Sunday, 31 May 2015

My epilating relief kit

how to epilate

how to epilate

how to epilate

My quest for smooth, hair free limbs has been long and unfulfilling so far but since taking up epilating recently I'm feeling more hopeful. I could literally shave my legs every day as my hair grows really thick and fast so I was willing to go through a bit of pain to see if epilating could be the answer. I picked up the Braun Silk-epil 9 which is Braun's newest epilator that you can use both wet and dry. 

To help get the best out of my epilator, I've been using a few products that have really made the whole thing a lot more comfortable and the results have been great so far. First off it's best to have a bath first. When I first used it I was a little over eager and did it in the middle of the afternoon and wow, it stung! Having a bath helps soften the skin and open the pores so the hair comes out much easier. To reduce ingrown hairs and give a smooth surface to work on I exfoliate my legs using the Nip + Fab Circulation Fix Body Scrub*. It's a gritty scrub in a soft cream which leaves my skin super smooth but not stripped at all. It's super refreshing as it's got menthol in, as well as glycolic acid which is perfect for keeping your pins in check. I need to buy some more of this as I've almost run out now, you can see by the somewhat pummelled packaging!

The Braun Silk-epil 9 has a massaging head which helps to tease the hair out a bit easier and is supposed to help reduce pain as epilating hurts, there's no getting around that! If you follow me on Twitter you'll know as I've been talking about it quite a bit. At first I really didn't know if I could go on with it as it hurt so much but now I've got a little routine going it's much easier and a lot less painless. You run the epilator slowly against the hair growth and it literally plucks the hairs out from the root, so it does sting but rest assured it gets less painful every time. The first time you epilate you're literally removing every hair but as hair grows in cycles it comes through at different rates so you can do a little bit at a time. 

I do find that I'm left with little red bumps after each session which is completely normal, so to help calm them down and to stop any stinging I roll the Nip + Fab Post Workout Fix* over the area afterwards. It's a cooling gel that helps cool aching sore muscles after the gym but seeing as I'm no gym bunny I thought I'd give it a try after epilating and I'm so glad I did. The menthol and camphor in the gel instantly cool the area, so any stinging is instantly over and it helps reduce the redness too. I only apply a tiny bit but it really makes a difference.

Once I'm done I massage in the Nip + Fab Hyaluronic Fix Body Gel. It's an ultra nourishing formulation as it includes hyaluronic acid and I find it sinks in straight away and is also really refreshing as it's a gel rather than a cream. I've gone through a few tubes of this since discovering the brand last year and it's perfect for someone like me who can't be bothered to stand around awkwardly in the bathroom waiting for moisturiser to sink in!

I've been epilating for about a week or so now and I'm getting the hang of it and now it hardly hurts at all, so it really is worth bearing with it. My legs are pretty smooth but as I'm a newb I've been having a go every couple of days to get every last hair as it was hard to do it all in one go the first time around. The results are supposed to last about a month so I'll keep you posted on how I get on with this but so far I'm really impressed.

Have you tried epilating?

Laura

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