Hair removal can be a pain – literally. There are many ways to handle it, almost as many as there are hairs you wish to get rid of. However, most procedures fall under three categories: shaving, waxing, and creams. The best removal method for you would always be the one that suits you best. Everyone is different, and that gives birth to the need for different techniques. Here we discuss each of these different options, to help you understand which one suits you best.
The most famous form of hair removal. Shaving is a type of epilation (removal of the hair from the surface of the skin) that is done by dragging a sharp blade across the surface of the skin to slice the hairs away as close to the root as possible. Dragging anything sharp over your skin justifiably causes small cuts and scrapes – even if it is not visible – that can cause regularly shaved areas to become sore, or even give birth to a raised red rash called as ‘razor burn’.
Depilatory creams might look like a modern invention, but women have been using various versions of them to get rid of body hair for the last 5000 years. The earlier ones were made with distasteful ingredients like quicklime and arsenic! Fortunately, depilatory technology has come a long way since then! Veet depilatory creams dissolve hair from just below the surface of the skin so it simply breaks away. This method will let you be stubble free for at least four days, longer than shaving, and the regrowth is finer over time, so you feel smoother for longer.
Waxing is another process that has been a part of our life for a longer period than you expect, being practiced by early Egyptians who would mix sugar and lemon resin to make a sticky, but stiff and malleable substance to get rid of body hair. Waxing is a type of epilation, which means that it gets rid of the hair from the root. The deeper way of removal means that hairs take considerably more time to grow back, up to four weeks.
Some of these techniques may seem easier on the surface, but in practice, may require you having to do it quite often, or having to bear with associated skin irritations. As in the case of anything, it’s imperative for you to do your research, and then do a little trial and error to figure out what suits you best. Whatever method you choose, there is no reason that would stop you from achieving beautifully soft and smooth skin.