Practical Epilating Tips
Some people swear by hair epilators while others consider a form of self-inflicted torture. To get the best results that last longer, follow these epilating tips to achieve smooth skin with less pain.
- For the first time, when you're at your hairiest, epilating is going to hurt. The good news is that the more you do it, the less it hurts.
- Epilating will result in dry skin since the device may abrade the skin ever so slightly.
- These devices do not work on long hair. Consider epilating after another hair removal treatment, such as waxing or laser hair removal.
- Help the unwanted hair stand up by brushing against the direction of hair growth before epilating.
- Change the speed of the rotating head to match the thickness of the hair. Course leg hair requires a faster speed. Fine hair on the arms can be extracted with a slower setting.
- Move the device in the direction of hair growth so the hair can be extracted as straight as possible.
- Use your other hand to stretch the skin and to help the hairs stand up straight.
- The smooth skin may be red and inflamed after treatment so be sure to epilate a day or two before your big night out.
Wet Epilation Tips
Warm, wet skin is more relaxed, making hair removal less painful. Take a warm bath or shower for 5 minutes to open pores. The hair roots are more easy to dislodge from the follicle when the skin is relaxed.
Use a wet epilator that is specifically designed to be submerged in water. These cordless devices are less powerful than dry epilators but are more convenient since they aren't leashed to the wall.
In the shower, use a foaming shower gel to help lift the hair so it can be more easily grasped by the epilator. A moisturizing gel also helps make the device glide more smoothly over the skin.
In the bath, fully submerge the body part so the hair will be lifted by the water.
Dry Epilation Tips
A dry epilator is usually more powerful and can epilate faster, which is especially good when doing larger body parts such as the legs. These units are more convenient for seasoned pros but may be painful for novices.
Only use on dry skin. Do not apply oil or moisturizing creams. You want the hair to be free to stand up straight instead of being slicked down against the skin.
To help the device glide more smoothly, apply talcum powder first.