Tips before Epilating

It would be suggest that you invest in a wet and dry epilator to use in the bath or shower. Warm to hot water opens pores which loosens the hair follicle so hair removal will be less painful.

Use a gentle mild soap. This will help to moisturise your skin whilst the epilator glides along the skin itself.

Like waxing, gentle exfoliation is necessary (1 day BEFORE epilating). This will help with epilating and getting a much smoother finish.

If you’ve used an epilator before, then you will know that it can be quite painful. It will depend on your hair type and pain threshold.

If you’re new to epilating, you should follow these steps to make it as pain-free as possible. Some pain relief such as Paracetamol taken an 1 hour before, making it as pain-free as possible.

Most epilators today are of good quality. You will need to take into account what type of skin you have, different body areas and your hair?

The most important thing to remember is when epilating, it does hurt. Although, not as much as waxing, especially if you have had experience in waxing.

Make sure that you are in a room that you have everything with you. Whether you are wanting to wax, shave or use an epilator, make sure that you are comfortable.

Epilating Q and A

Welcome to my frequency asked questions page which I have compiled from some of the questions, which have been directed to me to answer:

Q: Does shaving (or epilating) make the hair grow back thicker and darker?
A: No, it doesn’t. It does depend on the angle of which the hair is actually cut that appears to grow back more thicker, darker and coarse but this is definitely NOT the case.

Q: Why does epilating hurt so much?
A: If you have never used an epilator, then yes, it will hurt. If the pain you are experiencing is not bearable and of course, depending on the area, wax first. Try waxing for 6 or 7 months, then try epilating again. This will make a noticeable difference.

Q: Buying an epilator with attachments is more expensive than waxing?
A: With some of the epilators that I have mentioned, yes that is the case although not ALL epilators are expensive. Some can cost the same amount as if going once or twice to a professional salon.

Q: What are some of the epilators that are under AU$100.00?
A: Philips HP6401, Emjoi Tweeze eRase e60, Braun Silk-épil 3 3-170, Panasonic ES-ED90-P

Q: If I am having trouble using an epilator, what is an alternative?
A: Try waxing for a few months. There are waxing strips that you can use or going to a professional salon. If you are wanting more information on waxing etc, click on here

Q: How long does hair removal last if or when using an epilady for hair removal?
A: Like waxing, using an epilady for hair removal should last around 4 weeks.

Bakuchiol – A Natural Herb Alternative for Anti-Ageing

What is Bakuchiol you ask? It is a natural herb alternative for Anti-Ageing. It is under cultivation as medicinal crop in many parts of India.

Adding bakuchiol to your skin care is about to become a lot easier. Although its pronouncation? “buh-koo-chee-all” OR “back-uh-heel” is another story.

So, what actually makes Bakuchiol superior to retinol? One benefit is that it’s gentle and soothing to the skin, rather than sensitising. The seed, root and leaves of Babchi in the form of powder is to treat skin diseases.

Some worth noting are vitiligo, poisoning, caries, deafness, filaria and for conception. It is also NOT harmful when used during pregnancy. Unlike retinol and other retinoids, that Obstetricians &/or Gynacologists recommend avoiding.

According to Ayurveda, root is useful in carries of teeth where as its leaves are good for diarrhoea. Fruit is diuretic and causes biliousness. It is useful in treatment of: vomiting, piles, bronchitis, inflammation, anaemia etc.

It improves hair growth and complexion. Seeds are refrigerant, alternative, laxative, antipyretic, anthelmintic, alexiteric and good for heart troubles. The seed oil is for external use in treatment of elephantiasis.

It’s applied external in treatment of skin related troubles.

Related: Psoralea corylifolia Linn. – “kushtanashini” commonly known as babchi

What is so good is that it comes from this medicinal plant with amazing properties. Ageing itself fosters inflammation . More biological markers of inflammation develop in elderly subjects . The reason for this is not yet known. It is a general slowing down of anti-oxidative, hormonal and detoxifying functions.

Two (2) products from Ole Henriksen, available from Sephora are:
Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum; and Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème are a pastel lilac shade and both natural due to the colour of the plant.

Clinical studies on Bakuchiol’s benefits had been published four (4) years ago in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

It’s only taken until now for the ingredient to trickle down to the mainstream.

Epilating Stretchmarks

Most, if not every one has some sort of stretchmarks. The proper term known as Striae Distensae – SD!

Whether male or female, we get stretchmarks for various reasons. The most common one (1) is pregnancy. Stretchmarks can also be common during pubescence which the culprit being weight gain. In males and a minority of females, get stretchmarks due to steroid use. Although known for medical purposes, they are also used for weightlifting in sports.

They might be small or thick white lines around and under the butt cheek regions or thigh and stomach.

While epilating over free saggy or fat skin, it is best to stretch skin against hair growth. Epilators with facial extras would be useful. If not, this will NOT hamper in accomplishing a similar outcome.

Note: Some cheaper models have had tweezers pinching or catching skin.

If you have any stretchmarks, there is no need to feel embarrassed. You can read my post Epilating and Skin for more ideas on how to overcome this small hiccup when epilating.

Related: How do I get rid of stretchmarks?


Epilating and Skin

Epilating is very much like waxing. It is when you pull, or in this case, stretching your skin that you’re pulling the hair out from the root. This is to stunt the regrowth, achieving longer-lasting smoothness.

An epilator works very much like an electric shaver but with a rotating roller with a set of tweezers. This mechanism is what plucks your hair out from the roots when held up against the skin.

Epilating can be quite scary at first and especially when there are so many other ways in hair removal. For the most part, some say that if you’re used to waxing your body, then epilating will be no different.

Benefits of Epilating?

There are several benefits of epilation, which are:

*  is that your hair will grow back slower and finer. Again, no different (in most cases) like waxing, giving you hair free results for up to four weeks;

*  it isn’t messy like waxing and that you can do it at home and anytime;

*  MOST (although not ALL) epilators work by grabbing the smallest or even fine hairs, as short as 0.5mm, being the same as two (2) days of growth;

*  waxing generally tends to grab hairs of 2mm length, so epilation is more precise.

For full details and on more information about Epilators in general, the link has been provided below:

Braun Silk-épil 9 9-579 Women’s Epilator, Electric Hair Removal, Wet & Dry, with Electric Razor – Bonus Edition   OR
Braun Silk-épil 9 9-521 Women’s Epilator, Electric Hair Removal, Cordless, Wet & Dry, White/Pink