Removing hair from the body has been part of personal grooming for ages. However, getting rid of hair may be a tedious job when you consider that the legs and underarms have an estimated 78,000 hair follicles. Thankfully, the advent of technology has made it easier to remove hair by using an epilator.
Epilators are small handheld devices that come with a rotating head of tweezers. The epilator works by pulling hair when moved along the skin. This device is so effective that it can remove up to 4 times more hair than waxing. It also eliminates the time that would have otherwise been spent at the beauty parlor while saving your money you would otherwise have spent on razor blades or wax strips.
Needless to say, you have to know how to use an epilator to get the best results. The following is a series of comprehensive information on anything you’d ever want to know about epilators and how to get the most out of using them.
To start us off here’s what you need to know when using an epilator.
Epilating is a more involved process then shaving, so beauty experts recommend that you epilate only when you have enough time. If you’re attending an important event, you’re better off epilating the day before. Don’t worry, your hair won’t grow back for a while!
As you might have already guessed, epilating may cause pain and some redness to the skin. Doing it a day before an important occasion allows the pain and redness to disappear way in advance.
Be sure to exfoliate the skin before epilating to get rid of any dead skin cells that may block the hair shaft. Exfoliating inhibits ingrown hairs as well, so that’s two advantages. You may use an exfoliating brush to gently scrub the skin when taking a shower.
You may choose to wet your skin before epilating or epilate on dry skin right away after a shower. The choice of either depends on whether the epilator you’re going to use is designed for wet or dry skin. Most beauty experts recommend that you use an epilator on dry skin for the best results.
If you’re using the epilator on wet skin, particularly during a shower, soak the skin for at least five minutes and use the device when the body partly is submerged in water. Don’t move your body from the water to epilate. One of the epilators designed for use in the shower is the Braun Silk-Epil Wet and Dry Cordless Epilator, which comes with a massage attachment to help reduce discomfort.
If the epilator is meant for use on dry skin, start by taking a warm shower. To reduce pain while using epilators designed for dry skin, apply a shower gel on it. Use a fluffy towel to dry. This encourages the hair to stand up better, making it easier to remove.
If you’ve never used an epilator before, start by epilating the legs because they have a lower level of sensitivity compared to other parts of the body. The epilator should be held at a 90 degrees angle to the leg. Epilate gently while holding the skin taut with the other hand around the knees or areas where the skin is relatively loose. It will probably hurt a bit, but the good news is that every time you epilate you feel the pain less and less. Also, you’ll only have to do it once every few weeks.
Move the epilator in an upward motion, against the direction that the hair is growing. Nonetheless, you may change the direction appropriately for a smooth finish. Be sure to run your hand over the skin to feel any spot that you may have missed. Take your time; it should take you about 15 minutes to epilate from the ankle to the knee.
Use an epilator that has a specialized attachment when epilating on sensitive areas such as the face, around the genitals, arms, and underarms.
It is not uncommon to experience discomfort after epilating, particularly if you have never done it before. The best epilator should be designed to lessen the sensitivity even with your first use.
It is important to mention that the sensitivity reduces as the skin becomes accustomed to epilating. Apply special body creams and sprays after epilating. You may also consider placing ice packs on the skin for a couple of minutes after epilating, although it is not very necessary.