On my last video chat with my girlfriends, the main topic of conversation was about the state of our eyebrows and upper lips! Since none of us can visit the salon right now, we were swapping tips on how to deal with our facial hair, without injuring ourselves. Since I know this is a common issue, I thought I would list out the best tools for the task.
Tweezers are something that all of us probably have a pair or two of. If you can, opt for ones with slanted tips as they are better equipped to pull out stray hairs, without breaking them. To make things easier, wash your face with warm water to relax the hair follicle and then pat it dry. Prop yourself in front of a mirror, hold your skin taut and begin plucking!
If you have a low pain threshold, depilatory creams are the ones to go for. The lotion-like formulas work to break down the keratin in your hair and dissolve them at a surface level. All you need to do is apply the cream onto the desired spot, leave it on for a few minutes and then wipe it off with a washcloth. However, these formulas can be irritating for those with sensitive skin so it’s best to carry out a patch test before using them.
Epilators are the amped up version of tweezers! These devices grip the shortest of hairs right from the root to give you a smooth and clean base. Whilst they are a bit more painful to use, they also provide long-lasting results. As with tweezing, you should prep your skin with warm water beforehand.
For salon-worthy results, turn to wax strips. Unlike using hot wax, which is quite messy and has the potential to burn your skin, these strips employ the use of cold wax. To use them, cut the strips down to the size you want and then separate the sheets to expose the sticky centre. Press the strip down on to the desired area, wait for a few seconds and then pull in the opposite direction of your hair’s natural growth. I would recommend only treating each area once as too much pulling can inflame your skin.
Here’s another pain-free and easy option to use! Disposable razors tackle stray brows and peach fuzz in just a few strokes. Plus, they also gently exfoliate your skin to get rid off any dead skin. Whilst you can use them on damp skin directly, you should apply a thin layer of shaving cream or gel beforehand if your skin gets easily irritated. Hold the razor at a 45-degree angle and shave in short, downward strokes. Go over each area not more than 3 times to ensure that you’ve gotten rid of every strand.
Which method of hair removal are you turning to right now? Let me know in the comments below!