definitely recommend this place.
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