Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
Perhaps you've heard the saying: a woman's hair is her glory. I'm sure most of us feel that way -- until that same hair starts sprouting up elsewhere, like say on our faces. Then we're not so happy about it. What woman wants hair on her chin, cheeks, and upper lip? We don't normally consider female facial hair attractive. However, if you're forty or beyond, this can now be a fact of life...
Then the question becomes, with so many treatments and products claiming to remove or lighten facial hair, what to do, which to choose? Well, I'd say use a lightener if you want light hair on your upper lip instead of a dark hair. Then stay out of harsh light -- Oh, but that would mean you couldn't go outside, or to the office. That won't work. So I guess we’ll have to look at hair removal techniques.
If you've got sparse hairs, say the wiry unruly kind on your chin, then plucking, with a tweezer can help. Truthfully? It'll hurt, a little, but if you've only got a few, then by all means. If you're plagued, like many women find they are, after forty, by a slew of hair, or even by a mustache, then waxing may be a way to go. There are do-it-yourself kits for at home use, or a fabulous beyond forty ethnic beauty can just as easily seek a salon. A professional will use gentle wax designed for the face. Be sure however, with either method to do a patch test. Try out the wax on a small unobtrusive patch of skin to make sure you're not allergic and that you will not have a sensitive skin reaction. Hand washing before the procedure, and keeping hands off the area afterward is advised. If at all possible, don’t apply makeup to the waxed area immediately after, to avoid irritation.
Depilatories are another way to go. Some are made specifically for facial hair. These have been created expressly for the face and are gentler than those for stubborn body hair. These creams are great for peach fuzz. As with the above, testing first is advised before applying depilatory creams. Follow the directions, paying special attention to the time, and start with the lowest recommended. If the package says leave on for five to ten minutes, I'd start with five, to be on the safe side. If you need a re-do, wait a day or so. You don't want unsightly irritation due to impatience. Do not use on broken, scarlet, swollen, or exasperated skin.
Many people speak of laser hair removal. If your ethnic skin is prone to keloids – raised scar tissue, then perhaps this is not the method for you. Know this, I read that light-skinned people with dark hair get better results, because the laser targets dark matter. Ask the laser technician about skin discoloration, because as you know, ethnic skin can be highly sensitive. Also inquire about the regrowth rate. Then decide if the length of time the hair stays reduced is right for you.
To use electrolysis I would suggest thoroughly checking out the recommended technician. Remember, this method of facial hair removal uses an electronic needle. With the right professional, this method will permanently remove hair, from the root. I'll leave you to imagine the results if you wind up with someone with no credentials; someone who simply hung out a shingle advertising their 'services.' A dermatologist or doctor would be the perfect person to direct you in your search for a professional in electrolysis.
Women who are fabulously forty, and beyond, realize that facial hair removal is just another of the collage of things we contend with. It's no big deal. As with everything else, we simply do our homework; then decide what is right for us. Thereafter, we keep it moving, because as I've said in other articles, we are fab 'n forty, or beyond!