How to use an epilator

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Hair removal without ingrown hairs or raised hair follicles?! Epilators can be a great hair removal method… but how do you use them?

If you’ve ever found yourself searching the internet for ‘epilator how to use’, this is the article for you. Epilators can be used to tackle facial hair and body hair and avoid those pesky ingrown hairs. Keep reading for more tips about this exciting hair removal process.

How do epilators work?

Epilators are electrical devices that remove hair right from the roots as opposed to shaving, which just cuts off the hair growth at skin level, so it grows back quicker. You can use a dry epilator (used without water) or a wet epilator (for in the bath or shower).

You can think of an epilator as a device that plucks hairs on a mass scale – it takes much longer for hairs to grow back, and because they’re being plucked from the root, you’ll experience less hair growth over time. Because of this, you’ll have smooth skin for a long, long time!

How to use an epilator

Healthline have some excellent tips on how to use an epilator:

  • “For the best results, exfoliate your skin before using an epilator. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and can prevent ingrown hairs.
  • Begin by positioning the epilator at a 90-degree angle to your skin. Don’t press the device against your skin. Rather, hold it loosely against your skin. Pull your skin taut and then slowly move the epilator in the direction of hair growth.
  • If you move the epilator opposite the direction of hair growth, you’ll cut the hair at the skin, but you won’t remove it from the root.
  • Use an epilator at night. Some people experience redness and skin irritation after removing hair. Redness should go away after a couple of hours.
  • Some epilators have different speed settings. Start on a low setting and then gradually increase the speed to see what you can tolerate.
  • Be patient. For the best results, you’ll need to move the device slowly across your body, so take your time. If you move too quickly, you could leave hairs behind.
  • Moisturize your skin after using an epilator to reduce irritation.
  • Don’t forget to clean your epilator after each use to reduce the risk of a skin infection. Remove any lingering hair, and use rubbing alcohol to clean the device.”


Using an epilator is so easy and can really reduce the rate at which your hair grows back! You can remove so much hair with an epilator.


Are there any other benefits to using an epilator?

Yes, loads! If you use an epilator, you will grow back less hair over time. You can remove short hairs. You don’t have to pay for expensive waxing appointments to become hair free.

Are there any risks?

There is a risk of ingrown hair or which can become infected if you end up going too fast. So, it’s important to go slowly when removing unwanted hair.

Should I exfoliate the area the day before epilating?

Yes, exfoliating will remove dead skin cells and give you a closer finish when you epilate. It’s also extremely important to prevent ingrown hairs from occurring after epilating. You can use a body scrub or exfoliating gloves to gently exfoliate the area the day before. Remember to exfoliate before every epilating session but be careful with sensitive skin.

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