Let out a warrior howl and yank those bad boys OUT! Summer is here and we want to bare our legs. We do NOT want to waste time shaving every single day to keep our legs smooth. Enter the Epilator – one of the greatest inventions known to womankind – mankind too as it seems many men are choosing to forgo the chest hair these days. (Such a shame really - I love a man with some HAIR on his chest!).
Epilators have come a long way since the first one of years ago. Epilady was launched in 1986 and was the FIRST electric hair epilator. In my opinion it was one of the greatest inventions EVER! I notice on the Epilady website that this model still exists! Though it works well I would recommend one of the newer designs if you wish to epilate more sensitive areas. Easier to control where IT goes if you get my meaning.
You will read that your results will last for 4 weeks. Well, I will tell you that you will not wait 4 weeks to epilate again. Currently, you are accustomed to perfectly smooth legs that are devoid of hair. Seeing just one hair that escaped epilation will drive you to pull out your epilator or a pair of tweezers. The Epilator is a tool that you will grow to love once you get the hang of it. Over time, the hair grows in so much finer and there is less of it. My mother in law's legs are like SILK!
Using an epilator is cheaper than waxing and much cleaner. You won’t nick yourself however, you can pinch your skin if you do not hold looser skin taunt (like behind the knee). If you do get your skin pinched TURN THE EPILATOR OFF….then you will be able to release the skin.
The very first epilator that I ever saw was the Epilady shown at the top of this page. There was a commercial on TV and they showed this nasty looking spring (see photo) attached to the bottom of what resembled an electric shaver. As this spring moved it yanked out hair. My mother had one of those. It was passed down to us after she gave up on it. My mother in law had one as well and she loved it. To this day, even with all the new variations of this clever little machine, there are those that love it and those that can do without. Some say it is painful. It can be painful much in the same way that when you first tweezed an eyebrow it stung a bit. Remember though that after doing it a few more times you didn’t feel much discomfort? It is the same with the epilator. The first couple times you notice it but I would not call it painful. Childbirth – THAT’S painful. Actually, I got to the point where when I would notice the epilator grab a hair I would cheer it on “Yeah, you go! Tear those fuzzies OUT!” It takes some dedication. Over time, you will see that you can go for longer and longer periods of time without bothering to epilate your legs. It’s very freeing.
The newer designs allow for better control/ease of use. There are many different brands and most of them are great. These do produce a bit of noise so do not expect them to be quiet. In this writing I am focusing on the original brand Epilady brand as this is how I came to know about epilators. There are other great brands like, Braun and Emjoi as well. These are very affordable these days. You can find Emjoi on HSN on clearance for 39.95 as of today but the original Epliady style shown at the top of this page still retails for about 99.00 (and worth every penny!). Read reviews if possible on the model you select for purchase and you should do very well on a model in your price range.
A few things to remember:
*ONLY Epilate skin that is clean and free from lotions and oils etc.
*Epilate AFTER your shower and after having exfoliated.
*Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Everyday, in the shower as you wash, use a micro-fiber washcloth and wash your legs as you normally would but be sure to give them a nice scrub to lift those hairs up to attention for easy tweezing when you epilate. You can also use a body scrub but I find a micro-fiber wash cloth is much less messy and takes away dead skin just as well as your favorite salt scrub.
*If you are having problems with folliculitis (this can happen sometimes when you epilate and get an infected follicle.) Do not moisturize immediately following epilation – rather wait until the next day. Also, to aid in healing, grab a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide and dab it onto the sore areas a couple times a day – it should clear up quickly.
“Folliculitis is inflammation of one or more hair follicles. It can occur anywhere on the skin. Symptoms: Common symptoms include a rash, itching, and pimples.”
*CLEAN your epilator after each use. Cleaning your epilator will prolong its "life" and protect your skin from infections. Turn off and/or unplug the Epilator. Brush out the hair with the brush that accompanies the Epilator. That is the info that will come with your Epilator. I have added the following procedure to my Epilator cleaning/maintenance – It really made a difference for me but I cannot guarantee that your particular epilator might not appreciate it. That said, I have used many different models and have not had issue with the following:
Turn it off and brush out the loose hair – (remove the top section per your instructions enclosed with your particular model and brush inside that area too to prolong the use of your Epilator – you don’t want hair building up in there). Use a Q-tip or brush to apply peroxide or rubbing alcohol lightly to the tweezer disks as you spin the top manually. (Remember to unplug and turn off first) Do not over soak it…just apply a light film. Then I turn the Epilator on and as it spins I just blow air into it to be sure it is good and dry prior to storing. (Close your eyes while blowing into it to keep any further loose hair from flying into your eyes.)
*I recommend that even though you may see hairs pop up again in a couple of days (as they are not all in the same growth cycle) refrain from epilating again for at least a week especially if you are having issues with folliculitis or clogged follicles. Let them heal. Also, realize that a little bit of hair isn’t that noticeable. The hair will grow in soft and will not scratch as you cross your legs or touch them. They will feel smooth. If they feel sharp (as they do when they grow back from a shave) you will know that you are eplilating on too high a setting. This will break the hair instead of pulling it out at the root. You use the lowest setting for the thickness of the hair. You may start out with a heavier setting if you have course hair and end up after some time on a lighter or slower setting. Pay attention to this and you will have a much better result. Pull the skin taunt as you move about the area you are working on - especially inner thigh. This will help to prevent skin pinching and more effectively remove the hairs. If the epilator pinches your skin, quickly turn it off and it should release.
These can be used on areas other than the legs and I will leave that up to you! I will give you one example though. UNDER the arms! WARNING epilating under the arms does sting more but still does NOT come close to child birth pains! You must hold the skin very taunt. Takes a bit of practice but you will get it. Also, as I mentioned before, with repetition the pain will not be an issue. Best to start while the hair (in all cases) is not so long. The longer the hair – the bigger the pain. It will be worth your effort epilating your armpits though. Ever notice that dark shadow that some ladies have when they raise their arms? That will be a thing of the past.
One more thing. Though some of the regular models can be used on the face there are specialized models for this.
Epilators are great! It will take time to get the results that you are looking forward to. Be patient with yourself. It will take longer to epilate than it takes you to run a razor up and down your legs. Your smooth legs, however, will last for days. They will be smooth even when the hair starts to grow back in because it will NOT be prickly and uncomfortable. You will feel like a lady...an EPILADY!