How does an Epilator Work? All You Need to Know!

How does an Epilator Work? All You Need to Know!

There are several hair removal techniques and with experiences you can understand some are better for you than others. You may opt for tweezing, shaving, waxing, etc. as they all help you get rid of unwanted hair. However, what differs is the results they yield, their effectiveness, and also how painful they are. You may have also heard about epilation that offers smooth skin for a longer duration. However, you may be having questions like how epilators work or does an epilator removes hair from root, etc. To understand all of it, keep reading below.

What is epilation?

Unlike the painful procedures of hair removals that strip the skin of its cells, epilation is a hair removal method that goes beyond the skin surface. So, if you've been wondering about epilator - how it works, then here's a break-up in simple terms! An epilator is an electrical, handheld hair removal device that targets hair follicles by removing hair at the root and protecting the skin cells.

Although using it for the first time can feel a little different on skin, it is much less painful than waxing. Moreover, epilation has some more benefits over other hair removal methods:

  • With epilation, you can achieve smoother skin for a longer duration, as hair regrowth takes longer when removed from roots.

  • Unlike waxing where short hair doesn't come out from the roots on the wax paper, an epilator is effective on short hair too.

  • Over time, you may experience less hair regrowth, as dedicated epilation sessions slow down the hair growth. When your hair grows back, it will be finer and softer, which isn't the case with other hair removal methods.

  • You can use an epilator to remove hair from different body areas, like arms, legs, face, and even your pubic area.

How do epilators work?

Here's your answer to how epilator works! An epilator is an electronic device that uses either tiny tweezer-like plates, rotating discs, or a spring coil that grab hair as you move it up and down the skin. An epilator works by grabbing the follicle and pulling out hair from its root, thus providing you with a long-lasting result. It prevents clogs while passing over your skin. Most epilators come with two rotation speeds, out of which the slow speed makes epilating sensitive areas more comfortable.

Different types of technologically advanced epilators are now available with additional connections, like the Braun Silk-épil 9 that comes with facial cleanser, trimmer cap, shaver head, and more. Its fully flexible head provides a better epilating experience by following the curves of your body. It glides over your skin smoothly and catches more hair so that you don't have to revisit the same patch of the skin. Such epilators are suitable for wet as well as dry usage.

Is Epilation Painful?

Initially, you may experience tingling, but as you continue to epilate, you will feel lesser sensations each time.

However, if you’re still concerned, then here are some tips that will make epilation a better experience:

  • Go for epilators that are waterproof or come with dry and wet operations. This way, you can epilate in shower, as lukewarm or warm water will help relax your sensitive skin and open up your pores.

  • If your epilator has two rotation speeds, use the slower one, especially when epilating sensitive areas.

  • Do not epilate using hot water, as it can dry out your skin, making it more sensitive to the tingly feeling.

  • If your epilator is waterproof, you can use shower gel or soap while epilating. This way, the lather that forms with epilator’s rotation will help provide a soothing effect.

Epilating before and after tips

Just like other skincare devices, you need to follow some epilator before and after things. If you follow these epilating before and after tips, you can effortlessly achieve silky smooth skin. So, here are some tips for before epilating and after epilating:

Tips for before Using an Epilator

  1. Choose the right time:
    Some women experience redness and irritation after removing hair. So, it is best to epilate a night prior to flaunting that little black dress or a date outfit of yours. This way, it gives about 24 hours for any irritation to reduce. Moreover, you're more relaxed in the evenings or nights and minor bumps if any, tend to disappear by the next morning. Thus, enabling you to wake up with softer skin.

  2. Exfoliate:
    Before you epilate, try taking a warm shower that'll help you relax. You can exfoliate your skin using an exfoliating scrub. If you don't have a scrub, you can also rub down a dry towel to exfoliate the skin. But if you're looking for an excellent exfoliation option, then The Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa comes with an innovative exfoliating brush that offers four times better results.

  3. Read the instructions:
    Don't forget to go through the instructions manual that comes along with the epilator.

Tips for After Epilation

  1. Moisturise:

    Remember, the golden rule is to moisturise your skin after epilation and not before it. Always apply a nourishing body lotion for the best results.

  2. Repeat the epilation:

    If you've just started, try epilating once a week. This way, the discomfort will reduce while slowing down your hair growth. Once you're a pro, you can ditch the 'every week ritual' and continue epilating once in three weeks.

  3. Clean the epilator:
    It is a good habit to clean the epilator after every use to avoid any risk of skin infections. Moreover, removing the lingering hair will not only keep the device clean but also provide you with effective results during each usage.

How Long Does Epilation Last?

One of the best benefits of epilation over traditional hair removal methods is that it provides long-lasting results. After epilation, your skin can continue to stay smooth for up to four weeks. Furthermore, you don't have to wait until your hair grows to a specific length before epilating again. This way, the process is far more effective and convenient than other hair removal methods.

Why choose Braun epilators for women?

A common misconception that many have about epilators is that it damages the skin. But that's not the case in reality. The Braun Silk Epilator is built with new SensoSmart technology, which flashes red light if you push the epilator too hard on your skin. The light is an indicator for you to apply optimum pressure for efficiency. Also, it has an excellent range of epilators for your different needs, right from fast epilation to easy epilation. Silk-épil 9 is the world's first epilator to have a fully flexible head, thus making it easy to follow the curves of the body.

Moreover, the Braun Silk Epilators bring you a complete versatile beauty set that includes different attachments like an exfoliation brush, massage pad, etc. Its MicroGrip tweezer technology removes even the smallest of hair, providing perfect smoothness. The epilator range by Braun comes with an ergonomic handle with an anti-slip grip that makes it suitable for epilating in showers. All in all, with Braun Silk-épil Epilators, you will be choosing a one-stop solution for all your epilating needs.


Epilation is one of the best techniques to get rid of unwanted body hair that provides long-lasting results. Moreover, the discomfort is very less as compared to the pain you feel during waxing. Remember, the key is to ace the technique – the more you use an epilator, the more you improve with the technique. Happy Epilating!


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