Epilators… I’m not going to lie, when I think of epilators I think of slow pain.
BUT if you’re like me and you know that your skin is just too sensitive to shave it every day to keep it silky smooth, then by the third month you start realizing that epilators don’t hurt that much.
Don’t go out buying the first one you see, because they are different for the face, for the body in general, for the bikini… So, you and I are going to take a look at some of the best epilator reviews.
- Just what is an Epilator?
- How do Epilators work?
- Why should I choose an Epilator over other hair removal options?
- How to Epilate?
- What to Do After Epilating?
- Which are The Best Epilator Brands?
- How Long Does Epilation Last?
- Does Epilation Reduce Hair Growth?
- How Long Does an Epilator Machine Last For?
- What factors should I consider before I decide which Epilator is right for me?
- Epilating tips
- Post-Epilation Tips
- TOP 17 Best Epilators 2019
- To Sum It All Up
Just what is an Epilator?
An epilator is a small electrical appliance, a beauty device, designed to remove unwanted hair from legs, underarms, bikini area and more. An epilator plucks the hair from the root.
It usually has a rotating head with between 6 and 48 tweezers, depending on the model. They are usually battery powered or plug into a wall outlet.
How do Epilators work?
There are two styles of Electric Epilators
Back in the day, there were epilators that used a spring coil to remove hair. The coil rotated and when the coil would come together they caught and plucked the hair. This was time-consuming because they could only pluck a few hairs at the one point where the coils came together.
Today epilators are mostly the rotating disk variety. They have a rotating disk at the head of the epilator. This disk has anywhere between 9 to 48 tweezers.
As the disk rotates, the tweezers open and shut; grabbing, plucking and releasing the hair. Some epilators even have two barrels on the same head.
Why should I choose an Epilator over other hair removal options?
Well, the best way to answer that is to just show you the pros and cons of different hair removal methods.
- Painless (usually).
- Available everywhere.
- Hair grows back in a day or two, and it is sharp from being cut. Think ‘stubble’, and you know what this feels like.
- Lasts for a few weeks.
- Removes hair quickly.
- Can work in small areas, like lip/eyebrow.
- Hurts – bad (especially the bikini area).
- Can be messy. May need to go to a salon.
- Painless, simple.
- Good for fine hair, like a peach fuzz mustache you want to make less noticeable.
- Bleach can irritate the skin.
- Can only be used for super fine hair. Not a good option for coarse hair, like legs or underarms. Generally done on facial hair or arms.
- Removes hair, even thick coarse hair.
- Legs are super smooth and sexy.
- Must leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Depilatory creams are usually stinky.
- Depilatory creams can tingle or burn if left on the skin for too long.
- Threading is very accurate and thorough.
- Someone else does the work while you sit back and relax. You get to be babied, we all like that – admit it!
- You need to drive to the threading salon. You need to pay the nice ladies to shape your eyebrows into the perfect Marilyn Monroe arches.
- Not practical or cost effective for large areas.
- It’s also painful, although the babying helps some.
- Hair stays gone for 2 to 6 weeks.
- Less hair grows back each time.
- No creams or wax needed.
- Can be done in the shower or out.
- Great at home product. Discreet.
- Painful or at least uncomfortable.
- Takes longer than shaving.
So, out of these options, only waxing, threading and epilating are longer-term solutions. Waxing is great if speed is what you are after. But some areas are challenging and messy to wax at home.
Threading is good for small areas, but it can be a hassle to drive to the salon every two weeks. The costs add up too.
Epilating is a clean simple solution that works from home. No salons needed. Discreet and gets the job done.
How to Epilate?
Sometimes the pain of epilation is the least of concerns for some women. Instead, most are wondering how to epilate properly. It’s simple – just plug the device into a socket, or put batteries (if the model has batteries) and place it against your skin under an angle.
Keep the skin tightened or taut and move a few times on that patch until smooth. Rinse and moisturize and that’s it.
What to Do After Epilating?
After that, no special care is needed. Use mild soap and water to rinse well, dry the skin and apply lotion or moisturizer.
Avoid tight clothes and rough fabrics on the epilated skin the first few hours, just to avoid those red dots after hair removal.
Which are The Best Epilator Brands?
There are a ton of epilator brands out there on the market. You can browse which brand has the features you like if you get confused by broad choices.
How Long Does Epilation Last?
The epilation process is quite simple and brief. No messiness, no time wasting – depending on which area you epilate, it usually is circa 20-30 minutes (for a few skin areas all over), more or less. Depends if you go over the skin patch several times or not.
Does Epilation Reduce Hair Growth?
Yes, over a long period of time. This is the main thing – your skin will be smooth for more than a week or two. This is not like shaving where you have stubble skin on day two.
Epilation removes hairs from the roots, just like waxing.
How Long Does an Epilator Machine Last For?
When you invest in a beauty device, of course, you’d like to make the most of your money. So, this is why it’s important to choose a proven good quality brand.
But, you won’t make a mistake with most brands, usually, they all last for many years, sometimes even decades!
What factors should I consider before I decide which Epilator is right for me?
- Does it get the job done? Some epilators do not completely pull out all hair and some inadvertently get cut instead of epilated. This is not what you want. Check the reviews to make sure you are getting a good quality epilator with strong plucking action.
- Tweeze Factor. How many tweezers does the epilator have? The more it has the faster it will get the job done provided the tweezers are efficient at plucking and do not cut or break the hair.
- Does it have an efficiency cap? Some epilators come with efficiency caps. These special caps allow the barrel to get super close to your skin to get the closest hair removal and the maximum amount of hair removed. These caps are better for experienced users, but not for your first few times.
- Does it have a built-in light? Some epilators have a built-in light, and it comes in pretty handy as you can see finer lighter colored hair that you may not see otherwise.
- Wet or Dry? If you like to epilate in the shower, use a wet-dry model. It might save you time because the water can help distract you from the discomfort.
- Cordless or corded? This is a matter of preference. There are cordless epilators and epilators that have cords. There are also battery operated epilators. It just depends on your preference. Although, cordless ones cannot go in the shower if you really feel that the shower helps distract you from the pain a bit.
- Accessories. Some epilators come with special accessories like cooling gloves, shaving heads, bikini area trimmers, cleaning brushes, carry bags, efficiency caps, pumice rollers to remove calluses, massage cap, sensitive area cap, facial cap, and the list goes on.
Figure out what is important to you so you can be on the lookout during your search for the best epilator for women.
- In super sensitive areas, like your underarms or bikini area, first, have these areas professionally waxed. That way you get the hair removed all in one go. Then when the hair starts to grow back, use the epilator once a week. There will be less hair, and it is more sporadic so it will be significantly more comfortable.
- Use a little baby powder on the area you are epilating. It will help the epilator glide better and the tweezers won’t catch your skin.
- If you are in the shower use a smudge of shower gel to help the epilator glide and soften hairs for easier removal.
- Take a bath or shower before using the epilator. This opens your pores and makes the hair easier to remove.
- Always use a toner on your skin after epilating to prevent ingrown hairs.
- Always epilate only clean skin, using clean hands. The hair follicle is venerable to infection right after the hair is removed so minimize bacteria and use a toner.
As mentioned above in some parts, it’s simple to take care of the skin post-epilation. Rinse the skin with lukewarm water and shower gel or mild soap. If your skin is more prone to ingrown hair, then a finely made body scrub will be a good choice for you.
Dry well and with clean hands, apply a bit of moisturizer, toner or lotion. This keeps skin hydrated, smooth, not irritated and sanitary.
But now let’s look at the actual epilators, so without further ado…
TOP 17 Best Epilators 2019
Best Epilator For Face (facial epilators)
For a facial epilator look for an epilator with a narrow epilating field. Some of the full-width epilators can be used on the face, but they are awkward to maneuver in small areas, like the upper lip.
Best Epilator For Chin Hair
Epilators for chin hair should be small and easy to maneuver. You need one that has a strong tweezing action that can pull coarse hair by the root.
Best Epilator For Beginners
Best Epilator For Underarms
For the hard to reach and hard to remove underarm hair you need an epilator that has strong tweezing action and a track record for efficiency.
The last thing you want in the underarm area is broken hairs and leftover stragglers you need to pluck by hand. Find an epilator powerful enough to remove this hair.
A wet-dry model is ideal as the shower is the most comfortable place to remove underarm hair. This is the best epilator for women who want to remove underarm hair:
Best Epilator For Legs
When looking for an epilator for legs, search for one that has a wide epilating head.
The legs have a large surface area so you want an epilator that can get the job done quickly. Also, consider a wet-dry model since you will likely be epilating your legs often, a wet-dry model will offer versatility and convenience.
Best Epilator For Brazilian Style
For Brazilian style hair removal look for an epilator, you can use in the shower that contours to your curves, and has strong tweezing power. The bikini area is the last place you want broken and ingrown hairs.
The hairs need to be removed from the root. In the bikini area exfoliation, along with using an after-epilation toner designed for the bikini area is a must. I recommend Kerah Lane Organic Razor Bump & Ingrown Hair Formula (link to Amazon.com) for use after you epilate to prevent ingrown hair.
Best Epilator For Bikini Area
When searching for an epilator for the bikini area, look for one that has a lot of power. Don’t go cheap for these sensitive areas.
Less expensive epilators might work ok for legs, but for the bikini area, you need a high-quality epilator, preferably one that you can use in the shower or bath.
To Sum It All Up
When it comes to hair removal that is not waxing or shaving, epilation is the best option. Why? It removes hairs from roots, it is not messy, nor expensive since you do it yourself, and you can do it anywhere.
Unlike shaving, the skin is smooth for much longer, and unlike waxing, you pay nothing and don’t go to salons.
Unlike lasering, this is almost no cost. Of course, you have to pick the right model for each skin section. There are many to choose from – special epilators for face, arms and legs, armpits and other skin sections.
With all this information in mind, I hope you’ll choose the epilator that speaks to you most without too much fuss and troubles.
Start with small body parts, that way you won’t get discouraged by the pain, and you will be able to see better results. I would say – start with underarms, because, personally, I’ve noticed a huge difference.
First of all, it doesn’t hurt as much now as the first time. And second, my really coarse and dark hairs have become weaker.
Hope you have a small intro into what you should look for in the best epilators for different body parts.