Smooth and smooth skin: Do you know these methods for removing hair?

methods for removing hair

There are numerous methods of hair removal, some of which you are familiar with, others you may have always wanted to try, and some of which you have never heard of. You can read about the ways to remove hair here.

Whether man or woman, people have hair on their bodies. Some of them are disturbing, and others are ignored. Where and also whether you wish to get rid of the hair is and remains a matter of taste. There are plenty of methods for hair removal in any case. Some promise long-term results, others last longer but cause less pain when used. If you regularly remove your hair and are curious about which methods are available, you will find what you are looking for below.

Methods of hair removing.

Shaving (1 to 3 days)

Shaving hair removing

Shaving is the most typical and certainly among one of the most preferred—ways to remove annoying hair. Razors have sharp blades that slide over the skin and sever the hair superficially so that the skin is smooth and hair-free afterwards. In combination with a shaving gel, the blades glide gently over the skin and achieve reliable results both dry and wet in the shower. The clear disadvantage of shaving is the fact that the hair grows back after about one to three days. If you want permanently smooth skin, you have to shave again and again. It is additionally crucial to take great care of the skin after shaving in order to avoid a razor burn. Rich aftershave creams are best suited for this.

Depilatory cream (3 to 7 days)

Depilatory cream hair removing

In contrast to ordinary shaving, practical depilatory creams have a chemical basis. Such creams work by the active ingredients contained reacting with the skin. First, the skin's natural protective acid layer is broken to open the pores. The sodium hydroxide solution (thioglycolic acid) then attacks the protein structure, called keratin, on the hair. In this means, the hairs liquify and remain on the skin as a gel-like mass. The loosened hair can then be removed using a spatula and lukewarm water.

The clear advantage of depilatory cream is that the application is completely painless. In addition, the technique is especially easy, and the hair regrowth takes a little longer than when shaving so that you do not have to remove hair longer. The disadvantage, however, is that skin irritation can occur due to the chemicals it contains. To discover if your body is allergic, test the cream on a small area on your body before using it for the first time. If your skin is sensitive quickly, hair removal creams are probably not the right remedy for you, or at least you cannot use the cream for every area.

Waxing (2 to 4 weeks)

waxing hair removing method

Hair removal using warm or cold wax makes cost effort, but it provides smooth skin for two to four weeks. The method is certainly not painless, but the pain only lasts as long as the wax strip is removed. To successfully remove hair with wax, it must be at least five millimeters long. Only then can you pull them out of the root with a strong jerk.

Warm wax is said to provide more thorough results and is therefore preferred by many users. However, a little more preparation is required because the crucible with wax first has to be warmed up. If you don't want to do this in a water bath, you can also use electric heaters with warm wax, which saves a few steps. Then the wax is applied in the direction of hair growth, then the enclosed fabric or plastic strips are placed over it and pressed on. It is best to loosen the wax strip with a quick pull versus the direction of development, and as flat as feasible along the skin surface.

Of course, this process also works with cold wax, it can only happen that not all hair is removed reliably, but there is no heating, and you can place practical cold wax strips directly on the skin. After application with wax, the skin can be dry, so always use good skincare, for example, cooling and rich aloe vera gel. 

Sugar paste (up to 4 weeks)

sugar paste hair removing

Hair using sugar paste Removing it is called sugaring as well as is an all-natural as well as reliable choice to waxing. Instead of cool or hot wax, a sticky paste made of 3 ingredients is used: sugar, lemon juice and water. The sugar paste is said to make the skin supple and protect it from drying out. Like wax, you can use the sugar paste precisely and depilate different areas from the face to the armpits and the bikini line to the legs. The application is similar to waxing because the sugar mass is warm and applied against the direction of hair growth on legs, armpits, genital area or even on the face. The difference is, however, that the sugar paste is immediately plucked off in the direction of growth. This is how the hair and roots are loosened. Sugaring should be gentler on the skin than waxing and therefore also suitable for more sensitive skin. It is best to test the method once with a beautician so that you can then carry out the application yourself and know how your skin reacts to it.

Epilation (2 to 4 weeks)

epilation hair remover

As with waxing and sugaring, hair is also removed directly at the root during epilation. When epilating, however, this is done using rotating mini tweezers that slide over the skin at variable speeds. So that the tweezers of the epilator can grip the hair, it should be between two and five millimeters long. The treatment is not painless and therefore not suitable for everyone. However, the clear advantage is that the hair stays away longer because it is removed directly at the root. Epilators can be used anywhere, and newer models often have an extra attachment to remove unwanted hair in certain areas, such as the face.

IPL (lasts longer term)

IPL hair removing

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is one of the newer hair removal methods and is mainly offered in cosmetic studios. Meanwhile, there are also IPL devices for self-treatment at home. They work with flashes of light that are supposed to influence hair growth on the body. A thin beam of concentrated light is directed onto small areas of skin; under the skin surface, the light is absorbed by the pigments of the hair follicles so that they are heated. Depending on the growth cycle, hair regrowth is prevented.

However, the method is not suitable for everyone, because of the greater the contrast between skin and hair color, the better the treatment. This shows the best results for fair skin and dark hair. It is important to know that the IPL devices for home use are weaker than the devices that are used by dermatologists and beauticians, so self-treatment is not as effective as that of the specialist, and the hair grows back after a while. If you want to be on the safe side, you can get detailed advice from the dermatologist as to whether the skin is suitable for the method.

Laser (lasts longer term)

Laser hair removing

Laser hair removal also promises lasting results. However, this treatment can only be done by a specialist. The hair root is destroyed with the help of a laser. The darker the hair and the lighter the skin, the better this method works. In any case, several appointments are necessary for an optimal result, so the method is one of the more expensive. On average, depending on the body part, costs can be around 100 to 400 euros per session. In addition, depending on the individual hair structure and skin area, the hair can come back after about one to two years.



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