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I’m writing this with my tail between my legs. Why? Because nearly two months ago I wrote about the new IPL Hair Reduction System from Gillette Venus and I was supposed to document my findings in a video.
In spectacular fashion, plans fell by the wayside with juggling other product trials and reviews on top of a full time job. However, I am still committed to sharing my experience with using this IPl device and will be filming a video for it very soon.
By being truthful with the frequency of my use of Gillette Venus’s IPL system, I hope the results will be reflective and accurate. I believe the outcome will depend on the individual and how often the device is used, and to be fair, it is difficult to stick to a timed routine with the day-to-day things we all have to deal with – plus with it being winter, leg hair removal is usually the least of any woman’s worries!
I have used Gillette Venus’s IPL device twice since the beginning of November and it’s enough for me to get an understanding of how it works and its results.
Over the years and possibly due to a combination of hormones slowing down and other hair removal methods used (including IPL sporadically), my hair growth has slowed down substantially. So much that I can get away with shaving once a week and the regrowth is very fine. I realise not everyone is this fortunate, but in the past I had to deal with hair growing back after 3 days from underarm waxing done at a salon and leg hair sprouting up every day after shaving.
To use the Gillette Venus Naked Skin IPL system, you’ve got to first shave the areas you plan to treat. This is to allow direct contact with the IPL and the hair follicles for effective results. I should point out this device is not suitable for everyone depending on your skin tone. Generally speaking it will work best on dark hairs on lighter skin and there is a chart included to colour match against.
Then you must check the level to set the machine at with the light sensor reader by pressing it against your skin. This will differ depending on which part of your body you wish to use the IPL device on and more importantly your skin tone will define the strength. It’s so simple and straight-forward – an IPL I had tried once was extremely complicated with various settings according to your skin tone, which was really off-putting. This device is very light, is powered at the mains and comes with a long cable, which is brilliant.
While the machine fires up, apply a thick layer of Activating Gel the kit comes with over the area you wish to zap. The gel increases the effect of the IPL working plus it cools your skin down at the same time. If you go to a clinic for laser hair removal, they will blast the treated area with ice cold air (or use an ice pack) during the process so this is very similar.
When you’re ready, look away or close your eyes whilst holding the handset at a 90 degree angle. Then press the button and there will be a big flash of light and a warm sensation. I know it’s a big, blinding flash as once or twice I forgot to look away. Don’t do this!
It is important to hold the handset correctly (with the window of the laser pressed on your skin) or it won’t work. The IPL will re-set itself in seconds and indicate when it’s ready so you can move on.
It doesn’t hurt I’m surprised to say, it just feels like a little shock or sometimes ticklish. The machine isn’t noisy either and you could do this while you’re watching Eastenders.
It took 45 minutes to do one lower leg and coverage with one tube of the gel would cover both legs fully for one session. However, it’s really tricky to do the back of your leg whilst trying to hold the handset at the correct angle.
I also tried it on my underarms, which didn’t hurt at all. The IPL was more noticeable on the legs especially on the bone near the ankle.
It is a really easy and painless IPL system; I am pleasantly surprised. I have used other IPL devices which were bulky, complicated and painful – and I have a high pain threshold.
As I mentioned earlier, I haven’t been consistent in using this device. However in just a couple of sessions I have noticed regrowth is finer and sparse. On some parts of my legs, I have just patches coming back. If I stick to this regularly then I am confident it will reduce hair growth substantially, maybe even completely.
I’m off to power up this baby for a long overdue session and I will bring you a video next time and very soon, I promise.
The Gillette Venus Naked Skin is available from Boots and www.boots.com currently priced at £449.99.
Two of the biggest names in hair removal have joined forces to bring you a super IPL system like no other – the Gillette Venus Naked Skin designed by Braun Intense Pulsed Light Hair Reduction System. Must they come up with such long names?
Any way! You’ll know I’m no stranger to hair removal (having tried every method available) so I gladly accepted the Venus Naked Skin Challenge by Gillette to trial and document my findings of this at-home IPL system.
I am intrigued how this device will perform especially as I am a fervant fan of Gillette Venus razor blades and have been using Braun’s epilators for years. These are two names I wholeheartedly trust.
Apparently I will see noticeable results after 6 sessions with regular use. It’s designed for use on the legs, arms, bikini area and underarms, but is only suitable for certain skin types with dark hairs, like a lot of IPL devices.
Over the next 12 weeks I shall be sharing my views on Just Nice Things with videos and of course I will show you how it all works so check back in two weeks for my first round-up. Let me know if you have any burning questions (excuse the pun but you’ve got to admit it was a pretty good one!).
In the mean time, you can visit the official site here for more information.
The Gillette Venus Naked Skin designed by Braun Intense Pulsed Light Hair Reduction System is available from Boots and www.boots.com priced at £399.99.
Today we have a guest post courtesy of the lovely Rhian from Pretty Green Eyes who’s been trialling some products from Gillette’s Venus range. Rhian is new on the beauty bloggers’ block so do check out her blog and her eye make-up skills. In the mean time, let’s see how she got on…
I was asked by Sheenie to trial some new Gillette shaving products. Perfect timing some may say as the sun has decided to finally show itself, giving everyone in Britain the hope that it may be here to stay.
I have been a fan of the Gillette Venus range since the product was first introduced. It has always been my ‘go to’ brand when selecting a new razor so I was more that happy to do a guest blog post.
The products I’ve reviewed are two different razors (Pro Skin – Moisture Rich and Pro Skin – Sensitive) as well as a Satin Care Shave Gel, so let’s take these products one by one.
Satin Care Pure & Delicate
This is an interesting one, as I have never actually purchased shaving gel previously – shocking, huh? I always had the preconception that it wouldn’t really make much difference and opted for either shower gel or conditioner. I went into it with an open mind and the outcome? WHY HAVE I NOT USED THIS PRODUCT BEFORE? A little goes a long way and it makes the whole shaving process far more pleasant. My skin definitely felt smoother afterwards and I am not sure whether it was a psychological thing but my legs also appeared to stay smoother for longer than usual.
The shaving gel that I had to test was designed for sensitive skin and for that reason was unscented. Normally I would always pick up a toiletry product with some sort of fruity scent as this is just my preference but I cannot actually fault the product itself. It also promises to minimize the risk of skin irritation (I’m not someone that suffers from sensitive skin) so I’ll take their word for it.
This product has definitely made a shaving gel virgin in to a shaving gel convert in one application and is something I would repeat purchase. Gillette Shaving Foam retails for £3.99 and is available nationwide.
Pro Skin – Moisture Rich
The first razor I plumped for was the Moisture Rich. The product promises to protect your skin as you shave using the fitted shave gel bars enhanced with body butters (olive, kokum and avocado). It did not disappoint in terms of the efficiency of the blades and if anyone should be an expert in this by now it would be Gillette.
I used the product with both the Satin Care shave gel and on its own with just water. If anything the product performed better without the additional shave gel as it seemed to leave my skin a little too lubricated. Without the additional shave gel the shave gel bars were great especially for those times when you need to shave your legs in a hurry – girls, we’ve all been there. My only gripe is the price of the razor at £10.99, which is pricey when you need to change the blades more often due to the shave gel bars wearing down quicker.
Pro Skin – Sensitive
I switched to this razor coincidentally after the shave gel bars had disappeared on the Moisture Rich razor. Again this razor is designed to reduce the irritation that comes with shaving. This razor has five blades as opposed to the Moisture Rich that has three. The blades are spaced close together to reduce pressure and achieve a closer shave. In addition the razor also has a lubricating strip and an “extra-rich ribbon of moisture” to lubricate and protect the skin. The result? A really close shave. In all honesty I was more impressed with this razor than I was with the Moisture Rich mainly because of the finish of the actual shave, this razor seemed to get much closer than the previous and it doesn’t have the limited use of the shave gel bars that the Moisture Rich has. It also retails for £1 less than the Moisture Rich at £9.99.
Would I recommend all products? Yes, I would. However I would wait for them to go on offer, most retailers run half price offers a lot of the time.
On one last note to the people at Gillette if I could improve a Gillette Venus razor in any way it would not be colour or added shave gel bars or even a fancy advert showing everyone how perfect Jennifer Lopezs’ legs are. It would simply be to add the one little blade on the back that they have on the men’s razors. Not much to ask for surely? That little blade is perfect for around the ankles and those other hard to reach areas – So please Gillette add that one little feature to a Venus razor.
I have a little guest review for you today from one of my colleagues, Lorna. I tasked her with defuzzing and testing out Gillette Venus’ Oceana disposable razors. Here’s how she got on…
I was asked to trial the new Venus Oceana Disposable razors which offer a new shaving concept and solution to the renowned Venus razor range.
Having been a constant and loyal user of the Venus permanent razor for many years, I was surprised to discover that the Venus Oceana razors proved to offer the same close shave results.
First impressions of the Venus Oceana razor was how much lighter in weight they are than the permanent razor. The handle was easy to grip and as a result, the Venus Oceana easily manoeuvred around difficult areas such as around the knees and under arms.
Other observations include the blade on the Venus Oceana did not appear to produce as close a cut. The blade seemed to just hover over the skin. However, something must have been working as I was nicely surprised to find the results were of the same quality as with the permanent razor and there was no regrowth for at least three days and my legs were smooth and soft to the touch.
The Venus Ocean Disposables should certainly be a holiday beauty essential. I know they will be for me. But why just save them for the holidays??
Retailing at around £4.50 for a pack of three, the Venus Oceana razors are available widely in supermarkets and chemists.