Have you noticed the increasing number of home laser hair removal devices being featured on television programs like The Today Show, Ellen, Rachael Ray Show, and Good Morning America lately? They all seem to be promising the same thing: an easy at-home alternative to painful waxing and expensive laser hair removal.
The all new Silk N SensEpil (rhymes with Sex Appeal) is the latest entry to the $1.8 billion hair removal industry which is expected to grow 10% by the end of the year. It's being touted as a sophisticated personal at-home hair removal system that harnesses the power of Home Skinovations', the product's developer, patented Home Pulsed Light (HPL) technology to provide results that would normally require an in-office laser hair removal treatment from a physician.
This review aims to illuminate the strengths and shortcomings of this device so that you are in the best position possible to make an informed decision as to whether or not it will be the best hair removal system for you.
How Do I Use Silk N SensEpil?
Silk N SensEpil is designed for use on the arms, legs, under arms, and bikini line. Originally this device was not designed for use on the face but after a two year clinical study conducted across multiple medical centers Home Skinovations has cleared it for safe use on facial areas below the cheekbone. If you have a darker hair color you'll find that you will get better results when compared to those with white, gray, or blonde body hair.
The well established science behind light based hair removal is evident in SensEpil's Home Pulsed Light technology and is safe and effective in achieving permanent hair removal in the comfort of your own home. It appears that the pulsed light is absorbed by pigment in the hair shaft beneath the skin surface disabling any hair follicle activity and delays hair growth resulting in the long term removal of unwanted hair.
The base unit is connected to a hand held applicator housing a pulse button for triggering light pulses from a disposable lamp cartridge. There are indicator lights that will alert you when it's time to replace the lamp cartridge and if an unsuitable skin tone is detected by sensors embedded in the device. For optimal results always treat adjacent patches of skin one after the other. The first 3 to 4 sessions should be 2 weeks apart. Once you've gotten these first few sessions out of the way you can use Silk N SensEpil whenever your hair begins to grow back. Because body hair grows in three different phases spanning 18 to 24 months you may need to perform multiple treatment sessions to achieve long term hair removal.
Does It Work For My Skin Complexion And Hair Color?
Unfortunately, Silk N SensEpil isn't designed for everyone. As with any light based permanent hair removal system, HPL works best on light to medium skin tones and is not suitable for those with a naturally dark skin complexion. Additionally, the light energy emitted from HPL is absorbed by the dark pigment in your hair which is then converted into heat subsequently killing the hair follicle and preventing it from growing new hair. This is primarily why light body hair colors are unsuitable for this device. The same principle applies, though in reverse, to those of us with a dark skin complexion. Large quantities of the skin pigment melanin will absorb too much light energy which may result in burns, blisters, and skin discoloration.
Is It Safe?
Silk N SensEpil has been FDA cleared and clinically proven to be safe and effective for home use. Due to the potential adverse effects of accidentally treating skin tones that are too dark the device has an embedded skin sensor to detect safe skin tones and will not emit the pulsed light if your complexion is not safe for treatment. The sensor checks at the beginning and during each session to ensure that the treated skin tone is within the allowable range. This smart skin sensor is not the only safety mechanism. The newest versions of the SensEpil no longer relies on a spring loaded pressure sensor to trigger each pulse which presumably makes each treatment session safer and more comfortable.