In today’s world of fashion, trends change faster than you can blink. Today’s catchy trend is for women to have silk like flawless skin and to lose excess body hair. To meet this need, the cosmetic industry has been innovative and come up with various hair removal methods over the years. The increase in options and technological advancement has been a god-send for ladies all over the planet. Women can now choose from a basket containing shaving, threading, tweezing, depilatory creams, laser hair removal, electrolysis and many more.
The awesome phenomenon about these options is that they overlap and complement each other. This is a welcome feature because for instance if one method is not applicable in a scenario, you could follow another option. For instance, laser hair removal or electrolysis can be quite effective but very expensive, waxing works just fine and costs a fraction of the aforementioned.
If you are one who believes in simplicity then there’s the good, old shaving option. It came to the limelight in the 2nd world war when nylon stockings became a rarity and the hairy exposed legs had to be trimmed- talk of necessity being the mother of inventions. For the optimal results and to avoid razor-burn use adequate amounts of shaving cream and baby oil later to keep your skin moist.
Tweezing and epilating are similar but with one distinction. Tweezing involves pulling out the hair by the root; it is best used for bushy eyebrows. It is worthwhile to invest in a quality pair of tweezers like Tweezerman slanted Tweezer.
Epilating removes a bunch of hair at once and yes you guessed right, it’s quite painful! These techniques will leave your skin hairless for 2-8 weeks but your hair follicles will be sore from the rough treatment.
If you are one of those who believe in chemical romance, you could try out depilatory creams. These chemicals work by dissolving keratin (the component that makes up your hair) above the skin but don’t penetrate to the root. The effect is temporary hair removal that lasts for about two weeks. They are not costly but be on the look-out for any allergic reactions that you may develop before you use them on the face and exposed skin.
Although most of these methods were originally meant for aesthetic reasons, the medical field has borrowed these for the treatment of hirsutism and hypertrichosis. Hirsutism is excessive hairiness on women in those areas where terminal hair is absent or minimal. It’s a condition in which the hair distribution in a woman takes on a male pattern. Hypertrichosis on the other hand is excess hair expressed on the male body also because of excess androgen secretion.
In these conditions, laser and electrolysis techniques of hair removal, that target the hair follicle, have come in handy. Electrolysis is best suited for smaller areas. Laser is better in treatment of large surface areas and is preferably used in the light-skinned with dark hair as dark skin will absorb much of the laser beam energy resulting in potential skin damage.