Which one is right for you? In order to choose the right method, we need to know its advantages and disadvantages and, just as importantly, know what type of skin we have. (Hair Removal Method)
Removing unwanted hair is by no means a new practice: methods have been sought since ancient times to leave the skin smooth. Epilation with sugar (actually a combination of honey and oils) or with the help of a shaving tool are known, for example, from Ancient Egypt.
Meanwhile, the methods of epilation have multiplied, but to choose the right one, we need to know its advantages and disadvantages and, just as important, to know what type of skin we have. Some methods are indicated for sensitive areas, others are effective when you are in a hurry, but there are also methods that permanently get rid of unwanted hair – sometimes without reaching the salon.
The simplest and most affordable way to remove unwanted hair is to use a razor.
How do you proceed? After the skin has been moistened with lukewarm water and a mild soap or shaving foam, gently swipe with the blade in the desired areas until all the hairs are removed. Finally, rinse with water, wipe the skin with a soft towel and apply a cream or oil to soothe irritations.
Although a quick and effective method, the use of the razor still has disadvantages: it can cause irritation, and the hairs grow back very quickly, more vigorously than before. It remains, therefore, an emergency solution, or one dedicated exclusively to the leg and armpit area.
Again, a simple and quick method and, above all, painless. All you have to do is apply the cream on the skin and let it act according to the manufacturer’s instructions (no more, no less, to avoid unpleasant effects). It is very important to test the skin reaction before using such a product, by applying the cream on a small portion.
However, this procedure has several disadvantages: irritations can occur; the root of the hair is not removed, but only the hair on the surface of the skin, so it will grow back quickly; and such creams often have a persistent odor. (Hair Removal Method)
One of the most popular methods, especially since technology has advanced a lot and removing hair in this way is almost not painful at all.
Why do many women prefer to use an epilator? It is a process by which the hairs are completely removed, the results are maintained for 2-3 weeks, but it also has other advantages: the newest epilators are fast (they have ceramic discs that rotate at a higher speed), they can be used even in the shower, they remove even the most difficult threads and are easy to slip into your luggage.
How do you proceed? Before using the epilator, the skin needs a little “preparation”, ie a hot shower to open the pores.
The device is simple to use, covers a fairly large area with each movement, but is not as effective if the hairs are very short.
Easier to do in beauty salons than at home, hot waxing is a method that has proven effective over time.
At home, you can use cold wax strips, a method that can give just as good results and is recommended for people who can’t stand hot wax on their skin.
In both cases, the skin needs perfect cleansing before, using an exfoliating gel, while after epilation, it is good to rinse the skin with cold water and apply an oil or gel with soothing properties.
The wax is always applied in the direction of hair growth and is removed with quick movements in the opposite direction, a few seconds later.
An old procedure, but still practiced today by people who want a more natural method of removing unwanted hair, sugar hair removal is similar to that in which wax is used.
The recipe includes sugar, lemon juice and water, which are put on the fire together until they boil. After boiling, the mixture is allowed to cool in a glass jar for about 20 minutes. It can then be applied to the skin with a spatula, not before checking if it is not too hot.
As with waxing, the removal of the strips is done after a few seconds, in the opposite direction to the growth of hair.
IPL hair removal, done at home:
The newest method of removing unwanted hair – photoepilation or IPL epilation – brings lasting results: with the help of intense pulsed light, hair follicles are selectively damaged, without affecting the surrounding tissues. The hairs start to come off the root and fall out 10-15 days after the epilation session.
IPL epilation can also be performed at home, with the help of the Philips Lumea Prestige IPL epilator, after which the hairs do not grow for up to 8 weeks.
It is a much simpler method, which reduces hair growth by up to 92% after just a few treatments, and which works just as well in the legs, armpits, groin and even the face.
The epilator is equipped with accessories for each of the treated areas and has a SmartSkin sensor that recommends the best setting depending on the skin tone.
Care tips before and after removing unwanted hair:
Regardless of the method chosen, before epilation, the skin needs cleansing, maybe even a scrub made the night before. In the case of permanent hair removal sessions, the skin should not be very tanned, even the use of self-tanner is contraindicated.
It is good to keep in mind the following recommendations:
- Before epilation, the skin should not be irritated. If you suffer from varicose veins, waxing is contraindicated, but you can replace it with other milder methods.
- To soothe the skin after removing unwanted hair, you can perform a gentle massage with ice cubes, followed by the application of a natural oil (olive oil, sesame oil) and a moisturizer.
- Avoid sun exposure for the first 24 hours after epilation and for at least 5 days after each final epilation session.
- Also avoid hot baths and the use of exfoliating products immediately after epilation.