Filipinas are naturally conscious about unwanted hair. Be it on our face, underarm, or leg, we want it smooth and hair-free! With different hair removal methods, we should be wary of the effects these may have on our skin. To help shed light on the popular treatments we resolve to in achieving hair-free legs, we talk to Dr. Anna Rufino, a board-certified dermatologist and a member of the Philippine Dermatological Society. Below, we break down just what waxing, shaving, and lasering really do to our skin. Read on!
Shaving removes hair at the skin's surface through the use of a razor. This is usually done with a shaving cream.
Pros: "Shaving is the quickest and easiest way to get rid of unwanted hair for as long as you have the proper tools and techniques. Make sure you use a sharp razor and a mild shaving cream or gel on
Cons: "If not done properly, you can cut and wound yourself."
Effects: "It is quick and easy but hair will grow back soon after." The regrown hairs are also blunt, so from afar, they seem to appear thicker than before. If you shave regularly, your skin will be more prone to ingrown hairs."
Melted wax is applied to the skin and removed against the direction of the hair growth, pulling the hair from its roots.
Pros: "Hair grows back more slowly."
Cons: It is moderately painful, and ingrown hairs can also occur.
Effects: "The heat can irritate the skin causing an inflammation, which results in
Laser Hair Removal
Pros: Hair removal through lasers can be permanent or have longer effectivity and causes no damage to the dermis.
Cons: "Depending on the machine used, pain is very tolerable."
Effects: Hair will naturally fall off within two to three weeks. And depending on your skin and hair type, sessions needed may vary for each person. It's the most cost-effective investment you can splurge on. It is also safe even if you have sensitive skin.
This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.