Never used an epilator before? Not to worry! I’ll show you how to do it. The truth is, epilation is not as laborious as most women think but even then, getting the entire process correct is essential. Come with me, as we walk through epilation in simple, easy to follow steps.
Step 1 – Prepare, Prepare
I start by ensuring that my skin is in the correction condition for epilation to avoid unnecessary pain and irritation. How do I do this? I either;
- Exfoliate a day or two before epilating to remove dead skin cells and ingrown hairs.
- Shave or wax before epilating because epilation is easier, less painful and faster with shorter hair. I recommend shaving for fist timers.
- Choose between dry and wet epilation – I prefer wet epilation as it is less painful. Nonetheless, the choice between wet and dry epilation depends on personal preference. It is worth mentioning that dry epilation is not ideal for first timers or those with sensitive skin.
Step 2 – Epilate, the Correct Way
Epilation is pretty straightforward, and there isn’t much that goes into the process other than passing the epilator on the skin against the direction that the hair grows. However, these tips will come in handy;
Choose the correct speed setting – When I was new to epilation, I would start will a lower speed setting. While it took relatively longer to remove the hair, it was not as a painful. As I got used, I shifted to higher speed settings because the skin could handle the epilator’s pinpricks. Again, I would recommend a lower speed setting for women who’ve never used an epilator before or for sensitive parts such as the underarms.
Ensure that the skin is tight – I get rid of most hair when my skin is flat and taut. Consequently, I pull it tight with one hand and use the dominant hand to get the job done. Tightening the skin by extension straightens the hair, thereby enabling the tweezers to pluck as much hair as possible.
Keep the epilator at a right angle – An epilator will be more efficient if it’s perpendicular to the skin (that’s a 90 degrees angle if you may).
The slower the pace the better – The epilating pace could make the difference between getting smooth feet and leaving some hairy patches on the skin. I like to take my time when epilating to make sure I get rid of as much hair as possible. In fact, I prefer epilating during weekends when I have ample time. It’s critical to be gentle too as it reduces the likelihood of hurting the skin.
Step 3 – Pamper the Skin (After Epilating)
The chances are, the skin will become inflamed and irritated after epilation. I moisturize the skin immediately after epilation to reduce the burning sensation. Aloe vera or witch hazel gels also do an excellent job in soothing the skin.
And that’s just about it – a comprehensive guide to perfect epilation. Just remember to recharge and clean the epilator after use. The first-time epilation might cause some discomfort, but as the skin get used, it takes lesser time to get the job done.