Epilation is one of the less common techniques used for hair removal by Indian women. A one-time investment in a good epilator can completely eliminate the need to rush to salons and is also very helpful for those who travel a lot. Although I do not epilate on a regular basis, I do own the Philips Satinelle Essential Epilator kit (BRE201/00) and thought that I should share my review of this device with you.
What Does The Kit Contain – The kit contains the epilator body, one epilator head, one razor head, one epilator cap to cover the tweezers at the end for precise usage, one razor cap for protection while storage, one brush for cleaning, and one power adapter. The brush helps in removing the fine hairs that may get stuck in the heads and the heads can also be cleaned under running water.
Performance – The epilator works quite well, it removes all the hair from the skin if you bring it close to the skin and move it slowly, against the direction of growth. It does hurt almost as much as waxing and leaves my skin a little red, but the pain becomes less noticeable with regular usage. Make sure to not go over the same area again and again as it may lead to irritated skin. I use it primarily on my legs and arms and it gives a similar performance and regrowth time as waxing.
The razor head offers the option of converting the epilator into an electric razor, which makes this product so versatile. It comes in handy for touch-ups and is also very useful if you prefer to shave certain parts of your body instead of waxing or tweezing. It provides a close shave and leaves the skin non-irritated and smooth.
The Downside – The only con of this product is that it cannot be operated with a battery, and you need to plug it in every time you use it. Although the cord of the power adapter is pretty long, it means that you cannot epilate in your bathroom in case there is no plug point in there and you most definitely cannot epilate in your bath tub!
The Verdict – This epilation kit is priced at approximately INR 3000 in India, which I feel is quite good, considering that it also includes a razor head. It is easy to use and performs as per expectation, the only hassle being the presence of a power cord. I would recommend purchasing this if you want an alternative to waxing. It will last you for years and you can use it regularly for hair removal at home or only when you are traveling. The convenience that it provides definitely makes it worth the money!
Have you ever been bothered by the amount of money you spend on your waxing appointments? Such a recurring expenditure might be concerning for many. Also, booking an appointment and clearing your schedule for the same is quite inconvenient. Another problem faced by some people is that if the wax is even a tad too hot, they suffer from a lot of ingrown hair after waxing.
Shaving and hair removal creams are good alternatives for affordable hair removal at home, but their effects are short-lived and you will be greeted by a sharp stubble within a few days. I personally prefer the Veet Full Body Waxing Kit to get rid of my body hair whenever I want to.
This handy kit contains 20 wax strips (2 strips are stuck together to protect the waxy side), and 4 oil wipes to remove the wax and hydrate the skin post waxing. You need to rub each pair of strips between your hands to warm the wax and then you can proceed with waxing as per the usual method. These wax strips effectively remove the hair and one strip stays sticky for up to 4-5 applications. Therefore, I never need more than 8 strips for my legs and arms. Since this kit of 20 strips is priced at INR 170, you can do the math to see how much more affordable they are as compared to a waxing session in a salon.
A few tricks that will help you with effective hair removal are to always place the strip in the direction of the hair growth and pull back in the opposite direction. Everybody’s hair grows differently, so make sure to follow the growth of your hair. Secondly, pull off the strips in one swift motion to ensure that all the hair is removed. Thirdly, if some stubborn hairs are not budging then bring out your tweezers and pluck them out. Lastly, store these strips in a relatively cool place to ensure that they don’t get overly sticky. If you follow these simple tips then you will get super smooth skin at home.
I find that this kit gives me comparable results to salons, with lesser pain and irritation. It helps to remove the dead skin and tan as well. The only issue is that since two strips are stuck together you can’t use an odd number of strips, and sometimes while you are working with one strip, the other one flies away! Other than this minor problem, I find that this waxing kit is perfect for regular use and also for touch-ups when you are too busy or traveling.
I hope that these tips and the review were useful. Buy the Veet Full Body Waxing Kit here.