Ladies: we love the feel of smooth, silky hair-free legs. We love wearing strapless dresses, but only when our underarms are free of stubble and irritation. We love bikini season, but hate stray hairs along our bikini line. So, we pluck and wax and shave; yet we’re left with nicks and cuts, irritation, redness, and, if it’s a professional waxing session, a huge bill.Shaving is a never-ending process, with different areas needing to be retouched every other day. For some women, epilating is the answer to all their hair removal needs. Epilators are small, handheld devices that pluck the hair by the root using many tiny tweezers. It’s painful, for sure, but most women find that after their first few times epilating, the pain is reduced to a mild discomfort, and because the hair is ripped out by the root you can wait weeks between sessions! Plus, since one epilator can last you a good, long time, it’s a one-time investment rather than paying for waxing time and again. Epilating may leave you with red, irritated skin, especially at first, but generally these side effects with diminish within a few hours and since you won’t need to epilate every other day your skin has plenty of time to heal in between sessions.
If you are considering epilating, keep in mind that while it is a painful process, there are steps you can take to make it easier on you. Exfoliating before epilating, keeping your skin taut, and moisturizing after the process can make all the difference in your comfort levels. Any good epilator should come with tips and tricks on how to best utilize them for optimal results.
Epilators come in many shapes, sizes, and styles, and each epilator has its own unique pros and cons. It can be daunting to look for one that will suit you and your needs. It’s important to think about your hair type, whether you’d want the choice to epilate wet or dry (epilating in the shower can reduce a lot of the process’ discomfort), and how much power you want while you are epilating. Size is important as well: for a woman who travels a lot, a lighter, more compact epilator will be easier to bring on trips. Here are a few of the epilators currently on the market to help you get started; each has its own strengths and weaknesses, so consider your personal needs when making your final decision.
Braun SE7681 Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry EpilatorThe Braun SE7681 Silk-épil 7 Wet and Dry Epilator is can be used either in the shower or dry. Many women prefer to epilate in the shower, as it can reduce the general discomfort of epilating. The Braun SE7681 can’t boast that it has the most tweezers in the game – it has 40, which is more than adequate for the average user, but could be lacking for women who want a speedier, more powerful epilator.
The fact that it can be used cordless also means that it has a less powerful motor than some other epilators on the market. However, this also means that the process as a whole will be less painful – it might just take longer. It has a pivoting head and an ergonomic design that is ideal for reaching hard-to-get-at spots in your underarms or along your bikini line. With a few different heads, including a trimming head and efficiency cap, the Braun SE7681 gives you more control over the epilating process. The massaging head is also great at reducing discomfort as you epilate, and will make beginners feel much more comfortable with the process. This model also comes with pre-epilation wipes that help make epilating go smoother and quicker, and which help your skin bounce back after all is said and done.
The Braun SE7681 is a perfect model for anyone who wants to start epilating gently, without being overwhelmed by pain during the process.
Braun Silk Epil Female Epilator SE7921spaThe Braun SE7921 is another wet/dry epilator that you can use in the shower or out. This model is a bit more high-tech than the SE7681; it automatically massages as you epilate (instead of requiring an extra head).
It also comes with a light, which can make all the difference to some. Everyone knows from shaving that it’s easy to overlook some spots, but with an attached light, you are sure to find those patches of hair you overlooked!
One of the standout features of this epilator is that it comes with an exfoliation head: exfoliating is key to successful epilating, so the fact that the Braun SE7921 comes with an exfoliation head is very handy. The exfoliation head is very effective and leaves your skin feeling clean and freshly scrubbed in a way that a loofah just can’t. The ergonomic design is great for following your body’s curves, but the lack of dedicated heads for underarms and bikini areas makes it a bit awkward to get at stray hairs in all your nooks and crannies. This model is less effective than its counterpart at getting all the very fine, thin hairs on your body and works better for coarse, longer hairs.
This model is great for anyone who wants to be able to exfoliate and epilate with one device, as well as anyone who wants a thorough epilating experience and doesn’t need precision heads for their underarms or bikini area.