Razor technology will be making a giant leap forward, as Skarp promises the smoothest shave you’ve ever had without the usual irritating side effects and unfortunate impact on the environment.
- The U.S. discards 2 million razors per year, which is damaging to the environment
- The Skarp razor will use laser-based technology to melt the hair above the skin instead of cutting it
- Normal razors often cut, cause ingrown hairs or burns due to imprecise shaving
- Skarp has already overpassed its Kickstarter goal, and has only been promoted for 8 days
Skarp Technologies have requested the help of the public to fund this innovating and potentially incredible design, through Kickstarter. The new razor will use low frequency lasers that will essentially melt down hair without causing any real damage to your skin. That has been the biggest worry in laser hair removal technology so far.
Founder Morgan Gustavsson has been working in the cosmetics industry for the past three decades, and he is the person who brought us Pulsed Light laser hair removal back in 1989. It’s still being used to this day in dermatology treatments.
Gustavsson, however, has been searching for a way to make such technologies available in the homes of customers, and started his experiments with different wavelengths to create the perfect razor in 2001. Several tests failed, finding only wavelengths that would work just on dark hair, or only color, ignoring the grey or lighter strands.
After a few failed attempts, he partnered with Paul Binun, and managed to detect the precise molecule to solve their problems. Chromophore is the common structure found in every type of hair, no matter the age, gender or color, so they manipulated the device to the proper wavelength that will cut through it. Skarp, in essence, achieves just that.
When used, the laser-based razor hits the hair follicle and melts it right above the surface of the skin. Normal razors cut at an angle, which creates that roughness that is so avidly dreaded. The new technology successfully eliminated that problem. It also does not emit UV, and the laser’s power is much too low to harm the skin.
Unlike other laser-based technology for hair removal existent on the market, Skarp does not infiltrate underneath the skin and into the pores, so it doesn’t cause the common side effects. The brilliance of it is in the high-efficient, laser-powered design without the actual drawbacks that have caused problems along the years.
Skarp also promises a 50,000 hour lifespan, powered by AAA battery, and it boasts itself as a friend to the environment. Studies have gathered that the United States alone disposes of 2 million razors each year, which are highly toxic to the environment. They cannot be recycled, and often end up garbage dumps.
Skarp Technologies have launched their Kickstarter campaign on September 21st, with the goal in mind of reaching $160,000. However, the good news for those interested is that it exceeded that objective in just two days.
In fact, the funding reached over $650,000 with 20 days still to go, so we might be seeing Skarp laser razors on the market sometime soon.
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