If there is something that really bothers women, look at your legs and remember that you forgot to remove those unwanted hairs. For those people who choose to shave, life is like this. Periodically, you should go to the blade or the care of a good epilator razor to always have smooth legs, armpits, upper lip and groin. Every woman dreams of having smooth skin. Proof of this is the great demand for numerous methods for removing existing hair.
Preparation for hair removal
For the result to be perfect, it is important to follow some tips:
- Performs an exfoliation before waxing to remove dead cells. We have two articles perfect for the occasion, one with recipes for homemade natural scrubs and another with the best scrubs for each area of the body.
- Shave with clean skin . This will help prevent infection.
- Use hot water or shave after you shower. The steam from the water increases the elasticity of the skin and softens the hair. Wet hair is easier to shave.
- Apply cream, foam or gel for hair removal . They make the machine glide more easily on the skin, avoiding cuts.
- Avoid sun exposure after waxing.
- Avoid applying moisturizer immediately after waxing . Wait at least an hour. Creams can clog pores , causing irritation and ingrown hairs.
Types of hair removal
Hair removal with razor blades
It is the most suitable for those who have few hairs , being the most practical and fastest way of hair removal, but in a few days the hair grows again.
Razor shaving is also the leading cause of ingrown hairs, irritation, and blemishes in areas like the groin and armpits. So we recommend that you read these tips for razor hair removal .
With depilatory creams
Depilatory creams act superficially and dissolve hair. The result is similar to that of the blade. You should do a test first to see if your skin accepts the chemical, and when applying it, strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid irritation.
Allows removal from the root and is indicated for the region of the legs. If you buy one of these devices you will see that it is a practical and cheap method, but it can cause the famous ingrown hairs. This method is often painful, do not fall into the trap of razors for “women” are the same as for men but with the “pink rate”.
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Suitable for some sensitive areas. However, it is sometimes aggressive for the skin (in addition, the temperature may not always be in the appropriate degree).
Provides long-lasting results . It is practical and hygienic, but it can cause irritation in previously waxed areas. The price is very affordable, and in any salon you will find a person who will wax you.
Hot wax takes time to complete. It can stain very sensitive skin or burn if the application professional is not agile enough.
Permanent hair removal
For those people who do not want to worry about hair, a good option is to do a permanent waxing . However, the sessions are expensive and do not offer complete assurance that the hair will never return. You should go through a consultation with a dermatologist before deciding on any procedure. Choose the most suitable professional to help you choose the correct technique for you. Look at the two best known:
For those who want to get rid of the hassle of having to remove their hair forever, the alternative is permanent laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is less invasive and reduces hair volume , as it acts directly on the roots. It is safer, does not use needles and is less painful than other methods.
Done in specialized sites, sessions are performed so that the hair is gradually removed. If the devices of this type of hair removal are modern, the hair removal is practically painless. It is the most expensive method . It is also contraindicated in pregnant women.
Pulsed light is very similar to laser, with only a few technical distinctions such as the type of energy used and the way it is applied. But the principle of destruction of the light captured by melanin is similar for both techniques, with the difference that pulsed light requires less energy than laser, and is also less efficient .
Like lasers, pulsed light hair removal can also cause burns and blemishes, if not used correctly.
X pulsed light laser hair removal
Photoepilation with intense pulsed light (IPL) is less aggressive for hair removal and, depending on the type of skin, thickness and type of hair, it is possible to adjust the intensity of the light spectrum. In contrast, the laser emits specific energy that does not reach the skin and can be used more highly and efficiently for hair destruction.
Seven tips for the perfect waxing at home
Yes, we know that the ideal is to have your hair removal with wax done by a professional esthetician, who has mastered the technique. But the reality is that many women (and men) choose to do hair removal at home. The reasons are varied: lack of time, economy, shyness and even those who prefer home results.
But be careful, if you choose to do the procedure on your own, you must be careful not to harm yourself during the removal. So, to be clear, delicacy is the first requirement. But do not confuse finesse with lack of agility, as it depends on fast hands. BodyCarre spoke with experts and we told you other essential details on the perfect step by step of hair removal at home. Check out:
Take a shower before
Before waxing, it is essential that the skin is clean , without waste creams or oils from the body and without any injury – to prevent contamination by fungi and bacteria. Avoid doing the procedure when your skin is sensitive . I would even advise preparing the skin for waxing one or two days before the procedure, with a light exfoliation , so as not to cause irritation or spots on the spot.
Choose the best wax for you
Every day more types of wax for hair removal are available on the market. According to dermatologist Angelica Pepper, white wax and jojoba oil can be used by anyone who feels more pain ; As the wax with algae helps to hydrate the skin, it can be used by those who have very dry skin ; the wax with honey is very effective, but the effect is slightly more painful than others . “In addition, those who suffer from sensitivity to the use of cosmetic products , should opt for waxes with less aggressive soothing substances,” says the expert.
If you have doubts between hot or cold wax, it is good that you know that neither represents dangers if used correctly. “However, hot wax can cause sagging when applied too frequently, especially in areas where the skin is thinner, such as the upper lip and eyebrows, and predispose to the appearance of ingrown hairs. Also, when there is sun exposure without sunscreen after hot waxing or if it is applied to some kind of injury, it can also cause blemishes or darken the skin . “
- Always use industrialized waxes, which are evaluated and tested before being put on sale.
- Anyone who is allergic to a particular substance should be guided by their dermatologist on the type of product to use.
- Having sensitive skin doesn’t mean that you won’t suffer from irritation with the use of a hypoallergenic wax.
- Do not reuse the wax. Although it is heated to high temperatures, this is not enough to kill the most resistant bacteria.
Be careful with materials
Any material you use to do hair removal, such as paddles, gloves, and plastic, should be disposable and used only once. In addition, the material to pull the wax must be plastic or specific papers for this purpose. Currently, the market offers kits that come with the complete material. Do not use pieces of fabric, such as jeans, which can damage the skin.
Direction of wax application
Experts recommend: the wax should be applied towards the growth of the hair, respecting the way in which they are born. This rule applies to all areas of the body. If in the same area, such as the armpits, the hair grows for both parties, you will have to make different applications prioritizing both directions.
Wax removal should be done quickly and in the opposite direction of hair growth. When you’re done, make sure all the hairs have been removed. The excess must be removed with tweezers. Applying the wax multiple times to the same spot can irritate the skin.
The intimate area, groin, and face
Ideally, you should use waxes that cause less pain , such as white wax and jojoba wax. The use of sunscreen on the face after waxing is always indicated to reduce the possibility of spots on the skin, and anti-inflammatory ointments in the groin and intimate area to reduce the possibility of forming undesirable folliculitis, which are those “balls” that can appear after waxing.
Now the smooth skin
After waxing, you should ideally apply a gel based on soothing substances, such as chamomile , sage, and calendula. It is also important not to damage skin that has been sensitized by tight pants and rough fabrics, or by exposure to the sun. Remember that hydrated skin is less prone to irritation and ingrown hairs . Get in the habit of hydrating your skin every day. The most recommended moisturizers are post-bath lotions, which are less greasy. After waxing, avoid moisturizing oils so that the pores do not clog – causing folliculitis – as well as products that contain exfoliating substances such as seedsand sand, products based on alcohol and acids (mainly glycolic acid), which can stain the skin .
Stains from waxing
Depending on the type of aggression on the skin, there may be some spots.
In case of irritation, the production of melanin is increased and this causes a darkening of the depilated area. Therefore, darker skin types are more prone to blemishes , as they contain more melanin.
All methods represent an attack on the skin, but the level of aggression is highly variable. Using the blade in the direction of growth is one of the least traumatic techniques, although the result is not very good. Hot wax is more aggressive because it traumatizes the skin with heat and hair removal. Permanent hair removal is safe and does not cause trauma or blemishes .
Ideally, you should talk to your dermatologist for depilatory creams that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as benzoyl peroxide, to avoid blemishes. This does not completely prevent the appearance of the spots, but it decreases the probability.
How to treat wax stains?
The treatment is carried out with bleaching creams , usually based on kojic acid and hydroquinone, in concentrations that vary depending on the type of skin and the spot. In older brands , a solution is chemical peels , associated with laser and pulsed light applications. The method chosen and the number of sessions may vary, depending on the location and the darkening of the skin.
How to avoid darkening of the armpit?
Considered one of the great villains of female beauty, armpit darkening has several causes: hormonal changes, friction, excessive sweating, obesity, irritation from deodorants, synthetic fabrics, and some forms of hair removal. Also, dark-skinned women are more prone to change in skin pigmentation.
Some of these causes can only be avoided through medical treatments. For other people, only a few lifestyle changesare needed : avoiding harsh depilatory methods, using synthetic fabrics, and alcohol deodorants.
If you have noticed the appearance of pigmentation, it is best to go to the dermatologist from the beginning. This is because, depending on the context, only the use of moisturizers or the exchange of deodorant can solve the problem. Some cases will require acid treatments . However, the use of depigmenting creams is not easy and should only be done under medical prescription.
Ingrown hairs: What do you have to do to avoid them?
The body scrubs help in the removal of dead cells , skin thinning. Therefore, they facilitate the passage of the shaver. But they have to be used constantly, since every time the hair grows it can end up nailed again. There are good products that have a bactericidal agent in the formula, such as triclosan. In addition to exfoliating, they fight against possible inflammation, which can make the condition worse.
Laser hair removal is one of the best solutions to avoid ingrown hairs. The heat from the laser destroys the matrix (where it is born), so it does not grow back as quickly. The less hair, the better.
If you still do not want to invest in this treatment, the solution is to frequently use a cream that helps clean the hair. Good active ingredients for this are: urea, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and retinoic acid. Talk to your dermatologist and ask for a prescription.
Intimate hair removal: myths and truths about the practice
When it comes to shaving the female intimate area, it is the client’s taste that prevails. It is very common to remove almost all of the hair from the female intimate area, keeping only a fine line in the frontal region, or even to remove everything completely.
This technique has gained international fame, being called Brazilian waxing. However, some women go against this trend and prefer a more naturalistic style, eliminating as little as possible.
Excess hair is usually related to a higher probability of infection and the presence of unpleasant odors in the region, but is it really what happens? We spoke with experts on the subject, who raised the top questions about intimate shaving.
Is a full shave actually more hygienic?
Not necessarily. Hygiene is mainly related to cleanliness , and not to the amount of hair. You can have excellent hygiene, even with hair. If, on the contrary, you do not do a proper cleaning, you will not have good hygiene even if you shave or wax completely, regardless of the woman’s choice, it is important to be careful with hygiene, using neutral or specific soaps for the area .
Doesn’t waxing the region cause more odors?
No, if the intimate cleaning is not done properly. Hair removal can facilitate hygiene , thereby reducing odors. This is because the base of the hair are glands that produce sweat and oil to lubricate and cool the skin, which can accumulate and cause an unpleasant odor if the area is not washed properly.
The sense of smell can also be due to some unrelated vaginal infection, for which it will be necessary to seek a gynecologist to evaluate and treat. A suggestion for those who choose not to shave completely is to keep their hair trimmed, which reduces the risk of sweat and sebum concentration in the region.
Does shaving increase pleasure in sex?
There is no physiological relationship between waxing and sexual pleasure. What can happen is that some women feel more comfortable with the shaved intimate area, or their partner has this preference. Basically, it is a matter of preference , leaving everyone to decide which method they prefer.
Can shaving cause inflammation?
Yes. Women who have more sensitive skin and who do waxing, in particular, can suffer from folliculitis (ingrown hairs). With the razor blade the most common problem is allergy . The problems are more dependent on the individual characteristics of each woman, rather than the length of the depilated area. If they occur too frequently, you should seek a dermatologist for treatment and guidance.
In some cases, permanent laser hair removal is indicated in the groin, which is the site most affected by folliculitis. In the case of a severe reaction after waxing, wash the area and see your gynecologist if there is no improvement. It is also important that all equipment is disposable and personal.
Do hairs protect the vagina from infection?
Yes. Hair, like our hair, acts as a defense of our body , and its total elimination can compromise this protection. In addition, other factors, such as the use of narrow and synthetic fabrics, which suffocate the region, and the insufficient change of absorbent towels and panty liners, also influence a higher accumulation of sweat in the area, which favors allergies and vaginal infections regardless of whether or not you had waxing.
The waxing itself – either with waxes or razors – leaves the skin of the pores of the vulva reduced or even small cracks, which favors infections. That is why it is important to focus on pre and post hair removal care. It is good to disinfect the area before and wash it with mild products shortly after the procedure . This is essential to avoid irritation. Regarding the type of removal, the recommendation is to preserve a strip of 2 cm wide, on average, which will avoid direct friction of the vagina with clothing and absorbents, thus reducing the risk of infections and irritations.
Does Hair Removal darken the skin?
Any irritation can generate local attenuation, so the best hair removal must be chosen very carefully, respecting the characteristics of the skin so as not to harm it. Therefore, it is best to speak with your dermatologist to determine the best method to prevent darkening of the skin – in some cases, permanent laser hair removal is best . If your skin is already blemished, talk to a professional and find the right treatment for your skin type.
Is it important to take a break from waxing in the area so that the skin “breathes”?
Depends. If your skin is not irritated, it is not necessary; However, if you suffer from irritation, vaginal itching, or even folliculitis, it is always wise to wait for an interval of at least 30 days between sessions. This ensures that the skin recovers completely and is ready for a new session. If irritation resulting from hair removal is very common, consult your dermatologist to find the best depilatory method or treatment to solve the problem.
Kathie Sand always saw the world of beauty as the terrain on which to build her professional career, a goal that was clear to her when she was only 15 years old. Her great concern to expand knowledge led her to settle in Paris where she studied hand in hand with the best beauty professionals and with the most advanced techniques for skin care.