Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Smooth legs. How to remove hair

This is a quick Q & A on hair removal. Someone asked what do I do to remove hair and my opinion on shaving and hair removal.


Whats the best way to remove body hair

There are a few main options when it comes to body hair removal. 


Shaving is the most popular and seemingly the simplest way to remove hair. The reason why I  prefer not to shave my legs is because shaving only feels smooth for the first few hours. On top of that you have to shave daily which is time consuming.
There are positives to shaving: it's fast, easy, quick "results", cheap and effective. Another plus in my opinion is that shaving is a form of exfoliation so it's great to do every so often just so we can exfoliate our skin. But the rough skin factor is a turn off for me.


I am not a fan of waxing at all. It is painful, takes a long time to do, you have to wait a while for the hair to grow out before it can be waxed and it can cause varicose veins and broken capillaries. If you are doing it at a salon I would be concerned about hygiene and safety as there is exposed open skin (essentially mini woulds) when you get it done. 
I don't know about you but I can't wait for a week for my hair to grow out so I can go to a place and have it removed. Seems very time consuming, expensive and inconvenient.... not to mention very painful.

My most favorite way of removing unwanted hair and keeping my legs smooth all the time is 

Using an Epilator 

The advantages are great I have been using an epilator for probably almost 10 years now and I prefer it over any other type of temporary hair removal. I have never done laser so I can't speak about that. 
Epilators are relatively inexpensive considering they last about 2-3 years. 
Your hair grows at a different rate so you only need a few minutes every other day in order to keep your legs clean and smooth. The epilator pulls the hair out with the root so it takes a month or so for the hair to grow back out. When it grows out it has a thin tip so your legs are never coarse even if you skipped a week of epilating. Plus there might be a long term hair thinning effect to this method but I am not very convinced of that. 
My current epilator is Panasonic. It's pretty old. I think it's around 3 years old but the battery is still relatively strong. I am due for a new one soon as they start to get weaker over time. It's a wet/dry machine so you can use it in shower or in the tub and it's much less painful under hot water. I hardly ever use it in the shower just because it's pretty easy to do it on dry skin. 

Epiglide™ Ultra Women's Wet/Dry Epilator Panasonic ES2045P

It's my second time buying this same epilator because it's rechargeable, affordable and it does a great job. You can take it with you when you travel and use it without an outlet. 
The pain factor- it is virtually painless once you get used to it and you are removing short hairs. You will never be removing all your hair at the same time so that makes it easier to deal with. That being said the first time you use it it will be painful because all your hair is grown in at the same rate. Another word of caution is to try to avoid epilating before your period. Pain tends to be much worse then. 

I do use it sometimes for the armpits and the bikini area but more often than not I shave there. 

Ingrown hairs. 
For the most part it doesn't seem to be a problem but if you are prone to ingrown hairs just exfoliate often and you can get some epilators with gold plated metal parts so that there is less irritation and infections. 

Let me know if you have any thoughts and tips on hair removal.



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