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Body Hair Removal Methods: What Are the Differences?

Body Hair Removal Methods: What Are the Differences?

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Hair removal affects us all and many of us have gone through countless techniques to find one that best suits us. We are constantly torn between finding methods that are painless and methods that ensure we won't have to repeat the process too often. So, without further ado, let's take a look at the most common hair removal methods. Read on to learn what are the differences.

Shaving

Shaving is the most common form of hair removal because it is cost-effective. Shaving through the means of a disposable razor or an electric one is a painless method because it does not pull the hair from the roots; however, it is important that you observe your skin's condition afterward, as some people can end up with skin irritations. Nonetheless, razor shaving is still the most favorable method among women and men due to how quickly and effectively it works for all areas of the body. The only downside of razor shaving is that you could risk cutting yourself if you are not careful.

Epilation

Epilation is a modern method used for hair removal. The benefits of an epilator are that it leaves your skin feeling smooth afterwards, it's easy to use, and it effectively removes the hair from the roots. Skin-care reviewers in the UK have found that there is a close comparison between an electric shaver and an epilator, however, the epilator includes multiple mechanical tweezers which is why it is able to remove the hair for longer. Unlike razor shaving and electric shavers, epilators aren't painless at all, but your efforts would last for up to a month. Epilation will not only cause your hair to take its time growing back, but the hair will also grow thinner. This device is very affordable so it is already a fan-favorite. However, keep in mind that you can only treat small areas of your skin at a time.

Waxing

Waxing is another highly sought-after hair removal method. Most women tend to go to a studio for this type of treatment, however, many women can take on the task at home. Waxing has many benefits such as the gentle exfoliation it provides your skin with and that it reduces the risk of skin inflammation. With waxing it will take a long time for the hair to grow back and it grows back finer. Additionally, waxing ensures you don't suffer any skin irritation and you also won't be prone to cuts and scrapes.

There are different types of waxing that you should familiarize yourself with before opting for this method:

  • Brazilian waxing

Brazilian waxing is reserved for private areas. It involves heat waxing and sugaring. Much like an epilator, this type of waxing removes your hair from the root. Brazilian waxing also leaves your skin feeling significantly smooth after the technique and lasts for up to a month. The only downside of this technique is that it is far from pain-free.

  • Heat waxing

Hot waxing requires heat to liquidize the wax which is why you need to make sure that it isn't too hot for your skin. It is advised to allow a professional to do this to avoid any severe burn injuries. Once the wax is warm, it is applied and smoothed along the preferred area. Then, the paper is pressed up against it and removed with a rapid movement, just like ripping off a band-aid. However, this method is much more painful – it caused Steve Carell to scream out for Kelly Clarkson! If you think you can endure the pain for one session, then you'll appreciate that the results last for up to a month and it leaves your skin feeling smooth.

  • Cold Waxing

Cold wax strips are used in this technique for hair removal. The wax is already left to cool on strips before you begin the process. This ensures you won't suffer any risk of burns. These cold wax strips are applied onto the skin and removed the same way as you would with heat waxing – this means that the pain is equally as unpleasant. On another note, the hair removal does last for a significant period of time.

Hair Removal Creams

Hair removal creams or depilatory creams are slowly growing in popularity due to their painless technique. You are instructed to leave the cream on your desired area for a few minutes followed by washing it off. Creams remove the hair from the surface so this method will need to be repeated every few days. However, men and women like the efficiency of creams because if you just want to remove a small patch of hair that is bugging you before an appointment, you can do it then and there. Another upside to using cream is that this hair removal process can be accomplished in the shower.

It is important to understand what type of skin you have because some types are more prone to irritations and complications than others. You would also want something within your budget and isn't too much of a hassle. It is best to research the differences and use the technique that is most practical for you.

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3 Healthy Ways to Relieve Stress Each Evening (Instead of Reaching for Another Cocktail)

When we envision a person who is suffering from substance use disorder (SUD)—defined by having a history of past misuse, experiencing increasing mental health symptoms, or having a family history of addiction—we often picture someone waking up and instantly grabbing their first drink. However, in my experience working with those battling SUD for nearly a decade, I've learned that everyone's relationship with alcohol looks different and having a few too many drinks at night can be just as dangerous.

The time of day, amount, or type of alcohol one drinks doesn't define if they suffer from SUD or not—it's the compulsion to drink. By focusing on healthy stress relievers and implementing them into your daily routine, you aren't just avoiding another glass at night, you are curbing any inclination for SUD that you may have.

While you may feel the desire to reach for another drink after dinner and putting the kids to bed to relieve some of the stress you incurred that day, there are other things that you can do that are much more beneficial to your mental health and wellbeing.

Risks of Reaching for Another Drink

Reaching for another cocktail or glass of wine can feel like a great way to relieve the stress of the day at the time, but over time it can actually lead to the opposite. Excessive drinking is known to lead to increased anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders such as increased risk of family problems, altered judgment, and worsened sleep quality. These can all lead to increased stress and create a continuous cycle I have seen in many of my patients, which often prove difficult to break.

Increased alcohol consumption can directly impact an individual's mood and temperament, too. In my patients, I've seen a connection between increased alcohol consumption and irritability, fatigue, and loss of interest in activities that previously brought that person joy—activities that people should always put time into, especially right now during the pandemic.

While drinking in moderation doesn't have serious implications for some, others are already at increased risk for SUD. One drink per day is considered moderate for women, while eight drinks or more in a single week is categorized as heavy drinking. It's important to monitor your intake—whether you are at increased risk for SUD or not. It is all too easy for one glass to become another, and then another. And if you keep reaching for just one more drink, you can start to build a tolerance, as it requires more and more alcohol to achieve the desired effect. This can result in dangerous, addictive habits that will alter your life, and the lives of those who care for you.

Three Healthy Ways to Relieve Evening Stress

Stress relief from alcohol is short-lived, but choosing healthier, alternative stress relievers can provide long-lasting benefits for both your mental and physical wellbeing. At Wellbridge, our team not only focuses on treating addiction but also on teaching healthy habits to support ongoing sobriety. And many of these learnings can be implemented to avoid addiction by handling stress better as well!

Below are three healthy stress relief ideas you can implement into your routine:

  1. Mindfulness exercises can be a powerful and mentally stimulating stress reliever. Throughout our therapeutic program at Wellbridge, we provide different opportunities to cultivate mindfulness. For example, breathing exercises, such as box breathing or diaphragmatic breathing, mindful walking, and progressive muscle relaxation. If you're looking for entry, guided meditation, check out this YouTube channel where experts post mindfulness exercises each week.
  2. Human connection is invaluable. Whether it is your spouse, your children, a friend, or even a therapist, connecting with someone else can be a great way to relieve stress. The additional perspective that another person provides can also help us feel that the anxieties and stressors we are experiencing are more manageable. If you are feeling increased stress from loneliness or isolation, reach out and schedule a Zoom coffee hour with a friend, or call a loved one to check-in and chat.
  3. Physical activity is an excellent stress reliever as well, for so many reasons. Not only can it help us get our mind off of stress, it enables our bodies to release endorphins and provides long-lasting physical health benefits. Physical activity doesn't need to be a full-blown workout if you don't feel up to it, or simply don't have extended periods of time to dedicate to a longer exercise regimen. Even a short walk or some stretching can go a long way towards improving your mood. I enjoy following guided, online yoga practices for both mindfulness practice and physical activity.

Despite my years working in this space, I am no stranger to giving in to stress. However, I've learned that by allotting myself a little time each morning and evening for activities that set a positive tone in my life—like meditation, journaling, and exercise—I've been able to better manage my stress and feel more prepared for heightened periods of stress. Do I manage to set aside personal time every morning and evening? Definitely not—life happens! But by doing our best to take regular time out for ourselves, we're all certain to be in a better place emotionally and mentally.

Putting Your Mental Health & Wellbeing First

It's important to also recognize that it isn't just stress that causes us to reach for another drink at night. With the added pressures and responsibilities of women in today's world, having another glass of our favorite drink at the end of the day can often seem like a quicker and easier option than other healthier ways to relieve stress.

However, it's essential to put your mental health and wellbeing front and center in your priority list—something that many women struggle with. But just like the oxygen masks on an airplane, you can't take care of others if you don't take care of yourself first. By focusing on implementing small, healthy habits and making them a seamless part of your daily routine, you ensure that you can show up in all aspects of your life and for all the people in your life.

If you are struggling with increased stress, be specific and honest with your support system about your need to preserve your mental wellbeing. Prioritizing your needs will help you be there for other people you care about in your life.

I always refer back to a quote from a Dar Williams song—a song about therapy no less! "Oh, how I loved everybody else when I finally got to talk so much about myself." Talk about your needs with others and find time to develop healthy coping habits. And if you feel as though you've already created an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, discuss that relationship with a medical advisor to learn if advanced treatment is the right option for you.