Hair Removal Options
Women, put down that razor!
Shaving cuts the hair strands at the surface of the skin and creates sharp,
thick bristle which makes the hair
appear thicker. Using a razor is okay on other parts
of the body but not the face since the hair facial hair follicles are closer together
and can result in a pronounced 'five o'clock' shadow. Leave
facial shaving for the men.
Hair Removal Creams
Hair removal creams use strong chemicals
to break down the proteins in the hair. It does a slightly better job than shaving by not leaving
a sharp tip on the stubble. Since hair is only removed at the surface of the skin, the procedure
needs to be repeated every few of days.
There are specially-formulated creams available for the face
and have lower concentration of chemicals and less smell. Try out a new hair removal lotion on a small skin patch to make sure you won't get a
chemical burn or an allergic reaction.
Hair removal creams aren't suitable for eyebrows that you want to shape.
Waxing Facial Hair
Hair removal wax is a very popular method and the results can last between 4-6 weeks. The entire hair
and root is ripped out of the hair follicle. Kits are available for home use
and are very effective at removing the hair above the upper lip. Assistance may be required around the
eyebrow to get the perfect shape. Be prepared though, waxing hurts.
Epilators for the Face
including the popular Epil Silk model from
have attachments that can narrow the opening of the tweezers and allow for more accurate and gentle
removal of facial hair. Reviews for these models suggest that having an adjustable speed work well on the
sensitive skin of the face.
Epilating is effective but most people find it's a painful procedure. Consider using a
wet epilator that can be used in the shower or bath.
Laser Hair Treatment
Laser hair removal has been around for over 20 years and
units are now available for at-home use .
The Tria laser is
a rechargeable unit that can be safely be used on certain skin & hair types (light skin, dark hair).
The laser zaps the hair producing cells in the follicle. After a few treatments, the hairs fall out
and take a couple of months to regrow. For a few lucky people, the silky smooth results may be permanent.
Since the laser light can be dangerous to eye tissue, it should only be used from the cheekbone down.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions when using it for facial treatments.
The skin on the face can be very sensitive and you have to be careful with hair removal methods.
Electrolysis is a tried-and-true method that
has been around for a long time. This method involves having a technician insert a tiny probe into
each hair follicle which then gets zapped by a tiny electric current.
The pain is negligible and in most cases,
removal of hair
is permanent. Because it's labor and time-intensive, it's more expensive than other methods.
Female facial hair removal should be done carefully, taking the time to select the technique
that works best for you and your skin type. It may take more than one try to find the method
that's most effective for you.