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I have the predecessor to this new model m.boots.com/mt/www.boots.com/en/Braun-Silk-epil-Epilator-7681WD-Wet-Dry_1043426/ I think it's excellent, I use it when in the bath so pores are more open and I don't think it hurts, more of an irritating tickle really. I have eczema which I now realise was being really aggravated by waxing and now find using the epilator much better for my skin, red just after use but fine the next day and much slower regrowth. May seem expensive up front but its only the equivalent of a few waxing sessions and will last a good few years if looked after!
I've just got a new Braun - the wet and dry one and it's fab, so much better than my old one. Definitely be consistent and epilate every week - it gets easier and easier, and yes to the exfoliating too.
I have the Braun one up thread but I find it leaves my legs less smooth than waxing. Does anyone else find this? Also I've got quite long hair now on my legs so I'm thinking It will be more painful to epilate. I'm thinking I'll just save epilating for holidays and emergencies.
daimbardiva is right. Little & often is the key. First try (or first try for a while!) can be sore and a bit... bloody. Don't be discouraged. I have a quick whizz over everything once a week and a thorough do every fortnight.
dare I say it, the pains fine, I'm more worried about the mess it's making of my legs lol. They seem rougher and bumpier in places. I have done my armpits and upeer lip with no probs but the bottom half of my legs do seem to be the issue and the outside part more than the inside. I was doing them every week but then thought I would give it a rest, let the hair grow and try again. No sooner have I started, all goosebumpy and red. Plus they don't look smooth and silky (ish) any more!!
I use the Braun wet & dry one & use loads of Aloe Vera cream afterwards. Still have my bikini line waxed tho & the beautician I go to recommended the Aloe Vera cream - they use a gel but I haven't found one I like yet.
I am a beauty therapist & see a lot of clients coming back to waxing or shaving due to bad ingrown hairs. I've geard that it seems more painful than waxing but maybe doing it weekly would mean all the hair growth stages will come through at different times so less hair to do each week. I think that you do end up with bumpy skin & waxing removes the dead layer of skin so feels more smoother after.
I would recommend using an after wax lotion or a tea tree cream afterwards as the hair follicle is open to infection & it will also help with an initial redness.