• Shaving VS Waxing

    Posted on June 24, 2012 by Lola Kristiani in Health & Beauty.

    Women, and increasingly men, are obsessed with getting rid of excess hair, not from the head, but pretty much everywhere else. Deciding what is the best hair removal method for you is never easy, whether or not to be a waxer or a shaver is kind of a big deal. Here are some tips on how to make the best decision for your hair removal. Pros and cons of waxing and shaving:


     => In order to stay smooth when shaving, it must be done daily.

     => Shaving can cause razor burn and ingrown hairs, especially in really sensitive areas.


     => With wax hair removal, you stay smoother for up to three weeks, but it takes a few waxes before all the hair will be removed at once, and there is a mandatory ¼ inch that must be grown out before each trip to the spa or salon.

     => The most common irritation from waxing, is red, inflamed pores, but it usually only lasts for a few hours, and only happens the first few times. You can also wax at home, but if you’re not careful, you may end up wishing you had paid a professional to do the job. There are plenty of things that can go wrong and cause pain, bruising and burns. Just make sure you know what you are doing if you attempt to wax at home.

    Waxing may be an option, because waxing works on all body areas, from the legs, to the bikini to the face. But some question how good this method is for your skin. If you have very sensitive skin, it’s best to look for a hypoallergenic wax, or just stick to shaving. Waxing can put tender skin through the wringer, resulting in bumps and swelling. Shaving is less likely to irritate, especially when you do the following:

    • Do it at night. Then your blood is up and moving around, and you’ll get a better shave.
    • Soften skin first in a warm bath or shower and let it soften from the heat and moisture. Be sure to exfoliate your skin before shaving. It gets rid of all the dead skin cells that could clog up your razor. Shaving is a natural exfoliator and if you try to dry shave, you are putting yourself at risk for nicks and razor burn.
    • You should always use shaving cream. Shaving your legs dry can cause itchy skin! It really does! If you have extra dry skin, the problem of itchy skin doubles after shaving. Use a good moisturizing shaving cream to combat that terrible itch!.
    • Always using a sharp blade to avoid causing a rash. Look for a razor with lubricated strips, pivoting heads and spring-mounted multiple blades. Be sure to change razors or cartridges on a regular basis; a dull blade can lead to nicks.
    • Shave in the direction your hair grows. Since your leg hairs grow down, you’ll want to start at your ankles and shave up. For your underarms, you’ll need to shave in every direction since the hair there grows in at many different angles.
    • When finished shaving, apply oil or moisturizer. The skin on your legs has few oil glands and has a tendency for dryness.

    Overall, it just depends on your lifestyle. If you don’t mind being a little fuzzy for one week out of the month, and have a high tolerance for short-lived pain, then waxing is definitely the route for you. It is low maintenance and will cut down on your shower time. But, if you are the type that can’t stand the feeling of any body hair for even a day, then it is probably better to stick with the good old razor.

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