When it comes to hair removal, there seem to be endless possibilities and options available! Some are downright painful, others seem to promise the world.
I don’t know about you but sometimes, these gizmos don’t quite live up to the hype.
After collectively spending a small fortune on useless tech, horrid sticky wax, and what feels like torture devices for my poor skin, I start to wonder, is it even possible to get great at-home results or should I just suck it up and go to the salon once a week.
Well, the Silk’n Infinity promises to change my mind entirely. Ever the skeptic, I’ll see about that…
What Is The Silk’n Infinity?
The Silk’n Infinity is an IPL machine that claims to offer long-term results, lower hair growth rates, and a speedy, pain-free application for its users. Sounds a little too good to be true, right?
Well, we’re going to test it out and see what we think of it!
IPL is used in many hair removal and beauty salons. It uses intense pulsed light technology to zap at the hair follicle, stunting its growth.
And destroying the root of the hair over time. IPL has been used all over the world and is pretty effective at getting rid of unwanted body hair.
IPL however, has been criticized for not being particularly effective on light blonde hair or for dark skin tones, sometimes causing hyperpigmentation and leaving dark marks or slight burn-like marks on those who have sensitive skin.
With a pretty big commitment, IPL treatments have a recommended usage of 12 weeks, with treatment every week or fortnightly, and then topped up as needed as well.
This can get pretty darn expensive fast, as you can imagine. And, results are not always guaranteed either as there is a wide amount of variables such as hair thickness, follicle size, skin type to name a few.
The Silk’n Infinity is an at-home IPL machine that offers quality salon-style treatments in the comfort of your own home, a breath of fresh air compared to weekly and fortnightly visits to the salon!
What Does It Claim To Do?
The Silk’n Infinity promises convenient, at-home treatment that is quick, painless, and safe for all skin types.
It promises to visibly remove hair and with its cartridge-free design, it claims to produce a 92% reduction in hair growth over time.
Using galvanic energy technology and eHPL light pulsing, it disables the hair growth right at the root, getting rid of annoying-looking stubble, and when hair does grow back, it is finer and thinner, so you won’t need to shave or do any hair removal treatments as often.
It claims to be safe for use on bikini lines, underarms, men and women, and all types of skin tones.
It also has a handy guide showing what you can expect from each treatment, with a timeline of 8 treatments over the course of 15 weeks.
So, it’s a bit of a commitment time-wise, but promises to be worth the hassle in the long run!
According to the website and box, the Silk’n Infinity doesn’t promise 100% permanent removal but does promise permanent hair reduction, with only maintenance treatments needed after the 15-week sessions.
The box is nicely designed with a slide-off informational sleeve about how the product works and the type of technology used, including some gnarly infographics of hair follicles being destroyed.
Inside the White and pink effeminate box is a gorgeous silver mesh-looking storage case, with no excess plastic packaging, already a good sign in my books.
The storage case looks sturdy and well designed with a good zip, silky to the touch feel and the Silk’n branding displayed subtly in the center.
The device itself looks secure and all the accessories and cords fit nicely into the case. What comes inside the box?
- The Silk’n Infinity device
- Mains adapter plug for the UK, US, and EU
- User guide
- Warranty card
- Cloth for cleaning
- Silk’n silver storage case
Before you start, there’s an extensive but easy-to-read user manual that gives you a good idea about the product, what you can expect from it, and a safety guide.
The safety guide details any possible side effects, when to stop using it, clinical study results from tests, and important safety information
Be aware- this product may not be safe for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have epilepsy(due to the flashing lights), over tattoos, are taking photosensitive medications, or after long sun exposure and tanning.
They go into more detail on the pamphlet, so be sure to check out all their safety information yourself before you get started.
How To Use The Silk’n Infinity
This is a quick summary of how to use the Silk’n Infinity, and this is what I did when testing it out.
There are much more detailed instructions available on the Silk’n website and in the package instructions, but this gives you a good idea of the process and will show you what I did myself, along with any issues or practical things that bothered me during the process.
- Shave EVERYWHERE that you want to zap away. If you are planning on using it on your face (which it is safe for) I used a dermaplane blade rather than a razer for a better result (also, you are less likely to start getting stubble on that pesky upper lip fluff).
- Plug in your Silk’n Infinity and press the power button. Because the device has no cartridges, you have to use it with the cord, which can be a little annoying to maneuver.
- You can select your intensity level by pressing the easy-to-use power button a few times and cycling through the different intensity settings.
- Move the device so that it lays flat against your skin I found this took a little adjusting before I found the best angle to work with, and press your thumb and forefingers on the silver baseplate of the Silk’n
- Press the large flash button to zap your hair follicles.
- Slide the device over to the next patch of skin, moving super slowly so that you don't overlap and use the device twice in the same area. The device is a little small so you have to move it A LOT of times to cover a big section of your body.
- Unplug your device and the device will safely power off.
What’s The Verdict?
I used the Silk’n Infinity for a full 14 week period, using it over 8 separate sessions. Here’s what I though of the device and it’s pros and cons for me!
Pros Of The Silk’n Infinity
- Lightweight- the Silk’n Infinity comes in at 228g, so it’s pretty lightweight and easy to maneuver in your hands.
- Big Button- when reaching hard to get places like your underarms or nether regions, its very handy that the button is so big and easy to press.
- RESULTS- I could really tell a difference after the first two sessions. After the first one, you start feeling like you’ve just wasted an hour of your life for nothing but after the second round, as the hair was growing back from shaving, there were noticeable bald spots where the hair follicle just didn’t grow back! It was actually pretty cool.
- Safe For Your Face- and erm, other delicate regions. I had no problem using this on facial peach fuzz, and many of these kinds of devices struggle with light facial fur. I saw great results on my upper lip personally.
- Long Cable- the cable was long enough that I could get everywhere I needed to go.
- Lots Of Settings- if you have more sensitive skin or darker pigmentation, the Silk’n Infinity has some gentler settings that you can use as well.
- Treatment App- there’s an app for that! It shows you how many flashes you’ve used per treatment, and reminds you when it’s time to do it all over again!
Cons Of The Silk’n Infinity
- Size- maybe it’s just me, but I thought it was going to be a little smaller than it actually was. It still fits in the hand but is a bit of a pain to hold after a while, and when you’re doing a whole body session (which I’m not sure I recommend) it definitely started giving me a few cramps!
- Price- yep, this baby is pretty expensive. BUT factor in traveling to salons, carving out time in your schedule to go, nevermind cost of appointments, and the price doesn’t seem that bad afterall.
- Not Cordless- there are IPL machines that you can use at home that don’t come with a finicky cord. However, those come with charge pods which you constantly have ot replace, making them less eco friendly, more wasteful and more expensive. So I think its worth the inor inconvenience.
Is it the best invention in the planet ever? No, not really. BUT does it do what it says on th tin/ In my experience yes it does!
I used it for a full 14 weeks, and definitely saw a huge reduction in my hairs reappearing. And whilst i was by no means fuzz free, I found I definitely had to shave less, was less bothered by the appearance of my hair and feel like I could probably leave whatever was there for a lot longer.
Biggest downside is the time it took. The device says it should take 20-30 minutes t do a full application but i found doing my legs alone took a whopping 45 minutes for a session.
Doing that for a full eight sessions? Well, it sometimes made me want ot throw in the towel and grab a bottle of hair remover to burn it all off (even if it always burnt my skin too!) and be done with it.
Overall, I would recommend the Silk’n Infinity! It does what it says on the tin and gets the job done.