Thanks to the year-long summer in Singapore, most of us enjoy dressing lightly in sleeveless clothing and shorts to keep cool. While this does help us combat the heat, it could leave us feeling self-conscious of unwanted hair on our underarms, arms, legs, face and bikini area.
Believe us, we can understand the appeal of having completely smooth skin. If this is a concern for you, read on and find out all that you need to know about hair removal in Singapore.
7 Hair Removal Techniques You Should Know About
For a flawless-looking appearance, we may wish to eliminate unwanted hair. Luckily for us, there is now a great selection of options that are available on the market that will fit the bill for everyone. Here is a comprehensive look at each of them:
Shaving makes use of a shaving razor or an electric shaver to cut or trim down any unwanted strands. It is the most accessible method for most people since it can be done from the comfort of one’s home and a razor is an extremely attainable tool that can be purchased from most health and beauty outlet. But if not done properly or carefully, shaving has the potential to cause shaving cuts, razor burns, ingrown hairs, and irritated skin.
2. Plucking or Epilating
If you only need to remove a few stray strands, plucking can be a worthy option to consider. However, it can be a bit painful for some. An instance where you should consider plucking includes reshaping your eyebrows. Be warned that this method can cause scarring, so do not use this for larger areas. Epilators, on the other hand, are handheld electrical devices that can quickly pluck more strands over a larger surface area.
3. Hair Removal Creams
Also known as depilatory creams, these are usually available without a prescription. Take note: not all of these creams are the same, so be sure to read the label before you purchase them for your desired usage. For example, you shouldn’t use cream meant for your underarm to remove facial fuzz. The chemicals in these products dissolve hair shafts, thus making it a lot easier to remove any unwanted ones. However, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to test a small area first.
Waxing involves applying a warm, sticky substance over the targeted areas, and it is quickly pulled off when it hardens. This process pulls out the roots of your hair so it will take a longer period for the fuzz to grow back. However, this method can be a bit too painful for some people and messy in some cases as well.
Threading is a traditional Indian treatment to remove hair. The age-old technique uses string that is twisted into specific patterns to pull any unwanted strands out. When the thread goes over the problem areas, it would catch the strands and pull them out. Tweezing is done strand by strand and it could be a time-intensive process; threading would be a quicker method of eradicating rows of hair in one sweep. The process would undoubtedly be faster while limiting any instances of pain.
6. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Intense pulsed light, otherwise known as IPL, uses a broad spectrum of light to destroy roots and follicles. When the pigment in the strands takes in the light, it would destroy the follicle and stop the growth indefinitely. Because of how its use is modelled around pigmentation, those with darker skin and thick, dark locks might not be suitable. This is because their skin might get burned from the light. But if you are a suitable candidate, a plus side of this method is that there is no downtime involved after each session.
7. Diode Laser Removal
Looking for a pain-free method? The laser treatment is entirely painless aside from a slight prickly sensation (determined by your hair thickness). This procedure takes away all the stress that most encounter with removal procedures and can be easily done in quick 150 minute sessions at the aesthetic clinic. It would involve using a device that emits beams along the surface of your concern area. As the energy penetrates into the dermis, it would heat up the hair shaft and follicle and destroy the latter. Not only does it help in getting rid of your unwanted follicles, but it prevents the regeneration of new strands from emerging.
What is the Laser Removal Process Like?
During a typical session of laser hair removal, a special light is shone on the area of concern and the pigment (also known as melanin) in that spot absorbs it. The energy from the light is then converted to heat, which will break the hair follicles within the skin that produce it. As a result, it will delay the next cycle of growth.
At the initial few stages, you might not see results off the boat. Thus, multiple treatments accompanied by maintenance sessions would definitely help you in the long run. For individuals with light skin and dark strands, you would be able to see more visible results. As a general guideline, you can expect to see a noticeable difference after six to eight sessions. Subsequent sessions would then effectively delay growth for extended periods of time.
Which Hair Removal Technique is for You?
1. Shaving For Convenience & Flexibility
Whichever approach you go with is all down to your lifestyle needs. Should you prefer the convenience and flexibility of shaving any time of day, while not minding how quickly those bristles would grow back, you could try shaving.
2. Waxing is Great If You are Looking For Slower Rate of Hair Regrowth
If you have a high threshold for pain, waxing might just be the best choice for you — assuming that you are comfortable with letting those fickle strands grow to about a quarter of an inch for them to be dislodged with hot wax.
3. IPL is Accessible and Great for Busy Bees
IPL is also considered by a large number of people, as it is a quick and easy manner of removing unwanted hair from your body. It can be a session during your lunch hour or even right before you head home from your busy day. On top of that, this technology is available in many aesthetic clinics in Singapore, making it really accessible for one to attend an appointment in the midst of everything, every 4-6 weeks.
4. Diode Laser for a Fast and Painless Treatment
Hair removal by diode laser is also an attractive alternative to IPL and you should consider it since it provides a long-term solution. It is of no pain in our pursuit for silky smooth skin. If you are wondering how it is possible or will like to give it a go, book an appointment with Geo Aesthetics and do so. The aesthetic clinic utilises diode-laser technology for the session and that it can be done just as quickly as a session of IPL.
Why You Should Choose Laser Hair Removal
Apart from being the most effective in getting rid of any unwanted tuft, there are many other reasons for you to choose this treatment over all the others, including the following:
1. The Process is Fast
One of the main benefits of opting for this procedure is the ability to remove a large amount at a much faster rate compared to other methods. The amount of time taken depends on the size of the area that you are looking at but it usually takes less than five minutes for each spot. This is compared to the 10 to 20 minutes required to shave or pluck individual strands using tweezers in the bathroom every single day. The treatment is also really simple and only requires a few sessions for noticeable results. All you have to do is attend your appointment and leave everything else to the technician. Now, that’s easy and painless!
2. Long-Lasting Results
Compared to the other methods, this one yields longer-lasting results. You will also realise that when a new strand grows out after each session, it is usually less coarse, paler and not as visible. If you have finer strands, you may never have to deal with regrowth as the sessions will decelerate the growing process of the new strands. This procedure is also a good long-term investment as it saves you time and money, especially since the regrowths are usually finer and lesser.
How & What to Prepare For Your Laser Hair Removal Session
If you are looking for a solution that is of more permanence, laser removal can be the right option for you. However, the fact is that most beauty-conscious women are still unaware of the ins-and-outs of this procedure, we have got the insights to get you started. Here are a few pointers that you ought to know before you take on this life-changing procedure that would have you walking proudly on the streets, blemish-free.
1. Trim the Target Area
Leaving your hair to grow at its free will may not be the best idea since the entire strand will absorb the energy and heat. What the procedure aims to do is to target the base of the follicle and the extended length might prolong the procedure.
2. Clean the Area to Remove Any Cosmetics, Lotions or Creams
These products may contain chemicals that are invisible to the eye, and could potentially interfere with the removal process. So be sure to wipe them off before the session or head to your treatment without applying any of them on the area that is to undergo the hair removal.
3. Wear Loose-fitting Clothing
Wearing tight clothing after the treatment might be uncomfortable for your sensitive skin. Following the session, it may cause irritation if you have a tight pair of pants or top rubbing onto the treated skin.
4. Avoid Sun Tanning in the Weeks Before
It is important to avoid sun tanning in the weeks before your appointment as not doing so might increase the risk of your skin being burned by the high energy laser. Because of how the laser targets melanin, the increased melanin from your fun time in the sun could interfere with the treatment.
5. Do not Pluck or Wax
As mentioned before, plucking, epilating and waxing removes hair from the root. Doing so before your laser session can affect its effectiveness. The procedure requires the follicle to remain within your skin; following your personal waxing session at home, the specialists would have lesser strands to target. Also, upon follow-ups, it is advisable to only shave. If not, the removal session done previously will be in vain as you will be removing the laser-treated hair follicles in your little home waxing session.
6. Put Your Fears and Anxieties at the Door
There is nothing to be embarrassed about this procedure especially since many others have gone through the exact same experience. If you have any questions prior to the treatment, speak to the friendly specialists — they will be there to handle all your concerns and keep your best interests at heart. Similarly, don’t feel shy to stop your specialist mid-session if you feel any discomfort.
4 Aftercare Tips For Laser Hair Removal
Taking care of your skin after this treatment is essential for maintaining the best results. Here are four things you should take note of after each session.
1. Do Not Exfoliate
Since your skin will likely be more sensitive after the treatment, exfoliating can aggravate its sensitivity and lead to itchiness and rashes. To be on the safe side, wait at least three to four days after each session to exfoliate your skin.
2. Rethink Your Body Care Routine
Your skin’s increased sensitivity might also cause it to react negatively to your existing body care products that contain active ingredients. Therefore, in the two weeks following your session, avoid applying or using these products to prevent any irritation to your skin.
3. Avoid High Temperatures
Sensitive skin does not get along with overly high heat as the latter can cause irritation and itchiness. After each session, try to avoid activities that involve high temperatures such as sun tanning, going to the sauna, and exercising.
4. Do Not Pluck or Wax
Avoid plucking or waxing the strands on your skin in between sessions as this will remove the follicles which will reduce the effectiveness of the laser treatments. If you absolutely have to, opt for shaving instead as this method leaves the follicles intact.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for an option with permanence, you can consider the laser hair removal treatment for silky smooth skin. Not only is it convenient and pain-free, but the use of diode-laser technology ensures lasting and effective results that will leave you impeccably flawless. Not all aesthetic centres utilise this latest technology so it is best to run your research and make a few calls to avoid making a futile trip.
As of now, Geo Aesthetics is one of the few aesthetic centres that offer this unique technology. During the consultation phase, the experienced specialists would evaluate your skin condition before advising you on the appropriate treatment towards smooth armpits, arms, legs and more.