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Silkn SensEpil Review

Testing the Silkn Hair Removal Device: Success!

If you've been following my recent adventures in at-home hair removal with the Silkn SensEpil ($499), then you know I've been using the device for approximately six weeks now. I just did my fourth round of zapping, and I have big news: I'm actually seeing results. My first two treatments didn't do anything, but my last two definitely have slowed my hair growth significantly. To get those results, though, I had to make adjustments to the way I used the machine, and had to troubleshoot a couple of operational issues. So to hear more about it, just keep reading.

On my skin, it turns out the machine seems to be ineffective at anything but the highest level. I was initially afraid to crank it up all the way, but I only started seeing results once I did. Also, I don't find the highest level to be any more painful than any of the others, so for me at least, all the other settings are basically useless. However, I'm definitely seeing much slower hair growth. I had some hair just fall out, and since I used the highest level for the first time two weeks ago, I've only needed to shave twice, which is pretty impressive.

I don't yet know how permanent the removal is, so we'll have to see whether growth keeps slowing down over the next couple months. A word of warning about using the highest level: It shorts out the machine sometimes. If I zap for more than a few minutes, the system warning indicator light comes on and the whole unit shuts down. After that, I have to give it a couple hours to cool off before I try again. So if you're planning to do your legs or another large area on high power, you might want to plan on spacing them out. I like the machine, but I'm kind of worried about it blowing a fuse, so I'll report back about any new developments in a couple weeks.

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Miriam-Lacey Miriam-Lacey 5 years
Hi guys! Sorry it's taken me so long to get back on this. I really like the Silkn, but there's a glaring problem. The light that you have to use to zap yourself blows out after about 10 treatments, and then you have to spend $50 on a replacement head. I don't always have a small pile of money lying around to pay for more laser lights, so it took me a couple of months to get a new head, and then I had to start all over again. I'm in my second month of use for the second time, and it's working, but I'm really not happy about the life of the heads and their price. Since the machine is already so expensive, if you have to replace the head this often and the results aren't permanent, I think you'll end up spending more money on this than you would just going to a medispa and getting it all zapped off, especially if you can get a package deal. I'm continuing to use it now that I have it, and I purchased an extra head so that I won't get in the same situation again, but I really think that once you buy this thing, the lights ought to be free for as long as you need them.
reesespeeses reesespeeses 5 years
whats the diagnosis after months? has the hair stayed off?????????????
missy1632 missy1632 5 years
Hey Anon #1 apparently you can bypass the setting limitations by pressing the + and - buttons at the same time until the unit beeps... the company actually advertise this on their website, which I think is pretty neato and goes to show it really is just a safety measure, not some ploy for you to run out of pulses' quicker (which is what I initially thought)BELLA... is this device dual voltage??? Pleeeease check for me?!I just bought the device from America (I am in Oz... I hope it works here!! Eeeek). If it does, and I'm kind 98% sure it will, I will be doing a thorough review!
missy1632 missy1632 5 years
Hey Anon #1 apparently you can bypass the setting limitations by pressing the + and - buttons at the same time until the unit beeps... the company actually advertise this on their website, which I think is pretty neato and goes to show it really is just a safety measure, not some ploy for you to run out of pulses' quicker (which is what I initially thought) BELLA... is this device dual voltage??? Pleeeease check for me?! I just bought the device from America (I am in Oz... I hope it works here!! Eeeek). If it does, and I'm kind 98% sure it will, I will be doing a thorough review!
lolpop lolpop 5 years
About time for an update, pretty please?
la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 5 years
Bella, any updates? Is Silkn SensEpil still working?
BallonDoggy BallonDoggy 5 years
I think the picture is just more because the woman is showing pure joy and not because of her skin tone. I dont think its meant to be taken for anything else. And if someone is serious about this machine then they should already be well aware of the warnings before using.
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