Infini’Silk Pro from Veet is an Intensive Pulsed Light (IPL) system that the makers claim offers “permanent hair reduction” on your legs, armpits, and bikini area. There are 2 versions of Infini’Silk (regular or Pro) but both guarantee if you use them regularly for 6 weeks you will see less follicles on your epidermis.
What Is IPL?
Intensive Pulsed Light is a method of dealing with body hair that uses a broad spectrum of light to “zap” and kill hair follicles at the root. This is different from laser hair removal, which instead uses heat from a laser but also burns away at the root. Both IPL and laser removal are used in professional settings as well as approved by the FDA for home use; both take multiple sessions to work.
How Infini’Silk Pro Works
Infini’Silk Pro is a handheld, plug-in device that comes with a removable light cartridge that delivers a quick burst of light when pressed against the skin. (You can read more detailed instructions for the regular and Pro here.)
Both models come with 5 levels of intensity. Aside from the price, the main differences between Infini’Silk and Infini’Silk Pro appear to be:
- Infini’Silk has no handle and comes with a cartridge that they claim delivers 50,000 light pulses.
- Infini’Silk Pro has a handle and comes with 2 cartridges that deliver 5,000 pulses each; the area of coverage of the blast is also larger.
What is “Permanent Hair Reduction?”
While the FDA has approved the use of both lasers and IPL devices (including Infini’Silk) it has carefully regulated the language the companies that sell these devices may use. This is because the FDA feels there is not enough evidence to support that they permanently eliminate hair follicles.
Therefore, they are not allowed to use the words “permanent removal”; rather they must say it offers “permanent hair reduction” (emphasis added). This translates to lowering the amount of hair on an area of the body, not making it bald forever.
Infini’Silk Pro Costs… WHAT?
Infini’Silk Pro promises you a 60-day “risk free” trial “starting” at $39.95 (or $49.95 for Pro) to get you to take their offer. However, the fine print reveals the total price to be:
- $239.70 for the Infini’Silk (payable in full at checkout or in 6 payments of $39.95)
- $299.70 for the Infini’Silk Pro (payable in full or in 6 payments of $49.95)
- Both include free shipping
If, within 60 days you are not satisfied with the amount of hair “permanently reduced,” they state you can return the product for a refund of whatever you have paid towards your Infini’Silk, minus shipping.
Since shipping is listed as free, we called customer service who explained if we returned the device we would not have any additional charges but would have to pay to ship it back.
Bottom Line: Is Infini’Silk Pro a Scam?
Infini’Silk Pro is very careful to follow the law and not make any promises it can’t keep. It also takes pains to caution that darker skin tones or pregnant women should not use it (you can visit their FAQ here).
But just so you understand more clearly: this product does not permanently remove hair and some say can take years to see any real results. Other observations from Amazon customer reviews (both models have an average 3.5 stars):
- These devices must be plugged in, in spite of what the photo on the box says. This may give you more power/usage time, but you may need or want to use an extension cord.
- The area of skin treated by each IPL blast in both models is still quite small. Some customers say it takes a long time to cover your legs and multiple treatment sessions to see modest results.
- You still must shave before using Infini’Silk.
- Many of the 4-and-5-star reviews seem to have a hopeful tone to them, saying it “appears” to be paying off or it “seems” effective. Many also state they have not had the product long enough to know if it will really reduce their hair growth.
This made us wonder if there isn’t some kind of affiliate program associated with these positive reviews. An Internet search turned up a link to a Smiley360 Infini’Silk “mission” where consumers are offered a free product in exchange for a review. (This is perfectly legal, as outlined in our article on Affiliate Marketing so long as they properly disclose their arrangement.)
So, should you buy Infini’Silk or Inifini’Silk Pro to deal with hair? We’ll leave that up to you, but we hope this has at least given you some insight into these types of products. Let us know what you think below!