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How to Choose Between Laser Hair Removal & Electrolysis

Laser Hair RemovalWomen are faced with a myriad of different options when dealing with unwanted hair growth and how to eliminate it.

In particular, there is a lot of confusion when it comes to understanding the differences between laser hair removal and electrolysis hair removal.

 

LASER HAIR REMOVAL
The laser beams a highly concentrated light through the skin with the goal of targeting the hair root.
Keep the following points in mind:

1. PIGMENT – The best chances for success with laser hair removal are achieved on light skin with very dark, thick hairs since the laser works by targeting pigment.  Laser is NOT recommended for individuals with dark skin since it cannot differentiate between the hair color and the skin tone, so the danger of burning exists.  Also, it is NOT recommended for women with light skin and light hairs since there is no pigment for the laser to target.

2. DENSITY – The greater the amount of dark hairs in a given area, the better the potential for reduced hair growth (i.e., armpit, bikini area, etc.).  Refer to the above information on pigment to determine if you are a candidate.

3. SKIN THICKNESS – Thin skin tissue is required for the laser light to penetrate deep enough into the skin to reach the hair root and destroy it.  Many women with light skin and dark hairs have good results on the bikini area since there is dense hair growth and the skin is thin.

ELECTROLYSIS HAIR REMOVAL
Electrolysis is performed using a thin wire that is gently inserted down the shaft of the hair follicle in order to concentrate heat on the hair root.
Keep the following points in mind:

1. PIGMENT – Electrolysis can be performed with great results on any skin color, any skin type and any hair color.

2. DENSITY – Not a requirement for the success of electrolysis treatments.

3. SKIN THICKNESS – Thin or thick skin can be treated with equal success.


BODY – CHOOSE LASER AND/OR ELECTROLYSIS
If you have fair skin with dark dense hair growth, this would make you a good candidate for successful laser hair removal treatment.  Best results are in the bikini area.  Depending on the amount and distribution of hairs, there may also be some improvement on arms, legs and armpits.  Keep in mind that laser becomes less and less effective as the hairs thin out.  When this becomes the case, it would be advisable to complete the job with electrolysis.

FACE – ONLY ELECTROLYSIS
Women should NEVER do laser on the face.  It is especially dangerous when performed near the eye area and it may possibly harm the teeth and gums when it penetrates the thin skin of the lip.  Additionally, women are finding MORE hair growth on their faces after having had laser hair removal.  This phenomenon is known as “hypertrichosis” and is caused by an increased blood supply to the hair root due to the heat of the laser.


SAFETY
Laser hair removal
is a relatively young technology so it is too soon to know the long-term consequences of repeated treatments.  The word LASER is an acronym with the “R” standing for “radiation.”  I wonder how many times can a single area be exposed to the light of the laser without causing damage to the cells.  Additionally, it should never be done near the eye area.  It has been reported that side effects include “damage to the iris, inflammation of the eye and irreversible cataract.”  That said, I believe that the legs and arms may be the safest areas to have laser treatment.  I would be cautious, however, when considering work on the armpit and bikini area due to the existence of lymph nodes in those areas.  When choosing laser hair removal, ask a lot of questions so that you can be an educated consumer.

SAFETY
Electrolysis has been around for over a 100 years.  It has withstood the test of time for safety.  Furthermore, it is the only method of hair removal that has been approved as “permanent” by the FDA.  When choosing electrolysis, remember that your selection of a competent, experienced electrologist is paramount to your permanent hair removal results.


Lori Weintraub is a Licensed Esthetician as well as a Master Electrologist with over 30 years of experience in the field of hair removal.  To learn more about Electrolysis by Lori, please visit www.hairremovalbylori.com. Lori offers Skype consultations for women with PCOS and hormonal hair growth.  Email her at lori@hairremovalbylori.com and mention “Online Consult.”

Add a Face Serum to Your Anti-Aging Regimen

mature woman doing spa procedureFace serums are concentrated skin care products formulated with specific ingredients which target particular skin concerns.  They are thinner in viscosity than moisturizers so that they can readily penetrate the layers of the skin.  These super-intense formulas contain high concentrations of active ingredients.

For example, a serum containing hyaluronic acid would be used by a dry, dehydrated skin type for the purpose of plumping up fine lines and adding very needed hydration.  Hyaluronic acid holds 100 times its weight in water.  Other serum ingredients can target pigmentation, frown lines and aging skin.  These scientifically advanced products are specially formulated to penetrate actives in the skin cells in order to affect change and improvement.

Serums containing lightening and brightening agents, as well as glycolics, should be used at night because they are easily destroyed by light.  Serums such as hyaluronic acid and antioxidants would best be used in the morning.  Always allow your applied serum to dry completely before adding your chosen moisturizer.  The moisturizer will serve to lock in the serum and further assist in its penetration.

The correct sequence of application is as follows:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Serum
  4. Moisturizer
  5. SPF in the morning only

Not all serums are created equally so be sure to purchase professional-grade products with proven ingredients.  For best results, follow directions and use with consistency.