Do you need strong, compelling reasons for choosing epilation instead of other methods, like shaving or waxing?
Well, I’ll offer you 7 of them.
I will also talk about the cons of using an epilator.
As always, there are pros and cons. But I believe that the pros beat the cons by far.
1. Smooth skin for usually at least 2 weeks
Hairs are removed from the root so it takes longer for them to grow.
At least 2 weeks of smooth skin can be expected, up to a month.
The same happens when you wax.
No more vacations where you have to worry about unwanted hair, unless it’s a one month vacation.
You can get at least 2 weeks in which time you don’t have to worry about your body being hairy. In the winter you can even go on for a month without setting eyes on your epilator.
That’s what I do because the hairs are thin and the skin keeps being fairly smooth even though many hairs have grown quite a little.
The downside is that you should expect to feel more pain when epilating once a month.
2. In Time Hairs Grow Thinner and Fewer
Even if I let one month pass between epilation sessions, the hairs are still not dark and noticeable from a great distance.
And I used to have black coarse hairs with strong roots.
I am completely aware of the fact that if I go without epilating for several months, the hairs will be just as thick and coarse as they would normally be.
I don’t care about that because I never let more than one month pass.
3. Most Epilators can Be Used on the Whole Body
An epilator can be used to remove hair from all over the body – legs, arms, underarms, back and bikini area.
Some epilators can even be used for facial hair removal.
I should warn you about something. Removing facial hair from the root can cause breakouts. You need to take care of your skin, especially if you acne prone skin or if you are sensitive.
If you are not sure how your skin will react, buy some facial wax strips before getting an epilator for face.
If the wax strips don’t cause anything except some redness that passes in a few hours, usually, an epilator shouldn’t either.
4. Epilation is Cheap
If you think about it, this is one of the most convenient methods from a financial point of view.
You pay for a rotatory epilator once and then use it for at least 2 years.
That’s not bad for a thing that can cost as low as $30 – Philips HP6401 Satinelle.
Usually, even the best epilators don’t exceed $100.
An exfoliator and a moisturizer are the only expenses that you’ll be making for many years.
5. Epilators Don’t Make a Mess
There’s no big mess left after epilation.
All you need is a towel or a blanket and you’ll make absolutely no mess.
I’ve been using the same towel for years, it’s easier that way because hairs can get through the fiber and it’s not nice.
It you have a wet & dry epilator that can be used under the shower, the hair is washed away but the epilator won’t remove the hairs as efficiently as it does on dry skin.
6. Easy to Clean
An epilator doesn’t require too much attention.
All you have to do is clean it using the cleaning brush and washing the epilator head.
Even if it’s not washable, if you let it dry for a couple of days, it will work perfectly on your next epilation session.
7. No Side-Effects
When using an epilator correctly, there should be no side-effects, except maybe a little redness.
This depends from person to person and how sensitive the skin is. It’s best to epilate at night. When morning comes your skin should be flawless.
Keep the skin taut to reduce the pain and the risk of pinching the skin.
3 Reasons Against Epilation
The biggest reason that stops some women from trying to remove their hairs with an epilator is pain.
Yes, it hurts when hairs are removed from the root. It’s not a walk in the park, like it is when shaving or trimming.
I’ve written a detailed post on coping with the pain caused by an epilator, you can read it here.
Removing hairs from the root is painful but it definitely becomes better with time.
2. Ingrown hairs
Shaving and waxing cause ingrown hairs, also. It’s not a side-effect that should be mentioned only when talking about epilators.
Ingrown hairs can be prevented and there are some great products that help with that.
Basically, everything is reduced to exfoliation.
3. Time-consuming in the beginning
I know that for the first few months epilation can seem a time-consuming hair removal method.
However, in time, you could do your legs in about 30 minutes or so. That’s not so bad.
The idea is:
Give epilators a chance and you might never go back to using other hair removal methods, like waxing or shaving.