Hair removal is a routine part of many women's beauty systems, and finding the best hair removal method that suits your needs will save you the necessary time during a busy week. No matter which part of your body hair you are treating—legs, underarms, bikini line or facial hair—there are many ways to choose from to make the process of electrolysis hair removal smoother and mostly painless.
Here, we will introduce different options, from creams and waxing to hair removal machines, electric shavers and IPL machines. We will bring you top products that have been thoroughly tested.
Ideal for anyone looking for a gentle way to remove hair, depilatory cream works by using high pH chemicals to dissolve and remove hair at the skin’s surface, so you can effectively wipe it away. This method is ideal for anyone looking for painless, at-home results. But like with a razor, you’ll need to keep using the cream on a regular basis, as the hair grows back relatively quickly. Creams can be messy and often leave a few hairs or stubble following treatment.
Cream is quick and easy to apply, but always read instructions before use and carry out a patch test first to make sure you are not allergic to the product. You can buy area-specific creams, so don’t use body formulas on your face and never leave it on for longer than specified.
The epilator is a small hand-held beauty tool equipped with a rotating blade or tweezers that can remove 0.5 mm hair from the roots. The best hair removal will result in a very smooth surface, which may last for several weeks. Some models are wet and dry for use, and use your legs, bikini line, underarms and face with attachments.
Fans of epilators love the fact that you can enjoy all the advantages of hair removal-slow regeneration and no unsightly beard stubble-without all the violin and chaos. However, it may be uncomfortable to treat sensitive areas-some epilators now have a special pain relief device that can be placed in the refrigerator a few hours before use to numb the treated area.
When depilating, the hair is pulled from the roots, so when the hair grows back, the top tends to be tapered, which leads to a better appearance. With regular use, you will gradually see a decrease in hair regrowth, as time goes by, the hair becomes weaker and weaker, and the number of growing hair decreases. As time goes by, the hair weakens and the pain decreases.
As with epilating, waxing is another technique that removes hair at the route. It should give you longer-lasting results compared to shaving and hair-removal cream, and you’ll see a slow-down in regrowth.
Cold wax formulas are easy to use and work by rubbing between the palms of your hands to warm the wax strips, some work on hair as short as 1.5mm. Beware of in-growing hairs, a common problem with waxing, which presents as unsightly red bumps. Gentle exfoliation can help with this and dabbing a natural antiseptic onto the area will ease inflammation.