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It really can be a situation where you choose your own adventure when it comes to hair removal and there is definitely no shortage of options. You can try waxing and sugaring, both of which can take three to four weeks. Shaving is an option when you want something relatively simple, inexpensive, and painless. You can even use depilatory creams or have laser treatments.
However, there is one under-the-radar hair removal method that is not often talked about but that is quite effective nonetheless that uses an epilator. The device has multiple tweezers attached to a rotating head, and you repeatedly swipe the device over the area like an electric shaver. They are available in different sizes and have different numbers of tweezers on their heads. ""Like traditional tweezers, epilators remove hair directly from the root. This is different from shaving, which does not remove the root. If you use an epilator, hair will take longer to grow back"says board certified dermatologist Ife Rodney, MD, FAAD, of Eternal Dermatology and Aesthetics.
The biggest benefit to using an epilator is that it can remove hair from the root, which means you don't have to touch up as often as you do when you shave. It's quick and easy too, says Rodney. "You can get salon-style hair removal when you're pressed for time. Another benefit is that there is very little irritation to the surface of the skin, unlike shaving and waxing," she adds.
All hair removal techniques have a slight pain factor (even when shaving), and using an epilator is no different. Rodney says the pain is on par with waxing as both techniques pull the hair from the root. It might even be more painful for you at first if you are new to epilators and have never waxed. It all depends on your pain threshold as well.
However, you should be extra careful when using the device as Rodney points out that epilators can be very painful if misused. "Epilators can't treat ingrown hairs, either, and they're not good for sensitive areas. You need to find one that will keep an eye on the health and protection of your skin," she adds.
When using the device, Rodney recommends pulling the skin taut before running the machine over it and avoiding goose bumps. Make sure to move the device in the direction of hair growth, and don't press too hard or go through quickly as these two things can cause irritation.
Anyone who can use an epilator can be used on all skin types. However, if you have sensitive skin you should be careful. If you have a serious skin condition you may want to avoid it. First, test on a small area to see if it's right for you.
As with other hair removal techniques, prepare your skin beforehand and then give some TLC afterwards. Rodney recommends:
1. Peeling: Try exfoliating at least a day or two beforehand to remove dry skin and dirt that can cause irritation. Exfoliating can also prevent future ingrown hairs.
2.Shave or trim: You can try shaving about two to three days beforehand to make the process easier, especially if you have hair that is half an inch long or longer.
3. Take a warm bath or shower: This will help soften and cleanse the skin.
4.Clean the epilator: Make sure the head of the device is clean to avoid infection.
5. Moistening: After epilation, the skin may feel dry. So apply a soothing moisturizer right away. If it's uncomfortable, try an ice pack, anti-inflammatory cream, or aloe vera gel.
6. Do not touch your skin: Avoid the urge to touch your silky smooth skin as the area is delicate and your hands are carrying dirt and bacteria.
If you're intrigued but haven't used an epilator before, then you should look for a device that supports newbies and focuses on sensitive skin. Choose a small, low-speed epilator or a manual one. "Once you get used to epilating, you can try bigger, more advanced devices," she adds.
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