Precautions For Safe Hair Removal

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Getting rid of body hair is always a big concern for most women (and some men!). There are many ways to do so ranging from the quick and easy to difficult and painful. While temporary solutions such as waxing or epilator are often preferred by many, permanent removal seems to be the best solution, albeit expensive. No matter whether you are taking the permanent way or the short term solution, you need to be cautious before going for hair removal. Before waxing or laser hair removal treatment, use the following precautions to ensure safety of your skin and also get better results.

Precautions for Safe Hair Removal: Waxing

1. Do a self exam by scanning the parts of your body you want to wax. If you have moles or skin tags, check whether exposure to hot wax might cause irritation or breakouts. Use a band-aid if you don’t want to rip them off.

2. If you have extremely dry skin then you’d want to hydrate it with lukewarm water first for  a few minutes. This will keep the skin soft and supple making it easier to wax. Post-waxing, apply a water-based moisturizer to soothe the irritated skin. Avoid using any oil-based creams or moisturizers which can clog the pores and lead to ingrown hair.

Precautions for Safe Hair Removal: Laser Treatment

If you do not want your body hair growing back in a week or two, then laser is a better hair removal option than waxing. Here are some of the precautionary measures to follow before, during and after the laser hair removal procedure.

1. First and foremost, find a reliable clinic where you can get the laser treatment done on your skin. Make sure only professional and experienced cosmeticians perform the procedure.

2. Try and get as much information as possible about the procedure.

3. Read all the terms and conditions thoroughly if you are asked to sign any legally binding document.

4. Inquire about the total cost of the procedure and whether there is any hidden charge or tax.

5. Make sure to do a test first on a smaller area of the body.

6. Ask them what type of laser is going to be used on your skin and whether you would need any pain killers post procedure.

7. If you are suffering from any skin issues currently, it is best to discuss them with the expert first. You might even want to postpone the plan for the time being until the skin heals. Same applies for tanned skin. Wait until the tan goes away, else, the treatment could be less effective.

8. If you have already booked a date for laser hair removal then make sure that you will not use any other temporary hair removal option a month before the date.

9. It’s advisable not to consume any medication 24 hours before the procedure. If there’s an emergency, talk to your physician before you go for it.

10. If there’s anything else that concerns you regarding laser hair removal treatment, contact your physician or a dermatologist before you sign up for it.

If all this is too intimidating, you can always go for chemical hair removal creams. These work great but they are temporary. As with any treatment, do a small patch test before using the product on a greater area.

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