What is an Epilator? Everything You Need To Know

What is an epilator

If you’ve stumbled across this page, then you’ve probably been wondering ‘What the heck is an epilator? And how does it work? Maybe you’ve heard about it from your friends and want to know what all the fuss is about. Well my friend, I’m here to tell you all about this magic little hair removal device and why I think it’s one of the best methods for removing unwanted hair.

What is an epilator and how does it work?

An epilator is an electronic device that uses rotating discs or tweezers to simultaneously pull out hairs straight from the root.  Using an epilator can give similar results to waxing, giving you up to 4 weeks of beautifully smooth skin.

Apart from being handy, epilators are all about saying goodbye to messy creams, razors and waxing. They are extremely portable, which makes them great for traveling and they work perfectly on all hair types. And plus, with regular use an epilator can make your hair grow back thinner and finer.

Where can you use an epilator?

Epilators can be used anywhere on the body including legs, underarms, bikini area as well as the face. For sensitive areas such as the bikini area and face, your epilator may come which a separate attachment or cap that blocks off a smaller section of the epilator head, making it safer for delicate areas.    

Benefits of epilating

Like most things, epilating comes with its own pros and cons.

Benefits of Epilating


No ongoing costs

How much do you spend on wax, paper strips, creams, and razors? How much do fortnightly or monthly waxing sessions cost you? You can forget about all those expenses, because once you invest in an epilator there are no more on going costs for the life of the machine.

Hair takes longer to regrow

Epilators are great for busy people who are looking for a longer lasting hair removal solution. Pulling the hairs out from the root means that the hair takes longer to grow back, giving you up 4 weeks of beautifully smooth skin.

Easier and more effective than waxing

For those of you who have got their waxing regime down to a fine art, I commend you, I really do. But for the rest of us, home waxing can be messy and time-consuming. Waxing can take a long time to master and if you don’t have the right technique, the results will leave you feeling disappointed.


It might hurt a bit

If you have never used an epilator before, then you are probably going to experience some pain the first time you use one. To make your treatments more enjoyable, try epilating after you’ve had a shower or if your epilator is waterproof try using it in the bath. The warm water will help open up your pores and your skin will be more relaxed. The most important thing to remember is to take your time and take breaks if you need to. It does take a couple of sessions to get used to it, but after a month or two, you will be wondering why you didn’t try epilating sooner.

Ingrown Hair

When you first start using an epilator you might find that you get a few ingrown hairs popping up from time to time. The good news is that there are a few simple things that you can do to prevent ingrown hairs from occurring. The most effective way to prevent ingrown hair is by exfoliation. Always exfoliate before epilation and then continue exfoliating once or twice a week to keep your skin looking at its best.

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How to use an epilator

When using an epilator, make sure to hold it at a 90-degree angle to your skin.  Avoid pressing too hard, as this can damage your skin and make sure to use slow sweeping movements.

How to choose an epilator

If you are thinking about investing in an epilator, you have plenty of options to explore.

Some of the cheaper ones use batteries, while others need to be plugged into the wall. The most popular epilators are cordless and come with a rechargeable battery, which means that you can use them whenever and wherever you like. You can even get epilators that are waterproof which can be used in the bath or in the shower.

For more information make sure to check out our Epilator Buying Guide here.

Is it worth your money?

Ever since I started using an epilator, my hair removal routine has gotten a lot easier. The best thing about using an epilator is that the hair doesn’t grow back for up to 4 weeks. So it’s definitely worth the investment, especially when you think about how much you spend on razor replacements, shaving cream and things like that. I’ve finally said goodbye to my manual razor and my legs and underarms have never looked better!

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