Silkymit is a product I have always been curious about- having seen it in the shops since I was in my early teens (and first became interested/curious about removing hair). I wondered how something that essentially resembled sandpaper could effectively remove hair. I assume it must be fairly effective as it is still available in shops today (with the same dated looking packaging) so I decided to give it a try and bought one from a Savers store this week, at the bargain price of just over £1.
The packet contains three ‘silkymits’ which, as mentioned above, can only be described as find sand paper in loops that you slip your hand in before gently rubbing in a circular motion across areas where you want to remove hair. I decided to try this on my forearms, which I have always felt are a bit too hairy (albeit fine and blonde hair). It felt like it took a while for the process to get going, initially feeling like it wasn’t doing anything, but then I realised that an area of my arm was now smooth and hair-free so I persisted.
Having now completed the hair removal on both forearms I am left with wonderfully smooth (the silkymit exfoliates too) and pretty much hair-free arms. I say pretty much as it has left some ‘downy’ hair behind so the overall effect is natural.
I stick by my assertion that the silkymit is just glorified sand paper though, as immediately after using them my arms felt like they had been sunburned with one of them still feeling sensitive today. So if you are planning to use this product do so with caution, be gentle to avoid sanding off the top layer of your skin.
To soothe my sensitive post-silkymit skin, I used Vaseline Aloe Fresh to moisturise and cool skin.
Following using this last Friday I have decided to definately NOT try silkmit again, the ‘sanding’ that left my skin raw and sensitive has meant that for the last week my skin has become dry, scaly and generally unpleasant despite repeated applications of my favorite moisturising body butter. Basically, I think that my skin was so damaged by the ‘exfoliating’ of the silkymit, that it has formed scabs as it trys to heal itself.
Sorry if that is too much information but want to make sure that others are aware of the results of using a silkymit. If I was you, stick to hair removal cream for the same results without the pain and gross-ness.