Let’s ‘face’ it, most of us have at least some unwanted facial hair. Whether you are fighting a uni-brow, competing with your little brother to see who grows a mustache first, or have a few stragglers on your chin, facial hair is a real problem.
No problem, everything is fixable (read – removable) with one of the best facial epilators in 2019.
- Top 11 Best Epilators for Face 2019
- Remington Smooth & Silky Facial Epilator
- Gillette Venus Face Perfection Women's Epilator
- ElectriBrite Epilator for Women
- Braun Face 851 Women's Miniature Epilator
- Emjoi EpiPower e24 Epilator
- Braun Face 830 - Mini Facial Epilator
- Braun Silk-Epil 3 Epilator
- Emjoi Epi Slim Epilator
- Braun Silk-Epil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator
- Emjoi Tweeze eRase e6
- Philips HP6576 Satin Perfect Deluxe Epilator
- Things To Consider Before Buying a Facial Epilator
- Pros and Cons of Epilating the Face
- Tips and Hacks for Using An Epilator on Your Face
- To Sum It All Up
Top 11 Best Epilators for Face 2019
Ok, now you know the best facial epilators, but do you know what things you should look for before pressing that “Add to Cart” button? Keep reading to find out!
Things To Consider Before Buying a Facial Epilator
Battery or Cord?
Some models of facial epilators have charging cables where the unit can be used while the epilator is plugged in and charging.
Some epilators operate in such a way that you must unhook the cord before using the epilator.
Some models even use disposable batteries. This is a convenience factor, so consider what style epilator best meets your needs.
A battery-operated model may be travel-friendly and easy to stash away, but a less expensive epilator model that uses disposable batteries might end up more expensive once you factor in buying batteries.
Head Size and Accuracy
An epilator with a smaller head and epilating field will naturally be more accurate. Consider the sizes of the areas on your face that you would like to remove hair before deciding on the best epilator for face and facial areas.
Some epilators with larger heads have facial caps that narrow the epilating field and these caps work to an extent, but the sides of the epilator can get in the way and they are too bulky for precise detailed work.
You must consider the area of your face you want to epilate. I’d go with either the Braun 851 or Braun 830 (see above reviews).
If you want an epilator that doubles as a good epilator for legs you will sacrifice the accuracy of a slim face epilator for the efficiency and speed of a leg epilator, even with the facial cap.
While I do love my Braun Silk Epil 7, the facial cap works for upper lip hair removal, but not for the eyebrows because the epilator is so big it blocks the whole view for where I need to epilate.
These are all things you should consider when choosing the best epilator for face in 2019!
Pros and Cons of Epilating the Face
Epilating, like waxing, is a hair removal process that pulls hair from the root. But instead of using wax or wax covered strips, you use a device with a rotating head that causes the prongs of the built-in tweezers to open and close.
Using an epilator on your face has some advantages over waxing and shaving but also has its own fair share of disadvantages. Let’s take a look at what those are.
No Waiting Time
In the battle of epilator vs waxing, epilators win this one because you don’t have to wait till the hairs grow a certain length.
Most epilators can grasp the shortest of hairs (even as small as a grain of sand) so you can start epilating soon as those hairs start to show up.
More on how often should you epilate here!
If, however, you’re comparing epilators and shaving, epilating keeps you hair-free for up to 4 weeks. It’s a great option for people who suffer from excessive hair growth or a condition known as Hirsutism.
Nevertheless, I think that if you have excess hair growth on the cheeks, you should look at waxing or special facial razors!
Because, in my personal opinion, epilating the peach fuzz (which is not just 2 to 5 hairs) on the cheeks is too brutal and too slow.
If you didn’t know there are razors specifically for the face, no worries, just head over to my Tinkle razor reviews.
As for waxing, I get it, I also don’t like going to a salon to rip my upper lip hair because you have to go outside in public after the appointment.
And what can others see then? A red upper lip, that’s what!.
I think it’s much easier to stay at home, do it yourself and no one will ever know that you have unwanted hairs on your upper lip, cheeks or chin. Bonus, no one but you will see the redness after waxing.
Oh, and it’s super fast too! Can you tell I’m FOR waxing? All of that is possible if you get yourself one of the best at-home waxing kits or just good facial wax strips so you don’t need to buy a full kit.
Makeup Applies Smoother
Fine hairs get in the way of makeup, they can result in an uneven or patchy foundation or base no matter how hard you try to blend it.
Removing facial hair can help make makeup application smoother for a complexion that’s flawless from afar and up close.
Speaking of makeup. An overlooked bonus for a good facial epilator is that it comes with a storage bag. It can come in handy especially when you’re traveling. Because you don’t want the epilator to just roam around other of your stuff.
I’ve experienced the fun of my epilator turning on in my suitcase. It just so happened to be next to my wool sweater. Long story short, I wear the sweater only at home now.
However, if your preferred epilator doesn’t come with a bag, then I highly recommend getting at least a makeup bag. A good one. The market is full of good travel makeup bags for women. (Because… RIP my favorite sweater).
Absorb Skin Care Products Better
Facial hair removal allows for a more thorough cleansing and better absorption of your favorite skincare products like facial oils, serums, and moisturizers.
Ok, I previously raved about at-home waxing benefits, but the advantage epilators have over waxing is that you don’t need to buy new boxes or tins of wax.
Also, epilators win over shaving because with shaving you need to dispose of your razor after a few uses.
An epilator can last you years of usage, saving you money in the long run, that is, IF you have a corded or rechargeable epilator. An epilator that uses disposable batteries is not cost-efficient in the long term.
Expect pain as you’re pulling hair from the root. Same as when you’re plucking or waxing.
This will diminish over time as you get used to it. Some epilators (for example, a bunch of the best Braun epilators) also come with massage rollers to help minimize pain.
Ingrown Bumps and Redness
Depending on certain factors like genetics and hormonal imbalance, some people may get ingrown hair from epilation.
This is considered as one of the effects of using an epilator on face apart from redness (which is an immediate effect) but this can easily be avoided through proper after epilation care.
Exfoliating at least once a week and using Tend Skin can help minimize the occurrence of these nasty bumps.
Tend skin? Don’t know this miracle sent from above? Read my Tend Skin reviews to find out why you need this pronto!
Requires Thorough Cleaning
The longevity and performance of your epilator depend on how often you clean it. Unlike razors that you just rinse under running water, epilators need more than that due to its finer bits and pieces.
If you’re clueless, this step by step guide on how to clean an epilator will help you.
…at first! But, as stated above, it will save you money in the long run, compared to waxing and disposable razors.
A good epilator can be considered as an investment. You may pay a bigger amount upfront, but the total savings you’d get for years of using the same epilator is bigger than that of your old disposable razors and facial waxes.
Tips and Hacks for Using An Epilator on Your Face
- Using a toner or aftershave lotion for women is a must. Tend Skin for bumps and ingrown hair comes highly recommended, although it can sting or irritate sensitive skin. Find a toner that works with your skin type and use it religiously.
- Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and clean the area you are treating both before and after treatment. Epilating leaves the hair follicle vulnerable and hydrogen peroxide kills the germs that can cause infection. Also, be sure to wash your hands pre-treatment.
- If you use Retin-a, AHA’s or any other type of intensive anti-aging or acne treatment, avoid using an epilator on vellus, the fine, un-pigmented facial hair all women have. Waxing and epilating vellus can cause irritation if you are undergoing treatment for anti-aging or acne.
- ALWAYS epilate in the direction your hair is growing. Or in other words “go with the grain”. This helps stop the epilator from breaking hairs. Broken hairs lead to ingrown hairs and more frequent epilation.
- Epilation should be done slowly. Legs could take 30 minutes, but this applies to your face too. Move the epilator slowly. Moving it too fast leads to breakage of the hair and the dreaded ingrown hair.
- The first-time epilation is painful. Have the area waxed, or wax it at home. Then, once the hair begins to re-grow, epilate the new hair. There will be less hair to epilate so there will be less discomfort.
- Some women pop a few ibuprofen or Advil to reduce epilating pain. Stay away from that glass of wine though.
- Get yourself one of the best numbing creams for waxing (which can also be used prior to epilating) because they’re simply God-sent!
- Always hold the epilator at a 90 degree or right angle to your face. Think of a “T” where your face is the top of the “T” and the epilator is the trunk of the “T”. That is the correct angle.
- Always hold the skin firmly, but not too tight, it’s your face, so be gentle! That way the epilator has less opportunity to catch the skin and can grab hair more securely.
- Do not use any creams or lotions while epilating. If you are in the shower it is OK to use a small amount of body wash, but many face epilators are not shower-friendly, so keep these out of the shower altogether.
- Always exfoliate, just not right before or after epilating. Try to exfoliate the day before and the day after epilation. This will help reduce ingrown hairs. Do not do it right before or right after as this increases the chance of irritation.
More epilation tips here!
If you do get ingrown hairs, which you likely will at some point in your lifetime, I’ve also written a post about the best ingrown hair products that can help.
How Long Does Epilation Last On Face?
Depending on one person to another, epilation may last anywhere from 2-4 weeks. This makes it a better alternative to shaving if you’re looking for lasting results.
Is An Epilator Safe For The Face?
Yes, it is! Just make sure to choose the best ones specifically intended for that purpose (like the ones mentioned above).
Not all epilators are built the same way. Some are made for coarse body hair, some are made for finer hairs like your facial hair so choose wisely.
A word of warning though for people who are prone to getting ingrown bumps, using epilators won’t stop these bumps from appearing. Use with caution and with proper aftercare.
Some of the best products you can use after epilating are:
- Aloe Vera Gel to soothe epilated skin and minimize redness – A good one is this Nature’s Republic Aloe Gel.
- Tend Skin to keep ingrown bumps at bay (or dry them out when they do start to appear).
- An exfoliating scrub or brush to remove dead skin cells that trap the ingrown hair.
Does Epilation Reduce Hair Growth On Face?
Yes, there’s a reduction in hair growth, however, it takes time to notice such a result.
Repeatedly pulling hair from the root can over time weaken and damage the hair follicles, this results in much thinner hair growth to the point where hair no longer grows in those damaged or dead follicles.
It would probably take years of epilation before seeing a noticeable decrease in hair growth.
Do Epilators Make Hair Grow Back Thicker?
Contrary to hearsays, epilators don’t make hair grow thicker. It doesn’t change the hair’s color nor texture.
In fact, the longtime use of the epilator can make hair grow thinner and sparser.
To Sum It All Up
I hope this guide to facial epilators has helped you decide which is the best epilator for face and facial areas FOR YOU. If you have any comments or questions, don’t hesitate to contact me