The Silk’n SensEpil All-Over Hair Removal Handheld Device is a home hair removal product produced by the Home Skinovations company. It is designed to provide the user with the same permanent hair removal that they would be able to receive from a professional hair removal clinic. It allows users to enjoy the same excellent hair removal from the privacy of their own home.
This article is intended to provide consumers with an unbiased product review of the Silk’n SensEpil hair removal system from the Home Skinovations company.
top of pageSilkn SensEpil Product Overview
The Silk’n SensEpil (pronounced “Silk n Sense Appeal”) hair removal system is designed to provide users with permanent hair removal results that rival the results achieved in professional hair removal salons or spas. This device uses FDA-cleared, clinically tested technology that has been used by dermatologists in clinics all over the world for the last two decades. Using light-based hair removal treatments, thousands of people worldwide have been able to permanently remove their unwanted or unsightly body hair. The Silk’n SensEpil All Over Hair Removal System was the winner of the About.com 2011 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Laser or IPL Home Device.
The Silk’n SensEpil hair removal system is designed to be safe for both women and men, and on many different skin and hair colors. However, because of the technology utilized in the SensEpil, it may not be suitable for all users. More information about this later. The large treatment zone on the device is one of the largest on the market of just about any home hair removal product. This makes the device excellent for treating larger areas, such as the chest, back, arms, and legs. In fact, an entire leg can be treated in just about ten minutes. The device is also safe to use on other smaller, more sensitive parts of the body.
top of pageHow the Silk’n SensEpil is Used
The Silk’n SensEpil is plugged into a wall socket, so it does not need to be recharged prior to its use. This allows for a greater level of convenience compared to some other home permanent hair removal systems.
Prior to using the SensEpil, users should thoroughly save, wash, and dry the area intended to be treated. The area should be free of lotions, creams, and any other skin product.
Plug one end of the power cord into the Silkn SensEpil device, and the other end of the power cord into a wall socket. Turn the device on and wait for the Ready Indicator light to turn green. Ensure that the Energy Level is on the lowest power setting. (This can be found on the device’s Control Panel, and should automatically be set to the lowest power level). During the user’s first hair removal treatment, the device automatically provides the user with a prescribed number of pulses on the lowest power setting to ensure the safety of the user. For future uses, the energy level can be adjusted by pressing the + or – on the SensEpil’s control panel. Note: Higher energy levels provide the most effective hair removal results, but they may result in more discomfort to the user. Users should gradually increase the power level the use with the device to ensure that their skin tolerates the treatment.
Apply the treatment wand to the desired treatment area, and press the button to deliver a pulse of light. Make sure all edges of the treatment window are in contact with the skin prior to pressing the treatment button. As a safety feature, the Silk’n SensEpil will not deliver a pulse of light unless all edges of the treatment window are in contact with the skin. If the SensEpil is not delivering pulses of light, ensure that the device is being used properly. Users should expect to feel very slight discomfort, but this will only last for the duration of the flash. The device will need to charge to prepare for the next pulse of light, which normally takes about 3.5 seconds.
Move the wand to a slightly different part of the skin, and once again press the treatment button the device’s wand. Note: The most effective hair removal treatment can be performed when treatment is delivered in successive rows on the skin. Therefore, users should move from one end of the treatment zone to another, from top to bottom, or left to right. Users should attempt to avoid overlapping treatment areas, as this can result in skin irritation.
After a treatment is complete, press the Power button on the SensEpil’s control panel, unplug its power cord, and store it in its original box. Users should make sure to avoid sun exposure for four weeks before and two weeks after a treatment. This can be accomplished with protective clothing, or sunscreen.
A complete instructional video has been provided below for consumers who are interested in the SensEpil.
top of pageDuration of Treatment
Results can be achieved with the Silk’n SensEpil after the first use. However, because of the way the device works, full results can take an extended period of time. Most users will begin to notice significant results after about three uses.
The first four treatment sessions should be performed two weeks apart from one another. After these treatments, reviews says that the SensEpil can be used only when hair begins to grow back. Because of the way the device disables hair growth, a full treatment may take as long as 18 to 24 months. However, after several months, treatments are fewer and farther between.
top of pageWho Can Use the Silk’n SensEpil
Although the Silk n SensEpil is designed to be used safely by a wide range of people, it is not intended to be used by everyone. Those with naturally dark skin tones should not use the Silk’n SensEpil. African Americans with naturally dark skin tone may not be able to use the Silk’n SensEpil because of the safety feature on the device that disables pulses from being administered if the device deems the skin to be too dark. Additionally, the SensEpil may not provide effective hair removal for individuals with very light blonde, gray, white, or red hairs. However, women and men with dark blonde, brown, or black hairs and a fair to medium skin complexion can receive safe and effective treatment.
Individuals who have recently been exposed to sunlight, or have a fresh sun tan, should not use the Silk’n SensEpil, and should wait for four weeks before using the device. Otherwise, they may experience negative side effects from treatment.
top of pageWhat Parts of the Body Can be Treated with the Silk’n SensEpil
The Silk’n SensEpil All Over Hair Removal Device is safe to use just about anywhere on the body. Users can get permanent hair removal from the comfort of their home on their arms, legs, back, chest, neck, and underarms. More sensitive areas, including the bikini area and underarms can also be treated with the device. For hair removal on the bikini area, including Brazilian treatments, lower energy levels should be used.
top of pageSafety Features of the SensEpil
The Silk’n SensEpil is equipped with several safety features designed to give its users the safest home hair removal product available. The device has a built-in skin tone sensor that measures the color of the skin before the first pulse is administered in each treatment session. This ensures that the user’s skin is safe for treatment.
A second safety feature of the device is ideal for first-time users of the Silk’n SensEpil. To ensure the safety and comfort of users, the SensEpil locks users into the lower treatment intensity for a certain number of light pulses to ensure that her (or his) skin will tolerate the procedure.
Another safety feature of the SensEpil will keep the device from administering a pulse of light unless the treatment window is firmly pressed against the user’s skin. This helps protect the user’s eyes from the intense light that is emitted from the device.
top of pageSide Effects of the Silk’n SensEpil
Side effects of the Silkn SensEpil are rare, and are typically temporary. The most common side effect of the device is redness of the skin. A less common side effect is a lasting heat sensation on the skin. Blistering may also be an adverse side effect of the Silk’n SensEpil. If any of these side effects occur, users should stop using the SensEpil, and consult their physician or dermatologist.
top of pageReplacement Parts of the Silk’n SensEpil
The Silk’n SensEpil requires very few replacement parts, but the disposable lamp cartridges used to deliver pulses of light need to be replaced periodically. Each SensEpil lamp cartridge is designed to emit about 750 pulses of light. This is typically enough pulses to fully treat two arms, two legs, the bikini area, and the underarms. It is also enough pulses to treat a smaller region several times. To help the user avoid running out of light pulses in the middle of a treatment, the Silkn SensEpil has many indicator lights that inform the user when it is almost time to replace the bulbs.
When 90% of the pulses of the disposable lamp cartridges have been used, the Replace Cartridge indicator light on the control panel will blink. When all of the pulses have been used, the light will steadily glow. It is ideal to order new lamp cartridges for the Silk’n SensEpil as soon as one is replaced. This helps ensure that the device is ready to use during the next treatment.
Replacing the SensEpil’s disposable is very easy. First, power off the device by pressing the Power button the device’s control panel. Unplug the SensEpil from the wall outlet. Grasp the disposable lamp cartridge on both sides and remove it from the applicator socket. Discard the expired lamp cartridge with normal household trash. Push the new lamp cartridge into place. Plug the device back into the wall, power on the device, and use the device as advised in its Owner’s Manual.
top of pageTechnology of the Silk’n SensEpil Hair Removal Device
The technology that is utilized in the SensEpil hair removal system is very similar to technology that has been used in professional hair removal clinics for nearly two decades. This technology, called Home Pulsed Light (HPL), has been approved by the FDA, and has been clinically proven to provide users with permanent hair removal results.
Very similar to a technology called Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, HPL technology uses the power of light to permanently disable the growth of hair. When a pulse is emitted from the Silk’n SensEpil treatment wand, it rapidly heats the root of the hair, disabling its growth. This is possible due to the way that the pulses of light target the hair. To understand this fully, a basic understanding of the anatomy of hair is necessary.
Inside the hair is a skin coloring pigment called melanin. Melanin is responsible for the darker coloration of hair or skin that is visible. Similar to how a black sweater draws in heat during a bright sunny day, the melanin attracts the light emitted from the SensEpil device, rapidly heating the hair. This rapid heating of the hair disables its growth. However, there are only certain hairs that this treatment will be effective on.
There are three phases of hair growth that body hair goes through: the anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase. The catagen and telogen phases of hair growth result in no lengthening of the hair. The anagen phase of hair growth is the only phase in which hair growth actually occurs. This is the phase of hair growth where the Silk’n SensEpil is effective. Because not all hairs are in the same phase of hair growth at the same time, only some of the hairs on a treatment area may be targeted. This is why treatment sessions are performed repeatedly. Some hairs may remain in the non-growth phases for several weeks, or even several months.
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Alternatives to the Silk’n SensEpil Hair Removal System
Shaving, waxing, and plucking are all alternatives to the SensEpil hair removal device that women and men have used for decades to get rid of their body hair. However, in the long run, these hair removal treatments can end up being very costly. Additionally, there are numerous unwanted side effects, including painful and unsightly ingrown hairs, nicks, cuts, and skin irritation from harsh chemicals.
Professional hair removal is another alternative to permanent hair removal. However, this can be embarrassing and very expensive. For an idea of how much individuals are likely to pay for professional hair removal treatments, a few prices have been listed below. The costs listed are for each individual treatment, and it is important to note that several treatments are necessary to achieve full results.
Both legs below the knee, $250-$650
Both arms below the elbow, $250-$650
Bikini area, $150-$450
Brazilian bikini, $250-$500
At a cost that is about the average price of a single hair removal session in a professional clinic, users can purchase the Silk’n SensEpil.
Another product from Home Skinovations, the Silk’n Flash & Go, is intended to provide users with the same results provided by the SensEpil, but in a smaller package. With a newly designed handle, the Flash & Go is designed to make treating hard to reach or sensitive areas easier for users.
The evoDerma LUMI Hair Removal Device is another at home hair removal system that utilizes similar light-based technology. More information about the evoDerma LUMI can be found on this website. Learn More About evoDerma LUMI.
The no!no! Hair 8800 Hair Removal System is another home hair removal product that is designed to permanently remove unwanted or unsightly body hair. This device, as opposed to using light-based treatment, utilizes a patented technology that is based on heat transfer to disable a hair’s growth for good.
Tria’s Hair Removal Laser 4X is a home laser hair removal device that is designed to be used over an extended period of time in order to achieve full results. Like the SensEpil, it uses a light-based technology that is designed to disable a hair’s growth permanently.
Another home light-based hair removal product, the VISS Laser Hair Removal System, is another product that can provide consumers with professional quality hair removal results from the comfort of his or her own home. Rather than the HPL technology that the Silk’n SensEpil uses, and the IPL technology utilized by many other products, the VISS device utilizes a laser diode to disable the growth of the user’s hair. Much like other home hair removal products, the VISS device uses replacement lamp cartridges However, rather than providing 750 pulses like the SensEpil, the VISS Laser Hair Removal Device uses a cartridges that can provide 4,000 pulses of light. This allows the bulbs to be replaced much less frequently, providing the user with an exceptional level of convenience.
top of pageSilk’n SensEpil Before and After Photos
Since its release, the SensEpil hair removal system has been providing users with remarkable before and after results. After about six to eight weeks, most users notice a significant reduction in the thickness, and quantity of their body hair. Below are just a few photos of some of the results experienced by actual SensEpil users.
Before treatment with the Silk’n SensEpil
After treatment with Sens
Before treating a leg with the Silk’n SensEpil
Before treating with the Silk’n SensEpil hair removal system.
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