Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
At the beginning of last month, I shared that I’d be taking part in the Phillips Beauty Blogger Challenge where I’d try out two new products: Philips Bikini Genie and the SatinPerfect Epilator. I cancelled my regular waxing appointment and was ready for the task. You see I’ve never epilated before so I had no clue what to even expect. I’ve only ever waxed, shaved or used a hair depilatory cream to get rid of unwanted leg and bikini hair.
The reason I liked to wax my legs is that it gets rid of hair for a longer period of time. When I shave my legs, I pretty much have to do it everyday since my hair grows so quickly. I was curious to see how long the epilator would keep my legs smooth and hair-free. I also wondered if it would hurt because waxing hurts….a lot!
Before I get into the nitty gritty details of what it was like I wanted to first share a bit about the Philips SatinSoft Epilator. Philips has been in the business of hair removal for over 50 years and it’s a brand I recognized. John has used their shavers in the past, but I don’t believe I had ever tried any of their products. The Philips SatinPerfect Epilator is designed to remove hair for longer lasting results and less skin irritation.
Some of its key product features include:
- Hypoallergenic, ceramic textured discs gently remove even the finest of hair
- Wet & dry usage and rechargeable
- Extra wide head for optimal hair removal and long lasting results
- Active hair lift and massage attachment to remove flat-lying hair and soothes the skin
- Shaving head with comb ideal for the underarms and bikini line
- Two speed settings for gentle and extra efficient epilation
- Opti-light for precision hair removal
Epilation technology was also completely new to me and I wanted to understand it fully before I started using. The epilator has rapidly rotating discs that trap hairs and pull them out by their roots. Sometimes the hair never grows back. I remember when I started waxing, the esthetician told me that the more you do it, the less hair that grows back each time. I did notice this to be the case, but for me it happens very slowly.
The gentle tweezing discs remove hairs as short as 0.5 mm without pulling the skin so even the shortest hairs can be removed in the most gentle way.
I decided to use the Philips SatinPerfect Epilator on my legs since I was getting them waxed every 3 to 4 weeks at our local salon. I was paying around $40 each time I went. My leg hair was long enough that I would have been embarrassed wearing a skirt. After charging the epilator, I was ready to give it a try. I held my breath at first bracing for pain. Waxing hurts me and makes my legs so red and bumpy afterwards. I set it on gentle and took a deep breath and started at the ankle and worked my way up. It was a sensation that is definitely different than waxing. I wouldn’t say it was painful, but it wasn’t exactly the most comfortable either! That’s to be expected though since hair is coming out from the root.
I noticed the areas where the hair was longer that it hurt more but only on the first swipe. After I had gone over it a couple times to make sure all the hair was gone, there was no pain. It doesn’t pull your skin and only takes the hair which is good! Afterwards, I felt ok. I was a little sore for about 10 minutes and then it subsided. An hour later there was no redness and my legs were so smooth and soft.
I noticed the hair growing back on my legs at about the 3 week mark which is about the same time as waxing. However, I was really sick for about 2 weeks in late September/early October and let my regular grooming fall by the wayside. My leg hair was quite long the next time I had to epilate. It didn’t seem to hurt as much as the first time. I’ve learned that’s normal though and that epilating gets less and less painful over time.
I’ve learned a few epilation tricks over the process. Here’s a few things that are recommended when you epilate:
1. Epilate about every 4 weeks so you can actually stop some hairs from coming back. Also, if you wait too long like I did when I got sick, it will hurt more if the hair is too long!
2. Relax and take some deep breaths. It is a little bit uncomfortable the first time you do it, but no more than going to get your legs waxed.
3. Epilate against the hair growth direction by making gentle strokes upward. Use the lower speed to keep it at the gentlest setting possible. I only ever used it on gentle since I tend to be more on the sensitive side.
4. Open up your pores by taking a bath or shower prior to epilating.
5. If your skin hurts afterwards, soothe it with a bag of frozen peas or an ice pack.
6. Exfoliate your legs between your epilation sessions. I was already doing this for waxing because I have an issue with ingrown hairs.
I’m happy to report that I will NOT be going to get my legs waxed anymore. I don’t need to. I actually prefer epilating over waxing. It’s something I can do on my own at home whenever I need to. I don’t have to wait for a my appointment and I don’t have to pay for it each time I want it done. It does just as good of a job (if not better) than waxing and I’m grateful for having this opportunity to try the Philips SatinPerfect Epilator because I probably would have been too intimidated to pick one up in the store and try it! I hope that my experience helps and that you can consider another option to shaving and waxing and who knows maybe you’ll like it better too!
The Philips SatinPerfect Epilator has a SRP of $139.99 and is available at Amazon.ca, Bed Bath & Beyond, Centre Du Rasoir (Personal Edge), Sears, Hudson’s Bay and Walmart. Get it as an early Christmas present for yourself or someone you love! I’m thinking my mom and sisters need one!
I was a bit apprehensive about trying the Philips Bikini Genie for the bikini area. You see I’ve suffered from chronic pelvic pain since 2005 and that area is so excruciatingly sensitive. However, it needs to be taken care of on a regular basis not only for aesthetics but also because hair irritates me! The Philips Bikini Genie is amazing. It’s small and perfectly sized and shaped for precision trimming. It has safe rounded tips on the trimmer head that provide extra comfort. It also has a detachable head for easy cleaning. It even comes with AA batteries!
I was shocked that it didn’t hurt one bit! The hair came off very easily and since the device is small, I could easily get those hard to reach areas. I was glad that it didn’t cause me to have razor burn like it does when I use disposable razors. I’ll only be using this trimmer on my bikini area since it works so well and it doesn’t cause me any issues with my chronic pain.
It’s very affordable at a SRP of $19.99 and you can find them at Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Centre du Rasoir (Personal Edge), Amazon.ca and Jean Coutu.
I’m curious. What do you currently use for hair removal?