Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Why Excess Hair Removal is Important

The many ways of removing excess hair

Most people have excess hair on their arms and legs removed by waxing or with depilatory creams. Waxing is a rather painful affair and has to be done at least once a month to maintain that smooth, clean look on your skin. Depilatory creams are also a temporary method of getting rid of excess hair. 

Waxing also pulls at the skin and over time, the skin starts to sag. Many depilatory creams darken the skin over a period of time. Electrolysis is another way of permanently removing hair but there have been instances where the hair starts growing back after a while. Many people now prefer to go in for a one time hair removal through laser therapy. This ensures that they have smooth skin all the time. 

Why remove excess hair?

Hairless arms and legs

Having smooth, unblemished and hairless skin makes a woman feel clean and beautiful. It boosts confidence and self-esteem in women. Many women have long hair on their arms and legs and this can look quite ugly. They resort to wearing long skirts and pants, and long sleeved blouses to hide their excess body hair. Since not everyone has the time to run to a salon for a quick wax, they do the next best thing and try to hide it. 

Have a stubble?

Another dilemma with temporary hair removal is that you never know when the right time to remove excess hair is. Sometimes, you can feel the stubble if you run your fingers across the area but the stubble isn’t seen. Then, you are unsure whether to remove the hair or wait a while. Permanent hair removal solves this dilemma.

Keeping your genital areas hairless

Removing hair from the genitals can be very painful and it is advisable not to use depilatory creams in those sensitive areas. Women bravely bear the pain of hair removal in their genital areas especially if they wear bikinis. Having genital hair showing through when wearing a bikini is a definite no-no.

Facial hair

Waxing, threading and depilatory creams are some of the temporary hair removal ways used to remove facial hair. They can be painful and the constant pulling of the skin can cause the skin to sag. The face being a sensitive area is also prone to irritation and itching. 

Hygiene

We have taken a look at hair removal in terms of aesthetics. That is a big factor for hair removal from parts of the body that are visible. But even if you are one of those people who are shy of wearing revealing clothes, it doesn’t mean that you need not bother about hair removal. Having hair under the arms and in the genital areas can be unhygienic. Hair traps dirt and sweat and this could give rise to infections. These areas are kept covered and therefore are moist and humid, making them a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. So it is a good idea to get rid of excess hair in these regions.

Sweat

Under arm hair and hair in the genital areas can make those areas sweat more. This could seep through to your clothes especially if you live in climates that are warm and humid. You will find sweat patches under your arms and quite often in the crotch area if you are wearing light colored shorts or pants. This can look unbecoming. 

It is better to get the excess hair removed from your body permanently as it not only affects the way you look but is unhygienic too!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Looking good

Aesthetic procedures are more the norm these days. No one thinks twice about going in for Botox injections, skin tightening, wrinkle reduction etc. As medical technology has advanced, the number of ways that a person can improve or maintain their looks has also increased. Nowadays aesthetic procedures are not just for the rich and famous. One research puts the number of aesthetic procedures done in a year at around 11.7 million. Out of these 1.4 million procedures were for laser hair removal. 

Laser hair removal has removed the need for constant waxing which is quite painful, or the use of depilatory creams which have other side effects. It is a permanent treatment that ensures that a person can have smooth, hairless skin all the time. 

Hair removal for darker skin types

Many ethnic groups that have darker skin have had to look on in envy as their fair skinned counterparts underwent laser removal hair removal, while they still had to make their painful visit to the salon for a wax, or go through the chore of getting rid of excess hair with depilatory creams. This was because in its early days laser hair removal damaged darker skins. This was mainly because of poor quality control and inexperienced technicians. 

A popular misconception

There is still a belief among darker toned groups that laser hair removal will damage their skin. This is not true as laser hair removal has advanced tremendously and the practitioners are much more experienced. Laser hair removal has become as common as cutting hair. More knowledgeable people with darker skin tones have had their laser hair removal done years ago with no side effects. In fact, these days the sheer numbers who are going in for laser hair removal are so numerous that the practitioners are unable to keep up with the demand, and the waiting list is pretty long.

Different strokes for different folks

It is true however that different colored skin tones need a different approach. So it is important to go to a medical aesthetic professional who are up to date with the latest advancement in the field of laser hair removal techniques with regard to among other things, the skin tones. This will ensure a safe and effective hair removal treatment for individuals. It is also important to educate the client and make sure that they understand how laser hair removal is done, what the process includes and what are the results and possible after effects of the treatment.

Laser Heat and its effect on dark skin

The procedure behind laser hair removal is known as selective photothermolysis. Selected wavelengths of light are used to penetrate the skin to reach the melanin which is inside every hair follicle. This laser light is transformed to heat which diffuses the stem cells in the hair shaft. The proteins in the hair shaft clump together and cause mechanical damage to the follicle. This disrupts re-growth of the hair. 

The laser device used in these hair treatments are sensitive to color and melanin. People with dark skin tones have a higher amount of melanin in their bodies. It is very important for the aesthetic medical practitioner to adjust the device to ensure that the proper wavelength is used, and that the depth of penetration is correct when performing the laser hair removal for dark skinned people. If not set correctly, the skin may get damaged. 

Dark toned people can now safely and simply get rid of excess body hair and enjoy the feel of smooth, clean skin all the time!