For most of us, there is nothing fun or glamorous about the process of hair removal. It’s simply a chore that must be done and, oftentimes, it causes far more pain than we would like. Fortunately, whether you shave, wax or get laser treatments, there are some steps that you can take to keep hair removal pain to a minimum.
When it comes to shaving, one of the easiest ways to cut down on the pain is to replace your razors often. If you use a disposable blade for too long, it starts to get dull, which can increase the likelihood of painful cuts and nicks. Additionally, when shaving, you should save your knees and ankles for last. The longer you let the shaving cream sit on your skin, the more moisture you’re able to absorb, and the areas around your knees and ankles will become much easier to shave. And finally, for all you shavers out there, it’s important to exfoliate regularly. Getting rid of the dead skin cells before you shave helps to preserve your blades and it allows the razor to cut closer to the root.
Waxing is notoriously painful, but you can help to cut down on the agony simply by drinking plenty of water the day before. Increasing your hydration levels will help to plump up your skin, which will make the hair much easier to remove. For even more pain minimization, it’s a good idea to exfoliate regularly, particularly right before you go in for your waxing session. According to experts, if your skin is free of dead cells, then it makes waxing less painful. Lastly, although it may be unpleasant in the meantime, you need to grow your hair out sufficiently so that it can be properly waxed. Believe it or not, the shorter the hair, the more painful the experience, so make sure your hairs are least a quarter-inch long.
Laser hair removal isn’t known for being particularly painful, but there are ways to make it even easier to deal with. First of all, you want to avoid caffeine in the days leading up to your laser treatment, as it has been known to increase the sensitivity of the skin and make lasering more painful. Secondly, it’s a good idea to get plenty of sleep the night before. While a little fatigue may make you drowsy, it actually causes your pain receptors to perk up. And finally, after getting a laser treatment, you want to apply plenty of sunscreen to keep your newly sensitive skin from getting burned.
Ultimately, there may be no way to make hair removal entirely pain free. But by following these simple tips, you can help keep the pain to a minimum while getting rid of unwanted body hair.
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