Here’s the thing:
There’s nothing incredibly complicated about using an epilator.
It’s a pretty intuitive process.
There are just some simple things that you must keep in mind when it comes to learning how to use an epilator.
What you’re going to learn in this post
- You must exfoliate before each hair removal session.
- The epilator must be kept at a 90 degrees angle, which is in fact the natural way of holding it.
- Holding the skin taut is essential.
- Epilate against the direction in which the hair is growing.
- Move the epilator slowly, don’t rush it, have patience if you don’t want to break the hairs instead of having them pulled from the root.
- Tips for reducing the pain.
- The skin is going to be a little red so it’s best to epilate at night.
1. Choose the Right Device for You
First thing first, I assume you’ve found the right model for you, if not you can check my epilators comparison chart for inspiration.
If you already have experience with epilators you probably know what you like.
Here are a few epilators to consider:
- Philips Hp6401 – one of the best most affordable epilators for the whole body except face;
- Braun Silk Epil 7 – one of the best epilators at the moment, fast and powerful, with many accessories for the whole body plus face;
- Braun Silk Epil 9 – the sensitive area cap is missing for this series and that’s pretty much its only flaw;
- Panasonic ES-ED90-P – a gentle epilator with plenty of accessories, a very good choice as a first epilator for the inexperienced;
- Emjoi eRase e60 – a tiny epilator for a tiny price, with an amazing number of tweezers and the option of using it for facial hair removal, as well;
- Emjoi e18 – it might not have any accessories but it’s one of the most powerful epilators at the moment, albeit a bit expensive;
If you aren’t exactly sure that epilation is the right method for you, you can get a cheap model and see how it goes.
If you want one that has many accessories and that is also a wet & dry epilator you can choose Braun 7561 or the newer Braun 9579.
Since that’s been taken care of, another thing that I recommend getting is an exfoliating glove or a body scrub.
Exfoliation is tremendously important if you want to prevent ingrown hairs.
Exfoliate before each epilation session in order to remove the dead skin cells and after that once every 2, 3 days. It’s quite a nice sensation that you get when exfoliating.
3. How to Use an Epilator
All you have to do is to hold it at a 90 degrees angle to the skin. It’s actually the natural and comfortable way of holding it.
You don’t have to ask yourself if you’re holding it at the right angle or not.
Secondly, don’t press it against the skin, hold it loose because those rotatory tweezers will grab the hairs and pull them by the root.
That’s their job and you don’t need to press the epilator against your skin to get the hairs pulled out.
4. Hold the Skin Taut
Don’t forget to hold the skin taut.
It helps with the pain and it’s the key to an efficient epilation.
When epilating your underarms, raise your hands over your head and stretch them as much as you can if you don’t want to pinch your skin.
When I first used an epilator on my underarms there was a little bleeding.
I had coarse hair with pretty strong roots and that’s why it happened to me but that’s only in the beginning.
5. Epilate Against the Direction of the Hair Growth
Thirdly, move the epilator slowly against the direction of the hair growth. Don’t rush it.
Otherwise, the hairs will be cut at the surface of the skin, instead of being pulled from the root.
6. Have Patience
I have been epilating for many years so it doesn’t take too long to get my body hairless.
But it used to take quite a while.
In the beginning, if you want to cut the time short, epilate once a week. The fewer hairs you have the faster it will go. Or just watch a movie, a few episodes or listen to music.
7. What to Do When it Hurts
So, now that you’ve turned on your epilator and some hairs are starting to come out, you might notice that it hurts.
The shorter the hairs, the less pain you’re going to feel. That’s why it’s best to epilate once every two weeks.
Some women have a higher pain threshold than others so it depends how intense the pain is for you.
If you feel that the pain is too much, don’t give up yet, read this post on how to reduce epilation pain. I’m sure it will make things less painful and you will be able to get through your first epilation session.
Basically, you can take a shower before epilation, or choose a wet & dry epilator, like Braun Silk-Epil 7681, that can be used under the shower/while taking a bath.
Anyway, the results are totally worth it – no more hairs growing after just 2 or 3 days, no more money spent on beauty salon waxing, no more stubbles, no more dark shadows on the underarms.
8. Epilate at Night
It’s best to epilate at night since redness is a side-effect.
Use a moisturizer after epilation, whatever type you prefer.
In the morning, your skin should be perfect, its natural color minus the hairs.
9. Keep a Clean Epilator
Clean your epilator thoroughly, by using the cleaning brush and by washing the tweezer head.
Even if the head is not washable, if you let it dry long enough nothing is going to happen the next time you plug it in.
If you have a cordless epilator, charge it full at least once a month if you want the battery to last those 40 minutes for many years to come. There’s no need to change your epilator once a year if you wash it, clean it, and charge it properly if it’s cordless.
And that’s everything you need to know about how to use an epilator. It’s so simple, isn’t it?