How To Get The Most Out Of Epilating
It’s normal, and even necessary, to have questions about using an epilator. Understanding epilation can help you get the best use out of your eplilator. We want you to have all the important information and feel confident before using one, whether it’s your first time or not.
I’m sure one of your initial concerns would be the pain factor. I would be lying if I told you that epilating doesn’t hurt at all. However, there are ways you can minimize the pain and have a better experience. Epilating is not always going to be the solution to hair removal for all women. It may provide some with benefits when used only in certain areas and not others. Epilating is up to individual preference and the key to knowing how you want to use your deviceis testing. If this article’s takeaway had to be limited to one thing, I would say that our recommendation of testing a small area first would be pivotal.
If you have never used an epilator before, test a small area that would not be very sensitive. Avoid the bikini or face area as your first epilating experience. I would personally recommend an area near your ankle or calf. For me, this is the place I always start at the beginning of my epilating session. It helps ease you into the sensation. However, epilators can be used in many body areas. Most will have an option of different attachments that are designed to give you the best experience depending on the body part you want to use it for.
Now, if you are wondering why to even use one if it’s going to hurt, I would say that the lasting smoothness is probably the number one reason. Epilators pull each hair out of the root. This means that you can count on the smoothness to last for up to four weeks. Shaving and hair removal creams, on the other hand, only remove the hair from the surface of the skin (essentially cutting it at the surface). This allows you to see the hair that was still under the surface grow out faster. When the hair does grow back after epilating, it will be thinner and softer. Who wouldn’t want to have one less thing to worry about as often?
Please note that hair grows back at different speeds. A couple days after epilating, you may notice that you have hair growth. The hair that has grown out, at this point, is hair that was most likely not there yet while you were epilating. Hair growth is inevitable since epilators remove the hair from the root, not the root itself. If you do need to epilate again at this point, don’t fret, it will probably take you less time, and less pain due to the fact that there will not be many hairs to pull out. Don’t be discouraged if if your hair looks darker after epilating. This is just the result of not having the time to be lightened by the elements or use of bath products. You’ll notice that the more sessions you have consistently using one, you will have less hair and the whole experience will be more pleasant.
Manufacturers , obviously, want you to use their products and have as pleasant of an experience as possible. To this end, they are always improving them. An example of this is the attachment of a massaging roller, which can greatly reduce discomfort. The invention of wet epilators has also provided relief in pain. There are claims that using the wet epilators in water can provide little or no pain.
You’re probably curious as to how epilating can be better than waxing if both methods pull hair from its roots. The key difference is that with epilators, you are more likely to get more hairs out. The fact that they can get finer, shorter hair, eliminates the need to go back and try to get them a second or third time. Since epilators avoid the stickiness factor, they allow you to get more hair than waxing. Because waxing gets the hair stuck to the skin, allowing it to get missed.
As you may know, weather can effect your skin. Having a hair removal option that can be less irritating on your skin in extreme temperatures can prove to be beneficial. Epilating provides this solution. Another benefit to your skin can be noticed when compared to waxing. With waxing you are not only putting the wax on your hair, but on the entire surface of your skin. So, when you pull up the waxing strip, you are pulling on your skin along with the hair. Epilating targets the hair and tends to not be as harsh on your skin.
The What, How And When Of Epilating
- Importance of exfoliation: Not only does exfoliating help cleanse your skin, it will allow hairs that may be under dead skin cells to get exposed and, therefore, available to the epilator.
- You can choose from a variety of exfoliating brushes or gloves available in most drug stores.
- Using wet epilators: Use warm water to relax your skin.
- When bathing, soak your skin in warm water for a few minutes before starting your session.
- Submerged areas will be easier to epilate as the hair will get lifted by water buoyancy.
- When using a wet epilator in the shower you should also allow your skin to relax under warm water.
- Feel free to use a small amount of soap.
- Using dry epilators: ensure that your skin is cleansed and dry.
- Spending a little bit of time to prepare your skin can go a long way in improving the results of your epilation. You want to make sure that your skin is oil free so that the hair can easily get grabbed.
- You may choose to use special wipes available in the market to clean your skin before epilating. Some of these tissues can have have a cooling and soothing effect on your skin. (This same effect can be achieved using some rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad.)
- In line with wanting your hair to be as upright as possible, a gentle rub on your skin with the palm of your hand in opposite direction of hair growth is also a great trick.
- Direction of hair growth: Understand the different hair growth direction in various areas of your body and make sure to go the opposite direction when using your epilator.
- Skin reaction to epilating: As we have previously mentioned, testing a small area will be helpful in understanding how your skin reacts to epilating. You may notice that the areas where hair was pulled out from its root are red. Personally, I have seen my skin with small bumps along with the redness. That being said, you will want to allow some time to pass after epilating to allow for the reaction to subside. A day is usually a good amount of time before your skin may be presentable.
- Moisturize your skin: A great habit to get into, in general, is the use of your favorite lotion after epilating to help sooth your skin as well give it a better appearance.
Epilating Tips For Specific Areas
Aside from the above mentioned considerations, here are a few tips for epilating specific areas of your body.
- Epilating facial hair is not recommended for men as it can cause damage to the pores and allow for infection due to men’s hair being thicker.
- Pay special attention to damaged areas of the skin. Avoid epilating areas of your skin that is flaking, cracked, and dry.
- Avoid shaving as this is a very sensitive area and shaving irritates and can change your skin color.
- Do not use deodorant immediately after epilating as this can sting.
- Good exfoliation is key to success in this area.
- Trim the area if necessary. Epilators pull on long hairs and may just break them instead of pulling out of the root. Shorter hair can also be less painful to epilate.
- Avoid epilating this area around the time of your period since you’ll be more sensitive.