You must have heard about the lumber sexual style that’s been dominating a great number of men, right? The idea is basically the merge of the lumberjack style with the term “sexual”.
In this group, men wear plaid shirts and sport their beards and hair. A lot of it. Their intention is actually nice. Mainly for those who have been genetically lucky in terms of hair.
However, there are some guys (I, for one) who have good and nice beard, but lack hair on their chests. And I can go even further: not all guys like hair all over their bodies and they could actually prefer to shave it head to toe.
That’s right! Some guys go after that body of models. For that, it’s recommended that you follow some good directions and that you find out what the best hair removal method is for your skin.
Razor To The Rescue
The old and good razor can be a good choice. But, attention to the preparation for that. Moisturizing your skin before the process makes the skin and the hair more flexible and less susceptible to cuts.
“We recommend light moisturizing lotions, soothing lotions and thermal water. Some men like to apply hair conditioner on the skin when there’s a great deal of hair in the area”, points Renata Ayd, a dermatologist from Niterói, in Rio de Janeiro.
If you follow those directions, you’ll hardly see any red bumps from irritation on your skin again. I have talked to the dermatologist Aline Vieira, also from Rio de Janeiro. She has explained that such red spots appear because, at the moment we’re shaving, the tissue is injured and there’s an inflammatory response.
“Such reaction happens exactly where hair grows out of. And that’s when you see those small red bumps”, she adds. It usually happens immediately after shaving.
If in your case it happens a few days after shaving (or when the hair grows back), you could have folliculitis: hair inflammation, in which it keeps trying to find a way where it can break out in order to grow back.
“Bacterial infections can make it all even worse. As can reusing wax or razor blades”, states Aline.
Therefore, taking some measures after the process is essential too. “Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory ointments can help treat the infected area, but, in such cases, seeing a doctor is really necessary”, advises Laine Barcelos, a cosmetologist at Squasso Centro de Beleza e Spa, in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro.
Further alternatives include soothing lotions containing chamomile, calendula and alpha-bisabolol, for instance. In more serious cases, we can make use of corticoid creams as to avoid inflammation.
And that’s not all: “Using a razor could be a little more hazardous, as some people do not discard their blades and use them more than once. That increases unimaginably the risk of infection”, points out Aline.
And I guess we all know that no one uses a blade and throws that away, am I right? So, a great tip is to leave that underwater for a few minutes in alcohol. Then, take it out, dry well and keep that in a closed and clean place, far from contact with the air and bacteria.
Hair Removal Creams
I admit I never liked this kind of thing. First, because I didn’t believe they worked. And, secondly, because I was afraid of having some kind of allergic reaction.
“The three minute action of the cream on your skin destroys the hair structures, which dissolve, making it easy to remove them using a damp sponge”, Renata affirms.
She points that hair removal creams are highly recommended if you’re allergic to razors. But attention: if your skin is sensitive, exceeding the recommended amount of time with the cream on could cause light burns.
If your hair is too thick, you may need more than 3 minutes. Plus, as the product just acts on the outside of the hair structure, it accelerates its growth, in comparison with other methods.
Just by reading these two little words together, I can feel the shivers. I’ve never done it and hope to never need it. Well, but quite a lot of people go to beauty centers on a monthly basis to slather on wax.
That’s the most advanced method today, used by those who want to remain hairless for years or even their lifetime. Do you relate? Here’s what Rosely Amaro, a dermatologist in Acqua Brasil Spa, Rio de Janeiro, told me.
“Laser is nothing but amplified and directed light that acts on a specific ‘target’, called chromophore, which is the melanin, if we’re talking about hair. This way, the higher the amount of melanin in the hair, the easier the laser destruction of its follicular structure”, she says.
That’s why we see better results with thick and dark hair. White, blond and red are hardly captured by the laser (a great tip if you’ve gotten light skin tone).
Special Care Before and After Laser Hair Removal
The list includes, mainly, not being suntanned and keeping the area away from acid based products. Another crucial point is not making use of methods which remove hair from the root (wax or tweezers) for at least a month before the session.
“The hair may be shaved with a razor two days before your session. You may use anesthetics as long as in small areas, like crotch, upper lips, beard and armpits. In larger areas, like legs, anesthetics should be avoided due to the risk of intoxication”, the dermatologist alerts.
Now, one thing is for sure. Just like after using a razor, your skin also needs special care after other hair removal methods. Wash the area with antibacterial soap, dry it and apply a soothing lotion as to avoid inflammation.
They could be tonics or healing lotions. Aftershave lotions aren’t necessary. Just some product that will close your pores and soothe your skin. Cold water right away are welcome too. And remember: alcohol based products are strictly prohibited following hair removal, as they can cause irritation.
All bets are off! Pick the hair removal methods you like best – and that is suitable to your skin – and join the smooth shaved team.