When you start to see even a glimmer of warm weather after a long, cold winter, you may find yourself thinking about getting your body ready for summer clothes, swimsuits, and the like. And one of the key steps that you will need to take is to remove the hair from your legs before you can show them off looking fresh and fabulous. Before you whip out your razor and shaving gel, you may want to consider a different and more lasting hair removal treatment option that can spare you from repeated razor burn. Get to know more about some of these hair removal options so that you can choose the one that is right for you.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is the closest treatment to a permanent solution for your unwanted leg hair. This is a treatment that is done over several sessions at a dermatologist's office. The process involves the heat of concentrated light energy (the laser) being used to remove the hair on your legs.
The dermatologist aims the laser at the hair follicles on your leg. The heat damages the hair follicle so that it closes up and cannot regrow hair. The hair that was already in the hair shaft essentially is disintegrated in the process.
Of course, it does almost always take more than one treatment for you to get the results you want out of laser hair removal as the laser likely will not get to every hair follicle on your legs on the first pass. If you are going to try laser hair removal, the sooner before summer you start, the better. That way, your legs are nice and smooth (as well as healed) before you want to show them off.
Another interesting hair removal option is sugaring. This hair removal method is much like waxing but is considered to be a gentler treatment with a lower likelihood for skin irritation and other negative side effects.
Sugaring is just what it sounds like. It is the use of a sugar paste, made primarily of sugar, lemon, and water (with some other possible ingredients thrown in as well depending on where you have the treatment done) to pull the hair out of the follicle by the root. However, it is meant not to affect the rest of the skin on your leg to reduce pain and irritation.
The sugar crystals in the paste will stick to the hairs themselves but will not stick to the bare skin of your legs so that it will not hurt as much as waxing that sticks to virtually everything it comes into contact with. While not nearly as long-lasting as laser hair removal, sugaring can keep your legs smooth for a few weeks making it more effective than shaving and on par with waxing.
Now that you know more about a few of the hair removal options available to you, you can begin the process of getting your legs ready for a summer of swimsuits and sundresses. Visit The Sheen Vein Institute for more information.