Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Get Rid Of That Annoying Body Hair!

[As published on HERE]
Hair removal is one of the most frustrating things we have to deal with as a woman. Sometimes we envy guys, who are able to sport bodily hair with pride. Even when they shave, it’s only one body part to cover.
Fitness time
With so many options out there, which one is the best method for you? Emmagem looks at the types of hair removal techniques that are readily available on our shores:

Light Removal
Musee Platinum TOKYO, prices vary
Instead of the usual IPL or laser, Musee Platinum uses Smooth Skin Control Hair Removal, which is said to be less painful, faster and cheaper than its counterparts. Over time, body hair grows at a slower rate, so your skin stays fuzz-free for longer. This comes highly recommended by friends from Singapore and Japan, who have experienced Musee Platinum’s services for years.

I sincerely believe that every woman should try waxing at least once. It’s more of a personal preference after that, but if you don’t try it, you’ll never know if you like it. No pain, no gain though. For each teeth-gritting rip, you have to close your eyes and constantly remind yourself that it’s worth it. It usually is, until the next time you have to go through it again…

Traditionally performed by women in alleyways while the customer sits on a small wooden stool, this age-old Chinese method gets a modern facelift. The face is dusted with powder to reduce friction before the therapist works her magic over the skin’s surface in a butterfly-like movement, hence the name. A relaxing gua sha (scraping) follows, using a cool piece of jade to cool down skin.

Shick Quattro For Women, price unavailable 
Shaving used to get a bad rep as it left the skin’s surface rough, and regrowth only took a matter of days. Nowadays, handheld shavers are enhanced with conditioning strips that smooth over the skin with every swipe, keeping your skin moisturised while making the process easier. These babies also come in a rainbow of colours to suit your every mood.

Depilatory (Hair Removal) Cream
Veet Suprem’Essence Hair Removal Cream, RM19.30, Tesco
Easy, fast and effective. Apart from creams, there are also cream-gels and gels for the discerning consumer. However, those with sensitive skin beware: more often than not, these creams remove more than just bodily hair. If left on for too long, they tend to burn your skin and leave itchy, red marks.

Electric Epilator
Philips Satin Soft Epilator, RM229
Unlike depilation (which removes hair from the skin’s surface), epilation removes the entire hair, including the part below the skin. Think of it as tweezing, but with a larger surface area. From the reviews I’ve heard, electric epilators hurt way less than manual epilation (ie waxing, threading, tweezing etc), but the price tag is rather hard to swallow at one go.

Tweezerman Slant Tweezers, RM89, Luxola
This classic removal method is still the preferred choice for eyebrow hair removal; because you can do it in the convenience of your own home, and it’s the most economical option (us mere mortals just get by with a RM3.90 tweezer). Slanted tips work best to grip those annoying tiny hairs and remove them for good.

Emmagem’s advice: always remember…
  • To exfoliate regularly! Nothing hurts more than ingrown hairs. Twice a week, using a mild exfoliant, will get rid of that problem.
  • To moisturise adequately! This prevents irritation and itching when hair starts to grow out. Well-moisturised skin also doesn’t chafe easily, if you know what I mean.


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