Summer is almost here – and that means it’s time to get back to our high visibility hair removal routines. Skirts and shorts show off our legs but the downside is the maintenance. Who really enjoys shaving or waxing your ladies constantly?
If like a lot of other people you’re just coming out of hibernation, now is a great time to consider your options when it comes to keeping your suddenly visible areas smooth, bump free and swimsuit-ready.
We all know that keeping our bodies hairless in all the right places isn’t always easy, as most hair removal options have the potential for issues such as nicks, bumps, ingrown hairs and general discomfort.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular removal options, and their pros and cons.
Professional Waxing: Warm wax is applied to the area and removed in the opposite direction of the hair growth, pulling hairs out at the root. Waxing temporarily removes hair at the root for an average of around three weeks of smooth skin. But, waxing needs some regrowth in order to be effective, as the wax needs at least 1/4″ of stubble to adhere to. Treatments can be painful, as hair is being ripped out at the root and can also lead to ingrown hairs.
Shaving: Shaving removes hair at the skin’s surface by cutting it off with a razor. And while it’s inexpensive, relatively painless, quick and easy, regrowth happens quickly, and since hair is cut off at the surface, the hair that grows back is visibly thicker. Nasty razor burns, nicks and cuts can happen, and regular shavers can also be prone to ingrown hairs.
Depilatory Creams: Hair removal creams use chemicals to weaken the hair so you can effectively wipe it away. Treatment can be done at home, and it removes hair slightly below the surface of the skin, so it promises slower and less coarse regrowth than shaving. However, chemicals in these products can irritate sensitive skin, particularly in more delicate areas. These creams are known for their funky odor and can also lead to ingrown hairs.
Electrolysis: This procedure uses a fine, needle-shaped electrode to apply an electrical current to the hair follicle. When improperly done, electrolysis can lead to scarring or skin discoloration. Treatments can be uncomfortable, and cause a “stinging” or “pricking” sensation. And permanent results require multiple sessions.
Laser Hair Removal: Laser penetrates the skin to target the hair shaft and inhibit hair growth. It essentially destroys the follicle, meaning it can achieve permanent removal. Typically, the hair in treated areas falls out within 2-3 weeks. This type of treatment is great for long -term hair removal in all areas, and it causes no damage to the dermis so the most sensitive skin can be treated.
While some patients experience a stinging sensation during the procedure, in the long run, many consider laser removal to be an investment that can pay off. It’s considered by many to be the most effective and cost-effective treatment considering how much one can spend over a lifetime with options such as waxing or electrolysis.
Why not invest in your legs this summer?
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