We know. We live in an era where embracing body hair is a thing. And it’s entirely your prerogative whether or not you want to remove your hair. But in case you do want to defuzz, you may find that while hair removal on your body seems to be a whole lot easier to manage — the skin on your legs and arms are thicker and less delicate than that on your face — removing facial hair is a whole other ballgame.
From unruly brows, a fuzzy upper lip, sideburns or even some fine hair on your cheeks and chin, they pose a set of challenges respectively, which is why it’s only natural that we take different approaches when removing them. Read on for your ultimate guide to facial hair removal as we round up everything you need to know about the respective areas of your face and the best form of hair removal:
Probably the top of everyone’s priority list when it comes to facial hair removal, regularly trimming and shaping your brows helps to frame your face and can even help give your features a lift. Easily dealt with, unruly eyebrow hairs can be removed via waxing, threading or tweezing, and all of these methods are all equally safe, hassle-free and affordable. However, waxing and threading are able to eliminate even the ultra-fine hairs that are between brows or on the lids, which tweezers might be unable to grasp. Besides, waxing and threading and best left to the professionals while it’s perfectly fine to tweeze the few errant hairs in between your salon appointments. Opt for an angled pair of tweezers, like Tweezerman Ultra Precision Slant Tweezer, $58, which guarantee unparalleled precision and long-lasting durability so you can effortlessly maintain impeccable brows.
For those who have a little bit more hair than they’d like around the sideburns, the easiest way to remove it is by shaving. Some people with a fuzzier sideburn find that it might interfere with makeup so eliminating them can help achieve a smoother and more flawless makeup application. That said, while shaving removes sideburns easily, it’s also only a temporary fix so you would have to keep doing it every few days or so. We like Etude House My Beauty Tool Eyebrow Razor, $2.90, which has a small blade to make it easy to control. The key is to press down the blade on the skin only gently so you don’t risk hurting yourself.
Upper Lip & Chin
Another area where pesky hair seem to exist, having hair on the upper lip might give the illusion of a moustache-y appearance or even make your lips look droopy. Thankfully, it can also be easily removed. One of the most commonly used methods is by shaving it off yourself because tweezing might not be able to grab all the tiny hairs effectively. And if you prefer to leave it to the pros, you can also opt for threading and waxing as both are effective and quick.
We appreciate the role of our nose hairs, keeping dirt and bacteria and pollutants from entering our nasal passage, we really do. However, we’ll make an exception about hair removal being a personal choice when it comes to not keeping nose hairs in check — because it isn’t (which is why we will never say yes to nose hair extensions). And if your nose hairs can’t remain tucked within your nostrils, it’s important to make sure it remains out of sight of the rest of the world. And the easiest way to do so? A nose hair trimmer like Philips NT3160, $29. With an angled design, it allows you to trim unwanted hairs that are sticking out from your nose and ears.
Ever wonder how many celebrities have that incredibly refined skin texture and their makeup seem to just meld with their skin seamlessly? Chances are, they’re fans of dermaplaning. Popular in Hollywood, dermaplaning involves a skilled therapist or a trained doctor, who uses a surgical scalpel to scrape off dead skin cells and tiny hairs on the skin surface. More than just a hair removal procedure, dermaplaning also brings a variety of other benefits. Since it removes dead skin cells, your skincare products absorb much better and your skin instantly looks brighter. Makeup application is also ultra-smooth and flawless. But if having a blade to your face is more than you can stomach, you can also count on the age-old technique of threading to remove any unwanted hair on your cheeks, which is also known as peach fuzz. Plus, since it doesn’t involve removing the top layer of your skin, threading is suitable for those with sensitive skin.