Guide to shave before your IPL Permanent Hair Removal session – Male version
EstheClinic is Singapore’s no.1 one-stop aesthetics solution for more than 20,000 happy customers over the years, especially for our Men IPL Painless yet Effective Hair Removal sessions. Our treatments target to every one of skin types and genders. To give you the best preparation before your next hair removal session at our outlets, the EstheClinic team has especially gathered all the insider tips and tricks on how to get the smoothest shave ever! This is for you, gentlemen!
If you are newbie to IPL Hair Removal, there is one thing that we always remind our customers at EstheClinic to shave 2 days before their Permanent IPL Hair Removal treatments. You need a small amount of hair visible at the surface of the skin for the IPL light to effectively destroy the follicle. Shaving the area being treated will help the laser focus beneath the skin and improve the results. If there’s a lot of hair on the surface, a lot less light energy makes it deep into the follicle. Strictly no waxing or plucking beforehand!
Try not to shave so close to your skin
Shaving is not easy as you thought, especially shaving close to the skin without causing any irritations is extremely challenging.
In reality, our skin has a layer of lipids that works to retain moisture and control any chemicals’ entry into the skin and protect the skin area. When the lipid layer is damaged, the skin becomes highly vulnerable to external stimuli. At this stage, the skin quickly loses the moisture to the surroundings, and because of this, foreign chemicals can enter the skin easily. The skin can be more irritable at this stage.
Shaving may also act as a physical stimulus for the receptors in our skin. While the sensory receptors in the skin are meant to perceive pain, they also react to a more innocent environmental incitement like a razor or something sharp. Upon shaving, the skin might lead to redness or a burning sensation. This may cause what is commonly known as a shaving rash, which is totally common with sensitive skin.
Soften stiff hairs before shaving
Good preparation before your shaving is crucially important, especially if the hairs are thick and coarse, affecting shaving quality. Soak the target area with warm water for at least two minutes before shaving. You can best accomplish this by showering before shaving. Warm water causes hair to expand about 34% in volume in about two minutes, making it softer and easier to shave later. The force required to cut a soften coarse hair is reduced by nearly 70%.
Pre-cleansing also helps remove dead skin cells and skin secretions, such as oil, which inhibit water penetration. By eliminating the build-up that might impede smooth razor action, you have well prepared your skin with almost no side effects.
Try to shave along the grain.
Always try to shave in a hair growth direction to reduce the effects of a possible razor burn. Friction or abrasiveness on the skin during shaving is aggravated when there is an opposing force against the direction of hair growth, so it is recommended to avoid that, gentlemen.
The easiest way to determine which way your hair grows is by taking your hand and rubbing it across your stubble in different directions. The direction that provides the most resistance is against the grain, while the direction that provides the least resistance is with the grain. Shaving against the grain increases your chances of developing pain and the least wanted ingrown hairs.
A sharp and clean razor blade is a must – as always.
Use a sharp and clean razor blade with every shave. Dull blades require more pressure, which creates more abrasion with each shave and increases the likelihood of damaging the epidermal skin. Furthermore, you don’t want your skin to get inflammation from dirty blades.
EstheClinic’s No Pain System IPL Hair Removal
There you go! Now that you have well prepared your skin with a nice and smooth shave, it’s time for effective and long-lasting IPL hair removal treatments with us at EstheClinic Singapore. Our patented painless technology is a painless and efficient way to eliminate unwanted hair permanently. At EstheClinic, we can target the following areas for men: for the body, we do full back, chest, abdomen, shoulders, arms, and full legs. You might fall asleep while getting your backs treated! No more nicks and scrapes in delicate or sensitive areas.
Gentle Man, are you ready for your next IPL Hair Removal treatment with us? Contact EstheClinic today to book an appointment!
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