Pain Free Guide to Epilating

Pain Free Guide to EpilatingWhen people used to talk about epilating it used to send shivers down my spine, it looks like a mini lawnmower and sounds awful! The first time I tried it I must have been around 16 years old and it was so painful, the moment the epilator touched my leg I pulled it away as fast as I could. If don’t know what an epilator is I like to think of it as an electric tweezer, there are little ‘teeth’ that spin round quickly and pluck the hair out from the root as they open and close.Pain Free Guide to EpilatingOver the past few months I’ve found ways which make this process as pain free as possible and now it doesn’t even hurt at all. There are so many benefits to epilating such as that you don’t have to wait for your hairs to get to a certain length like you have to with waxing, you can remain hair free for up to six weeks depending on your hair cycle and you can easily do it yourself at home. Also over time I’ve found that my hairs have got thinner and thinner with each use. I know that some people suffer with a rash afterwards as well as ingrown hairs but I’ve included some tips on how to keep them away. The first time will hurt a little bit but hopefully these tips will help you and over time it will be completely pain free.

  • Have a bath – Every single time I use my epilator I have a hot bath, it cleanses your skin to prepare it and opens up your pores. You could have a shower instead but personally a bath works best for me and majorly reduces the pain.
  • Exfoliate – Whilst in the bath make sure you throughly buff your skin with a grainy exfoliator, this will help you to remove dead skin cells which will reduce the likeliness of getting ingrown hairs. Once I have epilated my legs I like to gently exfoliate every other time I shower as it helps to keep those pesky ingrown hairs away.
  • Pull the skin taut – When using the epilator gently pull the skin taut in the same way that you would if you were tweezing your eyebrows. This will reduce the pain and will help pull the hairs out easier.
  • Aloe vera – After I have epilated I always get a few tiny red dots (this is why I always epilate in the evening) and everything irritates my skin apart from aloe vera, it’s the best thing that you can use on your skin to soothe it. I wouldn’t recommend using any lotions or creams, just aloe vera. It takes a few hours for the red dots to fade but by the time I wake up the next day they are completely gone, I then use a moisturiser daily to keep my legs hydrated.

Now that I’ve been epilating for the past few months I can’t see myself ever going back to shaving, my legs are smoother than they ever were when I used to shave and I love how I can go weeks without having to worry about my legs. Will you be trying out epilating this summer?

Rebecca x


  1. Candice
    7th June 2016 / 10:41 am

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I hate epilating my bf got me one which I used once and cried most of the time while doing it so I stopped

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Rebecca
      7th June 2016 / 9:21 pm

      You should try it again using these tips, it will really help the pain :)

  2. 7th June 2016 / 6:03 pm

    Wow, this sounds nice!

  3. katie
    8th June 2016 / 4:11 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try epilating for so, so long. Shaving is so tedious! I was wondering about the pain aspect, but thanks for sharing this post!!

    Also, side note. I’ve been wanting to see a blog using the new pipdig theme for so long. I couldn’t believe when I saw you’re using it. How stunning is it!! I think it’s my favourite blog theme, ever. <33

    Katie // Words By Katie

    • Rebecca
      6th July 2016 / 12:57 pm

      Thank you so much! xx

  4. 9th June 2016 / 5:09 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these tips! I am thinking about getting an epilator for a while now since I am very bored of shaving my legs everyday and I am one of those girls who cant wait that long to grow and then wax them so epilator should be my saviour :)

    • Rebecca
      6th July 2016 / 12:58 pm

      I got bored of shaving everyday which is why I started epilating and now can go weeks without any hair! xx

  5. 11th June 2016 / 8:15 pm

    The first time you did it, did you ice or anything beforehand? I bought one a month ago and I’ve tried to use it a few times and it’s just AWFUL!


    • Rebecca
      6th July 2016 / 1:00 pm

      If you ice it can make it more painful as it makes it harder for the hairs to be pulled out as tightens your pores! Try having a hot bath before :)

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