Find the Best Hair Removal Technique That Will Work for You
Everyone wants soft, smooth skin, that's pretty much a fact. But because we're all anatomically designed to be hairy and well, human, we've found other means to achieve the smooth, silky skin look. Here are some of the most common hair removal techniques and what to expect along with it.
Shaving gets a lot of flak from everyone and for a good reason, too. With shaving, hair tends to grow back coarser and thicker, making it a counterproductive method to get rid of hair. Plus, it's not exactly a permanent solution as it only gets hair on the surface of your skin and not at its roots. It can cause ingrown hairs, irritation, red spots, and even dark spots, too.
A lot of people shave, though and that's probably because it's the most convenient solution to hair removal: it's cheap, all you really need is a razor. It's quick, too and can cut off the hair in a large surface of your body quickly. Most importantly, it's painless.
Hair removal lotion or depilatory cream is a great quick fix when you're in a hurry. Lotion generally doesn't let hair grow back coarser, like shaving does, but it doesn't remove hair at its root either so don't expect this to be a long-lasting solution. Don't forget that if you choose to remove hair with this method to not let the lotion sit on your skin for more than the recommended time, which is about ten minutes. Lotions like these can be harsh and cause your skin to burn if left on for too long. Yikes!
Plucking is cheap and it gets the hair off from its root—if you have a good pair of tweezers. It's not a very effective way to get rid of hair however, as you can only pluck a few at a time while your skin has hundreds of thousands of follicles. Only use plucking as a complement to other hair removal techniques or if you're just naturally not a hairy person.
Waxing can be quite painful, it's literally pouring hot wax on your skin and then grabbing hair and taking it off by the root. If you're unaccustomed to waxing, it would be a good idea to take a mild pain reliever a few hours before your session. Also, never wax when you're on your period or near your period as menstruation will only make you more susceptible to pain.
Waxing is effective, however as it removes all the hair quickly and from its root, too. The only inconvenience to waxing is that aside from being painful, you have to get it done regularly, too. And depending on where you go to get it done, it may be expensive. You can opt to go to a salon or a spa to do this, but pharmacies nowadays sell ready-made wax so you can do it to yourself in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Don't forget that after waxing, pores remain open on your skin so it's best to put oil on the area you just treated and don't shower for about four to six hours afterwards.
Epilating is probably the most convenient out of all the methods because it requires you to have your own equipment. This allows you to remove body hair whenever and wherever you want, in the privacy of your own house. Although it's a little hard to find good quality epilators in the Philippines, there are a few brands that have gotten good reviews online such as Philips and Panasonic in stores.
Epilators can be expensive too, but don't forget that getting one is an investment, as it will last you a long time. Lastly, epilating may be painful so prepare to feel a few ant bites here and there. Just like in waxing, pores remain open on your skin after epilating so don’t shower for about four to six hours afterwards.
Laser is undoubtedly the most effective way of removing unwanted body hair. It's semi-permanent and there's less risk of hyperpigmentation. And while it's not completely pain-free, the level of discomfort is tolerable (kind of like an ant bite every now and then). The only drawback? The price. It's the most expensive out of all the hair removal techniques, but definitely worth it. Many salons nowadays offer laser packages that promise to be affordable, but for a procedure like this, it's best to go to a trusted dermatologist, even if it means spending a little more.
Laser also requires you to pattern your routine after your sessions sometimes. For example, not getting spray tans or avoiding long exposure to sun before a session. Your dermatologist will prep you on what you need to (or not do) before and after a session, so don’t worry!
How about you? How do you remove your hair?
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5 Mystery-Thriller Novels to Read
If you’re stuck at home and out of Netflix shows to binge-watch, then you might want to try and read these mystery-thriller books to match your homemade Dalgona Coffee.
1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The debut novel, and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019, follows Alicia Berenson, a well-known painter married to an esteemed fashion photographer. Life seemed perfect for Alicia, until one evening when she shot her husband five times, and… never spoke again.
2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
From the author of Final Girls comes this page turning novel about an infamous building in Manhattan called the Bartholomew. After stumbling upon an ad to become an apartment sitter, Jules Larsen has set out to look after apartment 12A under strict and somewhat odd conditions. Not long after stepping foot in the building, Jules has been met with unfriendly tenants, eerie noises in the apartment unit, and an abrupt departure of a fellow sitter named Ingrid.
3. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
If you loved Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, then this book is for you. After the disappearance of her Aunt Vivian while working as a night-shift clerk at the Sun Down Motel in 1982, Carly has set off to Fell NY, to work the same job at the same place as her Aunt had 35 years ago – with hopes of uncovering the truth lurking behind the Motel walls.
4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
While known for Young-Adult Novels such as Slammed and Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover offers readers a romantic thriller about Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling author who was given the opportunity to finish the three remaining novels of a successful series after its original author, Verity Crawford, suffered an accident and has become immobile. After receiving an invite at the Crawford manor to sort through Verity’s notes, Lowen discovers an unpublished autobiography revealing the truth about Verity. With the eerie atmosphere of having Verity confined in her own home, and who is seemingly aware of her surroundings, Lowen is certain Verity is not what she appears to be.
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
A mind-bending science fiction thriller from the best-selling author of Wayward Pines – Dark Matter is packed with the concept of the Multiverse and the philosophy of existentialism. The novel follows an ordinary Physics professor, Jason Dessen, who was looking forward to dinner with his family while walking the streets of Chicago. The next thing he knew, he was being held at gunpoint – by a man wearing a mask – and injected with an unknown drug and blacks out. When he regains consciousness, he learns that the world he woke up to was different from the world he knew.
Here's a poem I wrote a while back reflecting on what it's like over-rationalize a simple thing like crushing on a dude -- hence, the title "Scientific Method"
You were a phenomenon I cannot wrap my head around
When I first met you, my heart forgot to make its signature sound
And it's overwhelming, your presence;
And underwhelming, so science will be the only language I'll hide in-- For now.
At first glance, I notice your top button unbuttoned,
and your shirt fully cotton
Complete with a smile as nervous as me
And a swagger in your step only I can see
Further on, I find your wit to be at a pace
That doesn't leave any space for tension to rise
and it's all too nice
And ridiculous and a bit too suspicious
That this isn't another (well,) circus.
Now, let's take a wild guess,
Oh, but it has to be smart, yes,
That this could lead to something with potential
That this isn't another differential easily solved
With a formula, tried and tested but never evolved
For so long, we've both been independent of any dependent
Keeping our variables fixed and ourselves distracted
With anything, everything,
But not a single thing
Could stop me from pushing this blindly to find its threshold,
Hoping that it's a quantity my hands could still hold
Over hours, days, and weeks
Through minor revisions and tweaks
Then comes the analysis -- that these weren't accidents
So, now I find myself in a conundrum
With the anomaly in a blue shirt right in front of me,
That this had to be processed logically,
But the findings are as follows:
None of which were shallow, so I therefore conclude that it's true,
I therefore conclude that it's you.
Mi Luna: The Light in My Dark Soul Locked in… Alone…
Why do I feel comforted by darkness? Oh cause maybe because… I am a jolly and very enthusiast kid back then. All I know is to have fun, laugh and play. But as I grow older, everything has changed, a lot. I can feel the changes. I know the more I get older, I’m turning to something I’m not. You know what, I just realized I like it even more. And that’s how I turned a monster. A monster to my own self. Always questioning life and even God about the things that are happening with my life. “Do I deserve this?”. Every day was a struggle. “Which mask should I wear now?”. And every night is my judgement time. “Should I still continue with my miserable life?”. This certainly sum up my whole life. I have this mindset since I was young. I can say that my experiences made me like this. I always want to escape, but every time I tried to pick up myself up, there is always shits that pulls me down. And there, I get tired. Hoping that no one would ever see this. As I despise myself as well. What I can do now is to just embraced everything, I just embraced darkness- reflecting my own self.
“Look at the moon, it can shine alone and it can give us light at night.” A line I was keeping in my mind that a friend of mine helps me realize things and been there to fix my path. And there I started seeking for my moon but I do not know which part should I start. As days passed, I started to open up myself. I started to act as what truly inside me. It is very hard at first and there is this time that even the situation got worst. But as I continue exploring with my life, a question pop out on my head “Why did I still get this far?”, I can say that maybe I should do this, maybe I really can do this but it is myself who is holding me back because I’m afraid.
Now as far as I am trying to revive my soul, there I know that many people care. Yes, I learned to open up but not to all, on different situations there are people who can understand me because they have the same situation as I am. I learn to open up as long as they did not force me. I learned to navigate and open up for whom I trusted and at the same time when I am ready. The light that I am seeking is my own understanding and acceptance about myself. My light is myself and I am Mi Luna. So it is not too late to save myself. I have thought that, I should be a survivor and winner. That I should also be the ruler of my own mind and soul. Eliminate the room for darkness and let the light shine through you, that I can say how I earned myself again. Mi Luna’s darkness have turned to spotlight.
I just posted some of my own movie reviews from LSS to The Heiress para naman may pagka-movie critic ako in the midst of the pandemic… from Home! Check them out here: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 3 (#PPP2019): • #LSSTheMovie: bit.ly/MyLSSReview • #ThePantiSisters: bit.ly/MyTPSReview • #ImEllenyaL: bit.ly/MyImEllenyaLReview Metro Manila Film Festival: • #TheMallTheMerrier: bit.ly/MyTMTMReview • #MissionUnstapabol: bit.ly/MyMissionUnstapabolReview • #3polTrobolHuliKaBalbon: bit.ly/My3polTrobolReview Non-film fest: • #JamesAndPatAndDave: bit.ly/MyJPDReview • #TheHeiress: bit.ly/MyTheHeiressReview Any thoughts? Don't forget to connect by commenting! Enjoy #MovieBingeAtHome! #COVIDMovieCritic