Tips and Tricks for Hair Removal
Whether you prefer shaving, waxing, laser treatments, or depilatory creams to get that smooth, soft, fuzz-free look, here are some healthy skin solutions you should know to get the best results.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is permanent – requiring only an annual touch up for maintaining the results. Permanent hair removal requires a series of laser treatments scheduled once a week for approximately four weeks. That’s because each laser treatment results in a 15-20% reduction in hair growth depending on the area being treated – some areas, where the hair is coarse, may require more treatments.
Trick: You can speed up the process between treatments by using a prescription cream to slow down hair growth. Prescription products like Vaniqa® are designed to slow down hair growth and are most effective when used in conjunction with laser treatment.
Tip: Laser treatments are not for everyone. First, they are not totally painless and require some numbing or skin-cooling before the procedure. Second, laser hair removal is only effective on dark, pigmented hair. People with red or blonde hair are not good candidates for laser hair removal. The best candidates for successful, long lasting results, are those with lighter skin and dark hair.
Shaving is the most common method of hair removal, performed daily by millions of people every day. The results are short-lived, lasting only about 12-24 hours before the hair begins to emerge again. It’s the most inexpensive way to remove unwanted hair, but it can leave your skin nicked, irritated and dry.
Tip: Selecting razors with moisturizing bars above the tiny blades such as Schick Intuition Plus Skin Conditioning Moisture Razor Cucumber Melon, help to control the irritation while moisturizing and conditioning the skin. Always moisturize the skin after shaving – even if you are using ‘conditioning shavers’.
Trick: To get a really smooth shave, soak the skin for 5-7 minutes. This softens the hair, making it easier to remove. Don’t wait too long though – when the skin becomes too saturated, it swells – making it hard to achieve a close shave.
Hair removal creams are notoriously smelly thanks to the key ingredient, Potassium Thioglycolate. After years of trial and error, today’s depilatory creams are less offensive, and many contain skin conditioning vitamin E, anti-inflammatories, and aloe, making them a more attractive option for hair removal that lasts 3-5 days.
Tip: Depilatory creams are ideal for areas that are prone to bumps, like the bikini area. Unlike razors, depilatories do not push down on the hair, preventing bumps from forming. Apply a thick layer of cream to ensure that all hair is removed – skimping on the cream may not remove all the hair.
Trick: Try to avoid depilatory creams with Potassium Thioglycolate which can be irritating to the skin. Look for creams with Calcium instead. While calcium-based products may take a little longer to work, they are less irritating to the skin.
Waxing lasts anywhere from 4-6 weeks. It’s ideal for all areas, and is especially suited to the bikini and underarm area. The only draw-back is that the hair needs to be at least a quarter of an inch long before waxing will work. The best waxes are hard, resin waxes because they grab the hair better than honey waxes, and many contain calming ingredients like lavender and azulene.
Tip: Avoid using abrasive scrubs and acids on the skin one week before waxing. Products containing glycolic acid, lactic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, etc., leave the skin thin and fragile, increasing the risk of tearing the skin during waxing.
Trick: Waxing is not painless – and believe it or not, it can be more painful just before your monthly period. So the best time to wax is two weeks before your period for a less painful experience.