Hair removal is a personal choice and there are plenty of hair removal options to choose from. Out of all these options, epilation is generally considered to be one of the most reliable and long-lasting hair removal method. So, if you too prefer epilation over other methods, then let us ask you – are you using the right epilator? If you’re new to epilation and want to understand what an epilator is used for and how to choose an epilator, then this one is for you. Continue to read on and find out which epilator can be your best friend.
What Is an Epilator?
An epilator is a handheld electric device that is used for body and facial hair removal. It removes hair by pulling them out from the root, giving you long-lasting, hair-free, smooth skin. An epilator can be used on arms and legs, and most of them come with a special attachment for the underarms and bikini area. There are also special epilators designed for the face, which you can use for removing peach fuzz, cheeks, chin, eyebrows, and upper lips hair.
What Is Epilation?
Epilation is an easy and effective hair removal method. It gently plucks hair from its roots with the help of a series of tweezer which are attached to an epilator. This hair removal technique gives you long-lasting smoothness and hair-free skin for up to 3-4 weeks. The best part about epilating is that you can get rid of the smallest hair possible, even as short as 0.5mm. Read more about hair removal & epilation. Read more about how to epilate.
What to Consider While Getting an Epilator?
There are different types of epilators available, so while getting one, choose the one that matches your preferred use. If you wish to use it in the shower, pick a wet and dry epilator. Similarly, look for features that suit your needs. For instance, if you have thick hair, you can go for an epilator that has more tweezer heads and strong motors. Likewise, if your need is only to treat facial hair, then you can choose epilators that are designed specifically for fine or soft hair. Some important factors that you can consider while buying an epilator, include:
1. Areas where you can use
Epilators come with different attachments to use on different areas of the body. So, choose an epilator that best suits your needs. Body epilators like the Braun Silk-épil 5 wet and dry, Silk-épil 9 Flex 9010, Silk-épil 3270 or SkinSpa 961 is best for areas like legs, hands, and underarms and also come with additional heads for extra sensitive areas like the bikini line. On the contrary, if you wish to epilate your face, then a facial epilator like the Braun FaceSpa 851 will be an apt choice. Below is a brief elaboration on them individually.
2. Wet vs Dry Epilator
Although epilating works well on dry skin, regular wet epilation with warm water helps reduce the epilation pain and skin irritation. This is because the warmth of water releases natural pain reliever hormones – endorphins. Hence, many technologically advanced epilators are wet epilators. The Braun Silk-epil wet and dry epilators like the Braun Silk-epil 5 wet and dry epilator, Braun Silk-epil 9 Flex, Braun Silk-epil 9 SkinSpa, and Braun FaceSpa 851 come with a wet and dry option so that you can choose to epilate dry or in the bath as per your convenience.
The Silk-epil 9 Flex epilator is ergonomically designed with an anti-slip grip that makes it comfortable to handle while using in the shower. The SkinSpa 961 epilator is 100% waterproof, which also makes it easy to clean under running water. Similarly, Braun Silk-epil 5 wet and dry epilator makes epilation super easy, especially for newbies, thanks to its beginner cap that lets you epilate in one gentle stroke.
If you're comfortable with dry epilation on the skin, then you can choose either a dry epilator or go for a wet and dry epilator. However, if you're still getting used to epilation, then wet epilators are your best bet.
3. Number of Tweezers
As mentioned above, the number of tweezers decides the efficacy of the epilator – the more the better! If you've started with this method, you might have noticed that epilation takes time initially. However, more tweezers make it fast and pull out hair in one stroke. This means, less pain as you won't have to revisit the same area multiple times. So, all in all, the efficiency of the result, the number of epilation strokes, and the pain endured all depend on the number of tweezers. But there's also a catch here – not all epilators with more tweezers tend to pluck hair correctly.
Epilators like Braun Silk-epil 9 Flex and SkinSpa 961 are designed with a 40% extra wider head with 40 micro-grip tweezers. These wider, longer and deeper tweezers can remove even the shortest and finest hair that even waxing cannot catch. This means, no more waiting until your hair grows back long enough for waxing. Similarly, a facial epilator like Braun FaceSpa 851 comes with 10 micro-openings that can catch and remove finest hair up to 0.02 mm, thus giving you up to four weeks of soft, radiant and hair-free skin. So, choose your brand of epilator that has a good amount of tweezers with a performance guarantee wisely.
4. Amount of Pain
Although the pain is not as bad as waxing, epilation too has its share of pain. But some epilators like the Braun Silk-epil 5 come with extra attachments like a massager cap and skin contact cap that reduce the pain to some extent. Braun Silk-epil 9 SkinSpa, too, comes with a high-frequency massage cap that gives out pulsating active vibrations to help soothe your skin and provide a gentle epilation experience.
What's an epilator without those complimentary goodies! Be it an additional massage cap or an exfoliation brush, going for an epilator that offers you a complete package is always a good deal.
Epilators like Braun FaceSpa 851 come with a sonic cleansing brush and a vitalising pad that help refine and exfoliate your skin six times better than you would manually. Its hundreds of micro-oscillations deeply clean your pores and refresh your skin to achieve glowing and radiant skin. This way, through timely exfoliation you can also avoid ingrown hair. Moreover, attachments like these also play a helping hand in applying moisturising creams or lotions to work better on your skin.
On the other hand, body epilators like Braun Silk-epil 9 Flex come with a deep body exfoliation brush, skin contact cap, facial cap, shaver head and a trimmer cap that help refresh and relax your skin in one go – that is while bathing. Similarly, Braun Silk-epil 9 SkinSpa comes with a deep massage pad for improving blood circulation for visibly radiant skin, a deep exfoliation brush with high performance, triangular-shaped bristles and a gentle exfoliation high-density brush with 10.000 fine bristles to remove dead skin cells. So, no more wasting time booking salon or spa appointments!
6. Speed settings
Beginners are usually advised to epilate on lower speed settings for a better experience. Also, different body areas require different speed levels for epilation. You cannot use the same speed for your hands and bikini area, as the thickness of the skin differs from each other. Thicker areas where the skin is stiff, like thighs, legs, or hands, you can epilate with the high-speed setting while areas like the face, underarms, and bikini line require low-speed settings. So, whether a newbie or not, it is always best to choose an epilator that offers different speed settings for your convenience.
7. Wired vs wireless
Usually, wet epilators are battery operated and cordless as their use is mostly under the water. On the contrary, dry epilators can be either corded/wired or cordless and battery operated. There are also epilators like Braun Silk-epil 9 Flex, SkinSpa, and Silk-epil 5 that come along with a rechargeable battery – 1 hour of charge lets you use Silk-epil 5 for 30 minutes, whereas 50 minutes for SkinSpa. Some epilators like Braun FaceSpa 851 come with an AA battery. While corded epilators offer you a consistent source of power when epilating, cordless epilators make it possible for you to epilate anywhere anytime without a power source.
8. Built-in light
One of the most helpful features that epilators provide is a built-in smart light feature that helps you spot isolated hair so that you don't miss out on a single hair while epilating. Similarly, some epilators also feature a built-in light for indicating whether the applied pressure is adequate or not. Most of the Braun epilators like Silk-epil 9 Flex and SkinSpa feature a SensoSmart technology with a red light that helps ensure you apply the right amount of pressure while epilating.
Noisy epilators can be a pain to the ears, especially if you have to epilate for 20-30 minutes at stretch. Moreover, they do not let you focus on the task at hand. Most of the old-tech epilators are noisy. However, many new epilators that are designed with advanced technology are silent and help you do the job in peace. So, make sure you don't miss out on checking this factor while making your pick.
Now that all the important factors have been taken into consideration, it's time for you to prepare a checklist that ticks most of these factors with your top picks of epilators. Once you have all the factors that you need in place, all you have to do is to get the epilator home. We hope you make the right choice – happy epilator shopping!