Hair: like it or not, we all have it. So isn’t it time to stop treating it as a taboo subject?
As part of our Project Body Love initiative, in partnership with Philips, we are changing the way we treat and talk about our bodies. We reject embarrassment and embrace empowerment. So, to help you feel more self-esteem for your body – hair and all – we’ve answered some of your most pressing body hair questions.
1. âIs my hair growth normal? “
Every body is different, and that includes the hair that grows on it. There is no such thing as “normal” when it comes to hair on your body.
âBody hair is functional and exists to keep us warm, provide protection and wick away sweat,â explains Dr. Kristina Semkova, consultant dermatologist at the Cadogan clinic. “Everyone has different amounts of body hair and this can be influenced by a number of factors such as age, ethnicity, genetics, hormonal activity and stress levels.”
So in short, your body hair is likely to be quite normal. However, Dr. Semkova recommends consulting your doctor in certain circumstances.
âToo much hair on the face, chest or stomach with irregular, heavy, or painful periods could be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),â she explains.
2. “Are you okay if I don’t pluck my hair?” “
Hair trends come and go, and people are choosing whether or not to remove their hair since. stone Age (Yes really!). These days, however, what you do with your body hair depends on your personal preferences, and naturalness has never been more in vogue. Take inspiration from celebrities like Amanda Stenberg and Miley Cyrus to proudly adopt your natural hair.
Likewise, others make the choice to wax one way or another – and that’s great too. Ultimately, it’s about feeling empowered to make independent choices about your body.
3. “What’s the best way to remove my hair? “
Again, there is no right answer here, and if you do decide to wax, there are plenty of ways to do it. Of course, there are the traditional methods of hair removal, such as waxing, shaving or waxing. Or, you can turn to technology with an at-home IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device, which is a great way to achieve long-lasting hair removal in the comfort of your room.
IPL works by applying pulses of warm, soft light to the hairline, causing the follicle to go into sleep mode and hair loss over time. Try the Philips Lumea IPL 9000, which was developed with dermatologists for easy use at home, even on the most sensitive areas.
Lumea’s SmartSkin sensor will select the light setting that is most comfortable for your skin so that it is virtually painless (imagine someone pricking your skin with a rubber band). The device also comes with several accessories designed to work on different areas of the body, from the legs and armpits to your bikini line and even your face. Perform your first four treatments every two weeks before using monthly and expect a full six months of smooth, hairless skin.
4. “Why is my hair so dark and coarse in some places?” “
As adults, we have two types of hair: downy hair, which is the lightest, “peach down” which tends to cover most of our body; and terminal hair. It is the darkest and thickest hair that is found on our scalp, under our armpits and on the pubis.
As Dr Sreedhar Krishna, consultant dermatologist at skindoc explains, these two types of hair have different functions – hence their different appearances.
âVellus hairs have evolved to help protect the skin and lock in heat. In contrast, it is believed that terminal hairs developed as a useful means of signaling that an individual was mature and capable of reproduction. Who knew?
5. “Help! How do I stop the dreaded ingrown hairs?”
An IPL tool like the Philips Lumea is an effective way to prevent ingrown hairs. Because it puts the hair to sleep at the follicle level and causes it to fall out, your hair will eventually grow back lighter and finer after regular use, which means you don’t have to worry about red bumps and irritation.
However, if you choose to epilate your hair using methods like waxing and shaving, there are some steps you can take to prevent ingrown hairs.
“Ingrown hairs can be minimized with gentle, regular exfoliation between waxing,” says Dr Semkova. âIf you shave, be sure to use a sharp razor with shaving foam or gel. You should always shave in the same direction as the hair grows, using as few strokes as possible and rinsing the blade to clean it after each stroke.
Epilate your body your way with the Philips Lumea, available at philips.co.uk/lumea
Body Love Project: Cosmopolitan and Philips are joining forces to change the way women think, feel and talk about their bodies. Together, we are committed to changing the dial of body confidence, fostering a positive mindset, and ending negative autosuggestions and embarrassment.
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