Product Review: Braun Silk-epil Xelle 5180
Beauty can be a pain, and hair removal is no exception. Despite some of the horror stories I’ve heard about epilators, I was pretty excited when I received the Braun Silk-epil Xelle 5180 ($70). With summer now in full swing, I don’t want to have to be shaving my legs every couple of days. The Braun Silk-epil Xelle 5180 features 40 small tweezers that remove the hair shaft and claims to leave your skin smooth for “up to 19 days.” Forty tweezers simultaneously ripping out hairs doesn’t seem pleasant at all. The device doesn’t sound any better either–it’s a bit loud, almost like a lawnmower. But, it still doesn’t scare me.
It comes with two head attachments: the Dual Massage cap and the EfficiencyPro cap. The Dual Massage is for “beginners” as it stimulates the skin and then soothes it after the hair is pulled to reduce the pain. The EfficiencyPro gives you the most skin contact for more effect hair removal. Since this was my first time using an epilator, I started off with the Dual Massage cap.
Fortunately, I only have hair on the lower part of my legs which is probably the least sensitive. The manual does state that growth should be at least 2-5mm (0.08-0.2 in.) for best epilation, which my hairs were. The device has two speeds and I just went straight to full power. After running the epilator with Dual Massage cap, I noticed that it wasn’t able to pick up some of the hairs. I switched to the EfficiencyPro cap and it cleaned it right up–I now had smooth legs! The process took me no more than ten minutes for both legs. The light on the switch was helpful in finding those finer, harder to see hairs.
I have a pretty high tolerance for pain, but I’m not gonna lie–it was a bit painful for the first couple of minutes but became tolerable after. I’ve had laser hair removal done before and it’s about the same sensation. I tried using the Ice Glove that it came with before and after epilating and it did help ease some of the pain. I noticed some redness on my legs afterwards but it went away after about a couple of hours.
It comes with a pouch making it easy to pack when you travel. This thing can get a little messy though. The hairs drop everywhere so I had to clean them up with a vacuum. Cleaning the device itself is pretty simple as all the attachments come off and comes with a brush to remove the hairs from the epilating head.
This method of hair removal might not be for everyone, especially if you have sensitive skin–but it’s a good option if you’re tired of shaving multiple times a week. It can also be a good alternative to waxing as it is less messy, lasts longer, and is more affordable. So far it’s been about two weeks and there is some regrowth, but there are no in-grown hairs. Even if it was a little painful (at first) I am definitely keeping the Braun Silk-epil Xelle 5180 as a part of my regular beauty regimen.