Everything you need to know about Epilators

Whether you have heard about epilators or not, you’re going to learn what an epilator is, how it should be used and what features to look for when purchasing one.

I have been using an epilator for a few years now and I love it!

If you haven’t heard about these hair removal devices, here is some information on this great product.

What is an Epilator?

An Epilator is a device that removes hairs from the root using tiny metallic/ceramic tweezers.
Many hairs are removed from the root with one single pass.
The tweezers rotate and they grab the hairs and pull them from the root, because the hair is being pulled out by the root, you can have smooth skin for two weeks up to a month - pretty awesome!

Why Choose an Epilator?

If you decide to use one you may never go back to shaving! That’s what happened to me.
If you are like me and get tired of using razors every second day and feel frustrated because a day later the hair starts growing back then an epilator is a great alternative.

Epilation is an inexpensive hair removal method that costs anywhere from $30 to $100.

Once you have used an epilator a few times on the area, you will notice the hair the hair grows back less frequent and it grows back thinner and lighter.

With shaving I had to shave every second day, I epilate once every 3 weeks!
In the beginning it probably took me a half an hour to get my legs smooth but now I do both my legs in 10 - 15 minutes.

The key is not to let your hair grow back too much because it will be time consuming.

Also, if the hair is too short, the tweezers won’t be capable of plucking it but there are models that claim they can remove even the tiniest hairs.

Using an epilator will hurt a bit at first, (tweezing several hairs all at one time is going to be uncomfortable) but just like with waxing, it gets easier the more you get used to it.

Once I passed the device over a section a couple of times on my legs the pain was not as bad.

It might take a bit longer to get used to in sensitive areas like the underarms or bikini area but it is worth it not having hair for 2 to three weeks!

You want to move the epilator slowly against the direction in which the hair is growing, slow motions allows the device to grab the hair.

Choosing the Right Device for You

Here are some key things I look for when purchasing an epilator.
-          It must remove the hairs from the root
-          More tweezers = less session time. Some epilators come with 21 tweezers and it can go up to 72 tweezers.
-          Easy cleanup. Luckily, it’s really easy to have a clean epilator as most include a little brush to get in between the tweezers.
-          Built-in light ensures that you won’t miss any hairs – so helpful!
-          Number of speeds, there are few epilators who have just one speed. I found the 2 speed epilators worked best. Different speeds for different body parts, higher speed for legs and lower speed for underarms and bikini area.
-          Corded or cordless (rechargeable or battery operable). I personally prefer cordless and rechargeable.

Considering all these features, I will try to describe what worked for me and maybe it will help you figure out what you need and want.
I have heard if you don’t handle pain well, you can always go for a wet and dry epilator and use it under the shower in the beginning because it is less painful.

Is epilating painful?

At first it will feel uncomfortable but you will get used to feeling and it will no longer hurt.
You can go basic and simple with a cheaper epilator at first and see if you have smooth skin longer and later upgrade to a more expensive device.

They usually come with a standard 2-year warranty so you won’t need to spend money on hair removal for another 2 or 3 years!

Some epilators come with accessories. In my experience, each epilator itself is more or less the same - same tweezers and features so choose the accessories that you will find useful. More accessories make the difference in price.

Here is a list of Epilators I have tried and the features they have.

This one is a great starter epilator.
It has 20 tweezers but is powerful.
It has 2 speed settings, is corded and has Massaging rollers to massage your skin to ease the pain of epilation.
It also has a feature called SoftLift Tips that lifts flat lying hair and guides it to the tweezers for easier removal and a feature they call a Smartlight to reveal even the finest hairs.

This is a wet & dry epilator with a pivoting head and 40 tweezers.
It’s a cordless device, 40 minutes of usage after charging it for 1 hour.
Comes in 2 speeds and has a built-in light.
This set includes a massaging cap with aloe vera for soothing skin, and a precision cap for use on the face and detail areas.

The Philips Satinelle HP6401 is the perfect example of a classic epilator.
It’s a basic Epilator - nothing fancy but it does its job of removing hairs really good, it offers very satisfactory performances.

The price is excellent!

It’s corded, it has two speeds, it has an efficiency cap which ensures gentle epilation in sensitive areas, and the design is ergonomically shaped makes it easy to hold.

Another great feature is that it has a Washable epilation head.
It has 21 tweezers. It’s not a lot, but it’s a great starter device.

The only negative I found with this device is that it doesn’t come with a cleaning brush but a washable epilation head, if you need to, you can use a toothbrush to get in between and clean the tweezers.

I think it’s totally worth it, given the low price and I especially recommend it if you are on a tight budget and want to keep it simple and classic.

The Emjoi AP-18 has two opposed heads, together have 72 tweezers so it’s a fast epilator.
It also has a feature called Middle Finger Lifting, which means it can lift and remove flat and short hairs, it states it can remove hairs as short as 0.5mm.

There is very little pain because of the 72 powerful tweezers.

It is a corded device, features 2 speeds and it comes with a cleaning brush plus the head is detachable so it can be washed.
It uses Silver Ion Technology which provides antimicrobial protection, and may also help with reducing ingrown hairs.

It’s not only good for women but also for men because it’s fast and powerful. The alternative is the specifically designed epilator for men - Emjoi AP-18MS.

It’s medium-priced and worth every penny.

Panasonic ES-ED90-P – Wet & Dry Epilator - $75

I liked the design of this, it’s so girly!

It’s a wet & dry epilator, which means you can use it with shower gel.

It is cordless – it gets fully charged in an hour and you get to use it for up to 40 minutes.
It has 48 tweezers and spins really fast.

This is the least painful epilator and the side-to-side gliding head is a feature that helps.
There are two epilating heads included: the wide dual-disc epilation head and the gentle epilator head.

It’s convenient to switch between the two heads when it comes to removing hairs from sensitive areas.

The Panasonic ES-ED90-P comes with the tweezers head (epilator head), a shaver head, a bikini trimmer head and a pedicure buffer for removing dry callous skin.

The tweezer head is the only one that removes hair from the root, the other two attachments are more like shavers and cut at the surface of the skin, the shaver head cuts the hairs more closely to the skin than the trimmer head.

All the heads can be used with either foam/soap or directly on the bare skin.

This is a 2-speed epilator and it also has a built-in light and includes a travel pouch and a cleaning brush.

This is a great device and the attachments are helpful and easily switchable.

It is a little pricey but worth the 2 year investment.

There you go, 5 epilator reviews!

Which one will you try?

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