Who doesn’t like to have smooth and hair-free skin for weeks, right? But, removing hair from the root can seem daunting at times because of the pain that follows. Although there are options that offer hair-free skin for a long time, very few are less painful. Epilation is one of the methods that hurts lesser than waxing, and in addition with some useful tips, you can reduce this epilation pain further. Read on to find out more!
Do epilators hurt?
If you’re new to epilation and not aware about how epilators work, then you should know that epilators work by pulling out hair from the root using micro-tweezers. So, epilation hurts slightly but is not as excruciatingly painful as waxing. However, if you continue to epilate, the pain recedes over the time as your body gets accustomed to the epilator.
How to epilate without pain?
The key to getting flawless skin post epilation is preparing for it and doing it right. Here are some epilating tips for painless silky smooth skin:
1. Having a warm shower or bath before epilating
Taking a warm water bath or shower will help soften your hair while opening up the skin pores. Thus, epilating after the shower makes hair removal easier thereby reducing the epilator pain. Moreover, your skin needs to be clean before epilating, so this step helps you achieve it.
2. Exfoliating before epilation
Epilation on dry skin can be slightly more painful. However, exfoliation can help you in this case. Exfoliation plays a vital role in removing the dead skin cells and helps you enjoy a painless hair removal session. Moreover, it also helps reduce any skin irritation post epilation. While showering, gently rub a body scrub.
You can use exfoliating gloves or the exfoliation brush that comes with Braun Silk-épil 9 Flex to buff away the dead skin cells. For facial exfoliation, you can use the sonic cleaning brush that accompanies the Braun Facespa 851 epilator. It cleans deep pores and is gentle on the skin while exfoliating. This sonic brush is 100% waterproof, dermatologically tested, and safe to use daily, even for sensitive skin. Also, exfoliating before and after a few days of epilating your skin helps minimise ingrown hair. Learn more about exfoliation from our article on how to exfoliate your body.
3. Shaving beforehand
If you're new to epilating, then shaving two to three days before the session is a good way of starting slow. Shaving reduces the amount of hair, giving you a painless epilator experience. Unlike shaving or waxing, you don't have to wait for your hair to grow back completely with epilation. You can continue to epilate every few days to become used to the epilator sensations. The Braun Silk-Epil 9 Flex 9010 comes with a shaver and trimmer head, so you don’t have to rely on dull manual razors. Moreover, you can also use it with water – so you can get a mess-free shave.
4. Pulling the skin taut
If all this long you've been wondering how to epilate without pain, then this one's the most basic trick. Holding or pulling the skin tight is one of the most important steps of epilating. This gives a flat taut skin surface for the epilator to skim along, letting it capture most of the hair in a single stroke. Wherever your skin is loose or softer, like underarms or upper thighs, pull your skin taut while epilating. Remember, lesser the strokes over the skin, the lesser it hurts.
5. Epilating in the right angle
Tilting your epilator too much can lead to pulling or tearing of hair incorrectly. When you first place the epilator on your skin, make sure it is at a 90-degree angle that is straight out. Start with a lesser sensitive area and go slow by gently holding and guiding your epilator over the skin. The SensoSmart technology of Braun Silk-Epil 9 epilator indicates when the pressure isn't right, helping you adjust to the right amount of pressure for a comfortable epilating experience. Read our article on how to epilate easily for more tips.
6. Epilating in the shower
If your epilator is waterproof, make the most out of it by epilating in the shower. Epilating while in the shower makes it easier for the epilator to glide over the skin smoothly, reducing sensations and irritation. Remember, if epilating in the shower, your skin should be dripping wet. Braun Silk-épil 9 Flex is 100% waterproof, so you can epilate in the shower or bath painlessly with frequent use in water. Moreover, its slim, ergonomic handle is anti-slip for you to use it comfortably in the shower, giving you precise results, even for hard-to-reach areas.
7. Epilating at the lowest speed setting
Avoid going too fast! It can lead to improper pulling and tearing of hair. So, when you start epilating, set your epilator to the lowest speed setting. This way, you can achieve closer and smoother hair removal results. Once you get pro at it, you can adjust the speed setting as per your needs.
8. Avoiding goosebumps
If your skin is prone to getting goosebumps, always epilate in warm conditions. When you get goosebumps, the skin surface doesn't remain flat anymore. Due to this, it becomes harder for the epilator to touch the skin surface and remove hair efficiently. It can break your hair halfway instead of pulling them out of root, leading to stubble.
9. Keeping up with the routine
Remember, epilating smaller patches is less painful than a large amount of hair. Once you start noticing your hair regrowing, epilate them as you see. Don't wait up for the hair to grow completely. Initially, you can epilate once every week and then gradually move on to epilating once in three weeks. This will also help recede the pain over the years.
So, now that you know the epilating tips and tricks for a painless experience, we hope you give them a try and achieve flawless, silky-smooth skin. With regular use, you will find that the epilation pain will gradually reduce, and the pain caused by other methods like waxing would become a distant memory.