Silk'n • SensEpil • Hair Removal
|Would buy this product again.||84%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Okay it's possible I may have to update this because I have not used this product for that long, but I am so excited by my results that I want to review right away!
I purchased the Tria, which honestly hasn't appeared to have reduced my hair at all. (DO NOT RECOMMEND!) But after experiencing successful professional laser hair removal (though not permanent), I know hair's supposed to fall off pretty fast-it should not take several months to notice a difference unlike what I was told when I tried to return the Tria. So I figured I'd give the Silk'n a shot since if it didn't provide results fast, I could always return it.
I continued with the Tria on the left side on my body, and began using Silk'n on the right. After just a few sessions, I noticed a major difference. I have yet to even use the very highest setting! This is amazing! I'm not sure if it's as powerful as pro laser hair removal yet, but I'm very happy so far.
Update: This is NOT as powerful as professional laser hair removal (when it's successful-hair burns off immediately), but on certain areas of my body, it really does seem to slow hair growth. I will continue to use this and update my review on how it works on different areas of my body.
The actual device is very cute too-compact and feminine.
Update 2: I'm lowering this from a 4 to a 2. This does seem to slow hair growth, but due to the fact it's costly to continue buying cartridges, it's just not worth the money imo. I'd rather look for good professional hair removal deals and have the hairs really fall out than spend the time and money it takes for the Silk'n just to slow down hair growth. If it were at least as powerful as pro laser on ONE part of my body, I'd totally keep using it, but unfortunately it's not (not my legs, arms, underarms, nowhere). I was so excited about this product at first, such a bummer after several treatments my results still aren't that great.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I bought the BellaLite from Costco which is made by the same company especially for Costco. I have been using this over an 8 month period and have used it 10 times and I have seen dramatic results. I used it on my bikini line, arm pits and belly area. Unfortunately, my legs are too tan so I cannot use it there. I am absolutely thrilled with the results! Let me tell you, I was one hairy monster before. I was seriously considering getting professional treatments which would have cost me a couple thousand dollars. But I decided to try this instead and figured I'd only be out a couple hundred if it didn't work. Plus since I bought it at Costco, I could return it if I didn't like it. It seemed like a no brainer to me.
I started seeing results after maybe the 3rd or 4th treatment. And then half way through, I was kind of worrying that it seemed like my hair situation was relapsing. But I guess that had more to do with my hair growth cycle than the device. I should have taken some before and after pictures. But the results are dramatic. I absolutely love this thing and am so glad I bought it! The only thing is that it seems like my arm pit hairs are more stubborn than my bikini line for some reason. I still get 10-15% hair growth on my bikini line, 20% on my armpits and 2% on my belly area. But that is still awesome for me and much more manageable than the hairy monster I used to be.
For your reference, I am asian with black hair. I tan easily which is why I can't do my legs, but for other parts of me that don't see much sun, this works great. Although, I do consistently get the sensor warning going off when I do my armpits which doesn't make any sense since my armpits are as pale as can be. I just move it to another part of my body and then when it starts working again, I go back to my armpits and then it works. So the system is a bit finicky but for results like these, it's a small nuisance that I am willing to put up with. I highly recommend!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Hazel
Let me start off by saying that even after I read the rave reviews, I was still a skeptic. 'Perhaps the hair takes one or two weeks to grow back', I thought, 'but 6 months(as packaging claims)- No Way'. This product has turned me into a believer. Before I dive into this review, I will add that I am middle-eastern, and you know what that means-hair, and lots of it. After struggling with foliculitis in my bikini line for way too long(my hair is also coarse), and after seeing different moethods of dealing with it fail, the sensepil really was my only option. And it rescued me. I primarily used it on my oits and bikini line, and occassionaly on my legs. My problematic bikini line is, after using it for about 8 months, clean and clear! It is 100% bare? No. If left unshaved/waxed/epilated for a month, a few hairs are bound to show up, but we're talking 6 tops. For me, that's a huge improvement. In the pits, I had less success, but that may stem from the fact that I've never waxed or epilated that area; just shaved. After having waxed once, the hairs became thinner and easier to deal with. My legs used to be another problem area. I HAD to shave every 2 days, or else I ran the risk of my legs looking kinda manly. Now, the hair does indeed grow back much thinner, and with patches.
Also, let me also mention that I looked into the possibility of laser hair removal and ipl, and found that the results are not permanent, cost a lot of money, and the providers which do it in my area are ppl to whom the idea of showing my private bits doesn't excite me, to say the very least. It's private, cost efficient, and most importantely, it works. It is the ultimate hair removal solution.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
the bottom line for me in that the Silk' n is just way too tedious to use . I had read the reviews beforehand and expected this, but thought who cares if I see results. The problem was that the device is just too small if you intend to do large areas in a timely and precise fashion to see great results. Especially if you have a nice size 16 leg like myself : / Best for small areas, maybe lower legs, lower arms, etcetc. the most I could get done was the my two bottom legs and forearms and that would take at least and hour or so. the other problem I had is that it was hard to see the markings of where i had just zapped to line it up perfectly, so it was always patchy & coudlnt even use it on areas like back of upper thigh because I couldnt see the markings. I cant say if its permanent because I gave up after about 10 uses but the hair definitely came back slower and abit less on legs, arms while I was actively using it. The main reason for writing review is to let people know be prepared to be very patient and expect patchiness unles you can line it up perfectly. ...for me it was a waste of $$ because I just I gave up on it.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Working great for me :) I no longer need to shave my legs to get ready for summer
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Update: If you end up wanting to buy this machine, search around online for the SensEpil XL! it's the european version that comes with 40,000 or 65,000 shots! (vs. 750 for the u.s. version :O). I've seen one for only $600 on amazon. wow.
Original review: This machine is for longer-term hair removal only, (like waxing, except way better), not permanent reduction like in office laser hair removal. For the longer-term hair removal it gets a 4.5 stars. for perm hair removal it gets 1 star. If you are lucky, after 2 years of using it repeatedly there might be a few tiny sections that have permanent reduction.
I've been following IPL and Laser hair removal since it first came out, so even though i've only done 3 treatments with the Silk'n (at the highest setting) I can atest this you this machine is not for permanent hair removal or permanent hair reduction.
The sens epil is IPL, which is not as strong as laser technology hair removal, and even fairly successful IPL salon/spa treatments range from 12 joules/cm2 to higher 20's, this machine has a maximum of 5 joules/cm2, that will get you nowhere as far as permanent reduction.
What it WILL do is release the hairs from the root (the hair falls out in 7-10 days), and like waxing or rotary epilating, the papilla is not destroyed and the hair will grow back. BUT! Unlike waxing, it can remove hairs that have started to grow but haven't yet reached the surface, and unlike waxing there will be no broken hairs that will need to be waxed/epilated later. Both of these things mean hair removal with this machine will leave you with smoother skin for longer. Also unlike waxing you do not have to wait until you have 1/8th or 1/4 inch hair to be removed (again, that will get you smoother skin for longer). That is why this machine is good, even though it won't permanently reduce hair. After talking with people who have owned this machine for 2 years and then stopped using it, they will tell you the hair grows back.
I would happily use this machine for long term (3+ months) hair removal if I had not had true laser and IPL (and electrolysis) hair removal on the parts of my body i wish to be hair free. $2,500 worth.
Here's a tip for a good price on this longer term hair removal machine: First, do a search for "daily deal silk'n", sometimes there's a $275 all included deal. If none there, check ebay, people who have bought the deals sell the machines there sometimes. OR, if there's no current deal around, If you go to silk'n's "Silk'nstore" (http://www.thesilknstore.com/), there is a machine called Silk'n Pro. It is the same as the new silk'n but in blue with a slightly different shape to the hand piece, but the price is lower and it comes with 2! cartridges instead of 1 for a total savings of about $200. THE ONLY difference, as confirmed by the company via chat, is that the silk'n pro is the original machine and therefore does not have the new feature of the skintone sensor. The skintone sensor prevents the user from using the machine on skin that is too dark. If you're skin is darker than nc35, skip. And by the way, if you look online for something called the Silk'n Sensepil XL, you will find ones that have up to 65,000 shots!!! Not the 750 the u.s. version comes with. Holy moly. One has 10k and one has 65k. a 40k one can be found for $600 on amazon.
The Silk'n compared to similar machines:
(re: Flash and Go, F&G just has a smaller window, easier for smaller areas, just buy laser hair removal if you're only doing small areas).
-Viss: Viss is insignificantly less powerful (4J/cm), but cartridges last longer.
-Remington i-light ($249): 7-8 joules/cm2 (not enough to be permanent) and 1/3 the window treatment size, which is okay for small areas (bikini, underarm) but poor for larger areas. Cheaper cartridges that last longer, so the remington ends up being less expensive but you'll spend more time. Skip this one if you plan on doing legs.
-Lumi by evo derma ($399), same treatment window size as sens epil, and each cartridge has 2,000 flashes vs. 750 silk'n, so Lumi is less expensive and slightly faster time bwtn flashes. So it would seem better all around, but i haven't seen reviewers online say they're getting total fallout after treatments, they don't mention fall out at all actually. But there is a 30 day return policy so...
-Me My Elos ($399 online) - 4 joules + radio frequency - Kinda confused and intrigued by this one because I don't know much about RF + IPL. Reviews are good but why does it offer an epilator attachment? How strange. But apparently the machine is faster than the sens epil, i'm not sure how fast it is between shots though. And the cartridge allegedly has 3000 shots, but all reviews say it has much less.
-tria ($349): more powerful (7-20 joules) and is a diode laser vs. ipl, but tiny tiny treatment window. If an area is that small that this would be usable, (undie arms and kini) but it's cheaper to get the real deal with a groupon. Would be good for post laser follow up though. (I should add that this person chronicled the Tria 2 years, last reported being hair free for 1 full year: http://hairremoval.about.com/od/lase1/a/tria-hair.htm
Personally, under most circumstances i think anything over $300 (and even that is pushing it) for basically a 'better than a waxing' machine, is too much. But for those of you who pay for waxing sessions, these machines on sale can be a good deal. For reference, for real laser with real permanent results, lower legs, bikini, and under arms would cost you about $1,200-2,000 if you got a good package.
And here's how to find a deals through sales sites like Groupon etc:
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
Got tired of using other methods to slow hair growth (waxing, creams), so I tried this for more permanent results. Like others, I have used this for 6 months in order to give it a fair review. I am using exclusively on my legs because that is the most time consuming area to shave. I have been following the frequency recommended, like two week intervals +/- a few days here or there.
My thoughts: So far, I am pretty pleased with the results. I have areas that appear to be pretty hair free, mainly on my lower legs. Other areas appear to be thinning and are not as dense. But I am not at the stage where I can go without shaving for several days although I can miss a day here or there and I'm fine.
You can adjust the intensity of the light flashes which means you can adjust how much pain you are willing to endure. It feels like a snap on the skin. I went up to the strongest level (5) as soon as possible, but there are some areas that I have to turn down because snap is a little painful for me, like on the knees and around the bikini line. Also, when the glass window gets hot, I usually allow it to cool for about 30 seconds before continuing. Overall, it takes me about 20 minutes to do both legs.
Cost is a factor. I bought mine at Costco and it came with three cartridges for about $400. Each cartridge is supposed to last 750 flashes. So doing an area as large as the legs, I get about 2 to 2 1/2 treatments per cartridge. Replacement cartridges are about $40-$45 dollars each and they are not typically on sale for less. I did find one web store that has 20% sales occassionally. So I am about $520 invested.
Problem is that I have been noticing frequent email coupons (dont want to use the gr-name of the gr-coupons, but i gr-think you probably know what emails I'm talking about) for various professional laser hair removal services that offer like 1 year of treatments (like 6 sessions) for about the same amount I have invested. Now I am wondering if the professional lasers would give better results. The trade off is that I don't have to make an appoinment or have to tip the aesthetician.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I've been using the Silk'n Sensepil for the past 6 months and couldn't be happier with the results.
Prior to using the Silk'n, the slightest shiver would result in leg stubble even if I had just shaved. I also have light skin and the hair on my legs was coarse and black so even if my skin felt smooth, shaving left behind little black dots. My legs are also really sensitive and having to shave them daily (absolutely necessary) gave me really bad razor burn which eventually led me to purchase the Silk'n.
How I used it:
I didn't bother starting with the lower level zaps, felt they were a waste. I used level 4 on my first session then upped it to level 5 for the following few months. I switched back to level 4 about 2 months ago because there was less regrowth and the actual hairs had become finer.
I first noticed smooth patches by the second session. Small patches but it was encouraging.
Presently, I can happily say that my legs are pretty close to being hair-free! I can now get away with not shaving my legs for several days and when I do, it's on a few small patches where the hair is much finer than it used to be. My underarms are 75% hair-free so I still need to shave them but I'm satisfied with my current results.
Will continue to use since hair grows in cycles and new patches are bound to pop up. Silk'n, I believe suggests continuous use for 1.5 - 2 years.
The Silk'n Sensepil is expensive but I have found it to be worth the price since it worked for me. No regrets.
*** The actual zapping doesn't hurt but the window does get pretty hot so be careful.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I have to say, I was skeptical before purchasing this device, but I am so glad I did! I have a hormonal imbalance that causes hair growth under my chin (75-100 hairs). I have tried waxing, bleaching, plucking, and the No! No! device, with little results. I lived with the embarrassment and constant worry that my 'beard' had grown in. It got to the point where I had to pluck it daily.
I have had the device for three weeks as of today. I didn't really follow the directions. This was my schedule. Week 1: I used it once, at level 2. Week 2: I used it twice, at level 3. Week 3: I've only had to use it once and my skin is super smooth! Week 2 was definitely the hardest week, because you can only shave in between treatments (no plucking), and it was starting to grow in thick.
There are still a few hairs that I am going to have to zap at level 4, but I am going to try to go 2 weeks before using it now.
I had such great results that I've also started treating my lower legs. Already after 3 treatments (once a week) my hair is noticeably finer, growing way slower, and there are already some bare patches! I am still on my first cartridge.
The customer service is great as well. They were very attentive and even gave me a call to see how everything was working out!
A great product - truly worth the money
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black
Been using this for about 2 months now on my bikini area and there are definitely bald patches!! It's definitely working!!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Black
I have been using the SensEpil for a year. I wanted to be sure that I would be writing a fair review, so I waited a year before officially reviewing this. I am Asian, NC20-25, with somewhat thick dark hair, so I am "ideal" according to their Fitzpatrick Skin Tone Classification Scale and such. And I have to say, this works! I use it mainly on my underarm and bikini area. I am extremely close to being hair-free in both areas. I used it only my legs a couple times, but I didn't have the patience for that, so I didn't continue. I only had to change my cartridge once so far. On average, I use the SensEpil every 3-4 weeks. I also used it on my upper lip area twice and I already see significant reduction. I am so impressed by this, it really yields professional results at a fraction of the price! The size of the window of the lamp is pretty good, it's not too small, so the task is not overly tedious. However, this is something you have to be patient with in order to see results.
Frankly, I never even touched the instructional CD it came with. I only skimmed through the instruction booklet which was sufficient for me. The procedure goes like this: shave the designated area, zap the area with SensEpil. After zapping an area, the hair will grow back, BUT DON'T PANIC, some of the hair that grew back will FALL OFF in about 2 weeks. That's why the instruction specifically says wait at least 2 weeks before next session!
Since I have a fair tolerance of pain, I started at level 5 on my first session. I never tried any of the lower levels, I feel that since I only get 750 zaps out of one cartridge anyways, might as well use it to its full potential. To me, the feeling is not painful, and very much bearable. The light is a bit bright, so I usually look away when I click the button and look back after the light flashes. Sometimes I also smell burnt hair, but that doesn't bother me too much as long as it works.
One thing I'm sort of bummed about is that I bought this without any promotion. I bought the system from Sephora for $499 + 9.75% California sale tax... The price was a bit steep for a student like me. Right now Sephora offers the system and 1 additional cartridge for the same price I paid :(. Nonetheless, it's still much cheaper than hair removal done by a professional.
Ultimately, I'd have to say, yes I love my SensEpil, it works very well for me, BUT I would not purchase this again. If I had known about the VISS system before I purchased my SensEpil, I would've bought the VISS. It is cheaper than the SensEpil. The VISS system is $545 and the cartridges are $75, but the cartridge can last up to 4000 flashes; the treatment area is also larger with the VISS, which allows a faster process, so it's a lot more bang for the buck. But if the VISS is not easily available to you, SensEpil is great too. They use the same principle and serve the same function, but at different costs.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!!
I would rebuy this product in a heartbeat!
So far I have done two treatments on:
And the results have been way more than I could have ever hoped for! I was pretty nervous about trying the product as I wasn't sure how my skin may react but my skin doesn't seem sensitive to it, nor do I have any bad reactions. I was ESPECIALLY nervous to try it on the face/chin/neck because people say doing this can activate even more hair growth but i think this area has seen the biggest improvement, and after having done just one treatment maybe 3-4 hairs grew back, no peach fuzz!!!
Arms: After second treatment at least 50% hair loss. Hairs are now just falling out, and there are many patches with no hair growth
Legs: Yet to be determined, due to the fact I've had to shave in between treatments, but there is some hair falling out, and hair is taking longer to grow. Legs will probably take the longest.
Feet: no hair regrowth
Underarm: I've been doing just the left underarm so I can compare it to the right, and so far there has been 20% hair loss, but I think the underarms will take longer as well.
Hands: Amazing! 80% hair loss! minimal hair regrowth on fingers.
I honestly can not rave more about this product!
Word of advice: Purchase this at Costco for two reasons:
1. you get TWO cartridges
2. Easy returns if it doesn't work for you.
For reference: my skin is light with DARK hair.
If you have ANY questions feel free to PM me! :)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I was asked to come on to the Doctor's tv show last year to try the Silk'n and get one for free. I could not go, because I was pregnant. So... Me and my 2 sister in laws decided to each buy one, off the main Silk'n website, during the Valentine day sale. It was $499.00 but it came with 4 light cartridges. If you can't afford the full price, then you can make monthly payments of $100 til it's paid off. Some may find it a problem that you have to keep replacing the light cartridge, which is about $50. With one cartridge I was able to do both my legs (ankle to upper thighs), arms (wrists to elbows), whole face (I have peach fuzz) and both arm pits. I think it more than pays for itself after just one treatment. I had 90% less hair after just one treatment. But, it's different for everyone. You must stick to the treatment schedule and do at least 7 treatment to get to all the stages of hair growth. You also might have to do touch up treatments on it from time to time. Unfortunately, it does not work on blond hair. It seems to see what is dark and burns it. So... it actually can't be used on black skin either. It will scorch it. I have beige/tan skin and black hair and it works great on me. Trust me, it is the same exact results as in the professional places. My 2 sister in laws have been going for over a year and I got the same result as they did with the Silk's. This was truly the best investment I have ever made.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
update 3/26 I'm thinking of selling mine on ebay and getting the new remington i light - it is 300 and the cartridges are much cheaper and last longer than the silkn. Better deal in the long run bc of the cartridge cost. Still love this way of removing hair, has made my life much easier.
This is actually for the earlier silkn, not the SensEpil. The technology is exactly the same though. I bought mine off Ebay, used. I was taking a risk and have no warranty but it's been fine. If I had to buy a Silk'n again I would buy the SensEpil only because it's easier to find the cartridges at a discount compared to the earlier model.
Basically, I love it, although the cartridges are expensive and the hair removal is not permanent. I have sensitive skin and loathed waxing, shaving, and epilating. Tried the NONO but it is very time consuming. I have pale skin and brownish hair on my lower legs. I noticed a difference after one use, and after 5 months had very little hair on my lower legs, bikini, back thigh area and underarms. On my upper legs/ thighs the hair is blonde and the Silkn does not work as well there but I decided to do extra passes to deal with that area. I tend to get bumps easily on the back of my thighs from shaving/waxing even though the hair is very very fine. I always use the highest setting and it's painless.
Some people obsess over eyeshadow colors. I've always been obsessed with having super soft skin. I'm tight with money but there are some things that actually make a huge difference and this is so worth it for me. I am not convinced that the Silkn is the best home laser. I think the Tria might have more permanence and there's another one called Viss that sounds good. (I've read that the Viss cartridges have a 4,000 flash life) I'm happy with the Silkn though, it takes no time at all out of my life and yeah I'm free from the tedium of hair removal.
Update- still works great, not permanent though. I read on a forum that there is a carbon dye you can use with lighter hair to make the process more effective. If I find out more about it I will add it to my review. (read about it on eds forum - under the Viss thread)
Update- this is a youtube video about the dye- I really don't know anything about it but if someone wants to do some research here's the link- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_LSffIHjo0
Another Update- I've been reading a bit more about the dye. It runs about $12 on Amazon.com
This is a link to a forum with a photo showing results with and without the dye http://www.essentialdayspa.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=39102&postdays=0&postorder=asc&&start=375
The photo was taken using the dye and the Viss hair removal device but because both Viss and Silk'n are IPL lasers it should work for both. The forum discusses how to use the dye with the Viss IPL device.
Age: Unknown Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I've had this for just over a month now. I have done 4 treatments, I started with 1 a week (they say to do them every two weeks) but i had been epilating before and hair regrowth was eratic and nasty.
after epilating for 2 years, i had some nasty ingrowns and my hair was growing in like porcupine bristles.
I am THRILLED with my results so far.
i used to have to shave daily and even then my hair was not smooth, epilating gave me 9 days with no hair but then regrowth was painful and itchy and ingrown and awful
I now shave every 4-5 days and even then it is only the odd hair.
I can certainly tell after a few months i will be pretty hair free.
I find i can do pits, bikini line and legs 3 times with one cartridge.
Just when i think my hair is growing by days end it has all fallen out. so weird but awesome.
I bought mine at costco because i knew if it didn't work I could return it.
did a few flashes at 1, then bypassed the safety (click it a few times to do so) and immediately moved to level 5 on my legs, level 3/4 on bikini and recently did level 5 on my pits.
you get a snapping feeling but it is not painful.
I'll add back on to my review here after I had had it a few more months. On a good note, no more ingrowns at all!
Update ******* I've now had it over two years. love love it. My hair has greatly reduced and I can't even feel it when it does grow in. I can go months3-4 between treatments now. One of the best things I bought for myself. It's not 100% removed my hair but the reduction is so huge it's amazing. After 2 months I have like 30 hairs on each leg. Also really helps the bikini line.
Update: 2013. I now have like 12 hairs on each leg after maybe 3 months since my last treatment. ( I can now go 6 months of more) I now only spot treat the odd hair as it comes in. Even then the hairs are fine. I am finding my armpits still have hair but then I also tend to not treat them as often.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
i've had this for a few months and will write a preliminary review with updates to come. i've used the sensepil 5 times now on my legs and i have some significant patches where there is little hair growth. i've heard many mixed reviews so only time will tell whether or not the patches increase in size and further hair reduction is achieved.
the website says the cartridges contain 750 flashes, which is enough to do your entire body once. i used the same cartridge for FIVE treatments on my legs, and i'm a pretty average size/weight person.
there is a 60 day return policy on this product, which is barely enough time to tell whether or not it is working. if you are trial purchasing this, i would recommend that you begin your treatments on a high level (4 or 5) because the first two times i did treatments on levels 1 and 2 i saw no results.
the machine itself is finicky. i am pale as a ghost, especially on my legs, but sometimes the skintone alert button goes off and does not let me use the device. when that happens, i simply move to another area of my leg and try again. for $500, the machine should work the first time.
if purchasing, i recommend internet searching for coupon codes. i randomly searched for coupon codes before purchasing, and i got the device plus a 3 pack of cartridges for $500 instead of just the device.
lastly, the light flash produced by the cartridge is incredibly bright and i can't imagine using this without eye protection. i both close my eyes and put a thick piece of cardboard in front of my face before i press the button each time. i can imagine one would get an insane headache if they used this without shielding their eyes somehow.
update 3/16/11: I switched to using this once a month because the directions suggest it. this is not a miracle worker. i still have patchiness on my legs, and when i forgot to use it one month i saw some hair regrowth. this product requires a lot of patience, as it can take 1+ years for results. i will continue using it, but would warn not to purchase it if you wish to be hair free in only a few months.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I do not have the pink SensEpil, but the original white Silk'n which is no different other than the packaging, I was told. I have used it about 10 times with little result. I have bare patches on my legs and bikini along with density reduction, and some reduction in the underarms. After 10 or so uses I expected more results... I still have to shave those areas everyday, unlike you guys who say you can go at least days without. It also have me little broken veins on my thighs and legs which I might report to them.
Edit: I just noticed that the dead hairs are not coming out on their own even after weeks and exfoliation...
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I want to write a review of this because from my experience, it really is working. I bought this device three months ago and have been using it as per the instructions ever since. I have seen a lot of very noticeable reduction in the amount of hair on my bikini zone and my armpits (I haven't used it for my legs and don't really intend to at this time). Is the hair all gone? Not yet, but the product says it can take 18 months to 2 years to get rid of everything (and the language doesn't ever guarantee that it will be gone for good even then). But as of now, I can go two weeks without shaving my bikini line and several days between shaving my armpits, which is a great improvement for me. It doesn't hurt too much to use either, and I'm usually a wuss with pain.
The biggest drawback to this product is definitely the price. At $500, you want it to work immediately, but it takes time to really see a significant difference. But so far, I don't regret the expense because trips to a laser hair removal center would be a lot more than $500 in the end. Definitely research it and buy it from somewhere that will allow you to return it if it doesn't work for your skin type (you need light skin and dark hair in order for the laser to work appropriately, and the machine has a sensor that will make it not work if your skin is too dark for it to tell the difference). But I've definitely been impressed with my Sensepil machine so far.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I suffer from folliculitis (infected hair follicles) on my legs so when ever I shaved, plucked, waxed or epilated my legs I would get terrible ingrown hairs & infected hair follicles that resembled boils or pimples.
After treating the condition my dermatologist advised me to undergo a course of laser hair removal to avoid future problems, I had 8 sessions with a Nd Yag laser then purchased an Ipulse IPL machine (it's like the Silk'n & is available through Boots pharmacy's in the UK and TVSN in Australia) as I was using this to touch up any areas on my legs that showed regrowth after the laser plus I wanted to treat my under arms and bikini line. I eventually upgraded to a Silk'N as
1. The Ipulse uses a conductor gel so it gets a bit messy.
2. My friend was keen to buy the Ipulse machine off me when I was done with it.
The Silk'n Sensepil works much quicker than the Ipulse, in relation to hair removal both work equally well. This little device has literally been life changing for me as I no longer have to deal with the unsightly infected follicles on my legs.
Its been over a year since I started using the home ipl machines and still need to treat my legs occasionally as I do sometimes get patches of regrowth.
I am fully aware this is not a permanent hair removal method but in my case it doesn't cause the folliculitis that I had suffered from for so long & spent a small fortune on treating (chemical skin peels to remove discoloration, ND yag hair removal, Dermatologist visits, creams & ointments, etc)
When friends ask me about the IPL machine I always say think of it this way, With shaving you may need to do it every 2nd day, with waxing it may be every fortnight or month but with IPL after the initial sessions the up keep maybe every 4 - 6 months. So if your expecting to do a few sessions then be hair free for ever you will be disappointed but if you do your research and realize this is not the case then for the price you pay for the unit you will not be disappointed.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I am so extremely happy to have this product! I used it for the first time today. The unit comes in pink (very cute). It's actually smaller than I imagined it to be but easily fits into my hand securely and comfortably. I started on level one and quickly bypassed the default setting to level three by holding the plus and minus buttons together at the same time until the machine made a beeping sound. Now I can control the energy level up to five. The treatment was relatively painless... very slight stinging around the bikini line but nothing unbearable. Having done many professional laser treatments at the doctors office, I was extremely pleased with the SensEpil as it was practically painless! I am completely in love... this machine is going to change my life! ** I will update when I see results.
UPDATE silkn.com: Silk׳n SensEpil is effective for the treatment of facial hair. In a two-year multi-center clinical study Silk'n SensEpil has been proven safe and effective for the treatment of facial hair. Silk’n SensEpil can be used for treating facial hair from the cheek line downwards. Extra caution should be made to avoid the eyes.
UPDATE 05-11-10: I have since done several treatments on my abdomen, underarms and face. I treated my face before the study was even done! I was so afraid after the first treatment that I might have stimulated more growth of facial hair... but today I was relieved to find out it is perfectly SAFE! So I just did another treatment on the highest setting. I have definately noticed a reduction in hair growth. It is not completely gone, but I'm not shaving as often. I have done about 4 treatments in those areas, with about 25% reduction so far. LOVES IT! :)