If you are new to epilating, haven’t been getting good results with epilation or just curious you have come to the right place. In this article I will be giving you 10 invaluable epilator tips to make sure you are left with super soft hairless skin and no pain.
1. Choose the Right Epilator for You
If you haven’t already got yourself an epilator or not sure where to look, there is help at hand. I have chosen the ten best epilators on the market and put them in a handy comparison chart. I also have written handy reviews on each of them. If you haven’t got time to read the reviews, the three I recommend at the moment (in order) are below:
2. Shave 3-5 Days Before Epilating
Make sure you trim or shave the areas you are going to epilate around 3 to 5 days before epilating for the first time. This way it is much less painful than epilating with longer hair.
3. Take a Warm Shower or Bath
Before you begin to epilate take a warm shower or bath. This will help remove any dirt, oils or lotions from your skin and the water itself will help to slightly weaken the hair strands.
Using a body scrub, exfoliating glove or loofah exfoliate in a circular motion. This is an essential step to prevent any nasty ingrowing hairs and to remove dead skin cells. If you have never exfoliated before, it is actually a very nice sensation.
5. Epilate at Night
Usually after epilating there will be some redness. If you follow my first four tips it shouldn’t be too much and it should be gone by the morning.
6. How To Use an Epilator
If this is the first time use the lowest setting on your epilator. When using an epilator make sure you are holding it at a 90 degrees angle to the skin. It should feel quite natural and comfortable.
Don’t press the epilator hard to your skin, it should glide over the surface of your skin. Always go against the direction of hair growth. This will mean that when you are epilating your legs you will be moving from bottom to top, but still pay attention to the direction of hair growth and if you have several hairs all growing in different directions use a circular motion (still against the grain) to remove them.
Don’t be too much of a rush otherwise the hair will be removed from the surface and not the root. Also if you go fast you will miss bits and only have to go over them again. It’s best to slowly go over small sections at a time. It’s also fine to stop now and again, you don’t have to do everything in one go. You can alternate between areas such as arms and legs.
7. Pull Your Skin Taut
Pulling your skin taut with one hand will not only lead to a more efficient epilation, but will also reduce the pain. This is especially true where you have folds of skin such as your knees and elbows. Using your hand can also help you to locate fine hairs you may miss. When epilating your underarms raise your hands over your head and stretch them as much as you can.
8. Apply a Moisturizer
After epilating, apply a good moisturizer which contains Aloe Vera or Witch Hazel to help soothe the skin. make sure the skin isn’t broken in any of the areas you apply moisturizer to.
9. Keep your epilator clean
Cleaning the epilator is vital for hygiene purposes. If you have a dry only epilator use the brush that came with it and also some rubbing alcohol for disinfectant.
If your epilator is also a wet variety you can use water to wash the hair out and a towel to dry it off. If you have a cordless epilator it’s advisable to fully charge it once a month
10. If it hurts
Depending on your pain threshold, especially the first time you epilate you may feel some pain. If you follow my first 9 tips it should reduce the pain significantly. If you do find it too painful you can use a numbing cream with lidocaine to numb the area. If you don’t want to use a numbing cream, a painkiller or glass of wine can work wonders. You should really epilate once every 2 or 3 weeks so the hair isn’t too long when you next epilate. You’ll find after a few epilations, that the hairs grow back much finer and there will be very little if no pain involved.
Hope these epilator tips have been helpful. If you have any questions or any of your own tips, please get in contact and good luck!