I Epilated And I Liked It

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Braun Silk-Epil 7

In my enthusiasm in wanting to try out something I’ve never done before, epilate, it finally dawned on me that it was something I’ve never done before. Epilate. Hang on, isn’t that tweezing a lot of your hair at one go? Did I just agree to that?

It might seem weird to you, but I’ve never removed hair from my legs and arms before. The hairs on my legs are so fine, they’re hardly even noticable when I’m in a skirt or shorts. The hairs on my arms are thicker, but they’ve never really been a problem. Plus, growing up in Malaysia and with my parents, I get quite a lot of crap from my mum when I even suggested shaving my legs. “Aiyoh*, you shave one, three grows back! They become thicker! You’ll have rough skin!“. Of course, I was young then, didn’t know any better, didn’t know the anatomy of a single hair, etc.

I digress.

Braun Silk-Epil 7 Epilator

A couple of weeks later, the epilator arrived. It gave me the giggles as to how it arrived. The courier rang my doorbell, asked me for my name and handed me this large beach bag. It contained a beach towel, silk scarf and the boxed epilator. He gave me such a quizzical look when he held the beach bag to me with two fingers (“what crazy package is this? I have more important parcels to deliver, yo!“).

Braun Silk-Epil 7 Olay Wipes

I immediately shot an email to Val, and messaged Legeeque over Gmail chat, bombarding them with questions on how to use it, the best times to use it, best ways to use it. Ways that will give me minimal amount of pain. Yes, I’m chickenshit to pain when it comes to hair. Surprisingly, you can pull hair off my head and I won’t feel a thing, thanks to a bout of trichotillomania I had years ago (that’s a whole different story altogether, which I will tell you some day).

Both recommended I epilate on dry skin, and to begin with the legs. Alrighty, so I did. Warned my husband about any sounds he’d hear of me in the loo, and that I love him just in case I don’t make it. Drama queen, much? Of course.

Braun Silk-Epil 7 Tools

Thank God, the epilating experience was all right. There was a slight stinging sensation on my legs and arms as I epilated, but it didn’t actually hurt. Since it was my first time, my skin became patches of red after epilation. That’s normal, and the user manual suggested I apply body moisturiser to soothe the skin and redness. I slapped on body cream and some aloe vera gel. The latter completely eased the stinging sensation, and the redness was gone the very next morning.

And for the first time in my life, I have fuzz-free arms and legs.


Since I’ve never epilated before, I cannot compare the Silk-Epil 7 with other epilators. Still, I’m glad it was completely fuss-free, and gave me minimal pain the first time I tried it. After a while, epilating became a doozy. Here are some of my tips for a first-timer:
– Do it on dry skin. It gets to hair better, and you finish quicker.
– Shave the area first, and let it grow back up to 0.5mm before epilating. The Silk-Epil 7 comes with a shaver and trimmer that do the trimming for you if you don’t want to wait. I stupidly tried to epilate my arm hair untrimmed. It felt like pulling UHU or super glue off your skin. Yowza.
– Aloe vera gel is great for soothing the stinging sensation.
– Try on your legs and arms first, before you proceed to the underarm area. The underarms are more sensitive and it’s going to be painful the first time.
– Forget epilating “down there”, it hurts donkey balls.

Braun Silk-Epil 7 Epilator Blades

All in all, I’m loving the epilator and my fuzz-free arms and legs, all in time for summer. Which made me wonder, why the heck did it take me so long to try epilating?!

Braun Silk-epil Xpressive 7681WD retails at AU$208.95 and is available at selected electrical outlets and major department stores.

*Aiyoh = a Malaysian exclamation.

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6 comments… add one
  1. ponikuta

    When I first epilated, it hurts in the underarm pits took me awhile to get used to. Definitely it was very easy on the legs and feels so good not to have stubbies and to shave every day! But now I’m interesting in IPL-ing everything away. *wink*

  2. Jessie

    This looks so cool. I have hairy legs (!) and I have always epilated. When I saw your tip on shaving 1st before doing it, it made me realize I should change to a new epilator because mine can’t seem to pull out any hair shorter than 1 cm!

    Sigh. Guess I’ll have to wait and save some money, cause 1 ain’t cheap.

  3. Kimmi - ThePlasticDiaries.com

    Great post and I love the pictures!!

    I love this epilator and when I am not in the mood for even the slightest amount of feeling I use the shave head. That thing is CRAZY. You could shave a really hair man in like 5 seconds!

  4. jo

    hmm.. i heard its only not fussy for the not so hairy ppl… for the very hairy ppl its still a nightmare to use epilator. but we’re talking about a very new model here mebbe it makes a diff!

  5. geekchic

    Oooh! I have the one generation older one in PINK (but, of course) Doesn’t come with a shaver but doesn’t bother me. Been using it mainly on legs and pits. MIGHT try on arms. We’lll see đŸ˜› Epilating is SO much easier đŸ˜‰

  6. Isabel

    Ohhh.. I want to try out epilators but they’re so expensive >_< I'll just stick with shaving for now..

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