Epilating is the newest trend when it comes to getting smooth, hairless legs. Unfortunately, the only problem is that the process of epilating is more painful than shaving or waxing. But, fear not! There are ways to make epilating easier for you! Below, we will discuss all you need to know about the process of epilating.
What is an Epilator?
An epilator is a small, mechanical device shaped partially like a razor. When run along your legs (as you would do with a razor), it grasps multiple hairs at a time, pulling them out. In theory, an epilator works similarly to waxing, however, it pulls hairs out as you move it up and down your leg rather than in one swoop like when waxing. It doesn’t always pull out the full root of the hair as waxing does, either.
The Benefits of Epilating
While many are afraid of epilating due to the pain, there are countless positives to epilation, which is why it has become so popular. Many women work through the pain, as epilation brings you smoother legs that last much longer than shaving. And the hair that grows back is much thinner than it was before. Plus, despite having your hairs pulled out, it is actually better on the skin for many than shaving is. In fact, I’ve had problems with my sensitive leg skin and have had many issues shaving, and since I began epilating, I haven’t had my skin react badly at all. Sure, it will get a little bumpy immediately after, but it clears up in a few hours, and there’s no rash or irritation aside from the small bumps the hour after epilating. And, depending on the person, you could have smooth, hairless skin for up to 4 weeks!
Since the fad of epilating has a bad rep due to the pain, epilators are also fairly cheap. You can get a reliable epilator that works well for only $30.
How To Make Epilating Less Painful
If you want the benefits of epilating without all of the pain, here are a few tips and tricks.
First, epilate right after a shower or a bath. When you leave a hot bath or shower, your pores are more opened up, making it easier for you to pull the hair out without pain. You can even go one step further and purchase a wet/dry epilator that can be used in your shower or bath, making it much less painful.
Another tip that helps is to exfoliate first. By exfoliating first, you will remove any dead skin cells that could be blocking pores and creating ingrown hairs.
You can also help remove the pain by pulling the skin taut before epilating. The tighter your skin, the less pain you will experience.
Finally, you can always take pain medication or use a numbing cream before you start. This will also help you to alleviate some of the pain.
While it can sometimes hurt to epilate, the more you use your epilator, the less it hurts. As your hair grows in thinner and less frequently, your epilating process becomes easier and easier. If you just make it through your first couple of sessions, you’ll quickly find that this is a necessity for long-lasting smooth legs.