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Silk'n Glide 150,000 Laura G
Silk'n Glide 150,000

3.5

The Silk’n Glide 150,000 is the best of these 3 compact, mains-powered models. It has a skin tone sensor and it's very simple to operate. You can also use it on the lowest level before and after tanning. It's great value for money but it's slow to apply on large areas like legs and back. It's let down by the customer support and the customer reviews too. Read on and learn more in the full Silk'n Glide 150,000 review.

  • Use on body & face
  • Mains-powered
  • Manufactured by Silk’n Home Skinovations
  • User score 3.6 stars 
  • Silk’n Glide 150,000 price: ££
  • Silk’n Glide 50,000 price: ££
  • Silk’n Glide 30,000 price: ££
  • Suited to small areas like bikini line, underarms, arms:
  • With the Silk’n Glide 150,000…
  • Treat a total body area of 450,000 cm2
  • 200+  small area applications lasts 15+ years
  • Underarms take 1:07 to 2:36 minutes

Looking for the latest Silk’n Glide Xpress 300,000?
It’s faster to apply, gives double the treatments and is just slightly more expensive.

Silk'n Glide Xpress 300000 review

Pros

  • Low prices, often below £150
  • Silk’n Glide 150,000 provides excellent value for money
  • All the safety and treatment features you’d expect
  • Integrated skin tone sensor
  • FDA cleared and CE mark (EU declaration of conformity)
  • You can use the lowest intensity level 1 before and after sunbathing
  • Compact design is comfortable to hold and easy to store
  • Easy to operate and comfortable to use
  • It’s mains-powered, so simply plug in and go
  • Silk’n Glide 150,000 comes with a sturdy and convenient storage case

 

Cons

  • It’s slow and tedious on large areas so isn’t ideal for full body treatments. Try the faster Silk’n Glide Xpress instead.
  • It’s sometimes difficult to activate on small, uneven areas like knees, shins and upper lip
  • Not suitable for the darkest skin tones
  • Skin tone sensor doesn’t select your intensity level
  • The user reviews aren’t as helpful or as informative as expected
  • The Patented HPL™ Technology needs further explanation by Silk’n
  • The Glide user manual is inconsistent, contradictory and hard to digest
  • Very slow and incomplete responses from Silk’n European customer support

 

The Silk’n Glide models are available in the UK and Europe. In the US and Canada it’s called the Flash&Go Compact. Silk’n Home Skinovations manufacture both devices.

Where to buy the Silk'n Glide

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Suitable skin tones and hair colours

skin-tone-chart-i-to-ivYou can use it on black, dark brown, brown, dark blonde hair and light to medium skin tones (Fitzpatrick skin types I to IV).

You can’t use it on dark brown, brownish black and darker skin tones (Fitzpatrick skin type V and VI), or on freckles and moles. Silk’n say with more treatments it may work on light blonde, red, grey and white hair – Personally, before I’d buy this for these lighter hair colours, I’d want a definite statement of its effect.

Read more on IPL and suitable skin types and hair colours >>

Is the Silk’n Glide good value?

These devices are best suited to treating small body areas like face, underarms, bikini line and forearms. Let’s compare the models to see what value for money they provide.

There are 3 models to choose from, each with a 2.7 cm2 treatment window fairly similar prices but a different bulb life.

3 Silk'n Glide devices side by side in purple (150000), green (50000) and blue (30000)

The Silk’n Glide 150,000 gives the best value for money by a long way treating 450,000 cm² of body area with a low cost per treatment.

The Silk’n Glide 30,000 flashes provides a total treatment area of up to just 81,000 cm². That’s enough for about 20 full body treatments for around 1 year of monthly use. It’s best suited to small area treatments like bikini line, underarms and face because you’ll get around 50 complete treatments which should last up to 3 years.

The Silk’n Glide 50,000 flashes provides a total treatment area of up to 135,000 cm². That’s about 30 full body treatments for up to 2 years of monthly use. It’s also best suited to smaller areas because you’ll get around 90 treatments lasting 5 years of top up treatments.

The Silk’n Glide 150,000 flashes provides a total treatment area of up to 405,000 cm². That’s actually enough for 100 full body treatments lasting 5+ years, but  note that the treatment times are slow on large areas. For small areas you’ll get 200+ treatments for 15+ years of use.

Prices for the 3 models are very similar at around £160. The cost per complete small area treatment ranges from £2.37 for the Silk’n Glide 30,000 down to just £0.80 for the Silk’n Glide 150,000. The Silk’n Glide 150,000 gives the best value for money by a long way and is the one to choose from the 3.

N.B. the years of use is based on the bulb life only and doesn’t take into consideration general usage, wear and tear that effect how long the machine keeps working.

Is the Silk’n Glide easy to use?

The Silk’n Glide is a small, lightweight hand-held applicator that’s mains-powered, easy to operate, position and comfortable to use. The different models come in 3 fun and bright colour-ways.

“It is very easy to use, no messy preparation, no pain, just a slight feeling of heat.”
Amazon.co.uk review

What’s in the box?

  • Silk’n Glide hair removal device
  • Adaptor
  • User manual
  • Silk’n warranty card
  • The Silk’n Glide 150,000 comes with a storage case

Read the user manual

The user manual covers everything it needs to, but it’s not clear or easiest to digest. The order of instruction is not logical, the layout and design is cramped and a few diagrams to explain how to use the device would be a basic improvement.

The information is not consistent too i.e. the treatment window is sized at 3 cm2 and 2.7 cm2 in different places. And other times it’s just plain wrong. With all IPL devices you must shave immediately before the treatment. But, in the user manual I spotted “Best results will be reached when you shave 3 days prior to the treatment or when the hair is 1-2 mm”. I checked this with the Silk’n support team and they acknowledged it was an error. You must shave immediately before your treatment. Personally this just creates a sense of uncertainty and apprehension. Not a good start.

That said, do read the manual paying close attention to the list of warnings and safety precautions for important reasons not to use the device. Then follow the instructions for your skin sensitivity test.

Choose your intensity level during skin test

Silk’n instructs you to perform your skin sensitivity test and intensity level selection into one. Although there’s no skin type and intensity level guide in the user manual, this is available on their website and on the packaging, and is shown here for your reference.

Levels 4 and 5 are the max suitable for skin type I. Levels 3 to 5 the max for skin type II and III. Levels 3 to 4 the max for skin type III and IV. Levels 1 to 2 the max for skin type V. You can’t use the device on skin type VI. Suitable hair colours are shown as Black through the grey, although grey hair and skin types IV and V is given no recommended max intensity levels suggesting the device will not work with this combination.

This skin tone and hair colour chart is available on the packaging but not in the user manual. Here, Silk’n show the device can be used on light blonde, red and grey hair. However, their website states that results MAY be possible with more treatments. So be aware results on lighter hair aren’t guaranteed or quick.

For the skin test, shave first then after checking your skin with the skin tone sensor, simply start at the lowest level (1) and flash your skin. If that’s comfortable move up a level and repeat (on a different spot). Stop if it becomes uncomfortable or painful. Wait for 1 hour and if there’s no reaction continue with your treatment at the highest level that was comfortable. Do this for each area you want to treat.

Getting started

Please be safe: Before using always read the user manual and do a skin test too!

The Silk’n Glide devices have a simple operation and it’s easy to get started.

  1. Shave first and make sure the area is clean, dry and free of lotions and deodorant.
  2. Set yourself up. You’ll need to be near a power socket. Try using an extension cable so you can choose the most comfortable area, like your bed, or close by to a mirror.
  3. Plug it in and simply press the power button to move up the levels and the indicator lights around the button show the selected level.
  4. A ‘ready’ light will flash when it’s in full contact with your skin, press the flash button.
  5. When you press the flash button the skin tone sensor checks your skin and will flash only it’s a suitable tone. When it flashes you’ll hear a ‘pop’ sound.

Skin tone sensor & Safety

A small safety sensor window next to the light exit window checks your skin tone at the start of and periodically throughout your session. You can flash your skin only if your skin is in the suitable range. The sensor also protects your eyes because it must be fully covered and in contact with your skin before it will flash so you can’t accidentally flash into open air.

Treatment modes

They have the 2 standard treatment modes of stamping for a single flash (called Pulse) or continuous flashes (called Glide).

For Pulse mode position the device on your skin, press and release the flash button. Then move to the next spot and repeat. This stamping action leaves a temporary pressure mark on your skin so you have a guide as to where to position it next.

For Glide mode position the device on your skin, press and hold the flash button. Keeping good contact, slide the device slowly over your skin. Aim to get good coverage in time with the flashes.

Silk’n recommend using Glide mode with the lower intensity levels and quicker flash repetition, and using Pulse mode for higher intensity levels with a slower repetition rate. But you can keep the flash button pressed for continuous flashes even on the higher intensity levels which keeps the operation simpler. Keep reading for important information on how the intensity levels work.

You can use intensity level 1 before and after sunbathing

Level 1 is the lowest energy intensity level and it’s designed to be safe to use before and after sunbathing. Why’s this different?

All other devices have strict guidelines on when you can use your device on ANY intensity level with regard to tanning and sun exposure. This means tanning in natural light, on a tanning bed or using sunless tanning products. The guideline recommendations vary as follows:

  • After sunbathing / sun exposure, leave between 2 to 4 weeks before using and IPL device
  • After using your IPL device, leave at least 2 days to 2 weeks before sunbathing
  • Protect your skin with sun lotion of SPF 50+ immediately after using your IPL device, and SPF 30+ for the 2 weeks following use
  • If you’re using for the first time after tanning do a skin sensitivity test
lady hands holding the Silkn Glide 50,000 and pressing the power / intensity level select

It’s safe to use the Silk’n Glide on intensity level 1 only, before and after sun exposure and sun bathing. You can continue to use it in the summer months for top- up treatments after you’ve reached your optimum results.

The guidelines are in place because after sun exposure you have increased levels of melanin in your skin. An increased amount of melanin also increases the risk of adverse side effects. This is true if you sun tan easily and quickly, or not. There’s also increased risk of skin reactions if you exposure your skin to prolonged sunlight after treatments.

So, the Silk’n Glide is different because you can use it on level 1 only before and after sun exposure. It a good choice if you want to use it in the summer months for top-ups, with just your usual sun skincare routine and no extra precautions. This assumes you have already reached your best results using the device at the highest level suitable for you and that level 1 intensity level is enough to maintain these results.

Please note: Levels 2 to 5 are not suitable to use on recently tanned skin or immediately before sunbathing / sun exposure.

Using the Silk’n Glide on level 1 also means quicker treatment times. Read on to learn more.

How quick are the treatments?

Let’s compare it to other devices and see how long it takes to treat a pair of underarms.

Lady treating her underarm with the Silk'n Glide 150,000

The Silk’n Glide has a 2.7 cm2 treatment window and it takes up to 3.5 seconds between flashes. This means it has slow treatment times so it’s best for treating smaller body areas like the bikini line, underarms and forearms.

The Silk’n Glides have a 2.7 cm² treatment window (it’s rounded up to 3 cm2 on the website) and they flash every 1.5 to 3.5 seconds, dependent on the intensity level selected. So, to treat a pair of underarms (an area roughly 120 cm²) it’ll take from around 1:00 minute up to 2:20 minutes.

The lowest intensity level (1) gives fast flashes, one every 1.5 seconds, the highest intensity level (5) has the slowest with one every 3.5 seconds. Silk’n promotes this as an ‘adjustable speed’ feature, and suggests using it if you are short of time. But bear in mind that the higher intensity levels have more effect and you should use the highest one that’s safe for you for bets results. This means fairly slow treatments if you can use the highest levels.

Silk’n say it takes 16 minutes per leg. That’s slow, so it’s not a great choice if you want to treat large areas like full legs, back, torso. It’s better suited for small areas such as the bikini line, forearms and underarms. These treatments will be quick and much more manageable.

Try Silk’n Glide Xpress for twice as fast treatments for almost the same price.

What do the online reviews say?

From all of the collated online  Silk’n Glide 150,000 reviews, Silk’n Glide 50,000 and Silk’n Glide 30,000 reviews, the user score is a good 3.6 stars.

User score 3.6 stars

The quality of the reviews for the Silk’n Glide devices isn’t as good as expected. The majority of reviews leave little information to explain their rating, some reviewers used the device contrary to the instructions, and some even look suspect and are possibly fake. Here’s what we learn from the helpful reviews.

The bad bits

Quite a few reviewers received a two-pronged plug with the Silk’n Glide 150,000, which is unsuitable for usage in the UK.  The most recent reports were back in January 2015, and there are no recent reviews noting this problem.

Other negatives comments include the poor instructions in the user manual, treatment times are slow, it’s awkward to treat the upper lip and it’s difficult to judge coverage on your skin, both down to the device shape large treatment end of the device.

Just 1 reviewer reported a faulty device which was promptly refunded.

user score 3.6 For all devices there are usually a small percentage of reviewers who don’t experience the expected results. For the Silk’n Glide the number is higher than anticipated.

Some left their review after just 2 or 3 sessions, and this is too short a time to be accurate. A handful left reviews after much more reasonable timeframes ranging from 3 months up to 1 year. They saw no or minimal results, one reviewer commenting there was no effect at all on her dark underarm hair.

A few others saw some results, with hair-free patches after 10 months of use and a slower regrowth rate after 1 year. They left low ratings because the results weren’t what they hoped for. One or two reviewers left neutral reviews with the sentiment it’s “Not the professional piece of equipment it aspires to be”.

The good bits

There are a high number of reviews that really like the device but don’t explain their reasons. Several reviewers comment that there is no pain and the device is easy to use. No one mentions the power-cord so it’s probably long enough and won’t get in the way too much.

In the more helpful and descriptive reviews, good results were reported.

The Silk’n Glide treatment regimen takes a total of 14 weeks to complete. You start with 4 treatments at 2 week intervals (this takes 6 weeks), then a 2 further treatments at 4 week intervals. Top up treatments may be required to maintain your results, as and when you see regrowth.

Some users saw results from as few as 2 or 3 treatments. Others results became apparent after a few more months of use which matches the recommended treatment regimen.

Results included slower and patchy re-growth, thinner and softer hair. Several were “extremely happy with the results!” and were  ready to “bare my legs and tum in a bikini this Summer”.

“I purchased this about a month ago and it works, i have used it twice yet and noticed i have patches on my legs/arms were no hair has grown, i have brown skin, black hair i used it on setting 2 which is fine for me, also its easy to use i would recommend this it is a great investment i made, love it.”
Amazon.co.uk review

“After 6 weeks of using this product twice a month I saw no change, and was upset my boyfriend had wasted all that money. Not wanting to upset him, I carried on using it. After 3 months I suddenly realised there were hairless patches on my legs. After 4 months, these patches grew and grew. Now at nearly 6 months I’d say 60% of my leg hair hair gone! Admittedly I still use the laser every 2-3 weeks, but it’s definitely working!”
Amazon.co.uk review

What are the alternatives?

The most attractive alternative to these Silk’n Glide models is the newer and faster Silk’n Glide Xpress.

It has the same compact, no-frills design and an attractive deep blue colour. It’s faster, twice as quick to apply, so it’s better for full body and large area treatments. You get twice as many flashes too, enough to last up to 15 years of use. It usually sells for around £200 / $299 and is worth the extra cost if you can afford it.

Also worth considering is the Philips Lumea SC1983, another no-frills compact device. It’ll last for a few years longer than the Glide 150,000 and has comparable application times all at a similar cost. Reassuringly, Philips customer service is excellent too.

Learn about other top home IPL machines with my Best Buy recommendations.

Should I buy the Silk’n Glide?

The Silk’n Glide 150,000 is the best of this bunch and it’s a good choice for treating small body areas like the bikini line, underarms and lower arms.

It’s a good no-frills budget choice. The negatives are a shape that’s a bit awkward, specifically on facial areas and uneven surfaces. And poor quality website and user manual information and the number of unhelpful reviews may put some off.  It’s slow and tiresome on large areas but it’s quick enough and suited to small areas like the bikini line, forearms and underarms.  You’ll get loads of treatments from it too, so it’s a great investment that will see you through years of use.

Being able to use it on sun-exposed skin is also a plus (level 1 only). You can use it for quick top-ups during the summer months with just your usual sun care routine.

Where to buy the Silk'n Glide

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Silkn Glide 150000 in purple Silk'n Glide 150,000, for face and body

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Silkn Glide 50,000 in green Silk'n Glide 50,000, for face and body

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Silkn Glide 30,000 in blue Silk'n Glide 30,000, for face and body

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