Reviews of Epilators - What to Look For
So now that you've mustered enough courage to try an epilator as a hair removal method,
what are the best products out there? Reviews of epilators from
Braun, Panasonic and Epilady are almost always the same as each has the same basic
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Review of Epilator Features
live up to their claims of removing unwanted body & facial hairs.
These inexpensive devices are very effective at removing the hairs by the root and
leaving skin silky smooth for a longer time than shaving (but not as long as laser
One thing is for sure, epilating unwanted hair is likely going to hurt and the more
hairs that are pulled out at the same time, the greater the pain.
- Wet epilators
can be submersed in the bath where the warm water helps reduce the pain.
Wet epilators may be preferred for use on the
legs, arms and
chest, but not for
epilating the bikini line where you need to
see what you're doing.
- Dry epilator
are often electric and more powerful than the battery operated ones, and thus can remove
more hair with fewer passes. If you want this self-induced torture over with quickly,
look for a powerful head with more 'pulling power'.
- Speed - Look for a unit with adjustable speeds that can be tailors to different
body part. We found that epilators with fast rotating tweezers caused more pain but required
fewer passes over the same body part to get hair-free results. However,
hair epilation on
some body parts like the underarms, shouldn't be rushed!
- Hair Guards - Plastic extension caps can be interchanged to suit different parts
of the body. These control how close the tweezers are to the skin and claim to reduce pain
significantly - but some people don't find this to be true. They do prevent damage to the
skin, especially where there are creases or folds, like the underarms or behind the knee.
Size of the Tweezers - Units come with different size openings for the tweezers
and even the number of rotating heads. The more operating tweezers there are, the more hairs
that will get yanked out and the more intense the pain. For units that accommodate
interchangeable hair guards, some come with 'beginner's caps' to reduce the size of the
opening and the amount of pain.
- Men - Because male body hair is thicker
than women's, epilation for men is a
bit tricky. Look for a unit with large openings and a powerful head to prevent clogging.
It will hurt more but will reduce the chances of hair breakage under the skin which can
lead to ingrown hairs.
- Noise - Horror movies create suspense by with music and sounds, and when it comes
to epilators, the noisier it is, the scarier the hair removal may seem.
- LED light - some epilators, including some of the popular Braun,
epilators come with an LED light that helps to make it easier to see the hairs being plucked
out and those that were missed.
- Cleaning - Most units come with a special brush with cleaning bristles that
remove hairs from the tweezers. Rubbing alcohol can be used to prevent the spread of
infection. Units should also be periodically lubricating with mineral oil to reduce
friction in the mechanical parts.
Epilators haven't changed much over the years but manufacturers are always coming out with
new models of varying shapes & sizes. Since all units still encompass the same basic components &
design, reviews on epilators haven't really changed over the years. Look for a basic unit that's
effective and for which you can endure.
options for both men and women. Learn about the various alternatives for removing
unwanted body hair so that you can decide which option you might want to try.