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    Beauty Advice

    Facial hair removal: the best methods

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    From peach fuzz to the odd whisker, to the full on lady beard, we all have hair on our face. It’s natural and something to be proud of (especially if you’re blessed with voluminous statement brows), but there’s also no shame in exploring your facial hair removal options if you’d rather have skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom. But with your face being front and centre there’s little room for error, which is why getting your facial hair removal method right is key. From waxing and plucking to shaving and sugaring, here we demystify the methods and weigh up the pros and cons of each.

    1. The rough procedure: remove the woman's beard with wax


    If you are of the intrepid kind, facial waxing with warm or cold wax is handy for removing a lady beard as well as for the eyebrows. The hair is torn here together with the follicles from the pore.

    Master the art: Heat the wax to an even skin-friendly temperature, apply it in the direction of hair growth and, preferably 5mm long, hair and cover it with a small piece of cotton. Let it cool down and remove the strip along with the wax - and your hair follicles - with a quick movement in the opposite direction of hair growth. Alternatively, you can also use cold wax stripes. You rub the strips briefly between your hands, apply on the skin and pull them off.

    Pros: Lasts several weeks, hair grows softer.
    Cons: Not exactly painless, it can irritate the skin.
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    2. Naturally with home remedies: hair removal on the face with sugar paste


    If you swear by home remedies for removing facial hair, you're at the right place. Sugar paste is made from only natural ingredients and is suitable for eyebrow hair removal due to its gentleness. The sugar molecules settle in the follicle around the hair surface. When the sugar paste is pulled off, the hair along with the root is removed. This process should be done in the direction of growth, so it is more gentle on the skin. The hairs grow finer after 3-6 weeks.

    Master the art: To make the sugar paste stick better, clean your skin with an alcohol solution and then apply some baby powder. To prepare the paste you need; 200g sugar,  30ml lemon juice and some water. Mix them well and heat to a lukewarm temperature. Knead the sugar mass and spread it against the growth. Then remove the paste with your hands in the direction of hair growth.

    Pros: Less irritating and painful than wax, can find the ingredients in the kitchen cabinet.
    Cons: Sticky, hair should be half a cm long, similar for waxing.

    3. Fast: Facial hair removal by epilation


    While waxing and sugaring pull away hair and skin cells in one go, epilating is more precise, but you still benefit from the long-lasting benefits of removing hair from the root. An epilator removes facial hair by using rotating tweezers or epilator discs to pinch the hair and pull it out of the pores along with the follicle. This may be a challenge for sensitive skin types, but does not have to be if you follow the manufacturer guide.

     

    Master the art: Firstly, exfoliate the skin 24 hours before epilation to brush away dead skin and avoid ingrown hairs. With the Philips Satinelle Prestige epilator you can use the body exfoliation brush, followed by the body massager head to stimulate the blood flow. Use the facial attachment, wet or dry, and place the epilator at right angle to the skin so that the epilator head covers the area to be epilated. Tighten the skin with your free hand and drive the device slowly against the direction of hair growth. The epilator head with structured ceramic surface for extra grip, removes even the shortest and finest hair at a superfast pace.

     


    Pros: Works fast, thoroughly even with short hair, leaving you with 2-4 weeks smooth hairless skin .

    Cons: Can tease somewhat on sensitive skin, not suitable for eyebrows.

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    Enjoy 6 months* of hair-free smoothness

    Philips Lumea Prestige, our most powerful IPL yet, designed for your body's curves and the easiest at-home experience. Uniquely curved, intelligent attachments perfectly fit your curves and adapt the treatment programmes for each body area. See all benefits

    Philips shop price
    Suggested retail price: £475.00

    Enjoy 6 months* of hair-free smoothness

    Philips Lumea Prestige, our most powerful IPL yet, designed for your body's curves and the easiest at-home experience. Uniquely curved, intelligent attachments perfectly fit your curves and adapt the treatment programmes for each body area. See all benefits

    4. Pithy: Remove facial hair by plucking


    Everyone knows this one: You pluck the hairs manually and as close to the root. If you would like to remove only a few brow hairs or a very light lady beard then the tweezers can be the medium of your choice.

    Master the art: Make sure that your tweezers have a wide closing surface and that they are well packed. It hurts less when you pluck at open pores, so the best time to do this is right after a hot shower. Tighten the skin with your hands, hold the tweezers in the same angle as the growth and grab the hair as close to the root as possible. Calm the plucked areas with an ice cube.

    Pros: All you need is good pair of tweezers.
    Cons: Only targeted for small spots.
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    5. For jet setters: Trim facial hair


    Trimming is perfect for quickly removing facial hair. With the battery-operated and compact correction trimmer, this is an easy and fast "on the go" method. The trimmer fits in almost every handbag.


    Master the art: Thanks to the special cutting head of the Philips precision trimmer, you can trim hairs from all parts of the face and also shape your eyebrows with the 2 or 4 mm comb to a uniform hair length. Just slide the comb over the parts to be depilated and remove the last few hairs with the tweezers included in the pack.

    Pros: Fast, easy and convenient.
    Cons: Must be repeated often.

    Long-lasting facial hair removal with IPL

    6. Long term facial hair removal with IPL


    We all dream of waking up in the morning without having to give a second thought to hair removal, which is why at-home IPL is the ultimate solution to facial hair removal. The Intense Pulsed Light method gently pulses light into the hair root, targeting the melanin in the hair root and causing it to go into its resting phase. The result after just three treatments* is 92% less hair. Developed with dermatologists, Lumea Prestige is great for upper lip, chin and cheeks. It is the only IPL device to have a specially shaped face attachment with an additional light filter and a flat, small window for precise application.


    Master the art:
    1. Shave on the day of (or epilate or wax the day before) IPL treatment so that the skin is smooth.
    2. Clean your face and put the face attachment on the device. Hold it on your skin as you set the SmartSkin sensor and determine the recommended level of light intensity for your skin tone.
    3. Now you can get started, place the Lumea in the desired areas of the face and look forward to long lasting silky smooth skin.

    Pros: Gentle, long-lasting method, suitable for facial areas.
    Cons: Does not work with red and very light hair or darker skin.

    Whether removing facial hair naturally using home remedies from grandma or from the long lasting high-tech methods, with these tips and a bit of finesse, you’ll a hair-free face quickly and gently!

    *according to the recommended treatment plan; detected at the legs after the third treatment. Individual results may vary.

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    Discover your beauty every day.

    Whether you are looking for facial, hair care or hair removal beauty solutions – Philips has everything you need.

    Discover your beauty every day.

    Whether you are looking for facial, hair care or hair removal beauty solutions – Philips has everything you need.