Perhaps many of us don’t regard underarm grooming as a “beauty treatment”, but it is something most of us need to attend to regularly. In this post, I’ll cover underarm laser hair removal and this will be followed by a post on natural deodorants. Happily, for me, these topics converged perfectly in my mission to embrace natural beauty and skincare products.
I was tired of having to shave under my arms often. Quick growing hair and skin irritation from shaving spurred on a change. After numerous glowing reviews and witnessing the amazing results of friends (and indeed one half of the Equilibrio team) from laser hair removal, I finally decided to give it a try.
Laser is not something to be taken “lightly” though. You must do a bit of research and be sure that you go to someone who is a properly trained professional with experience in the operation of a laser. There are also various laser technologies available. Newer generation lasers are faster, less painful and work on various skin types. Chat to the laser professional and make sure that the laser they use has the highest potential efficacy for your skin type. But be prepared, unfortunately it isn’t cheap and it is going to take a number of sessions to yield the desired results. But in my view, it’s worth it.
HOW DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK?
Laser hair removal uses an intense, pulsating beam of light (a laser beam), which is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in each individual hair follicle. The intense heat from the laser damages the hair follicle, retarding future hair from growing. Hair is eventually removed for anything from months to years. The results vary widely from person to person.
DO I NEED TO DO ANY PREP FOR THE TREATMENT?
Not really, the only instruction is not to wax before a treatment. The hair needs to be in the growth phase with the hair follicle still under the skin. You can shave as normal but it’s preferable that the hair has grown out a bit, so don’t shave a couple of days before either. Be smart though – don’t try and treat sun burned (a big no-no anyway) skin.
DOES IT HURT?
I’ll admit I was concerned about the potential pain. I was told it’s “not bad at all” and was pleased to discover that this was in fact the case. I’d heard it described as a sensation akin to an elastic band being snapped on your skin which it is. My armpit felt a teeny bit sensitive after the laser but no more so than after a wax.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The best part is its over in a jiff! Probably quicker than shaving and definitely quicker than waxing. We’re talking a minute here folks!
AFTER TREATMENT CARE?
Just leave it alone. I was told that the hair would fall out on its own within a week which it did. Don’t swim or do any hectic physical exercises within 24 hours of the treatment. After that, you can lightly exfoliate the area with a loofah in the shower (check out our post on 5th July for our favourite body washes here). Shave as normal if you need to between treatments.
WHEN AND HOW OFTEN DO I NEED ANOTHER TREATMENT?
The frequency and time between treatments is determined by the hair growth cycle. Hair grows in three phases; the best time to laser is in the growth (anagen) phase when the hair follicle is most vulnerable. This phase occurs every 6 weeks which is when you need to return for your next session.
Generally, you need 4-8 sessions depending on how well you respond to the treatment. I responded really well and saw huge results after my very 1st session. I didn’t need to shave for some time and the little hair regrowth I did finally have was light and not at all as coarse as before. I made sure to return for my next appointment within the stipulated 6-week time frame and have enjoyed great success as a result. This definitely earned a perfect 5-star beauty treatment recommendation from me!
I went to a Laserderm for my hair removal. Contact them http://www.laserderm-sa.com/ for more information and pricing.
HOW IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL RELEVANT TO NATURAL, METAL FREE DEODORANTS?
I do not “glow”, I sweat. I sweat a lot especially when exercising. Natural deodorants don’t contain antiperspirant active ingredients (aluminium salts) and are fragrance free, so a fear of sweaty armpits and bad BO made me very hesitant to try them! However, I just couldn’t ignore growing concerns regarding the questionable ingredients loaded in conventional deodorants that we slather under our arms daily. Now that I had hair free underarms, without any skin irritation, courtesy of my laser hair removal treatments, I felt more comfortable to explore natural alternatives.
Look out for my follow-up post, where I’ll explore natural deodorants and why it’s so important to embrace them. I’ll also make some product suggestions.