Epilator is a hand held electrical device which offers one of the most practical ways to remove body hair. Unlike basic shaving, it takes the hair out by the root much like waxing – that means longer periods between treatments and more time to spend doing other things. There are many different ways to tackle hair removal. Using this tool is less expensive than laser treatments or salon waxing and is not as messy as shaving.

Ultimately, it boils down to convenience. Shaving simply chops off the top of the hair but leaves the root intact. With a viable root, the hair will just grow back like a weed. The epilator pulls the hair out instead of cutting it in half. With the root gone, the process of growing new hair takes longer. Using one is similar to tweezing, except you conquer many hairs at once, and thus makes the process faster and much less painful.

Top 10 Epilators 2015

Philips HP6576/50
Philips HP6576/50
32 Tweezers, Body & Face, Cordless 40 mins, Hypo-Allergenic, 2-Year Warranty
It can safely be used on face as well as to remove body hairs and is easy to use with ergonomically designed and built-in opti-light. We state that it is both efficient and comfortable.
Ratings : Philips HP6576/50 Ratings
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Braun Silk-epil 7921
Braun Silk-epil 7921
40 Close-grip Tweezers, Epilation & Pulsonic Exfoliation, Wet & Dry Use
This is an all-in-one device that can be used wet or dry. It comes with extras such as the brush to scrub away dead skin cells and the massager that helps to create a less painful experience and the extras are greatly appreciated.
Ratings : Braun Silk-epil 7921 Ratings

Philips HP6401/50
Philips HP6401/50
20 Catching Points, 2 Speed Settings, Ergonomic Grip, 2-Year Warranty
Many women have found this particular model to work efficiency and with less pain than other brands. If performance, comfort and affordability is what you seek in an epilator than this one is highly recommended.
Ratings : Philips HP6401/50 Ratings

Panasonic ES-WD51-P
Panasonic ES-WD51-P
48 Tweezers, 3-in-1 Hair Removal, Dual Disc Side-to-Side, Hypo-allergenic Blades
Those ladies who choose this unit because it is fast and after using one the hair comes in less dense so future epilating becomes less of a chore and you can go longer in-between times.
Ratings : Panasonic ES-WD51-P Ratings

Emjoi Emagine AP-18
Emjoi Emagine AP-18
72 Tweezers, 17-mm Disc Opening, Middle Lifting Fingers, Antimicrobial
It has many features that set it apart from other models making it a must to compare with other models as you make your buying decision. It comes with the fast rotation of the heads and the larger numbers of tweezers.
Ratings : Emjoi Emagine AP-18 Ratings

Remington EP6025
Remington EP6025
42 Tweezers, 2 Speed Settings, Body Curve Design, 2-Year Limited Warranty
It's highly recommended especially for women with light or sensitive skin. If you have shied away from epilating in the past due to the pain, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover that this unit is not as painful to use as other brands.
Ratings : Remington EP6025 Ratings

Braun Silk-epil 5280 (2012 Model)
Braun Silk-epil 5280 (2012 Model)
40 Close-grip Tweezers, Legs & Body, Shaver/Trimmer/Efficiency Cap
It has been designed to deliver long-lasting hair removal and also fit for women who are new to the epilation experience. This unit fits really nicely in hand with a 7.5 foot long cord.
Ratings : Braun Silk-epil 5280 (2012 Model) Ratings

Emjoi Soft Caress AP-10R
Emjoi Soft Caress AP-10R
36 Gold-plated Tweezers, Pain-reduction, Massaging Finger, Ergonomic Designed
It is the perfect for someone who has never used a hair remover unit before because it is as gentle as an epilator can be. It is very comfortable to hold and easy to clean.
Ratings : Emjoi Soft Caress AP-10R Ratings

Braun Silk-epil 7181
Braun Silk-epil 7181
40 Tweezers, Pivoting Head, High Frequency Massage, Close-Grip Technology
It's really designed with the purpose of minimizing the pain of epilation and this is why it is highly recommended. It not only is less painful, it performs well, leaving the skin in a hairless condition with minimal irritation.
Ratings : Braun Silk-epil 7181 Ratings

Emjoi eMagine 4 Men AP-18MS
Emjoi eMagine 4 Men AP-18MS
72 Tweezers, Men Design, Dual-Opposed Heads, Cool-Touch Metal Head
Works well even for men with coarse thick hair and also comes with an electric razor attachment which is great especially for touchups. It's a very effective hair removal method that is designed for men's body.
Ratings : Emjoi eMagine 4 Men AP-18MS Ratings

How it works

An epilator contains a number of tweezers, all of which work together to remove hair. Any good one at a high speed is capable of doing a few thousand tweezes per minute. This means, you can get perfectly smooth and beautiful arms and legs, in a matter of minutes. It looks like the ordinary trimmers or shavers that we see in the market. There are some models which are cordless, and are battery operated while others, which come with a cord that you have to connect to a power source.

How it Differs from Waxing

The mechanics are the same between waxing and using an epilator. Both rip the hair out from the root, but that is where the similarity ends. Waxing is more of a process. Heating the wax, brushing it on and then applying strips all takes time. Using wax may damage the skin, as well. When the strips come off, they pull up more than just hair. This is a faster and cleaner approach to get the same result.

Waxing is costly, especially if you go to a salon. Epilatory treatments require just the purchase of the machine – no tipping or paying for expensive materials.

Benefits of Epilating

Many people avoid using an epilator because they find it painful, but the benefits of using it far outweigh the little discomfort it causes. Some benefits that it has over other methods of hair removal are as follows:

Easy to Use on Entire Body: It requires no technical training to use, and it is quite easy to operate, and anyone can use it conveniently. Moreover, they can be used on legs, arms, face, and the bikini area.

Less Messy: Waxing and sugaring make the process a lot messy. It leaves the skin sticky. The epilator, on the other hand, leaves the skin smooth without creating any mess.

One Time Investment: Once you buy an epilator you can use it innumerable times. For waxing you have to visit the salon every time, and pay for the services.

Lasts Long Skin Smooth: Unlike shaving, epilating removes hair from the root, and leaves the skin silky smooth for long a time. The affect lasts for up to 3 weeks. The new hair growth that occurs after epilating is sparse.

Done at Home: An epilator saves you the repeated visits to the salon. You can remove unwanted hair at home, whenever you require.

How to Choose

Different brands offer different features. Shop around until you find the device that suits your needs. Things to consider include:

Wet or dry application – you might want to use it in the shower.
Precision – refers to the number of tweezers on the head – more means better grabbing power.
Head design – different heads work best on specific areas of the body – one for the legs, another for under the arms. Pivoting heads make the device more flexible.

Tips for Use

Just like anything, it takes practice to master using an epilator. Little things make the process easier like taking a shower before the treatment to help soften hairs. Move the device up against the hair growth too. Apply body lotion to the skin after use and don’t be alarmed if there is some redness – that is normal. Once you get the hang of it, using an epilator will be as simple as shaving your legs and more practical than waxing.

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