Physique hair is totally regular, and what you do with it’s completely your resolution. However when you choose to take away undesirable hair, it’s necessary to determine what’s finest for you and your physique.  

Whether or not you find it irresistible or detest it, we’ve all received physique hair. Inherited from our furry ancestors, it’s designed to maintain us heat and defend our pores and skin. So, whether or not we take away it or not simply boils down to non-public desire.  

With so many hair elimination strategies in the marketplace, it may be troublesome to know what’s best for you. So, we requested Dr Kay – a household GP, beauty physician and skincare fanatic – to speak us by the professionals and cons of every.  


Fast, handy and low-cost, it’s no marvel shaving is so well-liked. Though it wouldn’t be Dr Kay’s chosen technique of hair elimination, its fuss-free credentials deliver customers again time after time.  

However there’s rather more to a great shave than a number of swipes of the razor. Dr Kay means that method is vital if you would like outcomes. This entails utilizing a contemporary blade, changing it frequently (normally after 10 makes use of), shaving in opposition to the path of hair development, and using a delicate, gliding movement.  

She additionally provides that you need to “by no means dry shave. As an alternative, use one thing so as to add slip, like a shaving gel or coconut oil, and comply with by with a moisturiser,” she says. Tropic’s Look Sharp Delicate Shave offers the right prep for a easy, shut shave. Containing aloe vera juice to hydrate and soothe your pores and skin, and golden jojoba oil for nice razor glidability, pores and skin is left feeling and smelling superb.  

Plucking and epilating  

Whereas plucking makes use of handheld tweezers to manually take away hairs, epilators are geared up with mechanically operated tweezers. In keeping with Dr Kay, plucking and epilating can be utilized on any hair sort, but it surely “is dependent upon how massive the world of hair you have to take away is, and in your ache threshold.”  

She says plucking is “finest for eradicating stray hairs like eyebrows, chin and facial hair,” whereas epilating is extra suited to much less delicate areas, just like the legs. Epilating may be painful to start with, however this ouch-factor ought to lower over time as your hair turns into thinner and fewer regrowth seems.  


“Threading is appropriate for everybody,” says Dr Kay. The method entails no skin-aggravating chemical compounds or merchandise. As an alternative, a therapist takes a skinny thread, winds it tightly, and makes use of it to seize undesirable hairs line by line. “It’s an identical sensation to plucking and very fashionable for shaping the eyebrows and eradicating higher lip/chin hair.”  

Depilatory lotions  

Depilatory lotions, in any other case often known as hair elimination lotions, are “appropriate for many hair sorts,” says Dr Kay. Straightforward and pain-free, the lotions comprise alkaline chemical compounds that safely dissolve the keratin (the protein construction) in your hair. Then, you merely wash off the cream together with the hair.  

“Hair is dissolved and eliminated cleanly from the hair follicle, giving a decrease threat of ingrown hair,” says Dr Kay. Nonetheless, some lotions may trigger a response, so it’s at all times finest to do a patch take a look at 24 hours earlier than.  


“Waxing may be very well-liked because it provides you full hair elimination, and that baby-soft easy pores and skin feeling afterwards. You simply must recover from the ache,” says Dr Kay. Waxed hair normally takes longer to develop again and is appropriate for many pores and skin sorts.  

Though there are many totally different waxes out there, together with at-home packages, Dr Kay recommends at all times visiting an expert. “An important factor is the talent of the aesthetician,” she says. “Somebody expert at eradicating the hair is not going to solely make it much less painful however cut back the probability of ingrown hairs and pores and skin irritation afterwards.”  


Okay, you’ve rumbled us. Bleaching isn’t technically a hair elimination technique, but it surely’s a method of disguising your hair by chemically stripping its color.  

If you happen to’re allergic or delicate to chemical compounds, this in all probability isn’t the tactic for you. As Dr Kay explains, “you’ll have to do a take a look at patch first, and when you do discover any redness or irritation – it’s a no go.”  

Intense Pulse Mild (IPL)   

IPL machines direct broad-spectrum mild on the hair root, to assist completely cut back hair development and take away melanin. Sadly, IPL isn’t appropriate for these with a deeper pores and skin complexion, in keeping with Dr Kay. Since IPL targets melanin pigments (that are extra distinguished in darker pores and skin), the sunshine could possibly be redirected into pores and skin cells and trigger discolouration.  

But it surely appears like IPL might need had its second within the solar anyway. “It’s much less well-liked now that there’s a newer expertise that works and avoids burns and pigmentation issues”, says Dr Kay.  

Laser hair elimination  

Laser hair elimination kills off the hair through the use of lasers. In contrast to IPL, laser hair elimination makes use of a single spectrum mild to focus on the melanin pigment within the hair follicle. “Because of this it’s finest suited to somebody who has a pale pores and skin tone however darkish hair,” says Dr Kay.   


There are two kinds of electrolysis: galvanic and thermolytic. Galvanic electrolysis makes use of {an electrical} present to completely destroy the hair follicle, whereas thermolytic electrolysis makes use of warmth to do the identical factor.   

“If you happen to’re searching for a everlasting method of eradicating pesky hair, then electrolysis stands out as the reply,” she says. “Particularly troublesome facial hair and extreme hair development triggered by hormones (hirsutism).”  

The takeaway 

So, there you could have it, a rundown of the most well-liked hair elimination options round. You might need to trial and take a look at a number of strategies earlier than you discover your favorite, however there’s an choice for everybody. Oh, and don’t overlook: your hair, your alternative! 

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