What is an epilator? Well, essentially it is this handheld electric device that is pretty much like a dozen or two tweezers rotating and yanking out your hair.
That doesn’t sound too pleasant does it? Well, it’s not, but as they say with many things – the first time is the worst (and most painful). While a bit more painful than some other temporary hair removal methods, I have found an epilator to have many benefits and it has quickly become a useful tool.
Now I have been trying out an epliator, just on my underarm area, for a couple weeks now and loving the results. Previously, I would just use a razor – like many women (and some men).
Epilators can range from $20 to well over $200, depending on quality, speeds variations, size, attachments, wet/dry options, as well as if it runs on batteries or if it is rechargeable. You can purchase epilators designed for your underarms, legs, body, bikini area and face – some epilators come in (somewhat pricey) kits with all these attachments.
Here are some top rated epilators ( prices from amazon.com):
Braun SE 5180 Silk Epil 5 Epilator ($64 USD)
Panasonic ES-WD51-P Epiglide Ladies Wet Dry Epilator ($62 USD)
Emjoi Divine Hair Remover ($30 USD)
Braun SE7280 Silk-Epil Xpressive Epilator Body System ($189 USD)
Now to the Pros, Cons (and Differences) that come with using a epilator versus other hair removal methods.
- Like waxing, it removes the hair from the root – meaning you can go anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks without removing hair again – based on how fast your hair grows.
- You can exfoliate immediately beforehand – unlike shaving or waxing (you should exfoliate 1 to 2 days prior – as shaving and waxing are both forms of exfoliation)
- Unlike shaving, since you are not running a blade over your skin, there is less likelihood of skin irritation
- No risk of burns from waxing or depilatory creams
- No need for shaving gel/cream
- One time investment (if you purchase a dependable quality epilator), with no need to purchase disposal razors, depilatory creams, at-home waxing systems or pay a esthetician for waxing services – at all if you epilate all areas or at least no need to purchase as often
- No risk of scarring skin like waxing or depilatory creams (which can scar damaged skin)
- No 5 o’clock shadow effect like the hair regrowth after shaving
- Less likelihood of color transfer from darker clothing, as you are not removing multiple skin layers – For those who tend to wear darker clothing, like myself: When you shave or wax, you are removing the top layer(s) of skin exposing the new skin layers to the dyes from your clothing – making it more vulnerable to color transfer aiding in the darkening effect that many people experience on areas like the underarms wear friction occurs regularly
- Good for those with sensitive skin who have problems with other direct skin contact methods of hair removal
- As hair is removed from the root, the regrowth is softer in feel and appearance in comparison to shaving (which cuts the hair at the skins surface) or depilatory creams (which melt the hair slightly below the skins surface)
- You can epilate on dry skin or wet, if you purchase an epilator that has both functions
- Most models are compact and travel friendly
- Can be time consuming, in comparison to shaving – it’s best to go slower, as you will miss less hair
- Initial investment can be pricey
- You will have to epilate daily/every few days for the first week or two (or longer), as your hair follicles are in different stages of regrowth – rates varying on different areas of the body
- Can be somewhat painful – your hair should be between 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch for the least amount of pain – while still allowing the epilator effectively to grab the hair (the longer the hair – the more painful it will be)
- Temporary skin redness – but dissipates within a few hours depending on your skin sensitivity, though redness lessens more and more after the first few times
Tips for epilating:
- Hair should be quite short (1/8th of an inch or less) for the least amount of pain
- Exfoliate well, before and after
- Invest in a quality epilator and maintain your epilator by cleaning it according to the instructions after each use
It may seem like a torture device initially, but after you get accustomed to using an epilator – it becomes a very convenient and useful tool in your beauty routine!