Close up of woman using an epilator on leg hair

Ladies, let’s talk about body hair. If shaving just isn’t your thing and waxing is becoming a drag, it might be time to reconsider your hair removal options. Enter the epilator for women. This clever little device can be a real money saver (no more waxing!) in the long run and gives seriously smooth results. 

Close up of woman using an epilator on leg hair

How to Epilate Properly

Gently exfoliate

This is a must before every session! It ensures you’re squeaky clean and removes any dead skin cells, helping to prevent those pesky ingrown hairs.

Pull skin taut

This makes the process less painful by helping the epilator to pick up the hairs. Hold at a 90 degree angle and always epilate against the direction in which the hair is growing.

Go slow

Although it can be tempting, try not to rush.  This can break the hairs and make them tricky to remove.

Apply a soothing gel

Applying greasy lotions and moisturizers after epilating can clog the hair follicles and increase the risk of ingrown hairs. Opt for a gel with aloe vera or tea tree oil to soothe the skin.

What Is An Electric Epilator?

In a nutshell, epilators are electrical devices designed to temporarily remove hair at the follicle level, a bit like electronic tweezers. They pluck hairs away from the roots using spinning discs or springs to grab the hairs, while the rotating motion pulls them out straight from the root - leaving skin smooth and hair-free! Epilators can be used on legs, underarms, arms and even on the bikini area or face.

Is It Painful Using An Epilator?

It’s not as scary as you think. Just like waxing, it can pinch the first time, but after a few sessions it’ll be a breeze. If you’re worried about pain or have sensitive skin, choose an epilator that can be used in the bath, as some people say it's more comfortable.

Braun Braun Silk Epil 5511 Epilator £89.99 Buy Now
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Epilator Top Tips: First-Timers

    Shave a few days before

    No, that’s not a typo! Epilating works best on shorter hairs, which are much more comfortable to pluck

    Select a low setting

    This will help your skin get used to the sensation of plucking and make more sensitive areas (we’re looking at you, ankles) easier to handle.

    Epilate at night

    This will give your skin time to recover. Any redness or inflammation will reduce, so you can say yes to skirts the next morning!