This way the skin stays smooth for longer, (almost) without tweaks

Nothing sticks, nothing lubricates, no stubble, and you are spared the terrifying “rattle” of growing. Epilating is simply a great hair removal method that promises up to four weeks of smooth skin – if you do it right. That’s why we explain here how it hurts less, keeps the skin smooth for longer and prevents hair ingrowth.

Which is why you should definitely try an epilator

First things first: What is important for an epilator?

When buying an epilator it is worth spending a little more money and paying attention to quality. This checklist will help you do this:

  • It is best to use equipment with different attachments for different parts of the body.
  • Women who want to epilate not only the legs but also the armpits and upper lip should definitely choose a device with the appropriate attachments.
  • Important: The device should be waterproof. Then you can also use it in the tub and clean it much better.
  • Peeling attachments are extremely useful for preventing ingrown hair.
  • Massage attachments stimulate the skin, thus reducing the sensation of pain and also help prevent skin irritation.
  • Make sure that the batteries have a long battery life.
  • Some devices also offer great additional attachments for shaving and trimming.
  • If a small lamp is integrated into the epilator, even the finest hairs can be seen and the results are even better.

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How do I prepare my skin for epilation?

Regular peelings help to make the hair more accessible. So the appliance can pluck them better. “After the last peeling, however, a day should definitely pass before the epilator is applied, so as not to strain the skin unnecessarily and avoid possible irritations,” explains Dr. Melanie Hartmann, dermatological consultant for Braun.

How does epilation hurt less?

It’s simple: Relax! Sounds stupid, but it’s true. If you tense up and suffer in anticipation of the pain, it will “tweak” all the more when epilating. Much better: make it a wellness moment! Treat yourself to a relaxing shower or even better a nice bath. Open the pores and your skin relaxes.

“In addition to calming and relaxing the skin, the heat also improves circulation, stimulating the production of endogenous substances that make our skin less sensitive. As a result, the sensation of plucking is much less”, knows Dr. Melanie Hartmann. Relaxing music, maybe a cup of your favourite tea … and everything is not so wild. Good news: the pain is less with each epilation because the hairs grow back finer and finer and you get used to plucking.

How do you epilate correctly?

If you follow these 8 tips when epilating, you will get all your hairs and your skin will stay smooth longer:

  1. Perfect timing: Evening is the best time to epilate. Any minor skin irritations will disappear the next morning.
  2. The right length for epilation is between 0.5 and 5 millimeters. So unlike waxing, you shouldn’t have to wait forever to grow hair. Better: shave once before the first epilation and then epilate after three to seven days – depending on how fast your hair grows.

  3. Note the direction of the epilation: Quite logically, depilate against the direction of growth, so that shorter hairs can also be captured.
  4. Take it easy. Take a minimum of 15 seconds from ankle to knee. If you break the hair too quickly, instead of removing it with root. Then, by all means, it will grow back faster…
  5. Please do not pressurize ! The epilator finds its way this way, as well.
  6. The right angle: Move the epilator upwards against the direction of hair growth.

    This will straighten shorter hairs, the result will be smoother.

  7. Keeping the tension up: If you stretch your skin during epilation – with the fingers of your free hand – you will get the hairs best of all. This is especially important in difficult areas in skin bends.
  8. Stay tuned! At the beginning you should epilate once a week for a month, so that you usually “catch” all the hairs in each growth phase. After that it is sufficient to epilate about every two to four weeks

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How do I prevent ingrown hair after epilation?

“A regular peeling once a week is not only useful to remove dead skin cells, but also to prevent ingrown hairs,” says expert Hartmann.

Peelen verhindert eingewachsene Haare Regular peeling prevents ingrown hair © PR / Brown

Afterwards you can apply a moisturizer, so that the skin stays soft and the hairs find their way to the surface more easily, instead of sweeping underneath and growing in.

How do I care for my skin after depilation?

Dr. Melanie Hartmann explains: “The body skin – especially in the leg area – is usually rather dry, as it does not have as many sebaceous glands. Epilation puts a strain on the upper layer of skin and also takes away moisture. That’s why you should provide the skin with plenty of moisture after epilation, for example with a body cream or lotion.

A good tip: within five minutes after showering, treat the skin with a body oil, which traps residual moisture in the skin and also provides a slight shimmer on the skin.

Did it? Then you can be happy now…

…resting for up to four weeks, smooth skin and ever finer regrowing hair. And because the skin gets used to epilating, it will hurt much less next time, I promise!