I have tried to put together some, hopefully, useful tips that may help you reduce pain when using and after using your epilator. These are tips that I use myself and others that I have found in various magazines or while searching the net. This is by no means a definitive list. If you have any tips of your own or any useful advice you would like to pass on, then please feel free to leave a comment below.
How To Use Epilator Without Pain
Do Not Epilate Long Hairs
The best tip I can give is you must NOT epilate hair that is too long. PLEASE shave or wax your hair, then wait until the hair has grown to the shortest possible length, that is recommended by your epilator manufacturer, before epilating. If you do not follow this advice, you will probably never epilate again.
Just Before Start Do Not Use Any Cream
DO NOT use any creams or products just before you start. They will coat your hair and prevent the epilator from grabbing the hairs efficiently. This will result in the hairs being snapped off rather than being pulled from the root. The result: fewer hairs being removed and your skin feeling like a grizzly bear.
Take A Bath or Shower
TAKING a bath or shower will also help to remove any oils on your skin leaving your hair and skin clean and dry before epilating. If you have a wet & dry Epilator then epilating in the bath or while taking a shower could help you relax, this is especially beneficial for those of you who are new to epilating.
Do Not Use Talcum Powder
Do try using some talcum powder on your skin before epilating. Some women find this helps the epilator glide over the skin more smoothly.
Use Hands To Stretch The Skin
TRY using your free hand to stretch the skin; this will help the epilator to grab more of the hairs. This will also prevent any folds of loose skin from being nipped. This tip comes into play when you are doing your underarms where the folds of skin are much looser.
Use Pain Killer
Worried about the pain? TRY taking a painkiller an hour or so before you begin. Some of you may like to have a drink or two. If you do then make sure you don’t have one too many. You don’t want to epilate somewhere you shouldn’t.
Rub Your Skin
TRY rubbing your hands across the area of skin you intend to epilate this may help to lift your hair slightly, which will make it easier to remove the hair.
Avoid Force or Pressure
DO NOT apply too much pressure while epilating. The technique of pulling your skin tight with one hand and letting the epilator glide over your skin does work.
Do Not Hurry
Do NOT RUSH. Take your time. Set aside an hour or so when no one will disturb you.
Just because the manual tells you to epilate in a certain way does not mean you have to do it that way. Try moving the epilator in different directions. Take it as slow as you like. Try doing it standing up laying down or with your feet in the air. I leave the position up to you, whatever feels right for you.
TRY to epilate a least 24 hours before you intend to show off your silky smooth legs. Some women may suffer from a rash or small red spots, so using your epilator the night before you go out may be a wise move.
Exfoliate Your Skin
It is very IMPORTANT to exfoliate your skin after you have used your epilator. This will help keep your skin in great condition and help prevent any in growing hairs. Always use a good quality Moisturiser after removing your hair.
Clean Your Epilator
DON’T FORGET to clean your epilator after every use. This can help reduce spots and is especially important if you suffer from sensitive skin.
Using Epilator For The First Time?
I hope this information may help those of you who will be using an epilator for the first time. It may be very tempting to want to use your shiny new toy straight out of the box, but believe me, this would be a serious mistake, and probably end up in you throwing your expensive epilator in the bottom drawer never to be used again.
It happens time and time again. You get the epilator home, open the box, and start using your new epilator to shave your underarms or legs without any preparation. Please don’t do this. You will end up running around your room swearing like a trooper with tears in your eyes.
This may sound like nagging, but please read the instructions that came with your epilator before you do anything else. Often these instructions contain a wealth of information on the right and wrong ways to use your epilator.
Get to know your epilator before you use it; find out the most comfortable/best way to hold it.
Make sure you know exactly where the off button is. This may sound silly and patronising, but you would be amazed at the number of people who confused the off switch with the speed switch on their first try.
Can it be used in water?
If it can, and you are new to epilating then what better way to try out your first epilating experience than in a nice warm bath. Take a look at our wet & dry epilator page.
Does it have any speed settings?
If so, It would probably be best to start with the slowest speed possible and only when you are feeling more confident move up to the faster speed.
Did it come with any accessories?
If so, take time to find out what each one is used for and the correct way to use them.
For example, the Braun Silk-Epil comes complete with a starter head that is intended to be used the first few times you use your epilator. This attachment has narrowed the epilating head so restricting the number of tweezers that can grab the hair. This results in fewer hairs being removed at each pass, therefore helping to cause less discomfort.
If your epilator comes with an ice pack or pre-epilating wipes, then don’t forget to try using them. Although they will not make epilating painless (wishful thinking) some women do find them beneficial.
It is advisable to either shave or has the area of skin you intend to epilate waxed first. Then let the hairs re-grow just long enough for the epilator to be able to remove them.
At first, try using the epilator on a small patch of skin that will not be on a show such as your thigh or the top of your arm. After 24 hours examine the area for any red marks or bumps. If all is O.K, you should be fine to epilate the rest of your body. If not then proceed with caution. You could have sensitive skin and may not be suited to epilating.
Think about the most relaxing place to start epilating. This may be laying on your bed, relaxing in the bath,(if your model of epilator can work in water) or just sitting in a comfortable chair. It may also help to play your favourite CD, to calm those pre-epilating nerves.
Also, please re-read epilator tips shared above. These have been gathered through personal experience and by talking to other people who have used epilators for many years.
Epilators really can be a great form of hair removal and unlike shaving the results can last for weeks. So don’t be afraid to give them a go. If you follow your manufactures instructions and the advice on this site it really can help to make your first epilating experience a far easier than it may otherwise have been.