The Best Facial Epilator (Plus Tips on How to Use It)
This is a little embarrassing, but I . . .
. . . I have hair on my face.
And I don't mean your standard soft and nearly invisible peach fuzz. Oh no no no, my friends. I'm a woman, boobs and all, and the hair on my chinny-chin-chin could rival any man's. Alright, it's actually not that bad. But it IS noticeable. Noticeable enough to get stares and comments. Noticeable enough to make me feel uncomfortable. Noticeable enough that, on some days, I feel down.
Shaving Didn't Work
That's when I began the lovely escapade known as shaving. Which, to be honest, sucked. My hair would grow back so quickly that I'd have to shave my stubble one to two (yes, two) times a day.
Tweezing Was Better
Absolutely desperate to find a way to better get rid of this facial hair, I stumbled upon tweezing. And let me tell you, it was a God-send. Kind of painful? Haha, yeah. But only at first. My facial hair grew back sooo much more slowly, my face was finally SMOOTH, and there was no stubble! No little shadow chin while the hair grew back in after hours.
The problem was, tweezing each individual hair on my chin took a long, long time. Like an hour. And I would get neck cramps from having to angle my face every which way so that I could see the hairs in the mirror. It was just too time consuming. On top of that, the pain lasted the entire time.
Epilating Is the Best
Then, by the power of Grayskull: Walking into a Sally's, I came across an amazing beauty tool known as an epilator. And, my friends, I have never looked back.
Needless to say, I have a lot of experience with epilators. And, to help those of you ladies out there who have unwanted facial and neck hair, keep reading.
What Is an Epilator and How Does It Work?
An epilator is a small hand-held machine that holds a bunch of tweezers (some epilators have 70+ tweezers). It removes the hair by grasping them all at the same time and then pulling them out. Sounds like a horror movie, I know, but really it's a fun process (for me anyway) and not as bad as it sounds.
The epilator has a rotating head with tiny half-discs. As the head moves in a circle, the discs come together and apart to work like tweezers. They grab the hair as they close in, and pull it out as they rotate. This whole process happens very quickly.
Epilating basically works like really fast tweezing or waxing. Depending on how fine your hair is, some hair that is tweezed may get cut off instead of tweezed out. However, if you already use tweezers, you can most likely benefit from using an epilator.
FYI: Epilators can be pretty loud. I have two epilators and they both sound like little engines. But don't worry. Using one for the first time can be intimidating, but you will quickly get used to it.
Get a luffa and exfoliate both before and after using an epilator. This step will make epilating easier and prevent ingrown hairs.
Tips for Using an Epilator on Your Face
- EXFOLIATE! Get a luffa and exfoliate both before and after using an epilator. This step will make epilating easier and prevent ingrown hairs.
- For the love of God, TUG. Tug the skin tight, tight as you epilate. This is very, very important. Taunt skin allows an easier time for the hair to be pulled, significantly lowering the chances of broken hair!
- Do not apply lotion or oil before epilating. Clean and dry skin is what you need.
- Some epilators are water-proof, but most are not. Make sure you read the manual. The two epilators I recommend later, for example, are not water-proof.
- Hold the epilator perpendicular to your body, not parallel. Make sure the skin is pulled tight.
- Take a pain medication such as Advil or Tylenol about 30 minutes before you start. This will help with the pain that can come with epilating. The more you epilate, the less you will need to take pain medication.
- Don't rush. You have to take your time with epilating.
Emjoi Tweeze eRase for Facial Hair
The Emjoi Tweeze is my current new favorite. It's affordable and compact, great for travel or need to go over small areas on the face, such as the lip and chin or bikini line.
The Emjoi Epi Slim Hair Removal Epilator (pictured to the left) is one of the most affordable epilators you can buy. This epilator is great for people who are just learning how to epilate. Its compact size makes it great for travel or small areas, such as chins, upper lips, underarms, or bikini lines. You can also use it on legs, although a bigger epilator would take less time.
This is a great starter epilator for those totally new to epilating. Give it a try!
Frequently Asked Questions About Epilators
How Do I Deal With Ingrown Hairs?
I've been facial epilating for about seven years now, and I still occasionally get ingrown hairs. The best two things you can do to prevent ingrown hairs are 1) exfoliate and 2) use an ingrown hair serum. If you're not exfoliating, start now. That said, sometimes exfoliating just isn't enough. We weren't really meant to shave or tweeze our bodies in the first place.
- I use a product called Tend Skin, which helps get rid of ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and razor burns. Tend Skin can be a little rough for those with sensitive skin.
- I'd also recommend visiting your local wax center or salon and asking for a recommendation on a good product for ingrown hairs. I also really, really love to use European Wax Center's Ingrown Hair Serum. It's great for those with sensitive skin.
- You can also use an ingrown hair extraction tool.
I use a product called Tend Skin everywhere that I shave, tweeze, or epilate—including my face. Tend gets rid of ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and razor burns. It may or may not sting a bit, depending on how sensitive your skin is, but it is very effective. I use this on my boyfriend's face too (he's a terrible shaver).
Can I Use an Epilator on My Face?
Yes! The epilators I recommend near the bottom of this article are what I use and recommend for others looking to use a facial epilator.
Can I Use an Epilator on My Underarms?
Yes! One common question women have is whether using an epilator will prevent the discoloration or darkness that some people get on their underarms. It won't. It won't darken the skin, but it won't lighten it either.
How Do I Clean My Epilator?
Use alcohol (or an alcohol-based cleaner) to clean the "blades". This is very important. You could get an infection or bumps on your skin from not properly cleaning your epilator. Do not just use water.
Should My Hair Be Short or Long? Does It Matter?
Yes! A good length for epilating and waxing is one centimeter. Don't let the hair get too long--the longer the hair, the higher the chance the hair will break off or not be pulled out completely. Let broken hairs grow out before attempting another tweeze.
What About Baby/Talcum Powder?
Some people use powder to absorb moisture on their skin before epilating. It helps, to be honest, but according to some sources, talc can be dangerous for your health (in fact, I've come across some baby-related websites that tell you not to use the stuff). Look for a baby powder that doesn't contain talc, such as brands with rice powder or corn starch as the first ingredient. As an example, Burt's Bees has a baby powder that is talc-free.
Can I Use an Epilator on My Bikini Area?
Yes, just be careful!
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Questions & Answers
Can I use an epilator on my cheeks?
You can use a facial epilator on your cheeks. However, I wouldn't recommend it. You might be overly concerned with baby hairs -- really fine hair that you're really only going to notice by staring at a mirror for a while, especially a zoom mirror, such as a 2x or 3x mirror. For unwanted hair on the cheeks, I'd recommend a regular tweezer or not doing it at all, depending on where the hair is located. Close to the hairline around the upper part of the cheekbones for instance. However, if not careful enough, could hit the hairline.