Tips for easier insertions?

Are there any ways to make easier insertions? Would it be better to try right after a hot shower when the pores are open? Thanks!

I do all my work with bent needles. That is, I take the needle and bend it 90 degrees at 3mm, 4mm, or 5mm, depending on the area I’m working on. This has two effects: The depth is easy to judge (go up to the bend or nearly there), and for some reason I find the finger motions more accurate that way.