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The pressure to be hair-free in today's society is huge, and it relates to feeling groomed and beautiful in many cases. People around the world remove their body hair on a daily basis, but let’s be honest, no one enjoys it. It is usually a painful, messy and arduous process, and rather than feeling sleek and smooth afterwards, we end up sore and stubbly. The most common types of at home hair removal carry a multitude of problems.
Can leave you with an extremely irritating and unattractive rash, as well as little nicks and cuts. It also feels pointless when you realise that you are covered in stubble the next day and have to repeat the process all over again.
It hurts, a lot. As well as pulling the hairs away, waxing pulls off the top layer of your skin. After all of that pain, it only lasts for around two weeks, and the wax is full of chemicals that can affect sensitive skin.
Sugaring is similar to waxing, but you usually have to prepare the paste and warm it up yourself, which is laborious. It takes a certain level of skill to get the technique and consistency right, and it can end up being extremely messy and ultimately disappointing. Again, this method only lasts for around two weeks.
Plucking only removes very small areas of hair. It is also not very precise; we have all experienced that moment of looking in a brightly lit mirror and realising you have missed a hair (or five).
They smell terrible, and you have to sit with cream on your limbs for as long as they take to work. If you have sensitive skin, they can cause the rash from hell. Worst of all, they only work for very fine hair; if you have coarse or dark hair these creams are likely to leave you wandering around with patchy pins.
Ouch. Epilation is probably the most painful of the hair removal methods and leaves you with legs that look like chicken skin. It is like plucking, but it pulls out hundreds of hairs at a time causing tiny wounds all over your skin.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
As we have seen, many hair removal methods are painful, ineffective and time-consuming, and can even cause infection, ingrown hairs and redness. That’s why more and more people are now opting for laser hair removal to battle their body hair and live a stubble-free life.
During laser hair removal, a laser is placed against the skin, and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is transmitted in a concentrated beam into the hair follicles. The light is attracted to the hair pigment, and the hair absorbs the light, which destroys its root.
Laser hair removal can be used on arms, legs, face, underarms and bikini line—basically anywhere you have unwanted hair growth! It offers effective and long-lasting results.
The Top 10 Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
The initial sessions might fell a little uncomfortable (it has been compared to the ping of an elastic band), but the feeling diminishes with each session, and a cooling gel is usually applied to reduce any discomfort.
Minimal side effects
Very rarely, people experience burning from the laser but generally, there is just a little redness, which dissipates quickly or you can treat it with aloe vera gel. You can even use lasers on very sensitive skin.
No ingrown hairs
Imagine not having to deal with pesky ingrown hairs. Destroying the hair at the follicle means that there is no risk of ingrowns, and the laser encourages any new hair to grow straight out rather than curling up under the skin.
Stops hair growth
Many patients experience no new hair growth after 8 to 12 sessions, or there is a drastic reduction of 90 percent in hair growth.
Unlike other hair removal methods, the laser can treat an area the size of a quarter every second, so small areas like underarms can be treated in less than a minute, and legs in around 30 minutes.
Laser hair removal is undoubtedly the most effective form of hair removal. Rather than cutting off the hair at the root or pulling it out, it actually destroys the hair follicle, meaning that the results really last.
Paying out for the device or going to visit a clinic may initially seem like a big expense, but you are actually making a great investment because it offers a permanent solution. Think about how much money you have spent on razors, creams and waxes in your lifetime—if you add it up, it’s likely to cost much more than a few laser sessions.
Precise and accurate
Lasers are able to select precise areas to target where coarse hair is growing while leaving the surrounding area undamaged. They can target anywhere on the body, even in those hard to reach places like your back and bottom.
Good for your skin
It doesn’t remove the top layer of skin, so there is no risk of a rash. Because you won’t get returning stubble, your will have satiny smooth skin.
Getting zapped with a laser might seem hazardous, but laser hair removal is actually one of the safest methods of hair removal because it is carried out by a trained technician in most cases. There is also no chance of cutting yourself or getting an allergic reaction to nasty chemicals.