Which Temporary Hair Removal Strategy is Best?

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It can be difficult to make body decisions when there are so many products available competing for your attention and your dollar. Just for temporary hair removal, you can choose between professional waxing, home waxing, shaving, depilatory creams. If you include permanent hair removal options, then the choices expand to also include laser removal and electrolysis. With all of these options, it’s hard to know what’s the best choice. And, like most difficult choices, no option is best for everyone.

Waxing. In this option, warm wax is applied to the legs, underarms, or bikini area. After some time, the wax is removed in the opposite direction of hair’s growth. Because waxing pulls out both the hair and the root, waxing lasts on average about three weeks – as long as six for certain hair types! Because it takes longer for hair to grow back, waxing is often recommended for people with thick or dark hair. On the other hand, in order to be effective, you will need over half a centimetre (about 6 millimetres) of new growth before you can wax again. It’s also important to note that waxing can be fairly painful as the hair is being ripped out of your skin not just cut; many people report that the pain slowly becomes more tolerable over time, but not everyone agrees. Another potential problem with waxing is the possibility of ingrown hairs, but ingrown hairs are problematic for just about every option.

Shaving. Easily one of the most affordable options, shaving uses sharp blades to remove hair at the skins surface. Shaving legs, underarms, and most other areas is quick and painless as long as you are careful not to nick yourself. However, hair grows back quite quickly making this option best for people with lighter and finer hair to begin with. Shaving also has it’s fair share of issues though: razor burn and cuts can happen if the shaver is inexperienced, going quickly, or using a dull razor. Regular shaving, like waxing, can also lead to ingrown hairs. Fortunately, contrary to myth shaving does not cause your hair to grow back faster or thicker. If it did, older men everywhere would not begin (or continue) to bald!

Depilatory Creams. These creams use chemicals that weaken hair until it can be easily wiped away. Like waxing and shaving, these creams are good options for bikini lines and under arms, however they can also be used for facial hair. Depilatory creams can be used at home without professional help, and they even remove hair below the surface of the skin. This means that hair will grow back slower and less coarse than when shaved. But no solution is without it’s cons… because of the chemicals used in these products, depilatory lotions can irritate sensitive skin. They also usually smell repulsive, and they too can lead to ingrown hairs.

As with most things that have too many options, it can be hard to find the brand and method that works best for your hair removal needs. Sometimes the best thing to do is experiment or talk with your local pharmacist or dermatologist and see what they suggest. Do you have any questions about hair removal products or anything else related to pharmaceuticals or pharmacy good? Contact the Medicine Shoppe today at 403-455-9939.

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