I am giving here a set of general tips for anyone who has not used an epilator hair removal system and who is looking to know what is involved in using an epilator versus a shaver.
However, keep in mind that each brand and model have their own set of instructions, and it is important that you also give through their specific instructions in order to make the best use of your new epilator hair removal system.
Many women notice that although shaving is quick and easy, you often end up with unsightly stubble on your legs within a few days. Although you can simply just shave again, this quickly adds up to a lot of time you’re spending in the bathroom simply to keep your legs smooth.
There are alternatives out there, like visiting a salon, or waxing at home. Unfortunately, visiting a salon constantly can quickly drain your wallet, and waxing, although it gives fantastic results, is still time consuming.
Tips for Best Results with an Epilator
Using an epilator can make the process of hair removal quick and easy, with similar results to waxing. Although most epilators come with full instructions, it’s useful to have some online to women who do not own one yet. Continue reading on how to use an epilator, and what you can do to reduce the discomfort associated with using them.
Take a shower first, this will soften the hairs and open the pores on your skin. Just be sure to dry first before actually using the epilator. Don’t use any lotions or moisturizers yet.
If you’ve never used one before, don’t just dive in. Try out your epilator on a less sensitive spot first, to get used to the feeling of epilation. It can be quite surprising to some people.
Play with the speed settings on your epilator. You’ll want to find the setting that works best for you. Try experimenting with faster or slower settings on a less sensitive area.
Use your epilator ahead of time. Often after your first few times, you can expect to have some skin irritation from using your epilator. This is perfectly normal, and will fade in a few hours. If you’ve never used one before, don’t try it for the first time an hour before going to the beach.
Once the red marks and irritation have faded, be sure to exfoliate your skin. It’s common to get ingrown hairs, especially after using an epilator, and exfoliating your skin daily helps to reduce the frequency of this from happening.
Other General Guidelines to Follow
- Test on an area of your skin that is less sensitive. You should select an area where the hair is thin and not too long. You need to get yourself used to the feeling of using an epilator before going for the whole body or the more extreme area (genitals and pubic area!)
- Take a hot shower or bath before. This applies especially for new users and the first few times you decide to use your epilator. This allows your skin to soften and your pores to open, allowing the epilator to work more efficiently. Make sure that your skin is dry and also free of lotion as it could make it more difficult for the epilator to lift the hair to grab on to it.
- Don’t rush. First, turn on the epilator and start moving the head slowly on your skin. Use one hand to hold your skin taut to facilitate the epilation, especially in the underarm or facial areas. You want your epilator to come in close with your skin, without putting too much pressure. Depending on the type of epilator you decide to buy, you may have to make little circles on the skin as you are going up the skin, or simply just pass the head straight to the top. The hair will get trapped in the epilator as your are passing your device along your skin. Some higher end models will give you the option of different speeds. If you are a beginner, make sure to start with the slowest speed, and with time, you can increase the speed of the device.
- If you are trying your epilator hair removal device for the first time or are known to have sensitive skin, epilate at night before going to bed, to avoid having to show to your date or to work with red blotches and little bumps, which are normal part of the hair removal process. Irritation can be worse for beginners, whose skin hasn’t adapted to epilation. As you get used to epilation, you skin will get accustomed to the epilation. Also, hair tend to grow thinner and sparser after epilation, which explain less sensitivity among regular epilator users.
- Put moisturizing lotion and exfoliate. Moisturizing lotion with no additive such as perfume are preferred, to soothe the irritation that normally occurs after epilation (similarly as you would after shaving). When you have time, give yourself a little exfoliation session, using a loofa or a body buffer, to prevent the growth of undesirable ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs can be caused by the process of removing hair via epilation and waxing. When the hair is pulled from the skin, the hair may grow back under the skin. Exfoliating on a regular basis will help reduce this problem.
- Last but not least, make sure to buy a good epilator hair removal system. Epilators can be quite pricey, and you probably want quality value for your money. Read reviews before deciding what epilator is best for you.