Laser treatments are one option for hair removal and are available at a dermatologist’s office, while relaxing at a spa, at a center that specializes in hair removal or at a salon that offers additional body care options for its clients.
Laser treatments are one option for hair removal and are available at a dermatologist’s office, while relaxing at a spa, at a center that specializes in hair removal or at a salon that offers additional body care options for its clients.

It’s getting close to summer time. You know what that means! You’ll soon be hitting the beach, lakeside or poolside for sunny fun. Get your body and all that unruly body hair under control with some personal grooming pros and cons to consider below:

Shaving

Pros

• Cheap, easy and do-it-yourself: Shaving cream and razors are a dime a dozen. Pick some up at the drug store and head home. Trim a little here, trim a little there and then you’re done.

• It’s private and you’re in full control: You can trim as much as you want in the privacy of your own home. No professional needed. You and you alone get to decide how much to take off and what to leave.

Cons

• Cuts and razor burn: It’s true — you take a risk. One small, mistaken move and your sensitive parts might become just a bit more sensitive. If your skin is averse to shaving, be prepared for razor burn.

• A “temporary” solution: All of the hair removal solutions discussed here are, indeed, temporary but shaving is, by far, the most. Plus, it’ll come with plenty of itchy scruff as hair grows back in, not to mention the occasional in-grown hair. It’s the cost of doing business.

Waxing

Pros

• Do-it-yourself: Just like shaving, waxing can be just as easy and relatively cheap.

• Privacy, if needed: At-home waxing kits are relatively affordable and if you value privacy in your man- and woman-scaping needs, you can do so. But, if you want a professional, there are certainly plenty to choose from.

• The “middle” way: Odds are, waxing will give your smooth skin a bit more shelf life than shaving

Cons

• Yes, there will be pain: Simply put, waxing hurts. You’re yanking hair, by force, out of your skin. Hey, beauty doesn’t come cheap or easy, friends.

• Sensitive skin beware: Just like shaving, individuals with sensitive skin will need to decide what’s better for them on a case-by-case basis.

Laser hair removal

Pros

• Hair today, gone tomorrow: Laser hair removal solutions are, for most, among the most long-lasting solutions to controlling hair growth, ranking high above shaving and waxing combined

• Less pain: The average patient may experience some pain, especially with electrolysis, but most laser hair removal should be less painful than, say, waxing

Cons

• Permanent, maybe: The FDA has only approved laser treatments for “hair reduction” not “removal,” and while many may experience long-lasting hair-be-gone, some regrowth will be expected

• Multiple treatments and side effects: Most laser treatments will require multiple treatments and there could be side effects like itching and swelling. More serious issues sometimes include burning or skin discoloration. Take care in choosing an experienced professional.