The one thing you probably know about removing facial hair, if you’re a woman, is that razors are definitely not the way to go since they could cause your hair to appear thicker and darker as it grows back due to the blunt ends. But that doesn’t help you to figure out the best way to groom your eyebrows and keep the fuzzies off your chin and upper lip.
With so many options out there for at-home products and professional services, it can be difficult to figure out which one will work best for you. But short of trying them all you might not know which is preferable. So here’s the lowdown on a few options you might want to try.
- Depilatory creams. This is the most common form of at-home treatment, probably because the results are so spectacular. All you do is apply a cream where you want to eliminate hair, leave it on for a set amount of time (generally 5-10 minutes) and then wipe it away, along with the hair.These products dissolve hair down to the follicle, meaning that regrowth can take 2-4 weeks. And over time the results should increase so that hair is slower to return and comes back finer and sparser than before. In addition, this is more cost effective than going to a salon and often it’s far less painful than other options.
- Removal at the root. Removing hair at the root basically requires you to pull it out. And when it comes to at-home treatments there are a couple of options. Tweezing is the most popular for small areas like the brows, but it can be a slow and painful process for larger areas like the upper lip, chin, and cheeks.For these regions of the face you may want to try waxing kits or epilators (either spring-like sticks that you roll over your face to grab and pull multiple hairs or electric versions). Unfortunately, all of these methods are bound to be more painful than depilatory creams, but the results may be more effective and longer lasting.
- NoNo. This is one of several new tools on the market that employs heat and light pulses to kill the hair at the root so that you need only slough it away, sort of like professional laser hair removal treatments, but less intense.However, the product is not recommended for use on the face (despite the fact that commercials show people using it for this purpose) and user reviews seem to fall overwhelmingly into the negative column.Since this product (and others like it) is terribly expensive as opposed to other at-home options, you may simply want to spend your money on professional laser hair removal, which is pricier, but also permanent.
- Spot testing. Any time you try an at-home treatment it’s in your best interest to do a spot test, especially when you’re going to put the product on your face. You may want to test it on another sensitive area, like your inner arm, or you could use a small amount on your jawline near the ear lobe, an easy spot to hide with hair or makeup if you have a reaction.Depilatory creams may cause redness and irritation (chemical burns), waxing could burn and remove the top layer of skin, and epilators could leave behind red bumps. So testing is a great way to determine whether your sensitive skin can handle the treatment or not.
- Professional options. You can read cream and epilator reviews all day long, but nothing compares to professional treatments. Even waxing is better in a salon, where professionals know what they’re doing (you hope).
But you might also go for threading, an option that probably isn’t available to you at home, or if you want a more permanent solution, you could always opt for laser treatments.