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Throughout human history people have been removing hair from certain parts of their bodies. Women in ancient Egypt removed all of the hair from their bodies, including their heads, with tweezers, pumice stones or waxes made with beeswax. All of this they did in the pursuit of beauty.
During the Roman Empire, women removed body hair as a sign of class and propriety. Even during the middle ages, Queen Victoria set a trend for removing the eyebrows and the hair at the front of the hairline. She did this by using bandages soaked in cat urine.
Far from the days of removing the hairs on the head, today the most common areas of the body where people tend to have unwanted hair are:
Thankfully, no matter where you’re focusing your hair removal efforts, things have improved enough so that we don’t need to resort to the help of our feline friends. These days, there are enough options for hair removal to avoid anything that unpleasant.
While shaving with a razor is the traditional choice for both men and women, waxing, creams and the newest kid to the black, laser therapy, are all quickly catching up. In addition to new, more dynamic methods of hair removal, the locations have changed too.
When facing all of these options it can be difficult to make up your mind about which hair removal method is best for you. That’s why we’ve rounded up the pros and cons of each.
Shaving is the most popular form of hair removal. It involves using a razor, of which there are many different kinds, to cut the hair as closely to the skin as possible. It’s estimated that approximately 94% of men in the United States shave their facial hair. This translates to about 143 million men.
The global market for men’s razors alone is thought to be worth about $15billion each year. Impressive, right?
The Pros – It’s not much wonder that shaving is the method of choice for so many men and women. Shaving is cheap, easy and convenient. You can shave pretty much anywhere where you have access to running water. CBD infused lotions can also be used to target for pain and relief during and after shaving to soothe the skin.
The Cons – The quality of the razor used has a huge impact on the effect on the skin. Shaving with the wrong razors can lead to ingrown hairs, razor rash, nicks and cuts and irritated, sensitive skin. These problems are extremely common complaints as many people don’t shave correctly.
Waxing involves applying a thin layer of hot wax to the skin.The strip of wax is then rapidly removed against the direction of the hair growth. This pulls the wax and the hairs off the skin at the same time.
There’s a rich history behind this practice, originating in ancient Egypt, but it’s the second most popular form of hair removal today, after shaving.
The Pros – Waxing provides semi-permanent hair removal. This means that the results last for between 3 to 6 weeks. This makes the treatment worthwhile for someone who has to remove hair on a very regular basis. Again, applying CBD topical lotions to the skin after waxing has been said to help soothe. Popping in to your local beauty therapist is much easier than having to shave your bikini area three times a week.
The Cons – Waxing can seem to expensive for many people. Razors are much more affordable at a fraction of the price, and while laser therapy is much more expensive, it offers permanent results and the value that comes along with that. The CBD topical lotions can also give a sensation of burning on the skin before it feels soothed. Please contact a dermatologist before applying.
Hair removal cream works by dissolving the hairs. They do this by breaking down the proteins that the hairs themselves are made up of. A generous helping of the cream is applied to the area, and left on the skin for a few minutes. Once the allotted time has passed, the cream is removed using a handheld tool.
By the time the cream is removed, it will have dissolved the proteins in the hairs so much that the hair simply breaks off, revealing silky smooth skin underneath. If you mix the hair removal cream with your choice of a CBD infused cream, your skin should feel extra, extra smooth!
The Pros – Hair removal cream is very convenient. It can be done anywhere, anytime without any expertise or special equipment. It’s also very affordable. Finally, these creams done cause the razor burn or other nasty side effects that shaving can cause.
The Cons – This option isn’t suitable for people with sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema. Some people claim that they have an unpleasant odour too.
Laser hair removal treatments are growing in popularity. They first appeared on the market in the 1990’s, although it took a few years for people to embrace it. Today, it’s one of the most in demand cosmetic treatments there is.
This treatment works by focusing laser lights at the hair. The light does enough damage to the hair follicle to prevent regrowth, in theory. Laser treatment is the only mainstream method of permanent hair removal.
The Pros – Laser hair removal can produce some incredible results. The results of this treatment are long term and can last for years. This makes life infinitely easier for men and women who have to shave their legs or underarms everyday.
The Cons – Unfortunately, the results of this therapy aren’t guaranteed. The lasers tend to be more effective on dark hair than fair, so the effects vary greatly depending on the type of hair involved. It’s also quite expensive and isn’t accessible to everyone.
No matter which method of hair removal you opt for, there are advantages and disadvantages to all. However, each individual has unique needs and requirements, so what works best for one person won’t work best for another.
Keeping your skin silky smooth and baby soft is everyone’s goal. However, it isn’t always as straightforward as it seems. This is why it’s important to take your time and conduct plenty of research before choosing a method for you.
The skin is the largest, most delicate organ of the body, and your time and money are both limited and precious. Keep these things in mind when reviewing your choices, and you can’t go too far wrong!