Hair Removal Treatments: What Works For You?
August 11, 2013
Getting rid of unwanted hair is like a never-ending quest for most women. While quite a number of options are out there ready to be taken advantage of, it is still best to be cautious and inquisitive prior to trying out procedures that may either put your budget, skin, or your overall health at great risk. To help you determine what could possibly work for you, the following are types of hair removal treatment worth considering.
Laser hair removal is proven to be an effective treatment which can result to permanent removal of unwanted hair. It is a rapid, gentle, and supposedly painless process using focused light that penetrates the epidermis of the skin and targets the underlying hair to prevent re-growth. After several repeated sessions, this type of treatment can permanently get rid of unwanted hair on face, legs, underarms, bikini lines, backs and other parts of the body. While it is effective, it is also expensive. You would need to go to a salon or clinic to have it carried out by a qualified cosmetic nurse or aesthetic practitioner. Today’s cosmetic innovations, however, have come up with laser hair removal products that provide virtually the same results that you can get from salons or clinics. Examples of these devices that you can use at home are Philips Lumea Precision, Silk’n SensEpil, and Tria laser hair removers among others.
This type of method uses a needle shaped electrode or metal probe against the skin to destroy growth tissue. Like laser treatment, it requires series of sessions to achieve permanent hair removal. While it is said to hurt, the use of local anesthetic creams and modern electrolysis methods are known to have reduced discomfort to a mere tingling sensation. This method requires a professional practitioner but certain products applying similar technique which you can use at home are also now available in the market. One example is Rio Electrolysis hair remover.
This is relatively a new method of removing unwanted hair. Like laser and electrolysis, it is an epilatory type in the sense that it removes the hair from under the skin’s surface. Unlike laser which uses light, Thermicon technology employs heat transference conducting gentle pulses of heat down the hair follicle. This process disrupts the cells responsible for hair growth. It is apparently a quick, pain-free, and safe procedure which does not require an expert practitioner since a product using this technology is already available. NoNo reviews have everything you need to know about this product, the first of its kind which is capable of providing salon quality and lasting results.
The process of removing hair above the skin’s surface is called depilation. This is a very common method of removing unwanted hair and the most popular is shaving which does not have lasting results. Other widely held options are depilatory creams which provide results that usually last twice as long as shaving. These depilatory creams, gels, or lotions make hair re-growth softer and finer. While this method does not usually hurt, it may cause tingling or burning sensations depending on your skin’s reaction to the chemicals. Popular products include Sally Hansen, Veet, and Nair creams among many others.
Contrary to depilatories, this type removes the entire hair including the part below the skin. Laser, electrolysis, and Thermicon actually fall on this category, so do waxing, threading, sugaring, plucking, and the use of epilating devices. Epilating devices in particular are more effective in providing long lasting results compared to depilatories. These corded, rechargeable, or battery-powered devices mechanically grasp multiple hairs simultaneously and pull them out. The process can be slightly painful similar to waxing as it pulls hair from the roots. Popular epilating devices include Epilady, Braun Silk Epil, Panasonic, etc.
These types of treatment may target the same thing – removal of unwanted hair – but the frequency of application and outcome of each may vary depending on your skin type, and amount of hair to be removed among other things.