Tips on removing unwanted hair on legs, underarms and bikini area

Tips, techniques and products for removing unwanted hair on legs, underarm and bikini area, including methods that are painful and painless.

Beauty regimens consist of many parts. One significant part of many beauty regimens is hair removal. Women in many parts of the world include hair removal of the legs, underarm and bikini area as part of their beauty regimen. There are various methods of hair removal, producing different levels of results. They also produce various levels of pain.

There are five modern methods of hair removal. The oldest of the five is shaving. Shaving the legs, underarm and bikini area can have mixed results. A sharp razor can leave close shaven results. It cuts the hair down to the pore area. Because of this, the hair begins to reappear within a day. The negative factor to shaving is the injury factor. Shaving has a high injury index that includes cuts, nicks and razor burn. These injuries can tarnish the results of a close leg shave.

The bikini area is prone to razor bumps. The new hair growing back into and under the skin causes razor bumps. The underarm area requires daily upkeep because of rapid hair growth.

Waxing gives smoother results than shaving. A natural or synthetic wax is warmed in a wax burner. The glue-like wax is then applied to the area. A strip of cloth (usually cotton or linen) is applied to the glue, smoothed out and abruptly snatched off. It is snatched off in the direction of the hair, thus removing it from its root. This gives a smoother finish. Hair growth is also slower. As time goes on, hair growth becomes thinner. Waxing also does not produce razor bumps because the hair is re-growing from the root, and will not curl back into the skin.

The negative aspect of waxing is the pain. Waxing is a painful process, especially to the bikini and underarm area. One must take caution that the wax is not hot enough to burn. There is a recent addition to the wax family. It is actually an anesthetic infused wax. The anesthetic numbs the area, thus reducing the amount of pain experienced.

Depilatories produce the same result as waxing. It removes the hair from the roots. It actually dissolves hair from the roots. Depilatories are creams and lotions with a hair-dissolving ingredient. It dissolves the hair to the root.There is no pain associated with this hair removal process.

There is however, the possibility of skin irritation in the form of a rash. There is also the possibility of skin burn, in reaction to the chemicals. Most depilatories have an offensive smell. This makes the environment uncomfortable during the process.

If one wants permanent results, electrolysis is an option. It is available for the leg, underarm and bikini area. Electrical currents are applied to the hair strands, radiating into the follicle and releasing the hair. Done repeatedly the follicle becomes dead, and hair ceases to grow from it.

The procedure can be described in a range from uncomfortable to painful. It can be expensive, due to the necessary repetitions. One single application is significantly more expensive than shaving, waxing or depilatories.

The second wave of permanent hair removal is laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is also permanent after several sessions. Like electrolysis, it is more expensive than shaving, waxing and depilatories. But the results are almost flawless.

The drawback to laser hair removal for the legs, underarm and bikini area is the scarring factor. Laser hair removal does not agree with darker skin tones. It leaves dark marks as it interacts with the melanin. But for lighter tones, it eventually leaves a hairless area without stubble, rash or razor bumps.

Hair removal from the legs, underarm and bikini area can be painful or painless. It can last a day or forever. To achieve desired results, many factors such as cost, results and pain threshold should be considered when choosing a hair removal system,.

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