All women want to be beautiful and feel attractive. The Mother Nature has done a great job (Believe me!), but sometimes, they need to go further and take care of some beauty aspects which they consider that need improvements. For example, for many women removing the unwanted hair on legs or face is a must these days. There are many methods to remove it, but today I will talk only about epilation.
What is epilation, you may ask?! It is the method of removing the hair from the root, by pulling it, preferable, without breaking it. This process is done by a special device, called epilator, which can be compared with a huge electric tweezer.
On a large scale, epilation includes plucking, threading, waxing, sugaring and others. On a small scale, epilation means only the mechanical action of pulling the hair from the root using an epilator.
You may also wonder how to epilate correctly to obtain the best results and how effective is an epilator.
Normally, epilating isn't difficult at all, but some women don't know exactly how to improve this experience. Also, many women and even men stop because they can not stand the pain, which is more intense at first.
Most of the time a quality epilator is only the first part of having the best epilating experience. If you want to obtain the best results, you should have in mind these tips, which can be divided into 3 main parts, before, during and after epilation.
Prepare the skin.
Be sure to clean the skin before you epilate. If you choose the dry epilation, take a shower and dry well your skin with a towel in the opposite direction of hair growth. The hair will stand up, making it easier to be plucked out by the tweezers. You can use a baby powder for drier skin if you feel that your skin isn't dried completely, as I often do.
I read somewhere that you should apply a cream during the epilation, to make the epilator go smoother on the skin. But doing so, the cream will clog your skin pores and the tweezers of the epilator, making the entire process uncomfortable and more painful.
If you choose the wet epilation, you should stay at least ten minutes in the shower/ bath to let the hair pores to open.
Exfoliate a day before epilating.
Exfoliation not only helps your skin to regenerate faster but also makes it smooth and prevent ingrown hairs, by bringing to the surface those hairs, which need to be plucked out by the epilator. Another reason behind this important step is that it will clean the skin of its natural oils and open the pores creating a less painful epilation. Some persons exfoliate the same, but if you know that you have sensitive skin, you should do this operation a day before.
If your hair is too long, the epilator won't be able to pull out the hair, instead, it will break it. The recommended hair length is between 1 mm and 2 mm. Many people shave between a day or three days prior epilation or they trim their hair to the right length. These days, many epilators have a trimmer cap, specially created by the company for these situations or if a person wants only to trim a certain area, like the pubic area.
Whatever you do, don't shave the same day because your skin can irritate very much. Trim the hair instead, if possible.
Bottom line, even though you didn't shorten the hair, you still can epilate, but you will feel more pain and some hairs can break. The epilator can pull them out if you go more than once over a certain area. Don't overdo it, though.
Use accessories for an efficient epilation and for reducing pain, like numbing creams with lidocaine, cooling gels/ice packs, Aloe Vera creams to reduce the pain. I don't advise anyone to use pills or numbing creams, which can be very dangerous for your health if they are overused. But you know better how tolerant to pain you are.
If you decide to use a numbing cream be sure to use it correctly. You have to apply a fine layer over your area that you want to epilate and wait for an hour. Once you have started to feel numbness over that area, the cream effect lasts around 30 minutes.
After the epilation also use a quality cream to reduce some side effects, like redness or skin irritation.
Have a fully charged epilator.
If it is rechargeable/ cordless, you must charge your epilator every time you want to use it. If you want the best results from epilation, you should make sure that your epilator was correctly charged (enough charged) to use it at its full capacity. Some epilators have a light and when it turns green, it means that it is ready to be used. And, also never use an epilator while charging it. Most quality epilators have a two-speed button. You should always start with the lower speed and move to the higher speed when you feel that you are ready.
Wet or dry option.
These days many epilators have this feature. Choosing the wet alternative will make the entire experience less painful and more effective because the warm water opens the pores and the hair root will come out easier. Others prefer the dry epilation because the hair doesn't stick to the skin and it can be removed faster.
First of all, epilation takes time and if you are in a rush you shouldn't start the process. Instead, shaving your legs is a quicker solution when you are in a hurry. Also, if it is your first time, the epilation will take longer. Secondly, you should epilate at night because the main side effect of epilation is a red skin and maybe red bumps. It is useful to apply a moisturizing cream or a special cream for epilation. These effects go after a few hours. In the morning, your legs will be smooth and silky, without any redness.
Don't start epilating your sensitive areas.
You know your sensitive areas and you should let them for last. For example, if you want to epilate the pubic hair, you should start from the middle and finish with the sides. But if you want to remove hair from your entire body, you should start with your legs first because they are less sensitive. By the time you epilate your sensitive areas, your body will be used to the plucking sensation.
Hold the epilator correctly and use it properly.
Also, don't press too hard on the skin because you can irritate more that it is normal or the epilator can pinch it. It should be held all the time in contact with the skin and moved slowly. Don't forget to hold your skin taut with your free hand during epilation, especially where the skin is loose in order to remove all the hairs from a certain area. Use the hand to feel where the hairs have remained to remove them all.
It best to use an upward motion, going against the direction of hair growth. Together with this motion, use small circular motions to catch all the hairs because they grow in different directions. It makes sense because the tweezers must catch the hair. Of course, you should make some adjustments, by changing the direction to catch some “rebel” hairs.
Don't make multiple passes, if it isn't necessary.
To not overwork your skin, you should epilate on a small surface, easily, without any rush, if you want to see the best results. Working on small areas is ideal because you can catch more hair, without missing it and you won't irritate the skin.
Don't rush, take your time.
If you want to have great results, you should go slowly with the epilator over your body. If you go fast, the epilator will break some of the hairs, instead of plucking them out. This means that you have to make multiple passes on a certain area, irritating the skin. Treat an area and after you are sure that the epilator has removed all the hair move on treating another area.
Apply a moisturising cream.
After epilation, you should apply a moisturizing cream, which will soothe and hydrate the skin, like the PX EJ After Epilation Cream from Emjoi. The customers reviews are great, but divided, some of them say that is works great reducing the redness after epilation, others say that it works great reducing ingrown hairs. But see for yourself all the reviews, with positive and negative opinions.
Epilate as often as you need.
Although you should have a smooth skin almost 4 weeks, you should epilate more often and don't let the hair grow too long. First of all, hair grows in stages and some hairs will appear much sooner than you have expected, and secondly, a shorter hair means less pain during epilation.
Clean the epilator.
Post-use maintenance is important. Gently clean the dry epilator attachments with the brush that comes with the kit, to remove the hair and dead skin cells. For the wet epilation, dab them dry with a clean towel, then clean with the brush. Hygienically speaking, it's not recommended to share your epilator with other people, even though is your life partner.
If you have used correctly the epilator you will see its efficiency. The result will be a soft, smooth skin for three to four weeks for women and one to two weeks for men, until they will need to repeat the process. But, you should know that hair grows in stages. Therefore, sometimes, you may see a few hairs regrown faster than others, which can be seen even in the second week after epilation. An additional epilation is necessary to maintain your smooth skin.
When the hair grows back, it should be lighter, finer and softer than before. But this effect appears only if you have done many epilation or waxing sessions. You should maintain this results and epilate constantly. If you go back to shaving, the hair will regain its initial thickness. Shaving doesn’t make hair grow thicker/darker, it is only a myth.
Don't confuse epilation with the permanent hair removal methods, like laser/IPL or electrolysis. Although some users have admitted that their hairs grow less in a certain body area, the reality is that if you let your hair grow back without epilating or waxing, it will be the same, thick, dense or fine, as you know that your hair is.