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Are Epilators Painful? 5 Tips for Pain-Free Hair Removal

Epilators are convenient, easy to use and effective. But they can also be painful. These devices use tiny little tweezers that pull the hair out from the root. Have you ever plucked your eyebrows? I rest my case.

The good news is that you don’t have to just “grin and bear it.” I’m going to share my secrets to making epilation less painful.

Shave the Day Before

That’s right – I said shave. Don’t toss that razor in the trash just yet. The day before you epilate, shave the area you want to treat. Epilation is far more effective on shorter hair. Plus, it will make the process so much less painful.

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Exfoliating before your epilation session will help remove dead skin cells and prevent ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are painful as is, but can make your next epilation session even more uncomfortable. A loofa or a scrub will get the job done, but you can take it one step further with an exfoliating body wash if you like.

Take a Hot Shower First

I always take a warm or hot shower before I use my epilator. Why? Because the heat from the water opens up your pores, making it easier for the epilator to remove hairs from the root. The easier it is to remove the hair, the less painful it will be.

Some epilators are waterproof, so you can actually use it in the shower or bath. I personally prefer wet/dry devices because they’re so convenient. I can just shower and epilate at the same time – just like with shaving.

Hold the Skin Taut

A tried-and-true way to prevent epilation pain is to hold your skin taut during treatment. This makes it easier for the device to remove hair from the root, and it reduces the intensity of the pain. Use one hand to guide the epilator, and the other to hold the skin taut. If you’re treating your underarms, you can just raise your arms as high as you can to keep the skin taut.

More Tweezers Please

If you haven’t actually bought your epilator yet, you might want to consider buying a model with a lot of tweezers. The more tweezers there are, the fewer passes you need to remove all of the hair. This reduces the risk of irritation and makes the process a lot quicker.

Time Heals All

Over time, epilation naturally becomes less painful. Your hair grows back a littler finer and less dense after each session. Your skin also gets used to the sensation. The first time is always the most painful.

For most people, epilation will always be a little painful. But these tips will help make your sessions more comfortable. Numbing creams and over-the-counter pain medications can also help make the entire process less painful, but in most cases, are just overkill. In truth, the pain isn’t that bad – even if you don’t follow the tips above. And the results (3-4 weeks of smooth skin) are well worth the pain.

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