How To Use An Epilator For Longer-Lasting Hair Removal

Anyone who has had to endure the process of shaving knows that it can be not only daunting but painful. Even when you take all of the proper precautions, razor burns, ingrown hairs, and nicks can happen. Thankfully, there are new and innovative ways constantly being introduced that make hair removal easy. While laser hair removal is one option, it can get quite pricey and requires multiple visits. And waxing is another option, but it can be painful. However, the newest tool for long-lasting hair removal is an epilator. 


Epilators are electric devices that can be used from the comfort of your couch every few weeks to remove unwanted hair and peach fuzz. They act like small tweezers to yank the hair from its root, giving you longer-lasting smooth skin. Although their popularity is just starting to rise, many are already ditching their razors and wax strips and opting for epilators, even though their concept might sound frightening at first. To get the best possible hair removal experience, you'll need to take the proper steps to ensure a smooth process — and smooth legs!

How to use an epilator

Using an epilator isn't as challenging as it may initially seem, but it does require some care and caution when you first begin. Like shaving, exfoliation is key for optimal hair removal. Plan to epilate after your shower, which allows you to scrub off those dead skin cells first. 


There are various epilator types. Some can actually be used in the shower and others you can use on dry skin. If you're using a dry epilator, you'll want to lay down a towel or sheet to catch all the stray hairs.

Before you start epilating, ensure you're using the proper attachment for the right area. Some areas require softer or rougher attachments. Refer to your device to ensure you can use it in the right area before beginning. Once ready, tilt your epilator at a 90-degree angle and run it against the direction your hair grows. This will capture the hair at its root, yanking it off of your skin. The first contact might be painful as it is meant to feel like tiny tweezers against your skin. Like waxing, this sensation should become more manageable with more practice.


Best practices to follow when using an epilator

Once you get the hang of it, using an epilator is simple. All you need to do is handle the device with care and be mindful of your skin. However, there are several tips and tricks to learn which can contribute to you having the best hair removal process possible. For starters, stretching your skin in the area where you are epilating will help you get a closer shave from the root. Pulling the hair from the root is what allows you to go a long time without having to shave again. You can plan to epilate once every two to four weeks, depending on how close of a shave you get.


You should also practice proper post-epilation care to avoid any ingrown hairs or bumps from forming. Apply a sufficient amount of lotion or cream onto your skin to avoid it from cracking or drying. Choose a fragrance-free formula to avoid any potential irritation. If you use the device in the shower, you'll want to gently exfoliate the skin afterward to avoid ingrown hairs from hiding behind leftover dead skin cells. 

All in all, epilating is an easy alternative for those who are looking to avoid razors, wax, or lasers in their search for smooth skin.