The face is the first feature that people see in others and will take great pains to present their best. The presence of facial hair can make a person appear scruffy or intimidating, especially in men. The easiest way to get facial hair off is through shaving but it needs to be done daily, lest the ugly, rough stubs of hair appear. An ideal method of getting facial hair off for longer is through the use of an epilator.
An epilator is a grooming device powered by electricity that removes facial hair by the roots. It is similar to waxing as it pulls multiple hairs simultaneously but like a tweezer as it gets each hair shaft from its roots. If you want to give epilators a go, there are some features that you need to look out for before you get one.
- For newbies on facial hair removal using an epilator, buy a model that is specifically designed for the face. It will be smaller and lighter than usual epilators. Regular epilators may be big but have attachments available to accommodate facial hair removal.
- The working part of the epilator is its head, which contains the tweezers. The ideal unit for removing facial hair has tweezers located inside the head, otherwise, it has the tendency to pinch or cut your skin, which you would not want to happen especially in sensitive areas on the face.
- Epilators have attachments, which look like caps cover some parts of the head to remove hair from a sensitive area. People used to epilators buy attachments for their usual body epilators to save money instead of buying separate models. Smoothskinlab has comprehensive reviews of different models.
- These are the non-essential parts of the facial epilator which may come with the model you intend to buy. Some have shavers/trimmer heads for places when pain can be too much. There are certain brands that come with an exfoliator to remove ingrown hair. Other units have “cooling glove” which tightens pores and is best used after the hair has been removed.
- Tweezer count. When buying a facial epilator, read the label. The more tweezers it has, the fastest it will remove hair. It may not necessarily be expensive and it will cause pain, but no matter how thick the hair is, it will be gone quickly and efficiently.
- Model type. To get the best of both worlds, buy the wet/dry model. This allows hair removal even under the shower or during a bath. It will also be cordless, which means it can get into facial nooks and crannies but allocate time for getting it fully charged before use.
- Pre-treatment. Hair removal will hurt and will cause redness, no matter what model there is. Look for one that will still work even when facial skin is treated with moisturisers or lubricants prior to epilation. It should also be easy to clean and will not corrode or loosen when these products are removed.
Unwanted Facial Hair Removal
Unwanted facial hair on the upper lip, chin, and sideburns are the most common problem areas that will benefit with epilators. Unlike other unwanted body hair, hair located on these areas tends to be fine and will cause more pain than the usually thick hair present on the limbs or the genital areas. Epilators are better than shavers or tweezers for the face because it saves time, prevents ingrown hair and dark marks, and skin will be bare for 2 to 3 weeks. However, it can have some downsides as with other hair removal techniques. The most obvious would be its ability to cause pain. To lessen it, some people wax the area first and then use the epilator to keep regrowth at bay. Another factor that can turn off potential users is its price tag. But compared to a year’s budget buying various implements to get facial hair off, buying a good epilator will come off as a better investment. Read our post about hair damage.