Product Type: Philips Epilator & Lady Shaver
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Philips Santelle Soft Epilator.
Philips Satinelle Soft Epilator
Member Name: ladyofcampfires
Philips Satinelle Soft Epilator
Advantages: Legs are left silky smooth for a good couple of weeks! Saves time and money in the long run.
Disadvantages: Doesn't hold any charge. Pain restricts me to only being able to epilate certain body parts.
I've stuck to shaving since my hair removal days started. It's a quick and painless method although has the one terrible downside that you have to do it pretty much daily to maintain smooth, hairless body parts. I can stand the pain of waxing and much prefer the longer lasting results but home waxing kits seldom actually work and paying for a professional to do it every two or three weeks is far too expensive. Hair removal cream is too harsh on my sensitive skin, even ones made for sensitive skin and, again, it's hard to find one which properly works. So I decided to turn to epilation. A method which promised to keep my body parts smooth and hairless for weeks on end. A method I could comfortably and easily do in my own home without having to pay through the nose for it. A method which also promised pain. But how much pain? Was it bearable? Where the results worth it? I guess the only way I could find out was to try it out for myself!
I opted for the Philips Satinelle Soft Epilator as it was from a brand I knew and trusted and was on offer in Tesco for £27, not a bad price at all considering the likes of Boots, Argos and Amazon sell this for £40+! Like with most of these types of products prices range considerably from shop to shop so it's definitely worth shopping around rather than buying the first one you see.
The epilator comes with a number of different parts. Obviously you get your epilating head which needs to be attached to the product's body for epilation, there's also a clip on hair-lifting attachment with massage element which supposedly makes epilation much more comfortable and is ideal for first timers. This epilator also doubles up as an electric shaver so you also get a shaving head, a clip on shaving head comb attachment and a clip on shaving head protection cap. Both the epilating head and shaving head are easy to remove and put on the body, simply slide them to the left to remove and slide them to the right to put on and you're done. The clip on attachments are also easy to add, just clip them on!
Also included in this epilator is a plug and adapter, needed as this epilator only works when plugged in. The cord is quite long though so you don't have to be sat right against a plug socket to remove your hair. A cleaning brush is also thrown in so you keep your epilator clean and hair free. Lastly, there's a basic looking white wash bag with draw string to keep your epilating bits and pieces together. It may be worth mentioning at this point that this epilator is not water proof so don't try to use it in the bath or shower!
The epilator itself is very attractive. It's a curved shape roughly about seven inches tall and four inches wide at its widest point, it's very easy and comfortable to hold. The trim of the epilator is lilac with the middle being a glittery white colour with lilac swirls. The speed setting button is dark purple with silver trim and the product name is written along the bottom in this same shade of dark purple. It's girly looking and very pretty.
Using the epilator is easy as long as you can withstand the pain. The epilator basically plucks each individual hair out of the body part you're epilating, it's like fourty tweezers attacking your legs at the same time and that's exactly what it feels like. I have noticed the longer the hair the more it hurts and, fortunately, this epilator is great for removing really short hairs so as long as you epilate about once a fortnight depending on the rate of your hair growth you shouldn't ever need to feel the maximum amount of pain this can give you. I also find the faster of the two speed settings makes the pain more bearable on fleshier parts of the skin. The slower speed setting is definitely recommended for areas close to the bone such as knees and ankles though. These are the areas which hurt most an the slower speed setting is a lot more comfortable than using the faster one.
I wouldn't say my pain threshold is particularly high but then I wouldn't say it's desperately low either. I have a fair few large tattoos and am pierced in several places so I can withstand pain to an extent. I've found how well I can handle the pain of this epilator a little hit and miss really. On my legs, below my knees, the pain is perfectly tolerable and I can get the bottom of both my legs done in about ten minutes pretty fuss free. Moving up the knees and thighs, however, is a whole lot worse. Thighs are still doable but through gritted teeth, knees I'll only do if I'm feeling particularly brave and I'll more often than not quickly change my mind again and just shave this area instead! Silly me thought arms would be less painful, turns out I couldn't have been more wrong if I'd tried! I attempted my arms once and gave up after about five minutes of flinching and turning the device on and off again to give myself a rest and basically getting nowhere. I've never attempted my arms again.
For me, the most tolerable way of epilating in regards to the pain is to bully a friend into doing it for me. This way, I grit my teeth and think of nice things whilst someone else quickly runs the epilator over my legs and it's all over and done with really quickly and reasonably comfortably. Doing it myself takes a lot longer and I'm constantly flinching away from the epilator and stopping and starting again.
Of course, the pain this brings will vary widely from person to person. My sister owns an epilator and I've witnessed her do even the sensitive area of her armpits with hers without even flinching. She epilates pretty much her entire body and just sits there and gets it done with no fuss. Then again, my Sister is one of those strange people you could probably stab in the face and she'd claim she barely felt it..
Moisturising after epilation is highly recommend. I often find my legs go a little blotchy and red for about ten minutes after epilating and a good moisturiser really helps to calm them down. Don't apply creams before epilating though! You just need to wash the area and towel dry it before starting the process.
The effects of the epliator are, in my opinion, worth the pain though. My legs are left hairless and smooth for a good two weeks before stubble starts to appear. I spend less time removing the hair and the money I've saved on razor blades and shaving gel means this has probably paid for itself in the few short months I've owned it. It doesn't take long to do and because it's meant to be used on dry skin you can pretty much do it any time. I've found it to be a life saver on unexpected hot days when I've decided to bare my legs. Rather than having to take an unnecessary bath or shower just to run the razor along my legs I can whip this out and do the process in half the time!
The shaving head attachment of this is also really good and I very regularly use this. In fact I've just switched to using this instead of my usual razors now as, like I said, it saves me a lot of money in razor blades and shaving creams. This is really good to removing shorter hairs although isn't quite so effective on longer hairs thus I have to ensure I shave the moment I start to feel the hairs reappearing in order to get the full effect of the shaving aspect of the product. Again, it's really quick to use and good for those times you don't have a lot of time but need to get rid of a few hairs. It offers a really close shave providing the hairs are only a few mm in length and leaves skin feeling really smooth. The best thing is it's impossible to cut yourself using this meaning no more unsightly cuts and scabs on my body parts! Obviously this is still shaving though so it needs to be done daily or at least every two or three days to keep your body parts as smooth as you'd like them.
Cleaning the device is easily done. Remove the attachment heads and run it under warm running water. Use the cleaning brush provided to get into corners and other awkward bits. The actual razor of the shaving head attachment also comes off and it's important to regularly clean this bit too as a fair bit of hair gets caught here. You just lift this bit off and, again, run it under cold water. It takes about five minutes to do and I tend to just pat it down with a towel and leave it by my window to dry properly. Within an hour it's good to use again.
All in all I would say this is an effective hair removal method. Obviously the only way you're ever going to know if you have the required pain threshold to comfortably use the epilator is to try one yourself but, even if you can't, I think the razor element of this device is worth the money alone. If you only stick to this method like I do then you'll save yourself a fortune in the long run. Epilating my legs means I only have to endure this chore once a fortnight and I use can use my bath times to have a relaxing soak rather than concentrate on not ripping my legs to pieces with a razor. The shaving head offers a really quick and inexpensive way of shaving although still needs to be done regularly to keep in top of it.
I would completely recommend this epilator. The only fault I can pick with it is that it doesn't hold any charge. I think having the option to use it plugged in or running on batteries would be more convenient particularly for weekends away. I'm over the moon I managed to get such a good price for this epiltator although I still don't think I'd have been disappointed if I'd paid £40 for it in a different store.
Summary: An effective and ideal hair removal method if you can handle the pain.
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