But, in the name of beauty I decided I would try it and report back on how it went. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, actually it was quite a bit better than last time.
Turn the dial on the back to setting 1 or 2 depending on how fast you want it to go and run it over the area you want to remove hair from. The head will pivot in order to stay in contact with your skin. There are little things on either end that are there to help get your hair standing up, so that when the tweezers close the hairs are there to grab them.
In theory you can do this with pretty short hair, but I have found that 2-3 mm long really is best. It does hurt a little, but holding down the surrounding skin and epilating in the shower both help a lot with the discomfort. The little mini tweezers close, grab the hair and everything keeps rotating. It doesn't seem to always grab every hair, but it is better at it if the hair is a little longer, and you can go over an area again. The pain really comes from just having so many hairs yanked out at the same time, they do not grab the skin. But, the faster the better, I find that the higher speed is definitely less painful than the first.
Epilation does last for a few weeks, and I love that it pulls the hair out from the root, so you can't see anything lurking beneath the surface of your skin. (Sometimes having dark hair and light skin is really not fun.) It does irritate the hair follicles a little, so I would do this the day or night before an event, rather than the day of that black tie event or trip to the beach. As well, expect to need a little razor touch up.
I did find that it took about 25 minutes to do both of my legs completely, though that probably was a wash overall with the subsequent time I saved with extra shaving. It was definitely less painful than it used to be, there's nothing to fear! If you're really adverse to any pain you could also pre-medicate yourself with ibuprofen.
I'll continue using the Epil throughout the summer with my fave Venus razors. What's your hair removal of choice for summer?
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