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8 Ways To Remove Unwanted Facial Hair

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8 Ways To Remove Unwanted Facial Hair 8 Ways To Remove Unwanted Facial Hair 8 Ways To Remove Unwanted Facial Hair

Let’s face it—part of growing up comes with having to deal with unwanted facial hair. And for women, the topic of facial hair removal is not as popular when compared to makeup and skin care. When you first learned about makeup, chances are no one ever mentioned that as you grow older, you may end up with a slight ‘stache or a few stray hairs on your chin. Fortunately, the process of facial hair removal is not challenging. You can choose from several safe methods, ranging from plucking with tweezers to dermaplaning, which effectively remove facial hair. Read on to learn more about eight hair removal options, complete with tips on how to prep and care for your skin before and after facial hair removal

How To Care For Your Skin Before Facial Hair Removal

Before attempting to get rid of facial hair, you’ll need to prep your skin. Doing so will give you a clean and smooth base to work on, which can also prevent the likelihood of cuts. Make sure to remove all traces of makeup, build-up, and other impurities that are on your skin before starting the hair removal process. Saturate a cotton pad with micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, and sweep it over your entire face. 

8 Ways To Remove Facial Hair 

Option #1: Tweezing

Your vanity is probably already home to a pair of tweezers—whether you use them to pluck the odd eyebrow hair or to apply false eyelashes. Tweezers are a great tool to reach for when looking to remove unwanted facial hair quickly. While they may not be the best pick to remove plenty of hair, they’re ideal for getting rid of a couple of pesky chin hairs and great for cleaning up your eyebrows. Simply hold your skin taut and pull out the hairs in question—that’s all there is to it.

Option #2: Eyebrow Razor

While shaving your face is typically associated with men, women can do it, too. To shave off facial hair, use small razors designed to clean up your eyebrows and remove other hair on the face. They're a common beauty tool found at drugstores and offer quick and painless facial hair removal. You can even use an eyebrow razor to get rid of peach fuzz, which can help your foundation apply more evenly to the face.

Option #3: Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a mechanical exfoliation procedure done with a surgical scalpel or blade. The basic concept of this method is the same as shaving, except a blade is dragged across the face at an angle, removing the top layer of skin. This treatment effectively stimulates the skin tissue and removes fine facial hair that can trap excess dirt and oil, making the skin feel smooth and look brighter. Per the Mayo Clinic, when this “planing” removes the skin surface, a new layer of skin grows in its place. 

Editor’s Note: A skin-soothing product should always be applied after the treatment (whether you do it yourself or go to a professional). Be sure to also follow up with SPF 30 or more to protect your skin from UV rays. Lather on a small amount of the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen and wait 15 minutes before heading outside to give it enough time to absorb into the skin. 

Option #4: Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a method that’s becoming more and more popular. According to Mayo Clinic, laser hair removal is a medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light converted into heat to destroy the hair follicles. The process delays hair growth for long periods, making it a great option for those who want a more long-term facial hair removal method. Book an appointment with a professional if you’re interested in trying out this method. 

Editor’s Tip: Follow your doctor's advice for avoiding sun exposure before and after treatment. Whenever you go out, make sure to apply a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or more sunscreen. 

Option #5: Hair Removal Cream 

Hair removal creams are another option for removing peach fuzz. Known as depilatories (agents for removing hair), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains that hair removal creams, gels, and lotions affect the protein structure of hair, causing peach fuzz to dissolve and be easily wiped away, making it a great option for getting rid of facial hair near the upper lip area.

Option #6: Waxing

There’s no denying that getting hairs ripped out of your skin with hot wax isn’t appealing. However, it is a common hair removal method that works well when it comes to cleaning up the brow and upper lip area (and all over the body). Plus, we love that the results last for a long time since it works by pulling the hair out from the roots. If you’re game to try it, book an appointment with a professional. 

Editor’s Tip: If you’re using skin care products that contain retinol, be careful when going for a wax. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) states that you should avoid using skin care products containing retinol two to five days before waxing your face.  

Option #7: Threading

Threading is another popular hair removal method for eyebrow shaping, especially since it allows you to be ultra-precise with which hairs you’re removing. Keep in mind, this facial hair removal option isn’t solely reserved for touching up brows. You can have your upper lip, chin, and pretty much any other hairs on your face threaded. Since this technique involves the use of thin threads, we recommend booking an appointment with a professional to get the best results. 

Option #8: Facial Epilator

A facial epilator is an electric hair removal tool that, like tweezers, uses forceps to pull out hair from the roots. It also amps up the tweezer effect by removing multiple hairs at once. This is great for hair that’s on your cheeks and upper lip as your eyebrow area tends to be more delicate. To create a seamless process, try exfoliating your face first using the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub. This scrub will help remove dead skin cells and make the skin smoother, allowing the facial epilator to remove hairs easily. 

Editor’s Note: Facial epilators aren’t the same as an epilator you would use on your underarms or legs. The hair near those areas can sometimes be coarser and thicker compared to facial hairs. So be sure only to use hair removal tools that are designed for the face. 

How To Care For Skin After Facial Hair Removal

And depending on the method you choose, your skin can become irritated, or you may experience tingling sensations, which are normal after the removal process. To keep your skin calm, it’s essential to follow up with the proper aftercare. To soothe your skin after removing those unwanted hairs, apply a moisturizer formulated with aloe vera, which is commonly used to cool and soothe skin irritations. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Dry Skin, formulated with a dose of aloe vera and hyaluronic acid to help keep the skin hydrated and nourished.

Photo Credit: Shalwah Evans 

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