How to … get rid of unwanted facial hair

When facial hair starts getting thicker or darker, you might want to take action.

It’s natural to have hair on your face, however an excess amount can cause embarrassment and might result in a loss of confidence. Different factors can cause facial hair to grow, ranging from genetics – for example,Mediterraneanand Indian women may be more susceptible than Asian women – to hormonal imbalances or some medications.

Just as there are many different reasons for the growth of facial hair, there are also a myriad hair removal methods. We explore the pros and cons of each method and offer some recipes for natural hair removal with ingredients you will have in your pantry.


Waxing

Pros: Easy to use and inexpensive. Can be done at a salon or at home. Long-lasting, as it removes the hair from the root.
Cons: Can cause skin allergies and infections of the hair follicles. Skin can become loose and saggy from repeated use.

 

Razors

Pros:  Inexpensive and easy to use.
Cons: Can cause skin irritations and infections. Need to shave often to remain hair-free.

 

Epilators

Pros: Inexpensive and easy to use. Minimal skin damage.
Cons: Removes only around 88% of hair and does not remove small hairs. Faster regrowth.

 

Threading

Pros: Inexpensive.
Cons: Fast regrowth, needs to be performed every few days. Skin can remain red for quite some time.

 

Bleaching

Pros: Makes hair less visible.
Cons: Does not remove hair. The chemicals in the bleach can cause skin damage.

 

Hair Removal Creams

Pros: Easy to use and inexpensive. Able to use at home.
Cons: Needs frequent application, while prolonged use can cause skin irritation, darkening of the skin and allergies.

 

Laser hair removal

Pros: Permanent removal. Safe and effective.
Cons: Expensive. The procedure can be painful and is not effective for women with hormonal imbalances, or certain skin and hair colour.

 

Natural remedies

Pros: Safe and cost effective.
Cons: May take some time to show results.

  • Turmeric has antibacterial property and prevents skin infections. Make a paste with one teaspoon of turmeric and one of water. Apply to the area of your face that has unwanted hair and leave on for 10–15 minutes. Once the mixture is dry, wipe off with a wet cloth to remove.
  • Beat an egg white and one tablespoon of sugar and one tablespoon of cornflour to make a smooth paste. Apply to the area of your face that has unwanted hair, and once the mixture is dry, pull the mask off with the unwanted hair.
  • Mix together one tablespoon of sugar, one teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon juice in a microwave dish. Heat for two to three minutes, remove from the microwave and mix well to form a paste. Allow to cool, and when slightly warm, apply to the face and then, using a strip of cloth, press down on the area and pull cloth off in the opposite direction in which your hair is growing.

Do you have a preferred method of hair removal? Or a natural remedy you can share?

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    Incognito
    26th Aug 2018
    6:14pm
    Love the natural methods which are cheaper, not that I need to try it out just yet.
    Jen50
    27th Aug 2018
    11:41am
    I was tired of painful waxing that never removed all the hair anyway so it became time consuming & sometimes caused ingrown hairs. Creams were ok but with both waxing & creams the hair needs to be a certain length to work which means you can’t have a smooth, hair free face 24/7. I read about many Asian women using razors and because they always seem to have lovely, smooth skin I tried it. Best thing ever & I wish I had discovered it 45 years ago, I don’t have very thick or dark hair so it grows back almost invisible & I shave it off every time I feel the hair break through. It takes a minute or less every 3 or 4 days after my shower while I am mousturising my skin. I could do it less often but I love the soft, smooth feeling it leaves. I have also noticed my upper lip has less wrinkles. And, contrary to a popular myth, hair does not grow back thicker if you shave. It only appears that way because the ends are blunt and not tapered.


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