Some people are cool with letting their body hair grow out (right on), while others feel their best stubble-free (also awesome — you do you). If you clicked on this article, it’s probably safe for us to assume that you’re likely the latter and probably exploring the many avenues of hair removal. Unfortunately, the road to smoother skin isn’t exactly well-paved, but that’s exactly why it’s so surprising that more of us aren’t using epilators to eliminate unwanted hair growth. 

In short, epilators are electrical devices that fall somewhere between razor and tweezer. The device features minute tweezers that open, close and pluck the hairs on your body at warp speed. You don’t have to be in the shower get the job done, either. You don’t even have to dampen your skin. Granted, the process isn’t painless — the device is literally pulling hairs out by their roots — but the ouch-factor lessens over time, plus it’s actually easier on your skin than most treatments. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be epilating in front of the TV without a thought or care.

Think about it: beauty is pain, but is the burn (or cost) of waxing really worth it? And while shaving might be a convenient option, the results are short-lived and if you aren’t being super careful your (lack of) efforts will show — you’ll be stepping out of the shower with knicks and blood spots. Epilation sounds like a pretty solid happy medium to us, and if you agree, we’ve rounded up the best epilators so you can make the switch, too.

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