“ Brand: Remington / Type: Epilator „
I absolutely hate the task of hair removal as I'm sure do many women and possibly men, the time that this annoys me most though is in the summer when I want to wear skirts without worrying about the state of my legs. I decided to look for a way to make my legs smoother for longer and as I had tried at home waxing kits and never got past the first leg I knew that wasn't an option. Being a mother on a budget there was no way I could afford salon treatments.
Heading to the local Boots store I decided to see what was on offer, I picked two different things with the intention of going home researching them and then returning the one I didn't (that didn't happen) one of these was the EP4000. I paid around the £35 mark for this but that was about 2 and a half years ago so not sure what they cost now. The epilator was packed in a mint green canvas type bag with a zip fastening at the top, within the bag was the epilator, an exfoliating glove, a charger, a cleaning brush and the instructions. I was really pleased with the fact the charger came with the device as I expected it to be either battery operated or I would have to buy a separate charger. The fact that this epilator comes with a two year guarantee also gave me added confidence.
The idea of an epilator is that it tweezes the hairs from the area with a minimum amount of pain leaving legs etc soft and lasting up to four weeks, it is also supposed to help the hairs soften over time and less hairs to grow in the long run. The epilator is curved for easy grip and comfortable use, it is mint in colour and has 16 tweezers to do the job. The tweezer area is curved so that it can get into the curves of your body and is supposed to catch hairs as short as half a mm, there are two speed settings and the battery life is supposed to be 40 minutes. Before using the epilator you are advised to have a warm bath or shower and exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells and afterwards use a body lotion to sooth the areas.
So my experience of it then, I like that it is rechargeable and that you can have it plugged in while your using it so if you run out of charge half way down your leg it doesn't matter. I have used this on numerous occasions and it doesn't remove hairs as short as 0.5mm more like 2.5mm I would say so you do need to cover up for a couple of days if you want to use this to hide the stubble. I never use the slower setting on this as the faster it goes the quicker my skin seems to numb and the less pain I experience. The battery life does last 40 minutes if not more so that is good. I only ever use this on my legs and yes it does hurt, if you pull the skin taught then it doesn't hurt as much and the area does go numb so it isn't too bad, I have tried using this under my arms but I can't take the pain part of which I think is as I don't have three hands to hold the skin taught.
I would recommend this as long as you can take the initial pain as it does leave you with silky smooth legs and I would says this lasts around 3 weeks before I can start to feel growth.
I know epilators have been around for years, but they've never actually shown up on my beauty radar until I took a trip to Boots, saw the Remington EP4000 on special offer and handed my money over.
Shaped like an elecric razor, the EP4000 has 20 rotating discs that act as tweezers as you pass them over your skin. Because the hair has been pulled out by the root, it takes around four weeks to grow back and regrowth is a lot finer than with shaving. Eventually, the hairs stop growing back altogether.
The EP4000 is very easy to use. It comes with an internal rechargeable battery and a charger. The unit takes about an hour to charge fully and then away you go (you don't need to keep it plugged in to the charging lead while you use it). To use, simply pass slowly over your skin in small circular motions and try not to wince as your airs are ripped out!
Handy hint - if you have a very low pain threshold, take a couple of paracetamol twenty minutes before using. After years of waxing, I no longer have any nerve endings in my legs, so this isn't an issue for me!
This is the only epilator I've ever used, so I don't know how it compares with other models. I know you can get some models that have around 40 rotating discs, so I would imagine they are a lot quicker. However, they are also about twice as expensive!
I find the EP 4000 quite time-consuming to use, but it gets there in the end. I find I have to set aside a good half hour to do both legs. Also, because all your hairs grow at different rates, you don't actually get four weeks' grace between use. I use it about once a week to get rid of any stragglers. You could probably get away with using it less than that if you're not too bothered about having slightly hairy legs though.
The epilator comes with the charger, a little brush for cleaning tweezed hairs out of the business end and an exfoliating glove to prevent ingrown hairs.
I'd definitely recommend the EP4000. It's fairly reasonable - I got mine for £20, which is about the same as one salon wax. Also, you have the convenience of using it at home instead of having to slog out to the salon.
Featuring a specially designed curbed barrel which hugs the contours of your body.