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The Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal

The Pros and Cons of Laser Hair Removal

Getting unwanted hair out of the way is a tedious task many people struggle with. Lots of people go through the challenge of removing unwanted hair on a routine basis. Not only does an ineffective hair removal process take a lot of time, it can be very difficult to achieve that desirable hairless body.

While removing unwanted hair by shaving, waxing or tweezing can have temporary effects, the reverse is the case when it comes to laser hair removal. With laser hair removal, permanent removal of unwanted hair is achievable if you follow our tips.

Laser hair removal is a popular practice used in removing undesirable hair from various parts of the body. This method of removing undesirable hair works by exposing laser lights into tiny hair follicles, as the light is mopped up it destroys the hair in the process. The heat from the laser destroys the follicle preventing future hair growth in that area.

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Laser hair removal is effective if it gives long lasting solutions irrespective of hair color. The average woman spends lots of hours waxing and shaving, according to research the time spent shaving hair off using these methods culminates into a whopping 75 days per year which could be used for much more productive endeavor. Removing unwanted hairs can be an onerous beauty practice. While the results are far from perfect and tasking, Laser hair removal can provide good results if you do it right.

Pros of laser hair removal

While laser hair removal has been around for over two decades, it took a while before this technique was fully embraced. Today it is a widely embraced practice, from beauticians and clinics to dermatologist. Here are a few benefits of laser hair removal over other methods.

Efficiency

Lasers offer higher efficiency than other methods. Laser hair removal helps remove unwanted hair in affected parts only.

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Speed

Laser hair removal offers the fastest solution to removing unwanted hair permanently. It can treat fairly wide areas of the affected part within few seconds. Smaller parts of the body such as the lower lip region can be worked upon in seconds, while broader body parts including the legs or back can be done in just about an hour.

Effectiveness

While it is often examined that laser hair removal does not permanently remove unwanted hair this is wrongly assumed. In most cases it requires more than a session to get the hair removed permanently. Just a few sessions can do the trick, and no more than eight sessions are required to remove hair permanently. So you can worry less about consistent trips for treatment.

Cons of Laser Hair Removal

Of course no hair removal method is perfect which is why there are also some cons to laser hair removal which you should keep in mind when deciding if you want to get this treatment.

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  • It is not yet approved as a form of permanent hair removal.
  • Side effects can occur including skin burn, itching, swelling, skin discoloration as well as pain, tingling, and numbness around the treated area.
  • It is highly expensive.

Tips to help you get prepared for laser removal

Removing unwanted hair using laser hair removal can be daunting especially for first timers. As daunting as it may be, most service providers have a program that helps make your first time experience a memorable one. You should be aware that it has potential risks and should check for reviews and credentials before choosing a laser hair removal service.

It’s important to keep away from certain activities including electrolysis, body waxing and hair plucking for about seven weeks prior to your laser hair removal treatment. Body tanning, sun bathing should also be avoided within this time frame as otherwise you may experience complexities and limited results.

A pre-laser treatment is carried out prior to the treatment. During this procedure, the device will be adjusted to match your skin’s color, and texture while mapping out the area that needs to be worked upon.

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Post treatment

After the treatment, you might probably experience skin burn. Moisturizers and ice packs are the best solution to this problem. For face treatment, it is highly recommended that patients wear make up for a couple of days after the treatment. The treated hair will be removed completely within four weeks, so make sure you have sunscreen to reduce skin’s exposure to sunlight.

Don’t fret if you notice some scars as this is common especially among dark skinned complexion. Though scars are rare occurrences, laser hair removal patients are also prone to blisters, skin discoloration and temporary skin nodes.

Facts about Laser Hair Removal Treatment

  • Its success depends on two major factors namely hair color and skin type.
  • It is effective only on actively growing hair follicles.
  • Not a guarantee to permanently remove hair.
  • It is recommended that the laser treatment should be spaced three to eight weeks apart depending on the total area covered and also on the hair growth cycle. The legs and arms usually require less frequent hair removal sessions than the neck and face regions.
  • It takes a longer period of time for the hair follicles to shed off usually within 2 to 3 weeks.

How much does this procedure cost?

Although undergoing laser hair removal may be expensive, its merits can be worth it. These treatments cost $200 on average for each session. The cost may be influenced by factors such as:

  • Frequency of treatments and amount of sessions
  • The practitioner conducting the procedure
  • Standard of clinic
  • The area of the body for hair removal treatment

Featured photo credit: Body Image Cardiff via body-image-cardiff.co.uk

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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