Often the one thing that stops people trying new methods of hair removal is the fear of pain. As someone who has been burnt and nicked more than I care to remember I'm always a little bit nervous before I try a new treatment for the first time. When it comes to epilating, my fears were no smaller than normal. That was until I did some research and found out that luckily, there are a few techniques and tricks you can use to lessen the intense sensations many people feel. Here are a few ideas I have found to make epilating less painful.
It Will Hurt Some
Unfortunately, you can't avoid all pain from epilating. If it is something you have never done before, I am not going to lie to you, it will hurt a little and it depends on your pain tolerance exactly how much it will hurt you. The good side of it is, the more you do it, the less pain you will feel while doing it and until you reach that point, there are a few things you can keep in mind to make it easier on yourself. For instance:
*Exfoliate! You can do this the day or night before you want to use the epilator. If you have a lot of ingrown hairs or clogged pores before epilating, you will be making it harder on yourself from the start. It will benefit you to prepare your skin a little before you begin.
*A warm shower. If you take a warm shower before you begin your hair and skin will be softer and your pores will be opened a little more which will make the process easier on you and your skin. However, it is important that you avoid using the epilator while your body is still damp. Your hair will be more likely to lie down and be harder to get to. To help with this, you should also consider using talcum powder on your body after you are toweled off as much as possible. This will absorb whatever moisture is left and help those hairs to stand up.
*Hold on tight. You should stretch your skin so that it is taut while using the epilator by using one hand while epilating with the other. At first this may be hard to do, but as you practice with it, you will find that there is less pain if you can keep the area you are epilating tight.
For After Pain
If you do find that you have some pain after epilating, which is likely if you have just started doing it. You can use a moisturizing lotion. Something with aloe vera or cocoa butter is the best. It will eliminate redness and make your skin very soft. However, you may want to dab it on as oppose to rub if your skin is already stinging and sensitive. Rubbing could further the irritation which would not be much fun for you.
You may also want to use an ice pack on the area you epilated if you are stinging badly before you apply the lotion. If you don't have an ice pack, try really cold water or place ice into a towel and hold it over the area. Remember, if you haven't finished epilating that area, you need to re-dry the hair thoroughly before starting again.
When learning how to make epilating less painful, you will also want to epilate when your hair is short. If you need to, shave the day before epilating because this will allow you to start fresh and prevent hair from breaking off. You should be able to see the hair, but it shouldn't be long. If you would rather not shave before epilating, make your first epilation quickly. This will ensure that you don't feel as much of the painful side of it.
Don't feel that you have to continue where you are. If the pain is getting really bad on one leg or arm, switch to the other. Give your skin a chance to stop stinging and go back to it later. Epilating doesn't have to be done quickly. If you or your body parts need a break, it is okay!
Learning How to Make Epilating Less Painful
Once you start trying you will find other ways to relieve any pain you will find other things that work for you. Some ladies feel that it should be avoided during their menstrual cycle and other people feel that a tattoo numbing cream works best for them. You should experiment to find out how to use an epilator without pain in your own way.
For me, ice packs and talcum powder works the best and then I follow that by exfoliating once the skin is no longer red and irritated. At first, I would be red for about 24 hours after doing it. What is your secret to how to make epilating less painful?