Electrolysis, Photoepilation

Hair removal before a trip: which method to choose?

2017-01-24

Before leaving on a trip, you’ll have many things to think about: luggages, bathing suits, not to mention your passport… Don’t forget to keep some time for hair removal! There are many efficient methods to get rid of unwanted hair: wax, electrolysis, photoepilation, etc. The choice of the method that suits you best depends, amongst others, on your budget and time that you want to spend on each session.

Wax

Three types of waxes are used for epilation: cold, warm and hot. Cold wax is convenient and can be used on all body areas, even the smallest ones. However, it is not efficient on thin and short hairs because of its texture. Hot wax, used without strips, is efficient to epilate the underarms, the legs or the bikini, but is not recommended for those with circulatory problems. Warm wax, used with strips, is the most popular with aestheticians and is suitable for all facial and body areas.

When you are preparing to leave on a trip, schedule an early appointment in order to avoid sun exposure on the treated region for 48 to 72 hours after wax hair removal.

Photoepilation

Photoepilation (laser or IPL) provides a permanent reduction of pilosity by using light flashes that penetrate the skin in order to treat several hair follicles at a time. The region to treat has to be shaved beforehand because photoepilation has to be performed on hairless skin. This method is ideal for large body areas like the back and the legs. However, it is not recommended for areas that require great precision like the face (eyebrows, upper lip, etc.). Photoepilation is not efficient on light hair (blond, red and white) and is contra-indicated for treatment on darker skins which present risk of burns.

When it comes to photoepilation, you should ideally avoid sun exposure for the entire duration of the treatment. It is however recommended to wait for at least 4 to 8 weeks before exposing the epilated region to the sun. Moreover, if you get sun burnt during your stay in the tropics, wait for 1 to 6 months (depending on the severity of the burn) before resuming your photoepilation treatment.

Electrolysis

Electrolysis is the only 100% permanent hair removal method. After inserting a probe in the hair follicle, the technician sends an ultrafast current adapted to the hair and treated area. All skin and hair colours as well as all regions can be efficiently treated. This method is the slowest, since hairs are removed one by one. It’s ideal for facial epilation and thin hair, and also to complete photoepilation treatments.

It is recommended not to expose the treated region to the sun for 48 to 72 hours after electroepilation.

No matter what hair removal method you choose, keep in mind that applying a thick layer of sunscreen is vital to prevent pigment spots. In case of doubts regarding the modalities and contraindications that apply to you, consult you aesthetician. She’ll explain the precautions that should be taken and adjust your treatment schedule to your departure date. Have a nice trip!

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