Frequently asked questions

The most important questions and answers on epilation, compiled by the beauty experts from Braun.

Frequently asked questions

Why does hair grow back if I have removed it at the root?
This is very simple: the hair is removed at the root - not with the root. However, removing hairs at the root means that hair won’t grow back until weeks have passed.

Does more hair grow back if I epilate?
No, this has been proven in dermatological tests. In fact, studies show that ongoing epilation reduces the amount of hair regrowth.

Will my hair grow back darker?
No, your hair will not actually grow back darker after epilating. It may appear so, however, because the hair that grows back has its natural colour and is not bleached by the sun or the use of soap, etc.

Which is the best time to epilate?
Evenings are the perfect time for your epilating session. You will feel relaxed, and any minor skin irritations that may occur, including little bumps and redness, will disappear over night. Plus: You’ll wake up wonderfully smooth-legged in the morning!

How do I best prepare my skin for epilating?
Exfoliating first helps to prep your skin for the best epilation results. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells which have a tendency to block the exit of the hair shaft making it difficult to remove hairs or even causing ingrown hairs. Exfoliating prior to epilation allows for more efficient hair removal in addition to radiant skin benefits. For best results, exfoliate the day before you epilate.
Try the Silk-épil 7 SkinSpa that features a special exfoliation brush head for an extra gentle and super effective exfoliation. You can also prepare your skin for the gentlest of epilation experiences by taking a nice, warm shower before epilating. It will leave your skin clean and relaxed. Be sure to use a gentle, pH-neutral shower gel, and keep the water warm, not hot, to avoid drying out your delicate skin. Epilation on wet skin with the Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry is even gentler and perfect for use in the shower or bath.

I have never epilated before – how should I go about it?

Braun’s Silk-épil epilators are the perfect choice for first-time users. Their active massage rollers softly stimulate your skin with micro pulsations before and after removing the hair, leaving your skin more relaxed. Epilating on wet skin with the Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry is especially gentle and perfect for under the shower or in your bath. - Still, if you are inexperienced, you may feel a little discomfort during your first epilating sessions. This will decrease with each session, as the skin adjusts to the process. Also, the individual hairs grow back at different speeds depending on their particular growth cycle, so that there will be less hair to remove after the first epilation.

How can “problem hairs" – like flat-lying hairs – be addressed?
Some epilation systems can leave "problem hairs" behind, especially flat lying hairs or very short hairs. Silk-épil 7, Silk-épil 5 and Silk-épil 3 products have been developed with SoftLift Tips® which lift those flat lying hairs and guide them into the tweezer system. The Close-Grip technology in Silk-épil 7 and Silk-épil 5 captures even the shortest hairs. This makes it highly efficient and fast.

How can I avoid ingrown hairs?
An ingrown hair is a hair that curls back on itself and grows back towards the follicle, creating a small, possibly painful little bump. Ingrown hairs are often a result of too-close shaving. To avoid ingrown hairs, try exfoliating regularly – this helps remove dead skin cells and “clears the path” so that your hairs can grow the way they’re supposed to. However, you shouldn’t exfoliate directly before or after epilating, since that would put too much of a strain on your skin.
The Braun Silk-épil 7 SkinSpa combines an epilator with an exfoliation brush, so you get the prefect combination for smooth skin. SkinSpa’s exfoliation brush removes dead skin cells at over 3,000 micro-vibrations a minute, making it 4x more effective than a manual scrub alone.

Can I use the Silk-épil winter rescue in the summer, too?
Absolutely! Braun’s Sillk-épil winter rescue may have been developed for delicate winter skin, but it will give you just as great, efficient, and long-lasting results in the summer. If your skin is particularly sensitive, or if you want the gentlest, most efficient epilating experience, the Silk-épil winter rescue is never out of season!

Is epilation painful?
Silk-épil epilators have been developed especially to minimize any discomfort and irritation. Pre-epilation wipes from Olay or a cooling glove prime the skin beforehand and massaging rollers help to relax the skin as you use the epilator. Being able to use the product in water – as you can do with all Silk-épil 7 models – also reduces discomfort and irritation as the warmth of the water releases endorphins – the body’s natural pain reliever.

What are the benefits of epilating with an in-water epilator?
Warm water relaxes and soothes your skin. The warmth improves your micro-circulation, stimulates the production of pain-reducing substances and makes your skin less sensitive. This is why the tugging sensation is considerably reduced in water. This is confirmed by a study conducted by the German dermatologist Dr. med. Petra Staubach at the University of Mainz. The majority of participants felt no or only a slight tugging sensation.

Is it safe to use the Braun Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry models in the shower and bath?
Braun Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry is 100 per cent waterproof and is safe for usage in or out of the shower and bath. The product features an automatic shut off mechanism that ensures the appliance only operates once the cord is removed from the mains power and recharger dock. This safety mechanism guarantees that the appliance cannot be taken into the water and operated with a cable so there is no safety concern of using an electric appliance in/with water.


It is also 100% safe to use the Braun Silk-épil 7 SkinSpa exfoliation brush in water. However, for best results, we recommend using on wet skin but not fully submerged under water.