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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Body hair removal

June 24, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Methods of hair removal have been practised in virtually all human cultures since at least the Neolithic era.  These hair removal methods have varied in different times and areas, but shaving was and still is the most common method.  

women's legs

Body hair has long shaped gender dynamics, served as an indicator of social class and defined notions of femininity and the “ideal body”.  Today, most women feel like they have to remove body hair as if they have no other option.  There's something unsettling about that, however, perceptions are slowly shifting.  Removing body hair or growing it out is a personal choice!

If you choose to remove it there are two types of hair removal: depilation (surface removal by shaving, dissolving), or epilation (removal of the entire hair, such as waxing or plucking). 

I’ve written various posts about this topic in the past, today’s post is a roundup of my hair removal related blog posts.  This way you can find them all in one handy post.

  • For shaving tips and tricks, check out this post: Shaving tips
  • For more information about epilation, check out:  Using an epilator
  • Sugaring vs waxing: Sugaring is a vegan option; some waxes are not vegan you have to check before you buy.


One of the main problems associated with hair removal is ingrown hair!  Shaving is not the only way ingrown hairs can happen.  Depilatory creams can run a similar risk to shaving as it is also a form of depilation.  Because the hairs are being dissolved, rather than cut, the risk of having ingrown hairs can be far less than that of shaving.  Waxing and plucking hairs out can also cause ingrown hairs. 



I hope you found this post helpful, just remember that you do not have to remove your body hair, it’s completely your choice.  


Feel free to share your thoughts on hair removal in the comment section below!


Saturday, May 05, 2012

Using an epilator

May 05, 2012 3 Comments

Hello everyone! 

Today I want to talk to you about my favorite hair removal method: using an epilator!

I’ve been using an epilator for eight years now and I love it!  Removing hairs at the root means that hair won’t grow back for weeks.  Plus, constant epilation reduces the amount of hair re-growth!

The coil springs in the epilator grab the hair at the root and pull it out.  It's one of the more affordable ways to remove hair, as you don't have to deal with the expense of shaving or waxing.  In addition, once you get the hang of using an epilator, it takes less time than shaving.

I've been using this model for 8 year!


Does it hurt?

I’m not going to lie, the first time I used it, it HURT and left my skin red and irritate, BUT by the second use the hair was thinner and it didn’t hurt as much!     

Always start epilating the areas where it's less painful.  The lower legs are the least painful area for most women (the underarm and bikini area are the most painful).  For reduced pain, stretch skin with your hand.  By the time you proceed to the more sensitive areas, you'll feel less pain as the pain threshold goes up and the skin gets used to epilation. 

How often you epilate depends on one's hair growth.  Epilating frequently has two benefits: your pain threshold increases and your overall hair growth reduces over time. 


Tips:

Exfoliate a couple times of week use a body scrub, loofah or ayate washcloth.  Always exfoliate both before and after epilation. 

I apply pure aloe vera gel post-epilation to sooth the skin.  Using thick lotions just after epilation could block pores and cause ingrown hair.  Using a skin toner after epilating can also aid in preventing ingrown hair because it helps close the pore.  For more information read Removing and preventing ingrown hair


Depending on your pain threshold and how sensitive your skin is, an epilator can be an excellent choice for removing hair. 

Have you ever used an epilator?  What was your experience?  Leave a comment!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Related post:

Shaving tips

Photo from here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Shaving tips

April 11, 2012 2 Comments

Today, women are increasingly opting for epilation and laser hair removal.  However, shaving remains the most popular form of hair removal.
Here are some shaving tips and tricks:
  • Do not shave dry skin.  Shaving is a natural exfoliator and if you shave dry skin, you risk clogging up the razor with dead skin.  This may result in nicks, ingrown hair and razor burns.
  • Only use shaving cream recommended for women, not soap!  Leave the shaving cream on for 3-4 minutes to soften up the hair.  


  • Experiment with razors until you find the perfect one for you.  Look for a razor with lubricated strips, pivoting heads and multiple blades. 
  • Be sure to change razors or cartridges on a regular basis; a dull blade can lead to nicks and irritation.
  • Be sure to exfoliate your skin before shaving.  This gets rid of dead skin cells, allowing a closer shave. There are several ways to exfoliate.
  • Since your leg hairs grow down, start at your ankles and shave up.  For your underarms, shave in every direction since the hair there grows in at different angles.  
  • When finished shaving; rinse, pad dry and apply moisturiser.  
  • Ingrown hairs are caused when the hairs curl back under the skin.  Avoid ingrown hairs by exfoliating daily.  Read this post for more information: Removing and preventing ingrown hair
  • If you have coarse hair, consider waxing or sugaring.  You'll find that in time, hair won't grow back as fast.  Read this post for more information: Sugaring vs. Waxing

Hope you found this post useful!  

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XOXO
Euphrasie85

Photo from here.


Sunday, October 09, 2011

Sugaring vs. Waxing

October 09, 2011 2 Comments
Sugaring vs. Waxing: Aren't they the same thing?  Both are hair epilating methods.  But when it comes to the pain aspect, the two methods are very different.  Sugaring is also a cheaper, homemade alternative.

sugaring mixture in a gar

The sugaring paste is made up of all-natural ingredients like sugar, lemon juice, water and sometimes essential oils.  Most waxes are made mainly of resins and contain artificial fragrances, dyes, chemicals, and preservatives.  Even though you can be allergic to any given ingredient, natural or not, it’s more common for people to be allergic to artificial fragrances and ingredients.

Sugaring paste is water-soluble; therefore you can simply wash it off with water.


Sugaring will only take away dead skin cells, unlike waxing which also removes live skin cells.  This means that you don’t have to worry about the sugar accidentally removing skin!

teaspoon of sugar

There are various sugaring recipes; I am going to give you a basic version, one I used myself.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice/apple cider vinegar (whichever you prefer)
  • ¼ cup water

lemon cut in half

You will need; a saucepan, an air-tight glass jar and a candy thermometer (optional).


Method:

Combine the ingredients in a saucepan and heat on low.  Heat the mixture to a hardball candy stage.  The hardball stage refers to cooking candy to a certain temperature, usually between 250 oF and 265 oF (or 121.11 oC - 129.44 oC). You can use a candy thermometer to determine when you've reached this stage. This should happen after about 25 minutes of simmering; the sugar mixture result should be a dark amber colour. Remove it from the heat and let it cool for about ten minutes before placing it in an air-tight glass container. Be careful it's hot.

Once the product has cooled, you are ready for hair removal. 


How to use:


Wax is applied warm but sometimes overheated causing a skin burn. Sugar paste is used either lukewarm or at room temperature, so there’s no chance of burning the skin. Some people heat the mixture and remove it with a cloth strip, just like you would use hot wax. However, I suggest using the sugaring mixture at room temperature.


Dip your fingers into the container of sugaring paste and take out a small amount (roughly the size of a quarter). Flatten the paste in your hands until it feels slightly warm. Apply it to the area you wish to epilate. Smooth it along the area until it is approximately ¼ inch thick. You don’t need to use any cloth strips for this method. 


As you probably know, wax is applied with the direction of hair growth, but removed against the grain of hair growth. However, with sugaring, the past is applied against the grain of hair growth and then removed in the same direction of the growth, putting less strain on the skin. This means less pain.


Tips:

  • Take a bath/shower beforehand and use a body scrub, this will prepare the skin for epilation.
  • Make sure the hairs are about ¼ inch long; you won’t be able to remove hair if it’s too short.
  • If you don’t use up all the mixture the first time, you can keep it refrigerated and warm-up/thaw when you want to re-use.
  • Sugaring can be done on all body parts. 
  • Sugaring is much gentler to the skin than waxing. I suggest you give it a try if you haven’t already.


XOXO

Euphrasie85