So I had a reader email and ask for a little more information on the whole epilation experience. I remember that finding that information was challenging to say the least when I went to research it. So I thought you might benefit from the information here.
It is the 5270 X’elle Body system epilator. It does come with the starter head, but I don’t think it makes much difference. It does hurt at first. It comes with a shaving head that gets the hair to the appropriate length. Do not skip that step. Long hairs are WAY more painful. I like to use it immediately after drying off from a hot shower. Helps to still have all your pores dilated from the hot shower. Panasonic actually makes a rechargeable one that can be used in in water. Haven’t tried it myself, but according to some internet forums, it does help with the pain. The major complaint with that one is that the charge doesn’t last long. To start out with, run it with, not against, the direction of growth. It won’t grab as many per pass, but you really don’t want it to when your working with such a sensitive area. Move slowly and keep the skin pulled at tight as possible. I also use it on my legs and under my arms. Since the first pass under my arms, I’ve had no issue with pain at all and it never hurt on my legs. But understand that I also have a high tolerance for pain. Even still, I can do all the bikini area and mound, but haven’t gotten that last strip. But the clippers on it keep everything tidy. Some of the forums recommend using witch hazel or something similar right after epilating. The hair does come back more slowly and it is finer. Using a loofah everyday is pretty much required to prevent ingrown hairs. I still get a few, buy there are fewer and fewer every time. Should go without saying, but you always want it to be clean clean clean for personal areas. Some hair follicles will bleed and skin not pulled tight can get pinched. It doesn’t hurt when it pinches because it happens so fast, but delicate skin will bleed. And don’t try to get it all the first time. You’ll be much happier working just a little bit every day than trying to clear a large swath all at once. And that first pass is the hardest. It gets easier and in fact, eventually just leaves a tingly feeling rather than making you fell like you just used some unholy torture device on your nether regions.
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