Hair removal is an important piece of the puzzle when desiring smoother skin for different parts of the body. Why is it important to get rid of hair at the places of our bodies we want for smoother skin? Removing hair from places like your face reduces the chances of breakouts by closing the pores on your skin, preventing bacteria and oil from clogging the pores. It also helps to reduce the chances of in-grown hairs from forming.
But not all ways of hair removal are equal on the road to smooth skin. There is an equation for smoother skin – and the variables to this equation involve hair removal methods.
Even though all hair removal options strive to remove the unwanted fuzz on areas of our bodies, some are easier, more effective, and more permanent than others.
“So what would be the best way to get rid of hair on my face for smoother skin?”. I’m glad you asked.
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On Shaving and Tweezing
We may think the best ways to get rid of our fuzz comes from the most accessible means we can reach out to at home – think shaving, or tweezing. Although it may be true in terms of how easy it is to remove hair at home, they are sometimes ‘hit-or-miss’, and temporary options.
On top of the worry of nicks and cuts when shaving, and the slow painful process of tweezing, in-grown hairs are the painful byproduct when it comes to these methods – especially for people with thick, curly hair. They are caused when hair that is shaved or cut grow inwards and re-enter the skin, causing the skin to react and produce red bumps due to irritation. Over time, the in-grown hair may result in a painful “in-grown hair cyst” – totally the opposite of the desired smooth skin.
For men who shave regularly, these bumps would usually be found on the face (commonly known as “razor bumps); and for women, usually around the legs.
So when you decide to shave or tweeze at home, do remember to exercise good habits like using a sharp razor (because dull blades will cause hair to curl back into the skin), use a shaving cream, and tweeze out your hair in the direction it grows out. Shaving and tweezing may be efficient and accessible, but you will have to ensure you are careful when doing it yourself.
The women may find the Aroma Therapy Associates The Refinery Shave Foam Gel to be an appropriate shaving gel for them. This gel consists of aloe vera and other ingredients that help reduce bumps and skin irritation, promoting smoother skin.
For men, they may find the Gentlemen’s Tonic Classic Shave Cream to be effective when pairing with their razors that would help soothe and moisturize their skin when shaving.
On Hair Removal Machines
Hair removal machines (like laser hair removal machines, or “Intense Pulse Light, AKA IPL” machines) are a more long-term and more permanent means of ridding unwanted fuzz. If you think shaving, tweezing, or waxing just wouldn’t cut it (pun intended), you might want to consider laser hair removal treatments or get an IPL machine.
When using an IPL machine, it uses visible light on a broad area of the body for the hair to absorb, warming the hair, causing damage to the hair follicles. Although you can obtain your own IPL hair removal machine and do it yourself at home, you might expose yourself to burns if you are not careful. People with dark skin tend to get burned using IPLs more than light-skinned individuals.
I would recommend you seek a professional and go for laser hair removal treatments instead.
So what happens when you go for laser hair removal treatments? Laser light is used to target and specifically kill the roots of unwanted hair. This leaves the skin around the targeted areas unaffected by the process. It’s not a one-time thing – you will have to conduct this treatment multiple times (usually 6 to 8 times). The good news is that the treatments wouldn’t take long (usually 30 minutes), and at the hands of a professional, it can be a comfortable process.
If you are considering going for a laser hair removal program, you might want to consider the Candela’s G-Max Laser Hair Removal. The treatment uses a Dynamic Cooling DeviceTM (DCDTM) that cools the skin and prepares it for comfort during treatment. The treatment can be repeated every 4 to 6 weeks.
Meanwhile, if you think you can handle using an IPL at home on your own, you might want to try the Braun Silk Expert IPL BD 3001. This IPL has a ‘gentle mode’ that reduces the intensity of the light for sensitive areas.
So there you have it. A glimpse of the variables of hair removal to the equation for smoother skin. Remember that when attempting to remove unwanted fuzz on your own, it is healthy to exercise good habits – and when you think stubborn stubbles and loose hair just gets the best of you, the option of seeking a professional to help you is always there for you.