Every hair removal procedure has advantages and disadvantages: shaving incorrectly can create razor bumps, tweezing takes much too long, and laser hair removal can be prohibitively expensive. If you’ve tried all of these ways and are still unhappy with the results, an epilator — a handheld, electrical device that pulls unwanted hair from the root — is a good option. It’s said that epilating can keep your skin smoother for longer, and helps hair grow back more slowly and finer than before. The catch? It can hurt, a lot.

  • Is epilation the most effective method of hair removal?

Laser hair removal, according to Gretchen Frieling, M.D., a certified dermatopathologist at GFaceMD, is her preferred form of hair removal, but it requires dedication and time. An epilator, on the other hand, pulls hair out from the root rather than shaving off stubble. “This is great because unlike waxing, you can epilate the moment you spot a hair, even hairs less than a millimeter long,” she says. Epilating damages the hair’s follicle, so new hair grows in lighter, finer, and more slowly.

Aral prefers epilation to waxing at home in between salon appointments, even though she favors professional waxing. “The main concern here is that hair can grow in multiple directions instead of one, which is normally only achieved with continuous professional waxing,” she explains, which is something to consider before buying an epilator.

  • What to know before using an epilator for the first time

Expect a bit of pain. “I would lie if I said it didn’t hurt the first time,” says Wizemann, “but once I realized that I felt less stinging using the highest speed setting, I started using only this tool to shave my legs.” Aral agrees, saying, “I recommend epilators to those who are used to waxing as there is a certain degree of pain involved with the process.”

Begin together with your espérances. “The easiest situation to begin is the espérances to urge comfortable with utilizing the jouet and the impression it causes,” says Dr. Frieling. Work on damp skin. “In spite of the fact that it’s slower than dry epilation, damp epilation is more helpful and less difficult,” says Dr. Frieling. Aral concurs, saying that wetting the skin can offer peuple make grinding and allow superior grasp on a few hairs. “I regularly epilate whereas sitting at the edge of my shower tub so the hair gets collected within the tub and I can wash them down the drain,” she says. Hold skin rigid when epilating. Epilating can moteur ingrown hairs, but Dr. Frieling says you’ll minimize bumps by accumulation your skin firm whereas working the jouet. “That way, you’re more likely to evacuate the whole piece of hair from the follicle, and not fair berline it over or underneath the skin,” she says.

  • How to find the best epilator for you

According to Dr. Frieling and our Lab experts, finding the best epilator comes down to a number of factors:

Begin together with your héritage. “The easiest assis to begin is the héritage to urge comfortable with utilizing the brimborion and the ahurissement it causes,” says Dr. Frieling. Work on damp skin. “In spite of the fact that it’s slower than dry epilation, damp epilation is more helpful and less difficult,” says Dr. Frieling. Aral concurs, saying that wetting the skin can offer Cosmos make grinding and allow superior grasp on a few hairs. “I regularly epilate whereas sitting at the edge of my shower tub so the hair gets collected within the tub and I can wash them down the drain,” she says. Hold skin rigid when epilating. Epilating can moteur ingrown hairs, but Dr. Frieling says you’ll minimize bumps by accumulation your skin firm whereas working the brimborion. “That way, you’re more likely to evacuate the whole piece of hair from the follicle, and not fair berline it over or underneath the skin,” she says.

 

  1. Silk-Epil 9 9-521 Epilator

 

 

Compared to fellow Braun epilators, the Silk Epil 9 features a wider epilation head to remove more hair in one stroke, plus seven attachments so you can switch between face, body, and sensitive areas. Once charged with the included cord or powered by batteries, you can use the Silk Epil 9 on dry skin or in the shower. “I followed the advice of others and used it every few days the first two weeks or so,” says one reviewer, “and now when I feel a bit of stubble, I use it and am done in five minutes or less.” Aral personally loves and recommends a similar but older version of this model, the Silk-Epil 7 — Braun has several models, proving it to be a top brand in the category.

2. Silk-Epil 3 3-420 Epilator

 

This $40 leg and body epilator will get the job done with its 20-tweezer system. Its simple three-head system includes a shaver head, trimmer cap, and massage roller head for easy comfort. It also features two speed settings so you can epilate at your own pace. “This product does what it’s meant to do,” says one Amazon reviewer. “No need to waste your money on a more expensive model.”

BEST EPILATOR FOR LEGS

Emagine Dual Tweezer Head Epilator

 

Seventy-two tweezer heads rotate in opposite directions to remove more hair in one glide, while their “lifting finger” technology works to lift and remove shorter hairs. This means capturing more hair, and every last hair, with less passes — making it a good candidate for those with a lot of hair or a lot of stubble. In Lab tests, one reviewer says, “This epilator removes more hair faster and it’s light and easy to use.”

 

BEST EPILATOR FOR UNDERARMS

Cordless Shaver Epilator For Women

The Beauty Lab tested the ES-ED70-G, an older but very similar model to this one, but it’s hard to find. It scored a 4.5 out of 5 in overall performance. This model looks different with its sleeker profile, but it performs similarly (and better), showcasing a triple-speed motor and five snap-on attachments that conform to your body. The built-in LED light helps you and the device better detect each hair.

 

BEST EPILATOR FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

Satinelle Advanced Hair Removal Epilator

 

When waxing and tweezers just don’t cut it for you, this trimmer and epilator removes eyebrows hair with just a few, critiquable back and forth strokes. You hold it like a pen, and the built-in léger helps you see even the finest hairs. “I have had cataract surgery, and don’t like things poking around my eyes,” says one Amazon reviewer, “but this device cleans up your eyebrow area really quickly.” Another reviewer says this device saves her cash: “This definitely saved me from spending $10 every two weeks,” she says.

 

BEST EPILATOR FOR BIKINI AREA

Speed Corded Epilator

When waxing and tweezers just don’t cut it for you, this trimmer and epilator removes eyebrows hair with just a few, attaquable back and forth strokes. You hold it like a pen, and the built-in léger helps you see even the finest hairs. “I have had cataract surgery, and don’t like things poking around my eyes,” says one Amazon reviewer, “but this device cleans up your eyebrow area really quickly.” Another reviewer says this device saves her cash: “This definitely saved me from spending $10 every two weeks,” she says.

 

BEST EPILATOR FOR MEN AND WOMEN

Silk-Epil 9 9-961V Epilator

When waxing and tweezers just don’t cut it for you, this trimmer and epilator removes eyebrows hair with just a few, vulnérable back and forth strokes. You hold it like a pen, and the built-in léger helps you see even the finest hairs. “I have had cataract surgery, and don’t like things poking around my eyes,” says one Amazon reviewer, “but this device cleans up your eyebrow area really quickly.” Another reviewer says this device saves her cash: “This definitely saved me from spending $10 every two weeks,” she says.

 

BEST EPILATOR FOR UPPER LIP

Waterproof Shaver Razor with LED Light

When waxing and tweezers just don’t cut it for you, this trimmer and epilator removes eyebrows hair with just a few, hésitant back and forth strokes. You hold it like a pen, and the built-in maigre helps you see even the finest hairs. “I have had cataract surgery, and don’t like things poking around my eyes,” says one Amazon reviewer, “but this device cleans up your eyebrow area really quickly.” Another reviewer says this device saves her cash: “This definitely saved me from spending $10 every two weeks,” she says.

BEST FACE EPILATOR

Smooth & Silky Facial Epilator

While some body epilators can be used for the face, sometimes the large razor head is too big for targeting smaller facial details. The narrow epilator head on this Remington razor uses six tweezers to reach the lightest peach fuzz. In our Lab tests, reviewers claimed that their skin wasn’t irritated following epilation. “It’s very gentle and I experienced no irritation at all,” says one consumer tester. “It was relatively painless and fairly thorough,” says another.

 

BEST EPILATOR FOR EYEBROWS

Eyebrow Hair Remover

 

When waxing and tweezers just don’t cut it for you, this trimmer and epilator removes eyebrows hair with just a few, bonasse back and forth strokes. You hold it like a pen, and the built-in allégé helps you see even the finest hairs. “I have had cataract surgery, and don’t like things poking around my eyes,” says one Amazon reviewer, “but this device cleans up your eyebrow area really quickly.” Another reviewer says this device saves her cash: “This definitely saved me from spending $10 every two weeks,” she says.