Braun SE3170 Silk-épil 3 SoftPerfection Epilator
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- Lets you enjoy silky smooth skin from top to toe for up to 4 weeks
- 4-way moving pain softener makes epilation extra gentle
- Small tips integrated into epilation head lift the hairs so that even short hairs flat lying hairs can be removed efficiently at the root
- Two active massage rollers stimulate the skin before and after the hair is removed to minimise the pulling sensation
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You can save money on disposable razors and avoid the pain of waxing with Braun's SoftPerfection Epilator. This epilator removes even short, flay-lying hair -- so you can enjoy silky smooth skin for up to four weeks. Even better, it is extra gentle and significantly reduces the discomfort that other hair-removal systems cause.
Ergonomically Designed for Better Control
The Softperfection is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hand, allowing better control and maneuverability. Two speeds give you the choice between slow or quick epilation. The 20-tweezer epilator head has an EfficiencyPro Clip that covers a large area of skin in one stroke, for fast epilation that lasts. This lightweight device comes encased in an attractive soft pink case with grips for easy handling. This epilator includes a cleaning brush comes for quick, easy maintenance and an AC adapter.
What's in the Box
Epilator, cleaning brush, and AC adapter.
Top Customer Reviews
Used it for the first time yesterday, on my legs. I had waited two days since last shaving as per the advice of other reviewers (and by the way, a big thanks to all the other reviewers here who gave such good tips and info!). Did both legs in one go, without any numbing creams and going right to the highest setting. Here's what I've figured out:
1. Pain - well, there is a sensation. Whether you'll label it "pain" or not depends on your pain threshold. I have tatoos, and as mentioned, I've done the wax routine. This "hurt", as in, it felt like small rubber bands snapping against my skin, at first, but the longer I used it - even though I was covering "new territory" as I worked up and around my legs - the sensation reduced until it started feeling almost like being scratched vigorously by fingernails. I'm assuming that some hormone or other was released by my body once it figured out that the sensation was going to continue for a while, and that hormone or other chemical worked to decrease the sensitivity of my nerve endings.
2. I had no red bumps or such after I was done. What I DID have was a short period of intense itchiness on my legs. I resisted scratching, and I did not use anything (ice packs or whatever). I just waited it out. After about an hour (give or take - I didn't time it), the itchiness stopped. This morning, my legs are fine - no redness or any other signs of irritation.
3. There are two "heads", one white, one pink. I'm not sure what either do, as I didn't read the manual very closely (this is a pretty simple thing to figure out how to operate, after all). I tried both, and didn't really notice much of a difference in sensation between the two. This might be just ME - others may have different experiences. I tried the low and high settings with both heads, and again, didn't notice much of any difference.
4. I did follow the advice of other reviewers and took a shower and used a loofah right before using this. Dunno if that really helped in the overall process, but I do plan to keep doing it, as getting dead skin cells out of the way of this machine seems like it'll help it do it's job better.
5. It got off a fair amount of hair, but not all. I had to go over some areas more than once, and I had to change the angle of "attack" at different places along my legs. I understand that this is an iterative process, that some new hair growth simply may not be long enough for the machine to yank, and thus the need to repeat multiple times over the first few weeks until you've "laid down a base" (as it were) and gotten every hair follicle at least once. After that, it's my understanding that over time, as new hair grows in, it'll be finer, softer, easier to yank, and will grow back more slowly.
6. I can see how, over a long enough time span, this will lead to being more and more hair free, as more and more hair follicles are ripped out at the roots and the growth is slowed down across more and more of a "span" on one's legs. In the meantime, this will probably require as much frequency of use as a normal razor, meaning every two or three days. But I am aware from the reviews that once epilation has been done for a longer time (say six months or so), the time in between uses can be increased.
7. I can already see how this will save me money from no longer needing to replace razor blades and shaving cream. I also can see how over time, as less hair grows back and one only needs to do touchups in spots, the overall time spent on this will decrease as well (compared to shaving).
8. I have not yet used it on underarms or bikini area, but will do so in the next few days. I expect that both of those areas will be more sensitive than my legs, and I'm not exactly looking forward to it....but there are always tradeoffs. Waxing in the bikini area isn't exactly painless after all, and it requires multiple things - wax, spatula, fabric strips, keeping the wax at the proper heat, and so on - just to get the job done. I'll gladly endure a higher pain level in trade for something faster and cheaper.
In short, if you're looking for total smoothness right off the bat, you're probably not going to get it, simply due to the nature of epilation. It WILL take some time to eventually yank every single hair out at the roots as each hair is in a different stage of growth on any given day. But once you have achieved that at least once, or a couple of times, I can see how over time, you'll get the desired stubble free smoothness.
If you can shrug off paper cuts and other minor pains (I can), then you'll probably be able to tolerate the sensation of this thing. If you don't handle such sensations well, you may wish to forego this method.
As for the noise, yes, it is noisy, but not overly so. Close your bathroom door and you'll keep most of the sound in the room with you.
I prefer the corded version as it allows you to get the job done in one sitting without having to recharge or blow through batteries. The cord is plenty long for me, but I have an outlet right above the toiilet, and I just sat on top of the toilet to use this and extended my legs over the tub in case any hairs dropped down (a very few did - the showerhead washed it all away in seconds). If you don't have an outlet convenient to a toilet or stool that you can sit on, use an extension cord and you should be able to work something out.
Finally, I had tried an Epilady back in the 90's, and what I remember was excruciating pain. It was so painful that I used the Epilady exactly once and never again. It's taken me all this time to give epilation a try again. I don't know if my pain tolerance has gone up or not, but from the comments in the other reviews, it seems that the epilation technology has been improved to cause less pain.
In short, I'm pretty sure that this is my new method for hair removal, probably for the rest of my life. If that changes for any reason attributable to this device, I'll come back and update this review. If I don't update, you'll know that my comments here stand.
I hope this helps others in one way or another, as the prior reviews helped me.
Only four stars because the manual isn't very helpful on how to clean this device and what the different heads (white and pink) are for. I prefer written instructions to little drawings, and the manual for this thing seems to depend heavily on diagrams.
For the device itself - five stars.
UPDATE July 1, 2011
Did my armpits yesterday after showering. Again, there was a sensation; whether you'd identify it as "pain" or not will be individual. I was able to shrug it off. It causes more of a sensation than dragging a razor across, but definitely well within my tolerance level. I'll continue to use this for my armpits as well as my legs.
Did the legs a second time as well (touch up - first one needed since my first-ever use of this device on 6.23.11). Worked well, and this time the sensation I felt was less than previously. Also no itchiness afterwards (yay!).
I've most definitely found my hair removal method for the rest of my life for legs and armpits. Bikini area still to be tested; I'll update again once I give it a go.
UPDATE AUGUST 4, 2011
Just used this again for leg touchups. I've been using it reasonably consistently, every few days, and one use of the old razor and shaving cream for a time when I wanted super smooth legs. This is the first time I've used this device since the shave, and the itchiness is back - though it's considerably less than the very first time I ever used this.
So this might be something to be aware of: if you use this, and only this, the itchiness doesn't even show up. If you use a razor at one point, apparently the next time you use epilate, you'll have itchiness again, though again, to a much lesser degree than the initial time.
I have no idea why this is. I have no idea if anyone else has experienced, or will experience, the itchiness that I have. I'm just reporting.
But this is JUST a report/update. The itchiness I am feeling now is very minor, easily ignored, and per how things went the very first time I felt the itchiness, I expect this current itchiness to go away fairly quickly.
At first, it was a little difficult to use pain-wise, but that factor quickly becomes irrelevant once you see your legs/underarm/bikini line smooth and hair free for so long!
The first time I did it, I cringed (A LOT) but got over it relatively quickly. Honestly, there is no need for the "pre-epilating wipes" or anything like that at all. Just simply exfoliate all over and don't put lotion on, the tweezers won't be able to grab it if the hair is that smooth. Second-make sure your hair is long enough to grab...but keep in mind that the longer the hair it, the more it seems to hurt as well!
Another hint: make yourself a nice glass of wine or have a cocktial or two prior to doing any of this (if you are of age, of course!) It definitely helps take the edge off, but I didn't tell you that! Also, avoid epilating for the first time if it is "that time of the month" if possible. You will be a lot more "aware" of the pain, and it definitely isn't a pleasant experience. I ordered numbing lotion, which has worked WONDERS, and really makes a huge difference.
Typically, I use a cotton ball to put the numbing lotion on so my hands don't go all numb as well. This is especially helpful when doing the bikini/underarm area. Keep in mind that the first time you do under your arms, it WILL hurt. There is simply no way of getting around this. Also, it is a good reminder to not use any deodorant for the next few days that will irritate your skin. You might notice small red bumps the first time you do it, and those will go away very soon, by the next day or so at the latest.
If you are planning on epilating for a special event, or something as such, I DO NOT recommend epilating the day before for the first time. Your skin WILL need time to adjust to this, and you need to get used to it as well. I can assure you that once you become accustomed to the feeling, it will go away rather soon, and even (dare I say) become a LOT less painful with each use.
I can proudly say that I have not used a single razor or shaving cream (or any other of those products for that matter) in roughly 6 months now. I notice that my entire body is a lot smoother, and I have to epilate less and less...
Legs: Approximately every 1.5-2 months
Under Arms: 2 months
Bikini: About once a month
You will also notice that the hair will start growing in finer and finer with each use. The reasoning is that when you shave, you are cutting the hair off at the top, as opposed to pulling it out at the root (like you do with epilating.) So basically when you epilate, the hair has to completely fill back in the follicle and that takes time. It grows in just like it is growing in for the first time, not "cut off" at the ends, as you do with shaving.
After epilating, I prefer to use a gel that prevents ingrown hairs from epilating, although I haven't had any real issues with this; it is pretty much a preventative step in which I am being overly-cautious. You can use any ingrown hair prevention step of your choice, although this is not necessary at all if you do not typically have a problem with this.
Keep the area clean (this should go without saying) and enjoy your long-lasting smooth legs/bikini/under arm area as long as you like! I know this product has flat out been amazing for me, and I'm MORE than happy I found it! I am currently in Iraq, and there aren't exactly a lot of "beauty options" of being out here, and it really makes a huge difference to feel like a girl again, and this gives you a lot less to worry about, and saves you a lot of time and money in the long run-much more than you would ever save on shaving, shaving creams, replacement razors, etc. Plus, even though it takes a little less time to shave, keep in mind that the little extra time you spend epilating will save you a lot of time from having to shave for quite awhile.
Let the hair grow out a bit prior to epilating, so the tweezers have enough to grab onto (a little less than you would for a waxing.) Here are some extra tips as well:
Legs: Brace yourself for some spots that are a little more sensitive than others (such as around the ankles, behind the knees, thighs, etc.) Some areas you may need to go over a few times, but be patient-it is completely worth it in the end!
Under Arms: This may seem a little strange, but bear with me: when epilating this part, do not go in just one direction. It has been my experience that the hair in this area DOES NOT grow in just one direction, so try running the epilator vertically both ways, as well as horizontally both ways to ensure you cover all angles. You might be surprised at the amount of hair you pick up while doing this that you didn't even know was there. This area will be sensitive, so take care when putting on deodorant. Do not use anything that is not to be used on "broken skin" as this is pretty much what your skin is considered right after you do this. You are literally ripping the hair from the follicle, (no matter how morbid that sounds!) so be careful. I made the mistake of using Certain Dri right after I epilated one time, and it was not a pleasant feeling.
Bikini: NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART! First of all, this was not an easy talk to complete; it takes patience, a threshold for pain that would rival any superhero, and a lot of practice. I recommend trimming the area prior to epilating to reduce pain, as well as taking a painkiller (aspirin, ibuprofen,etc) about an hour or two prior to ensure that the pain/swelling isn't as much as it would normally be.
This epilator comes with two settings, along with a detachable "head" that I have since thrown away due to never using it. They say that it helps "prepare" the hairs for epilation, but I haven't noticed a difference whatsoever and quite frankly-don't need it. I typically use the fasters setting to epilate, as I have gotten used to it by now, and it doesn't bother me at all. I do recommend that you start out on the first setting though, and gradually work your way up, keeping in mind the "no pain, no gain" phrase. I just like prefer the faster setting because it hurts a lot less now that I'm used to it, as well as makes the process go a lot faster as it grabs a lot more hairs that way.
One reviewer stated that you can't shave again after using this or you will get ingrown hairs: I can not comment on that, as I have not tried to shave after epilating-because I don't feel the need to. The epilator takes care of everything I need, therefore the need to shave anything is eliminated.
It also comes with a little 'cleaning brush' which I use quite a bit. You will notice after epilating an area with a lot of hairs that it "fills up" the inside-this is definitely good to keep clean, especially for sanitary reasons.
Good luck, and enjoy your new hair free days!
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Still going strong. Sadistic little gadget, but it definitely works.