Tips for Painless Hair Removal

Unwanted body hair has been a fashion faux pas for thousands of years. Women go to extremely painful means to remove unruly strands from their arms, eyebrows, legs, under arms and - gasp - their upper lips.

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Like designer duds, hair removal trends have come and gone over the years. However waxing, shaving and tweezing still remain the most popular methods of eliminating unwelcome fuzz. The following are some helpful waxing, shaving and plucking methods. Although mastering a razor or tweaking brows with a handy pair of tweezers can be done quite effortlessly in the privacy of your own home; home waxing kits can result in severe burns and horror stories for your dermatologist.

If you're tweezing your eyebrows at home:

  • Start with a sharp, clean pair of tweezers.
  • Professional tweezers will cost twice as more than $2 drug store pairs, but they remain sharp for life and will last years longer.
  • Make time for tweezing after you bathe or shower. After bathing is when the skin is the softest and malleable.
  • For quickie tweeze sessions, place a warm washcloth over the area you want to tweeze for approximately 10 minutes. This will soften before you pluck and lesson skin damage.
  • Always tweeze under natural light.
  • Only pluck out unruly hairs and stragglers between brows.
  • Do you want Madonna's or Britney Spears' eyebrows? Never try to recreate your brow shape. Instead follow the natural curvature of your brow for the most natural look.
  • Pull hairs out in the direction of each hair follicle's growth.
  • Use your fingers to flatten the skin surface as much as possible in order for you to remove hairs by the root.
  • Think before you pluck! Remember that eyebrows re-grow slowly and sometimes they never grow back. Over-tweezing might leave you with clown-like, frightened expression.
  • Apply an astringent to the tweezed area once you've finished. This will clean the area and close the pores.
  • Finish tweezing by applying a moisturizer to re-hydrate the skin.
If you have a waxing appointment at the salon:
  • If you have a rash or are experiencing sensitive skin skip waxing for that week.
  • Give you skin a breather by avoiding exfoliators or Alpha Hydroxy skin care products for the week prior to your waxing appointment. Alpha Hydroxy and exfoliating products remove and peel away old skin - just like waxing.
  • Research your technician. If you're using this technician for the first time, ask if they are professionally trained and ask to see photos or examples of her/his work.
  • If you're prone to breakouts or have sensitive skin, let your technician know in advance.
  • If you have sensitive skin never allow a technician to apply their own creams to your skin after waxing. Bring some of your own skin product to the salon for them to apply.
  • If you experience any pain or irritation after your waxing session, apply a baby teething pain remedy such as "Ambesol" to the area.


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