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Odi et amo. Few beauty topics like the hair removal divide people into two camps: there are those who do not care and let the hairs grow free, e who instead he doesn’t like to see them pop up and try in every way to eliminate them.
According to research conducted by Philips 82% of Italian men and women choose the latter away all year round and not just in summer, focusing mainly on legs, armpits and groin. They often do it home made and the most used methods are the razorchosen by 56% of the total, and the waxing from 55%.
Obviously there is no right approach to the topic but just what makes you feel more comfortable. If you decide to remove hair from your body, however, it is necessary to do it in the right way, in order to avoid irritating the skin or exposing it to unnecessary risks, especially in summer, as explained by the cosmetologist and scientific popularizer Marilisa Franchinito which we asked what the mistakes not to be made when you decide to remove hair from your body.
Do not cleanse the skin
It can happen that red dots, small boils and ingrown hairs appear after depilation or epilation, causing itching and redness on the skin. “This phenomenon is known as folliculitis and it is an inflammation of the hair follicles. – explains the expert – To reduce the risk that it develops it is necessary cleanse the skin first to remove the hair, spreading a good one cream for the body or a butter ».
If, on the other hand, folliculitis or ingrown hairs are already appeared do not worry, there are specific products that can mitigate them and make them gradually disappear. «Excellent ones they contain salicylic acida soothing, antiseptic, antifungal and bacteriostatic ingredient that disinfects the skin and is therefore perfect for treating folliculitis and partly preventing it ».
Before removing the hair it is also advisable exfoliate the area, so from eliminate any dead cells or impurities which could make the operation more difficult and cause irritation or ingrown hair. «They are excellent for doing this gentle scrubs, which act mechanically on the skin, to be avoided if it is inflamed or folliculitis is in progress. In those cases the bettersalicylic acid which exfoliates in a chemical wayit does not risk inflaming further and can be used safely throughout the summer even by exposing itself to the sun since it is not photosensitizing ».
Although it is well specified on the packaging they are disposable tools, most people use the same razor several times, perhaps after putting it away without covering the blades. This is obviously a mistake because many can form on the surface bacteria that with use come into contact with the skin and enter the surface layers in case of micro cuts. «It is therefore important to always use new razors or tools, sterile or at least well cleaned».
Do not soothe the skin
After hair removal, the skin may feel dry or slightly irritated as a result post hair removal «It is good to use creams that contain soothing active ingredients such as calendula or chamomileable to protect the skin barrier compromised by the operation “.
Forget about sunscreen
«Finally we must never forget that the skin must always be protected from the negative rays of the suneven more after hair removal because it could be irritated or inflamed and consequently easily prone to post-inflammatory spots which under the action of UV rays can only get worse. This situation often occurs on the area above the upper lip ”, concludes Marilisa Franchini.
Not shaving is also ok
Although there are now many men who shave their bodies, this practice remains culturally associated with female users and Although more and more Gen Z girls are letting their hair grow, that choice often becomes the subject of unhappy jokes. To counter them, Veet launched together with the association Do X wellthe social and training campaign #dressing room aimed at high school students, which aims to combat episodes of bullying and bodyshaming in reference to the hairs.
The campaign, which began in the last days of the school year, is preparatory to a broader calendar of initiatives that will begin in schools starting in September 2022.
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Source: Vanity Fair