Most women want silky smooth legs and arms. That’s understood by advertisers everywhere when they show off models with fabric or water simply gliding off their hair-free legs. Smooth legs are achievable for everyone, but like most things in life you have to put effort to gain the reward.
Using an epilator, you can remove the hair from your legs in one session. It won’t grow back for a minimum of two weeks, but sometimes up to four weeks depending on how your body hair grows. It’s the same with arm hair. If you have dark arm hair that shows up despite your best efforts, you might want to try epilating it away to keep it down for weeks at a time.
First, you need to prepare your legs and arms before you start to use your epilator. If you have not already done so, then please take a look at our epilator tips section. There you will find lots of useful advice on epilation.
Make sure the hairs on your legs/arms are at the optimal length before you begin. If they are too short, your epilator will not be able to grab the hairs and will have difficulty pulling them out, resulting in a lot of missed hairs. If the hairs on your legs are too long this will result in your epilating session being far more painful than it should be.
It would be ideal if you could shave your legs or arms beforehand. Wait a few days until the hair begins to grow back before trying to remove the hair with an epilator. If the epilator cannot remove the hair efficiently, then wait a little longer. Do this every few days until you reach the optimal growing length that best suits you and your epilator. The best epilators can pick up even tiny hairs 1/8th of an inch or shorter, so it shouldn’t take long after shaving before you can epilate.
It’s best if your legs and arms are free from creams or oils before you begin to epilate. Failing to remove these products will make it far more difficult for the epilator to successfully grab hold and remove the hairs. If necessary, take a bath or shower before you begin and wait to apply moisturizer or lotion until after you’ve finished epilating.
It is also wise to exfoliate your legs or arms before your epilating session. Exfoliating helps remove any dead cells on your skin and helps clear your skin’s pores and hair follicles. Exfoliating your skin regularly after using your epilator can go a long way in helping to prevent those in-growing hairs that can be a problem for some people.
The technique you use to epilate your legs and arms is entirely up to you. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Some people like to start at the bottom of their legs, working against the direction of the hair, and slowly move the epilator up the leg. Others like to work in small circular motions either starting at the top working their way down or from the top of the leg/arm working up. I think it’s best to experiment to find out just what works best for you.
Whatever technique you adopt, make sure you pull the area of skin you intend to epilate nice and tight. This helps to smooth out your skin and makes it far easier for the epilator to grab hold of the hairs. Don’t forget to use the fingers of your free hand to feel the skin to make sure you have not missed any stray hairs.
Above all, just take it nice and easy. Try to relax has much as possible and don’t rush. Don’t forget to clean your epilator after you use it.