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Epilation question

(30 Posts)
Whatnext2015 Thu 18-Jun-15 20:31:49

I've recently bought I bruin epilator, I've never used one properly before and I just attempted it but it hurts.

Can anyone recommend a numbing product or tips to help me?

I want to do my legs and eventually my bikini line due to getting a rash from shaving, been invited to a hot tub party next month and don't want to feel unattractive due to the rash.

Thanks girls ��

Itsalldramarama Thu 18-Jun-15 20:39:46

Ooo it does hurt initially but I promise it does get less painful as it goes along ! Pull the skin taunt as you use it and use short strokes
Hope this helps smile

Itsalldramarama Thu 18-Jun-15 20:41:10

Oh and I'm not brave enough to use it on my bikini line !! Just use veet ;)

Whatnext2015 Thu 18-Jun-15 20:42:41

Veet or nair doesn't seem to be strong enough lol I've left it on for 13-15 mins before and it not got rid of them all? And practically burnt myself shock

Whatnext2015 Thu 18-Jun-15 20:43:06

Do you think a bag of peas would work well? X

Whatnext2015 Thu 18-Jun-15 20:43:17

Obviously frozen lol

DeathMetalMum Thu 18-Jun-15 20:43:40

I find it hurts less if you do it after a bath, but you do get used to the pain and the first time hurts more as there's more hair coming out at once.

My epilator came with a part to put on the freezer it did help to begin with but not as much as bathing first.

Whatnext2015 Thu 18-Jun-15 20:45:01

Ok try bath first along with some wine might help me lol

Whatnext2015 Thu 18-Jun-15 20:46:35

Will antiseptic cream help with my rash for the time being?

NorbertDentressangle Thu 18-Jun-15 20:49:32

The first time I used an epilator I managed half of one leg as it hurt so much! I did the other leg the next night after a hefty glass of wine.

However I soon got used to it and TBH it doesn't hurt at all now.

(Disclaimer - I've not used it on arm pits or bikini line though. I reckon that would hurt like fuck!)

Milliways Thu 18-Jun-15 21:00:28

You could take 2 paracetamol half an hour before next attempt, use an ice pack or cool pack and pull skin as taught as possible.
My DD epilates armpits, bikini and legs and doesn't feel it. I only manage legs.

Whatnext2015 Thu 18-Jun-15 21:18:30

shock bloody hell really lol ok I'm gonna try every tip! Costing me a fortune in razors n creams!!

Kennington Thu 18-Jun-15 21:54:34

Pull the skin slightly taught
Makes a big difference

sunnydayinmay Thu 18-Jun-15 22:16:11

I use cold wax strips if my legs are really bad. Then I epilate every few days.

I find the wax strips less painful on the bikini line.

Sloachie Thu 18-Jun-15 22:17:04

Wine helps loads!

silver1977 Thu 18-Jun-15 22:26:41

I have invested in an ipl permanent hair reduction device...not much help to you as know you have brought an epilator, but I can relate to your problem with the rash! That's the main reason I brought it as soooo fed up with it and feeling embarrassed for swimming/summer holidays etc. It has really worked so if able to invest I would recommend it! Sorry no advice for the epilator particularly, definitely helps to pull skin taught and then try and apply pressure to the area immediately after to 'deaden' the nerve endings (that's what I was taught with waxing anyway, not sure if possible with an epilator?) .

havemercy Thu 18-Jun-15 22:30:45


IamTheWhoreofBabylon Thu 18-Jun-15 22:45:32

I have used one for years
I don't have hairs on my legs but once tried it to see what it was like, it was very painful
I do underarms and bikini line. Both hurt the first time. I got DH to really stretch the skin
It get much easier and the hairs get ver weedy and more scarce

havemercy Thu 18-Jun-15 23:29:02

Sorry. I don't know what happened to my previous post.

I've been epilating for years and would never dare do my bikini line grin.
I recommend epilating when the hair is quite short. Do it every couple of weeks to stay on top of it so that you're never epilating with 'full' growth. Also try using talc so that the epilator is able to grip the hairs properly.

I agree with taking a couple of paracetamol before epilating (for the first few times) and holding the skin taut.

I find epilating almost pain free. I really enjoy it! It lasts loads longer than waxing for me.

glitteryflange Thu 18-Jun-15 23:33:09

Numbing gel.
Ibruprofen or lidocaine.

Whatnext2015 Fri 19-Jun-15 06:07:06

Numbing gel like ibuprofen gel for back pain?

Whatnext2015 Fri 19-Jun-15 06:08:18

Ok so warm bath, wine, take paracetamol, ibuprofen gel and pull skin.

Got it.

glitteryflange Fri 19-Jun-15 20:12:57

Yeah! It helps.

I wonder if you could use oragel. It's a gum numbing gel but could be used on the skin I imagine. Would have to try it out.

Let us know how it goes.

MrsEdinburgh Fri 19-Jun-15 20:21:00

Ibruprofen, singing & QVC on in the background the first few times when I started using my epilator.
Now I'm hardcore & don't need anything. After the initial first few ouches I quite like the sensation.....I am strange like that as enjoy tweezing my eyebrows........whilst waxing, absolute torture!

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Fri 19-Jun-15 20:24:04

I hate my epilator. Instrument of torture.

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