Unwanted facial hair can be annoying and embarrassing. An increase in hormones, certain medications, a health-related issue and your genes are all possible culprits for putting you in this hairy situation. You can get rid of unwanted facial hair in the privacy of your home with over-the-counter hair-removal products. Not only are these products inexpensive, but also they allow you complete control over the end result, and you can choose a method that works best for your skin type. You can choose from wax, a device or cream -- all have the power to leave your face hairless and smooth.
Wax On, Wax Off
Despite the initial ouch-factor, waxing is a quick way to remove facial hair, and you won't see regrowth for a few weeks. Apply the wax in the direction of hair growth and pull off the wax strip in the opposite direction as you hold the skin taut. Otherwise, you may not remove all the hair at once, and you could be left with inflammation. Try Clean+Easy Tea Tree Roll-On Wax, Veet Ready-to-Use Wax Strips for Face or Nair Face Wax Strips.
Covet the Cream
Cream depilatories work by breaking down the sulfur bond in the hair and dissolving it at the skin's surface, unlike wax, which pulls out hair at the roots. The benefits are that it doesn't hurt and the ingredients also work to exfoliate dead skin cells; the downside is that the hair grows back quickly. Dot the cream on your upper lip, in between your brows or on your chin and leave it on from three to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Try Sally Hansen Pure Scent-sation Hair Remover for Face, Sally Hansen Insta-Smooth Pods or Nair Precision Face & Upper Lip Kit.
Etch Off Hair With Epilators
Use an epilator if you want a chemical-free option that removes hair. The No! No! 8800 from Radiancy works by using Thermicon technology -- heat energy -- to take off unwanted facial hair at the follicle. The plus side to using an epilator is that hair grows back at an even slower rate than if you had waxed; the price for the gadget can be a bit hairy, depending on the one you choose. Try the Bellabe or the Emjoi Soft Caress Corded Epilator to get rid of peach fuzz around your jaw and hair lines.
Care for Your Skin
Removing facial hair can irritate the skin no matter which method you use. Immediately afterward, smooth on an alcohol-free moisturizer such as shea butter or aloe vera, which features enzymes that are proven to reduce inflammation. Another option is to use a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream if you have sensitive skin prone to itchiness, redness and inflammation. Refrain from waxing your face within three days of your menstrual cycle beginning. Skin is extra sensitive during this time.
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- Elle: Beauty Chat: Dr. Anna Bar on Getting Rid of Facial Hair for Good
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- Real Simple: The Fastest Way to Soothe Post-Waxing Irritation