How to Care for Hair-Free Skin - Face & Body Hair Removal
How to Care for Hair-free Skin
Though it may surprise many people, hair removal can damage your skin if not properly cared for afterward. There’s a lot of different ways to remove underarm and leg hair, and some are more intrusive and damaging than others. In this article, we’ll explore the best ways to keep your legs and underarm skin looking and feeling great, all year long.
Hair Removal Methods
Shaving gets the job done, but since hair grows back quickly, it’s only temporary. Another common approach to hair removal is waxing, a long lasting but sometimes painful method offered in spas. Depilatory creams offer a painless at-home alternative, using topical chemicals that break down hair follicles and prevent regrowth.
There are also advanced treatments available in cosmetic clinics, such as laser hair removal. The advantage to professional laser hair removal is the guaranteed and normally instant results. Wait times, unexpected pain, recovery, and costs are things to consider with this type of permanent hair removal.
Fortunately, the market for devices available for use at home is much more affordable. Silk’n Flash&Go Express is one such hair removal device, offering professional-quality hair removal at home in half the time of previous technologies.
Using Home Pulsed Light (HPL) technology, the Flash&Go targets pigment in the hair shaft and uses optical light energy to heat it—this heat damages the follicle, preventing hair regrowth. It does this without affecting the surrounding skin, and additionally, it’s only a one-time cost, unlike professional treatments. It’s worth noting that the device picks up on the melanin difference in skin and hair. It is most effective when used on light skin tones with dark hair.
Skin Care Options
No matter what method you choose, you’ll still want to be able to take care of your skin afterward. For advanced treatments like laser hair removal, your recovery should be carefully monitored. HPL technology is gentle, so you won’t have to worry quite as much, but your skin could still be sensitive. Depilatory creams may leave your skin sensitive or mildly irritated and shaving can result in dry tight skin.
Skin Care Tips Include:
- For a short period following laser hair removal, avoid saunas and other extreme temperatures coupled with humidity.
- Avoid perfume or other scented products immediately after waxing, laser treatment, and plucking.
- Aloe Vera gel is recommended to soothe irritated, red, or bumpy skin.
- When you shave, use high quality 3 or 4 blade razors to avoid cuts or abrasions on the skin.
Seasonal Skincare Tips
We’ve gathered together some seasonal skin care tips, alongside some general recommendations that can be followed year-round.
When you have a sunburn, be sure not to shave—wait for the skin to heal, and if you’d like to avoid irritation, don’t wax either! Sunburnt skin is very sensitive so until it’s healed, it’s best if you avoid all hair removal methods.
If you want to avoid sunburn, it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen. Sunscreen does more than protect you from burns. The additional benefit to blocking UV rays is protection against premature aging and wrinkling; make sure to apply a generous amount of sunscreen to not only your body, but your face, too. Depending on your skin type, you may need to spend a little more for special facial sunblock, they tend to have less fragrance, and other additives that can irritate your skin.
Salt water irritates the skin, so shave a day in advance if you’re headed out to sea. If your beach is fresh water, then you don’t have to worry, but it’s a good idea to keep in mind that after sun exposure, your skin tends to be more sensitive, so adjust your hair removal routine accordingly.
If you shave, it’s generally recommended you do so in the evening, no matter what the season is. Overnight, your skin swells. By morning, your hair has shrunk in the follicle, so shaving won’t be as effective. Although waxing and HPL will still work in the morning, it’s best to perform hair removal in the evenings.
Unwinding after a long day and relaxing in a tub of hot bubbles might sound relaxing but avoid shaving afterward! While the warm humidity is a good way to open your pores, your skin begins to wrinkle during longer soaks. Waxing, shaving or using laser treatment all become less effective when your skin is in this state. It’s recommended you shower for a brief 5 to 10 minutes before removing hair. Your pores will open, but your skin won’t swell up, so you won’t miss any hair.
Exfoliate your skin before you remove hair. Dry skin clogs your pores and prevents cell renewal; exfoliating clears away the dead skin and rejuvenates your skin. Not only that, but it also loosens up your pores and your hair follicles, so shaving, using laser treatment, and waxing is easier and more effective.
If you’re shaving, don’t forget shaving cream. Women’s shaving creams are often formulated to be deeply moisturizing while still providing a smooth surface for shaving, so you don’t nick your skin and irritate it with cuts and abrasions. Soap isn’t enough, and never shave dry – as it’s the worst possible thing you could do for your skin.
Moisturizing is the most important part of caring for your hair-free skin. Buy a really good moisturizer, one that agrees with your skin type. Be warned, you may need to experiment a little until you find your perfect moisturizer. If you have sensitive skin already, then be sure to only look at moisturizers designed specifically for sensitive skin, as they are completely different than regular moisturizers.
ConclusionWe hope this article helped you understand the importance of caring for your skin. Although it may feel like an inconvenience to add more steps to your beauty regime, you won’t regret it when it pays off! Long-term care is an act of love—you should love yourself and take care of your skin! Moisturizing will make your skin feel better and help keep you looking young!
- Shannon O'connell