Friday, December 2, 2016

General Information Guide for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is one of the most effective methods for long-term care reduction. It terminates the need to shave or pluck daily and avoid periodic waxing. You can also avoid common side effects like ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and blade cuts.

This method is best for those who have dark hair and light skin. However, some of the best at home laser hair removal devices can be very effective for blonde or red hair.


  • Before starting treatment, make sure that you are not photosensitive, and are not taking isotretinoin. 
  • If you have taken Accutane, make sure you have been off it for at least six months. This drug can affect skin recovery.
  • Another contraindication to take note of is your tendency for cold sores and keloid scars. 
  • If you have any of the above, make sure to consult with your physician first.

Preparation for treatment

  • Have the area shaved the day before or evening prior
  • Avoid tanning salon as well in the meantime if you're planning to take the procedure anytime soon
  • Cleanse the area thoroughly with a gentle cleanser
  • Take any medication prescribed by the doctor at least 30 minutes before for full effect

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tips and Tricks for Safe Hair Removal

Waxing, shaving creams, plucking, and other form of hair removal can have serious side effects if the tratments are not implemented properly.

Here are some tips and tricks on common hair removal methods.

Laser Hair Removal

Make sure that the topic anesthetic is compatible with your skin type, so it effectively minimizes the pain. If you have sensitive skin, more so. One should also start with the lowest possible amount of anesthesia if possible.

Direct sunlight should also be avoided after the procedure to avoid any complications.

Other side effects include blistering, minor burns, redness, and swelling.


These are available in many forms including mousse, gels, lotions, and creams. They have formulations that break down keratin, the protein in the hair. This makes wiping them off the skin very easy.

Make sure to follow the instructions carefully and be vigilant of the time it stays on your skin to avoid any irritations. Make sure to also exfoliate to reduce any ingrown hairs.

Do not use on the eyebrows as it’s dangerous if it gets into the eyes.

Some complications include stings, burns, rashes, blisters, and peeling.


There are different kinds of epilators: needle, electrolysis, and the most common--tweezers.

Needle epilators use a wire and electric current to destroy the root of the hair follicle. The loose hair is then removed with tweezers.

Electrolysis uses shortwave radio frequency to terminate hair growth. Some of the risks involved in this method includes scarring and infections. This is done in a series of treatments to be fully effective.

Tweezer epilators grips the hair and uses electric currents at the tip to remove it.

Waxing, Threading, Sugaring

This is a very straightforward method of removing the hair directly from the surface.

Threading is an archaic method wherein a thread is circled in each individual hair to pull it out. This is mostly used in defining eyebrows. Side effects include loss of skin elasticity, irritation, and infection.

Waxing is using melted wax, hot or cold, to pull strips of hair opposite the direction of the growth. This should not be used by people suffering from diabetes or circulatory issues. They also shouldn’t be used if one has moles, warts, or varicose veins. Areas to avoid include eyebrows, irritated skin, nose, ears, and nipples. There should always be a skin test of the wax used before starting.

Sugaring is very similar as it is using heated sugar instead of wax to strip off the hair.


It’s very important to use a very sharp blade to lessen irritation and cuts. Also make sure to shave in the direction of the hair growth to avoid ingrown.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hair Removal Creams: What You Need To Know

One of the easiest and most inexpensive alternatives to waxing and shaving, hair removal creams have become popular to those who want to avoid the side effects brought on by the usual hair removal methods.

These chemical depilatory creams break down keratin, the protein in hair strands, and allows you to simple wipe away with friction.

There are different types out there, based on strength and added ingredients like aloe vera, etc. The kind one should use depends on the part of the body it's used and the coarseness of the hair.

These creams are commonly used on the bikin area, legs, arms, armpit, chest, and facial hair.

It's very important to use the right type of formulation for your skin and hair type to avoid irritations like rashes or itchiness.

They are available in mousse, gel, roll-on, sprays, and powder types.

Those with sensitive skin should go for mild formulas without fragrance, and with built in moisturizers. The creams should only be left for the minimum amount of time.

If used properly, the treatment should be painless and fast--usually just 5-10 minutes. The process should also exfoliate the skin and moisturize it after.

Hair removal creams are relatively inexpensive, ranging from $5-$10 at the local drugstore.

The most popular brands include: Veet, Nair, Olay, Sally Hensen, and Dermanude.