My professional advice about hair removal and sensitive skin.
Never use the depilatory cremes or gels to remove hair especially on your face or bikini line as burns can result and there is also there is the question of lasting skin damage in later life. All hair removal cremes have caustic chemicals in them like calcium hydroxide or thioglycolates and The FDA mandates that must all have printed warnings printed on them but sadly no one reads these until too late.
Waxing, threading or sugaring is not a good alternative. These methods are painful and leave a hole in the skin where the hair once grew and this can fill up with bacteria like staphylococcus aureus and cause painful infections and again permanent skin damage or discoloration.
Laser hair removal at home (IPL - Intense Pulsed light) or in the salon is both expensive and painful and doesn’t always work. Serious skin burns can result.
The adverts will never tell you that any wet blade razor scrapes away not only the unwanted hair but also the top layer of your skin, the epidermis, from which the hair grows. This wet shaving damages the skin and causes the familiar shaver rash and shaver burn that millions complain of. The skin is trying to tell you it has been injured and not to shave like this again. Wet razor blade shaving is the primary cause of painful ingrown hairs as well as a razor used in the direction of hair growth makes the hair bend and lie down next to the skin and then the blade slices the end of the hair diagonally and not straight across. The thin sliced end then bends inwards and downwards and grows into the skin where it becomes infected. Stop wet shaving.
Constant wet shaving can also produce changes in pigmentation resulting permanent skin discoloration for example in your underarms or bikini line.
The explanation for the myth that many believe - “shaving causes the hair to grow back thicker” - is because they wet shave with a blade. Any doctor will tell you this increased hair growth is biologically impossible. See http://www.bestbodyshaver.com/shaving-myths/ for a renowned Mayo Clinic doctor’s advice. The real cause is the method of shaving and using the correct shaver will solve this issue immediately as well as cheaply. The water used during razor blade shaving, is absorbed by the skin cells though the process called osmosis and they swell up. You will have seen this effect if you stay in the water too long and your skin gets the wrinkled “prune” look which makers it impossible for a blade to cut the hair close to the skin. This water absorption causes the skin surface to puff up and the swollen skin cells ride up the hair shaft, concealing the base of the hair so that the blade cannot reach it to cut it. Once you finish shaving the skin dries out and the skin cells deflate again as the water has evaporated. This causes the uncut portion of the hair to reappear.
The answer is to DRY shave with one of the new personal shavers like the Bare It All personal shaver and bikini trimmer at www. BestBodyShaver.com and NEVER one of those face shavers, with coarse foils that may be self described as a personal shavers. Purpose built body shavers are designed with special foils to let the hair be cut without the blades touching and injuring the skin. You have to trim the hair first to short stubble length to make it stand up and away from the skin. The Bare It All personal shaver and trimmer has both a shaver and also a built in trimmer. It is completely cordless and the plug is inbuilt into the shaver base and never needs power cords, plugs or voltage converters. It other words there is nothing to forget or lose even if traveling abroad.
Using this new rechargeable electric shaver you can get “smooth as waxing” skin without the itching, lumps, bumps and ingrown hairs you get with wet shaving. At less than $50 you get 500 hours of rechargeable shaving which works out at around 3 cents per shave. The titanium blades last for about 12 months too. Hair removal & trimming doesn’t get any cheaper or more comfortable than that.
Buy it online and you don’t pay sales tax.
Compared to the other expensive forms of hair removal, some of which can seriously damage your skin and discolor it permanently, shaving dry with an electric personal shaver is a no brainer for either gender