10 Tips for Using An Epilator
My sister bought an epilator sometime last year and told me I could use it whenever I wanted, but I dunno, I only thought of trying it yesterday, and only on one leg. I’d never used an epilator prior to that, and I have to admit, when my sister turned it on to show me how to work it, it scared me—it really looked and sounded like it could hurt me. But it turns out it’s very safe, and it only hurts a little. Hehe. I’m not sure if I did it entirely right though, and I’m about to do the other leg now, but my sister’s not here to ask, so I looked up more information about using an epilator. Here are the tips I found.
1. Make sure skin is totally dry before epilating. Moist or wet skin can cause hairs to lie down and stick on the skin, making them harder to remove. An epilator can also glide on more smoothly on a dry surface. If the area you’re concentrating on is getting sweaty, sprinkle some powder on it and blend, to get rid of the moisture.
2. Trim longer hairs to about half a centimeter. Longer strands of hair can be harder and more painful to remove. If the hairs you’ll be epilating are pretty long, try trimming them down to make removal easier.
3. Pull skin taut while epilating. Personally I find that this helps lessen the pain a little and I can see the hairs better by doing this.
4. Hold the epilator at 90 degrees from your skin. This was the first tip my sister told me. Why? Because it’s apparently included in the instruction manual, haha. The epilator is simply more effective when held at a 90 degree angle, because usually, the hairs are standing straight and the epilator can grab on to them more easily this way.
5. Move in the direction of the hair growth. Just like with waxing. Doing this lessens the chances of developing ingrown hairs or unsightly red bumps.
6. Go slow over each section. I made the mistake of running the epilator over the length of my leg quickly, like it was a razor or something. Duh, I should’ve thought of moving it more slowly. This will give the epilator the chance to grab all the hairs. If you go fast over everything, like I did, most of the hairs won’t be removed and will just rip in half.
I applied the Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel an hour after epilating.
7. Don’t apply anything on the area right after. No lotion, oil, or gel, just leave it be for about an hour. The skin will be sensitive right afterwards and applying any product on it will most possibly inflame or irritate the area. After an hour though, it should be alright to lightly rub on some calming cream or cool aloe vera gel.
8. Clean the epilator with an old brush after each use. So the epilator won’t get clogged, gently brush off hairs from it after each use, I recommend using an old makeup brush for this.
9. In the next few days, remember to exfoliate the areas you epilated. This is to prevent ingrown hairs from developing. Scrub gently and carefully.
10. Ready yourself for pain. I saved this for last because I didn’t want to scare off anyone who hasn’t used an epilator yet and is planning to, but, just as with waxing and threading, there may be some pain involved. The amount of pain to expect from this really depends on the person’s pain threshold, I think. If you have low tolerance for pain and have never used an epilator or have gotten waxed before, I suggest taking an over-the-counter painkiller 30 minutes to an hour before epilating. I’ve been waxing and plucking myself for years now, so for me…not a biggie. I felt nearly no pain while using the epilator because there’s this slight massaging sensation from the epilator head, but after I finished and was just lying in bed, I was like, ouch. My skin was kinda sore to the touch and I was surprised to see it red and bumpy. But after 3-4 hours the redness and bumps went away completely. I can only speak for my leg area because I haven’t epilated anywhere else yet, but I found the pain afterward to be pretty tolerable.
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