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Facial hair removal: 6 of the best ways

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Facial hair removal - the good, the bad and the, well, just plain hairy. Few women will escape the inevitable appearance of chin hairs, fluff or whiskers in their lifetimes, but there's no need to put up with them. Whatever euphemism you give the wiry little stragglers, they're unanimously unwanted and leave us feeling, at best, put out and at worst can really knock our confidence. Here are six ways to get rid.


What causes facial hair on women?

As women age, our bodies produce less estrogen and as a result, the remaining testosterone starts to make itself known, springing gaily up on chins and upper lips in the form of facial fuzz. Many women find that after the onset of the menopause they are particularly prone to facial hair. As if the bikini line wasn't enough... <sigh>


What is the best way to get rid of facial hair?

While inconvenient, there are some simple removal solutions for annoying, unwanted hairs. These vary widely in both pain and expense so you need to evaluate your limits in each department first. Whether it's an excess of peach fuzz getting clogged with makeup, or a wiry chin hair sprouting overnight, there's an effective way of dealing with it. Here's a list of the pros and cons of the most common: 


1) Epilating

epilating facial hair

A system that rips hair out at the root using a spinning wheel of tweezers. Sound scary? Don't worry - although a bit nippy, it's very effective and especially popular among gransnetters. Like waxing, epilating ensures the hair is taken out at the root, though the advantage is that you can do it yourself and bypass both the salon and the mess of waxing.

"I have an Epilady for facial hair and it really does work very well. It does hurt on the upper lip, but no more than the wax strips that I used to use!" 

We recommend:

Braun Silk Epil 5 SE5780 Epilator with Comfort System, Amazon

Wizzit Womens Hair Removal Epilator Shaver, Amazon

Braun Face 810 Facial Epilator and Cleansing Brush, Amazon

EpiLady Epil Electric Facial Hair Remover, Amazon


2) IPL and Electrolysis

Electrolysis: This involves destroying the hair follicle using heat applied via an electrical current. It may not be the most comfortable of experiences but it is permanent - meaning that pesky chin hair could be gone for good. Length of courses and results vary from person to person but, unlike IPL, electrolysis works on white or grey hair. 

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light): While this isn't strictly proven to be permanent yet, many people get very good results from IPL treatments. The catch is that the hair in question must be pigmented - so if you've got white hair you want to get rid of, this probably isn't the method for you. It's also not suitable for people with darker skin tones.

"If I didn't have regular electrolysis I would have a beard to rival my husband's."

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3) Waxing

hot wax

Waxing involves ripping the hair out at the root, so there's no chance of coarse stubble being left behind. As skin on the face is more delicate than elsewhere, it's best to book in with a professional and have them remove the offending hairs. There may be a few blotches to put up with straight afterward, but the 2-3 weeks between waxing sessions should be worth it! Plus, the more you have it done, the finer hair should become each time it grows back. As a middle of the road option, cost-wise, this is your best bet. You'll find many beauticians offer very reasonable rates, especially if you have two areas waxed at once.

"I'll stick to waxing - it discourages hair growth and leaves a nice smooth finish."


4) Threading

Threading tends to result in fewer ingrown hairs for many people, puts less stress on the skin and <bonus> is generally cheaper than waxing (you can often leave 3-4 weeks between visits). What's not to like about that? Alright, it's not entirely painless, but a skilled threader will have you fuzz-free in no time, with change for a coffee too.

"If you go to anyone who does eyebrow threading they will also do facial hair. That keeps it at bay for a long time, cheaply."


5) Plucking

plucking facial hair

Arm yourself with a decent pair of tweezers and a good magnifying mirror (illuminated is best), and you're all set with the best way to remove the odd chin straggler. Be warned though, covering larger areas and finer hair with a pair of tweezers will be time consuming, so you may want to look to other methods if your facial hair is more 'full beard' than 'pre-pubescent smattering'.

"I only pluck for summer - there are some good part-time jobs as Father Christmas around in winter."

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6) Shaving and hair removal creams

Pain-free and easy ways to remove facial hair...but far from ideal. Rather than shaving facial hair and running the risk of dark stubble showing through (not to mention a shaving rash), or using a hair removal cream that's messy, time-consuming and reduces hair to just below the surface, it's much better to take hair out at the root or eliminate it altogether via electrolysis. As methods go, these come bottom of the list.

"It will of course remove the hairs, but in my experience they grow back stubbly, which is not a good look!"










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