Imperial Skin Care
There are multiple options of Hair Removal that range from temporary to permanent. These include shaving, depilatory creams, Waxing, sugaring, threading, electrolysis, Laser Hair Removal, etc. We will cover each of these in the following sections.
Waxing falls into the category of Epilation, which is the process of removing hair by pulling it out of the follicle, e.g. waxing, threading and tweezing. While Waxing can also be performed at home, a Spa environment can use professional products and techniques that can result in better outcomes for hair removal as well as reducing the discomfort usually associated with this procedure.
The smooth skin results typically last for several weeks and hair re-growth is lighter than shaving or depilatory creams.
Correct waxing techniques, and the right wax temperature are very important in obtaining positive results. If the wax is too hot it can cause skin irritation and even blistering. 24 hours before waxing exfoliate the area with a soft dry bush or a dry towel to remove any dead skin. Avoid having a hot bath and shower for the remainder of the day of service. Do not apply any perfumed lotion or tanning lotions for at least 24 hours after waxing. Exfoliate the waxed area with a dry soft brush or a dry towel after 48 hours to prevent ingrown hair.
There are different types of waxes used in waxing hair removal, soft and hard wax. Soft wax is normally used with a strip, that means that a thin layer of wax is applied on the skin and covered with a strip of muslin or pellon material, which removes the hair as it is pulled off. This wax is used on larger parts of the body, e.g. legs, arms and backs.
Hard wax is applied in a liquid form which hardens on the skin and the wax is then gently pulled off. This wax is generally used for sensitive areas like face, underarms and bikini.
Facial waxing should not be performed on people who have the following conditions or are undergoing treatments:
Conditions: Rosacea, Active Acne, History of Fever Blisters or Cold Sores, Cosmetic or Reconstructive Surgery.
Treatments: Retin-A, Hydroquinone or similar skin thinning products, Blood thinning medications, Topical or Oral Cortisone medicine.
Threading is an ancient method of hair removal, it is very popular in many Eastern cultures. It works by using a cotton thread that is twisted and rolled along the surface of the skin, entwining the hair in the thread and lifting it out of the follicle. This is the least painful way to remove facial hair, the skin usually reacts with a little redness. We also offer a range of Facial Threading options.
While formal Threading requires an experienced hand, there are spring based products that leverages the principle in a form potentially usable by novices. Please share your experience with Threading and related products on our Discussions Forums.
Electrolysis is currently the only reliable permanent hair removal treatment. A very fine needle is inserted into the hair follicle at the surface of the skin where a chemical or heat energy is passed through the needle to kill the hair follicle. The dead hair is then slid out with a tweezer.
Hair removal by Electrolysis takes a long time since the hair is removed one at a time, so you will need to go for several treatments depending on the area. Each treatment lasts between 15 minutes to 45 minutes. This treatment can be painful for some, a topical anesthetic may be used. A cold compress also helps.
It is very important that you go to an experienced and licensed electrologist. Talk to people who have gone through this treatment and ask them to recommend a good electrologist.
Sugaring is another ancient method of hair removal, the sugaring solution is made of sugar, lemon juice and water, this is heated to form a syrup which is molded into a ball and stretched and then applied onto the skin and then quickly stripped away.
This method is very popular in Middle Eastern countries and is a good alternative for those who have sensitive skin or who react to waxes with bumps and redness.
Laser hair removal is actually a permanent hair reduction as most people will need a touch-up treatment especially on large areas. The hair that grows back after having gone through a series of Laser treatment is normally finer and sparser.
This method of hair reduction has become popular because of its speed and efficacy.
Laser hair reduction works by passing a light beam through the skin. The laser targets dark pigment, called melanin, in hair. When the light beam hits the hair follicle, the intense heat damages/destroys the hair follicle.
Laser works best with dark coarse hair where light skin and dark hair are a perfect combination for a successful treatment. The newer lasers are now able to target dark hair even in patients with dark skin. Laser hair removal does not always work for white, blonde, light brown or light red hair.
This treatment is not painful but can be uncomfortable. A hand held laser instrument is pressed to your skin. The surface of the skin is kept cool with chilled gel or contact cooling through a window cooled by circulating water or cold air.
The treatment last 10 minutes to an hour depending on the area you are getting laser treated. You will need a series of 6 to 8 treatments, four to six weeks apart.
It is very important that you go to a Licensed and Certified Professional who has knowledge and experience in Laser Hair Removal. This is a medical treatment and if not done properly can result in severe burns and scarring.
These techniques fall into the category of depilation, which is a process of removing hair near the level of the skin, by shaving or using chemical creams that dissolve the hair on the skin surface.
Shaving is an abrasive method of hair removal that can irritate the skin. Regular shaving on certain areas of the body e.g. underarms, bikini or even the face causes the skin to darken this is especially true for Asian skin. Ingrown hair is also a problem with shaving.
Contrary to popular belief, shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker. It only seems that way because the razor blunts the hair ends and makes them feel coarse and stiff.
Shaving is faster and convenient way of hair removal and you don’t have to wait for it to grow a certain length before removing it.
If your underarms have darkened due to shaving, you can try the following home remedy: slice a lemon and sprinkle it with sugar and rub this on the darkened area twice a week and over time this will lighten the pigmentation. Try waxing your underarms instead or consider getting laser hair removal.
Chemical depilatory creams can sometimes irritate the skin and again cause the skin to darken especially in Asian people.