If there’s one thing I hate most about being a woman, it’s the time investment I have to make in all kinds of hair removal. As we step into Spring and the opaques are lingering on the dresser, it’s become essential that we spend a little time preening our legs before stepping out without tights. Although shaving is quick and easy, it also brings the inevitable re-growth within days; waxing can be painful and time consuming, while IPL can be incredibly expensive. I’ve long been a fan of epilation, it being a great compromise on both price, time and performance, so I was super keen to get to grips with the new Braun Silk-épil 7 SkinSpa Epilator. The new model can not only be used both wet and dry (making it both shower and bath suitable,) but it contains an exfoliating brush head to leave legs feeling super smooth too.
The ergonomic angle of the epilator makes it extremely easy to use, getting to grips with even the shortest of hairs to remove them practically pain free. If you’re not familiar with epilation, then the device contains the equivalent of 40 mini tweezers that pluck individual hairs from the skin to leave it hair free. You simply run the device over the skin’s surface, using the handy guide light to highlight where you need to focus; the light also helps to highlight the little hairs you may have missed, ensuring an extra efficient result.
The Braun epilators are great at removing most hairs, providing a long-term smooth result that can see you hair free for around 2-3 weeks (depending on how dense and dark your hairs are.) However, as I have extremely fine hairs it does struggle to pluck away every last one. The epilation process removes all visible hairs, but I do often need to just touch up with a razor to remove the fine hair that isn’t removed – this is purely for super smooth legs, rather than removing any hair that’s visible to the naked eye!
Although there are loads of other epilators available, the new ‘Skin Spa’ also provides a body exfoliation function. The exfoliating head contains 10.000 fine bristles which gently sweep away dead skin cells and stimulate the regeneration of the skin surface, while more than 3000 micro-vibrations per minute exfoliate your skin four times more effectively than a manual treatment alone. It can be changed extremely easily and clipped into place, and worked over the skin’s surface on one of two speeds; the result is great after you’ve epilated as it helps to buff the skin and remove dullness from the surface.
In addition the Braun Silk-épil 7 SkinSpa contains multiple heads that can be clipped on to turn the epilator into a razor, suitable for all your intimate areas. Basically this is a 3-in-1 product that will service all your hair removal and body maintenance needs in one session. Epilation isn’t completely pain free, but it does become a lot more bearable after the first session; it feels like lots of little elastic bands being pinged at you, which as you get used to the process becomes barely noticeable. Although the tools can look a bit scary, once you’ve tried epilating it’s hard to go back to anything else!This super epilator is quite pricey (normally £169.99 but on offer in Boots currently for £113.32,) but when you take into consideration the practicality and the added razor/exfoliation benefits, it seems a lot more reasonably priced. I’ve tried cheap and cheerful epilators before and it has to be said that you can really tell the difference; if you’re serious about hair removal then it’s worth investing in a great tool such as this that will become an essential part of your routine.
Do you epilate? What’s your preferred hair removal method?
The Braun Silk-épil 7 SkinSpa is available from Boots priced £169.99. (However, right now you can pick it up for £113.32 and save over £56.00. Why not reserve online and pick up in store so you can make the most of this ace saving!)