Summer’s all about showing some skin – if only to bear with Hong Kong’s unsparing humidity. Which means you’re probably thinking about getting ready to remove some unsightly body hair. Here’s what you need to know before your next appointment.
There are so many types of hair removal available, from shaving and waxing to lasering and threading. You’ll need to find one that works for you. Here’s a basic guide: shaving is cheap and easy; waxing keeps hair away for a few weeks – if you can stand the pain; lasering is expensive and requires several sessions but could remove hair permanently; threading is quick and accurate for the face.
Clean your skin
Whatever method you choose, be sure to prep your skin by cleaning it well and removing any trace of oils or moisturizers. Any product residue on your skin can make your hair removal less effective.
Scrub it good
In between hair removal sessions, spare the time for some gentle exfoliation. This will help keep ingrown hairs at bay and keep your skin smooth for your next appointment by removing dead skin. Try a loofah sponge or a light exfoliating scrub.
Beware the retinol
If you’re planning to remove any hair on your face, you’ll need to take a break from any retinols lurking in your skincare routine. Whether they’re over-the-counter retinols in your wrinkle-fighting moisturizer or prescription retinols you’re using to fight acne, you’ll need to stop using the products for a week before attempting any hair removal your sensitive face.
Find your grain
When it comes to shaving, you’ll need to figure out how to wield your razor to maximize hair removal on your particular hair growth pattern. For men, it’s always best to shave with the grain of your beard growth. For women, shaving against the grain on your legs is fine. With underarms, you’ll probably need to move the razor up, down and side-to-side to make sure you’re hitting the different growth patterns.