October 19, 2020

A Deep Dive into 3 in 1 Gel Cream Hair Remover by Veet

3 in 1 Gel Cream Hair Remover by Veet

A Deep Dive Into The 3 in 1 Gel Cream Hair Remover by Veet

Veet 3 in 1 Gel Cream Hair Remover is a depilatory cream that is specifically formulated for sensitive skin. In addition to its depilatory agents, Veet 3 in 1 contains Aloe vera gel and alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E).

It is an extremely popular hair removal cream worldwide and is regarded as the number one seller globally. Thousands of people swear by this product.

Veet is the brand name of depilatory products made by Reckitt Benckiser company. First sold in 1919 as Neet (as in neat) and produced by Hannibal Pharmaceuticals, Neet was bought out by American Home Products in 1958, then transferred to the Canadian company Reckitt Benckiser.

Since the new formula owners were Canadian, the formula thereafter was renamed to Veet, (as in vite or quick in French, for products sold in Europe and the company retained the name Neet for the Canadian and US markets until 2002 (now, it’s all Veet).

Who’s It For?

Veet 3 in 1 Gel Cream is perfect for people who want to remove body hair without using a razor, but have very sensitive skin and do not do well with other depilatory products. If you are the type of person whose skin is sensitive to developing a razor burn from shaving, this is the product for you.

There are several advantages to using a chemical depilatory for hair removal rather than shaving.

Using a razor can produce what is termed as “chicken skin” appearance, resulting from scalped skin around the follicles which has become infected, thus developing into folliculitis.

Veet 3 in 1 will remove armpit and leg hair within 10 minutes (often within 5 minutes) of treatment. It a great choice for people with sensitive skin with its Aloe vera and vitamin E additions.

What We Like About 3 in 1 Gel Cream Hair Remover by Veet

Veet 3 in 1 works quickly and does not produce skin irritation in most people. Most users report complete issue-free hair removal after just 5 minutes of treatment.

Skin after treatment feels silky smooth and continues to feel this way for about two days afterward. This is due to the skin treatment additives, which are a nice touch that makes for an all-in-one (or 3 in 1) product.

What We Don’t Like About 3 in 1 Gel Cream Hair Remover by Veet

There is not a lot we could find that we did not like about Veet 3 in 1 Gel Cream. It works as advertised, is gentle on the skin, and does its job rather fast (usually in 5 minutes).

Many users complain about the rotten egg smell of the product, but that is simply what you get with thiols. Recall that the main active ingredient is potassium thioglycolate, potassium salt of thioglycolic acid.

We did find some reports of people who developed a mild rash along the bikini line or that the results produced patchy patterns of hair removal. For a homogeneous product to produce patchy results when users claim that they applied the product evenly suggests they had soap or detergent residues on their skin that neutralized the gel.

Bar soaps can run the range from a pH of 6 to 10, depending on the brand and formulation. Any soap residue left on the skin from a brand more in the neutral to the acid range (below pH 7.4, biological neutral) would result in squelching the chemical reaction in Veet gel.

Also, some users report that it does not remove underarm hair. If these users have a layer of deodorant in their axial area, the acidic deodorant/antiperspirant (pH 5.5-6.5) will neutralize the depilatory reaction, which runs at a pH of 12. That will result in no depilatory reaction, which may be the reason for these reports.

PROS

  • Quick and efficient hair removal
  • Leaves skin feeling silky for days
  • Only small amounts of hair regrowth after a week

CONS

  • Prolonged exposure during treatment can produce a mild chemical burn
  • Skin retains a pungent burning smell for some time after washing

What’s Included?

Veet 3 in 1 comes in a package with a 400 ml (13.5 oz) bottle with a pump dispenser and a plastic spatula with a rubber lip. The bottle is a hot pink with a white pump dispenser and the spatula basically matches (white spatula with a hot pink rubber lip).

Instructions are provided on the reverse side of the Veet bottle and are very straightforward. All of it simple, iconographic, and pictorial with a little text.

On the bottle, it states that Veet acts as a depilatory for any type of hair and that the method of removal reduces problems with ingrown hair experienced with shaving. It highlights the vitamin E and Aloe vera additions to the cream.

Overview Of Features

Since Veet is applied to your skin and skin is sensitive and can absorb things both good and bad, we will review the functions of the various product ingredients. Many people are concerned about additives in skin products (and other products, in general) and mostly have no idea what each thing does.

With all the confusing names, it’s easy to feel in the dark about what is going on your skin and whether it is considered safe today, but not tomorrow. Below, we will list out all the ingredients, which are safe and FDA-approved, and what each of them does for you.

Those ingredients are (in order of concentration): Water, urea, mineral oil, cetearyl alcohol, potassium thioglycolate, calcium hydroxide, talc, ceteareth-20, glycerin, sorbitol, fragrance, magnesium trisilicate, propylene glycol, lithium magnesium sodium silicate, sodium gluconate, tocopheryl acetate, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, acrylates copolymer, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, titanium dioxide.

Urea works in concert with potassium thioglycolate to maintain the chemical changes in the hair shaft keratin after the breaking reaction. The active depilatory ingredient, potassium thioglycolate, liberates thioglycolic acid in reaction, which attacks cystines (“sulfur bridges”) in the keratin polymer.

Cystines (cysteine-cysteine dimers) are chemical crosslinks in protein that help to stabilize its three-dimensional structure and breaking them causes instability and protein-polymer shearing. This is a process called denaturation, which is the same process that occurs when you cook an egg white and it turns white.

The egg white protein (mostly albumin) begins to break down from the cooking heat first by a loss of sulfur bridges, thus unraveling the protein structure and changing its refractive index from appearing clear to white and opaque. In like fashion, the thioglycolic acid breaks those bridges and denatures the keratin protein polymer.

The products of the reaction are dithiodiglycolic acid and reduced cysteines in the keratin polymer. Occasionally, these reduced cysteines can re-react and form new sulfur-sulfur bridges, therefore undoing the chemical reaction.

Urea ensures this does not occur by forming bonds with the free cysteines, thus ensuring that the protein remains completely structurally destabilized. Protein destabilization will then ensure polymer shearing and breakage of the hair shaft.

Mineral oil is a petroleum product that is commonly used in cosmetics to produce a smooth, flowable substance for easy application. The grade of mineral oil is a fine, noncomedogenic grade.

Cetearyl alcohol and ceteareth-20 are a mix of C-16 (cetyl) and C-18 (stearyl) alcohols, referred to commercially as fatty alcohols due to their long carbon chains and similarity to fatty acids. They are mainly used as emulsifiers, emollients, and skin penetration enhancers.

Calcium hydroxide and magnesium trisilicate are part of the pH buffering system that maintains a product pH of 12. Sodium gluconate is a chelating agent (binds metals) that assists the buffer system.

Talc is a clay-based mineral that is mostly magnesium silicate hydroxide. It is primarily used as a lubricant and thickening agent. Additional thickening agents in the product are acrylates copolymer, an acrylamide gel, and sorbitol (see below).

Thickeners, emollients, and humectants: Glycerin, or glycerol, is included as an emollient for moisturizing skin and as a humectant to keep the product moist. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol made from reduced glucose and used as a thickener and humectant.

Propylene glycol is a short carbon chain alcohol used as a hygroscopic and humectant and carrier base.

Lithium magnesium sodium silicate is a temporary skin tightener that produces a thin coating on the skin.

Tocopheryl acetate is a derivative of vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) and acts as an antioxidant to protect the skin in general and during the depilatory chemical reaction.

Aloe barbadensis leaf juice is an Aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis is a botanical synonym term that is no longer used, except in the cosmetics industry).

Potassium sorbate and sodium benzoates are preservative agents to prevent fungal and bacterial growth in the product. Titanium dioxide has anti-oxidant properties and also acts as a whitening pigment.

How to use

  • Spread the cream in an even layer with the spatula.
  • Leave for 5-10 minutes (10 minutes if you have thick hair): 10 minutes is the max
  • Use the spatula to gently scrape off the cream.
  • Rinse your skin thoroughly with water (no soap) and pat to dry.

Review Summary

Veet 3 in 1 Gel Cream is a great choice for people who want a chemical depilatory but have very sensitive skin. The main ingredients, thioglycolate, vitamin E, and Aloe vera are an effective combination of skin treatment that does not require additional moisturizers after use.

The pump action bottle is also a nice touch for convenience and for dispensing a measured amount of gel. This is an ideal depilatory to achieve smooth skin.

October 19, 2020

A Deep Dive into Pilaten Hair Removal Cream by Baisidai

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A Deep Dive Into The Pilaten Hair Removal Cream by Baisidai

Pilaten Hair Removal Cream by Baisidai is a relatively gentle depilatory product that is intended to treat armpit and leg hair. It comes in 10g foiled plastic pouches, which is enough for one entire treatment of armpits and legs.

Baisidai is a cosmetics company founded in 2016 by Hong Kong entrepreneur Ricky Cheng. Their cosmetics products are sold worldwide and are particularly popular in Southeast Asia.

Who’s It For?

Pilaten Hair Removal Cream is ideal for people who wish to conveniently remove unwanted armpit or leg hair without having to use a razor. Shaving with a razor always comes with the risk of a cut and subsequent infection.

In addition, using a razor can “scalp” hair follicles and produce the dreaded chicken skin effect and lead to swelling and discomfort, particularly in underarm areas. Pilaten Hair Removal Cream can remove underarm hair in as little as 5 minutes of treatment, so it is also a good choice for people who are impatient for good results.

What We Like About Pilaten Hair Removal Cream by Baisidai

This product works very quickly. The manufacturer claims it works in 3-10 minutes after application, but we have seen it take down black armpit hair in 5 minutes with no apparent skin irritation.

Baisidai also claims that Pilaten Hair Removal Cream also contains a pore contracting agent that assists in hair presentation for better chemical contact with the hair shaft. We identified that ingredient as allantoin, a common cosmetics additive (see our explanation below). The strong smell of the cream is because it includes a thioglycolic acid-base as the main active ingredient (although it is only 5% of the cream).

Most users find that the cream works in about five minutes, others claim it takes as much as 15 minutes. However, in each report, the cream functions as a depilatory agent as advertised and leaves skin hair-free.

What We Don’t Like About Pilaten Hair Removal Cream by Baisidai

Pilaten Hair Removal Cream does have that rotten egg smell, but that is to be expected from a thiol-based depilatory cream. There are also some reports of the product leaving stubble that must be shaved afterward.

In addition, some people with very fair or delicate skin may experience light chemical burns after using the product, particularly if they have fair skin and dark hair.

Some users with fair skin and very thick, dark hair experienced chemical burns after using the cream. They also reported having to leave the cream on their skin for up to 20 minutes, which is the reason for the adverse reaction.

Remember that the keratin that makes up your hair is almost the same keratin that makes up your skin, just more chemically-crosslinked to make it stiffer.

There are also some reports from users that the cream does not work for them at all when they tried it on armpit hair. Here’s likely why: Although the instructions on the package say to use the cream prior to showering, most people fail to understand that it just means to ensure the skin is dry.

If you have not showered and have a deodorant layer applied to your armpit, keep in mind that deodorants work by reducing the pH of the skin in the applied area (making it more acidic). Unwashed skin has a protective layer that dermatologists term the “acid mantle”, which is a pH 4.5-6.0 acidic layer of sebum (oil) and sweat.

After you wash your skin, that acid mantle layer is removed. Applying deodorant to your armpit replaces that lost acidic layer, drops the pH, and results in reduced bacterial growth and odor.

Since Pilaten Hair Removal Cream produces an alkaline reaction with the hair (see below for more details), applying the cream to your armpit with a layer of deodorant will simply neutralize the reactants and stop any chemical reaction from occurring (meaning, no breakdown of the hair).

So, despite the instructions on the package, we recommend starting out with clean skin that is free of soaps, deodorants, and lotions. Yes, even in everyday life, a knowledge of chemistry is helpful.

PROS

  • Excellent for fine and light hair
  • Works quickly
  • Minimal stinging

CONS

  • Takes more time with thick or dark hair
  • Can produce skin irritation in sensitive people

What’s Included?

Baisidai Pilaten Hair Removal Cream comes in two different packagings. Why there are different containers for the cream may simply be a matter of transitioning from one packaging form to another, but the cream can be purchased in either small pouches or a larger tube.

Pilaten Hair Removal Cream can be purchased in boxes with 10g, foiled-plastic pouches. Box sizes are offered in packs of 5, 10, 20, 30, 50, 60, 80, 90, or 100 pouch kits.

One thing that would be a nice addition to this packaging that is missing would be some form of inexpensive palette and spatula. That would be very useful in laying out the product and would assist greatly in even the application of the cream.

Something like a small plastic or plastic-coated paper card with a plastic or wooden spatula would suffice. It would not have to be large: the palette could be the same size as the pouches.

The second way the cream is sold is in a large, 100g or 200g tube. Sold in this form, the tube comes in a small box that includes a blue plastic spatula applicator.

Overview Of Features

The ingredients of Pilaten Hair removal Cream are the following: Water, glycerol, allantoin, xanthan gum, thioglycolate, and calcium hydroxide. Since this goes on your skin, you might want to know what each ingredient does and whether they are safe for your skin.

Glycerol is a viscous clear polyol comprised of a short, 3-carbon chain with attached alcohol groups. It is used commonly as a humectant to prevent drying out of the product and as an emollient for moisturizing the skin.

Allantoin is a uric acid breakdown product (a glycolic acid diureide) produced in most mammals and some plants (such as Symphytum). In cosmetics, it is used to moisturize the skin and also produces a keratolytic action on skin and hair follicles.

Treatment of skin with allantoin increases interstitial water and aids desquamation of the skin and promotes a more erect presentation of hair shafts, which is why it is used in Pilaten.

Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide thickening agent and chemical stabilizer. Its general purpose in cosmetics is to increase viscosity and acts to ensure smooth spreading of the cream, maintaining an even distribution of ingredients without settling issues.

Thioglycolate is the active hair removal ingredient of Pilaten Hair Removal Cream and facilitates a chemical reaction that alters the structure of the hair shaft. Thioglycolic acid chemically attacks sulfur bridges (cystines) in the keratin protein polymer of the hair shaft.

Cystines, which as cysteine dimers, are chemical crosslinks in proteins that help to maintain their structure. When you cook an egg white, the protein in the white (mostly albumin, but there are others) is denatured by unraveling the protein structure, which begins with breaking the sulfur-sulfur bridges.

After reacting, a dithiodiglycolic acid is produced as a byproduct along with free (unbound and chemically-reduced) cysteines. With the sulfur bridges broken, the keratin polymer becomes unstable and the hair will appear brittle and undergo shearing within a few minutes.

The calcium hydroxide in the cream is used to balance the pH of the reaction and maintain it close to a pH of 12 (about the same as household bleach). That means the reaction is very alkaline, so diluting the reactants and products with water afterward is important to stop the reaction and prevent chemical burns

Using water will bring the pH down towards neutral and the more water you use to wash off the cream, the better.

How to use
Prior to showering (we actually recommend the skin is clean and soap-free, first), apply the cream evenly to the desired area for hair removal. Allow the cream to sit for three to eight minutes (or longer, up to 20 minutes for very thick hair).

After treatment, rinse the cream and loose hair away with either a clean, wet towel or moist cotton cosmetics pads. Rinse the treated area thoroughly with warm water and do not use soap (it can react with the product).

Make sure the area is washed thoroughly to prevent long-term exposure and skin irritation. If desired, apply a posttreatment moisturizer to the skin.

Treatments can be repeated after two to three weeks. Pilaten Hair Removal Cream should never be applied in skin areas where there are open wounds.

Expected results
You will typically see good results after about five minutes of treatment if you have dark hair (perhaps less time if you have lighter hair). For people with very thick hair, a longer treatment of 10 or even up to 20 minutes may be necessary for good results.

When the reaction is completed, hair and cream can simply be wiped away, leaving hair-free skin in the treated area. Since this is a chemical reaction, copious amounts of water should be used to clean the treated area and stop any additional chemical reactions.

This will ensure good results and reduce the chances of having a chemical burn.

Review Summary

The take-home conclusion from our review of this product, Pilaten Hair Removal Cream by Baisidai, is that for most people it is an effective depilatory agent. Using the cream as directed and taking proper precautions, treatment should be effective and worry-free, causing no burning or itching.

October 16, 2020

Sleek Depilatory by elōs-mē Review – A 2020 Deep Dive

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The Sleek hair removal device by elōs-mē is a pulsed light permanent hair removal device for consumer use. The technology used by the Sleek is was originally developed from devices initially produced by Ilumanage and elōs-mē is, in fact, a subsidiary of the Iluminage corporation.

So, a little bit of history first before we talk about the device and how it works. The company Iluminage Beauty was founded by Dr. Shimon Eckhouse (Yokneam Illit, Israel) in 2000.

The company was centered around making products using the elōs intense pulsed light (IPL) technology invented by Eckhouse and his colleague Goldman. The two inventors began producing IPL devices in 1993 for the treatment of a variety of skin conditions and for hair removal.

Pulsed light treatment is now a very common method used for permanent depilation and is now widely available in consumer devices from several manufacturers. Basic IPL technology differs from the elōs method in that it is effective across all skin tones and hair colors, whereas standard IPL is not and limited only to fairer skin tones and darker hair color (more on that below).

The methodology behind the function of an IPL device necessitates a certain contrast between skin tone and hair pigmentation. As such, ILP devices cannot operate on very pigmented skin or on light hair colors.

The elōs devices employ additional technological innovations and are not impeded by lack of skin and hair contrast or are prevented from working on darkly pigmented skin. Clinical trials have been conducted on elōs which verify its effectiveness on all skin types and hair colors (only grey hair color was not tested). See the “How elōs works” section below.

Iluminage Beauty, a consumer device company, and its sister company Syneron Medical, a medical device company, closed in 2018 and merged with Lescolton to form Syneron-Candela Medical and elōs-mē/Lescolton Corporation. The elōs-mē/Lescolton company (known simply as elōs-mē) is the new consumer products corporation that emerged from the corporate mergers.

If all this corporate shell-gaming seems confusing, well, it is. Welcome to the world of corporate mergers.

A Deep Dive into the Sleek by elōs-mē

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The Sleek by elōs-mē is an effective hair removal consumer device and is easy to use, safe, and causes no skin damage or irritation. This IPL device is a generalist and will treat the whole body, including delicate skin areas of the upper lip, neck, jawline, and bikini line (not for use in the genitals, sorry!).

The treatment regime consists of wanding the device over the skin while brief pulses of intense light directed into the skin through a light output window. The light flashes stun the follicle matrix cells and stop hair growth (more on this later)., The intended treatment area should be shaved, clean, and dry. The treatments can be performed every week for 7 weeks, resulting in permanent hair removal with only an occasional need for monthly maintenance treatments.

What the Precise Touch is and is not
The Sleek by elōs-mē is not a laser device (), it is an IPL device. Think LED flashlight, not Death Star.

If you survey the internet for hair removal methods that do not involve creams, waxes, or other chemical treatments, you will likely run across a lot of reviews or sales sites featuring at home “laser” hair removal. The people who run these sites are either morons, snake-oil salesmen, or a combination of the two because there are no — allow a repeat — no lasers in the Sleek by elōs-mē.

We are not saying that the commentary in the reviews of those devices is false, merely the mischaracterization of how they work and what technology is entailed is false. Perhaps this comes from an overall absence of good physics education in the public schools, but not to worry as we will explain fully how IPL devices and what makes the elōs devices special.

Any so-called “laser” devices you find out there, including the Sleek, are IPL devices that use some a quartz bulb illumination system that emits a specific wavelength band of light. There is a consumer laser hair removal device on the market that is FDA-approved made by Tria and that’s it.

The Sleek uses a fast-recharging xenon bulb illumination source which is effective over a broader range of skin tones and hair colors. So, what is the difference between these IPL devices and a laser anyway?

Lasers differ from regular light sources as they emit narrow bandwidths of light that are coherent, which means that the light emitted is of identical frequency and waveform. Laser devices are also spatially-coherent, meaning the emitted light can target a very small area and also maintain their spatial-coherence over great distances.

This is because the light output is directed through a collimator, which is a beam limiter. Lasers are also temporally-coherent, so waveforms stay in the same temporal phase and produce standing waves driving stationary interference and cause the emitted light remains to be of a single color (stable wavelength).

IPL technology is more of a high-intensity, broader spectrum light and is not coherent or collimated. It is projected in a much broader electromagnetic band range, for example, think of how different the light that is produced from a laser pointer compared with an LED flashlight.

How elōs works
The elōs technology is a bit different from your standard IPL device and it is for this reason that elōs is more broadly effective across a range of skin tones and hair colors, however we will start out explaining IPL technology. The joint use of radiofrequency emissions (RF) with IPL emissions is what makes the elōs technology different.

The combination of RF and IPL energies produces heat in the hair shaft and destroys active matrix cells in the hair follicle. The only living parts of the hair are matrix cells in the follicle base and produce keratin polymers and building hair.

They are also responsible for embedding melanin pigments in the construction of the hair shaft.

The frequencies produced by IPL are tuned to the absorption maximum of melanins in the hair, which are two different chemical polymers derived from tyrosine. Pheomelanin is a yellow pigment and eumelanin is a dark brown pigment.

Different mixtures of the two pigments are the basis for different skin tones and hair colors. Light from IPL absorbed by melanins causes a phase shift in the light spectra emitted by the hair to the infrared band, which produces heat.

The heat produced is very brief but intense because the emission is a momentary flash, with just enough energy to stun the matrix cells but not enough to produce damage in the surrounding tissue. The RF emissions are produced in a longer wavelength band range and also create a brief, momentary heating.

Together, both energies cause damage to active matrix cells of the hair follicle and stop hair growth. In the elōs device, and the additional RF energies affect a broader range of hair and skin types than other IPL devices, so this is why the Sleek is not limited by skin pigmentation or hair color.

However, users should be aware that IPL treatments for permanent hair removal require a longer treatment cycle than professional laser hair removal treatments. That means patience and consistent application.

The standard treatment regime for IPL devices is 6-8 weeks, with weekly or bi-weekly treatments and periodic follow-ups over the next six months as maintenance. This lengthy treatment cycle is related to how the devices work, in that they can only affect hair follicles in a certain state of growth: the anagen phase.

Growth of hair is a cyclical process with three phases: an anagen phase (active hair growth), a catagen phase (follicle involution), and a telogen phase (mature hair phase). Most body hair at any given moment consists of telogen phase hairs which last about 2-3 months until the hair is shed.

Hairs in the anagen phase will grow at one centimeter per month, then shift into the catagen phase hairs for 2-3 weeks before resting in the telogen phase. After hair is shed, follicles reinitiate anagen phase growth.

The IPL technology can only affect anagen phase hairs and requires catching hair follicles in the act of growth to disable the matrix cells and break the cycle. This is why repeat treatments are necessary to treat more and more follicles as they enter the anagen phase over time.

Who’s It For?

The Sleek is great for people who want to permanently remove body hair from any part of the body other than the genital region. It can treat small areas such as the jawline, upper lip, and neck, but will also work well on legs, forearms, armpits, and the bikini line.

The elōs-mē claims that there are an unlimited number of flashes the device is capable of producing, but we doubt that since bulbs do have a lifespan. Other, similar devices by the company have bulb lifespans between 150,000 and 300,000 flashes, depending on the model.

The bulb of the device has an estimated lifespan in excess of what the average user would need to completely and permanently remove all their body hair. We suspect that elōs-mē characterizes the flash limits as unlimited since a user could completely depilate their entire body before the device fails.

How to use the Sleek
The Sleek device is very easy to operate and using it correctly requires little practice. Before applying to the skin, the treatment area should be clean and shaved prior to using the device. The treatment steps are as follows:

  1. Shave hair from the intended treatment area
  2. Switch on the device. The blinking blue light indicators report the energy level (1-3) and the device starts at energy level 1
  3. Tapping the elōs button will adjust the energy output to the desired level (You should start at power level 1 and do a small patch test for safety. Wait one day and see if you have any type of skin reaction).
  4. Place the applicator wand on the skin so that the silver faceplate makes skin contact. This is the RF emitter and the device will not flash if it does not sense contact with the skin.
  5. Slowly aim and move the device over the area to be treated. Try moving in different directions across the treatment area 2-3 times. The Sleek will flash as long as it is applied to the skin.
  6. For small areas like the face, place the device over a chosen area and allow it to flash once, then remove and reposition in a stamping motion (you will need to treat the area 2-3 times per session with this method).

For people with fair hair (grey, blonde, or red), wax or epilate the treatment area before using the Sleek. It sounds a little disturbing, but plucked hairs leave small wounds in the follicle base and the light frequencies will be absorbed by the blood left near the matrix cells.

This technique allows people with paler hair colors with low melanin content to use the Sleek for better results. People with fair hair usually need to double the number of treatments for the best results.

The company recommends 7 weekly treatments, once a week, for best results (more, if you have fair hair). For facial treatments, treat intended areas 2-3 times a week.

Typical treatment times can vary from person to person, but on average both armpits take 3-5 minutes to treat depending on hair color and density. By the way, permanent hair removal is not really “permanent” because hormonal changes will stimulate the development of new follicles over time. Regular treatments typically maintain hair-free skin for 1-2yearsa

What We Like About the Sleek by elōs-mē

The Sleek is painless, simple to use, lightweight (the wand part), and is comfortable to hold, so you will not get tired after long treatment sessions. As far as results, a lot of users report positive results after just a few treatments. Many users state that in six weeks of treatments are completely adequate for long-term effects. Also, with the elōs technology, the Sleek is more effective and produces better results in less time compared with other IPL devices.

We feel the biggest advantage of the Sleek compared with other IPL devices is its ability to effectively treat all skin tones (Fitzpatrick Scale I-VI) and all colors of hair. This is a really big plus, since most IPL devices, albeit effective, are limited to only certain skin tones and hair colors.

Whether or not the Sleek is better at hair removal has been validated through clinical trials. The strongest factor that makes a performance difference is the inclusion of RF emissions in the device, which covers the other skin tones missed by most IPL devices.

What We Don’t Like About the Sleek by elōs-mē

Some users say that the flashes are too bright, but the Sleek does come with a handy pair of goggles. The goggles are too dark for some people and many users go from flashes too bright to blind as a bat (many users wear sunglasses, which work just fine).

Some users report receiving Sleek devices that do not work, but in all cases, elōs-mē has repaired or replaced the device. We also found negative reviews of the Sleek from dissatisfied users who claim the Sleek does not work. Based on their description of use and hazarding a guess, it’s a good bet that the users did not understand how the device works, prepare their skin properly, or put in enough time to achieve the desired results (“I used it, like, twice in a week on my legs and arms and it didn’t do nothing”).

PROS

  • Demonstrated efficacy in clinical trials (effective on all hair types, including red and blonde)
  • CE and FDA safety certified
  • Easy to operate and comfortable to use
  • Great for delicate locations (neck, jawline, and upper lip), great for large skin areas
  • Faster treatment time times from fast bulb recharge rates
  • Safe for all skin tones (Fitzpatrick Scale I-VI)
  • No skin tone sensor needed
  • Corded but contains a lithium-ion (LiON) battery for portability
  • Uses IPL and RF energy emissions to treat all skin and hair types
  • Built-in UV filter
  • Excellent customer service

CONS

  • Have to epilate if you have fair hair and treat more often than stated in the manual
  • Instructional materials are not all that great and could use improvement (like, add some detail)
  • The Sleek Manufacturer has discontinued the device and replaced the model with other elōs devices, so supplies are limited

What’s Included?

  • elōs-mē Sleek
  • Quick reference guide
  • Power cord
  • Goggles with a charcoal tint
  • 2-year warranty

Overview Of Features

  • IPL and RF emission combination treatments
  • A 2-year limited warranty
  • The device is a medium-sized (only 9.7 x 9.6 x 4.8 in)
  • Flashes are unlimited
  • 96% hair reduction in 7 weeks
  • Three power levels

Review Summary

If you happen to have darkly pigmented skin or very fair hair and fall outside of the user range of IPL devices, then the Sleek depilatory device is for you. With its inclusion of an RF emission plate using the elōs technology, elōs-mē has produced a device that can serve anyone.

 

 

August 11, 2020

Flash & Go Hair Removal Devices by Silk’n Review – 2020 Deep Dive

Hair removal is very much a cultural phenomenon. In some cultures or time periods, no one would even think of removing their body hair, as it is considered taboo (such as in Sikh religious culture).

In other cultures or time periods, to not remove one’s body hair is deemed unclean and inappropriate (as seen in many ancient Mediterranean cultures). What is the connection between cleanliness and body hair removal?

The origins of hair removal practices are thought to stem from an effective means of delousing the body and keeping it free from lice. For example, hair removal was a common practice in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome and was a mark of cleanliness.

Gradually, hair removal additionally became associated with good health and, by extension, sexual appeal because healthy people are sexy people. Hair removal has basically moved in and out of vogue for close to 4000 years, but really became more of a global cultural norm in the early 20th century when razors and depilatory creams were specifically marketed to women.

In the modern era, hair removal was thrust into the public consciousness through aggressive marketing campaigns directed at women which began to vilify the idea of having body hair. The first company to engage in such an advertising campaign was Hall and Ruckel Inc. with their X-Bazin Depilatory Powder in 1907.

Gillette then jumped on the bandwagon, produced the first razor marketed to women in 1915 (the Milady Decollete), and by 1917, magazine advertisements began showing women with bare armpits. During the second world war, nylon and silk stockings were in short supply so the market for women’s hair removal products skyrocketed.

Remington began producing electric razors in 1940 specifically for women which helped to greatly reduce the onerous task of leg shaving and the rest, as they say, is history.

A Deep Dive into The Flash & Go Hair Removal Product Line
The Flash & Go line of hair removal devices by Silk’n is a set of hand-held wands that use light and heat to stun matrix cells of the hair follicle to prevent hair growth. The procedure is painless and through repeated uses, gradually prevents further hair growth.

Intense pulsed light methods of hair removal and acne treatment have been around for some time and have been relegated to use only by professionals in a dermatology or salon setting. In 2018, Silk’n began producing and releasing products for home use employing this technology, which they term as HPL (Home Pulsed Light) technology.

They currently produce five such devices, four of which fall under the Flash & Go line of products. These include the Flash & Go Jewel, the Flash & Go Compact Glide, the Flash & Go Express, and their newest addition the Flash & Go Pro.

A Deep Dive Into The Flash & Go Hair Removal Device Line by Silk’n

The Flash & Go line of hair removal devices by Silk’n is a set of hand-held wands that use light and heat to stun matrix cells of the hair follicle to prevent hair growth. The procedure is painless and through repeated uses, gradually prevents further hair growth.

Intense pulsed light methods of hair removal and acne treatment have been around for some time and have been relegated to use only by professionals in a dermatology or salon setting. In 2018, Silk’n began producing and releasing products for home use employing this technology, which they term as HPL (Home Pulsed Light) technology.

They currently produce five such devices, four of which fall under the Flash & Go line of products. These include the Flash & Go Jewel, the Flash & Go Compact Glide, the Flash & Go Express, and their newest addition the Flash & Go Pro.

How HPL works
HPL technology uses a quartz bulb to deliver wavelengths of light that are directed at the skin and penetrate down to the level of the hair root, where the matrix cells are located. The wavelengths used are attuned to melanin (eumelanin and pheomelanin) of the hair and do not cause appreciable heating of the surrounding skin.

Absorbed light energy in the hair shaft is transformed into heat, which is conducted down to the matrix cells at the base of the follicle. Matrix cells are the only living portion of hair and are responsible for keratin polymer production and deposition of melanin in the hair shaft.

Light intensity levels are adjustable for optimal performance, with most models requiring manual adjustments after testing on your skin, however, some models feature an auto-sensing and energy gain function to do this automatically. HPL works on hair in one of three particular growth phases: the anagen phase.

Hair growth is a cyclical process and HPL instruments can only target hairs in active growth or anagen phase. The remaining two phases, catagen and telogen phases, are stages of non-growth.

During the catagen phase, the hair follicle tissues undergo temporary involution since the hair has been produced in its mature state. At the telogen phase, hairs are gradually shed, which stimulates the matrix cells to reinitiate hair production and reenter the anagen phase.

For these reasons, HPL technology takes some time to see results, as only anagen phase hairs are affected and skin contains a variety of hairs in the three phases. Anagen phase hairs typically grow at a rate of about 1 cm per month, whereas hairs remain in the catagen phase for about two to three weeks, and telogen phase hairs are usually shed over a three-month period.

Since HPL uses light-based technology, it is necessary to shave prior to using the device to prevent refraction and allow proper detection of the contrast between the hair and the skin by the in-built sensors of the device. These devices are not a substitute for shavers or razors but are a follicle treatment technology to reduce the frequency of shaving by stunting the hair growth cycle.

Typical treatment timelines range from six to eight months with sessions every other week, depending on the thickness of hair and the amount of skin pigmentation. As such, Silk’n provides a scheduling calendar in the product package so that treatment days can be set for optimal results.

Skin pigmentation is an issue since the same hair melanins targeted by the device are also deposited in the epidermis of the skin. HPL technology is most effective when there is sufficient contrast between the hair pigmentation and the skin pigmentation.

This can limit whether the devices are of use for some people, which is a disadvantage of the pulsed light depilatory approach. For example, if you have very dark or tanned skin (Fitzpatrick Skin Tone Classification VI), HPL devices will not work for you, regardless of the darkness of your hair.

HPL technology works on people with skin in the Fitzpatrick Scale range of I to IV, although it can work on people with Fitzpatrick Scale V if they have very dark hair. There are additional considerations if you have very pale or unpigmented hair (white, grey, or blonde) since the device will not be able to distinguish the contrast effectively, which limits its use in these circumstances to people with the Fitzpatrick Scale III skin or lighter.

There are also some use considerations if you have moles (avoid exposing them to the light) or extensive tattoos and Silk’n recommends you avoid treating these areas. There is, however, a safety sensor that prevents the device from flashing on dark pigmented skin areas.

All Flash & Go models are corded devices that work on both 110v and 220v circuits, so they can be used for travel abroad with the appropriate plug adapter (all models come with US and UK/Ireland plug adapters). In our review of the Flash & Go line, we could not find any notable differences between the models with exception to bulb lifespan, whether or not it had a triggerless auto-active sensor, and whether or not the device possessed an auto-gain sensor for adjusting the power level.

Silk’n Flash & Go Express


The Flash & Go Express is a hair removal HPL device that can treat one leg for hair removal in about 10 minutes. Light pulses are produced when the light trigger button is depressed while the device is on.

The device is rated to produce 300,000 light flashes over its useful lifetime.

Silk’n Flash & Go Jewel


The Silk’n Flash & Go Jewel is the smallest HLP device offered by Silk’n and is a portable model intended for travel, but can also be used at home. The Jewel is a triggerless, sensor-driven device that operates automatically as soon as the device is placed on the skin when the device is on.

Total light flashes for the lifetime of the device is set at 150,000 and this version of the Touch & Go line is small, allowing for use in hard-to-reach areas.

Silk’n Flash & Go Compact Glide


The Flash & Go Compact Glide by Silk’n resembles the Express model superficially since they share the same device housing. However, the guts of the Compact Glide are most similar to the Jewel and have the same features (triggerless activation) and estimated use lifespan (150,000 flashes).

Silk’n Flash & Go Pro


The Flash & Go Pro by Silk’n is the newest product in the Flash & Go line and differs from other products in their hair removal device line because it has an in-built skin color sensor that will automatically adjust the power level (and light intensity) based on skin tone. It is also a triggerless device that auto-activates when placed on the skin, so there is no pulse light button.

The estimated lifespan of the bulb is greater than other models in the Flash & Go line (about 450,000-500,000 flashes).

Who’s It For?

All Silk’n Flash & Go devices are ideal for anyone who wants a more permanent and safe means of removing unwanted body hair. Whether you have excess back or facial hair that you want to go or whether you just want to get those bikini lines cleaned up for salon time or summer sunbathing at the beach or pool, there are at least one of these devices that will fit the bill.

The price range for this product line is reasonable and varies based on the convenience features of the device. Some models can be purchased for as little as $200, with top-end models approaching about $400. Different resellers also tend to offer seasonal discounts, so shop around first to get the best deals.

If you have concerns that using a Flash & Go device may be akin to performing brain surgery, have no fears. The procedure for treatment is very easy, produces no discomfort, and works well as verified by clinical trials conducted by dermatologists.

How to Use the Flash & Go

1. Carefully shave the skin area you intend to treat, then wash the areas and dry thoroughly. There should be no soap, powder, or antiperspirant residues.

2. Press the power button briefly (for models that have one). The device will be active at power level 1, signified by the LED display.

3. Energy levels can be adjusted by briefly pressing the power button to cycle the bulb brightness levels (some models have an auto-sensor for energy level).

4. Place the device bulb-down on the skin and press the pulse trigger (some models are auto-active and do not have a pulse trigger). Be certain the skin surface is spread evenly and that the device remains in full contact with the skin.

5. Hold in place during the sensor calibration phase. The ready indicator LED will blink slowly during this step. If the energy level is appropriate, the device will flash and you will hear a soft pop from the bulb.

6. You will feel some warmth produced by the light from the device followed by a bulb recharge interval. When the device is ready for the next application, the ready indicator LED will resume blinking.

7. Move the device to the next treatment area of the skin (each treatment area is approximately 3 cm2). Be sure to not retreat skin areas (one flash per area only); a useful way of keeping track is to note the indent marks left on the skin, outlining the face of the device.

8. Treatments can be performed either by pulse light on a fixed area or by gliding the device across the skin during a pulse. If there is no flash, the ready indicator LED will blink rapidly, indicating that the skin area is too pigmented for safe use of the device.

9. Skin treatments should be performed as recommended every 14 days for the first four or five sessions. Initial results are usually noticed after about three or four sessions.

10. Hairs after this time period will be noticeably thinner and finer. Treatments five to seven should be performed monthly (four weeks apart).

11. A full treatment cycle for best results will take six to eight months. Additional treatments can be performed after this period to maintain hair removal results.

What We Like About Flash & Go Hair Removal Device Line by Silk’n

All of the Flash & Go models we examined are simple devices (all the complex stuff is inside the device, so there is nothing complicated for you to do) that produce no adverse effects on the skin. Their use is so simple, one might be tempted to think they are some kind of scam since hair removal is usually an onerous and uncomfortable process.

We liked the fact that you can perform hair removal in your home. Most permanent hair removal methods, such as laser depilatory treatments, can only be done in a licensed salon or by a dermatologist at considerable cost.

It is also notable that this method of hair removal is pain-free compared with other methods. For example, typical methods of hair removal use chemical agents or waxes, which can cause considerable damage to the skin.

Included in the packaging are power plug adapters so that the devices can be used in the US or in the UK. The DC transformer included also automatically adjusts to the input voltage, 110v or 220v, so they are great devices for travel needs.

If any of you readers are still wondering whether these little flashy-flashy devices actually have any real effects on hair growth, the HPL technology used in the Flash & Go products have been examined in clinical trials and have demonstrated effectiveness. The results of the study were published in Alster TS and Tanzi EL (2009) Effect of a Novel Low-Energy Pulsed-Light Device for Home-Use Hair Removal. Dermatol Surg 35:483.

We provide a summary of the study and an explanation of the methods used below:

Methods. Female patient volunteers with Fitzpatrick Scale I-IV skin tone (n=20) with dark, terminal phase hair in non-facial treatment areas (inclusion criteria) were selected to self-administer three pulse treatments at two-week intervals.

Exclusion criteria for intended treatment areas included: suntan, skin infection, scarring, premalignant pigmented lesions, evidence of photosensitivity, the present use of oral retinoids or anticoagulants, use of waxing, electrolysis, or other photo epilation methods within three months of study treatment initiation.

All patients participated by informed consent under the guidelines of the Declaration of Helsinki. The age range of volunteers was 32 to 56 years of age.

Matched untreated skin sites were monitored for each patient as internal controls. Observations consisted of clinical photographs and hair counts of treated and control skin areas.

Baseline data was collected pre-treatment. Data collected during the experiment in treated and non-treated skin areas at months 1, 3, and 6.

The device used in the study was a Silk’n HPL device delivering pulsed light in the range of 475-1200 nm with a maximum energy yield of 5 J through a 3 cm2 window.

Results. Positive clinical responses to HPL treatment was observed in treated skin areas of all patients compared with matched control skin areas. Observed treatment times varied by treatment area.

Axillary applications required 2-3 minutes of treatment, whereas inguinal, lower leg and forearm treatments typically required 15-20 minutes of treatment. Total hair counts in treated skin areas were significantly reduced at 6-month follow-up after three treatments (Paired t-test: Percent reduction at 6 months, p). Legs: 53.5%, p<0.001; Arms: 48.1%, p=0.004; Axillary: 37.2%, p<0.001; Inguinal: 36.7%, p<0.001).

Hair count reductions were more notable on the lower legs compared with arm hairs and hairs in axillary and inguinal areas. Approximately 25% of patients reported mild transient erythema and transient follicular edema, but no additional side effects were observed.

Outtake surveys indicated that all patients were satisfied with the results.

Conclusions. Light pulse depilatory therapy with the HPL device is safe and effective for home use on non-facial skin areas for individuals with Fitzpatrick Scale I-IV skin tone.

What We Don’t Like About Flash & Go Hair Removal Device Line by Silk’n

We found some complaints by customers that the light from the devices was too bright and hurt their eyes. Keep in mind, the Flash & Go devices are not active unless they are in contact with the skin, so they are seeing the light glowing through their skin (Silk’n recommends looking away or wearing sunglasses if this is an issue).

Also, the results are slow which cannot be helped based on the method the device uses to stun matrix cells (some people may not be patient enough to make use of the treatment method). A few customers surveyed also complained about the device not working after a few weeks of use.

In some cases, this was due to a faulty bulb, which was promptly replaced by the company. In other instances, it was more of a matter of people not understanding how the devices work and lacking the patience required for the HPL hair removal method (HPL only affects anagen phase follicles).

The skin of most people contains a mixture of hairs in different growth phases, most of which rest in the telogen phase and is the reason for 6-8 months of treatment. Since many customers do not fully understand the hair growth process and how the device works, we feel that Silk’n should do a better job at simplifying product manuals.

PROS

  • Clinically-proven results
  • Pain-free
  • Effective hair removal is done at home
  • Permanent results over long-term use

CONS

  • The devices are expensive (but less than laser treatments)
  • The treatment takes patience and time

What’s Included?

  • Flash & Go device
  • Power transformer (AC/DC)
  • US outlet plug converter
  • UK outlet plug converter
  • Treatment calendar
  • Padded carrying case

Overview Of Features

  • Quartz bulb
  • Five power levels
  • Automatic skin tone sensors (on some models)
  • Automatic flash control (on some models)
  • Power button (on some models)
  • Power cord and plug converters
  • 150,000 flashes (300,000 or 500,000 on some models)

 

Review Summary

We find the Flash & Go devices to be quite useful, although they require a modicum of patience to see results. The Flash & Go line allows more affordable access to permanent hair removal.

We also like the departure from the use of chemicals and waxes, which are painful and cause skin damage. This painless treatment system provides an approachable depilatory method that is decidedly more affordable than salon treatments and equally effective.

July 26, 2020

Illuminage Precise Touch Hair Removal Review – 2020 Deep Dive

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Iluminage Beauty was a company founded in 2000 by Dr. Shimon Eckhouse in the city of Yokneam Illit, Israel based on his invention of the elōs intense pulsed light (IPL) technology. Eckhouse and his colleague Goldman invented modern IPL technology in 1993 and began producing medical, and later, consumer IPL devices for treatment of a variety of skin conditions and for hair removal.

IPL is now a very common treatment method of permanent depilation and the technology is currently available in consumer devices from a variety of manufacturers. What makes the elōs technology different from other IPL devices you can find on the market is that, unlike other manufacturer devices, it is not limited in effectiveness to only certain skin tones or hair colors.

Most IPL devices cannot function on very dark or tanned skin and also have limited effectiveness on light hair colors. The elōs technology does not suffer from any of these shortcomings and has been verified in clinical trials to work on all skin tones and almost all hair colors (only grey hair was not tested, but Illuminate claims the device will work). See more on the specifics below in our “How elōs works” section.

Iluminage Beauty and its sister company Syneron Medical ceased operations in 2018 and merged with Lescolton to form Syneron-Candela. The company now exclusively produces commercial medical devices, so elōs devices are still available on the market but no further production of the IPL machines is planned.

A Deep Dive into The Iluminage Precise Touch

The Precise Touch is a great hair removal device that is comfortable and easy to use, causing no skin damage or irritation if used in the correct skin locations (not for use on genitals or breasts). Many IPL devices out there are sort of generalist devices for the whole body, but the Precise Touch is precise, as it is so named, and is intended for the delicate, small skin areas of the neck, jawline, and upper lip.

Treatments are in the form of brief pulses of light directed into the skin through a two-centimeter square window which will stun the matrix cells at the base of the follicle and stop hair growth. For the device to work properly, the treatment area should be shaved, clean, and dry, and treatments can be performed every week over a month and a half for permanent hair removal (more on how this works below).

What the Precise Touch is and what it is not
The Precise Touch is an IPL device, not a laser device. That is the short answer.

When trying to read up on at-home hair removal that does not involve depilatory creams or waxes, you will likely find many, many reviews about all the latest rage in-home laser hair removal devices. However, nearly everything that you will read on the internet regarding home laser hair removal is completely and totally false.

This is not to say that the performance review of those devices is false, just the description of what they are and how they work is misleading. This can probably be chalked up to a general lack of understanding of physics among the public, but we will bring you totally up-to-speed on how these IPL devices and elōs specifically work.

All the “laser” devices you find out there, including the Precise Touch, are IPL devices that do not involve lasers but use some form of quartz bulb illumination system. To date, there is only one approved consumer laser hair removal device and it is made by Tria.

The Precise Touch specifically uses a xenon bulb illumination source, which is fast-recharging and tends to be effective over a broader range of skin tones and hair colors. Why are IPL devices not lasers, you may ask?

Lasers are light wavelength narrowband devices that only emit coherent sources of light, meaning that all emitted light is of the same frequency and waveform. They are spatially-coherent devices, illuminating only a very small target area, and tend to remain spatially-coherent over considerable distances because the light output is directed through a collimator.

Laser light is also temporally-coherent, with emitted waveforms in the same temporal phase which drives stationary interference, ensuring that the emitted light remains in a narrow bandwidth of the electromagnetic spectrum (i.e., it appears as one color). The technology of IPL is quite different, however, and the emitted light is not collimated or coherent and is projected in a much broader electromagnetic band range.

As a parallel example, almost anyone these days can easily distinguish between a laser pointer and an LED flashlight. The devices are simply that different.

How elōs works
Before we describe the specifics of IPL technology, keep in mind that the elōs technology is a bit different from your standard IPL device and it is for this reason that elōs is more broadly effective across a range of skin tones and hair colors. What distinguishes elōs is its joint use of radiofrequency emissions (RF) with IPL emissions.

The IPL and RF energies work in combination to heat the hair shaft and stunt matrix cells in the hair follicle. Matrix cells are the only living part of the hair and are responsible for the production of the keratin polymers and embedding of melanin pigments in the construction of the hair shaft.

IPL frequencies are tailored to be absorbed by melanins in the hair, which consist of two types of modified tyrosine polymers. Eumelanin is dark brown pigment and pheomelanin is more of a yellow pigment.

The combination of these two pigments in different ratios is the foundation for different hair colors and skin tones. Absorption of IPL frequencies by melanins causes a spectral phase shift of the light to the infrared band, which produces heat.

The heat produced is intense, but very brief because the emitted light is a momentary flash and just enough to stun the matrix cells without incurring any damage to the surrounding tissues. The RF emissions work in a different, longer wavelength electromagnetic band range and similarly produce brief, momentary heating.

Collectively, both emissions damage matrix cells in the hair follicle and arrest hair growth, and the addition of RF emissions allows the elōs device to target a broader range of hair and skin types than other IPL devices. However, users should be aware that IPL treatments for permanent hair removal require a longer treatment cycle than professional laser hair removal treatments.

The typical treatment cycle for IPL devices is six to eight weeks, applying a treatment every two weeks with periodic follow-ups over the next six months as maintenance. The reason for this lengthy treatment cycle is connected to how IPL devices work: they only can target hair follicles in a particular state of growth, referred to as anagen phase.

Hair growth is a cyclical process that involves an anagen phase (active hair growth), catagen phase (follicle involution), and telogen phase (mature hair phase). The majority of hair on the body at any given time consists of telogen phase hairs, with this stage in a hair life cycle typically lasting about two to three months and ending when the hair is shed.

Anagen phase hairs will grow at one centimeter per month until they reach their terminal length, then transition to catagen phase hairs for two to three weeks before entering the telogen phase. After hair shedding, the follicle will reenter the anagen phase and begin new hair growth.

IPL requires catching hair follicles during their anagen phase and disabling matrix cells to break the hair growth cycle. This is the reason for repeated treatments and having to wait it out for all the follicles in the treated area to go through a cycle.

Who’s It For?

The Precise Touch is perfect for people who want to permanently remove body hair from small, sensitive areas of the skin. It is intended to treat areas such as the upper lip, neck, and jawline, but will also work well on armpits, the bikini line, and forearms. The bulb of the device has an estimated lifespan of about 150,000 flashes and is estimated to be able to treat about 195,000 square centimeters of skin with a total of 80 treatments.

That number of treatments will provide basically two years of use time before the bulb needs to be replaced. The Precise Touch is also offered in a second-tier, a more expensive model with a bulb lifespan of 300,000 flashes, which will treat approximately 240,000 square centimeters of skin over 150 treatments with an estimated use time of 10 years.

How to use the Precise Touch
The device is extremely easy to operate and does most of the work for you, however, it is recommended that the intended treatment area is shaved prior to using the device. The treatment steps are as follows:

  1. Shave hair from the intended area
  2. Power on the device. The blinking blue light indicators report the energy level (1-3) and the device powers up at energy level 1.
  3. Using the elōs button on the back, you can adjust the energy output to the desired level (it is recommended to start at power level 1 and see if that is adequate for you by doing a small patch test and waiting a day to see if you have any skin reaction).
  4. Place the device on the skin so that the silver faceplate makes contact. This is the RF emitter and the device will not flash if it does not sense contact with the skin.
  5. Slowly glide the device over the area to be treated. The device will flash cyclically as long as it is applied to the skin.
  6. For small, delicate areas like the face, place, and allow to flash once, then remove and reposition (in this mode you will need to treat the area 2-3 times in a session using the device in a stamping motion).

If you have fair hair (blonde, red, or grey), it is recommended to wax or epilate the treatment area before using it. Plucked hairs leave microscopic wounds in the follicle and the light energies will heat the blood left in the base of the follicle, which overcomes the limitations with the low melanin content of the hair.

You will also need to double the number of treatments for results, although the device instructions do not specify this change in the treatment pattern.

Illuminage recommends 7 treatments, one each week, for optimal results (more, if you have fair hair). For treatments of the face, you should treat intended areas 2-3 times weekly.

As for how long a treatment requires in time, both armpits take between 2.5 – 5 minutes to treat, depending on the color and density of the hair shafts. A note about permanent hair removal: It is not really permanent, since hormone changes can stimulate the development of new follicle tissue, but full treatment cycles should keep the skin hair-free for a year or two.

What We Like About the Illuminage Precise Touch

The Precise Touch is pain-free, very easy to use, and does not weigh much, so it is comfortable to hold and you will not tire after a long treatment session. Many users report positive results after just a few treatments and most users to find that treatment cycles of less than six weeks are completely adequate. Compared with other IPL devices, the Precise Touch is more effective and produces better results in less time.

Among all the positive attributes of the Precise Touch, we feel the biggest advantage of this device compared with other devices on the market is its ability to effectively treat all skin tones (Fitzpatrick Scale I-VI) and affect all colors of hair. The overwhelming majority of IPL device manufacturers cannot make this claim and the Precise Touch has been verified to perform this way through clinical trial validations.

The main difference between the Precise Touch and other IPL devices is its inclusion of RF emissions with light therapy to effectively target hair follicles, regardless of skin tone or hair color.

What We Don’t Like About the Illuminage Precise Touch

Many users complain that the flashes are too bright, however, the product package does contain a set of goggles to address this issue. The goggles are rather dark, however, and many customers find that they cannot see a thing with them on (as an alternative, users can wear sunglasses).

The device is intended for small areas, so attempting to treat any large areas of skin (such as the forearms) takes time and patience. If this is what is desired, Iluminage makes a bigger model for large skin areas (the Touch).

There have been some reports of device failures, but in each case, Iluminage has either repaired or replaced the product. You can also find some unfavorable reviews of the device out there from dissatisfied users who claim the Precise Touch does not work. In these cases, and based on their description of use, it is apparent that the customers do not fully understand how the devices work and the amount of time required for observable results (read the manual!).

PROS

  • Proven in clinical trials to work on all hair, including blonde and red hair
  • FDA and CE certified for safety
  • Comfortable to use and easy to operate
  • Small treatment area (2 square cm) is great for delicate locations (neck, jawline, and upper lip)
  • Fast bulb recharge = fast treatment time
  • Safe for all skin tones (Fitzpatrick Scale I-VI)
  • No skin tone sensor necessary
  • Corded, so no need to charge a battery
  • Uses a combination of IPL and RF energy emissions for safety and reduced skin reaction
  • Built-in UV filter
  • Great customer service from the manufacturer

CONS

  • For lighter hair colors (grey, blonde, red), required epilation prior to treatment lengthens the treatment interval several weeks
  • Not intended for treating large skin areas, such as the legs
  • Instructional materials do not fully explain what permanent hair removal means
  • The manufacturer has discontinued the device (and their other hair removal devices), so supplies are limited

What’s Included?

  • Iluminage Precise Touch
  • Quick start card (other instructional materials are on the packaging box)
  • Power cable with AC/DC power supply (UK Commonwealth style plug)
  • Device stand
  • Goggles with a charcoal tint

Overview Of Features

  • Combined IPL and RF emission treatments
  • A 2-year limited warranty
  • The device is a small size (only 5.7 x 6.1 in; 15 x 15.5 cm)
  • Bulb rated for 150,000 flashes (there is a more-expensive 300,000 flash mode as well)
  • 94% hair reduction in 7 weeks
  • Three power levels

Review Summary

If you are looking to remove hair from sensitive areas of the skin in a permanent and pain-free way but do not want to foot the bill of going to a dermatologist for laser hair removal, the Precise Touch is an excellent means of achieving your goals.

July 10, 2020

Best Double Edge Razor Blades For 2020 [Our Reviews and Comparisons]

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For a while now people have really been enjoying a return to the classic things in life. Homegrown, small-batch, DIY… people are embracing an initial investment for a greater reward.

Choosing a double-edged razor is another classic. It delivers a close shave, and using it is a skill. So how can you tell the difference between one seemingly plain piece of metal and another?

While it is not simple for the naked eye to spot the differences between razor blades, there are a number of factors to look for that will make or break the deal on the blade you choose.

While there is still a very strong market for fast and disposable, people are looking for sustainable options. Whether you choose to shave with a double-edged razor for greater sustainability efforts (good for you), personal economic reasons (cheaper in the long run), or you just love a good close shave. We get that.

Picking a razor can be tricky. This guide will cover everything you need to know as we review the top five blades of 2020.

Related Article: Best Double Edge Razor Blades for Sensitive Skin in [year]

Comparison Table

IMAGE PRODUCT
EDITOR’S CHOICE 1. Astra Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

  • Sleek packaging
  • Good for a wet shave
  • Close and comfortable shave
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RUNNER UP 2. Shaving Revolution Double Edge Razor Blades

  • Suited for coarse beard
  • Can shave a week’s worth of growth
  • Sharp and high quality
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3. Shark Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

  • Always a close shave
  • Can use with hot and cold water
  • Suited for aggressive shaving
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4. Shark Super Chrome, Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

  • Quality product for the money
  • Smooth and comfortable shave
  • Long life
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5. Gillette Silver Blue Double Edge Safety Razor

  • Can shave in a hurry for 1 day’s or 1 week’s growth
  • Shaves without nicks and cuts
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Our Best Double Edge Razor Blades Reviews and Comparisons

Below are the top 5 best double-edged razor blades of 2020. Whether you are looking for quality, value for money, bulk, or the elite, this is the comprehensive list for you.

1. Astra Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Product Highlights

ASTRA stainless double edge blades are made from high-quality steel and are compatible with all double edge razors. ASTRA blades are made from the highest quality steel. You will be satisfied with their smoothness and long-lasting, smooth shave.

Features

A Razor that works with sensitive skin. You get two years’ worth of blades for $10. The best in quality and sharpness.

What We Like About Astra Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

These blades come in a nice sleek convenient box that has a perforated opening for easy access to take out one little box of 5 blades at a time.There are numbers etched on the blade (1 and 2 on the one side, 3 and 4 on the other). This is for people who flip the blade after each shave. The numbers help people to know which side they are using.

Users experience fewer cuts on bumps or pimples as well as less red spots.

What We Don’t Like About Astra Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

These blades feel less aggressive than other blades, which means it will require an extra pass of the razor in some spots to get the grain down.

PROS

  • Sleek packaging
  • Good for a wet shave
  • Close and comfortable shave

CONS

  • Blades are thicker than most butterfly blades.
  • Users have found dull blades
  • The blades nick and tug at facial hair

2. Shaving Revolution Double Edge Razor Blades

Product Highlights

The Viking Revolution believes your beard deserves the very best. The range of Viking Revolution products is a reflection of their commitment to delivering every product to be made of the highest quality materials.

These stainless steel blades are manufactured in Japan and can handle a week’s stubble with ease.

Features

Every platinum-coated, Japanese steel blade provides a smooth and clean shave. Each package contains 50 blades and guarantees a long-lasting razor.

What We Like About Shaving Revolution Double Edge Razor Blades

The blades are so sharp that your close shave will take a lot off in one pass. One blade will last several shaves and still give you the fresh feel of a brand new blade.

What We Don’t Like About Shaving Revolution Double Edge Razor Blades

If you are new to the double-edged razor blade game, these blades might prove a little hard to maneuver. As they are extra sharp they will need more user finesse.

PROS

  • Suited for coarse beard
  • Can shave a week’s worth of growth
  • Sharp and high quality

CONS

  • Mixed results for thick facial hair
  • Some blades are dull

3. Shark Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Product Highlights

Shark’s Super Stainless double edge razor blades provide a smooth, sharp and comfortable shave. Their high quality makes them one of the longest-lasting blades in the market.

Features

Each package contains 20 tucks of 5 super sharp stainless steel blades. Their sharpness will last for many shaves. Compatible with all standard safety razors.

What We Like About Shark Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

These fine blades make for a very close shave. Shark has cleverly divided up their 100 count blades into packs of five, reducing clutter and giving you easy access only to the pack you are using.

What We Don’t Like About Shark Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Some users find the blades dull sooner than indicated.

PROS

  • Always a close shave
  • Can use with hot and cold water
  • Suited for aggressive shaving

CONS

  • Poor quality
  • Not very sharp causing nicks

4. Shark Super Chrome, Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Product Highlights

Packaged in 20 tucks of 5 blades/tuck, these quality razors’ high-quality polymer coating and stainless steel core promote their long blade life.

Features

Shark’s renowned Super Chome razors have a stainless steel core and polymer coating that keeps them sharp for the long run offering a smooth and comfortable shave every time.

These are the blades of choice by barbers and wet shavers. They are compatible with well-known brands of safety razors like Gillette, Parker, Gem, and others.

What We Like About Shark Super Chrome, Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Thes high-quality blades offer all the desired benefits of optimal shaving.

What We Don’t Like About Shark Super Chrome, Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Care should be taken to not wipe this blade dry after use. Instead, simply shake the razor dry to avoid removal of the blade’s coating.

PROS

  • Quality product for the money
  • Smooth and comfortable shave
  • Long life

CONS

  • Will get ruined if water remains on the blade
  • Not sharp enough for coarse beards

5. Gillette Silver Blue Double Edge Safety Razor

Product Highlights

Gillette produces these quality blades in St. Petersburg, Russia to offer you a smooth and comfortable shave. Their high quality is known around the world.

Gillette blades are noted for high quality and smooth and comfortable shaves. These blades last for a long time, very sharp, and provide a very smooth shave! These are considered to be the top quality blade in many parts of the world where double edge safety razors are commonly used.

  • Great and affordable Razor Blades
  • Gillette Stainless Silver Blue Blades Made in Russia
  • Highest quality blades made to fit different double edge safety razors

Gillette is one of the leading brands in the blade market.

Features

Five tucks of five blades/tuck, 25 blades in total, made of quality blades adapts to many well-known safety razor companies

What We Like About Gillette Silver Blue Double Edge Safety Razor

Reportedly one of the safest high-quality blades on the market. Shaving in a hurry can be difficult when it comes to a double-edged razor shave, but this product gives you the best chance at a quick, nick-free shave.

What We Don’t Like About Gillette Silver Blue Double Edge Safety Razor

These blades are not as good as Platinum. Customers are getting nicked during the first shave with these blades. They may be defective as they stick out beyond the safety razors, which makes them not so safe to the fingers.

PROS

  • Can shave in a hurry for 1 day’s or 1 week’s growth
  • Shaves without nicks and cuts

CONS

  • Pricier than others
  • Do not fit precisely in the safety razors

July 10, 2020

Best Shaving Cream For Safety Razor in 2020 [Our Reviews and Comparisons]

best shave cream for safety razor

A double-edged razor has many benefits that will motivate you to make this product your first choice. First, it offers the closest possible shave because it can reach all the way down the grain.

A double-edged razor can reduce, if not entirely prevent razor burns giving you the fresh shave you desire.

These razors are economically sound since they last longer. A single blade can give you a close shave for a week to 10 days. The double-edged razors are offered in a box of 100. So you are set up for a while.

There is also the environmental factor that makes these razors win out. These durable safety razors offer a consistent shave.

We went beyond the aisle of the supermarket to find you top picks of highly rated and high-quality shaving creams that pair perfectly with your safety razor.

Read Related Article: Best Double Edge Razor Blades for Sensitive Skin in 2020

Comparison Table

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EDITOR’S CHOICE 1. Cremo Original Shave Cream

  • Made with the best, natural ingredients
  • Paraben free
  • Not tested on animals
Check Price
RUNNER UP 2. Shaving Cream for Men by Rocky Mountain Barber Company

  • Softer face after use
  • A little goes a long way
  • Top of the can is gnarled which makes it easier to open
Check Price
3. Shavology Shave Lather

  • Rich foam lather
  • Anti-aging formula added
  • A 7 oz bottle lasts for 120 days
Check Price
4. Wild Willies Shave Lube Premium Shaving Gel with Jojoba & Eucalyptus

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lubricates adequately for shaving
  • Eliminates any redness from shaving
Check Price

Our Best Shaving Cream for Safety Razor Reviews and Comparisons

1. Cremo Original Shave Cream

Product Highlights

Cremo Original Shave Cream is made from a specially manufactured formula that makes the molecules super slick, which makes it an easy shaving experience with your razor. With lots of natural goodness and paraben-free, it is kind to your skin.

Its high concentration means that you only need to use a very little bit at a time, making it economically friendly as well.

Features

This product’s active ingredients include macadamia seed oil, aloe, calendula, lemon, papaya, and olive leaf extracts.

What We Like About Cremo Original Shave Cream

Packed with lots of natural ingredients that will benefit your skin.

What We Don’t Like About Cremo Original Shave Cream

It contains chemicals that may irritate sensitive skin. You may want to test it out if you have sensitive skin before investing a lot of money in this product.

PROS

  • Made with the best, natural ingredients
  • Paraben free
  • Not tested on animals

CONS

  • Not suited for sensitive skin
  • Not enough coating and protection

2. Shaving Cream for Men by Rocky Mountain Barber Company

Product Highlights

Rocky Mountain Barber Company makes their men’s shaving cream in small batches. This means that all the natural goodness, refreshing smell, and all its signature qualities, are preserved to their highest potential.

Features

It uses almost all-natural ingredients, including coconut oil, grapeseed oil, argan oil, jojoba oil & sandalwood oil.

What We Like About Shaving Cream for Men by Rocky Mountain Barber Company

It is great for almost all skin types. The light oils used to mean that it won’t be too heavy for oily skin, and yet hydrating enough for dry skin, with or without a brush.

The added menthol will give you a kick in the morning.

What We Don’t Like About Shaving Cream for Men by Rocky Mountain Barber Company

If you want a quick shave, this product is not for you. You need a little preparation time before you begin to shave. Not everyone wants the menthol as it overpowers the sandalwood.

PROS

  • Softer face after use
  • A little goes a long way
  • Top of the can is gnarled which makes it easier to open

CONS

  • Does not lather.
  • Scent wears off halfway through the day

3. Shavology Shave Lather

Product Highlights

Shaveology Shave Lather is one of the tops of the line anti-aging products on the market. You may not be feeling the effects of aging, but this anti-aging product is as luxurious as a warm straight razor shave.It was developed to be gentle enough for sensitive skin, and aggressive enough for face, neck, and head.

Any anti-aging product worth its salt is filled with the most hydrating and restorative properties, but this one goes a step ahead integrating golden seaweed into its already tasty ingredients list.

Features

This product contains the finest ingredients to nourish the skin during and after the shaving process. Golden Seaweed is added to the formula to include the benefits of anti-aging.

The skin is hydrated and protected all day from free radicals that are known to negatively impact the skin.

What We Like About Shavology Shave Lather

This product softens the beard and creates a barrier that ensures your razor glides smoothly over the skin, offering a close and comfortable shave with every use.

Razor burns and ingrown hairs are effectively prevented.

What We Don’t Like About Shavology Shave Lather

There is not enough lubrication which means the skin is not properly hydrated. Some find the scent overwhelming. It does not lather easily.

PROS

  • Rich foam lather
  • Anti-aging formula added
  • A 7 oz bottle lasts for 120 days

CONS

  • Price may be reasonable but the quality is subpar
  • Product comes out dry

4. Wild Willies Shave Lube Premium Shaving Gel with Jojoba & Eucalyptus

Product Highlights

If you are looking for a morning routine to get you out of the house feeling ready for the day inside and out, this is for you. The Wild Willies Shave Lube Premium Shaving Gel is part of a four product routine that uses caffeine to give you that boost, peppermint for the fresh smell, and packs a punch of oils, keeping your beard and skin maintained all day.

Of course, you can also use this product as a stand-alone for your beard, but your face is the canvas for your beard, and that skin needs care, too. Just something to think about.

Features

The benefits of antioxidant-rich, naturally-derived caffeine will reduce any redness that occurs during shaving. The calming properties of Jojoba and Eucalyptus will keep your skin looking and feeling fresh and healthy all day long.

What We Like About Wild Willies Shave Lube Premium Shaving Gel with Jojoba & Eucalyptus

Very natural and pleasantly scented. Nonsticky texture. Invigorating, nourishing and natural, this product really has it all.

What We Don’t Like About Wild Willies Shave Lube Premium Shaving Gel with Jojoba & Eucalyptus

The men may not have enough product with each order, as their wives are using this product as well

PROS

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lubricates adequately for shaving
  • Eliminates any redness from shaving

CONS

  • None to highligh

FAQ

How Can I Prepare My Skin For A Great Shave?

  • Shower Your skin is more supple and pores more open after taking a steaming hot shower. This leaves with less resistant hair to shave.
  • Exfoliating is a process to remove all the excess dead skin cells. When you take the time for this process then you offer your skin the chance to breathe and prevent breakouts and skin irritation.
  • Skincare routine is necessary to keep your skin healthy. If you have sensitive skin it is likely to be a result of overstimulation or under stimulation of a particular pH makeup. When your skincare is part of your routine then you create an optimal environment for your skin and shaving becomes a smoother process.
July 10, 2020

Best Electric Shaver For Women’s Pubic Area in 2020 [Our Reviews and Comparisons]

best electric shaver for women's pubic area

Razors have come a long way when it comes to lady-scaping. True, many are shucking the whole shaving thing altogether, but for those of us still pruning the magic garden, there are many options out there on the market.

An electric razor gives you two things that a manual razor cannot: a closer shave, and more control, depending on the electric razor in question.

Some razors have adjustable blades and intensity. Some rotate, while others have interchangeable heads to ease making those hard-to-reach places, not so hard-to-reach.

Every woman is different, and her razor needs are different. But before you take a look at the list of the five best electric razors for women, you need to get a little bit excited about rose gold, as it is very ‘in’.

Related Article: Best Razor For Pubic Hair of [year]

Comparison Table

Razors have come a long way when it comes to lady-scaping. True, many are shucking the whole shaving thing altogether, but for those of us still pruning the magic garden, there are many options out there on the market.

An electric razor gives you two things that a manual razor cannot: a closer shave, and more control, depending on the electric razor in question.

Some razors have adjustable blades and intensity. Some rotate, while others have interchangeable heads to ease making those hard-to-reach places, not so hard-to-reach.

Every woman is different, and her razor needs are different. But before you take a look at the list of the five best electric razors for women, you need to get a little bit excited about rose gold, as it is very ‘in’.

Comparison Table

Razors have come a long way when it comes to lady-scaping. True, many are shucking the whole shaving thing altogether, but for those of us still pruning the magic garden, there are many options out there on the market.

An electric razor gives you two things that a manual razor cannot: a closer shave, and more control, depending on the electric razor in question.

Some razors have adjustable blades and intensity. Some rotate, while others have interchangeable heads to ease making those hard-to-reach places, not so hard-to-reach.

Every woman is different, and her razor needs are different. But before you take a look at the list of the five best electric razors for women, you need to get a little bit excited about rose gold, as it is very ‘in’.

Comparison Table

IMAGE PRODUCT
EDITOR’S CHOICE 1. Brori Electric Razor for Women with LED Light, Blue

  • Easy to use
  • Leaves skin soft after shave
  • Suited for wet and dry use
Check Price
RUNNER UP 2. Brori Electric Razor for Women LCD Screen Aloe Lubricating Strips

  • Easy to use
  • Long battery life
  • Satisfactory close shave
Check Price
3. Wahl Pure Confidence Rechargeable Electric Razor, Model 9865-2901

  • 3 interchangeable heads
  • Guide comb for trimming
  • pouch
  • Reliable brand
Check Price
4. Hatteker Electric Razor for Women

  • Waterproof design makes it suited for wet and dry shave
  • The detachable razor makes for easy cleaning.
  • No nicks, cuts, razor burns
Check Price
5. Panasonic Full Body Hair Removal for Women

  • Super sleek design is travel-friendly
  • A nick-free shaving experience
  • Two AAA batteries offer 40 minutes of trimming use
Check Price

Our Best Electric Shaver for Women Reviews and Comparisons

1. Brori Electric Razor for Women with LED Light, Blue

Product Highlights

The unique design of the Brori razor has a 3-in-1 head. Straight, curved, and floating foil. This makes for a tailored experience. The straight blade is great for legs and arms, the more typical shaving areas.

Features

When things get a little trickier, like with armpits and bikini lines, the curved blade offers the ideal close shave. The floating foil head protects you when shaving stubble, to give you a tight shave without discomfort.

Two different heads mean that your daily shave is taken care of, as well as your more vigorous hair removal routines.

What We Like About Brori Electric Razor for Women with LED Light, Blue

This product gives an easy and quiet shave or trims without any residue. Its stainless steel blades pass smoothly over anybody’s contours and curves.

The LED lights make it easier to reach difficult to see areas. It is ideal for sensitive skin.

What We Don’t Like About Brori Electric Razor for Women with LED Light, Blue

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PROS

  • Easy to use
  • Leaves skin soft after shave
  • Suited for wet and dry use.

CONS

  • Some users have experience razor burns and nicks
  • Difficult to clean
  • Product easily damages when attempting to clean

2. Brori Electric Razor for Women LCD Screen Aloe Lubricating Strips

Product Highlights

The seamless close shaving of this Brori Electric Razor for Women with LCD Screen Aloe lubricating Strips is a luxury product. The razor can easily handle all the awkward curves. The special lubricating strips aid in the shaving process.

Features

This shaver can operate during wet and dry shaving. Since it can be fully immersible, it can be used in the bath and during a shower.

What We Like About Brori Electric Razor for Women LCD Screen Aloe Lubricating Strips

This shaver’s blades are strategically positioned to allow a close shave. The aloe vera lubricating strips and the foil help to minimize and even prevent skin irritation.

  • Strategically positioned blades for a close shave
  • Hypo-allergenic lubricating strips made from aloe vera
  • Hypo-allergenic foil to avoid irritation
  • Smart LCD Screen for adjusting speed and monitoring charge
  • Travel lock
  • 90 minute charge that lasts for up to 3 months of usage
  • Can also be used plugged in

What We Don’t Like About Brori Electric Razor for Women LCD Screen Aloe Lubricating Strips

Some users found this product to become damaged after a few weeks or a couple of months of use in water.

PROS

  • Easy to use
  • Long battery life
  • Satisfactory close shave

CONS

  • Pulls hair
  • Some products seem to be defective

3. Wahl Pure Confidence Rechargeable Electric Razor, Model 9865-2901

Product Highlights

Wahl is a trusted brand for barbers when it comes to razors, and their basic groomer/razor reflects that. This product offers three different heads. That offers you a precision experience no matter your hair removal needs.

Features

Each of the three heads of the Wahl Pure Confidence Razor serves a completely different function.

The first head is for eyebrow detailing, the second is a rotary facial trimmer, and the third is a traditional trimmer. This way you can pay attention to the bikini line, or eyebrow line, while also maintaining your length with the trimmer.

What We Like About Wahl Pure Confidence Rechargeable Electric Razor, Model 9865-2901

The shaving experience is free from razor burns, nicks. A great product when you want a quick, easy, painless way to remove unwanted body hair.

What We Don’t Like About Wahl Pure Confidence Rechargeable Electric Razor, Model 9865-2901

Some users have found this shaver easily rust. The materials seem to be of poor quality.

PROS

  • 3 interchangeable heads
  • Guide comb for trimming
  • pouch
  • Reliable brand

CONS

  • Blades are dull
  • Does not have enough power

4. Hatteker Electric Razor for Women

Product Highlights

Hetteker is a trusted brand when it comes to razors, making incredibly sturdy designs for barbers and male personal razors. This electric razor for women takes into account the different types of hair and different sensitivities that women face.

This one device can be used for arms, legs, body, armpits and bikini lines. Hetteker also offers a satisfaction guarantee. So if your skin is not as smooth, or it takes too long, or you just do not like the charge, return it… but none of that will be a problem with this quality product.

Features

This fully waterproof shaver has hypo-allergenic stainless steel blades and a floating foil that is suited for sensitive skin to prevent irritation.

What We Like About Hatteker Electric Razor for Women

This 2 in 1 electric shaver offers women a painless and hypoallergenic hair removal experience without any residue. Even sensitive skin can have a safe and comfortable shave without any pain or skin irritation with this shaver.

What We Don’t Like About Hatteker Electric Razor for Women

Customers have found this shaver defective in its functions. Others found it would not charge properly.

PROS

  • Waterproof design makes it suited for wet and dry shave
  • The detachable razor makes for easy cleaning.
  • No nicks, cuts, razor burns

CONS

  • Some claim the razor does not function
  • It trims but not shaves

5. Panasonic Full Body Hair Removal for Womene

Product Highlights

This sweet little razor is completely unassuming and fits right in your purse for an overnighter, or a just-in-case type scenario. Your hair removal experience is smooth and complete. This razor can handle all body curves for all types of skin.

Features

The rounded blade tips give you a safe shaving experience. The stainless steel blades are hypoallergenic which means your skin will be free of any irritation.

The shaver can glide easily over the body contours due to its pivoting pen trimmer head, which swings 10 degrees to the left and right. This provides a comfortable and efficient trim.

What We Like About Panasonic Full Body Hair Removal for Women

A small yet effective tool for your hair removal routine. This product gives a full body hair removal process that is smooth and complete from all areas of the body.

What We Don’t Like About Panasonic Full Body Hair Removal for Women

Customers have found the trimming power to be unsatisfactory. The product seems to have a short life and is constructed poorly and made of low-quality materials.

PROS

  • Super sleek design is travel-friendly
  • A nick-free shaving experience
  • Two AAA batteries offer 40 minutes of trimming use

CONS

  • Batteries do not last as advertised
  • Only works on fine hair

July 10, 2020

Best Double Edge Razor Blades for Sensitive Skin in 2020 [Our Reviews and Comparisons]

best double edge razor blades for sensitive skin

There is nothing like a classic, close shave with a double-edged safety razor. Whether you are tidying up your signature look or going for a full shave, there is more to achieving this look than a careful flick of the wrist.

For sensitive skin preparation is everything. Follow these steps to get the best shaving experience:

    • When you shower you are steaming your pores to open up and your skin becomes more supple.
    • To ease the shaving process exfoliating will get rid of all the excess dead skin cells. You can choose natural exfoliators like creams, face wash, or a handheld device. Be careful not to over-exfoliate otherwise you stimulate more oil production than you need.
    • Maintain a skincare routine to provide your face what it is lacking, or keeping under control your excesses. A routine will make shaving a breeze.

Related Article: Best Double Edge Razor Blades For [year]

Comparison Table

IMAGE PRODUCT
EDITOR’S CHOICE 1. Vikings Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

  • Close, smooth and comfortable shave
  • Blades have just the right amount of sharpness and smoothness.
  • Ideal for beginners
Check Price
RUNNER UP 2. Shaving Revolution’s Platinum Japanese Stainless Steel

  • Sharp and precise
  • Durable
Check Price
3. Shark Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

  • Always a close shave
  • Works great in both hot and cold water
  • Long lasting
Check Price
4. Shark Double Edge Safety Razor Blades, Super Chrome, 100 Count

  • The blades can be dull.
  • You get your money’s worth
  • Smooth and comfortable shaving experience
Check Price
5. Gillette Silver Blue Double Edge Safety Razors

  • Quick shave
  • Quality you can rely upon
Check Price

Our Best Double Edge Razor Blades for Sensitive Skin, Reviews and Comparisons

1. Vikings Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Product Highlights

A 9-12 month supply of quality blades that are ideal for sensitive skin and are suitable for soft to medium coarse hair. This is a great blade to use when you are just beginning your shaving journey.

This 50 pack of razor blades are double wrapped for extra safety and easy disposal. They are divided into packs of 5 for your storage convenience.

Features

Made from platinum-coated Swedish 13C26 Steel you have a blade that makes for a sturdy, long-lasting blade.

What We Like About Vikings Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

The blades are safe for sensitive skin. These blades last longer than their counterparts.

What We Don’t Like About Vikings Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Not suited for extra-coarse hair or if you are looking for a super aggressive blade. This blade can cause irritation if it’s used beyond its market life of 5-7 shaves.

PROS

  • Close, smooth and comfortable shave
  • Blades have just the right amount of sharpness and smoothness.
  • Ideal for beginners

CONS

  • Some experience razor burn
  • Not suited for coarse hair

2. Shaving Revolution’s Platinum Japanese Stainless Steel

Product Highlights

Beard care is a passion for many. That Viking Revolution products are suited to whatever style, color, length or shape of one’s facial hair. The beard represents the man. So using the right blades will give the best statement.

The Viking Revolution is a leader in the Beard Care industry for the modern men who expect the highest standards becoming the go-to brand for Men’s Grooming.

Read Related Article: Best Shaving Cream For Safety Razor in [year]

Features

The Viking Revolution offers the highest quality platinum coated Japanese stainless blades that offer a sharp and clean shave.

Each package of 50 stainless steel blades is individually wrapped in wax paper for safety and finesse.

What We Like About Shaving Revolution’s Platinum Japanese Stainless Steel

These products are made of the highest quality, using only premium materials.

What We Don’t Like About Shaving Revolution’s Platinum Japanese Stainless Steel

These blades are not suited for thick facial hair. They also require a specific compatible shaving cream.

PROS

  • Sharp and precise
  • Durable

CONS

  • Blades require compatible shaving products manufactured by the company
  • Blades are dull

3. Shark Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Product Highlights

Shark’s Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades is made from premium material that will deliver a smooth and comfortable shave. Their quality means you benefit from their outstanding smoothness, sharpness, comfort, and longevity.They have a reputation of being the longest-lasting double edge blades they have ever used. And are world-renowned for their high quality

Features

The professional quality afforded these stainless steel blades means they retain their sharpness over many shaves. They are compatible with standard safety razors including Gem, Parker, Merkur, Jagger, and Gillette. You get outstanding value with 20 tucks of 5 quality blades.

What We Like About Shark Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Value for the money. These very sharp razors help avoid razor burn.

What We Don’t Like About Shark Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Some users found the blade to be dull, which increases shaving time.

PROS

  • Always a close shave
  • Works great in both hot and cold water
  • Long lasting

CONS

  • For some users the blades do not last after a couple of shaves
  • Blade is dull

4. Shark Double Edge Safety Razor Blades, Super Chrome, 100 Count

Product Highlights

Shark Super Chrome Double Edge Razor blades are a popular go-to for barbers and wet shavers. These quality blades are world-renowned and offer a smooth and comfortable shave.

Features

A package of 100 blades made from stainless steel and polymer-coated, which keeps them fresh for longer. These blades are compatible with Parker, Merkur, Gem, Gillette and all other brands of standard safety razors.

What We Like About Shark Double Edge Safety Razor Blades, Super Chrome, 100 Count

These blades last longer which makes them economically sound investment. Every shave is smoother, closer, and there is far less irritation when compared to their counterparts.

What We Don’t Like About Shark Double Edge Safety Razor Blades, Super Chrome, 100 Count

The blades can be dull.

PROS

  • The blades can be dull.
  • You get your money’s worth
  • Smooth and comfortable shaving experience

CONS

  • Some users find the blades dull
  • Quality is inconsistent

5. Gillette Silver Blue Double Edge Safety Razors

Product Highlights

Gillette Silver Blue blades are produced in St. Petersburg, Russia. High quality and a smooth and comfortable shave are assured every time. Their quality assures they will last for a very long time.

Features

Features:Each package includes 5 packs of 5 blades for a total of 25 affordable stainless steel blades that are compatible with different double edge safety razors

What We Like About Gillette Silver Blue Double Edge Safety Razors

This product is a leader in quality as well as dependable. If you’re looking for a quick clean shave without any cuts then this is your blade. The most comfortable shave and nick-free.

What We Don’t Like About Gillette Silver Blue Double Edge Safety Razors

You will find these blades pricier than the average blade. They seem to be longer than the average blades which mean users can get nicks when shaving.

PROS

  • Quick shave
  • Quality you can rely upon
May 10, 2020

Why is Hair Removal Cream not Working? [Depilatory Creams 101]

Like many of my fellow hairy girls, I had a very early experience with depilatory creams – mainly because my parents completely forbid me from shaving, telling me that I was too young (and also that I would become hairier! What a lie).

While wistfully browsing the women’s body grooming section at the drugstore, I spotted my salvation (or so I thought) – a can of Veet, promising silky smooth legs, no shaving required.

Hallelujah!

I could finally stop being Chewbacca’s little sister.

This was it – I was finally going to get rid of my leg hair discreetly and effectively because it wasn’t technically shaving. Well, my scheming little self was shocked when I actually used the stuff. I thought I would come out the other end of using Veet cream as a smooth, hairless nymph – but that wasn’t the case.

Afterward, my legs were covered tiny, itchy bumps – AND, I still had patches of half-dissolved hair all up and down my legs. Not the look I was going for, obvi.

So what went wrong? Why is hair removal cream not working for me?

First off:

I didn’t patch test. Because depilatory creams are extremely basic (as in, alkaline) to dissolve the keratin bonds that hold your hair together, they can sometimes irritate skin. A patch test is the best way to check how resilient (or not, in my case) your skin will be to the chemicals in depilatory creams.

Second, it wasn’t strong enough for my thick hairs – even though it had been strong enough to irritate my skin and stink out my bathroom, I still had some thicker hairs left in uneven patches, something I clearly did not anticipate.

Luckily, this didn’t entirely put me off hair removal creams – they definitely have their advantages over other methods of hair removal, and are one of my favorite go-to products for being hairfree because they’re so easy to use and yield quick, hairless results.

How Does Hair Removal Cream Work?

Hair removal creams will use a blend of alkaline ingredients in a moisturizing, lotion-like base to soften hairs, and basically turn them to jelly so that they can be easily wiped away from the skin. Ta-dah!

You can use them pretty much anywhere on your body (legs, bikini, underarm, face) so long as it’s correctly formulated for that area – please don’t use body-strength creams on your upper lip!

It’s these same alkaline ingredients that are responsible for that signature, slightly nostril-singeing chemical smell that you get with hair removal creams. The smell can be a make or break deal for a lot of girls out there, and I don’t blame them – even hair removal creams that have scent added to cover-up fail to cover anything up at all!

Sometimes, such a strong chemical smell can make you wonder if maybe, just maybe, hair removal cream is bad for you. It’s okay, I can see how one would think that – they absolutely STINK and when used incorrectly, your skin could become very, very irritated. But on the whole, they’re completely safe to use, even during pregnancy! In that case, it’s more about whether or not your pregnancy nose can handle the smell.

Related Reading: Is It Safe to Use Hair Removal Cream During Pregnancy?

Hair removal creams take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to work, and it’s absolutely essential that you stick to the time recommended to you on the instructions. There was a time when I decided that the instructions did not apply to me and again – I was left rashy for weeks after.

Does Hair Removal Cream Hurt?

IMO, this is the number one advantage that hair removal cream has over basically all other removal methods –

it’s actually painless.

…At least, it is when it’s done correctly. Hair removal cream should only ever be used on healthy, unbroken skin – no rashes, mosquito bites, shaving nicks, nada.

This goes for everywhere that you plan to use it, even on your bikini area – if you can’t handle bikini waxing but still want a smooth bikini line, hair removal cream could be the way to go – here’s my post about the best pubic hair removal cream.

If your skin is sensitive and always seems to tingle or burn (wash that ish off ASAP if it’s burning!) then, unfortunately, hair removal creams may not be right for your skin type – luckily, there’s a whole world of other de-hairing options out there.

Getting the Most Out of Hair Removal Cream

If you’ve used hair removal creams before, dutifully followed all the instructions and still found that you had a few leftover hairs time and time again, you might be sitting there thinking, “Wait, why doesn’t hair removal cream work on me?”

There are a couple tips and tricks that you can use to get the most out of your hair removal creams for gloriously smooth, hairfree skin.

A cream designed for facial hair might not be strong enough to dissolve hair on your underarms, and likewise, a product designed for your bikini area could be too strong for your face.

Like waxing, there’s an ideal length for hair removal via depilatory creams – because they rely on a thick, even layer coating the hair to dissolve it, some hair can be too short for it to be visibly effective.

Doing this helps ensure you’ve taken off as much of the hair as possible down to the root, totally eliminating any chance of leaving any half-dissolved hairs behind. Get ready to feel smooth AF!

Which Is Better: Hair Removal Cream or Waxing? 

Now in comparison, waxing is a whole different ball game. The major difference is how exactly the hair is removed from the skin. Waxing rips hair out at the root for a few weeks of totally hairless skin but can be painful if you’re not used to it. Hair removal cream only dissolves the visible hair on the skin, not the root, so regrowth from depilatory creams can appear pretty quickly – so you’d have to use a hair removal cream about once a week for general upkeep.

Improper waxing aftercare can leave you more prone to ingrowns than hair removal creams because the hair root is totally removed, and the hair has to regrow completely. But, there’s no funky smell and it’s over relatively quickly in the hands of a skilled aesthetician.

They’re both excellent ways of managing body hair (believe me, I know) and, at the end of the day, comes down to your personal hair-managing preference.

Here’s to happy hair removal!

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