I’m not going to lie, epilation hurts.
Unfortunately, depending on what you’re used to, it may even hurt more than waxing, as it’s a slower, longer lasting process compared to the quick burn of a wax strip being whipped off.
Some people have even likened the pain of epilation to getting a tattoo.
Oh man, so why are we doing this again?
Well, good news! Epilation comes with a lot of benefits, such as not leaving you with spikey stubble, and being able to go weeks at a time without having to worry about hair removal.
Epilation is also more gentle on your skin than waxing because it doesn’t adhere to the top layer of skin like soft wax does. And, the pain can be reduced significantly, even eliminated, if you follow a few simple tips.
So, how can I make epilation less painful?
I’m glad you asked! Following the epilation tips in this guide will go a very long way towards achieving a less painful epilating experience. Read on for the tea, sis!
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- 7 First Time Epilation Tips all Girls Should Know About
- Epilation Tips for Specific Body Parts
- After Epilation Tips
- Your Kit for Successful Epilation
- Some Final Words
7 First Time Epilation Tips all Girls Should Know About
- Epilate After a Long Hot Bath
Soaking in hot water relaxes and opens your pores, allowing hairs to be removed much more easily.
- Epilate IN THE BATH
Waterproof epilators that are designed to be used in the bath are a great way of ensuring that you’re not fighting against tight, closed pores when you epilate. The warm water helps to lubricate everything and take away some of the intensity of the pain as well.
- Hold the Skin Taut
You definitely want to make sure the epilator doesn’t try and pick up your skin on its way past. Holding your skin taut is the best way to do this, and is particularly important in sensitive areas like the underarms and bikini line.
- Take a Pain Killer
This isn’t a long-term solution, but it can help significantly for your first few sessions until your skin gets used to epilation. Take an over the counter painkiller about 30 minutes before you epilate to give it time to kick in. Or use a numbing cream.
- Avoid Caffeine
Caffeine actually makes you more sensitive to pain, so it pays to wait until any caffeine is out of your system. Ideally, epilating in the evening, a good 8 hours after your last coffee is the best, as your skin is less sensitive later in the day than first thing in the morning.
- Don’t Epilate Late in Your Cycle
Similar to the above two tips, your sensitivity to pain is greater later in your menstrual cycle and when you have your period. Your best bet is to try and epilate earlier in your cycle, or around the time of ovulation when you are feeling most invincible!
- Persist Persist Persist
Remember the first time you plucked your eyebrows? It probably hurt a lot more than it does now. Believe it or not, your skin will get used to epilation, and the pain will decrease dramatically the more you do it. The trick is to keep doing it! The rewards will arrive further down the track!
But what about those awkward places?
Epilation Tips for Specific Body Parts
Epilator Tips for the Armpits
The main thing here is to make sure that the skin is as taut as possible so that the epilator can only grab your hairs and not your skin!
Put your arm behind your head as far as you can so that your underarm skin is stretched as tight as you can get it! Then, gently run the epilator over your underarm at a 90˚ angle, being careful not to apply any undue pressure.
It’s also important to make sure the hairs aren’t too long (shave first and wait a few days for it to grow out), and that they are not greasy with any deodorant or other products.
Clean hairs will be gripped better by the epilator tweezers. If you’re using a dry epilator, using a little bit of baby powder can help the epilator to grip your hairs.
Using an epilator head that is designed for sensitive areas can help too. Some epilators either come with a completely separate head that is narrower and keeps the tweezers a little further from your skin, or an attachment that acts like a guard and lessens the number of tweezers making contact.
Epilator Tips for the Bikini Line
Tips for the bikini line are pretty much the same as for the underarms.
It’s really important that the skin is taut, that you don’t apply pressure with the epilator, and that if possible, you use an epilator head that is designed for the bikini area. Braun’s Silk-Epil 9 Epilator comes with such attachments.
Oh and don’t forget to trim first!
Ok, so you’ve followed these tips and finished epilating. What should you do after epilating?
Good question! What you do after can be just as important as the actual epilation itself.
After Epilation Tips
- Use a Cold Compress
Immediately after epilating, your skin might be red and sting a bit. Using a cold compress can help to bring down the inflammation and ease the stinging.
- Sooth with Aloe Vera
Using a gentle, non-perfumed lotion or Aloe Vera gel can be a great way to soothe angry skin that is still getting used to epilation.
- Wear Clean, Loose-Fitting Clothes
In order to keep your hair follicles healthy and prevent conditions like folliculitis, you need to make sure that you don’t introduce any foreign bacteria to freshly epilated skin. Wearing clean, loose-fitting clothes for the next 24 hours is important to let your skin breath and keep your pores happy.
If you want epilation to be your new go-to method for hair removal, exfoliation needs to become part of your skin care regime if it isn’t already. Removing dead skin cells and keeping your pores clean is essential in ensuring that you don’t get ingrown hairs after epilating. For best results, exfoliate regularly, but not immediately after epilating while your skin is still vulnerable.
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Your Kit for Successful Epilation
How Often Should You Epilate?
This is a personal choice, and it depends on how quickly your hair grows back. But really, there’s nothing stopping you from epilating as often as you like. And when you’re just starting out, epilating more often (when there are fewer hairs to remove) will help reduce the pain.
How to Prevent Pimples After Epilation?
Bumps and pimples from epilation can be prevented by making sure that both your skin and your epilator are clean before use, that you keep your skin clean and dry afterward, and by exfoliating regularly.
How Do I Prepare My Legs for Epilation?
Make sure you have exfoliated your skin and washed it so that it is clean and free of any oils or products that might make it hard for the epilator to grip your hairs. Then, take a long hot bath or shower to open your hair follicles and make the hairs easy to remove.
Is It Better to Epilate Wet or Dry?
This is a personal preference, but in general, hairs will be easier to remove after soaking in warm water so the better option would be to purchase a wet & dry epilator, so you can have the option of epilating both in the shower and out of it.
How Do I Calm My Skin After Epilating?
Using a cold compress like a face cloth soaked in cold water, or a gel pack that has been refrigerated is a great way to calm your skin. Or, you can use the shower head to rinse your legs with cool water too.
How Do I Stop Itching After Epilating?
If a cold compress or cool shower doesn’t help, try using a soothing lotion or Aloe Vera gel.
Some Final Words
I hope you’ve found these epilation tips useful, and feel ready to put your newly gathered knowledge into action!
Be sure to comment and share your epilating experience with us. Thank you for reading!