An epilator is an electrical device for removing hair and it works by grasping/tweezing hair out of the hair roots. All epilators will usually come with usage instructions, but that said, there are some general techniques and tips to know for a successful epilation experience. If you’re new to epilators, you may want to read up about how epilators work and the benefits of epilators as well, it’ll give you some background information on why epilating is such a fantastic hair removal method. Last of all, if you haven’t gotten an epilator yet or want to upgrade to a better model, check out the epilator reviews on this website for more tips on which to choose the best epilator for your needs.
Now let’s look at some of the tips on how to use an epilator well.
How to Prepare for an Epilation Session
Generally hair removal is better and more comfortable if the skin is warm, hair roots are relaxed and the pores are wider. Take a warm bath or shower before you epilate. Bathing also removes the dead skin and reduces chances of infection. Then wipe dry your skin very well as epilators don’t work very well on wet hair. Although that said, there are now wet-use epilators available that are waterproof and designed for use in the shower or bath, and on a well-lathered skin. Don’t apply any lotion or ointment prior to epilating.
Tips on Using the Epilator
For beginners or if you are using a new model of machine, first try it out on an area that’s not too sensitive; lower legs are usually a good place to start. This will get you used to the feeling of epilation. Move in light, slow, rolling strokes. Exerting too much pressure can result in cuts and scratches. Some epilators require straight strokes and others circular strokes; the package instructions will guide you. Furthermore, you must always glide in the opposite direction as the hair growth.
Tightening the skin by lightly stretching it with your free hand prevents the skin pinching under the epilator. This makes for a quicker and less uncomfortable hair removal experience. Some models have different speeds. Always start with the lowest speed until you get used to it before adjusting the speed upwards. Only move into sensitive areas like the underarms and bikini region once you’re comfortable epilating arms and legs.
Occasionally you may experience some redness, irritation so it’s probably better to epilate in the evening so that your skin has the night to recover. With time, skin irritation tends to decrease. Epilating is painful, but generally the discomfort also decreases with time. With regular epilation the hairs grow back more slowly which means you don’t need to epilate as often. If the pain is too uncomfortable, try epilating different areas on different days. Handling an epilator takes a little getting used to, so don’t give up quickly but just keep just practicing.
Cleaning Up After Use
The epilator must be cleaned after each session as hair and bits of skin get left behind on the blade and may lead to infections during your next session. Many brands come with cleaning wipes or brushes, and special epilator solutions are available for purchase.
Moisturizing After Epilating
After epilation, a mild body lotion or toner can be used to sooth the skin. Witch hazel has good soothing properties for post-epilation. Wait a while for your skin to settle before you apply moisturizer, sun screen or deodorant. Also, regularly exfoliate the treated areas with a body buffer or loofa as it greatly helps to reduce incidences of ingrown hairs.