Until the pandemic epilation was pretty far down my league table of preferred hair removal methods.
In fact, it was at the bottom with home waxing (sticky and torturous, though we have written a guide on how to wax legs properly if you insist), and those weird little disks that basically sandpaper your legs–remember those?
A twist of fate led me to bring the Braun Silk Epil 9 home to test on what turned out to be the week before lockdown last year. Suddenly I had bags of time and the inclination to try every beauty gadget I'd ever stashed away in my house. That's when I discovered this gem of a device, which I now recommend to anyone who wants to epilate. I think this is one of the best Prime Day beauty deals this year.
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I had previously tried epilating and rejected it for obvious reasons–time-consuming, self-inflicted pain. But there's nothing like having zero social life to steel the girders for long-game beauty gains. And guess what? I really fell for this device. Is it painful? Er, yes a bit. No device that yanks your hair out is 100% pain-free, so don't believe any claims otherwise. But thanks to its waterproof design I was able to use it in a hot bath, which along with inbuilt massage rollers makes the world of difference in sensation. It also has a wide head that grips the tiniest hairs (so you could use it for hair removal on your face) and exfoliating brushes that smooth my skin. Even better, the Braun Silk Epil 9 (opens in new tab) comes with an electric shaver for days when I don't have time, or the pain threshold, for epilation. (Invariably, these days are around my time of the month.)
This device has honestly converted me. if you fancy giving it a go you'll need an Amazon Prime membership to get this great deal–so sign up for a free, 30-day trial.
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This multipurpose device aims to offer your fastest, gentlest, and most versatile hair removal ever. As well as the extra-wide head, which can grab hairs as small as 0.5mm, it comes with an exfoliator to smooth out the skin on the face and body and prevent ingrown hairs. The bikini styler is neat and gentle for the area that needs gentleness the most. SensoSmart technology alerts you if you are pressing too hard, while the inbuilt massage rollers help keep everything comfortable. It can be used wet or dry, is fully washable and a two-hour charge gives 50 minutes of use.
Still not convinced? Remember that epilation offers the long-term hair removal benefits of waxing, without pricy appointments or the risk of skin irritation. It's also a great option for anyone who finds shaving can cause ingrown hairs or irritation on their skin. And could be just the thing you need if you find yourself plucking chin hairs every day...