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How To Remove Unwanted Body Hair At Home

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It’s time for your monthly wax, but you’ve already spent so much of your salary on your beauty routine – we’re talking facials, manicures and pedicures or if you’re like me, you find yourself being a couch potato at every chance that you get. That calls for rescheduling those waxing appointments over and over. So, if any of these scenarios seem familiar to you, we’re here to guide you on how you can get flawless limbs, right at home for a fraction of the cost. Not to mention, you can sip on your ice latte and watch your favorite show while doing it.

First things first, before we delve into the different ways to remove body hair, it’s important to know its preceding steps - skin prep.

How To Prep Your Skin Before Hair Removal?

Step 1: Start With A Clean Canvas

Always take a shower before you begin your hair removal. This helps soften the skin, removes dirt and grime from the skin’s surface and overall just eases the whole process. You can either use a loofah or an exfoliating shower gel for better cleansing.

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Step 2: Exfoliate Well

An extension of the first step, you want to really unclog your pores and eliminate any loose ingrown hair by using a body scrub. Avoid chemical exfoliants before hair removal as they might irritate your skin later. Instead opt for physical scrubs.

Note: Make sure that you follow these steps at least 3-4 hours before hair removal.

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Best Ways To Remove Body Hair At Home

1. Shaving

Running late for a party? Got sensitive skin? Then shaving is for you. Start by using a shaving cream to prep your skin and always shave against the direction of hair growth. Do not pull or tug at your skin and make sure you replace the blade frequently.

Pros: You need a quick and effective hair removal method and do not want to invest too much.

Cons: Since you’re only cutting the hair, they will grow back quickly. You can also incur cuts or razor burns.

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2. Waxing

It’s a widely-used technique for hair removal, and is quite fool-proof. When warm, melted wax is applied on the skin and pulled in a swift motion and the entire hair, including the root is uprooted. Before waxing, however, one must ensure that their skin is dry so that the wax sticks easily. When done regularly, waxing helps to reduce body hair growth over time.

Pros: Since hair is uprooted right from the roots, it takes time to grow back. Hair grows back softer. Plus, waxing also helps to eliminate sun tan.

Cons: It is painful and can cause redness and irritation. You need to wait till the hair grows back to a quarter inch before waxing again.

3. Epilating

This is a step-ahead from waxing, where a small device can remove hair from the roots, without you having to apply wax. Consider it a mess-free and quick alternative to waxing. The major difference between both of them is that with epilating, you do not have to wait for your hair to grow back to a certain length. Got a little stubble somewhere? Just grab your epilator and go at it. Always use short motions keeping the epilator at 75 degrees and keeping your skin taut. Moreover, you’ll find epilators of different sizes that can be used for smaller, delicate areas as well.

Pros: Easy to use and great for people who have sensitive skin.

Cons: Can lead to ingrown hair or skin bumpiness if not done correctly. Good quality epilators can be a bit pricey.

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4. Sugaring

The humble combination of sugar, lemon and water can lead to a smooth and gentle hair removal option, who knew? Sugaring, much like waxing, requires you to apply a paste of these aforementioned ingredients and pull it against the direction of hair growth. It is less irritating and gentler as compared to waxing.

Pros: It can be made with readily available ingredients. Much gentler and can be used by people with sensitive skin. It also removes hair from roots.

Cons: Can become messy. You’ll have to wait before the hair grows back about a quarter inch before you can pull it again.

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