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After my hysterectomy a few years ago, facial hair popped up out of nowhere. I’m talking about a much darker and prominent mustache, and roughly 10 very black, thick, strong hairs on my chin. It has been a total and utter WTF moment for me, because I just knew I wouldn’t see facial hair until I was like 60… maybe 70. Hell, the optimist in me thought maybe I would never get facial hair. But here were are, or at least here I am, with facial hair.
At Cosmoprof, I got the opportunity to speak with Alyssa, Epilady’s Director of Marketing and Sales. She came to the BeautE Zone with this interesting little device in her hand that I’d never seen before, but something about it was vaguely familiar. Then it hit me, it reminds me of Tweezerman’s Smooth Finish Facial Hair Remover. It’s a weird little nun chuck shaped doohickey that you use to remove hair on the neck, chin, cheeks and upper lip. The problem is, it takes manual effort that can really make or break my skin… I need something a little more technologically advanced to handle a job of this magnitude.
On the flipside, I’m deathly afraid of epilators. That very loud sound they make paired with the intense (ok, moderate) pain from the little tweezers ripping hairs from your legs is enough to make me faint. I know beauty is pain, but I have my limits. So it goes without saying I anticipated a very painful experience.
The Epilady Esthetic Facial Epilator comes with the following products:
- Facial Epilator
- Small cleaning brush
- Carrying case
- Directions for use
- 1 year limited warranty
Preparing for use
Not included in the package is 2 AA batteries, so make sure you purchase a fresh pair and insert into your facial epilator.
Always consult your doctor before use if you have any of the following: wounds, acne, eczema, psoriasis, a prevalence to allergies, raised moles, veining or high coloring, reduce immunity of the skin, if you have diabetes or are pregnant, hemophilia or immune deficiency. Please note that the use of hormones and contraceptive pills can affect hair growth, color, and thickness. These changes cannot be caused or promoted by the use of your facial epilator.
How to use
- First make sure your skin is clean and dry, The area of skin your plan to epilate must be free from any cream, lotion or makeup.
- Turn on the epilator and stretch the skin on the area to be epilated,
- Touch the skin gently, moving the epilator against the direction of hair
- Don’t keep the epilator in the same spot for a long time, as it can overheat the skin.
Clean your face with a gentle cleanser (I used Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser) and let it dry. Clean the coil with the brush, removing all hairs. Place the epilator back in the case. If you do not plan to use again within 30 days, remove the batteries.
This facial epilator is very handy for fine hairs and peach fuzz, but does nothing for the heavy duty stuff like the very thick, black hairs on my chin area, rendering it useless for my needs. My goal is to find a product that can remove thicker, stubborn hairs. This is great for removing peach fuzz.
It is not as painful as I anticipated, no more painful than plucking with tweezers. It is not a very quiet device, but I’m not surprised.
Overall, this is a product I would not personally purchase. I guess until I find the next best thing, I’ll continue shaving.