Silky Mit: Review

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.
***UPDATE*** (10/07/09)
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.
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25 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    June 18, 2010 / 4:57 am

    damn that sucks, i used silkymit on my forearms too, they were red for a while but now theyre perfect, but my legs get horribly itchy and rashy like what you’ve described. so im only sticking to using it on my arms, and shave my legs.

    Liz from Australia

  2. Anonymous
    January 18, 2011 / 1:20 pm

    I used silky mit on my arms and it worked Beautifully 🙂 usually I have very sensitive skin but I was fine. I did do it in stages though, like I would gradually remove the hair over a few days.

  3. Anonymous
    October 25, 2011 / 7:08 am

    I’ve heard a lot of negative comments about silky mit I’m so glad I didn’t buy it the other day! A lot of people say that it burns like sunburnt skin too so it must be really bad

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2012 / 10:37 am

      i just wanted to let you know that i have been using the silky mit and love it. although it burns for a little while the smooth, hairless skin is worth it and it can be easily soothed with mosturiser. by using the mit it also reduces the amount of hair that actually grows back. it is also relatively inexpensive and worth every cent!

  4. Anonymous
    November 23, 2011 / 3:34 am

    I’ve been using silkymit on my legs for ages and I don’t get a rash. Once I did it really roughly and it went all red and sore, but if you just rub softly then it comes out beautifully. Much better than any shaver I’ve ever used:) It works best if you’ve shaved beforehand I find.

  5. Anonymous
    December 28, 2011 / 6:27 am

    I use silkymit on my legs and it’s great! My skin is sensitive, but I apply lavender cream immediately afterwards and it soothes the irritation. I don’t think I’d try it on my arms, though, as the skin is far more delicate.

  6. Anonymous
    January 8, 2012 / 11:50 pm

    does this work?ive heard so many different comments about it?

  7. Angela, Australia
    January 22, 2012 / 9:19 am

    I’m confused. Is it good or bad? I wanted to try it, until I saw all the bad comments, then I saw good ones and wanted to try it again, should I buy them or not?!

    • Siobhan
      October 15, 2013 / 2:16 pm

      I’ve used a similar product – not this particular brand but I find that as long as you don’t stick to one patch of skin for any one time you don’t damage any skin.

      Start on one spot (maybe 8 circles – 3 clockwise, 1 anti-clockwise and repeat ONCE) and in that circular motion move along your body to another patch…come back anything you miss to when your skin’s calmed down a bit – usually after you’ve finished going over your whole arm/leg/etc.

      I experienced a mild version of the described irritation after my first use – but after using the method described it hasn’t happened again.

  8. Anonymous
    February 7, 2012 / 8:59 am

    Well i bought some today and tried it out on my legs which have only ever been epilated, i got no irritation and was quite pleased with the results + it was very smooth! I wouldn’t recommend it to be used excessively, after all it is pretty much literally ‘sand-papering’ your skin. maybe once every month or so! Think it wored quite well for me – remember CIRCULAR motions!

  9. Anonymous
    February 12, 2012 / 8:44 am

    is it really worth it? apparently its like 30bucks and i’ve heard so many bad comments about it though..why dont you just buy fine sandpaper from bunnings or something (;

  10. February 20, 2012 / 6:32 am

    I used silky mit and it worked pretty well. Only on my lower legs, it didn’t work on my thighs, and the effort to get any results on my arms was just too much. For my legs it worked fine, only stung the first time I used it and after doing it more slowly I quite enjoy the feeling. The best part is that the hair grows back more softly than with shaving, there’s no itch and no bumps.

    Maybe I just have thick skin- it looks like it’s been snowing after I use it, which is gross but my legs always feel amazingly soft.

  11. Anonymous
    August 2, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    I’ve always used 600 grit sandpaper on my legs between shaving, it was faster an didn’t require water and shaving cream. I was running late and the hardware store was closed, my local chemist sells silkymit for $7, so I grabbed a box.

    I did both legs, all the way up my thighs, then went and washed the dead skin debris off in a cold shower (no soaps, just water) I stepped out and immediately felt the burn. My legs were red and raw, they starteed weeping within 10 minutes. I cancelled my meeting because I can’t even walk properly. I’m sitting here, at midnight, wishing I had some aloe vera and hating myself for trying to cut corners and avoid shaving.

    I have no idea why the silkymit has caused such a diffrent reaction to the sandpaper. perhaps the grit is not quite right.

  12. April 5, 2013 / 6:26 pm

    Hello I think the important thing with silky mit is how you use it, go gentle, go in circles and very important alternate the direction of the circle. I find it better than shaving as that gives me razor burn.

  13. noelke
    July 11, 2013 / 4:33 pm

    I think this product is great. I can’t use creams as they burn my skin, I get bad razor burns if I shave and waxing is too expensive. So I’ve been using epilator which is better but takes ages and leaves lots of ingrown hairs. Silkimit is perfect for that and it exfoliates as well. I used it for the first time today on my legs all the way up to the tights an on my forearms and I’m amazed! It left my skin smooth and hair free. And I must mention that I have really strong black hair so this little thing certainly done it’s job. I can’t phrase it enough. It is quick, fits into any purse and cheap. Of course you have to be careful not to overdo it and moisturising is a must afterwards. Of course you’ll get sensitivity after using it – it is after all a very fine sandpaper.
    So all in all I highly recommend it but like everything else – use it with caution.

  14. 0colet
    December 18, 2013 / 9:24 am

    I love silkymit! I only use it on my legs and do so in a gentle circular motion. It removes hair and exfoliates at the same time. Afterwards I moisturise with lavender cream and have no reaction when I do that. I would not use it on more sensitive areas like my arms or face.

  15. Nicola
    September 10, 2014 / 7:42 pm

    This is legitimately the worst product I have ever purchased! I followed the directions exactly and almost immediately following use my legs began to sting and itch. It is almost 48h since I used the Silky Mit and I am still in an incredible amount of discomfort. My legs are stinging, burning and itching like nothing I have ever experienced. It is worse that chickenpox. DO NOT let curiosity get the better of you like I did. I have tried many forms of hair removal and this is by far the least effect and most painful way to go. I actually cannot believe they have been on the market for so long. I will be writing to the company as I don’t think thag any other person should ever have to go through this again.

  16. Sandi
    May 22, 2015 / 2:56 am

    I have tried silkymit face for the first time 3days ago on my upper lip (moe)
    Im in love!!!
    I used to wax it and had done for about 5yrs till eventually the wax wasnt going a great job and started irrating me and hair grew back to quikly
    Then i tried hair removal cream for 4mths was much easier and quicker with no irration but didnt leave my top lip smooth
    Decided to give the silky mit ago and it was sooo easy effective and have never felt my lip soo smoth it done a perfect job and is still smooth as 3days later with no irritation at all
    I have exzema and sensitive skin so this did surprise me!!
    I used small circle motions 3 times anti clockwise and clockwise moving along my lip and gotta say
    Ill deff be doing this and recomending it to everyone i know!!
    Im going to try my legs next with the larger mit

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2015 / 1:49 am

      Hi does the hair grow back quickly
      Ta sue

      • Jen
        Author
        July 22, 2015 / 10:40 am

        Fairly quickly, but suspect would vary depending on how quickly your hair grows in general?

  17. Sandi
    May 22, 2015 / 2:58 am

    Ps its under $10 and includes refills that will last months!

  18. Lilly
    November 13, 2015 / 9:59 am

    The Silky Mit is painful but if you want luxurious legs then take the risk. They are extremely soft to feel but my legs are really itchy and irritated. Still to have a shower and use moisturizer to soothe my skin.
    I would recommend not using on arms or face – it says ‘for legs’ on the packet and the skin on your arms and face is very delicate anyway.
    My issues: Burning feeling on skin on legs, itching (feels like a huge mosquito bite), not that easy to remove hair unlike waxing or shaving, still to have a shower – saw a comment here saying that their skin looked raw when they came out ( freaky ), the pain lasts for about 30 minutes to 3 hours, seems to hurt more in the sun for some reason, rash.
    Benefits: Best feeling legs ever, reusable, the pain is actually fading away as i write this *small happy dance* – guessing when you aren’t moving they pain settles? Exfoliates skin, the bumps that appear don’t stay long (basically like goosebumps) and the Silky Mit itself is small and I think you can cut it if it wont fit in your pocket.
    Issues:7
    Benefits:6
    If you are very irritable to pain, itchiness then try to use moisturizer as soon as your done (or have it close to you so you dont need to search the house in pain) or prevent using product.
    Lilly

  19. Laura
    February 26, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    I agree! It’s terrible! I’ve noticed all my freckles have now scabbed and changed shape and darkened, this is not good at all. You’re right, it is just sandpaper, very very damaging for the skin, there should be more warnings!!

  20. Olivia
    April 7, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    works well on legs and forearms first time with a little rash, just don’t attempt the thighs or inner thigh awwwchy! quite painful I found. Thin sand paper…. might go to local hardware store next time instead of pharmacy ; ) . think I will be sticking to other methods of hair remove instead.

    • Jen
      Author
      April 7, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      SO true. So much ouch!

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