Ultimate Guide to Epilators

With our epilators guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including what is an epilator and how do I use an epilator. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our epilators page.

Epilators FAQs

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What is an epilator?

When it comes to hair removal, there are a variety of techniques you can choose from, and using an epilator is one of them.

An epilator is an electrical device that temporarily removes hair directly from the root by grasping multiple follicles and pulling them out – think of it like electric tweezers. The way in which epilators remove hair is very similar to waxing, except it doesn't strip skin cells in the process.

There are also two different types of epilators that you can choose from; a dry epilator can be used without water, whilst a wet epilator allows you to remove hair in the bath or shower.

How do I use an epilator?

Using an epilator is super simple and not as scary as you think.

Legs, underarms and the bikini line are areas you can epilate, although pain levels may vary for each.

To epilate, simply select a low setting (especially if you're a beginner), pull skin taut to make the process less painful and slowly move the epilator across clean skin, in the direction that the hair is growing.

We suggest epilating in the evening, as it gives skin time to recover from any redness or inflammation.

How long does epilating last?

It's suggested that the results of epilating can last up to four weeks, but this can vary depending on your hair type and how quickly it regrows.

If you regularly use epilators, you may find that over time hair starts to grow back thinner and softer.

How long should the hair be before I use an epilator?

Epilators can grab and pull hairs that are as short as 0.5mm, so you never have to worry about that awkward, hair-growing phase. In fact, they actually work better and are less painful on shorter hair.

For best results, it's recommended to shave a few days beforehand and then epilate when hairs begin to spike.

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Should I exfoliate before using an epilator?

Exfoliating your skin before using an epilator is a must, and a great way to guarantee good results. Not only does it ensure that your skin is soft and squeaky clean, but it helps to prevent ingrown hairs.