There’s nothing like silky smooth skin to make a girl feel extra feminine!
Hair removal is an essential part of your feminine image. But let’s face it – when you’re dealing with lots of facial and/or body hair, it’s easy to go wrong.
The secret to a smooth, hair-free chest, soft feminine face, and silky smooth legs lies in avoiding some common mistakes.
Here are 5 male to female hair removal mistakes to avoid – and what to do instead!
Mistake #1: You didn’t exfoliate
All methods of hair removal can cause ingrown hairs, particularly in the beard, chest, and pubic area. You can reduce ingrown hairs by exfoliating your skin 2-3 times per week. Exfoliation helps get rid of dead skin cells that trap the hair.
To exfoliate, gently massage your skin with a washcloth, loofah, or exfoliating scrub. My favorite exfoliation tool is The Body Shop’s exfoliating Body Polisher washcloth. You can find similar exfoliating clothes / towels on Amazon.
It’s best to exfoliate before you remove hair instead of after you do it. Exfoliating too soon after hair removal can irritate your skin.
Mistake #2: You forgot to moisturize
Dry skin is another cause of ingrown hairs, so it’s important to keep your skin hydrated. (Besides, you want the added benefit of soft, glowing skin, right?)
A great moisturizer to use immediately after hair removal is pure aloe vera gel. Aloe vera is a natural moisturizer and skin soother. Perfumed lotions can irritate freshly shaved, waxed, or lasered skin, so avoid them for the first 24 hours after hair removal.
Mistake #3: You didn’t treat ingrown hairs
Exfoliating and moisturizing help prevent future ingrown hairs – but what should you do about existing bumps?
Avoid the temptation to shave over ingrown hairs or dig for them with a needle. These tactics can lead to infections and scarring. Instead, try an ingrown hair treatment such as Tend Skin or PFB Vanish.
Mistake #4: Your DIY was a DON’T
Professional waxing, electrolysis, and laser hair removal treatments are expensive, so it’s tempting to try them on your own. But be careful…
Newbie waxing mistakes – like waxing over the same area twice, pulling the hairs in different directions, or pulling too hard – can lead to rashes, bruises, and torn skin. Not a sexy look!
If you insist on doing it yourself, pay for some professional waxing treatments first so you can observe the proper techniques.
Home laser hair removal devices aren’t as effective as professional systems, but they’ve definitely improved in recent years. Be sure to read reviews and do your research. I go into more detail on this topic in Permanent Hair Removal: What Really Works?
Mistake #5: You got what you paid for
I’m all for beauty bargains, but don’t let price be your sole criteria when choosing a place for hair removal treatments.
A cheap price tag often means a wax job with a bunch of stray hairs left behind or a patchy laser treatment. At worst, you could end up with burns or scars.
Check the qualifications of the person treating you and read the reviews on any place you are considering. Yelp is your friend!
Also, keep in mind that upscale places tend to put more emphasis on comfortable treatments. If you’re a waxing or laser wimp like me, it’s worth spending a bit more for a less painful experience.
What’s YOUR favorite hair removal method?
This is a hot topic, so I’d love to hear your thoughts! What’s your hair removal method of choice? Are you a diehard do-it-yourselfer or a pampered princess who loves her spa treatments?
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