Product Type: Babyliss Electric Shaver
Newest Review: ... chemist. After using it just once I wished I hadn't bothered. WHAT IS IT? The Babyliss Simply Smooth is an electrical hand held device ... more
THE QUEST FOR HAIR FREE LEGS CONTINUES!
Babyliss Simply Smooth
Member Name: lak11
Babyliss Simply Smooth
Date: 25/02/11, updated on 10/07/12 (229 review reads)
Advantages: Flex of an adequate length
Disadvantages: Poor product in my opinion
WHAT WERE MY EXPECTATIONS OF THIS PRODUCT?
I purchased the Babyliss Simply Smooth Hair removal System some years ago, in the never ending quest to find a solution for hair growth that would be long lasting and painless. I read the hype, and although this item was expensive, I thought it might well be worth a try. I had previously bought an epilator and OUCH! It really hurt. I think epilators can provide good results but, alas, they are not for me.
I wasn't so much interested in it smoothing my skin but hoped it would remove hair painlessly and keep the hairs away for longer than shaving.
I have used many depilatory creams with varied results and varied intensity of odours. I will wax before holidays. I find waxing to be a good method, which leaves areas treated, free of hair for much longer than shaving. However it is a little on the painful side, can be messy, and I find that I usually get fed up before all hairs are gone and so usually complete the hair removal process by shaving. Also the problem with waxing is that the hair has to grow a little until it's ready to be removed, and that to me is awkward and annoying. There are some good home wax strip packs available which work on short hairs but I still find the hair has to be allowed to grow to an uncomfortable length first. Also I mostly would wax my legs in the summer and so find it difficult when the weather is warm (or even hot!) and I have to keep my hairy legs covered.
I have also tried a home electrolysis system but found this a very lengthy process with disappointing results.
Really, I find most ways of depilating messy or time consuming or painful or some of all of these. That is apart from my usual method, which is a quick shave while in the shower. But although shaving is my preferred way to rid myself of unwanted hair, it has with me to be a daily, or at least almost daily, task to keep my legs feely smooth. I cannot stand the feel of stubble growing though because, as well as looking horrible, it irritates.
Well I thought this product must be worth a try going by its claims. I decided to use some money I had been given for a birthday and went ahead with the purchase. I bought it from Boots the chemist. After using it just once I wished I hadn't bothered.
WHAT IS IT?
The Babyliss Simply Smooth is an electrical hand held device with dual action, meaning it should depilate as it exfoliates.
Babyliss Simply Smooth is supposed to remove body hair, mostly recommended for the legs, painlessly. It should keep them hair free for longer than conventional methods of hair removal. At the same time it should manage to smooth the skin.
It is equipped with two counter rotating pads which exfoliate the skin, meaning that while the hair is removed from the skin(in a way similar to gently sand papering) dead skin cells will also be removed, resulting in legs feeling smooth as well as hair free.
The Simply Smooth is electric. It looks a bit like a back or muscle massager. It has quite a long flex, which is one plus to it as this provides flexibility of where it's used. I managed to plug this in at a socket near to my dressing table and was able to start by sitting at my dressing table stool and then moving to the bed a little further away.
It is lilac in colour.
The head is round and to this is attached the round epilating and smoothing pads/discs. These have to be renewed every so often. In my case this would have to be frequently if I used this often. I found one disc became used fairly quickly. This therefore adds the hassle of buying and finding stockists of the pads. Three spares were included.
This item concerning the product has been taken from www.prohaircare.co.uk:
'Clinically proven to last over 3 x longer than blades before re-use was required, an average of just under 2 weeks and 4 out of 5 women who tried the Simply Smooth Dual Speed for 12 weeks said it was a pain-free way to remove hair, 3 out of the 5 said it made their skin feel healthier and smoother!'
I agree that skin felt smooth and the process was painless, although slightly stinging/irritating. I feel if one has very sensitive skin then it may feel uncomfortable after using this product.
PRODUCT FEATURES (Taken from www.prohaircare.co.uk)
* Revolutionary hair removal & exfoliation system for long lasting smoothness and comfort
* Results last 3 x longer than blades without the discomfort of waxing
* Counter-rotating fine-grain exfoliating pads gently remove hair to leave skin feeling wonderfully smooth and soft
* Two-speed action
* Can be used on any length of hair, no need to wait for re-growth
* Comes with 3 additional sets of pads
* Mains operated
* 2 year guarantee
HOW TO USE
Below the head is the handle which houses the dual controls. The shape of this makes it comfortable to hold but unfortunately it is quite heavy. Now for me, after a while of using this it became much too weighty and then it became uncomfortable to use.
I think that the biggest design fault was the fact that the two controls, governing the speed, have to be held in whilst using the device. I found this quite awkward, especially in the more difficult to reach areas that were being treated. I would have found this much easier to use if it was controlled in a way similar to a hand held food blender, in the sense that one control could be used while pressed in in the way of a pulse button and the other once pressed would remain on until pressed again. I feel this would have made the Simply Smooth easier to operate. When using this and having to keep ones finger on the button, and taking into account the weight, it becomes, in my case anyway, very awkward and, in fact, causes discomfort.
Once set up and the pad attached the best results are achieved by using small, light, circular movements over a small area of the leg and then moving to a new area.
It took a long time to remove a decent amount of leg hair. Actually it never got rid of enough that I could have gone out with legs bare. I had to revert to my most trusted method of hair removal-shaving.
I found using this caused some redness to my skin which gradually faded, within an hour or so.
As I said, little hair was removed. It might possibly work better on those ladies having very fair and fine leg hair.
My legs did feel quite smooth after use, even though they weren't entirely hairless. But I would never have chosen to spend this amount of time on my legs to reach an effect which could have been better achieved by a razor and a decent body lotion.
If used regularly then this would perhaps prove to have better results because this type of epilation tends to reduce hair growth with prolonged use. In my case I tried this several times but feel that for the effort and time involved, and the cost of the product, it really, in my case, was a waste of time and a terrible buy.
If this had removed a decent amount of hair then i might have been able to better judge whether hair took a longer time than usual to return. As it only removed minimal amount of hair then i can't say that it did.
COST AND AVAILABILITY
I don't remember how much I paid for this as it was bought a few years ago. However, I do know that it was more expensive then than it is now. I do feel it is a waste of money however low the price due to the poor results and time consuming process needed to achieve any results.
If you are still interested in purchasing this product then it can be found from online beauty stores and chemists.
www.prohaircare.co.uk sells this product for the price of £22.99.
It can also be found from sellers on www.ebay.co.uk
Summary: I would not recommend this product and found it to be a bad buy.
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