The straight answer to this question is that epilators do not cause pain per se, but rather a discomfort or sensation. While epilators work by plucking hair, it does not cause as much pain as waxing. Again, the epilator “pain” keeps reducing as you get used to the device.
First Time Use
It almost goes without saying that the first time use of epilators will come with enough share of discomfort. This is particularly true when you consider that some epilators such as the Emjoi AP-18 Emagine Dual Opposed 72 Tweezer Head Epilator come with 72 tweezers, all plucking your hair at the same time. The level of epilator hurt varies from one user to the other, but the most important aspect of epilating is that the more you do it, the more you get used to it and the less the discomfort. Having said that, there are tips you can use to reduce the pain, even if you’re using the device for the first time as outlined below.
Tip 1 – Your quest starts with buying a good epilator that is highly rated in the market. Be sure to read our top 10 best epilators reviews and choose the unit that you feel best works for your needs. While you’re at it check out my post that answers the question, how do epilators work? It is important to mention that you need to familiarize yourself with an epilator’s mechanism before using it. That way, you will use appropriately to reduce pain.
Tip 2 – Shave your legs, at least, two to three days before using and epilator. Research indicates that an epilator will be more efficient and hurt less if used on hairs with a shorter length. Long hair, in essence, raises the chances of hair getting stuck in the tweezers. Very short hair, on the other hand, will be barely reachable by the epilator’s head.
Tip 3 – If you’re wary of the pain, you may consider taking painkillers or applying a numbing cream on your feet before using an epilator. Be sure to exfoliate the skin of the area that you want to epilate as well as exfoliation helps widen the pores for easy removal of hair.
Tip 4 – Use the lower setting first so you can tell if the epilator hurt is something you can handle. Nonetheless, as stated, the discomfort that comes with epilating can be handled by just about everyone, so your case should be no different. It is recommended that you start with the lower part of the legs towards the inside since this is considered as a less sensitive area.
Tip 5 – Use the epilator close to the skin as possible. Some models come with massage attachments to reduce the level of epilator hurt. Such one unit is the Braun Silk-Epil Wet and Dry Cordless Epilator that features the exclusive Micro-grip technology, extra wide heads and pulsating vibration to reduce dramatically the level of pain.
Important Things to Remember
- Epilate at night so that any redness will have disappeared by morning
- Be gentle; you’re more likely to reduce epilator hurt if you take your time while epilating. Move the epilator slowly over the skin so that the head can grab as much hair as possible in one stroke.
- Take a hot shower before epilating as it helps reduce the pain
- Most epilators don’t work well on well skin. Dry the skin with a clean towel before epilating
Epilators are typically designed to help remove your hair with the least pain possible. The stereotype about the epilator hurt should not prevent you from using the devices. For more insights, be sure to read my post on how to reduce pain while using epilators.