A Comparison of Waxing at Home Kits

Below is a side by side comparison of 5 of the top at home waxing kits. Which at home waxing kit is microwaveable or has a wax warmer? Which can be used a soft wax versus a hard wax? Do they offer additional accessories, like pre waxing oils or a way to remove wax residue when you’re done waxing? Which one best meets my hair removal needs?

Waxing ModelGigi Student Starter KitBody Honee Extra StrengthBliss Poetic Waxing KitNair Brazilian Spa Clay Roll On WaxVeet Ready-to-use Wax Strip Kit
SummaryBest all inclusive at home waxing kitBest microwavable wax for at home waxingBest microwavable wax with accessoriesBest roll on wax, great for travelBest wax for travel
Use as Soft or Hard WaxBothBothBothBothBoth
ReviewsOur review hereOur review hereOur review hereOur review hereOur review here
Wax Warmer or MicrowaveableWax warmer with drip colorMicrowavableMicrowavableMicrowavableMicrowavable
Strips included?YesYesNoYes, strips can be washed and reusedYes
Pre or post waxing treatments includedYes, Pre Hon skin cleanser, Pre Epilation Oil, and of Post Wax Cooling GelNoYes, Super Skin cleanser and Bliss Poetic Waxing pre/post waxing oilNo4 finishing wipes to remove wax residue
Other AccessoriesSlow Grow lotion,
Spatulas in 2 sizes, Wax strips
2 wood spatulas,
8 wax strips
Ingrown Eliminating pad,
6 spatulas in 2 different sizes,
None40 wax strips
PriceHighMediumMediumLowLow
See more product detailsGo to Gigi Student Starter KitGo to Body Honee Extra StrengthGo to Bliss Poetic Waxing KitGo to Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Roll On WaxGo to Veet Ready-to-use Wax Strip Kit

Glycolic acid vs salicylic acid

Glycolic acid or salicylic acid: Which is better for you?

Both glycolic acid and salicylic acid are hydroxy acids, but they can be used to tackle different skin issues. They each lightly exfoliate, penetrate the skin and are considered to be active ingredients that should be used with care. And using them properly and regularly can yield fast and long lasting results in skin texture and complexion.

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What is glycolic acid?

Glycolic acid is an AHA or alpha hydroxy acid, is water soluble, and naturally occurs in sugar cane, sugar beets, and pineapples. Alpha hydroxy acids loosen the glue that holds together skin cells and facilitates the exfoliation of your topmost layers of dead skin. Because it helps encourage cell turnover, it can be used regularly to treat and reduce scars, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles.

Other AHAs include lactic acid (made from milk), mandelic acid (made from almonds), and malic acid (made from apples). However of all the AHAs, glycolic acid has the smallest molecules and so penetrates your skin more deeper than the other AHAs.

Glycolic acid can be found in concentrations from 5 to 30% and the higher the concentration, the more potent the solution of glycolic acid. Using a lower concentration and building up over an extended period of time will help your skin become accustomed to the strengths with less irritation.

Glycolic acid sun sensitivity: All AHAs including glycolic acid increase your skin’s photosensitivity, so you must wear sunscreen if you plan on using using an AHA. These effects can remain for 7 days after using an AHA. If you do not wear a sunscreen, you may end up with even more damage to your skin than before using the AHA.

Glycolic acid benefits include powerful exfoliation for better skin texture, reduction in skin scars, spots, and surface wrinkles and fine lines. Learn more about AHAs like glycolic acid, the science behind its process, and how to use in our guide to AHAs.

What is salicylic acid?

Salicylic acid is a BHA or beta hydroxy acid which is either naturally derived or biosynthesized from bark of the willow tree. Unlike AHAs which are water soluble, beta hydroxy acids are oil soluble, which means they are able penetrate deeper than your skin surface and deep into your pores. Beta hydroxy acids or BHAs lightly exfoliate your skin’s top layers on their way deeper into your skin where they exfoliate excess oil and dead skin in your pores.

Note: You should not use BHA or salicylic acid if you’re pregnant.

This penetrative action makes BHAs great for treating all types of acne, from surface whiteheads or blackheads to deeper cystic acne. Not only do BHAs, like salicylic acid, penetrate and treat acne, but they also have antimicrobial and anti inflammatory properties that helps treat against future acne.

Salicylic acid can be found in concentrations from 1 to 10% and is best used at low concentrations like 2%. Higher concentrations do not show extra results.

Salicylic acid sun sensitivity

BHAs like salicylic acid do not make your skin more sensitive to the sun and its damage. You can safely use a BHA even if you do not wear sunscreen.

Salicylic acid benefits include light surface exfoliation for improved skin texture and treatment of existing and future whiteheads, blackheads, and acne. Learn more about BHAs like salicylic acid, the science behind its process, and how to use in our guide to BHAs.

Glycolic acid or salicylic acid – A comparison

Still not sure which one to use? Can you use both?

If you have oily and acne prone skin or you have sensitive skin that cannot tolerate most alpha hydroxy acids, then salicylic acid or beta hydroxy acids are better for you.

But if your primary concern is sun damage or you want increase the hydration in your skin, then glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acids will help you.

You can also certainly use both. Because they are able to penetrate and act at different levels of your skin, you can use them in combination to deal with skin issues in a wider range. However, we do not recommend that you add both to your skincare routine at the same time. Both salicylic acid and glycolic acid are active ingredients that have immediate results and it is very easy to over exfoliate your skin by getting overzealous and starting both. We recommend adding one, using it for a few weeks, and then adding the second option. This way you’ll be able to determine which acid is showing results and how much results.

You can also alternate using salicylic acid and glycolic acid depending on how your skin is feeling that day or week. If you see an acne spot coming on, spot treat it with salicylic acid. Or perhaps your skin could use some hydration or surface exfoliation – then you can give it some glycolic acid. If you want to alternate products, again please pay careful attention to your skin and make sure that you do not over exfoliate. If your skin feels tight no matter how much moisturizer you use or you experience peeling, stinging, or redness, you may have over exfoliated and you should stop all acid use immediately and work on repairing your moisture barrier.

Next, we’ll take a look at how both or either acid can help treat some of the most common skin issues and the studies that have been done to prove this.

Glycolic acid or salicylic acid for acne – which is better?

Salicylic acid, but both can be used together.

Because salicylic acid penetrates from the topmost layers of skin and deeper down into your pores than glycolic acid can, it can better target acne at its source.

Glycolic acid doesn’t do as much for the deeper layers but it is a very potent exfoliator for your topmost layers of skin.

To target a greater range of skin layers, from surface to pore level, a combination of salicylic acid and glycolic acid can be used to treat skin more thoroughly. In one study, a solution of 1% salicylic acid, 10% glycolic acid, and botanical ingredients were used on 25 male and female volunteers with acne and the study showed significant improvements in both inflammatory and non inflammatory acne lesions.

“Tolerability assessments showed that the skin care regimen was very well tolerated by all study volunteers. Acne severity was significantly reduced by two acne grades at six weeks….Standardized photography also demonstrated a progressive reduction in acne lesions over time. In conclusion, results of the present study suggest that the tested skin care regimen offers rapid acne clearance and excellent tolerability that together may help to improve patient adherence as well as treatment outcome.” [source: Bhatia AC, Jimenez F. (2014) J Drugs Dermtol.]

Which one is better for sun damage – Glycolic acid or salicylic acid?

Glycolic acid shows good results when use to exfoliate and remove fine lines, wrinkles, and melasma, all issues that can show up with excessive sun exposure and aging.

In one study, a group of 20 Indian patients with melasma were treated with glycolic acid peel. When their results were compared with 20 other patients who did not receive the peel treatment,

“There was an overall decrease in MASI from baseline in 24 weeks of therapy in both the groups (P value < 0.05). The group receiving the glycolic acid peel with topical regimen showed early and greater improvement than the group which was receiving topical regimen only.” [source: Chaudhary S, Dayal S. (2013) J Drugs Dermatol.]

Nearly any of the alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) can used to reverse effects of sun damage and aging. Just remember, be sure to wear sunscreen during AHA use and for at least 7 days after, otherwise you risk damaging your skin further rather than reversing previous damage.

Which one is better for keratosis pilaris – Glycolic acid or salicylic acid?

Keratosis pilaris or KP is a frustrating skin issue that sets in with a vengeance and refuses to go away. It is a harmless skin problem but can affect your self confidence because it is so visible and difficult to hide using makeup. However, AHAs like glycolic acid can successfully reduce if not entirely remove keratosis pilaris.

Keratosis pilaris results when your body overproduces a protein called keratin which then ends up getting trapped in your follicles and creates hard raised bumps visible on your skin’s surface. It is not contagious and normally not painful.

As you have learned by now, both BHAs like salicylic acid and AHAs like glycolic acid help exfoliate your skin layers. And since KP is an accumulation of keratin in your follicles, both salicylic acid and glycolic acid can help treat keratosis pilaris. Glycolic acid can help exfoliate the top layers of your skin and help open the plugged hair follicles that are causing keratosis pilaris while salicylic acid treats the buildup of keratin in the follicles.

So using a low concentration salicylic acid and a 5-10% glycolic acid in combination can help treat keratosis pilaris. Be sure to add a moisturizer alongside these acids to help speed up your skin repair and reduce dry patches. Also be sure to alternate days with each acid and to start slow by skipping a day until your skin becomes accustomed to acid use otherwise you risk over exfoliating on top of keratosis pilaris.

Do Epilators Cause Ingrown Hairs?

Short answer: No. If you are using a good quality epilator the right way, epilators should NOT cause ingrown hairs.

However, you ended up here because you are using an epilator that is causing more ingrown hairs than you expect. So why is this happening? Let’s go over two explanations and how to avoid them for the future.

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1. Hair is breaking instead of being pulled out from the roots

Sometimes hair breaks at the surface of the skin instead of being pulled out. You may think that the epilator is removing hair and not the notice the difference. But it will grow out quickly like as if you had shaved instead of waxed.

These hairs were pulled at by your epilator but broke before they could be yanked out. Because they were pulled and then broken, they are more likely to curl inward and cause an ingrown hair. So why does this happen?

There are three possible reasons for this.

Loose skin

First, you may not be pulling your skin taut before passing over it with your epilator. The epilator is not able to grab the hair near its root to pull it out completely and instead grabs the hair shaft midway and ends up breaking it. So what can do you do to prevent this?

Make sure your epilator head is as flat as possible on your skin so that it can grab the hair close to the root and remove it. In areas such as your arm pit or your upper thighs, use one hand to pull the skin tight and then epilate. If these areas are especially sensitive, check out our tips for less painful epilation.

Worry about the pain

This brings us to our second reason. Sometimes, when we first start epilation, the pain is intimidating. If you’re starting out and it hurts, you may be afraid to press the epilator head flat on your skin. The epilator will feel less painful when it is only breaking hairs halfway and more painful when you’re pulling the hairs out by your roots. So you may only be skimming the skin surface, only breaking hairs… and ending up with a lot ingrown hairs.

Ingrown hairs are even more painful than epilating, and can be prevented! So if epilating is too painful for you to do right, consider another less painful hair removal method. Shaving alongside a home laser hair removal might be a good option for you. Here are our recommendations for the best home laser systems.

Cheap epilator

Finally, the last potential reason could be a cheap epilator or one that has a low number of tweezers. The tweezers are the mechanical pieces that rotate in epilator and pull the hairs out. The higher number of tweezers, the more hair grabbed and pulled out by the epilator. A lower number of tweezers could mean less hair is being grabbed at the root and some hair is attempted to be grabbed but is just pulled halfway until it breaks. A good epilator has anywhere from 20 to 60 tweezers. Some epilators even come with 100+ tweezers!

Epilators can last a long time. So there is no reason to assume that you have a low quality epilator causing your ingrown hairs. We recommend that you try the other tips in this article first before concluding that the problem is your epilator. However, if you’d like to upgrade to a better epilator and smoother skin without ingrown hairs, here are our recommendations for the best epilators available in 2017.

2. Lack of exfoliation

The other major key to preventing ingrown hairs is exfoliation. Exfoliating regularly helps turn over the top layer of skin. It also makes sure that hairs do not have opportunity to grow inward or into the skin’s top layer and become a painful ingrown hair. Your skin sheds every day and exfoliation helps speed up this process. Some people shed skin faster than others. You may be prone to more ingrown hairs because your skin does not shed as fast.

There are two ways to exfoliate – physical and chemical.

Physical exfoliation includes using brown sugar or coffee or a formulated body scrub like Gigi No Bump Scrub to help remove dead skin. You can also use a loofah or pouf to lightly scrub your skin. This can be done both inside the shower with your body wash or you can do a dry scrub with a dry scrub brush right before you hop in your shower or bath.

Chemical exfoliation involves using a lotion or cream with exfoliating acids, like alpha hydroxy or AHA, to speed up the skin cell turn over. Common AHA acids include lactic acid, mandelic acid, and glycolic acid. Be careful if using both chemical and physical exfoliation at the same time. Over exfoliation can ruin your skin’s natural moisture barrier, overdry your skin, and takes longer than you think to reverse. So if you plan on using both physical and chemical exfoliation, check with your dermatologist.

We also recommend that you always wear sunscreen if you are using a chemical exfoliant, because they can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

Both have their pros and cons. As for which is better, it depends on a few factors – your sensitivity level, how much time you want to spend on exfoliation, and your type of skin. To pick which is best for you, read more about the pros and cons of chemical vs physical exfoliation.

Ultimately, there are many possible reasons why you are getting a lot of ingrown hairs from epilating your hair. Be sure to eliminate each of the above reasons and maybe even try an updated or new epilator. If you continue to get ingrown hairs, despite exfoliating, good epilating technique, and a high quality epilator, we recommend trying another method of hair removal. Ingrown hairs are not just painful, but can cause long term scars. While there are certainly ways to fade scars over time, it may be better to switch back to shaving, try a depilatory cream, or combine shaving with an at home laser hair removal system.

Sugaring Wax Hair Removal Guide

A guide for sugaring hair removal at home, wax’s all natural sister alternative

Waxing, shaving, laser/IPL, and even epilating are all popular and even mainstream methods of hair removal. Sugaring is a lesser known but ever growing in popularity method of hair removal. Sugaring is similar to waxing, but uses a sugaring paste or wax that is all natural and is more gentle on the skin.

In this guide:

What is sugaring?

Sugaring hair removal was first used in Persian over a millennium ago, during a time where sugar was only found in Persia or modern day Middle East. Unlike wax which sticks to both hair and skin, this ancient method of hair removal sticks to the hair while conditioning the skin.

Sugaring wax is primarily a heated mixture of water, sugar, and lemon, heated until it resembles a pliable candy like consistency. This is then applied just like you would apply wax to remove hair. Aside from lemon, there are many other additives that can be found in sugaring paste, including those that had aromatherapeutic benefits. Some other common ingredients are cornstarch to thicken, honey or molasses for additional skin conditioning, guar gum for thickening, and any essential oil for aromatherapy and fragrance.

You can buy pre made sugaring wax or paste, or make it at home yourself like the ancient Persians. To make it, the process is very simple but it takes a little bit of practice to get the consistency right. We’ll cover a great recipe later – to skip to it now, please click here.

Sugaring vs waxing

Sugaring paste feels similar to regular wax, but is actually much more gentle on the skin.

Gentle

Even the most gentlest of wax grabs both skin and hair. This allows for the wax to grab all of the hair at one time with one pass. Sugaring wax only grabs the hair and this makes sugaring less painful than waxing. Because sugaring wax isn’t as grabby as regular wax, it sometimes takes more than 1 application of sugaring wax to completely remove all of the hair. However, because the pain is minimal, this is easy to do.

Natural wax

Sugaring wax is also made of natural ingredients, usually of water, sugar, and lemon. The lemon is added for acidity to break up the sugar molecules. The water in the paste helps moisturize and condition your skin while it is applied.

Wax faster

You can also sugar large areas of hair at one time. With regular wax, there is risk of the wax drying out and making it more difficult to remove so you wax a section of skin, remove wax, and then move onto the next section. With sugaring hair removal, you can apply the sugaring wax to a large area without risk of it drying or hardening. Then you can take your time removing the sugar in smaller sections.

Not as hot

Regular waxes, especially soft waxes have to be applied hot otherwise you end up with too much wax with each application. This can result in the wax strip or cotton strip grabbing onto the wax and not the hair. Even with regular hard wax, you need for it to be very warm so that it remains pliable while you apply it on your hair.

Sugaring wax has a much lower melting point temperature than many regular waxes. So you can keep the temperature of the sugaring wax much lower and still apply and reapply.

No residue

Traditional or homemade sugaring wax leaves no residue. With some pre made sugaring waxes you may notice a small amount of residue, but this can be washed off. Unlike regular wax, sugaring requires no pre treatments or post treatment oils to help with the sticky residue. If you apply too much sugar in an area or have difficulty getting it all off, you can just wash it off with water and start again.

In fact, if you use cotton muslin strips to remove the sugaring wax, you can just throw the strips in the washing machine and reuse them again during your next sugaring session. It’s a very eco friendly hair removal method!

Get all of the missed hairs

With regular wax, you find that if you miss hairs, a second pass with the wax leaves your skin red, irritated, and resembling chicken skin. This is because the regular wax grabs both the skin and the hair. With sugaring wax, you can apply and remove the wax as many times as you need with little irritation. While sugaring should take no more than two passes to remove the hair, if you need a few applications to remove hair in a curvy or joint area, then sugaring is a great gentle option.

Better for less coarse hair

If you have thick coarse hair that you have let grow out or have been shaving, we’d recommend that you wax with regular wax first before sugaring. Sugaring is great for softer hair and will not work as well on very coarse hair. Long term shaving (without waxing in the interval) can make the hair follicles thicker, and sugaring may not be able to be remove all of the hair. However, if you have been waxing, then you may have noticed that the hair regrowing is softer and less coarse. Sugaring is a great follow up to traditional wax for long term maintenance.

If you have softer, finer hair to begin with, you already make for a great candidate for this eco and at home friendly hair removal method.

How to sugar?

Hard sugaring wax

Sugaring wax hair removal is similar to traditional wax hair removal, with a minor but important difference.

First, if you make your wax at home, you’ll find that you can make both the traditional hard and soft waxes with the sugar. Even if you do not make it at home, and buy ready to use options, you’ll notice that some have a hard wax consistency while others have the soft wax viscosity.

This means, you can make the sugaring paste a bit thicker by cooking a little bit longer and use this just like you would a regular hard wax – without cotton strips. You apply the “hard” sugaring wax in the direction of hair growth, and then remove. You apply it thickly, then you lift the edges with your fingers and remove by gripping the wax and pulling in the direction opposite of hair growth. This is the same technique that you would normally use for a regular hardwax.

Soft sugaring wax

If you prefer using strips to remove the wax, then you make the soft wax version of the sugaring wax by cooking it less. This method uses cotton muslin strips or another soft disposable wax strip like a regular soft wax.

Here’s where how you sugar breaks off from how you waxing. With the soft sugar wax, you apply the sugaring wax in the OPPOSITE direction of hair growth, press a strip down on the wax, and quickly pull in the SAME direction of hair growth to remove. This is the exact opposite of how regular soft wax is applied and removed. It seems very counterintuitive but this allows for better sugaring hair removal. If you’re not convinced, you should try both to see the difference.

Also if you use cotton muslim strips to remove hair, you can throw them all into the washing machine to wash off the hair and sugar, and reuse the strips. This can be a huge benefit. With sugaring hair removal, not only can make your own wax, but you don’t have to rebuy removal strips. It’s the ultimate money saver – no professional salon visits and no having to restock home waxing materials.

To remove any residue, wash with warm water and then moisturize. The lack of residue with sugaring makes this more ideal than regular wax for at home use.

Sugaring wax – How to make and where to buy

Sugaring predates modern day waxes because it is so simple to make. The ancient Persian recipe of heating sugar and water to make a candy like syrup was easy to make in a part of the world where sugar was abundant and hair removal was as much of an art form as routine.

At the same time, it may take an attempt or two to get the perfect consistency for at home sugaring and not end up with a sugaring paste that is too thick or runny. If you can’t get it right, don’t have the time to make it yourself, or it’s too messy of a process, but like the gentleness and ease of sugaring instead of waxing, there are a few great options of premade sugaring wax. These options are just as convenient, (if not more because it’s premade) as homemade sugaring wax. They have short ingredient lists and can easily be washed off.

Either way, let’s look at how to make sugaring wax or which to buy.

1. DIY Sugaring Wax

Want to go to our guide to making sugaring paste at home, click here.

Making sugaring wax can be a little tricky at first, but only involves 3 ingredients – sugar, water, lemon juice. It is tricky because you have to figure out when to stop cooking to get the right consistency. However, if you are a natural DIY-er and don’t mind throwing out the first learning batch that you make, then it’s easy to make sugaring wax at home.

There are several pros of making sugaring wax at home. First, you can control the ingredients. Maybe you have sensitive skin? Add a few drops of lavender oil to help condition your skin while you sugar off hair. Or you want to create a spa like experience at home? You can add any essential oil to the sugaring paste and you’ll be able to smell it and enjoy its aromatherapeutic benefits. Or you found that muslim strips you are using prefer the wax to be slightly more liquid. You can cook the sugaring paste a bit less in your next batch. These are just some of the many ways you can custom make your own sugaring paste.

Not to mention, because most people have sugar, water, and lemon juice in their kitchens all the time, you can make sugaring paste any time. No need to wait for a mail delivery or run to the store to restock sugaring paste. Make some more in 5 minutes and get to smooth skin at 6.

So, you want to make your own sugaring paste? Here is a guide to how to make different kinds of sugaring wax at home.

2. CocoJojo sugaring wax – natural ingredients

Don’t want to make sugaring wax yourself and prefer a ready to use product? CocoJojo sugaring wax is our favorite option because its simple ingredients make it most like the homemade sugaring wax.

First, let’s look at the ingredient list. It has honey, sugar, lemon juice which make up the basic sugaring wax base with argan oil, tea tree extract, and azulene oil for skin conditioning. No needless additives or chemicals. If you prefer simple products or don’t want the hassle of making sugaring wax at home, this is like if your DIY skilled friend offered to make it for you.

CocoJojo also makes several types of sugaring waxes – hard sugar wax and soft sugaring wax just like you can at home. There is also a bikini wax that is a thicker harder version of regular sugaring paste.


To read verified reviews of CocoJoJo sugaring wax, click here.

3. Gentle Bees sugaring wax – no essential oils

Gentle Bees sugaring wax is made by a very small company in Texas, and is another great ready to use sugaring wax option. You might have noticed that CocoJoJo adds skin conditioning essential oils. But, if you’re allergic to one of the oils or you’re allergic to honey, then Bees sugaring wax is a better product for you.

Gentle Bees sugaring wax only has 3 ingredients – sugar, wax, and lemon juice. These are the same 3 ingredients you use to make the basic sugaring wax at home.

It also comes in a glass container that you can microwave and use when you need to remove hair, and it makes it easy to control the temperature of the wax.


To read verified reviews of Gentle Bees sugaring wax, click here.

4. Moom sugaring wax – great for travel

Moom sugaring wax is our favorite option for sugaring hair removal while traveling. Moom is a family owned business that has been around for a long time, and has more diverse set of products than anyone else. Their kits come with everything you need – applicator popsicle sticks, wax removing strips, and easy to warm wax, and it all comes in a small travel friendly packaging.

Like CocoJojo and Bees, Moom sugaring wax also has a simple ingredient list – sugar, lemon, water make up the base and chamomile and tea tree oil offer skin conditioning properties.


To read verified reviews of Moom sugaring wax, click here.

Best 7 Epilator Reviews for Better Hair Removal

A complete guide: Epilator hair removal

Epilators have come a long way since we started using them for hair removal a few years back, with an infinite number of features, speeds, colors. There are so many options that it is confusing to pick a good epilator unless you are an epilator veteran. To skip ahead in this guide, please expand the table of contents below.

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Reviews of the Top 7 epilators in 2018

With prices ranging from $30 to $160 and up to 10 features to shop from, picking one of many epilators available in 2017 can be overwhelming. To help you make your choice, we have rounded up the top 7 epilators of 2018. Each epilator is broken down into features as well as cons to make it easier to find the one that best suits your lifestyle and hair removal needs.

  1. Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 – Our Top Pick Epilator
  2. This is not the most expensive epilator out there but it IS the best epilator that money can buy in 2018. Let’s see why.

    The head of this epilator is extra wide, which helps remove more hair in each pass. The head vibrates while in operation, which minimizes the pain that you might feel while epilating. The vibrations help massage and numb your skin. And finally, the Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 epilator head also pivots with your body. This helps keep the epilator head flat on your skin’s surface in trickier areas like under arms or behind knees.

    Thanks to its Micro Grip tweezer technology, the tweezers on this epilator are much longer and wider than standard. This makes this hair removal device even better than waxing, picking up hairs that you may not even see. The Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 can pick up even a grain of sand!

    It is cordless, with the longest lasting battery on the market, and can be used in both wet and dry environments. It’s also easy to clean with a detachable head, which you can wash or use the included cleaning brush.

    There is a built in light for better visibility. To help with sensitive skin areas, the Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 epilator offers 2 speeds and an efficiency cap. This helps maximize hair removal and control how much hair you want epilate at any time.

    Last but not least, the Braun epilator comes with 7 extras! Yes, SEVEN! This includes a shaver head that you can use to shave, a trimmer cap for trimming hair, an efficiency cap, a high frequency massaging cap, and a facial brush. The facial brush helps remove makeup and physically exfoliate any dead skin through micro vibrations. All of these attachments are waterproof just like the epilator itself. The seventh extra is a recharging stand for the epilator.

    (The main epilator head is considered the 7th attachment, as all of the caps are interchangeable and some can even be doubled up, with 1 over the other.)

    To read more about Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 product specifications, click here.


    What could be better

    There are really no issues with this epilator. We had to think hard about this but here are two potential issues.

    Initially, we considered the price to be a downside of this epilator. But after taking the number of attachments into consideration, the price is a 1 time cost that can save you money on razors, facial brushes, and a trimmer. For this many uses, the 1 time cost is more than reasonable.

    The second potential downside could be that you cannot use the epilator and charge at the same time. The epilator must be charged before or after each use. This could be a matter of habit for you. If you wax at home, you have to heat up the wax before you can use it. Similarly, by keeping the recharging dock nearby and in sight, this problem can easily be avoided. Just remember to charge after each use so you’re ready for the next time.

    To read more customer verified Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 reviews, click here.

    Summary

    By almost exceeding in each of the potential features that an electric epilator can have in 2017, the Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 is an incredibly feature heavy hair removal tool. If you’re looking for an investment epilator that has multiple uses, this is your epilator!

  3. Panasonic ES-ED90-P – Runner Up Epilator
  4. The Panasonic ES-ED90-P epilator comes in a close second to the Braun Silk-epil, offering another excellent choice minus a few features.

    This epilator comes with a 60 degree pivoting head with a built in light and 2 operating speeds to epilate more or less sensitive areas of your body in 1 go. With 46 tweezers, it falls into the mid to high range for tweezer power.

    It also comes with 6 attachments. Two of these attachments are epilating attachments, with a gentle epilation cap attachment and a precise cap attachment. The gentle cap is meant for areas of your body that have a low tolerance to pain as it reduces the number of tweezers running along your skin. The precision cap makes the head smaller so you can epilate smaller areas with more accuracy. The precision cap could be especially useful for men for beards.

    Other attachments include a shaver head, a bikini comb cap, and a pedicure buffer for removing dry skin and calluses.

    This epilator also works in wet and dry environments.

    To read more about Panasonic ES-ED90-P product specifications, click here.


    What could be better

    Again, like the Braun, price and rechargeability are the main but still minor concerns. This is still an excellent investment in terms of price in that it is far less than even 1 salon wax session.

    This epilator cannot be recharged while using it, like some corded epilators. Be sure to charge immediately after each or every few sessions to make sure it always runs when you need it to.

    To read more customer verified Panasonic ES-ED90-P reviews, click here.

    Summary

    This is another best contender in the best epilators money can buy. It is missing some of the features, like micro grab technology, a trimmer or a facial brush, from our top pick, but adds some feature options to make up for it. Depending on what extras you’ll use the most, the Panasonic ES-ED90-P could be your top choice.

  5. Emjoi AP-18 – Most Powerful Epilator
  6. Let’s start with the main feature that makes this epilator such powerhouse – It has 72 tweezers! This is almost double our first pick and runner up. With 72 tweezers, the Emjoi AP-18 is an ideal epilator for legs, arms, or other areas with a lot of hair or dense hair. Epilating with the Emjoi AP-18 will be much faster than either the Braun Silk-epil or the Panasonic epilators.

    However, this may not be the best epilator for a beginner for the same reason. 72 tweezers pulling hair is going to hurt much more than half that number. The Emjoi AP-18 also does not have any massaging or vibrating attachments that will help numb the pain for a beginner or for someone with low pain tolerance.

    But if you’re a seasoned veteran or have used an epilator 4-5 times, this is a powerful machine for you. Even if you are a beginner and plan on removing a lot of hair via epilation, it would be possible to build up tolerance and good technique by using it in smaller areas first.

    The second feature unique to the Emjoi is the dual opposed heads. What this means is that the tweezers are not just at the top of epilator, but rounded out to extend out the top as well as the sides. These dual opposing heads allows greater flexibility as you travel over your body with the epilator. You can use it both on the right and left, and angle accordingly as you epilate.

    The Emjoi AP-18 is corded with a 6.5 feet cord and offers 2 speeds.

    It also boasts a Skin Glide technology that helps it grab all hairs on your skin. This technology helps it “scoop” up any hairs that are sitting flat and remove them from the root.

    To read more about Emjoi AP-18 product specifications, click here.

    What could be better

    The Emjoi AP-18 does not have a built in light or shaving attachments. There is no efficiency cap, but you may not need one with the 72 tweezers and dual heads!

    It is not water resistant, but it comes with a cleaning brush for good hygiene. It certainly is missing many of the features that our top picks have.

    To read more customer verified Emjoi AP-18 reviews, click here.

    Summary

    While we wouldn’t make it our top choice, this is a great epilator to have in your hair removal tool arsenal because it is incredibly powerful. Don’t look to the Emjoi AP-18 for features. This is a workhorse epilator and exceeds expectations in the main goal of an epilator – remove hair.

  7. Emjoi Soft Caress Epilator – Best Hypoallergenic Epilator
  8. The Emjoi Soft Caress Epilator is a different kind of powerhouse in that it is a highly efficient epilator for those with sensitive skin.

    It only has 36 tweezers but has the “highest tweezes per minute”. There are 2 speeds on this epilator. So while there are far less tweezers, at each of the 2 speeds, the tweezers rotate very quickly to pull out hair quickly. This makes the Emjoi Soft Caress Epilator perfect for causing the least amount of discomfort on sensitive skin.

    Emjoi Soft Caress Epilator has another helpful feature for those with sensitive skin – all 36 tweezers are 24 karat gold plated with antibacterial properties. This plating makes the tweezers hypoallergenic and decreases ingrown hairs.

    It includes a massage attachment that helps numb your skin during epilation. Like the Emjoi AP-18, it is not water resistant but includes a cleaning brush. It should not be used in the shower.

    This epilator is also cordless and rechargeable. In fact, you can use it while it recharges unlike the other epilators we have covered so far. This allows you to use this epilator in any dry situations at any time!

    To read more about Emjoi Soft Caress Epilator product specifications, click here.

    What could be better

    It would be nice to see Emjoi make their epilators water resistant. The Emjoi Soft Caress Epilator has so many features alongside great epilation technology. Being able to use it in the shower would round out its feature list and make it contender for a wider audience.

    To read more customer verified Emjoi Soft Caress Epilator reviews, click here.

    Summary

    It’s hypoallergenic tweezers and fast rotating tweezers make the Emjoi Soft Caress epilator a unique product. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to ingrown hairs, this is the epilator to get.

  9. Remington EP7030 – Best Value Epilator
  10. If you’re worried about, there are a few decent options in a lower price range that offer a good value as a beginner epilator. The Remington EP7030 is one of the best in this category as Remington is one of the original companies in the epilator industry.

    The Remington EP7030 epilator has 40 tweezers and operates at 2 speeds. It also has a pivoting head with a few cap attachments. The precision cap, perfect angle cap, and massaging cap all help you customize your experience according to what area you are epilating. There is also a built in light for better visibility.

    It is rechargeable with a power adaptor and otherwise cordless, and can be used wet and dry. You can wash it off in the shower after use by removing the head or use a cleaning brush, also included.

    To read more about Remington EP7030 product specifications, click here.


    What could be better

    The epilator is highly functional, but lacks additional features that make this a versatile travel friendly tool. It also lacks some technological developments in terms of tweezers and epilator motor like our other picks.

    To read more customer verified Remington EP7030 reviews, click here.

    Summary

    There is a low frills epilator that does the job, and does it well. If you’re a student or not sure about epilation as a hair removal process in general, this is an excellent experimental product. That’s not to say that it is not good for long term use. These epilators will run for years. So if you find that you don’t need more features, you’ll find the Remington EP7030 performs very well.

  11. Codream 4-1 – Best Value Epilator with Features
  12. Are you looking for a beginner epilator with a few more multi-purpose functionalities? Look no further than the Codream 4-1 epilator.

    It is a lesser known epilator with a younger brand. But don’t let that hold you back if the features make this an appealing choice for you.

    The 4-1 refers to the 4 functions this epilator offers via attachments – epilator, shaver, hair clipper, and callus remover. Amongst the extras, the callus remover on Codream 4-1 is highly rated attachment. In terms of multifunctionality, this is a powerhouse.

    It is rechargeable via power adaptor and can be used while plugged in or as cordless. There is a built in LED light. The epilator head can be removed and washed with water. But the epilator itself is not wet/dry and should be using in dry places only.

    To read more about Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 product specifications, click here.


    What could be better

    In terms of features, making the whole epilator water resistant would make this epilator well rounded.

    Aside from features, the Codream 4-1 epilator does lack the latest technology in both tweezers
    and epilator motor.

    To read more customer verified Braun Silk-epil 9 9-579 reviews, click here.

    Summary

    Want an beginner, budget friendly option that offers more features and versatility than the Remington EP7030? The Codream 4-1 is your epilator.

  13. Philips Satinelle HP-6401 – Best Starter Epilator
  14. For our last review, we asked ourselves – What is the cheapest basic epilator that does the job?

    Why bothering asking this question? We recognized that sometimes you want to spend the least possible money to figure out if a particular hair removal method even works for you. With that in mind, we concluded that if you want a basic starter epilator, the Philips Satinelle HP-6401 is one to try.

    It has 21 tweezers, 2 speed setting and an efficiency cap. You can also wash the top epilator head by taking it off the body of the machine, which is not water resistant.

    It is a little louder than the other epilators we have reviewed. It is also corded.

    To read more about Philips Satinelle HP-6401 product specifications,click here.

    What could be better

    Almost everything.

    This epilator has none of the features of our epilators and no additional attachments. It has a low number of tweezers and no built in light. And it is not water resistant and so cannot be used in the shower.

    To read more customer verified Philips Satinelle HP-6401 reviews, click here.

    Summary

    Remember this is a basic, no frills epilator. It is much lower in price than the others we have picked to review here. But this is also a best selling epilator and has been for many years. So it may not be fancy, but it works! The Philips Satinelle HP-6401 would be a great epilator to start your epilating journey with, and later adding a second more efficient epilator to your hair removing arsenal!

What is an epilator?

Epilators still enjoy a somewhat anonymous status. Many women have never used or heard of an epilator! This is ironic because epilators can be the ideal method of hair removal for a lot of people, men and women.

The epilator is a hair removal device that uses groups of tweezers to remove hair from it’s root. The tweezers are usually metal or ceramic. As you pass the epilator over your skin, its many tweezers rotate to grab many hairs and remove them completely just like waxing.

Epilation allows you to be hair free for longer than shaving, similar to waxing. Like waxing, when the hair regrows out from its root, you must epilate to remove it again. Depending on fast your hair grows, you could enjoy smooth skin for 1 to 3 weeks!

So why is the epilator a better alternative to shaving or waxing?

Long lasting smooth skin

Epilating gives long last smooth skin. If you remove hair by shaving, you are probably shaving anywhere from every 3 or 4 days to daily. Epilating is like waxing. It removes the hair from the root. So you have to epilate only as often as your hair regrows from its roots. That means you can enjoy smooth hairless skin for a week up to 2 or 3 weeks!

Easy

It’s also as easy as shaving, if not easier. Epilators come in many features, from cordless to rechargable to waterproof to vibrating heads that numb your skin. There is no nicking your skin or causing razor burn like shaving.

It’s definitely much easier than waxing. You may need to recharge your epilator, but there is no warming up of wax or other preparation. You even don’t need to wait for your hair to grow out ¼ of an inch, like for waxing. You can epilate the minute you start to see or feel hairs. And you can epilate from anywhere, home or a hotel.

Cheap

If you shave, how often you buy new razors or razor heads? Or you may go to a wax salon, which can cost up to $200/visit. Not to mention having to schedule an appointment and worry about hot wax burns. Even if you wax at home, you’re spending money on wax refills or waxing strips.

An epilator is a 1 time cost for several years. With epilators ranging from $40 to $140, you only have to spend that once to epilate for years. Without a doubt, epilating is the cheapest hair removal solution available to men and women today. And with technology improving every single year, epilators are becoming a go-to for hair removal for more people every year.

Features of an epilator

There are over a hundred epilators available to try out there today. You could start with any of them. So which one do you pick up? What are the differences between each epilator? Are they all the same? Why are some more expensive than others?

A few years ago, a lot of epilators were fairly straightforward. They only worked if plugged into an outlet, in dry environments (not in the shower), and sometimes hard to clean. Today, epilators are available with lots more features. Here are some of the features we looked at to differentiate a good epilator from a better one to find some of the best epilators available to us in 2017:

  1. Pulls hairs rather than breaks hairs
  2. A common question we get is: do epilators cause ingrown hairs? They can with a low quality epilator. So what does that mean?

    A good epilator will grab the hairs at their roots to pull it out completely. It should not be grabbing hairs halfway and breaking them. This will lead to faster re growth because the hair was not removed and only broken, like shaving.

    It could also mean more ingrown hairs because when a hair is pulled until it breaks halfway, it is stretched out. After it stretches and snaps, it curls back towards the skin and could become an ingrown hair.

  3. Number of tweezers
  4. The more tweezers on the head of the epilator, the faster you’ll pull out more hair. Each of the tweezers grab hairs as they rotate.

    So with an epilator that has a high number tweezers, you’ll be pulling out more hairs per pass of the epilator over your skin. This can be great because you’ll spend less time epilating.

    At the same time, if you have low tolerance for pain, more tweezers could also mean more pain. So it is important to know how many tweezers an epilator has, so you can make an informed decision.

  5. Cost
  6. Epilators can cost anywhere from $30 to $150 and prices go up with increased features, details, and accessories. Lower priced epilators can have lower number of tweezers and less convenient details, but are a good place to start if you are unsure about epilation.

    On the other hand, if you wax often or use a hair removal method that removes hair from the roots, a good quality epilator can be a useful tool. While the initial cost can seem high for an epilator will all of the features, bells and whistles available, the money you save by replacing wax salon fees quickly makes the epilator a good investment.

  7. Efficiency cap
  8. If you have low pain tolerance, the epilator cap is a must have. It is an attachment cap for the epilator head, where all the tweezers are, to help lessen the pain of epilating.

    It is curved and helps optimize the surface area that touches your skin to maximize the angle needed for epilation. The shape of the attachment cap helps you keep the epilator at a 90 degree angle, which is the best angle for epilation. It also makes epilating less painful.

  9. Easy to clean
  10. This is another must have. To make sure your epilator works for a long time, you want to be sure to clean it. The tweezers that pull hair out rotate at the top the epilator. In a good epilator, you are able to take that top portion off or apart to clean out any hairs that might have gotten stuck in there while the tweezers rotate.

    A clean epilator will also help keep your skin free of any acne or similar breakouts that are a result of bad epilator hygiene.

  11. Speed options
  12. Variable speeds help you control how fast or slow the tweezers turn. This is especially useful when you are epilating a curved and sensitive area, like an armpit or the back of knee. These areas can hurt a lot more.

    If your epilator has two or more speeds, you can continue epilating up an arm or leg by just slowing it down when you reach a sensitive area.

  13. Built in light
  14. Most of us will epilate in a bathroom, and sometimes bathrooms do not have the best light at night. Having a built in light at the head of the epilator that shines on your skin can be really helpful when you have to epilate during an evening.

    The built in light can help you see hairs that are shorter or finer so that you don’t end up with patchy areas due to bad overhead lighting.

  15. Accessories
  16. There are a lot of accessories available with some epilators. Some accessories make the basic epilator into a powerful 7-in-1 or 5-in-1 tool with attached heads for shaving hair, exfoliating, or even scrubbing your heels.

    Epilators with accessories can be the ideal choice for anyone who travels or does not have a lot of storage in their bathroom because one tool does so much more than just epilate!

  17. Cordless
  18. Corded epilators work just as fine as cordless or rechargeable epilators. However, if you travel or your bathroom outlet is too far to be comfortable, a cordless option can be a small detail that offers tremendous convenience.

    So think about where in your home you will be using your epilator, and if having a cordless epilator will make your life easier. Alternatively, if you travel often, cordless is definitely the way to go.

  19. Wet/Dry options

Want to be able to shower and epilate in 1 go? A wet/dry epilator might be your best friend. These epilators can be used in the shower with the water running. This helps with cleaning up the hair that is epilated and the epilator itself. As these epilators are water resistant, you can wash the epilator and the tweezer heads and let it dry in the shower for the next time.

These epilators are also ideal for travelers, who can use in hotels and airbnbs without worrying about the mess and cleanup.

What about pain?

All this talk about removing hair from the root brings us to an important question – How much does it hurt?

The answer depends on your tolerance for pain. We have found that it hurts less than waxing but more than shaving. However, if shaving gives you ingrown hairs then trading your razer for a good epilator may still be worth it. A well designed efficiency cap also helps with any pain you might experience.

Even if you do experience pain from epilation, there are a number of ways you can reduce epilator pain.

All in all, unless your pain tolerance is insanely low, don’t be put off by the reports of pain. With some practice, the epilator can become your go to tool for hair removal.