Along with legs, the underarms are an area of the body from which hair is most commonly removed. If you decide to remove the hair from your underarms, it’s likely that you’ll want to do so regularly, if not every day, which can unfortunately aggravate the skin in this area, as it’s one of the most sensitive on the body.
There are a number of methods for underarm hair removal, so we’ve taken a look at three of the most common, so you can weigh up which option is the best for you.
Shaving is by far the most common form of hair removal for underarms. As this form of depilation (removal of the hair above the skin) involves dragging a sharp blade across the area to slice the hairs away as close to the root as possible it can understandably cause small cuts and abrasions over time, especially if done every day. So although for many this is the most quick and convenient method of hair removal, for people with sensitive skin or thicker hair that requires multiple passes to remove, this may not be the best option.
Waxing is a form of epilation, which means that it removes hair at the root. This deeper form of removal means that hair takes much longer to grow back; up to four weeks. In the past, waxing was something that would have to be done in a salon, but now there are some great solutions for getting these results at home, with both warm and cold waxes. Waxing is only suitable for hairs longer than 2mm, and ideally no longer than 5mm and always remember to do a patch test 24 hours before use.
Depilatory creams dissolve the proteins of the hair just below the skin so it simply breaks away when the cream is washed off. This method can keep you stubble free for up to four days, longer than shaving, and the hair grows back finer over time, so you will notice the new hair growth less. This method can be as easy and convenient as shaving, and you can even do it in the shower. Test the cream on a small patch of skin on another part of your body 24 hours before use, to see how it reacts, before use.
So as you can see, there are a number of solutions, all with their positives and negatives. It’s best to try a few different ones to discover exactly which method, or combination of methods, is right for you personally.