Now that you know what epilating is and its pros and cons, you probably have more questions.
We’ve compiled a list of the frequently asked questions on epilating and epilators. Read on!
1. How do you deal with the pain in epilation?
To answer the question “Do epilators hurt?”, women react differently to the pain caused by epilation. Some women can very well tolerate the pain while others are a bit more sensitive. Based on information and reactions gathered from long-time epilator users, the pain regresses from being bearable to tolerable until it becomes unnoticeable and this is due to two factors.
First, our pain threshold improves as we are subjected to the same stressor over and over again. And second, the hairs on your body becomes thinner and less in volume as you continuously epilate thereby decreasing the actual amount of pain every time you use your epilator.
In case it hurts and you are looking for ways to get through those first few times, showering will open up your skin pores and can alleviate the pain of epilation. Have a shower before starting your epilation. Or better yet, get a wet and dry epilator so you can epilate while you are in the shower.
If pain is really a big concern for you, then consider using a numbing cream or gel. The best numbing creams for waxing can also be used for epilators. Dr. Numb is one such brand that can be used before epilating.
2. How do you prevent ingrown hair?
If you already developed hair ingrown, the best way to handle them is to use a pair of sterilized tweezers and pull the hair out before you begin epilating. If not a tiny bit of hair appears and all you have is a small bump with the hair trapped inside, you have to take a sterilized pin to prick in open for the hair to pop out.
To prevent the possibility of hair ingrown, you have to exfoliate your skin before epilating. Exfoliating will prevent dead skin debris from falling into the pores and create a blockage the hair’s path while on its re-growth process. To reduce the chances of developing hair ingrown during the entire hair growth process, you have to exfoliate every day. This extra routine is a valuable skin health practice regardless of whether you are epilating or not, because it is also a preventive measure for various skin infections.
3. Do the advantages of epilation outweigh its disadvantages?
Considering that the pain factor is only temporary and that the hair ingrown issue is something that can be prevented, there is no reason why any woman will be denied the benefits of epilation to get rid of her unwanted body hair. The epilator pain experience is no different from the dreaded first day at the gym where all your muscles will ache the following morning. The rigors of exfoliating are no different from the warm-up and stretching exercises you have to do before hitting the weights to prevent injuries.
The only thing you have to contend with is the initial pain that will eventually be tolerable and the rigors of exfoliating that will even provide you with more skin health benefits. After a few weeks of getting used to, you will be enjoying a lifelong method of effective and convenient hair removal for smooth hairless skin without the initial discomforts. So in consideration of the epilator pros and cons, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages by a long shot.
4. Do epilators have limitations?
Epilators can be used for all parts of the body where there is hair growth. In fact, some brands have streamlined their products to focus on hair epilation for specific body parts. Others have provided for multiple attachments to make their epilators more appropriate, effective and convenient to use on specific areas of the body.
However, there is one set of hairs that an epilator will never be suited for and that’s the hair on your eyebrows. The base of the epilator is too bulky to control the amount of hair that’s going to be pulled out. It will be very hard to use an epilator for hair shaping as you will most likely over remove hairs. Remember, the purpose of the epilator is to remove the greatest amount of hair at the fastest pace possible.
For the eyebrows where careful plucking is necessary to create the intended shape with the least possible mistakes, the slow plucking of the old pair of tweezers is still most appropriate. Please note, however, that there’s a Braun epilator specifically designed for eyebrow hair removal. Once we’ve reviewed it, we’ll share our experience on this blog.
5. Can you use Epilators for bikini lines?
Most women would rather wax their hair along the bikini line over shaving them because they want that area hairless for at least four weeks. However, a lot of women are not that comfortable in revealing and exposing this sensitive body part in private salons for Brazilian waxing. Epilators provide the option of pulling out hairs along the bikini line in the privacy of your home. The question, however, is whether you can bear or tolerate the pain.
Some women have done it and are continuing to do it. Some women tried to epilate along their bikini line but quit it right away and never tried again because the pain was too unbearable. As always, different people have different tolerance levels for pain. The best way of knowing your own pain threshold is to try plucking one hair from your bikini line and see how it feels. If you can handle it, try plucking two or three at the same time. Pulling three hairs out will feel the same as multiple hairs being pulled off.
6. Is epilation safe?
There is nothing wrong about hair roots being pulled out as it happens all the time on hairs at different parts of the body. Some simply get caught somewhere and get pulled out. The only thing about epilation is that it is done intentionally to remove a great amount of hair roots creating a great possibility of incurring hair ingrown. Or other than hair ingrown, it can also be a cause for a pore infection because hair serves as protection from the entry of bacteria.
All these issues can be solved by daily exfoliation. Having this daily practice will cancel out the chances of debris from dead skin cells blocking the path of the new hair or trapping bacteria to cause an infection.
7. What are the tips for painless epilation?
While the pain of epilating will be reduced to a mere discomfort as you get used to it, here are some helpful tips for painless epilation.
- To reduce the pain of epilation, you can apply lidocaine creams or numbing creams and this will reduce the pain of epilating to the sensation of shaving.
- You can take a shower before epilating to open up your pores and lessen the pain of pulling the hair roots.
- You can use a wet and dry epilator so you can epilate in the shower where your pores are most open.
- Exfoliating before you epilate and every day onwards will reduce the chances of developing hair ingrown.
- Stretch your skin as you epilate to make it less painful.
- Use an epilator with more tweezers so you only need to make a few passes and reduce the duration of those painful moments.
8. Do men use epilators?
Since most men only have a mustache and beard to deal with, shaving with a razor is more efficient in grooming and shaping them.
However, in the sport of bodybuilding, where body hair is supposed to be off for better appreciation and judgment on the degree of muscularity and vascularity, some body builders are using epilators so they can be hair-free for competitions. Since bodybuilders will be removing an enormous amount of hair from practically all parts of their body, waxing will create a lot of skin irritation so the only alternative is really just epilation.