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Avoid These Common Hair Removal Mistakes

When it comes to hair removal, you have various options – and various ways to make mistakes. Those mistakes don’t necessarily mean that hair won’t come off, but the removal isn’t as easy or thorough as it should be.

That Time of the Month

What does hair removal have to do with your menstrual period? If you use an epilator – which can hurt a bit- you should find it less painful if you remove hair while at the midpoint of your cycle. For many women, skin is more sensitive during their period, so waiting until the midpoint should make epilating much easier. Other tips to decrease epilating pain: Avoid caffeine before using the epilator and exfoliate your legs or underarms the day before you epilate.

Hold Skin Taut

Successful epilating means holding your skin taut as you use the device. Not only does holding your skin taut reduce possible pain, but it makes the entire process much more efficient.

Self-Tanning and Hair Removal

If you use a self-tanner, many forms of hair removal could remove the tan along with hair. The exception is an epilator, which will not take bits of tanned skin along with it. The worst choice is a depilatory, which can end up bleaching the self-tanned areas.

Get Rid of Dull Blades

Some women may use dull blades because they are worried about cutting themselves on brand-new ones. Replace your blade after every five to 10 shaves, depending on the coarseness and length of your hair. Older blades aren’t just less effective, but can cause ingrown hairs to form and spread bacteria.

Don’t Shave First Thing in the Morning

If you’re in the habit of shaving your legs first thing in the morning, choose a different time. That’s because your legs tend to swell during the night, and if you shave upon getting up, you may miss some hairs that become apparent once your legs return to their normal proportions a little later in the day. If possible, shave before going to bed.

Use Cool, Not Hot, Water to Shave

Warmer water causes your skin to swell, which, like shaving first thing in the morning, may cause you to miss hairs.

Shave in the Direction Your Hair Grows

Only shave in the direction your hair grows. For legs, that’s down, not up. Shaving against the grain may give you a closer shave, but it also increases the risks of developing redness or nicking yourself.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair removal, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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