When most people think of facial hair, they think of things like ruggedness and masculinity. Beards, mustaches and even sideburns are a fairly common sight in our society, and we mostly don’t give them a lot of thought. For some of us, though, particularly women, when we think facial hair, we think of that embarrassing hair on our chin or above the lip, or maybe the humiliating way our eyebrows connect in the middle like a big, hairy caterpillar.
I come from a hairy family, so I know all too well the sometimes crippling level of embarrassment it can cause. In the past I’ve shaved, waxed, used creams and a couple terrible depilatory (read: hair-pulling) machines to deal with the issue. Fortunately, it’s no longer an issue because home laser hair removal face is no longer the stuff of science fiction- it’s a real life way to deal with unwanted hair permanently!
A Little Bit About Home Hair Removal Lasers
The laser products now on the market for blasting away your hair are built on technology that is very much like what used to only be available in professional, and prohibitively expensive, salons and clinics. In a nutshell, they work by hitting your hair with a specific wavelength of light that travels down the shaft of the hair into the root itself, where it affects it on a cellular level. It takes a number of treatments to achieve the full effect, but ultimately you’re left with smooth, hairless skin… forever!
There are a number of these types of products on the market, but for the sake of clarity and brevity, I’m going to limit my coverage in this article to the only two such devices that have been approved by the FDA- The Silk’n SensEpil, and the Tria.
And I Can Use Them On My Face?
Before I go any further, I want to address something important and kind of tricky. Technically, the SensEpil is approved for use on the face, but only below the cheeklines. The Tria, however, is not approved for use on the face at all in the U.S., though it is, interestingly, approved for such use in the U.K., where their standards for safety are just as high as they are here.
So what does this mean for you, though? Well, even though they’re not technically approved for facial use, they will work. Countless user reviews online describe successfully treating the face, and the general consensus seems to be that the companies are just being overly cautious with their lack of approval (something commonly called a “CYA policy”).
Well, Is It Dangerous Or What?
These products do, in fact, harness some pretty powerful technology, but they were also designed with safety in mind. The safeguards built in are so foolproof that the lasers won’t even work if there’s a risk of damaging the skin at all.
Because of the safeguards in place, home laser devices cannot cause any scarring or skin damage, though some users do have some very short lasting redness on their skin after treatment.
Tips And Tricks
Based on my own experience, and what I’ve read online, I’ve come up with a few tricks to make home laser hair removal for face even safer:
● Wear sunglasses. Even though the products are designed not to flash without being flush with the skin so the bright light won’t hit your eyes, I just feel it’s better to be safe. The laser is BRIGHT!!
● If you’re treating an area around near your mouth, you can cover your lips with surgical tape, or even masking tape in a pinch. The reason for this is the laser targets darkness (which is how it can get your hair while avoiding your skin). Your lips have a lot of melanin, so they absorb a lot of light and may even prevent the laser from working.
● A smaller laser makes hitting the small areas on your face easier. This is why I opted to use the Tria for my own treatments. Click here to read a review on the product, or click here to check out their official website.
Just remember that even though it’s dead simple, you’re still dealing with pretty powerful technology. If you keep that in mind, you should be able to completely obliterate any unwanted facial hair without running into any problems. If you have any experience with home laser hair removal for face, let us know how it worked out for you in the comments!