Popular ways of removing unwanted facial hair include tweezing, depilatory products, waxing, laser hair removal and sugaring. Although some hair removal methods can be painful, the most painless products, which are depilatory creams or gels, contain harsh chemicals and alcohol that can be bad for the skin and the environment. Although it is argued by some doctors that laser hair removal is completely safe, others suggest that the numbing cream used during hair removal has caused coma and death.
In the prehistoric ages, cavemen used sharp rocks and shells to shave unwanted hair from their faces. In about 4000 B.C., sugaring was practiced as a hair-removal technique, and gold razors were found inside ancient Egyptian tombs. In the 1700s in North America, women used lye in a similar way women today use products like Nair--to burn their hair away. Waxing, based on sugaring, appeared in North America in the 1960s, and in 1981, a hair removal cream safe for the face was invented.
The most safe and natural hair removal techniques include tweezing, shaving and sugaring. Although waxing is deemed generally safe, there may be additives in the wax that harm the environment or your skin. Although shaving is considered to be safe and pain-free, the hair will grow back several days after shaving. Tweezing may keep unwanted hairs at bay for more than a week, but it can be a painful and tedious process. Sugaring is slightly less painful than tweezing and lasts up to 3 months. Sugaring can be done in the comfort of your own home or at a salon, but always ask what the sugaring paste is made of before assuming it is natural. Some salons may include preservatives or additives in their sugaring paste that is harmful to your skin or the environment.
Sugaring paste can be made at home using 4 parts sugar to 1 part honey and adding the juice of half a lemon. Heat the mixture over the stove until the mixture is a syrupy consistency and the sugar has melted. Do not burn the sugar while heating. Remove the mixture from the stove and allow to cool until it is a warm but comfortable temperature for your skin. Use a spatula or other stirring tool to apply a thin layer of the sugaring paste to your skin. Take a thin strip of light canvas and place on top of the sugaring paste. Rub vigorously and wait 1 minute for the sugar to cool. When the sugar has cooled slightly, hold your skin taut with one hand while pulling the canvas quickly in one swipe, against the direction your hair grows. Rub your skin with aloe to soothe it after sugaring.
Although laser hair removal has been deemed safe by most doctors and the health community, the numbing creams given to patients before their procedures has been known to cause coma and death. Although this is a very rare occurrence and was not as a direct result of the laser hair removal, the additives in these numbing creams were not properly approved by the F.D.A. and contained dangerous additives that caused serious reactions in several individuals over the past few years.
The hair removal methods discussed here are meant to remove small patches of unwanted body or facial hair and are not necessarily approved for use on the scalp or genital areas. If you have experienced a reaction from the cream given to you before or during a laser hair removal session, speak with a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing a rash or reaction from any of the techniques discussed here, see your doctor immediately. Do not use the sugaring recipe if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed. Always wait for wax or sugaring paste to cool slightly after heating to prevent burns.