Summer means silky smooth skin


So as the nicer weather approaches, us ladies have to start thinking about de-fuzzing those areas that we’ve been hiding all winter. There are many different types of hair removal some of which can be painful and time-consuming and we are always looking for quicker, more effective ways of achieving silky smooth skin. It’s common to shave or wax but what about other options such as laser removal, sugaring, electrolysis and cream? Are they any good? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of different hair removal techniques.

Shaving – probably the quickest and easiest but only cuts off the hair at skin-level so is a fairly temporary option. It doesn’t hurt as long as you don’t nick yourself and be sure to use a proper shaving cream or gel. Sometimes razor burn or irritation can occur afterwards so it’s nice to use a soothing cream post-shave. For Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm, visit

Creams – these work by dissolving hair and the cream needs to be smeared in thick layers over the desired areas.  They remove hair at and slightly below skin level but are not overly effective at targeting coarse hair. The chemicals in them can make them smell pretty grim too.

Sugaring – this process is similar to waxing and involves spreading a sugary paste or gel on skin to remove hair. It pulls hair out by the roots and is nice and natural and can even be made at home. It is slightly painful but isn’t as sticky as wax so should hurt a little less. It is quite long lasting and hairs will grow back in between 3 to 6 weeks.

Laser – this is a long term option and destroys hair roots with light. Some hope it will be permanent but most often reduces hair growth and makes them finer and lighter when they do return. It works better on those with light skin and dark hair as the laser detects pigment. For the best results, a laser treatment will take anywhere between 6 to 12 sessions so does take some commitment. It can be a bit painful but this depends a lot on your pain threshold. It is also the most expensive treatment.

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Waxing – this is one of the most painful options as you are whipping hair out from the roots but it is quite long lasting which is why it’s so popular. The wax that you apply to the skin, grips the hairs and then a quick pulling action rips them out. It is quite a quick process but can only be effective when you let the hair grow out a bit as it needs to be about a quarter of an inch long. It hurts to begin with but the more you do it, the finer your hair should regrow which makes it less painful in the future.

Written by Jason Harris