Do Epilators Hurt

Do Epilators Hurt? And What To Do About It?

Do epilators hurt? Do you epilate on wet or dry skin? Which method is better? And why many prefer using an epilator rather than other hair removal methods.

If you are new to epilation the first question that will come to your mind is does an epilator hurt? I will answer this question in detail to help you understand how epilators work and what to expect when you use an epilator for the first time..

Do Epilators Hurt?

Yes, it does. And all hair removal methods that pull the hairs from the roots cause pain. You know what they say “no pain, no gain. Epilators have tweezers that pull of the hairs. Small epilators have 20 tweezers while full-body epilators have 40-72 tweezers. The more tweezers, the faster is the epilation. So, you feel these tweezers when they pull off the hairs from the roots, which makes the epilation painful. The pain receptors are located in the dermis layer very close to the base of the hairs. Besides, the nerve endings running close to the hair shaft. Since the tweezers can pull many hairs in a single stroke, epilation might be intense especially if you are not used to that sensation of pain.

Epilators do hurt but the pain is less than waxing. Since you can move the device to small areas and do it slowly.

Tips For Better Epilation

Regardless of being an epilator newbie or an experienced veteran, there are new tricks we learn every day when we read more on this topic. I will try to help you get a smoother hair removal experience:

  • After shaving, you should at least wait 2-3 days to allow the hairs to be long enough. The hairs should be at least 2 mm to be easy to remove using the epilator.
  • Exfoliating your skin is very important to avoid ingrown hairs and pumps. Try to exfoliate the skin before and after the epilation.
  • Both wet and dry modes of epilators are helpful. If you have Braun Silk Epil 7 or 9, you can use it in the shower. It is helpful if you have sensitive skin as it will give you the gentlest epilation ever. If you are using other models, check first if it is designed for wet epilation or not even if it was 100% waterproof.
  • Make sure that your skin is oil-free and cosmetics-free before using the epilator. The oil will make the hairs harder to pull using the tweezers.
  • Always epilate against the direction of hair growth. You might need to move the epilator in different directions for touchups after the first few strokes to make sure that your skin is hair-free
  • Wait at least 2 days before exfoliating your skin after epilation. Exfoliation is very important to prevent ingrown hairs and remove dead cells. However, the skin is more likely to be sensitive after the epilation.
  • You should avoid epilation during the period because the skin is more sensitive. That’s why many women find epilating during or just before the period more painful. You can wait after your period to get the most satisfying results.

Do Epilators hurt on public hair?

Yes. it is more painful to remove your public hair than your legs because this area is very sensitive to pain and irritation. That’s why many women prefer to shave the public area and epilate their legs. If you are thinking of epilating your public hair, you should be ready physically and mentally. My guide about epilating the public area might be helpful too.

Can you epilate your vag? Read my full guide about epilating your vagina safely and effectively with less pain.

So, we are talking about the pain caused by epilation here, is it worth it? Do the results justify the pain you feel when you use your epilator at home? I will tell you more about that..

Why Women Still Use Epilators If They Cause Pain?

The smooth and silky touch that lasts for a long time is the reason why most women prefer epilators. When I use the epilator, I don’t need to shave for at least 3 weeks and sometimes for a month. I don’t have to worry about my body hair for every occasion I’m going to. I love the smooth touch of the skin when I wear whatever I like without caring about shaving or waxing. Of course, I don’t have time to shave my legs before going to work daily and the cost of shaving keeps adding up. However, the epilator is a long investment. It doesn’t need replacement parts and there are no hidden costs if you choose an epilator from a trusted brand such as Braun Silk Epil 9. The time you save when you epilate your legs has value too!

Removing all your body hair using an epilator or letting your body hair growing naturally, is all but to you. It is your personal choice and there is no shame in having your natural look. However, most women like to look the best all the time that’s why they prefer removing unwanted hair especially the legs because it is so appealing.

If you are more interested in Braun models, I recommend reading my Braun Silk Epil full reviews:


Do Epilators Hurt? I hope you have a better understanding of epilators and how do they work now. “Yes”, it is a bit painful, but within time, you will get used to it. After years of using my Braun epilators, I epilate my legs in less than 15 minutes. It is not painful at all. I only feel the sensation of the epilator working on my legs just all. Don’t worry, you will get used to it. Just try to practice as much as you can to find the best ways to epilate and the most relaxing space to epilate at home. If you are searching for a new epilator, I recommend reading my full reviews of the 10 best epilators on the market. I’m sure you will find what you are looking for.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below about your experience with using an epilator and do you find epilation painful for you or not? I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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