Epilating vs Shaving

Epilating vs Shaving

Hair removal is considered an old practice that is still in demand today. It has both aesthetic and hygienic purposes which is why people stress about removing body hair from both visible and non-visible areas.

Can you imagine going to the beach failing to shave your legs, or wearing a sleeveless top to work with hairy armpits? Other than aesthetics, it is also hygienic to remove unwanted hair, which can help prevent body odor since bacteria can easily reside in your body and pubic hair, especially those areas with the apocrine sweat gland.

Over the years, shaving has been the most popular option when it comes to body hair removal methods. These days however, there are alternatives you can try. Waxing and other modern methods can be done to achieve a set of smooth legs. However, one of the most popular options today is the use of epilators.

Shaving and epilators do have their own pros and cons. Now, before you invest on epilators, or decide to stick with shaving, here are some things that you will need to know.

What’s the difference between epilating and shaving?

Philips Satin Perfect Epilator vs Shaving

Both epilating and shaving provide temporary results. However, both have different methods of removing body hair. For instance, epilators work by pulling from the root. On the other hand, you have shavers and razors that simply cut the follicles very short.

If you are looking for a longer solution to body or pubic hair removal, epilating works better than shaving. It takes around 3 to 6 weeks before the hair grows back, which is quite a long time considering the process of epilation is relatively quick and clean.

If there is anything that epilators can perform better, that’s efficiency. Unlike shaving that requires shaving cream and can generally be a wet or messy task which can lean to cuts and scars, an epilator is a stand-alone body hair removal option that can remove on its own without the need of lotions and creams. Some epilators like the Braun Silk Epil 7 can be used in the dry or wet i.e shower or bath. An additional benefit of epilating is that there’s always a chance of developing ingrown hair when using shavers constantly which epilators cannot cause. This is especially true if you don’t apply moisturizers after shaving.

In terms of price, shaving and epilating are both relatively affordable options. If you’ll look at the cost of an epilator, it may cost around $50-$100. Though it requires that you pay an upfront amount for an epilator, it is an investment that can last for many years. On the other hand, for shavers, you’ll need to buy a new razor every once in a while. But nonetheless, these are still cheaper alternatives to regular waxing and laser hair removal.

Epilators can also be handy. It can be carried anywhere and fit in your bag. It can also be used on different parts of the body from the bikini area to your legs, arms and even your face. Though it is also possible to achieve similar results from shaving, you have to admit that there is always that risk of cuts and nicks, something that won’t happen with epilators, and nor will it cause you to grow stubble.


Both of the shaving and epilating methods we have discussed are handy options in removing body hair. But of course, keep in mind that these two methods have their differences. Shaving is a more popular practice, but epilating is fast becoming a popular option simply because the results last longer, perhaps works out cheaper, and is less likely to cause ingrowing hairs, cuts and scars.

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