Epilators can be a great method to remove unwanted face and body hair. If you dislike shaving everyday epilation may be for you. Unlike other hair removal methods, epilators do not make a mess and they will save you money in the long run. They are also small, compact and easy to clean. This makes them convenient to travel with. These devices may look intimidating but they are really easy to use. Here are some tips for using an epilator.
What is an epilator?
Epilators are mechanical devices that look similar to an electric shaver. They work by grasping several hairs at a time and pulling them out by the roots. They are essentially mechanical tweezers. You can buy battery operated, corded or rechargeable epilators. These devices are effective at removing short hairs and can save you lots of time.
The main advantage of this hair removal solution is that, just like waxing, it pulls hair from the roots so the results will last a lot longer. An epilator does not have any parts that need replacing so once you have invested in a unit, there are no other costs for several years.
Here are some tips to help you use your epilator correctly:
Tip #1 Epilate after taking a warm bath or shower
Moisture and heat will open up your pores. This will assist the epilator to effectively pull hair from the roots. You will also experience less breakage and ingrown hairs. If your epilator is labeled wet/dry you can epilate while you are still in the bathtub or shower. Soak for 5-10 minutes to soften the hair first. Always start with clean skin regardless of whether you are using your epilator wet or dry.
Tip #2 Exfoliate 2-3 times per week
The best way to prevent ingrown hairs is to exfoliate your skin. Ingrown hairs present themselves as red, raised bumps. The hair grows back with a bend and remains underneath the skin. They are common with most hair removal methods. The primary cause of ingrown hairs is a build up of dead skin cells and clogged hair follicles. Exfoliation will remove dead skin cells and prevent this from happening. Exfoliation can be accomplished with a homemade or commercial body scrub. You will also need a loofah, brush or textured washcloth. Wet your skin, massage in a circular motion and rinse. Over exfoliation can actually cause irritation so you don’t want to do this every day.
Tip #3 Move slowly in an upward motion
Epilation does take more time than shaving. Keep in mind that you will not be doing it as often as often. You need to make slow movements to effectively pull hair out from the roots. Moving to quickly will cause the hair to break off at the skin surface resulting in stubble. Hold your epilator in one hand and stretch your skin so it is taut with the other hand. This will allow your epilator to glide more smoothly. and also tends to decrease the pain. Do not press down too hard.
Tip #3 Apply a moisturizer
It is normal for skin to be red after epilation. This will be temporary. Applying a moisturizer afterward will help alleviate redness and prevent itching. If you have sensitive skin you may want to 45 minutes to 1 hour to apply your moisturizer. You can also use 100 percent Aloe Vera. I store my Aloe Vera in the refrigerator so it has a cooling effect as well.
Tip #4 Epilate as often as necessary,
For some women, epilation can last up to 4 weeks. Women suffering from hormonal hair growth may need to do it every week. With continued use hair will grow back thinner and finer in texture. This is still more significant time saving than shaving every day. These devices are capable of removing very short hairs. If you can see or feel hair an epilator can remove it. There is no regrowth period necessary in between treatments. Epilators actually work best on very short hair. The first time you do this, shave the area you are planning to epilate the day before. When you feel stubble it is time to do it again.
When used correctly epilation can be an effective, time-saving way to maintain smooth,hair-free skin.
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