The warm weather has FINALLY arrived and my shorts and dresses are back in the wardrobe. Whilst this is one of my favourite times of the year, something I do love about the Autumn and Winter months is not feeling like I need to shave my body hair; it’s easy to throw on some jeans and feel comfortable. Unfortunately, it’s just not that easy in the summer.
I envy the girls who can embrace their natural body hair and prickly-ness, it saves a lot of money, time and stress… the dream. But for me personally, I much prefer being silky smooth, and together with having super dark hair and super sensitive skin, this time of year is not an easy one.
Shaving is the most popular form of hair removal but it isn’t for everyone, me being one of those people. My skin cannot put up with the constant razor rash and ingrown hairs. I’m also very lazy and cannot keep up with the rapid regrowth. However with that being said, it is a cheap, easy, quick method of hair removal that can be done at any time. Just remember to keep your skin moisturised and your razor blade sharp! TOP TIP: I’ve sometimes found that men’s razors have a much sharper blade, so if you’re not getting along with your one, it might be time to switch it up!
Using an epilator isn’t a popular choice for many but it is incredibly successful, especially as you can use it with any hair length. There will be less bumps and ingrown hairs as the hair is removed from the root, and this also means that the regrowth time period is longer too! Braun’s Silk Epil 9 retails at around £100 which seems a lot, but remember that buying an epilator is a one off expense. For me, it’s just that bit too painful!
Removal creams are another good option, especially because it’s budget friendly, easy, and you can do it at any time. I think it’s a good balance between shaving and waxing as it lasts a little longer than shaving and the hairs grow softer. With that being said, if you have sensitive skin you need to be careful and buy the correct product. Also, because of the chemicals, you cannot use it on all areas of your body so you may need to use it alongside another method. Thankfully, Veet have many different options for different areas of your body and for different skin types.
Waxing is an incredibly popular form of hair removal and one that I favour. People are sometimes put off by the pain or embarrassment that waxing endures. However, you need to remember that our waxers do their job every day; they’ve seen millions of pairs of hairy legs and they do not care about yours! With regards to the pain, after a few appointments, you really get used to it and realise it’s not bad at all. It is a little pricier in comparison to a razor or cream, however the results are much longer lasting, with less ingrown hairs.
Finally, we have laser hair removal which is my personal favourite form of removal. It’s the only form of removal that permanently removes the hair so for me, it’s already a winner. It’s not completely pain free but the sessions are quick! It can be expensive and you do have to wait six weeks in between sessions; it’s not a fast process. But with that being said, you do see results immediately and it is a permanent change!
With all hair removal methods you need to make sure you’re taking care of your skin. Some methods do not allow sun exposure prior to or after removal and other methods make it difficult to absorb skincare products (including sun cream, tanning products and moisturiser). Therefore you need to do your research, speak to the experts (if going to a salon) and do what’s best for you and your aesthetic preference! Remember what works for somebody else may not suit you and your skin.