The electric epilator is a quick and effective solution for removing hair, but how to use it for an even longer lasting result?
In this period when in many regions it is not possible to go to beauty centers, means are being sought to be able to replicate treatments at home, in safety. To remove hair yourself, a tool that comes to our aid is the electric epilator, easier to use than wax and with less risk. However, there are some precautions and tips to best epilate and get smooth, long-lasting skin.
First step: choose the electric epilator
There are different types of electric epilator that adapt to the needs of all skin types and beyond. A first major distinction can be made between tools to be used on dry or wet skin, the so-called water proof epilators.
The water proof electric epilators, that is water resistant, can also be used in the shower or bath because they are 100% waterproof, although it is still advisable to use them on wet skin. They are wireless, with a charging base that allows them to be used even on wet skin, and is the ideal choice for those with sensitive skin or a lower pain threshold: the water, especially if hot or lukewarm, opens the pores of the skin so the extirpation of the hair will be easier. In this way the perception of pain will be reduced and, not to be underestimated, it will avoid breaking the hairs, thus also avoiding the formation of ingrown hairs.
How to prepare the skin for using the electric epilator
For a perfect and long-lasting epilation it is important to prepare the skin before using an electric epilator. As with waxing, it is a good idea to scrub a day or two before, in order to eliminate dead cells and, even in this case, reduce the chances of ingrown hairs. By doing this, the motorized tweezers will be able to completely remove the hair from the root, without leaving small fragments under the skin. There are scrubs on the market for all skin types, even sensitive ones, but they are also easy to make at home, for example with olive oil and salt or sugar, or you can use exfoliating gloves in horsehair. The most recent models of electric epilators, among other things, often have interchangeable heads with exfoliating accessories, in order to have a single multifunctional product, which saves time and space.
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Scrub and skin cleansing are therefore the first fundamental steps before proceeding with epilation: in fact, a clean skin will avoid inflammation, bacterial proliferation and the appearance of folliculitis and hair under the skin. But be careful not to use creams and oily substances before using the electric epilators: rather, remember to moisturize the skin in the previous days.
Before putting the electric epilator into operation, then, evaluate whether it is appropriate to shorten the hair. If they are too long, in fact, it is easy for them to break because they are torn too superficially. This also increases the pain, because the epilator will have to be passed over and over again until it is completely removed from the root. In case of hairs longer than about 5mm, use a trimmer razor, such as the one for shaving, not a classic razor blade because the hairs will still have to come out to the skin to be trapped by the tweezers. Many models of electric epilators also provide a head with trimmer razor, to be passed before starting the epilation in order to regulate and adjust the length of all the hairs, making it homogeneous.
Another advice before starting is to choose a quiet place, where you are not disturbed but, above all, that has good lighting. This will make it easier to see all the hair and epilation will be faster. If there is an even better mirror, in order to help you in areas where you cannot see yourself, a tabletop one will also be fine for finishing the back parts of the body. A good time is, for example, in the evening, perhaps after a hot shower, in order to open the pores. In this way, then, a slight redness, irritation or the presence of dots (very normal after epilation), will have time to disappear during the night. It is always better, in fact, to avoid shaving before an appointment, especially if you have to wear clothes that leave your legs uncovered. Not only for aesthetic reasons, but also because the skin is more sensitive and could become even more irritated.
Quick and easy epilation with these tips
Now that the skin is ready, it's time for the actual epilation. Many epilator models allow you to set a speed, to be chosen according to the area to be epilated. There are also epilators with interchangeable heads that can also be used in sensitive or more restricted areas, such as groin, face and armpits. The position in which the epilator is used is very important to avoid breaking the hair: it must be passed against the grain, perpendicular to the surface to be epilated. For example, for the calves it starts from the ankle and continues up towards the knee. For the most sensitive areas, such as the groin, inner thigh and back of the knee, remember to stretch the skin for an even more precise and less painful result. Avoid exerting too much pressure both to not irritate the skin and because this would block the tweezers, which would no longer be able to tear the hair properly. In principle, for the calf area, you should take at least 15/20 seconds to pass the epilator from the ankle to the knee, then repeating the operation on the entire leg until it is completed.
Attention to post epilation, not to be underestimated
Once finished, there are some small precautions to be respected to avoid prolonging the normal irritation, which however tends to disappear after a few hours. First, apply a soothing, alcohol-free cream or lotion that contains aloe, chamomile, lavender, tea tree or any other ingredients that help relieve inflammation, reduce itching and deeply hydrate the skin.
It is not recommended to sunbathe immediately after epilation, to avoid staining the skin, it is better to also use a protective sunscreen (which should always be applied, especially on the face, even in the city and in winter). It is also important, for subsequent epilations, to avoid regrowing too long hair and above all to always carefully clean your electric epilator, to avoid bacterial proliferation.
How to clean an electric epilator without damaging it?
Cleaning an epilator is not difficult, especially if done every time you use it, by doing so you will be sure to find it ready for the next use. First of all, if powered, unplug it from the power supply, then pass the brush supplied (or with one with soft bristles, for example those for cleaning nails) between the tweezers and the parts of the head, which you can also remove from the appliance, to clean the back as well. Then wash the head (detached from the body) with water and neutral soap or mild hair shampoo, in order to eliminate bacterial residues. Dry it by shaking it to remove excess water and then with a smooth cloth, to prevent lint and pieces of fabric from getting stuck between the tweezers, an important step because otherwise the metal parts could rust.