Product Type: Remington Epilator / Lady Shaver
Newest Review: ... the root as waxing does but it does not remove any skin. ==Description== The Remington is made out of plastic and is smooth and easy to h... more
A tool of torture
Author Name: superness11
Advantages: Comfortable to hold
Disadvantages: Where do I start?
There is the age old argument between which is best waxing or epilating. Shaving is obviously another alternative but it is something you have to do every day as the results do not last very long. So wax or epilate, that is the question. I asked my friends what they preferred and it is a 70:30 split. Most preferred epilating as the hairs grow back less, they grow back thinner and it works out cheaper than buying waxing kits or going professional. Convinced by my friends (one of which is a beauty therapist) I bought the cheapest epilator I could find. I thought to myself, well I do not want to waste loads of money on something if I do not know whether I will like it or not. I found the Remington for a very reasonable price and I bought it. I have used this hideous, tortuous piece of equipment once before abandoning it and putting it at the back of the wardrobe never to see the light of day again. The thought of it makes me shudder. I have quite a high pain threshold but this machine really pushed it to the max! It is not just the pain that caused me to despise the machine, it is the fact that the pain is not even worth it! It was useless and not a success at all. After the pain of feeling like 20 tweezers were plucking away at 20 individual hairs on my legs, I expected to find that most of the hairs had been removed, but I was wrong. It apparently just tugs at the hair and then leaves it there. A bitter disappointment that I will elaborate on in more detail.
==Price and availability==
If this beastly thing sounds up your street then you will be happy to know that you can buy it for the cheery price of £16.00 on eBay or £19.99 on amazon.co.uk.
==What is an epilator?==
I guess at this stage it will be important to explain what an epilator actually does. If you already know the difference between your wax strips, razors and epilators than skid ahead to the next paragraph. Razors remove hair by slicing it close to the skin. As they just remove the surface hair, hair tends to grow back quicker. Waxing removes hair from the roots but also takes away some of the top layer of skin. This can leave skin feeling sore and sensitive for a while. An epilator is an electrical device used to remove hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs simultaneously and pulling them out. It pulls hairs out by the root as waxing does but it does not remove any skin.
The Remington is made out of plastic and is smooth and easy to hold. It has rubber edges to help you grip the device and easy to reach and move sliding switch. The device is corded so needs connecting to the mains supply. It has a two pin plug attachment so you can use it in those bathroom plugs you get. If you do not have a two pin plug socket you can buy an adapter really cheaply. The head of the epilator features 42 rotating tweezers that are supposed to catch hairs as short as 0.5 millimetres. The head is smooth and curved to fit neatly against the contours of the skin. The device is light and small and easy to store. It comes with a cleaning brush to keep the device spick and span. There are no parts on the epilator that will need replacing so these machines tend to have a really long life span. The device has two settings for fine or thick hairs.
==Using the machine==
I was well aware that the for a virgin epilatee then the process will be really painful and as you use it more and more, it becomes less painful and sore. I was expecting nightmarish pain and primed my legs with ice beforehand. Some of the fancier epilators you can buy have an ice function but I wanted a cheap one. The directions were easily to follow so I read them and turned on the epilator. I moved the head slowly over the skin on my lower leg (least sensitive area and first to experiment on.) I used one hand to move the epilator and the other to hold the skin taut. You do not need to press on and simply need to pass the head over the skin. The hairs are supposed to be picked up and pulled out.
In my case, they were just 'pulled.' It was so painful as it felt like all the hairs were getting tugged at but not removed. To remove one hair, I seemed to have to rub the area 5 or 6 times. Instead of just my hairs getting trapped my skin seemed to get caught and that got pulled around which was frustrating and painful. The epilator tweezers seem to be too far apart and I'm not sure what the 42 pairs are actually doing but they are not working like they should. It took 10 minutes of pain to do a very small section of leg and then it still did not feel smooth. I persevered tried moving the head in small circular movements trying to get better contact with the skin but it did not work and still I just felt it tugging at the skin. In the end I gave up. It advised using the epilator during the evening so that you could let the redness sooth over night so you can show off your legs next day. I woke up with two hairy legs (I had let myself go as I was waiting to try the new machine out) and a red sore strip of leg that I had butchered with the epilator. I think I should have spent more money on one rather than getting a cheap thing as it was completely a false economy. This experience has put me off epilators though and I do not think I can bear to try it ever again.
Summary: A waste of money, time and skin.
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