Hair removal can be a pain – literally. There are many ways to go about it, since there is much hair to remove from different parts of the body. Your skin’s texture and sensitivity also determine which hair removal method you will eventually use. Broadly, there are three methods: shaving, applying depilatory creams, and waxing.
The hair removal method that suits you the best might take you some time to find. After all, everyone is different, so different solutions are required for different women. We take a look at the three methods mentioned above, so that you can discover which one is best for you.
This is the most popular form of hair removal. Shaving is a form of epilation (removal of the hair above the skin) that involves dragging a sharp blade across the area to slice the hairs away as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Dragging anything sharp across skin understandably causes small cuts and abrasions – even if you can’t see them – that can cause shaved areas to become sore, or even develop a raised red rash known as ‘razor-burn’. Though there are special razors designed for women, many women complain of a hard stubble that appears after shaving. Women with sensitive skin may also suffer from ingrown hair after shaving.
Depilatory creams might seem like a relatively new invention, but women have been using various versions of them to remove their body hair for over 5000 years. The first ones were made with such unsavory ingredients as quicklime and arsenic! Luckily, depilatory technology has come a long way since then! Now, some advanced depilatory creams like Veet dissolve hair just below the skin so that it simply breaks away. This method can keep you stubble free for up to four days longer than shaving, and the hair grows back finer over time, so you feel smoother for longer. The skin is also saved from rashes and in-growth.
Waxing is another form of epilation, which means that it removes hair at the root. It is a method that dates back centuries, since it was practiced by early Egyptians who would use a mixture of sugar and lemon resin to form a sticky, but stiff and malleable substance they used to remove hair. Another waxing substance is cold caramel that stretches and returns to normal while pulling out the hair, so that one dollop can be used for an entire leg or arm. This deeper form of removal means that hair takes much longer to grow back, up to four weeks.
Some of these methods may seem more convenient on the surface, but in practice, may require you having to do it a lot more often, or having to put up with associated skin irritations. As with anything, it’s important to do your research, and then apply a little trial and error to work out what you find the most suitable. Whatever method you opt for, there is no reason that you shouldn’t be able to have beautifully soft and smooth skin. Hair-free skin glows and radiates light, so you can enjoy your radiant beauty and the many compliments that come your way!