Troubleshooting How do I use the skin stretcher of my Philips epilator? You simply attach the skin stretcher on the epilating head. It keeps the skin tight during epilation to reduce pain. Instructions: Place the epilator with the skin stretcher attached flat on your skin. This way, it is positioned automatically at the right angle (for optimal hair removal). Move the epilator slowly against the direction of hair growth while keeping the skin stretcher flat on the skin. Note: The skin stretcher stretches your skin and at the same time lifts up hairs for optimal hair removal. Moreover, with your skin stretched, the pain experience may also be reduced when epilating.