Can you reduce painful epilation? Yes…yoU can!
Hi girls… Megs here. Today, I would like to tell you my personal routine that I use every time I epilate. I am sure that every girl would like to know how to use epilator without pain.
If you have gone through my reviews of the epilators that I own, you know that I didn’t advertise them as ‘painless’ epilators because they don’t exist.
If it is your first time using an epilator then you must know that epilators hurt. It is the same process as waxing.
However, I cannot put a number on the pain scale because the pain is subjective. It depends on each individual and how much they can endure before it becomes unmanageable pain.
Here are few quick tips to choose the best painless epilator to minimize the pain, followed by my epilation routine:
How to choose the right epilator?
- Do not purchase very cheap epilators. They will catch your skin and the material may not be hypoallergenic.
- Choose an epilator with higher tweezer count. 48 instead of 28 or less. Higher tweezer count works significantly better than lower tweezer count.
- The material must be clearly mentioned as hypoallergenic to avoid any skin reactions (beyond what’s called common).
- Wet & Dry support epilator is preferred. They are on the costlier side, but epilating in the shower is less painful than on dry skin.
- Exfoliation head is preferred. It is very essential to exfoliate the area before epilating to avoid ingrown hair and smooth hair removal process.
- Warranty in your area. Don’t buy an epilator from a company that doesn’t provide support in your city or at least, your neighbouring city.
- Epilators don’t malfunction in general, but still, it is a good practice to choose products with service in your area.
You can find a detailed guide on choosing the perfect epilator for you in my article, Best Epilators for Women in India 2020.
Now…let’s discuss the epilation routine:
- Warm Shower
- First of all, you need to understand the importance of damp skin if you want to use epilator without pain or minimal pain.
- If you are a beginner, then I would highly recommend you to epilate when you are in the shower.
- You would need a wet and dry epilator for this.
- A warm shower opens up your pores and it is easier to pluck the hair from their roots.
- While you are in the shower, you can use an exfoliation brush and scrubbing cream to exfoliate the areas that you are going to epilate.
- This step is essential whether you do it in the shower or without it.
- Exfoliating minimizes the chances of ingrown hair, skin contamination and reaction.
- It also removes dead cells from your skin. Your skin would look much smoother and brighter after it.
- Shaving and trimming is optional but it helps for beginners.
- I have noticed that longer hair hurt more and if you trim it to almost 0.5mm, epilation hurts less.
- Almost all modern epilators can lift hair from that length (0.5mm) unless otherwise mentioned.
- Some shavers can shave to a much lesser length and that could become a problem.
- Hence, trimmers are preferred over shavers for this step.
- There are also lesser chances of bleeding with shorter hair because the epilator will pull only the hair that are directly under it and not the hair from the sides (which happens with longer hair).
4. Use Wet and Dry Epilator
- To enjoy best of both worlds, you must choose a wet and dry epilator.
- It’s slightly costly, but it should be the first choice for beginners.
- Even for advanced epilator users, wet and dry epilator, should be the next upgrade.
- As I mentioned above, it helps epilating in shower, tub, etc.
5. Pull the skin tightly
- When you are epilating, it is important to pull the skin back as tight as possible without hurting yourself.
- It helps the epilator to pick hair that are lying flat on your skin.
- It also helps opening up pores and the process becomes less painful.
- Psychologically, when you pull the skin back, your mind is also distracted, so it helps in a less painful epilation.
6. Numbing cream
- In my early days, when I bought my first wired epilator (with 28 Tweezers & that’s why I shifted to 48 one), it used to hurt like waxing.
- For my first month, I would use a numbing cream. It doesn’t completely blockout the pain, but it feels like a pinching sensation rather than piercing.
- Nowadays, I don’t use numbing cream as I have become accustomed to the process.
- Trust me…you’ll also feel lesser and lesser pain with regular epilation.
7. Cooling cream
- Finally, this step is as essential as exfoliation.
- You may use any cooling cream that can subside the warm sensation of epilation.
- I have used Aloe Vera gel, chocolate moisturizer, lavender lotion, etc. for this step.
- Make sure to use a cream you are not allergic to.
Warnings & Things to Keep in Mind
- Your pores are now open to dust & dirt. So, make sure to keep them clean for first 48 hours.
- After that your body will self-close the pores and you can go about your day as you were.
- You must also avoid direct sunlight. It increases the chances of bumps, rashes and red spots.
- Lastly, avoid any allergic or chemical laced lotion. Most of the time, these can cause severe side-effects and users blame epilation.
- Sometimes, even simple skin care regime can help you greatly.
- Do not share epilators unless you can properly sterilize it in an antiseptic liquid (Dettol).
- Do not use wet and dry epilators while they are connected.
- Similarly, don’t try to use corded epilators on a damp skin or under shower (even if it is a drizzle). There are chances of electric shock.
Conclusion – Epilation with Minimal Pain is Possible
Girls…using an epilator without pain is not possible but by following this guide, you can minimize it significantly.
If you are still having trouble while epilating, share your experience in the comment box below. I’ll try to help you out as best as I can.
Thanks for going through this article. Make sure to check out other epilation related articles as well. They will help you out greatly in your quest for a smooth and silky skin.