Remove hair for up to 6 weeks in or out of the shower with the Remington Smooth & Silky Wet/Dry Face & Body Epilator. Designed with superior plucking capacity to remove more hair in one pass, epilation is faster than ever. The perfect angle cap, detail light and pivoting head provide optimal coverage and catch even the shortest hairs. Also includes a massaging cap with aloe vera to soothe skin and a precision cap for face and detail areas.
This review is for Remington’s Smooth & Silky Wet/Dry Face & Body Epilator, which is a hair-removal device that comes with three different caps, pivoting head, and detail light.
An epilator is a hair-removal device that works by pressing metal pieces together, catching strands of hair between the metal pieces and pulling the hairs out of the skin. It’s essentially a machine that has a bunch of rotating tweezers.
If you’re new to using an epilator, you’ll almost certainly find the process painful. Even veteran epilator-users still feel pain (especially in more sensitive areas) when using this device. But you definitely get used to the feeling, similar to how your first experience plucking your eyebrows was probably very painful but became routine over time.
So, why endure that kind of pain, you ask? Because removing hair with an epilator allows you to go a much, much longer time before having to remove the hair again. Unlike shaving, which only cuts the part of the hair strand that is above the surface of your skin, epilating pulls the hair out from the root. This means you can go at least twice as long before your next hair-removing session. For the record, Remington’s claim that you can go 6 weeks before needing to remove the hair again is, in my opinion, way over-blown. Waxing also pulls the hair out from its root, but you don’t need to mess with wax when you use an epilator. Using an epilator also doesn’t strip off the surface of your skin as much as wax strips do, and you don’t have to keep buying wax and wax strips. My old epilator (the one I was using before testing the one reviewed here) is still going strong, and I’ve been using it for about 4 years.
Now that we’ve covered some background about epilators, let’s talk about how Reimington’s Smooth & Silky Wet/Dry Face & Body Epilator fares.
This epilator comes with 2 power settings: a slower setting for thinner hair and a faster setting for thicker hair. I usually just use the faster setting, regardless of where I’m removing hair. It also comes with three caps: a regular cap for normal use (like on your legs), one with an aloe vera strip on it for more sensitive areas, and one cap that narrows the amount of exposed metal blades for use in smaller areas (like your bikini line). You also get a cleaning brush, power chord, and carrying pouch.
What I like most about this epilator is that it’s cordless. You charge it on the chord, but then you can unplug it and it runs for the entire time you use it. I’ve used it for up to 30 minutes straight without it needing to be charged. You can apparently also use this in the shower, though I never have.
This epilator also has a light on it that lights up the area where you’re removing hair. I really didn’t think this light would make a difference (it’s small and I don’t use the epilator in poorly-lit areas anyway). But it actually really helps you see the hairs on your skin and lets you see whether you need to touch up certain areas.
I don’t find that the massaging cap (the one with the aloe vera strip) does much, but the precision cap is useful to have if you want more control over where you’re removing hair.
This epilator removes hair really well. Make sure your skin is exfoliated beforehand, and make sure the skin is taut before you put the epilator to it. You don’t need to press the epilator into the skin–just move it slowly over the surface of the skin, barely touching it.
As far as price, this one by Remington is very reasonable. My other epilator is from Emjoi and costs $20-$30 more, doesn’t have as many features, and isn’t cordless. It’s high quality, but this Remington epilator is of equal (if not better) quality and has better features.