A Silkymit is a small band of what can only be described as fine sandpaper. Grey in colour, and on a cardboard ring that slips over the fingers to allow easy use. You are recommended to use a Silkymit no more than once per week to avoid irritation, and should always read the instructions and warning on the packet before beginning any treatment.
(Reading back, that description actually makes this item sound naff and brutal...but it is not as bad as it sounds. Not amazing, but certainly not a total let down).
I use Silkymit's when I can't get a wax for whatever reason as I hate shaving, and I don't always react well to hair removal creams. I got my pack of 3 Silkymit's from Savers, and although I cannot remember the exact price, I am sure it was around 99p. A very good price, and as I am sure you will agree, a little too good of a price for something that would be very well made and of high quality!
As I have said to begin with, the Silkymit is made of card. The card is not very thick or sturdy, and is secured together by adhesive under a tab (very much the same way a chocolate box might be glued at the corners). The 'sandpaper' side is not too harsh. If I run my fingers over it, it almost feels a little soft. Not too harsh for my skin, and I am more than happy to use it. It does state on the pack though, that unusually sensitive skin might react, and if irritation occurs, discontinue use.
The Silkymit slides over my fingers easily. I have quite small hands, but I don't have any trouble putting it in place, and I find it fairly easy to use. You are advised to gently rub in circular motions where you want to remove the hair; 4 times clockwise, 4 times anti clockwise. BE GENTLE (You will soon know if you rub too hard! I have done this before and ended up with red raw skin. You also must make sure you rub in a circular motion; this enables the Silkymit to work properly, and be used safely). Once you have done the 8 circles you will notice a white powder; this is due to the exfoliation, don't be alarmed! That is the dead skin being brushed away, and the silky smooth skin beneath has been revealed. (Also it is worth noting that when I use this, I often pick up a slight smell in the air of burning. This is due to the hairs and the friction, so don't worry). Continue the 8 circle routine on the whole area you wish to remove hair, and then use a damp towel softly on the area to remove excess hair/skin powder and sooth the area. Finally, apply a moisturiser and admire the soft and silky skin you have revealed!
When I use a Silkymit I am always pleased with the instant results. It does not take me long to use on my legs, and I always find I am completely hair free when I am finished. The skin always feels extremely soft, and my moisturiser absorbs beautifully with thanks to the excellent exfoliation. I do not feel any discomfort when I use the Silkymit. The only time I have felt pain was when I rubbed far too hard on my leg, causing a burning sensation, and when I stupidly went over the same are twice, again, burning. As long as you follow the instructions though, and learn from my mistakes, then the experience is not uncomfortable.
The only downsides I have for this product are:
1) The cheap quality;
2) The length of time it lasts.
I know I cannot expect too much from a product which sells at 99p for a 3 pack, and I accept completely that I get what I pay for, but I find that the Silkymit's fall apart quite quickly. The glued tab which holds the ring together comes apart very easily. This has happened to me half way through a leg before, and the result was a half woman half mammoth fiasco! I do think that a little thicker card and a little extra adhesive would make this product even better. Also, the exfoliator pad does wear out quite quickly I feel. After doing my legs one or two times, I notice that the Silkymit is not as effective as it was. After maybe a third time, I have to put it in the bin. The pad has worn out, and it is falling apart.
Overall, even with its faults, I would recommend the Silkymit. At the end of the day it is a 99p 3 pack, it is very inexpensive. And if like me, it is for use in a hairy emergency then they are more than perfect for the job required. I perhaps wouldn't want to recommend them to someone for a long term solution however, as I think the tearing and falling apart would soon get old. That being said, I do get 2 - 3 uses from one Silkymit, and as you can use them only once per week, that is 2 - 3 weeks of use. At worst, each pack sorts you out hair wise for 6 weeks and at best, 9 weeks!
I obviously cannot give this product 5 stars as it is far from perfect, but I feel for the price you pay, and for the effectiveness, 4 stars is very fair all things considered.
The fact that I have used Silkymits hair removal "gloves" for at least 10 years, says something for this product. I first used the Silkymits on recommendation from a friend, who had herself already been using them for years, so this is a well established product. Nevertheless, I have yet to ditch my razors entirely...
SO WHAT IS A SILKYMIT?
Marketed as an alternative to waxing and shaving, Silkymits are a hair removal product in the form of a fingerless glove or "mit" which is moved over your skin in a circular fashion. The gloves are made of a material that resembles fine sandpaper, and the hair is simply rubbed away. The original Silkymit product was for the removal of leg hair and this is the product I am reviewing today. There are also products designed for use on the bikini line and facial areas, and a hard skin remover for the feet which works in the same way as the hair products but is coarser in texture. I have these other products but I have yet to use them enough to review them. The mits are said to be suitable for everyone except those with "unusually sensitive skin", but I will give my opinion on this below. As well as removing hair, the gloves also exfoliate your skin at the same time.
USING THE PRODUCT
Each packet contains 3 gloves, which are double sided. You slip one over your hand and rub your skin 4 times in one direction, then 4 times in the other, always using a circular motion. The skin has to be dry - I have tried using them on damp skin when I have been in a rush and it does not work at all. When I first used these, I found it difficult to get into a rhythm and it took me a very long time to do even one leg. However with regular use I have perfected the method and can proceed relatively quickly. You do need to be methodical though in order not to miss any hairs. The process still takes longer than shaving my legs does but it is time saving in a way as I am exfoliating at same time. I usually shave and exfoliate on different occasions in order not to stress my skin too much but with Silkymit there is no need to do this.
The packet doesn't say whether these work on longer hair or the more stubbly kind. I find that it works on both, but the best results seem to come from using it on the shorter hair which is also quicker.
I was nervous at first that using these gloves would be uncomfortable but I don't find that it is. There were a few occasions in the early days when I felt a little sore after using it but I soon realised this was because I was rubbing too hard. Used lightly, as the instructions recommend, I have no difficulties. The most alarming thing to a first time user is probably the powdery flakes that quickly develop. This is the dead skin being removed. I stand in the shower when I am using the gloves so I don't have to worry about the mess. I can imagine some people really not wanting too see all that dead skin but I myself would rather it was off than still attached to me!
Once you have finished, it is recommended that you press a cool damp towel to your legs and then apply moisturiser. I find the towel helps to remove any stay flaky skin, but it isn't necessary from a pain relieving point of view. I tend to apply moisturiser later as the skin feels lovely and soft to touch without it.
I always find a few stray hairs left behind by the gloves. This is mainly in the sort of areas where it is difficult to ensure the gloves always stay absolutely in contact with the skin - for example around the bony ankles, and in the knee area. I am happy to use a razor to deal with these. The exfoliating aspect works brilliantly. The skin looks and feels very smooth, and responds well to fake tan as a result. I don't find that my skin looks red, and there is obviously no danger of cuts as there would be if you use a razor. My leg skin is not sensitive, but I can imagine that this product would have the capacity to irritate if yours is, simply because of the "sandpapering " action. The packet recommends doing a small patch test before using all over your legs and I think this sounds like sensible advice.
My main problem with Silkymits is the fact that the packaging recommends using the gloves no more than once a week to avoid irritation. I don't know about you, but I can't leave my legs that long without needing to remove hair. I admit to using the gloves more often than this on occasion to deal with regrowth. This was mainly when I first used the product as I don't remember a similar warning being on the pack then. More often than not I use my razor in between "sandpapering" though. This is the main reason Silkymits won't entirely replace other hair removal methods for me. [I think the hair regrows at the same rate as it does if I shave, and faster than if I wax or use a hair removal cream.]
The gloves are reusable, but if you want to do so you do need to be careful to wipe them after use, as per the instructions. I learnt the hard way that failure to do so "blunts" the gloves quickly. One glove does both legs for me if the hair is at a few days growth, and manages a couple more sessions if they were dealing only with stray stubble. After a wipe, they are good for a few further uses, but once they start to wear down they become much less efficient.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
I used to be able to buy these gloves inSuperdrug and Boots, but in recent times I have struggled to find them there. I now buy them most often in the 99p Store, Poundland, and Poundworld. I also occasionally see them in independent pharmacies although you will pay more than a pound - nearer £2 in my experience. Interestingly, I have recently noticed that Superdrug have began selling the facial hair removal pads again, under the name of the parent company "Alida", so it is possible that all of the range will be rebranded at some point. In the mean time I have been stocking up whenever I see them, just in case they get any harder to find!
WOULD I RECOMMEND SILKYMITS?
I would recommend them, providing you are not in a rush to remove hair and you don't mind the possibility of there being a few strays left behind. I love how silky my legs feel when I have finished a session, something that shaving or hair removal creams just can't compete with. There is no need to use shaving creams or gels, and no danger of cutting yourself. You will still need another hair removal system to help you between uses of the Silkymit though!
Being somewhat of a clumsy oaf I was given these by a relative as an alternative to shaving (which, embarrassingly, led to a few too many nicks and cuts - quite frankly Edward Scissorhands would have made a cleaner job of it). At first I found the whole process fairly time consuming and it took a few attempts to get the method right to make a truly effective job of the hair removal. In all honesty, the results are not of the same standard as more traditional methods such as shaving or waxing, however, they can be handy for bits you may have missed.
Another advantage would be that the product can be used at any time - not only in the bath or shower as with shaving and it makes a minimum amount of mess - compared with the use of foams and the wax and wax strips used with other methods.
A tip I would recommend when using these pads would be to firstly go over each leg twice - not immediately, perhaps alternate between the two. Also, using a moisturiser directly after using has impressive effects - in particular a moisturiser for sensitive skin (maybe E45) - this may be sore at first but will yield impressive effects.
I've had (and have, honestly, used them on and off) these pads for at least 2 years and haven't needed to replace them...however, after a couple of years of use I've found that the pads have become more flimsy and are prone to rip - not that I have any general complaints about this product!
I purchased these from John Lewis over a year ago. I can't remember exactly how much I paid I think it was approx £1.99. I have since seen them on Amazon for £1.50
Silkymit's come in small card board packaging like an envelope without the folding lip to stick down. The top is not sealed at all and I gently squash the cardboard together in order to put my other hand in to get the mits out. The packaging I think is great, minimal enough to be environmentally friendly and strong enough to protect the mits.
The mits themselves are exactly as my title suggests purple sand paper for your legs. You get 3 in a pack.
You wear them like a sleeve on your fingers, doesn't matter what side of the purple mitt you use so effectively with 3 mitts you have 6 sides to wear out before throwing them away. They do last quite awhile though.
Once I have the mit on I them use on clean, dry legs, rubbing in small circles, 4 times clockwise then 4 times anti clockwise on the same patch of skin. It doesn't take very long to do both my legs. You are warned on the packaging to only rub gently and not in an up and down motion, also do not use more than once a week.
As you do this you will notice a fine skin dust coming off your legs so I suggest you do it over a bath or towel. Then when you have finished wipe the mitt and its ready to use again, although as I have already mentioned they do wear out just like normal sand paper. On your legs you are meant to apply a cool damp towel then moisturise. I don't do this every time and haven't noticed any difference whether I follow this method or not on my legs.
So it is incredibly easy and quick to use and so cheap can it possible work?
Yes! I don't feel any irritation when using the mitts and my legs don't just look and feel hair free but actually are silky and smooth exactly as they say they will. My legs feel so great much better than ANY other hair removing process I've tried (waxing, shaving, moose, cream) must be a down side? You bet there is. After using a few times I notice my re growth was the same as if using a cream, re growth appears after 7 days, although I can just start to feel after 2 days. I did notice a slightly itching almost tickling sensation a few days after using but was so impressed by the mitts I didn't want to stop using. However the last time the itching drove me mad and I accidently starched my calf so bad it bleed. This I decided was the last time I would use them. It is such a shame but I just can't stand the after experience.
Overall I so want to continue to use these, they are incredible good value, quick to use and really work leaving me with fantastic results but I just can't give them more than 3 stars as I won't use them. Shame.
Even though I always get back to simple shaving with proper razor, I have tried many different techniques of hair removal - from hair removal creams, wax stripes, epilator, and last but not least - Silkymits.
Silkymits are dark purple "gloves" (well, in fact they are stripes of very fine sandpaper into which you can slide your fingers so that it creates impression of glove) that you rub in slow circle motion on your legs to remove hair and gently exfoliate at the same time.
Silkymits come in simple cardboard packaging, like a smaller CD - can be purchased for about £1.50 for a pack of three (I used to get them in Savers drug stores). At the front of the packaging there is a name of the product, and a picture of legs being treated with Silkymits, other side has more important information - instructions to use and the fact product can cause irritation of very sensitive skin, shouldn't be used on broked or inflamed skin, and should be tried on a small area before use (quite simmilar to hair colours).
So, you made sure your skin is clean and dry and slipped the Silkymit on your hand. Now all you have to do is rub gently in circular motion - packaging says 4-times in one direction and 4-times in the opposite direction, but I'm happy enough with irregular motions, however, you must not rub up and down. A fine dust appears, which is exfoliated skin, but the main thing - you see the hair disappearing. I can easily remove all my hair with Silkymit (a bit harsh around knees and ankles though). I have to say my hair is very, very fine, however my sister is using these as well and she has dark, hard hair and is very happy with the product so I think it's really suitable for most people. As too much exfoliating is not good for your skin, I wouldn't use it all the time, but it's great to use once in a while instead of razor.
As to the irritation, you have to be very careful not to rub too much on one place, as it really can be very irritating - sometimes I find my legs a bit red and itchy few hours after use, but Aloe Vera gel or good moisturiser calms the skin. Instructions on the packaging say after you're finished, you should apply a cool damp towel to the legs before using moisturiser - to be honest I have never tried this, but may help as well.
You can get smaller, pink Silkymits for other areas (face, underarms, bikinis) - due to the irritation problems I would not recommend using these.
Also, even skin is left very smooth and silky after use, almost like after waxing, Silkymits don't provide long lasting results. New hair start to grow immediately just like after shaving (new hair is finer, though).
So, all in all, Silkymits are great alternative to shaving even though probably not for everyday use. They are effective, exfoliate the skin gently at the same time and leave your legs wonderfully smooth as if you waxed them. They are also not expensive, definitely worth giving them a try.
I must say, however, that Silkymits are not completely unique, similar products can be found as well - apart from the looks the roughness of the sandpaper is different too. May be worth shopping around and trying other brands as everyone needs to find what sandpaper suits them most. Even I'm happy enough with Silkymits, I prefer brand with finer sandpaper that gives same results and less irritation.
The Silkymit is a product I have been using since I was a teenager, so to be honest I'm very surprised that I haven't reviewed it before now! It was actually my mother who recommended these to me, and I have been buying them ever since, although they're a product I only actually use probably once every few months.
~So what's a silkymit?~
Described on the pack as 'the original hair removing glove' and 'the sensible alternative to waxing and shaving' this product essentially looks like a sleeve of sandpaper. It's wide enough to slip your hand into, and the idea is that you simply rub this mit over your skin, and it will remove all unwanted hair in the process. It is only really suitable for the legs as I can't imagine it would be suitable for under the arms or more uhm...delicate areas!
First of all you must make sure that your skin is dry when using this. Many years ago I stupidly rubbed it onto damp skin, which resulted in lovely black streaks down my legs! As this mit will not only remove the hair (I suppose it just buffs it away), but exfoliate the skin, my mother always told me to stand in the bath (an empty bath that is) or your carpets will get covered in dead skin - yuk!
The 'sandpaper' has a cardboard backing, and although I find the size easy enough to get my hand through, the cardboard can sometimes dig into the skin a bit, so this isn't necessarily the most comfortable product to use.
When it comes to rubbing this onto the skin, it can also be a little uncomfortable. On days when my skin is feeling particularly sensitive I avoid this product altogether as it can feel a little rough and be quite irritating to my skin. Also, never use this on broken skin or it's gonna be painful!
You should always rub these onto the skin in circular motions - never up and down. It says on the pack to rub four times in one direction then four times in the opposite direction. I personally just rub this until I can see that all of the hair has gone.
After use, I normally give my legs a bit of a rinse, because as disgusting as it is you will find lots of white powder, which is essentially dead skin! I also find that my legs often feel a little bit hot after using this, so I tend to apply a body lotion to keep them cool.
The results this product are actually quite impressive. I find it works especially well when the hair is just beginning to grow back after shaving.
Not only does this remove all hair, but the rough texture of the mit also exfoliates the skin, so it really does leave your skin feeling silky and smooth.
I have found that on longer hair it doesn't work as well to be honest - like I say, I find when the hair is just starting to grow back and is still quite short is when this mitt works the best.
Also I find it quite time consuming to do all of the legs, compared to shaving. Also whereas shaving the backs of my legs is never much of a problem, I find it a bit more difficult to reach round when using this.
~Price and Availability~
Many chemists and drugstores sell these. I think Boots used to do them, but now they've brought out their own version (called Boots expert hair removing mitt - or something similar), so I now buy mine from Bodycare.
They cost just 99p for a pack of three, and as they're double sided I find that I can usually get both legs done with just one or two of these.
Like I say these are not something I use on a daily basis, I just find them too much of a faff for daily use - it's easier to just shave my legs in the bath. I do however keep buying them, and must have been using them for over 10 years now. They are both cheap and effective and I would recommend them.
I first came across these Silkymit's years ago and I have been buying them on a semi-regular basis ever since. As a hair removal product these don't even slightly work for me, but they do have some other nice benefits. I still buy these from time to time because they are great for exfoliating your legs and it makes them really smooth to the touch.
Silkymit's advertise themselves as 'the sensible alternative to waxing and shaving', for me these simply just do not work. Maybe my leg hair is just of the super strong variety, but after using this product on a number of occasions I can firmly say that I have never noticed any hair removal benefits.
However, as I have already mentioned these do give our legs a nice exfoliation. Whenever I get my legs waxed I always get a few ingrown hairs despite using body scrubs in the bath and shower. The easiest way to describe these mitts is that they resemble a fine grain sand paper. All you do is rub the mitt in a circular motion all over your legs, being very careful not to be too rough. When I do this I always notice a fine powder of what I assume is dead skin coming away. Personally, I always do this before I go for a shower to get my legs washed off before covering them in a nice moisturiser. Although the mitts do give me quite a rough exfoliation it never leaves my skin feeling irritated or looking red. Personally, I tend to use one of these from time to time in between shaving my legs or in between epilating, to keep my legs both feeling and looking smooth. They really do work well in this regards and my skin always feels and looks much smoother and softer after use.
These really are simple to use and there isn't that much to them. As the name suggests they are a mitt, basically you can easily fit your fingers through the cut out section in order to get a good and comfortable grip for use. After use if you want to use these more than once I tend to just give them a quick wipe over with a baby wipe. For best results it is advised for use with dry skin and work in small circular motions all around the areas that you want to cover.
These are a relatively cheap item to buy and usually I pick up a packet of these from my local John Lewis for a very reasonable £1.50. Within each packet you do get three individual mitts and each one can be used on a few different occasions before you need to throw them out.
As a good way to give your legs a great exfoliation I would give these four out of five, but as their primary purpose is for hair removal I doubt that in my opinion they even deserve a one out of five stars. Overall I am going to give these 2 out of five stars and I would hesitate to recommend these unless you wanted a good rough exfoliation.
Silky mits are one of the many hair removing products available on the market today. Silky mit is like sand paper for your legs, not really rough sand paper but sand paper up all the same. They come in a loop which you put over your fingers and then rub on you leg in circles 3 each way. As you swirl it around it rubs the hairs of your legs and the results - hairless smooth legs. Silky Mit cost around 79p in bargain shops for 3 mits.
So how does Silky mit stand up against other hair removal products I have used lets see -
Silky Mit Vs Razors
Razors are quick to use and leave your legs smooth however you can cut yourself if your not careful which is not so good.
Silky Mit does take more time but you won't cut yourself with these and they do leave your legs feeling smooth and hair free.
Silky Mit Vs Waxing
Waxing is painful and in my experience not always effective there are always bits which are not got and I end up having to shave the rough bits after anyway.
Silky mit is none painful and removes all hair if done correctly leaving no rough bits.
Silky Mit Vs Hair Removal Creme / Gel
Hair removal Creme / Gel smells like chemicals, you can not tell whether it is working or not until you start to remove it and its to late and there are always bits which have not been removed usually long bits as well which is really annoying.
Silky Mitt you can see what you are doing and where needs doing again without having to use a razor afterwards.
I think Silky Mit is great I had a Babyliss machine which worked in the same way as Silky Mit and was great until it exploded in my hand! So I stick to this manual version now alongside shaving. I use Silky Mit as well as shaving with Silky Mit I use it in an emergency if I don't have time to have shower because you don't have to have wet legs to use. I also do it if I notice my legs are a little stubbly and it is bugging me and I can't be bothered to have a shower lol.
I give these a 4 they are a cheap, effective, pain free way of removing unwanted hair on my legs will stick to razors for my under arms though.
May also be found on Amazon under Clare Louise.
I have been using Silkymit hair removal gloves for a few years now.
They are basically pieces of fine sandpaper that are stuck together in a thick ring shape which has been flattened (does that make sense? It's kind of hard to explain!), so you can put your hand through the middle and rub against the skin.
They are a little wider than your hand so they are a comfortable fit and do not slip. To use them you should rub your skin in small circular motions, only spending a small amount of time on each area before moving on to the next area.
I think the instructions say to do no more than three circles on each area although I find that it sometimes needs a few more; I tend to do more circles with a lighter pressure though, as this ensures that all of the hair is removed while lessening the chance of irritation.
You should be very careful not to apply too much pressure or your skin can feel very sore for a few days after.
If you do it right (and you will get a feel for it quite quickly), your skin will be left, completely hair free and very, very smooth. You should also find a fine layer of 'powder' on the skin, this is any dead and dry skin that has been buffed away - hence why your skin is so smooth afterwards.
Your skin will feel smooth, although it will also feel very dry, and occasionally slightly sore, so you must apply moisturiser after use to combat this. The moisturiser really helps to soothe the skin and leaves it in perfect condition.
The results tend to last a little longer than shaving, maybe 3-4 days. I don't tend to use Silkymit exclusively as I think it is more of a weekly product due to the harshness of the mits, so I'll shave in between uses although will always go for Silkymit if I am planning on having my legs on show.
I am very impressed with Slikymit, it is quick, easy, and leaves your skin softer and smoother than most other hair removal methods. They are also very cheap; for 99p you get 5 mits in the pack, each mit has two sides to use, and you can use them a fair few times before they become too smooth to be effective.
I would highly recommend Silkymit, and for 99p even if you don't like it you aren't losing much... a 5 star product!
These are fantastic, I spotted these a few years ago in Superdrug, a pack of three for £1 and it was an impulse buy really, I didn't really know what they were about as I hadn't heard of this product before.
They are basically like fine sandpaper gloves (using the term 'glove' loosely - it's a loop of sandpaper that you put your hand through) you rub this in gentle circular movements on an area of your leg that you require hair removal and it gradually 'sands' the hair off. I can't think of a better way of wording it really! It's the friction between your leg and the rough surface of the glove that removes the hairs.
Compared to other hair removing solutions, these are one of the best ways....
Hair removing creams, I find, never work - you'll always find a spot you missed....and what is it with the smell of those things? They smell revolting, like rotten eggs. When I was first dating my boyfriend, I went for a quick shower whilst he was watching tv and slapped some hair removal cream on my legs as the packaging said it took literally minutes to work....I smelt absolutely hideous, I was having kittens about leaving the bathroom smelling so bad. It took me ages to get rid of that smell, and I had to leave the bathroom window open - which always looks bad when you've just come out of the bathroom.
Likewise, I have similar disasters with razors...I end up cutting myself all over and look like an extra for Holby City. And the one and only time I used an epilator ( an implement of torture to remove hair electrically by automatic tweezer like things) I chickened out after doing one area...the same thing happened with wax strips....the pain is immense!
So needless to say, I'm a walking disaster when it comes to the sensitive issue of hair removal. Which is why these Silkymit's are fantastic, you get none of the problems I've talked about....there's no smell, no cutting yourself, no excrutiating pain. They are simple to use, quick to use and even better they exfoliate your skin at the same time removing dead skin cells. Your legs feel so smooth and silky afterwards.
The only thing I will say is that it's a temporary solution, it'll last a few days at most - depending on the rate of growth. And, you can't apply a moisturiser to your skin after using these as it irritates the exfoliated skin.
But all in all, a great product and one I always make sure I have to hand.
These little mits are like little gloves of very fine sand paper. You slip the mit over the tops of your fingers and then you gently rub away at your leg. The friction effectively files away the hairs on your leg.
I was a bit worried about using these at first as I thought I might end up sand papering off the skin from my leg but this really isn't the case. The mits are actually very gentle on your skin and you only have to do a modest amount of rubbing to remove the hair. I find they take longer than shaving as you do have to go over areas a few times to remove all hair but it doesn't take as long as waxing or epilating.
The results last about the same length of time as shaving.
Because you file away the hair it is also quite an effective exfoloation as well as a hair removal and you do get a fine powder from your leg as dead skin cells are also removed.
I tend to only use this method of hair occassionally though as I feel frequest use ie weekly could well start to make the skin sore as it is quite an extensive exfoloation.
I use Silkymit hair removing gloves all the time and they are a great way of removing leg hair fast. The big bonus is, they are a wonderful exfoliator too, so the hairs are less likely to become ingrowing as they grow back. Silkymit gloves come in packs of three and are available from most drugstore/chemists. I usually buy mine in Savers or Superdrug, the price is about £1.60 for a packet, which lasts for an amazingly long time.
I use the gloves after I have used an epilator on my legs - I can then get rid of hairs that I have missed and exfoliate at the same time. (Exfoliation is a must if you are epilating or waxing, otherwise hair regrowth is restricted, resulting in those horrible ingrowing hair lumps and bumps.) The silkymit fits easily over the hand and the instructions suggest using a circular motion to rub away hair. I actually just rub in an up and down motion, which works fine for me. I find it only takes about five minutes to do both legs, but this is, admittedly, after I have already epilated, which takes about fifteen minutes. If I am using the silkymit on its own, between weekly epilation, I can do both legs easily in ten minutes. I use a body cream afterwards and my skin feels really soft and silky.
Silkymits are great for travelling, they weigh nothing and take up no space whatsoever. The only thing is, if you are needing something for underarms or bikini line too, then I don't think they are really suitable - at least, I have never tried them on more sensitive areas, you may find it works for you. The big advantage is that they are used on dry skin and the resulting fine hair and dust (your dry skin!) is easily brushed away - good for carrying in a handbag, maybe, for if you have forgotten to de fuzz. This product hasbeen round for donkey's years, my mum told me about it when I was young, so it is at lest thirty five years old. I used some that contained aloe vera a couple of years ago and these were lovely, but I haven't been able to find any since then - I would choose those in preference to the standard Silkymit. All in all, I think these are great, I always have a packet in my travel washbag and wouldn't travel without them. I would recommend trying them out, if only for the ease of exfoliation, which is quick and clean. They look just like wet and dry paper (my daughter refused to 'sandpaper' her legs!) but don't be put off by this, they are cheap and they work.
I have very sensitive skin, and get nasty rashes with both hair removing creams and shaving - I had a nasty experience with wax a few years ago so won't try that. With this in mind, I was intrigued when I saw Silkymits in Wilkinson for about a quid.
They are just like sandpaper, with a very fine grain. Very easy to use, you just rub the area in a circular motion and the hair falls off! I still get a rash with these, but it is far less severe than with razors or creams, and as the skin is exfoliated as well, when removing stubble, I get far fewer ingrown hairs - which saves me a lot of pain.
The downside is that it's quite time consuming. From hairy to bare takes about 20 minutes per leg, and bikini line takes about 10. They're not great at getting round awkward spots, but are good for preparing the skin for a razor on these difficult spots, and the rashes aren't so bad when I've used a mit first.
They seem to last forever - just brush off any skin or hair that's left on them, and they're fine to be reused over and over and over. They're great for travelling as they take up no room at all.
All in all, would recommend.
I love these things, however, I use them on freshly showered skin, gently towel dried and I use straight strokes against the hair growth to remove hair AND exfoliate.....fabulous results!!
I live in the USA and am looking for Silkymit. I bought them at Walmart a while back, but I cannot find them anymore. They worked wonders. My legs were smooth and silky, no bumps, no redness. You have to be gentle when using Silkymit. Go in a circular motion and softly. The hair comes off so easily. If you use a self tanner this product is great. I hope someone can tell me where I can purchase Silkymit. I have been on a search, but have not had any luck as yet. I have used all kinds of shaving products and removals for my legs and I think that Silkymit is the best. I learned about Silkymit from my Mother-in-Law when she was in her 70's. Now I know why her legs looked so smooth and silky.
I noticed on line that Boots is in the UK. Is Silkymit still avaliable in the US? Thank You
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