Research by Wilkinson Sword said that just shy of a dozen times per month, women remove hair from their bodies, 11 times from their underarms and nine times from their legs.
While the bikini area only requires five times, the bottom line is the blade sees a lot of skin in a 30-day period, according to Daily Mail’s FEMAIL, beauty section of the countrywide circulation. And believe it or not, the blade should go above the neck for women said Dr. Michael Prager, a London aesthetician. When the blade removes hair it also takes off the top layer of dead skin cells, acting as an exfoliant as well as eliminator.
“From an anti-ageing point of view, home shaving has some effect,” said Prager. “It’s like a mild form of microdermabrasion, so encourages collagen production, which reduces wrinkles. Whenever there’s trauma to the skin, collagen is stimulated to help cell renewal.” The theory holds true for the legs as well, according to FEMAIL, noting “for your legs, ensure you exfoliate your legs before shaving. It will remove all of the dead skin cells that can clog up your razor, preventing a close shave.”
Moving up the thighs to the bikini line, Wilkinson Sword’s Hydro Silk Bikini uses “a high performance razor that combines shaving and trimming in one tool,” and gets the job done down under. “As well as being a razor, when you flip it around, there's a cleverly disguised waterproof styling trimmer,” reports the FEMAIL.
While there are tricks and tools of the shaving trade, FEMAIL forbids removing hair via blade from one part of the body. “Whatever you do, do not shave your arm hair,” reports FEMAIL, suggesting depilatory creams. Above the neck, the Smooth Finish Facial Hair Remover is recommended by the beauty tabloid, but in a pinch, “Tweezers can also work - albeit not as effectively - but the main thing to remember is to never pluck rogue sprouters using your fingers.”
Now at the eyes, FEMAIL sought out brow and beauty experts’ advice on the best hair removal route to take. “A fuzz-free face makes for an easier makeup application - smooth skin ensures foundation won’t sit in your hairs,” said Nathalie Eleni, adding upper lip hairs leave a dark shadow above the lip, which can interfere with makeup application.
But when it comes to the brows, it is not just a matter of eliminating hair, rather shaping it just so, according to Jodie Mills, Hi Brow expert therapist. “Defining the brows opens up the eye area and helps to create a more youthful look. You should create a brow shape that frames the face,” she said, adding, “A well groomed stylized brow, whatever the shape, arch or curvature should reflect and enhance the whole face - no longer is it enough to simply follow the natural brow line.”
Calling her the “brow guru,” FEMAIL spoke to Shavata Singh, who suggested leaving the area to professionals, who will consider note only the face, but “lifestyle and your age before deciding on a suitable shape.” Though Singh suggests keeping the brows to the professionals, in the end, if you feel more comfortable, waxing or tweezing yourself, don’t miss the opportunity to receive professional advice. “Even if you only go once in your life, to ‘find’ your shape, it will be worth it,” she said.
And she is right. Anything that will make collectively shaving the body more than a dozen times a month much less daunting is welcome.