This post was created in collaboration with Venus. All opinions are my own.
On one hand I absolutely love having a full schedule. Many days involve me balancing filming YouTube reviews, editing, writing blog posts, as well as meetings and events. It’s a blogger’s dream, but sometimes things fall through the cracks — like maintaining my laser hair removal.
If you’ve been following me for a while you know I’ve had a few laser hair removal treatments back in the day with some success. Now that my schedule is about 10 times as full with work and travel, I don’t really have time for trips to the salon to finish the process. This sent me down a rabbit hole of at-home treatments. While there are plenty of options out there (at-home waxing, shaving, and tons of weird gadgets), very few offered long lasting results that wouldn’t irritate my skin. For me the ideal solution would be convenient, affordable, and as painless as possible – that’s not too much to ask, right? I finally came across the Gilette Venus Silk-expert powered by Braun and was really curious about the technology. At first glance it checked all my boxes. Long lasting results, easy to use, and no need for a trip to the salon? I was sold.
I’ve been using the Venus Silk-expert for a few weeks and am finally ready to share my results. I’m sure some of you saw me share the device on social media while I was testing it, here’s the scoop on the product:
The Venus Silk-expert offers permanent hair reduction in as little as four to six treatments that you should do weekly, (I made it part of my Sunday beauty routine so I wouldn’t forget a treatment.) There’s no grow-out phase required, who has time for that anyway? Just start by shaving as you normally would before beginning your treatment then you’re good to go!
The device has three settings: normal, gentle, and extra gentle to get a truly customized experience for your entire body. My advice for beginners is to start with gentle on arms or legs, though normal was fine for me. I’d recommend gentle for sensitive areas and extra gentle if you plan to use it on your face. The Venus Silk-expert works to reduce facial hair on your upper lip, chin, and jawline, (just nowhere near your eyes or along your forehead!)
The most attractive feature is that the tool can “read” your skin to adapt the light intensity to your specific skin tone. If you’ve ever got professional treatments you know how important this is. If your technician turns the intensity up too high for your skin tone it creates sensitivity (or burns) and too low won’t be effective. I was pretty impressed that an at-home tool could be so advanced, like a hair removal specialist in your hands.
I started with a test patch on my inner ankle and waited about 24 hours to see if any redness or irritation occurred. Once I knew I was in the clear, I used the Venus Silk-expert on my entire leg using the normal setting. The area near my ankle is a bit more sensitive so I used the gentle setting there.
It’s been about four weeks and I have far less hair and what’s left is finer and lighter. My skin is super smooth and I’m loving the convenience of the Venus Silk-expert. No more missed salon appointments or trying to schedule hair removal as I’m traveling. I couldn’t be happier! I’m so pleased with the results on my legs that I’m starting my arms and underarms next 🙂
If you’re like me and your schedule is too packed to maintain consistent visits to the salon or you’d just prefer to do permanent hair reduction in the privacy and comfort of your home, try the Venus Silk-expert. You can pick it up at your local Bed Bath & Beyond or shop online here.
If you’ve tried the Venus Silk-expert share your review in the comments with any tips and tricks for beginners.