This instrument of torture was purchased by my dad about 3/4 years ago..I couldn't find it anywhere so I sent Father Bear out on a mission and he found it.
I use it very sporadically. The last time I used it was January 2008.
I decided this past weekend that it was time to get my skin ready for the summer..this is why he made an appearance. During the winter months, he lives in the back of a drawer.
The main reason for using it so rarely is the fact that I'm a wimp. When this thing starts, it makes a crunchy whirring noise which just scares me..then I don't want to put it against my skin because good things come in peace (aliens and the like).
However, once I get it going, it's not that bad. It hurts around my ankles because the skin is thinner there and I find that if you stretch your skin by where you're epilating, it really reduces the pain.
It's important to actually read the instructions and do as it says. It says to hold it at a right angle against your skin and move it around in small circles. It hurt me the first time I used it because I used it in the same manner as a razor which pulled the hair from the end and not nearer the tip.
It removes a lot of hair which is something you don't actually realise until you clean it out. This one also comes with a razor attachment which I haven't used because I prefer old school razors.
The only problem with this one is that the battery depletes itself quite quickly BUT you can use it whilst it charges which is good but the lead might get in the way.
If epilators scare you too because you're a bit worried about them pulling your hair out then panic not! Use them as the instructions say and your legs will be hair free for a lot longer than if you shave.
Does anyone else epilate? I think epilators are a bit like the MiniDisc of hair removal..all set to the biggest thing after razors (Walkman) but then quickly got overlooked by waxing and laser (iPod)..
(I still have my MiniDisc player languishing, funnily enough, in the same drawer as the epilator).