This article may contain affiliate links. When you purchase through links on this site, I may earn a
small commission at no extra cost to you.
What Is An Epilator?
Hair epilation have been around for a few decades
but they still work the same way. Rotating disks or teeth grasp multiple hairs at once and pull them
out from the hair follicle. The pain is the worst for the first few attempts but with time, the hair
follicles become weakened and release the hair more easily.
There are two types of
the first is a dry, corded unit that offers greater power and longer running time. These
units cost typically the more affordable of the two options and come with attachments
that conform to the various body parts, like the arms, legs and even face.
Wet epilators are smaller, cordless and less powerful
(which may be a good thing) but the best feature is that they can be used in the bath or shower. Soaking
in warm water before epilating opens the pores, making the unwanted hair easier to grasp, offering
less resistance and reducing the pain.
combination wet/dry epilators
are also available.
Tips on Using a Wet Epilator
The ideal length of the unwanted hair should be 1/4 inch. Any shorter, then the rotating teeth
will not have enough hair to grab which can lead to breakage and
Any longer than 1/4 inch, the pain may be excruciating. Hair can be trimmed down to 1/4 inch.
Epilating should be done a few days prior to wanting smooth silky skin since some pores may
become inflamed and swollen.
A unit that has an integrated LED light will help to highlight any hairs that may have been missed.
Even a waterproof epilator should not be submerged in water for long periods of time. To prevent the
build-up of bacteria, safely store it in a clean, dry area when not in use.
Use rubbing alcohol to sanitize the unit according to the manufacturer's guidelines. This helps to
reduce the chances of infection in some of the freshly opened pores.
can be used by both men and women. Even though the units are available in different
colors, sizes, and with various features, they operate in the same way.
TIP: Using a
in the bath or shower will help reduce the pain as the hairs are ripped out of their follicle.
The three most popular brands of
are made by Braun ,
Panasonic , and
All are rated good-quality and the differences have to do with size. Select a module that fits comfortable
in your hand and doesn't have too much vibration. No matter the model, epilating is going to hurt.
If you can withstand the pain, a waterproof epilator may be the most effective and inexpensive
hair removal method for some people.