Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin
“Doctor, I am a bit skeptical on trying Epilators for hair removal, Are they painful? How do I choose the best epilator for my skin? How should I use it?” Epilators tweezes you hair, but unlike a tweezer they pull multiple hair out at a time. So, no wonders they might hurt! Still, they are your best bet when you do not have time for visiting a saloon at your disposal, and you want to keep hair removal sessions all to yourself, and still not empty your pocket every month. So let’s understand how to choose the best epilator for yourself; we recommend you to begin with gathering knowledge.
STEP 1: Gather knowledge about the most common brands of Epilators
Begin by gathering knowledge about the product specification of various models of epilator on websites like Flipkart.com and amazon.com, customer reviews are good guides; but remember either a very happy or dis-satisfied user might review once in a while, so a person who writes reviews regularly should be trusted the most. Shortlist your choices based on the availability of local brands. Here are few tips:
- Prefer trusted brands that specialise in making epilators.
- Look for the working principal of epilator- tweezers type are most common, springs and rotating disc are obsolete.
- Most epilators can be used for arms and legs, however if you want to on underarms, bikini area, face etc. check so now itself.
- Look for additional attachment of shaver/trimmer; they help in cutting hairs to the length that can easily be epilated.
- Cordless ones give you ease of use over corded ones, but check the operating time of the battery.
- You might also want additional attachments in the form caps to ease the use of epilators over sensitive areas.
- A cleaning brush helps in cleaning the hair from the tweezer head, make sure you have one in the kit.
STEP 2: Shopping tips
Even if you are a getting better deal on the Internet; do some R&D in the market and enquire about the functionality of the brand you shortlisted; and finally make a decision. Taking a demo could be tricky, if the epilator has not been cleaned in anti-septic solution, sharing of epilators is not advisable.
STEP 3: Read the instructions carefully.
Read instructions before use carefully, after all it is an electrical device that comes in direct contact with your skin.
STEP 4: Epilate in right way.
Instructions are your best guide, here are few tips:
- Make sure the skin is clean and dry.
- Avoid putting lotion, cream, or oil before epilation, but you can use talc powder to aid in epilation.
- If your hairs are big, use trimmer attachment to shorten them to even length so that they can be grabbed by epilators easily.
- Use epilator in direction opposite to the hair growth.
- Stretch the skin and use firm and even pressure to hold epilators, to enable removal of hair uniformly. For first time users, this can be challenging because of pain.
- To achieve a smooth look, keep on checking under good light for left patches of hair and redo if necessary. Initially sessions might be longer, eventually pain threshold increases and with practice it’s a matter of minutes only.
- Slight redness and bumps are common more in sensitive skin and with initial use. We recommend you to gently wash the depilated area with plain water and pad dry followed by application of soothing lotion, one with Aloe Vera will do.
- Avoid harsh soaps just after epilation, wait for few hours for skin to settle back and then clean or exfoliate.
- Clean the epilator as instructed.
STEP 5: Repeat use
Repeat the depilating session, when your hairs are of the shortest length your epilator can handle, usually at the gap of a week or two.