Body hair removal has become more common in the past few years. It is not only women who are concerned about their body hair, even men take body hair removal seriously. For most people, the driving factor for hair removal is hygiene. However, no matter what the driving factor is, the safety of your skin is of paramount importance. Furthermore, there are many different kinds of hair removal techniques that you can adopt; similarly, the safety measures for them also differ. Here are some safety tips for different techniques used for body hair removal.
- If you are opting for a laser hair removal for getting rid of the unwanted hair on your skin, you must make sure that you do not wax, pluck, or epilate prior to treatment. The results of your laser treatment will be positive only if the dark melanin in the hair is present. If you wish, you can wax, pluck, or epilate post treatment to smoothen the skin.
- You must avoid waxing and plucking, but you can shave. In fact, shaving your hair before a day before your laser treatment is ideal. Shaving does not extract the hair from the skin, it merely cuts it from slightly above the root. Once the hair is shaved, the stump absorbs most of the laser light during the treatment.
- Do not reuse wax in any condition. No matter which brand of wax you are using, the box will have instructions that will advise you to not reuse it. Leftover wax must be thrown away.
- Make sure your wax is at the right temperature. Hot wax is heated to 55 degrees Celsius, while cold wax or sugaring is heated to 45 degrees Celsius.
- The exfoliation must be done on the day before waxing, do not exfoliate and wax on the same day.
- Waxing your hair requires your hair to be at an average length, not too long or too short. The ideal length of body hair for waxing is 6 mm. The pain will increase if the hair is too long, while the efficiency will go down if the hair is too short.
- You must always apply the cream to a small area and see how your skin reacts to it before applying it on your entire skin. This might be slightly time consuming, but it will save your skin from a negative reaction.
- Read the instructions on the box even if you are a regular at using removal creams. Some removal creams are only for arms and legs, while some are formulated in a different way to suit the underarms, bikini line, and face.
- Removal creams can be fatal for damaged skin. You must not apply them on or close to any damaged skin surface.
- Your skin must be soft for you to have a shave without any injuries. Soak your legs or arms in warm water for 10 minutes to soften your skin and make it friendly for a shave.
- Shave in the direction of the hair growth to avoid cuts. If you shave in the opposite direction, the hair might get uprooted and cause pain.
- Every time you shave your skin becomes slightly more sensitive. Therefore, you must make sure that you use sunscreen to protect your skin when you are out in the sun.