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As the my headline says, yes it is sore and painful but each time you use it gets less painful, just one more reason to continue to use it. it is perfect for when you are going on holidays or have to shave nearly every day. It is a good size, and perfect for travelling, although it can be a little noisy so I wouldnt suggest using it while others in the house are sleeping. Personally I love my epilator as it can be used on more than your just legs, your underarms and bikini line can also benefit greatly.
With the epilator you only have to use it about once a forenight, depending on your hair growth. It lasts the same length of time as waxing but without having the buy the wax every time or paying for it in a salon so it is cheaper in the long run.
I also found a trick that if you shave your legs first then the following day use the epilator and do so every day for a week, it is less painful and a lot quicker when you do it. Yes it is a hassle doing it every day but it is worth it.
Like most females (even the ones who hide behind the fictional 'it's more hygienic' excuse) I shave for one reason only. Society tells me I have to and I don't have the required confidence to break this norm. While hairy female pits don't disgust me in the least bit I think we can all say for certain if I were to expose such a thing to the world I'd get a lot of funny looks, whispers behind my back and probably even heckles in the street. It would seem that a hairy girl is an unattractive girl and really, who wants to feel unattractive?
I've stuck to shaving since my hair removal days started. It's a quick and painless method although has the one terrible downside that you have to do it pretty much daily to maintain smooth, hairless body parts. I can stand the pain of waxing and much prefer the longer lasting results but home waxing kits seldom actually work and paying for a professional to do it every two or three weeks is far too expensive. Hair removal cream is too harsh on my sensitive skin, even ones made for sensitive skin and, again, it's hard to find one which properly works. So I decided to turn to epilation. A method which promised to keep my body parts smooth and hairless for weeks on end. A method I could comfortably and easily do in my own home without having to pay through the nose for it. A method which also promised pain. But how much pain? Was it bearable? Where the results worth it? I guess the only way I could find out was to try it out for myself!
I opted for the Philips Satinelle Soft Epilator as it was from a brand I knew and trusted and was on offer in Tesco for £27, not a bad price at all considering the likes of Boots, Argos and Amazon sell this for £40+! Like with most of these types of products prices range considerably from shop to shop so it's definitely worth shopping around rather than buying the first one you see.
The epilator comes with a number of different parts. Obviously you get your epilating head which needs to be attached to the product's body for epilation, there's also a clip on hair-lifting attachment with massage element which supposedly makes epilation much more comfortable and is ideal for first timers. This epilator also doubles up as an electric shaver so you also get a shaving head, a clip on shaving head comb attachment and a clip on shaving head protection cap. Both the epilating head and shaving head are easy to remove and put on the body, simply slide them to the left to remove and slide them to the right to put on and you're done. The clip on attachments are also easy to add, just clip them on!
Also included in this epilator is a plug and adapter, needed as this epilator only works when plugged in. The cord is quite long though so you don't have to be sat right against a plug socket to remove your hair. A cleaning brush is also thrown in so you keep your epilator clean and hair free. Lastly, there's a basic looking white wash bag with draw string to keep your epilating bits and pieces together. It may be worth mentioning at this point that this epilator is not water proof so don't try to use it in the bath or shower!
The epilator itself is very attractive. It's a curved shape roughly about seven inches tall and four inches wide at its widest point, it's very easy and comfortable to hold. The trim of the epilator is lilac with the middle being a glittery white colour with lilac swirls. The speed setting button is dark purple with silver trim and the product name is written along the bottom in this same shade of dark purple. It's girly looking and very pretty.
Using the epilator is easy as long as you can withstand the pain. The epilator basically plucks each individual hair out of the body part you're epilating, it's like fourty tweezers attacking your legs at the same time and that's exactly what it feels like. I have noticed the longer the hair the more it hurts and, fortunately, this epilator is great for removing really short hairs so as long as you epilate about once a fortnight depending on the rate of your hair growth you shouldn't ever need to feel the maximum amount of pain this can give you. I also find the faster of the two speed settings makes the pain more bearable on fleshier parts of the skin. The slower speed setting is definitely recommended for areas close to the bone such as knees and ankles though. These are the areas which hurt most an the slower speed setting is a lot more comfortable than using the faster one.
I wouldn't say my pain threshold is particularly high but then I wouldn't say it's desperately low either. I have a fair few large tattoos and am pierced in several places so I can withstand pain to an extent. I've found how well I can handle the pain of this epilator a little hit and miss really. On my legs, below my knees, the pain is perfectly tolerable and I can get the bottom of both my legs done in about ten minutes pretty fuss free. Moving up the knees and thighs, however, is a whole lot worse. Thighs are still doable but through gritted teeth, knees I'll only do if I'm feeling particularly brave and I'll more often than not quickly change my mind again and just shave this area instead! Silly me thought arms would be less painful, turns out I couldn't have been more wrong if I'd tried! I attempted my arms once and gave up after about five minutes of flinching and turning the device on and off again to give myself a rest and basically getting nowhere. I've never attempted my arms again.
For me, the most tolerable way of epilating in regards to the pain is to bully a friend into doing it for me. This way, I grit my teeth and think of nice things whilst someone else quickly runs the epilator over my legs and it's all over and done with really quickly and reasonably comfortably. Doing it myself takes a lot longer and I'm constantly flinching away from the epilator and stopping and starting again.
Of course, the pain this brings will vary widely from person to person. My sister owns an epilator and I've witnessed her do even the sensitive area of her armpits with hers without even flinching. She epilates pretty much her entire body and just sits there and gets it done with no fuss. Then again, my Sister is one of those strange people you could probably stab in the face and she'd claim she barely felt it..
Moisturising after epilation is highly recommend. I often find my legs go a little blotchy and red for about ten minutes after epilating and a good moisturiser really helps to calm them down. Don't apply creams before epilating though! You just need to wash the area and towel dry it before starting the process.
The effects of the epliator are, in my opinion, worth the pain though. My legs are left hairless and smooth for a good two weeks before stubble starts to appear. I spend less time removing the hair and the money I've saved on razor blades and shaving gel means this has probably paid for itself in the few short months I've owned it. It doesn't take long to do and because it's meant to be used on dry skin you can pretty much do it any time. I've found it to be a life saver on unexpected hot days when I've decided to bare my legs. Rather than having to take an unnecessary bath or shower just to run the razor along my legs I can whip this out and do the process in half the time!
The shaving head attachment of this is also really good and I very regularly use this. In fact I've just switched to using this instead of my usual razors now as, like I said, it saves me a lot of money in razor blades and shaving creams. This is really good to removing shorter hairs although isn't quite so effective on longer hairs thus I have to ensure I shave the moment I start to feel the hairs reappearing in order to get the full effect of the shaving aspect of the product. Again, it's really quick to use and good for those times you don't have a lot of time but need to get rid of a few hairs. It offers a really close shave providing the hairs are only a few mm in length and leaves skin feeling really smooth. The best thing is it's impossible to cut yourself using this meaning no more unsightly cuts and scabs on my body parts! Obviously this is still shaving though so it needs to be done daily or at least every two or three days to keep your body parts as smooth as you'd like them.
Cleaning the device is easily done. Remove the attachment heads and run it under warm running water. Use the cleaning brush provided to get into corners and other awkward bits. The actual razor of the shaving head attachment also comes off and it's important to regularly clean this bit too as a fair bit of hair gets caught here. You just lift this bit off and, again, run it under cold water. It takes about five minutes to do and I tend to just pat it down with a towel and leave it by my window to dry properly. Within an hour it's good to use again.
All in all I would say this is an effective hair removal method. Obviously the only way you're ever going to know if you have the required pain threshold to comfortably use the epilator is to try one yourself but, even if you can't, I think the razor element of this device is worth the money alone. If you only stick to this method like I do then you'll save yourself a fortune in the long run. Epilating my legs means I only have to endure this chore once a fortnight and I use can use my bath times to have a relaxing soak rather than concentrate on not ripping my legs to pieces with a razor. The shaving head offers a really quick and inexpensive way of shaving although still needs to be done regularly to keep in top of it.
I would completely recommend this epilator. The only fault I can pick with it is that it doesn't hold any charge. I think having the option to use it plugged in or running on batteries would be more convenient particularly for weekends away. I'm over the moon I managed to get such a good price for this epiltator although I still don't think I'd have been disappointed if I'd paid £40 for it in a different store.
Yup, I was sick of shaving because my hair grows back so quickly that it became pointless to shave only to have stubble the next day. I didn't want to wax because its messy and inconvenient and plus, if you can handle the pain of waxing, then surely you can handle the pain of an epilator since its just pulling out your hairs too?
And so I decided to bite my tongue and try out an epilator!
First impressions of the little device:
Loved the design - small, lightweight, fit into the palm and contours of my hand well, colour very nice as well as the pattern on it, brush heads were very easy to attach (didn't even need to read manual), cord was long enough to plug into socket anywhere. Didn't seem too bad.
Next - turned it on and man was it loud and scary! Just watching the head move rapidly made me doubt whether I'd made the right decision.
I decided to be brave and start off with the low setting where it doesn't spin that fast. I tried it on my legs first and it wasn't too bad at all! In fact, I kind of enjoyed watching it magically pluck all the hairs out and leaving my skin smoother than it had ever been. Result!
Next I decided to try my arms as its slightly more sensitive than my legs. Yes, it hurts a bit more than on the legs, but thats expected and after a while I got used to it. It just feels a bit prickly to start off with. Not that I need to epilate my arms regularly but it gave me an idea of the pain I could tolerate before I moved onto DUN DUN DUN... armpits!
I was quite scared to do this and had to edge it in slowly from the top of my armpit so that it only caught a few hairs first. First sensation was OUCH, stings. But after the initial slight shock I felt a little braver and even turned the setting on high so I could quickly get it over and done with.
I moved it down watching it catch all the hairs. Yes its more painful than manually plucking each hair out with a tweezer but its so much more convenient.
The first time I epilated my armpits they bled a little afterwards. It was just a bit of spotting and stopped really quickly but I thought I'd add this in, in case there are those of you who don't want to deal with a gadget that makes you bleed! I only experienced this once. Whenever I epilate my armpits they no longer bleed and I can embrace the pain. My advice is if you are really that scared of the pain, then have some soothing wipes or cold wet cloth by your side so you can hold it there for a few seconds.
My ultimate advice is that if you are not one who can tolerate pain well - for instance you find waxing like torture - then don't bother with an epilator. For me, I think its a wonderful device to have. After I've used an epilator, my hair doesn't grow back until 2 or 3 weeks later! No more need to worry about unsightly stubble or forgetting to shave!
Oh and besides the epilator head, you also get:
A Shaver Head - useful for any hairs you've missed, which can happen if some hairs are shorter than others
2x Trim Guards - that attach onto the shaver head in case you want to trim somewhere...
A double sided brush - to help brush away the hairs after you've done
A handy drawstring travel pouch
An epilator is one of the many alternatives to shaving for hair removal. Using this Philips epilator I have found that the results definitely last much longer than shaving (a couple of weeks). However, the process takes MUCH longer. I have found that you have to go over every patch of skin quite a few times to get all the hair off. The epilator comes with two detatchable caps to aid with removing shorter hairs. There are also two different speed settings. The epilator itself is easy to clean as the head is completely detachable, however the removed hair does tend to fly everywhere during epilation.
The device itself is quite small (about 7cm x 4cm x 1cm) so is easily portable. The lead is quite long, so you can epilate your legs where is convenient, not just where the electricity socket is.
Epilating is not as painful as you might think, but it is not pain free. When using this epilator expect some discomfort during use and for a few hours after (especially if you apply moisturiser). My skin also goes quite red and blotchy for a few hours, however this always settles down with no adverse effects. The only problem I have noticed with epilating versus other ways of hair removal is that you do tend to get a fair few ingrowing hairs if you don't exfoliate regularly after epilating. More efficient epilating can be achieved by exfoliating beforehand.
I have had this epilator for about 18 months and it has not quite lived up to my expectations, and as a result I have only used it a few times. However the technique does take a while to master (it says this in the handy advice booklet) so don't be too disappointed if desired results aren't acheived first time, it does get easier! I find it most useful for before holidays so you don't have to think about shaving during the holiday. For me, the process is just to long and laborious to do every two weeks. However this is a decent product and at around £30 is worth a try if you're sick of shaving.
I had never tried an epilator before buying this Phillips satinelle one in Boots for around £40. I was fed up of shaving every day and I hate waxing so I thought I would give this epilator a go.
The one I bought is actually lilac and white, with a flower pattern on the front which looks really cute and girly, the one in the picture is pink, the purple one I bought is for sensitive skin.
This epilator is really lightweight and easy to use. It does take a long time to do your legs, shaving is a lot quicker but the results from this epilator are worth the time you have to spend doing it. You get a much smoother finish and it lasts a lot longer.
The pain is not as bad as I thought it would be at all, it did hurt but not that bad. I don't think I will ever go back to shaving again, after seeing the results! My legs are really smooth, although it does leave them quite red afterwards, but it goes down after a few hours. I put aloe vera gel on afterwards and it really soothes your skin.
This epilator has two speed settings, and you use it on dry legs. It has a sensitive cap for skin that is sensitive and I have never experienced any irritation after using this epilator. It is really easy to keep clean, and the head actually comes off making it really easy to clean.
I highly recommend this epilator, even if you have never used one before it is so easy to use, you will never go back to shaving again!
After spending 5 years shaving only too find that the hair grew back the next day i decided enough was enough! I tried waxing strips but couldnt stand the pain. I then decided to splash out on a £200 rio laser hair remover which did absolutely nothing for me. I was browsing ebay one day and came across the word epilator in the hair removal section. Id never heard of it before so i decided to google it. After looking into it a bit futher i thought i would try it out. I looked into the prices and couldnt afford alot of them so i did a good search on ebay first. I came across this one and, tbh, was attracted to the colour. It was going for £18 on ebay and after finding out the eplilator retails for around £30-£40 i thought why not.
3 days later the epilator arrived and i couldn't wait to try it out. I read through the instructions which were very easy to understand. After a few minutes i was ready to start epilating. I plugged it in and turned it on........ what the hell had i let my self into!! The noise physically scared me and i started thinking maybe epilating isnt such a good idea. But since i bought it i thought i may aswell try it. I decided to start on my legs. The instruction book says to "run the epilator slowly across the part you want to do" but there was no way i was going to do that! I started dabbing at my leg which was really painful so i gave in and began to run it up my leg. The darker hairs on my leg were very painful and the lighter hairs didnt really hurt. Once finished my legs were red and splotchy. This is a common side affect when you epilate for the first time. The next day the redness went down and my legs very perfectly..... hairy. It seemed that the hairs had actually grown back over night!! I tried again a few days later and again, my legs went splotchy and felt hairy. The hair grow back stupidly fast! Twice as fast as shaving. Also after using the epilator for about 15 minutes i go a very bad smell of burning hair, which is stated in the booklet as being normal but wasnt very pleasant.
One thing i do like is having control over how fast or how much i do. When it comes to waxing, once the strip is on theres no turning back but with the epilator you can simple turn it off. It also comes with a handy "sensitive area cap" which i have never used and i dont plan too. The epilator comes in 2 speeds. Fast and epically fast. Its recommended to use the faster setting for larger areas. The epilator comes with a massager, its a plastic line with pink balls on by the blades.... hardly my idea of epilating.
For people who dont know what an epilator is.
The epilator comes with built in tweezers that pull the hairs and there root out, pretty much the same as shaving. This can leave your skin smooth for up to 4 weeks! 4 times as long as shaving. If you epilate regularly, according to an article i read online, it can actually stop the hair growing back and leave you with PERMANENTLY hair free skin!
I would lvoe to give this product no stars but as i cant i guess it can have one due too its nice colour. If your going to epilate choose a slighly more expensive one. However everything works differently for people so why not try it. Maybe you will get on better then i did.
I bought the Philips Satinelle Soft Epilator for about £40 a couple of months ago from boots. The epilator is powered by the mains.
Usually I am use razors for hair removal but I decided to buy my first epilator as I heard it gives you long lasting results. Because I have never used an epilator before I thought i might be quite hard, but it is very easy. All you have to do is switch it on and epilate from the bottom to the top, against the direction the hair grows.
This epilator is great for begginers as it comes with an attachment for more sensitive skin. This has massaging beads and covers up more of the epilator so the pain isnt as much, however it does take longer. The epilator has 2 speeds - medium and fast.
The first time you use an epilator if you usually shave you legs is SO sore. I am usually not too bad with pain but I almost gave up half way through it was so painful. A tip is the first time you epilate your legs - do it after the shower as your pores will be open. After the first time you epilate however, you will notice that when your hair eventuall grows back it is very fine and unnoticable. It is not stubbly like when your hair grows back from shaving. This is one of the main reasons i prefer and epilator to shaving. I have not tried this on my arms or underarms as I find it too painful - however if you usually wax those places then try the epilator it wont be nearly as bad.
When epilating with this product it can sometimes take a long time because it misses out some hairs. However the result does last for a couple of weeks so it is definately worth it.
I have had no problem with this product at all and I think it is very good value for money. I would definately reccomend it.
Bored of shaving only to find the results fading after a day or two, and tired of spending so much money on hair removal cream each month, I decided in autumn last year that it was time to purchase an epilator.
At the time, the Philips Satinelle was on special offer (though I don't recall the price now), and it was this alone which drew me to it.
The Satinelle comes in a small box with various different plastic covers. Supposedly, these can help to target hair removal and reduce pain, and as seen in the image one also contains massaging beads to run over the skin after the epilator has, and to calm everything down again.
I'm not one for extras and for blocking out the pain. I decided that if I were to get the best from the epilator, I had to throw myself in head first, so I did.
Unlike some epilators, the Satinelle uses a mains plug rather than batteries. To some, this might be an issue, but really it's not the kind of thing I'd want to be carrying with me anyway - the cable's long enough to reach right across my bedroom, and I don't particularly want to go further than the bedroom door anyway!
First using the epilator on my legs wasn't as bad as I'd braced myself for. In fact, it brought back to me a sensation I'd not felt since very early childhood - it was like being stung continuously by nettles; painful, but not unbearable. Epilating both my legs in full took approximately thirty minutes, and it was only after I stopped that I realised how comfortable the pain had become.
Likewise, only after I stopped did I realise how red my legs were - note to new users, don't do this twenty minutes before you go out in a skirt or shorts. Also, and this is my largest warning and a mistake I'd never make again, do NOT (I repeat, NOT) stop the epilator moving. Distracted for a second, I kept the epilator in one place on my skin. The result? The swirling blades took hold of my leg, and pulled my skin into the epilator, which only stopped spinning when the tweezer teeth were digging deep into my leg and I'd jammed the machine up. This epilator doesn't stop in emergencies, so I then had to switch it off and pull my leg free - ouch.
After epilating my legs, I attempted the arms (of course, keeping the epilator moving at all times), and THAT hurt. Though I persevered that first time, I've never done the same since. My arms are quite happy to stick to a new, reduced amount of hair removal cream, or razors.
Now, I'm also experimental. I wanted to try the epilator on my underarms, too. Pulling the skin taut, I did so. It hurt, but it worked...then I bled. Minor bleeding, of course, but enough to put me off the idea again. That said, no hair grew there for at least a few months afterwards!
On my legs and arms, hair re-growth didn't become noticeable for a few weeks - a huge improvement on shaving and still an improvement on hair removal cream. Every time I epilate, things get a little less painful, but no less effective. I'd really recommend the epilator as it's reduced my hair removal bills and it's a relatively effective method, but be prepared not to rely on it as your sole method, since some parts of your body just aren't made for this!
After years of dealing with on and off razor rash on my legs and underarms, I finally decided to take the plunge and buy an epilator.
When first taking it out of the box, the machine looks kind of like some kind of lady torture device, despite its pink and slightly glittery exterior. The metal pincer mechanism can be very intimidating, but take my word for it, soldier on and you will thank yourself!
The epilator itself has two speed settings and a variety of head attachments. The attachments vary the exposed amount of the head, for epilation of various parts of the body. It is highly recommended by both the manufacturer and myself that if epliating the bikini area, use the attachment that covers the majority of the head, if you value your sanity!
If you have never epilated before, I would recommend you try for the first time after having a shower, as the heat will open your pores and make ripping the hair out of them a little easier. I'm not gonna lie to you, it will hurt a whole bunch, but the upside is, that each time you do it, it gets easier as the hair grows back finer each time.
I'd recommend this model as despite the fact it is not portable, it actually has the power to grasp and pull out the hairs, unlike some battery powered models. It is a good quality, well built little machine, which is quite reasonably priced.
At first, i was sceptical about trying an epilator as i thought i had quite a low pain threshold. Therefore i didn't want to buy one just to try them out because they were also pretty expensive. I bought this one from Argos, and i haven't looked back since! I thought they'd be bulky and difficult to hold, but this one fits really nicely into my hand so i can use it with ease. I've got to admit that during the first few times i used it i felt a couple of twinges with stubborn hairs, but after that it felt fine. The only thing i can compare it to is plucking eyebrows, the first few hurt a bit, but it's not unbearable pain. I had to use a razor for the first time in months when i was away from home and i did not like the results, i felt 'stubbly' when i went against the hairs. The day after i felt like i had to shave again, whereas i could go a week without feeling like that with the epilator. I would recommend this to anyone that wants long lasting results!
Before I start, let me make something clear for any epilator virgins out there- EPILATION IS NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED!!! If you've got a low pain threshold, I wouldn't recommend it. Also, the booklet that comes with this Philips epilator recommends consulting a doctor before using it if you suffer from reduced immune response, diabetes mellitus, haemophilia or immunodeficiency.
For the rest of us, epilation is very much a matter of personal preference. I found shaving too temporary and waxing too messy, so thought I'd give this ago. I opted for this particular model because it was the cheapest available in my supermarket (around the £40 mark).
Having not tried any others, I can't compare it to anything, but it's definitely an efficient way to get rid of unwanted hair- its little plucking pincers rotate at quite a speed, pulling out everything in their wake. It has two speed settings- the slower is recommended for sensitive areas (armpits and bikini line) and the faster for the tougher, larger areas (legs). It also comes with an attachment to reduce the area of the head, meaning that fewer hairs are pulled out, so this is good for use on sensitive areas.
The top of the epilator has a pink, bumpy thing attached to it which supposedly massages the skin as you move the epilator around, making it less painful. I can't say I've found this particularly helpful- sometimes the massager hasn't even been touching my skin and I haven't noticed!
It also comes with a cleaning brush, to get out the hairs which get stuck in the epilator. This, combined with the fact that you can take the part that does the plucking off to clean it, makes the whole thing fairly easy to clean and ensures it doesn't get clogged up.
The problems I've found with it are that it often misses the short hairs, meaning that after 1 week, my legs are still beautifully smooth in parts, with a few sparse long hairs that have sprouted up in between! But these can be easily removed with a few strokes of the epilator. The more you use it, the easier it gets, as the hairs grow back thinner and fewer than before, meaning that if you regularly epilate (every few weeks or so) it becomes much less painful.
Despite being a no frills model, this certainly gets the job done and is durable, so you won't have to fork out for another any time soon.
Today it is a known fact that one's grooming says so much about a person even before she says a word. And as any lady will agree, removing unwanted hair is a boring, yet necessary routine in this grooming process:
Waxing in the parlour is fine but cost is also a factor. And then there are so many rituals like haircut, facials and spa treatments for which parlours are a better option than doing it by yourself at home.
Shaving is an easy option at home but the rough aftergrowth is certainly undesirable, not to mention the frequency in which it has to be done.
Then I saw this advertisement about the Philips Epilator and although a bit skeptical, I bought it. A small and handy appliance, just plug it on and switch it 'on'. 2 speed settings for fine and thick hairs, a built-in massaging system to minimize the discomfort and a sensitive zone cap for the delicate areas.
So easy to use?
Maybe it will be really painful, gingerly, I try it, keeping it on the skin and moving it on the area to be cleaned.
Maybe I expected it to hurt too much...Because my thoughts went like this, "Is that all the pain?"
Maybe it is not doing the job at all...I peer to see my leg. Wow! So clean, so smooth! Cleaning the equipment? Just use the tiny brush provided and dust it swiftly. It is that simple.
Is it really so simple, so effective, so painless? Where's the hitch? Why didn't I but this product earlier?
Maybe the hair will grow back very fast and very rough...I wait...1 week, 2 weeks, 3 and 4, I see soft fine hair.
I am elated. A small matter but so important to me. My problem is solved. I wear sleeveless dresses, skirts and shorts and at all times, you will see me confident and smiling. My little companion-My very own secret!
I have been using an epilator for about 5 years now but have have this Phillips for about one year.
The Satinelle soft doesn't do a bad job but I must admit my old one was better.
This epilator is made from a soft moulded plastic and is about 7cm wide at the top tapering down to approx. 2cm, 9cm long and about 2.5 cm deep and is quite easily held in your hand. It is mains operated and comes with an adaptor that contains a transformer and plugs into our standard plug, it does not take a battery so is not suitable to take abroad unless you have a travel adaptor.
The top of the epliator is made of rotating teeth in order to pluck the hairs out at the roots. Behind this is a rotating round plastic thing, it looks like 12 plastic beads threaded onto a metal bar. This is the pivoting massaging system that helps to minimise the pulling sensation whilst epilating. It has two speeds.
The system can be used for hair removal on legs, arms, underarms and bikini line and works by plucking the hairs from the roots. Sounds painful you may say, but once you've used it a few times you don't notice the pain.
Legs and Arms.
It is very simple to epliate your legs and arms. The hairs need to be about 3 - 4 mm long. You run the epilator up your legs on the fastest speed against the direction of hair growth. I tend to rub my legs first to lift the hairs slightly. As you run the epilator up it pulls the hairs out from the roots, a bit like tweezers but a lot quicker. It takes me about 10 - 15 minutes per leg to do an expert job, 5 minutes if you just want a quickly. I do an expert job about once a month. When the hairs start growing back they grow back lighter and weaker. Some people say that using an epilator regularly can completely stop hair growth but I've been using an epilator for about 5 years and I only have a couple of bald patches on my legs and none under my arms.
Bikini line and underarms.
These areas are a bit more difficult. More pain for a start. You also need an extra pair on hands to hold the skin taut under your arms. The epilator comes with a cover to put over the the rotating teeth. It has a square cut into it about 1 cm x 2 cm. This is to stop the appliance trapping your skin and believe me, if you don't use the cover it does trap the skin under your arms (painful). However I think the hairs need to be longer than the 3 - 4 mm in order to get a good catch. You use the epilator at the slower speed for these delicate areas. It takes round 7 - 8 minutes per underarm and about 10 minutes to do your bikini line, obviously if you are doing more than your bikini line it will take longer.
Hair regrowth after epilating is supposed to take about 4 weeks but seeing as hair follicles continue to grow you can see some hair growth in 10 days.
I tend to shower after epilating and this is when I get the most pain. You get a stinging sensation for about an hour after the shower and a slight rash where the hairs have been pulled out. I leave using deodorant for about two hours after due to the stinging sensation.
I also think epilating dries your skin out so I use Nivea Creme on my legs every day after showering, it keeps my legs soft. I also use an exfoliating shower wash to try to alleviate ingrowing hairs as about two weeks after epilating my legs start itching when the the new hairs start to come through.
The depilatory is available to buy from Boots for £39.99,which I think is a very reasonable price and comes with a two year guarantee.
In my opinion it is worth using an depilatory as you do get smoother skin for longer than with shaving and it is cheaper than visits to the local beauty salon for waxing. Although before I go on holiday I tend to visit the local salon, just don't tell the husband.
If your not sure about getting one try using tweezers to pull a few hairs out on your legs you can then get a idea of the pain you will feel.
Using an epilator is said to reduce your hair growth. I must admit, I have been using one for so long that I have noticed some bald patches on my legs. Maybe in another five years my legs will be completely bald.
On and off for the last year I have been considering buying myself an epilator. There are reasons both for and against them in my eyes and the prospect of pain was my main reservation!
Epilating is similar to waxing as it pulls the hair out from the root so it takes, depending on the speed at which your hair grows, up to six weeks to grow back again. Having tried waxing I thought that if epilating was anything like it then my money would be being wasted as the epilator I bought would end up being thrown to the back of a drawer as I couldn't face using it because of the pain!
Epilators have several lots of tweezers that go round and pull the hairs out as you roll it over the skin. Some are battery powered (rechargeable) and others are mains powered. They can actually be very expensive! I have seen some for £70!
After reading a review on them and talking to the person that wrote that review I decided to take the plunge and went in search of an epilator on various websites.
Argos and Amazon both had this epilator at £20 on offer. So I thought that it sounded like a bargain and after reading others and comparing them it seems to me like a very good model. I bought mine from Amazon as I had some money in my account on there from a voucher I had a while ago. It had free postage, as it was over £15.
As Philips is such a big brand name I thought it must be a good model to try and as it was such a saving I felt I was getting far more for my money. They do several models that are similar to this one.
After a few days a large box arrived. The packaging was far more than necessary for the small box I found inside.
It comes well packaged with the epilator, adaptor, sensitive area cap, cleaning brush and of course instruction manual.
When I ordered it I stopped shaving, don't panic, it didn't get too disgusting! Just a few days till my order arrived. After shaving every day or every other day for years I just couldn't take it after four days I felt minging! So on the morning of the day my order came I had shaved under my arms.
I tried it out on my legs straight away! I mean within ten minutes of it being in the house! That includes me reading the manual, well there isn't much to read!
The manual is very helpful and I can't see how it could have contained any more information than it did without being patronizing and pointless. It was clear and well written especially for a complete beginner like me.
It was really easy to use, you just plug in the adaptor and plug the end of the wire into the epilator at the bottom of it and switch it on!
The epilator is well designed and is cream and strawberry coloured, small and very easy to hold without feeling uncomfortable or awkward with it. The approximate measurements are 9.5cm in length, 7cm in width and 3cm in depth. On the front of the main body there is a red switch that has three settings, off, speed 1 and speed 2. Speed two is for larger areas such as your legs.
The tweezers area rotates round and if you push it round with your finger you can see how it works. This model has 21 sets of tweezers on! The area they cover is 2.5cm across.
Using it is very simple you pull the skin tight with one hand and use the other to roll the epilator in the direction of hair growth. You pull the skin tight like you do when waxing or plucking your eyebrows. The main reason for any pain or discomfort is because when the hair is pulled out the skin is pulled up and then flicks back into place. Much like when you pull an elastic band and let go.
Behind the epilating head there is a row of massaging beads that are supposed to help stop the plucking from hurting as much, they are spring loaded and will move down by 3mm(ish) and although that doesn't seem much it is when the epilator should stay at a similar angle all the time.
The sensitive area cap makes the area the tweezers can access smaller. It is a small piece of plastic that snaps over the head with a hole of 1.5cm this is easy to clip in to place but not as easy to get off, just fiddly.
When I first switched it on I was shocked by just how noisy it is, if you have children I doubt you will be using it whilst they are in bed! That said it is not that noisy that I would recommend against buying it. As this is my first experience of epilators I am not sure how loud it is in comparison to any other model.
I put it against my skin ready to be in pain and slowly slid it up my leg. Nothing! It really didn't hurt! I would say it hurts less than plucking my eyebrows! I am not joking it is almost completely painless! It feels a little bit tingly, on the side of my leg I found it more difficult because it was similar to a tickling sensation! I think it was closer to discomfort but it was like it was tickly, you know when something tickles and you want to pull away. That was it! I could not believe it!
That is it there is no way this is going in the back of the drawer and a waste of money!
You do have to go over areas several times to get all the hairs and you are likely to find that you miss a few. It takes longer than shaving but you don't have to do it as often.
After it arrived I didn't shave under my arms for three days and on the fourth I bit my lip as I started expecting it to be complete agony! Nope again I was wrong! It wasn't as painless as my legs but it certainly wasn't painful! Just a little uncomfortable. When I was done I could not believe just how amazingly smooth my underarms were! I hadn't felt them like it since puberty had hit! No stubble whatsoever!
I started off using the sensitive area cap to be more careful but just found it made the process more lengthy and to be honest it was pointless, I took it off before I had finished doing one! I noticed no difference at all, on or off!
For years I have wondered about shaving my arms but never done it because stubble is never nice and you don't want it on show do you! Where I have very dark hair it is noticeable on my arms, it probably didn't even get noticed by others but I knew it was there and was very self-conscious when my arms were uncovered. I started to bleach them but it takes time to do. So I decided I was going to epilate them! I am glad I did but it was slightly painful! I think it was just for the simple reason that I could not pull the skin taught so there was the ping factor. After they were finished they were both very red! I will be carrying on with it as it is so much easier than bleaching and the result looks better but I am hoping that like everyone says epilating causes the hairs to grow back thinner with weaker roots so are less and less painful to pluck/epilate.
My skin went a little red and looked like plucked chicken skin after, only for a couple of hours so if you do buy this (or any) epilator I would not recommend using it just before you plan to go out in a skirt or dancing around with your arms over your head in short sleeves!
The massaging beads to me seem like a complete waste of time! They cannot be pressing on the skin hard enough to make any difference and even when I had the epilator angled so that they weren't touching it felt exactly the same. They do not make this epilator more difficult to use or less effective so are nothing bad just pointless.
Once I had finished cleaning was a doddle! You push the epilating head to one side and it comes off easily (it is also easy to put back on) and use the brush to flick off and out any hairs, easy!
I have been sitting down weekly and doing all the areas I normally do to get any short hairs that are just coming back through and any that broke off the last time around, not many do but some are weak and break. I found the most breakages happened on my arms, I am guessing that is where the hairs had been bleached so were thinner and more fragile.
Yes I can read your mind! How long do they have to be for you to epilate, they say as short as 0.5mm! I would say it is more like 1mm! Not like waiting to wax!
I do it on a Monday morning after my shower before I strip the bed sheets off, this means that all the hairs are not left lying around. Well they are being pulled out so they don't just magically disappear do they!
On my legs I don't notice many hairs coming through again at all, it is just a few a week. A quick whip over and they are back to being amazingly smooth again.
Under my arms there is a need to do this weekly, as there are always a few strays that were too short the week before or were missed. It may well be that in time I find I become more of an expert at catching every last one, who knows.
My arms definitely need doing every week so that there are no little dark hairs on show. It is getting less and less painful each time and really isn't bad at all now. I won't stop, I feel far better about my arms being on show now than I did before.
It might be that when I get better at it and get every hair I can leave it longer than a week. I hope so as that would make life even easier. I would have thought I would already be at a point where every hair has been plucked out by now so can't see it happening unfortunately.
I had a look this morning at the prices to see if they were still on offer, they aren't! I am so glad I bought mine when I did.
On Amazon they are now almost £60! And in Argos they are £40. The best thing to do is shop around.
I would not pay £60 but at a push would go to £40, as this really is an amazing little gadget that is saving me time in the shower all the time! Does it save me time compared with shaving, no not really I spend about the same time on it, but if you include the time I would spend bleaching my arms, then yes it is saving me some time.
Epilating can cause ingrown hairs! Where the hair re-grows and has to find its way back through the skin it can get trapped below the surface and as a result you get a small dark mark (where the skin is transparent) and a small local infection can happen. The way I have put it is true but sounds far worse than it is. It is like a small spot that is all.
I have had no problems with in growing hairs but have been exfoliating really well. I have a regime in place (I say regime rather than routine as I stick to it like the military to a battle plan!) every other day I exfoliate, in two ways. On one occasion of exfoliating I use a loofa and just give my skin a good rub and use it to lather my skin with shower gel. On the next occasion of exfoliating I use my own home made exfoliating mix, salt mixed with a little almond oil. (3 parts salt 1 part almond oil (you could use olive, groundnut or any carrier oil) mix well, wash your skin, rub the mixture over skin, rinse, then wash well.) My skin is soft and there are no problems from epilating at all.
The manual says NOT to use this on your eyebrows. I have not and will not be going against this advice! Imagine you do try and do your eyebrows (which would be very foolish!) then you may well end up with none left and there would also be a chance of having no eyelashes too! You wouldn't be able to pull away or switch it off fast enough to stop it happening!
DO NOT use this in the shower or bath! Electrical items and water don't mix!
Read the manual before you start!
I highly recommend this product! If you can get it at a bargain price go for it! This is a great way of removing unwanted hair and really isn't as painful as you would think. It really does get easier and easier with each time you use it too.
If you get professional waxes how much do you spend a year? This would work out far cheaper and you can do it at home in privacy without having to book an appointment! The result is the same without the long wait in between!
I am giving this five stars as I got a great deal and am so pleased with both the epilator and the results I have had. I will certainly be replacing this with another epilator when it comes to the end of its life and I will definitely go for another Philips and this model if it is still available!
OVER A YEAR ON
I still love this and the results are just as brilliant as when I started out with it.
I have checked the price on Amazon and it is now listed with an RRP of £40 but is for sale at just £27.45 certainly a bargain!
I have had to stop using this on my arms as I was suffering with ingrown hairs way more than was pleasant and which looks worse, a bit of dark hair or ingrowing hairs all over my arms? Yeah you guessed it!
There are several versions of this epilator I have model HP6408/02, but all are very much alike.