Facial Hair | 20 August 2019

Epilator for facial hair removal

Epilators if used correctly are an effective way to remove excess facial hair.

Some of the benefits of using an epilator for facial hair removal are as follows:

  • Very cost effective method of hair removal
  • Removes all types of hairs on the face
  • Immediate results from treatment
  • May reduce hair growth over time
  • Treatment can be done at home

Downsides of using an Epilator are

  • Quite painful to use especially on upper lip
  • Can cause ingrown hairs
  • Very short term results
  • Skin can be prone to breakouts after using this
  • Can pinch the skin if not used correctly
  • You have to let your hair grow

How does an Epilator work?

An epilator works by removing numerous hairs at the same time, it is a hand held electrical hair removal device. There are three different mechanisms used Coil spring, tweezers and rotating discs. The machine is placed on the skin and is moved slowly removing hairs as it moves. These hand held machines come in various sizes and it is important to use one with a small rotator head when treating the facial area. The contours of the face are quiet small so it is important to use an epilator that will fit into these small areas without pinching or damaging the skin.

Are Epilators safe to use on your face?

Epilators are safe to use on your face but need to be used with caution, skin on the face can be quite fragile so it is important that you are using these correctly otherwise you may experience ingrown hairs and skin irritation if they are not used properly. Some Epilators are very big to use on your face, if you are going to invest in an epilator for your face look out for one with a small rotator head or one which has different size attachment heads.

Practice using the epilator on a section of your leg or arm before using it on your face, this will allow you to become comfortable using the machine before putting it near your face. It will also allow you to become familiar with the correct speed to move the epilator and how much pressure to apply on the skin. Choose one that will allow you to control the speed of the rotator head, areas on your face will be more sensitive especially under your nose so you might want to take your time treating this area.

Doing a small patch test and leaving the skin for 24 hours is also a good idea as your skin might react adversely to using one of these machines. It is really important to clean your epilator after every use, using an alcohol based cleaner be sure to disinfect all sections to avoid infections especially when using this on your face.

How often will I need to use an epilator for facial hair removal?

Once in a 2 week period is recommended for beginners extending out to once a month once hair growth is under control. Epilating frequently to start allows you to get used to the sensation of the machine and also means that as you will be removing shorter facial hair there will be less tugging on your skin. It is important to stretch the skin when possible as this will help to minimise the pinchy sensation. Its best to prepare your skin a few days in advance by lightly exfoliating the area to free any debris from the skin that may cause ingrown hairs, make sure the skin is hydrated in the days leading up to using your epilator. It’s best to keep the treated area free from make up and other facial products for 24 hours after if possible to avoid clogging the pores which may lead to breakouts.

We would recommend to use Aloe Vera on the treated area after epilating, it’s best to store this in your fridge for added cooling benefits. Aloe Vera is great for soothing and calming the skin and helps to reduce any redness.

Results from using an epilator for facial hair removal will be very short term, these devices can be very tricky to use on the face. Most people will find them very painful and tedious to use as you need to move them slowly across the skin for the to work properly.  If you are tired of constantly having to let your hair grow so that you can use an epilator laser hair removal may be the long term solution to this problem you have been searching for.  Its important to note that laser will only work on hairs that are mid brown to black in color, white, red, grey and blond hairs will not respond to laser treatment. If your hairs are suitable you will begin to see results after your first session and will notice your skins texture and overall appearance improve over time. Clients who we have treated in the past notice things like their makeup sitting better on their skin or if they apply fake tan to the facial area it lasts longer. The most noticeable difference however is that their self confidence takes a huge boost, they no longer feel the need to cover their face and it’s something that they don’t need to hide anymore.

We understand that you may feel a little nervous about speaking to someone about this but please don’t be, our friendly team are on hand to chat to you about any concerns you may have. All of our therapists are dedicated laser hair removal specialists and they perform laser hair removal on the face everyday, they will ensure all your treatments are safe and effective. They will work together with you on a treatment plan to get the very best results possible. If you would like to speak to one of our consultants about our laser treatments for the facial area please do not hesitate to contact us. Our laser consultations are completely free of charge and take about 30 mins, contact us today.