What is the Best Leg Hair Removal Product? (Surprise: It's Under $50!)

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Summertime conjures up all sorts of images:  Beaches, blue skies, palm trees.  Unfortunately one image it doesn’t bring up is bear-like hairy legs on the beach, which is likely to be a major part of why the sales of leg hair removal products skyrocket at this time of the year.

Luckily, there is one product I know that removes hair for days at a time, costs under $50, and makes hair grow back thinner and finer over time:  The Braun SE3170 Silk-épil Soft Perfection ($49.00, Amazon.com).  I’ve been using this product for years, since it was just the Braun SE0001 model or something like that!  I honestly can’t say enough amazing things about it, so I’ll try to organize my thoughts in a list:

  • It’s washable. One thing I hate about razors is that collection of hair in them that takes a long time to remove…ew.  (If I wanted to spend that much time on this, I’d be getting laser hair removal!)   But you can brush most of the freshly removed hair from the Braun SE3170 Silk-épil Soft Perfection, as well as rinse it with soapy water after each use.
  • It removes hairs as short as 0.5 mm. I know I sound like a brochure here, but it’s true:  Unlike other epilators, you don’t have to wait 2-3 days between each use.  If you want perfectly smooth legs the day after you use it, if you still have any hair at all, it’s good to go.
  • It’s quick. It takes me less than 10 minutes to use before I get in the shower.  About eight swipes up each leg, and I’m done.  It may take slightly longer to use in the beginning, but it definitely does a long-lasting job in only slightly more time than shaving.
  • It works. As stated above, it really does make your hair grow back more slowly.  If you’re my boyfriend, don’t read this:  I used to shave daily, and now I only have to use the epilator twice/week for the same effect.  Total. Win.

The Only Bad News

It hurts.  It’s not cataclysmic, but it definitely feels like a dozen little pinches of tweezers as it moves along your skin.  If I had to do the medical thing and rate the initial pain on a 1-10 scale, I’d give it a 7.  This takes some getting used to, and I can’t recommend it to anyone with a particularly low pain tolerance.  For instance, I gave mine to my mother to borrow, and she said I was crazy to use this regularly!  But, the irony of her statement is that the pain decreases as you become tolerized to it over time.  Right now, I personally give the pain a 2 on a 1-10 scale; I don’t even feel it anymore.  Granted, I’ve been using it for eight-plus years, but still!

My best recommendation for those with a reasonable pain tolerance is to try it and see for themselves.  Amazon.com has a 30-day money-back policy on this item, as do many fine retailers.  If I had to venture a guess, I would reason 8/10 women buying it would love and keep it.

Bottom Line

If you wish to have silky smooth legs this summer but are pressed for time (and have a reasonable pain tolerance!), definitely go for the Braun SE3170 Silk-épil Soft Perfection.  It’s my go-to product, and after eight years, I wouldn’t even consider another product for hair removal.  Next to laser hair removal, I’d even go so far as to say this is the next best thing!

Have an experience with epilators or the Braun SE3170 Silk-épil Soft Perfection?  Let us know in Comments below.  And don’t forget to contact us on Futurederm.com’s Facebook page!

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  • I’ve brought veet hair removal cream for holiday for under arms and bikini line
    and another one for my legs.

    How long will it last?
    And does my hair have to be quite long for it to work? Or can it be short?

  • I have this model and I definitely agree that I can’t go back to shaving! I think the pain may be related to the thickness or your hair as I do not experience any pain when using it on my arms or legs where the hair is quite fine (it sure is a very weird sensation when I first tried it though). For my underarms I do need to use the numbing spiky attachment and my underarms can feel uncomfortable if I roll the epilator over the same area way too many times.

    Thanks for spreading the epilator love and running this great blog!

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