Hair removal can be a pain, but there are a few mistakes you can avoid if you want the hair removal process to go as smoothly as possible.
You should avoid tanning at least 24 hours before and after waxing or a laser hair removal appointment. Uni K Wax Center hair removal expert and CEO Noemi Grupenmager commented that sun exposure can make skin too sensitive and thick for effective hair removal. Since laser treatments can also cause inflammation, sunbathing before or after could lead to bad burns or hyperpigmentation.
Dr. Debra Jaliman, author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist, warned that sharing a razor or using a dirty one can lead to folliculitis, or infections of the hair follicle. Sharing can also spread warts, jock itch or even herpes.
Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research for the Department of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, claimed that although dry shaving can save you time to get rid of a couple of quick hairs, it can also cause skin irritation and increase your risk of cuts and nicks.
“Shave the right way, in or after the shower, when the skin and hairs are soft and hydrated,” Zeichner told The Fashion Spot. “Use your shaving gel too, as it helps the blades glide on the skin and can prevent you from cutting yourself.”
According to Pamela Jeschonek, licensed aesthetician, eyebrow artist and owner of Everyday Esthetics Eyebrow Studio, over-tweezing can make your eyes look too close together, the bridge of your nose look wider and even make your face look heavier.
“You need to resist the urge because repeated tweezing can end up damaging your hair follicles resulting in the hairs not growing back,” beauty expert Sherri Jessee warned on The Fashion Spot.
Truth in Beauty Consulting founder Meredith Foster advised steering clear of hair removal services like waxing and laser hair removal per week before your menstrual cycle.
“During this week, females tend to be more sensitive,” Foster noted to The Fashion Spot. “So ripping, pulling or zapping can feel much worse. Plus, hair follicles may swell more and skin can stay redder longer.”
Dr. Jaliman cautioned that while some women use soap to shave regularly, there isn’t enough glide.
“Soap is drying to the skin,” Jaliman told The Fashion Spot. “It doesn’t allow the razor blade to glide across the surface. The razor gets stuck on the skin and nicks it. With shaving cream or gel, it provides a smooth surface so the razor can glide across and smoothly shave the legs.”
If you’ve been using the same razor for weeks or even months on end, either toss it out or change the blade.
“Bacteria collects on razors, so it’s better not to store your razor in a steamy shower,” Jaliman told The Fashion Spot. “Put it in a cabinet. You could also soak it in rubbing alcohol for five minutes before shaving to kill the bacteria.”
Dr. Jaliman recommended avoiding fragranced moisturizers right after shaving, unless you really want to feel the burn or set off an allergic reaction.
“When acids or fragrance get into skin that has just been exfoliated by a razor, it will burn or cause a reaction,” Jaliman told The Fashion Spot.
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