Are epilators painful

Epilate correctly: this is how it works!

Epilation: what is it?

You tackle the problem of annoying body hair at the root: Electric epilators ensure hair-free areas of the body - for at least two weeks. The devices usually contain rotating pairs of disks that open and close like tweezers. In this way, they pull the hair out of the root.

For comparison: When shaving (depilation), the hair is only removed above the skin and usually shows up again the next day.

After epilation, the hair grows back after a while - but without the formation of stubble. Because the new hair first penetrates the skin with its soft, thin tip.

Wet or dry? It's a matter of taste. Many epilating devices offer both functions, so that you can decide from time to time which variant you prefer,

Epilation: you should pay attention to this

Whether on the legs or under the armpits: epilation usually causes pain. If you want to remove hair from individual parts of the body in the medium term, it is important to always gently pull the affected area of ​​skin taut and to move the epilator against the direction of hair growth.

Be prepared for it: the skin reacts quickly with a noticeable reddening - especially when you epilate for the first time. It is therefore best to remove the hair in the evening, then the skin will calm down overnight. Any redness or swellings that may have developed are usually no longer visible the next morning.

Other things that are important when epilating:

  • A length between two and five millimeters is suitable so that the hair is easily accessible for the epilator. It is best to shorten longer hair before epilating it.
  • Make a peeling on the respective parts of the body before you epilate. This removes flakes of skin and makes even the finest hair accessible to the epilator.
  • It is best to epilate during or after showering or bathing, as the warm water makes the skin more relaxed and the hair can be pulled out of the skin more easily.
  • The new hair has grown back three to four weeks after epilation. However, do not epilate again immediately. The hair needs a certain minimum length for the rotating spirals to grip.

Epilation: how to avoid pain

Epilation is especially painful at the beginning. The skin gets used to it over time. In addition, less hair grows back from application to application. Massage the skin a little before epilating will help against the pain.

When you dry epilate, thoroughly remove all grease and cream residues and cool the skin with a cooling pad for about 30 seconds beforehand. This reduces the plucking pain.

Devices with a so-called massage foot promise pain-free epilation. Its function: During hair removal, it presses itself into the skin with short, quick up and down movements directly in front of the tweezers. This suppresses the transmission of pain to the brain and massages away the pulling pain.

Proper care after epilation

After epilation, apply a soothing lotion with the ingredients aloe vera, allantoin or chamomile extract.

Since chamomile contains the anti-inflammatory agent azulene, cold chamomile tea after epilation also helps to soothe the skin. For small areas of skin, use damp, cooled chamomile bags and place them on the irritated area.

For larger areas such as the legs, prepare a tea with 500 milliliters of boiling water and four tablespoons of dried chamomile. Let the tea steep until it is cold. After epilating, dip a washcloth in the tea and place it on the irritated area for ten minutes.

Epilate legs

Compared to the armpits and the intimate area, the legs are one of the more uncomplicated parts of the body to epilate. In any case, pay attention to the tips described for preparation and pain avoidance. Place the epilator at a 90-degree angle and work your way up from your ankle. It is helpful to stretch the respective skin area a little with your fingers.

Epilate armpits

In principle, it is possible to epilate the armpit hair. Please note, however: the skin is very sensitive in this area. Epilation is more painful than, for example, on the legs. In addition, irritation occurs more quickly. You should therefore be careful at this part of the body and pay close attention to the tips for preparation and pain relief.

When epilating your armpits in the shower, hold your arm upright and bend your elbow so that you can pull the skin taut with your hand. Position the device vertically and carefully run over the areas where there is hair. It is advisable to cool the epilated areas quickly afterwards.

Epilate the genital area

Many people also want to epilate their hair in the genital area. The skin is very sensitive there. Injuries or inflammations are therefore quickly the result. If you want to get rid of your hair in this area for several weeks, Brazilian waxing or sugaring with an expert is a gentler method.

If you decide to remove the genital area yourself with the epilator at home, it is particularly important to clean the skin thoroughly beforehand and to shorten longer hair with scissors. Be sure to follow the recommended tips for spreading and reducing pain.

It is best to do a test on a small area first. To remove the hair in the genital area, it helps to stretch a small area of ​​skin with two fingers.

Avoid disinfectants, creams or oils in the genital area. Cool the irritated areas and, if inflammation develops, use an alcohol-free antiseptic.

How to prevent ingrown hairs!

If you pluck hair out during epilation, a comparatively sharp edge is created on the hair. As soon as it has grown out of the skin again and curls up on the surface, it can penetrate the skin in the opposite direction with this sharp edge and continue to grow underneath. The result: the ingrown hairs easily cause inflammation, which shows up as purulent pimples.

Another cause of ingrown hairs is dead skin cells that clog the hair follicle. The hair can then not grow straight up out of the root, but has to move to the side.

You can prevent ingrown hairs by exfoliating the skin regularly. This opens clogged pores and opens the way for hair to grow back. Regular care with moisturizing lotion is also important so that the skin remains smooth and the hair can penetrate the pores unhindered.

Learn more about ingrown hairs here.

How long does epilation last?

Epilation works much longer than so-called depilation methods such as shaving or depilatory cream. When you epilate your body hair, it takes a few weeks for the hair to grow back to come back to the surface of the skin. As a rule, they are visible again after four weeks at the latest.

Other methods

In addition to the electric epilator, there are other methods that belong to the so-called temporary hair removal and in which the hair is pulled from the root.

Epilation is practiced in the following ways:

  • by mechanical means (tweezers, wax, sugar paste)
  • by chemical destruction (creams)
  • by electronic destruction (electric epilator)

Large areas can be removed from hair quickly, thoroughly and gently with wax or sugar paste. Wax or sugaring, for example, are good for the legs. Men also depilate the abdomen and back relatively easily with these means. Brazilian waxing is often used in the intimate area.

Find out more about waxing and sugaring here.

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