Methods to remove unwanted hair

Do epilators work ? How do I correctly use one?

 

Are you tired of shaving every day and looking for an alternative method? You have most likely seen something called an epilator in a store or online. An epilator is a hand held electronic device. It is used to remove hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs at once and pulling them out from the roots. You may be wondering “do epilators work? How do I correctly use one.”

Choosing an epilator

There are several epilators available on the market. Each epilator comes with different features. Some of them come with accessories.
Here are some things you should consider when buying an epilator:

  • The cost

The average cost of an epilator is between 30-120 dollars. A less expensive epilator does not mean it will be less effective. Expensive epilators come with more features. The average life span of an epilator is approx. 5 years. Epillation is a temporary method of hair removal but will last several days. With regular use hair will grow back lighter and thinner. You will not be spending as much money buying hair removal products every week. That is something to take into consideration when deciding how much to spend when buying your epilator.

  • Options to use wet or dry

Cordless epilators are usually more expensive. They are rechargeable and can be submerged underwater. Using a wet epilator is less irritating to your skin.

A corded epilator is usually less expensive but more powerful. It will be plugged in for your entire session. You won’t have to worry about the charge running out before you are finished.

  • Number of tweezers

An epilator can have anywhere from 20- 72 tweezers. A low number of tweezers does not mean that the epilator will be ineffective. A smaller number of tweezers will increase the amount of time it will take you to remove all the hair during your session. You may need to go over an area several times. An epilator with a higher amount of tweezers will grasp more hairs at once so you will be finished in a shorter amount of time.

  • Are you going to use it on your face?

There are special epilators that are designed to be used specifically on your face. They are smaller and narrower to make it easier to navigate smaller areas and angles. There are also body epilators that come with a facial cap attachment. The cap covers up some of the tweezers making the head narrower like a facial epilator. If you are planning to epilate both your face and body, an epilator with a cap attachment will be the better option.

How to use an epilator

If you have never used an epilator before, here are some tips and directions:

  1. Exfoliate your skin before you epilate

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells. This is necessary to prevent ingrown hairs. You should exfoliate before each hair removal session. Exfoliation can be performed using a facial sponge, a brush or a face scrub. There are several recipes for homemade face scrubs online, This is my favorite one:

Easy homemade exfoliating scrub

 

  • 2 cups organic sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 5 drops essential oil (optional)
  1. Place coconut oil in a bowl and microwave 15-20 seconds until softned
  2. Start by adding 1 1/2 cups sugar to the oil.
  3. Add essential oil if desired.
  4. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  5. If mixture is to wet, continue to add the remaining sugar until mixture is desired consistancy.
  6. Store in an air tight container up to 3 months.

Directions:

Apply mixture to skin and massage in a circular motion.

Rinse with warm water.

2. Hold the epilator at 90 degrees.

3. Use your opposite hand to hold the skin taught.

4.  Move the epilator slowly. Moving to quickly will break hair instead of pulling it out from the root.

5. Move the epilator in the direction of the hair growth.

6. Apply moisturizer after you are finished.
7. Clean your epilator after each use.


Tips to ease the pain
Any hair removal method that involves removing hair from the roots will be painful. Epilation is not an exception. After you have been doing this for a while it will become less painful. I can honestly say after doing it several weeks it no longer hurt at all. In the meantime here are some ways to minimize the discomfort.

1.Take a warm bath or shower. 

This will open up your pores. If you are using a cordless one you can use while you bathe or shower.

 

2. Exfoliation

You should continue to do this even after the process is no longer painful .

 

3.Use a numbing/cooling gel

There are few brands available online. This is a gel that is applied topically to the skin prior to hair removal to numb the area. Do not rub the gel in. These creams can be used prior to any hair removal method that is painful such as lasers or waxing.

4.Take ibuprofen 1 hour prior to epilation.

Use an eplilator with a higher number of tweezers. This will help to reduce pain because you need fewer passes over the skin and be finished in a quicker amount of time.

Final thoughts

Epilators may look scary at first. They take some practice to use at first. They are not difficult to use after you get used to them. They are another method to consider for temporary hair removal that will last longer. Epilators are available in a broad price range. Expensive epilators usually have more features and attachments. You can always buy a cheap model to start out with and upgrade to a more expensive epilator later.

 

 

Are you currently using an epilator or curious to try one? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Hi I found this post on epilators intriguing. I never new a product like this existed. Im aware my partner has laser treatment and from reading your post will be recommending one of these to her, as it would be a money saving option in comparison of the price of laser treatment .

    1. admin says:

      Hi Todd,

      Thanks for sharing this with your partner. It is definitely an option she might want to consider.

  2. Hollie Rose says:

    I am always on the lookout for different hair removal methods. I remember from years ago a friend of mine used to use a epilator. I just remember it taking her ages to remove the hair from her legs. Does it actually take longer than shaving?
    Another thing is that shaving dries out my skin and causes me to be very itchy. Does an epilator have the same effect?
    Thanks:)

    1. admin says:

      Hi Hollie,

      Epilation will take longer than shaving but it will also take longer for the hair to grow back so you wont be doing it as often.The best way to prevent redness and shaving is to keep your skin exfoliated. Always exfoliate your skin prior to epilation and 1-2 times per week in-between. Don’t do it everyday .Over exfoliation can also cause irritation. Apply aloe Vera  after shaving or epilation can also be helpful. Its the same Aloe Vera lotion used for sunburn. You can find it next to the sunscreen in stores.

  3. Eliane Lima says:

    I’ve been using epilators for quite a while now. Just to give you an idea, my current one is already 6 years old. And it works wonderfully. 🙂

    You just need to be careful with the cleaning and general maintenance.

    At first, it did hurt quite a lot but then I just got used to it.
    And it feels great to not shave every day!

    I recommend it to everyone.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Eliane,

      Thanks for sharing your experience using an epilator. They are a really are a great alternative to shaving.

  4. Kyoko Connolly says:

    I have been using the epilator over 5 years now and I am so glad to find this equipment! Before I tried wax and other hair remover creams and none worked well (don’t completely remove from the root) and I literally pick my hairs with the tweezer! My skin got pretty damaged. And it was almost addiction.

    My equipment says I can use both dry and wet but one time I used while I was taking shower, it kept stopping rolling as if it got stuck with something (water????).

    I never thought about applying exfoliate before this process, but it makes sense now that exfoliate will remove the dead skin and therefore prevent the ingrown hair! I will definitely implement this in my epilator process.

    As I mentioned, I have the same epilator for over 5 years. I am still happy with it, but can I use it for life, or in some time I need to replace it? If so, when?

    Thank you for the great information!

    1. admin says:

      Hi Kyoko,

      There is no need to replace your epilator until it stops working. Like other electronics it will not last a life time. It will last several years.

  5. Flavia says:

    This is very interesting. Thank you for your tips and opinion about this.

    At the moment, my current favourite method of hair removal is using the hair removal cream because it is quick and painless. I’ve never used epilators and have always stayed away from them because they look complicated and painful, at least I thought!

    I might give them a go as I am always on the lookout for a method that works well for me.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Flavia,

      I think that you will like the epilator once you get used to using it.The hair will be gone for a longer period of time. Did you see my review of this one? Braun Silk Epil 9- 941e review

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