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* Uses technology to provide permanent hair removal
* FDA approved for at home use by the public
* Can be used on any part of the body
I’m a pretty hairy person. Thanks to my genetics, there’s not an inch of me that isn’t covered. From my upper lip all the way down to my toes, thick, black hair grows way too fast for my liking. I’ve tried just about everything to get rid of this unwanted body air, from waxing to shaving and even laser hair removal abroad (it’s much cheaper in Asia). But nothing has offered an effective, permanent solution. That’s why I was intrigued when Silk’n offered me the chance to try their at-home permanent hair removal device, the Silk’n Infinity.
Silk’n has long been known in the skin care industry for bringing its HPL (Home Pulsed Light) technology to at-home devices. This technique uses light to permanently remove undesired hair without causing irritation, redness or ingrown hairs.
With the Silk’n Infinity, the company moves one step further by pairing HPL with galvanic energy to create eHPL (Enhanced Home Pulsed Light). The addition of galvanic energy allows for the opening up of pores to target even the most stubborn hair follicles. Together optical and galvanic energy promise smooth, hair-free skin without any pain and irritation.
In addition to galvanic energy, the Infinity eHPL hair removal device offers some additional upgrades on previous models. For example, the device features five power settings for customizable treatments based on your skin type and tone. Plus, the new and improved quartz bulb allows for faster pulses and therefore faster treatment sessions. A full-body treatment can be completed in about half an hour (in my personal experience). And, while not a new development, the Infinity boasts a free companion app and a lifetime of treatments backed up by a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
I was actually really nervous to use the Infinity for the first time. I didn’t have a great experience with laser hair removal in the past. It was painful and I broke out in welts after every treatment. However, the Infinity’s treatments were quick and thankfully painless.
To prep for treatment, I shaved, cleaned and dried my skin. Then, I powered up the device by plugging it in and pressing the control button. As a side note, the device came with a number of international adapters, so I was able to use it both at my home in the USA and while I was traveling through Europe.
Around the control button, there are a number of lights that show the energy level. I started my first treatment with energy level 1 as suggested. During my second and third treatments, I was able to increase that to energy level 2 after completing the all-important spot test.
The other light on the back of the device is the ready or skin tone indicator light. For me, this was the most confusing part of using the Silk’n Infinity. The light stays on if the device is powered up. Placing the device on your skin will trigger a skin tone test to ensure your skin will absorb enough light for hair removal. If the light blinks rapidly, your skin tone is too dark. However, a slow blink seems to indicate the Silk’n is ready to fire.
Once I had the Silk’n Infinity ready to go, treating my skin was super easy. All I had to do was make contact with the base electrode on the back of the device and press the pulse button. This created a flash of light that is essentially the optical and galvanic energy making its way into my skin. Holding down the pulse button creates a steady stream of flashes that allowed me to continuously treat large areas, such as my legs, in what I would call a shaving motion. For smaller areas, I simply used the single pulse option, moving the device after each pulse.
So far, I’ve treated my legs, bikini line, stomach and armpits three times over six weeks. Silk’n recommends four treatments spaced two weeks apart followed by an additional three treatments spaced four weeks apart. After seven treatments, the directions indicate to continue hair removal sessions as needed, “until desired results are achieved.”
I’m happy to report that I am beginning to see results after the first three treatments. Following the first treatment, my hair grew back as usual, but now I am definitely seeing a decrease in hair growth and a few bald spots showing up. The results are certainly promising.
Overall, I would have been nervous to spend such a large amount of money on a device that seems rather, well, gimmicky. But I’m happy that I was able to try the Silk’n Infinity. It’s easy to use, doesn’t hurt at all and has provided me with less hair growth in just a few weeks. If it continues to work as well as it has until now, I will never need to pay for laser hair removal, go for a wax or buy razors again. And that’s a huge win in my book!