Epilator Tips And Tricks That You Shouldn’t Be Without
So you’ve decided to epilate your hair body parts, but you’re not sure where to start. Well, worry not. This straightforward tips-and-tricks article will arm you with what you need to know to epilate successfully even if it’s your first time.
Before Anything Else…
Alright. Before we get down to the meat of this article, there are some preparatory tips that you should pay attention to.
- Pick A Good Epilator – Not all epilators are created equal. Don’t just settle for the first model that you set your sights on. Instead, go for a branded epilator that has good reviews under its belt. Think of it as an investment – pick the one with the features you need, and one that’s built from the ground up for using on body parts that you find hairy and most troublesome. Our website is dedicated to helping you choose one, with plenty of epilator reviews
- Get Optional BUT Important Accessories – Exfoliation is a must for smooth and hassle-free epilation. Pick an exfoliating glove or scrub. Also, if you are worried about the pain and discomfort from epilation, grabbing a Lidocaine-powered numbing cream.
- Shave 3 Days Before You Epilate – Epilating shorter hair, although it takes longer, is a lot safer and more comfortable. If you have full hair growth, trim it down to 2 to 3 mm or shave it off before epilation.
- Exfoliation A Day Before Is A MUST – Exfoliation, when done right, will prevent pesky ingrown hairs. Get a body scrub; a loofa; or an exfoliation glove. For best results, exfoliate in a circular pattern.
- Wet Or Dry Epilation? – Ultimately, this boils down to personal preference. Others want pain-free wet epilation that they can carry out in the shower. However, there are some who swear by dry epilation since dry skin and hair tend to be less stickier.
Let’s Get It On!
Now that the preparatory steps are out of the way, it’s time to get started!
- This may sound dumb, but nothing is more annoying than being all prepped up for your first epilation only to realize that it’s not fully charged. Remember to charge your epilator!
- Treat the process seriously and set some time for it. Epilating is a speedy process – both legs should only take 30 minutes or a bit longer. However, you will most likely be left with red bumps and rashes. Don’t epilate right before your date or appointment, do it a full day before.
- Do it at night. As mentioned earlier, your legs, arms, underarms, etc. will be red after epilation. It will take some time for the redness to subside. Trust me, the redness should be gone and you should be ready to rock the next morning.
- Epilating, especially if it’s your first time, can be painful. To reduce the pain, take a sip of wine or take Tylenol (or any painkiller for that matter) about 30 to 60 minutes before your session.
- Take a warm bath or shower. You want to keep your hair dirt-, oil-, and lotion-free for best results. Moreover, a warm bath goes a long way in weakening hair strands.
- Prep your skin. For dry epilation, wipe your skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth. This dries your skin and weakens the strands as you force them to face the opposite direction. For wet epilation, mildly exfoliate your skin and get in warm water for about 10 minutes to weaken the strands and reduce the pain.
- Once you’re comfortable and ready, pick a hairy area to epilate. Steer clear from the ankles initially – they’re near the bones and extra sensitive compared to other body parts. Start with your lower legs, which is the least painful area in your body.
- If this is your first time, start your epilator on the slowest setting. Finding the right speed – one that you’re comfortable with – takes a bit of trial and error.
- Pull and stretch the skin you plan to epilate with your other hand. By doing so, the discomfort is minimized while making it easier to remove the excess hairs.
- ALWAYS maintain a 90-degree position. Keep the epilator perpendicular to the skin – ensuring that the hairs are plucked away the right way.
- Glide the epilator through your skin – DO NOT press it directly against it. Doing the latter can pinch the skin. To pick up hair growth in various directions, use a circular motion and go about it as slow as possible. Slowing down is very important as rushing can cut the hair and leave stubbles behind instead of pulling them out.
- Once you’re done and you’re certain that your skin isn’t damaged through the process, apply a moisturizer. Go for one that has aloe vera or witch hazel to help soothe the skin.
- And that’s it! Congratulations for the job well done. Now, to maintain that smooth, hair-free skin, it’s very important to epilate the same regions every other day for the next 2 weeks. Eventually, you’ll have to do it less frequently.