If you are new to epilation, there are a few tips to keep in mind to make the process easier and more efficient. You need to make sure you are using the epilator properly, so that you get the hairs removed and so that you don’t pinch your skin with the tweezers.
There are some pre-epilation tips you should probably know. The first one is to exfoliate the skin you are about to epilate. Preferably do it a day or two before the hair removal. Exfoliation makes the skin softer and helps remove the red bumps, ingrown hairs and the redness which can occur during or after epilation.
Also, if your unwanted hair is too long, you should shave or trip it before the epilation, because the longer the hair, the more painful the hair removal process is. Either trim it with a trimmer, or shave it off and wait for 2-3 days before epilating it.
Wet vs dry epilation
There are epilators that are water resistant, and others which offer only dry epilation. Which type you will choose depends on your personal preference. The wet epilation is possibly less painful because when you are in the hot shower or bath, your skin pores open up and the skin relaxes. Wet epilation though can be slower, because most hairs will get stuck to the wet skin while you are in the shower or bath. Dry epilation is faster and a tad more painful.
The epilation process
Always make sure that the epilator is fully charged if you are using a cordless one. If you are a newbie, it is recommended that you start epilating yourself at a slow speed, so that you get used to the sensation. Gradually, you can increase the speed of the epilator.
Hold the epilator at a 90 degree angle from the skin, so that it can work and tweeze the hairs properly. Also, work the epilator opposite from the direction of hair growth, so that it gets as much of the hairs as possible.
Flex your muscles or pull the skin which you are treating, because first it makes epilation easier, and also it prevents from the skin getting pinched by the tweezers, which can be quite painful.
After you are done, wash the skin with cool water to help close the pores and ease the skin, dry with a soft cloth and apply an astringent followed by a mild moisturizing or cold cream to sooth any irritation.