Bare it all

As the chill hits in the win­ter months, we all tend to hi­ber­nate a bit and de­velop a ‘what’s the point’ at­ti­tude when it comes to leg hair re­moval, of­ten choos­ing to con­ceal our limbs un­der jeans or leg­gings. With spring on the hori­zon, why not learn the

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SHAV­ING

Pros: Shav­ing is in­ex­pen­sive, quick, pain­less and un­com­pli­cated. You don’t need an ap­point­ment and the re­sult is smooth, hair­less skin.

Cons: Ra­zor burns, in­grown hairs and cuts. Only lasts one to three days.

DEPILATORIES

A de­pila­tory is a cream that re­moves hair from the skin’s sur­face. They work by re­act­ing with the pro­tein struc­ture of the hair, so the hair dis­solves and can be washed or wiped away.

Pros: Depilatories work quickly, are read­ily avail­able and rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive.

Cons: Ap­ply­ing depilatories can be messy and many peo­ple dis­like the odour. If you have sen­si­tive skin, you might have an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion.

WAX­ING

Wax is spread on the area of skin where the un­wanted hair is grow­ing. The wax is then pulled off, tak­ing the hair root and dead skin cells with it. Wax­ing is a longer last­ing op­tion. To im­prove your wax­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, beau­ti­cians rec­om­mend ex­fo­li­at­ing and mois­tur­is­ing reg­u­larly.

Pros: Wax­ing leaves the area smooth and is long last­ing. Hair re­growth of­ten looks lighter and less no­tice­able than it is after other meth­ods of hair re­moval, such as shav­ing. Lasts three to six weeks.

Cons: Pain, plus red­ness, in­flam­ma­tion and bumps after wax­ing.

BODY SUGARING

Body sugaring works by us­ing a room tem­per­a­ture ball of sugar, honey, lemon and water, which is spread across the hair fol­li­cles. The beau­ti­cian then flicks off the sugar in the direction of the hair growth and the hair slides out, rather than it being ripped against the growth as is the process with wax­ing.

Pros: Each treat­ment re­fines the hair and will even­tu­ally re­sult in a de­ple­tion of hair fol­li­cles. It is a natural al­ter­na­tive that does not con­tain any for­eign chem­i­cals.

Cons: Less painful than wax­ing, but still painful. In some cases, can re­sult in skin ir­ri­ta­tion or in­flam­ma­tion.

PULSED LIGHT/LASER HAIR RE­MOVAL

Laser hair re­moval uses a sin­gle wave­length of light (laser) to tar­get, heat and dam­age hair fol­li­cles. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Vari­able Pulsed Light (VPL) work on the same prin­ci­ple of heat­ing and dam­ag­ing the hair fol­li­cle, but in­stead of us­ing a sin­gle wave­length, a flash lamp emits hun­dreds of wave­lengths in each burst of light. Laser treat­ment works best on peo­ple with dark hairs as the melanin in dark hair ab­sorbs more of the laser en­ergy. It can take up to six ses­sions and re­sults can be per­ma­nent. The sen­sa­tion has been likened to the feel­ing of an elas­tic band snap­ping against the skin.

Pros: This type of hair re­moval is long last­ing and large ar­eas of skin can be treated at the same time.

Cons: Needs mul­ti­ple treat­ments and can be ex­pen­sive.

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