You’ve probably been tweezing facial hairs for years now, but chances are you’re doing it wrong! If you’re a woman, your tweezers are your “must-have” item, ready to pounce on pesky little hairs at any moment. In the car, at home, at work, or wherever, you’ll tweeze at the drop of a hat. Here’s some eye opening tips before your start plucking away.
The Proper Tweezing of Facial Hair
Did you know, by tweezing hairs from your face and eyebrows, you can cause damage to your skin? You may have noticed already that the “high traffic” tweezing areas of your face, such as chin and upper lip, show discoloration, and the more hairs you tweeze, the more hairs just sprout up!
Fact: When you tweeze a hair, the pore opens up, and oil production is stimulated in preparation for the follicle to manufacture a new hair. If not done properly, skin blemishes can develop and even scar tissue can be formed at the tweezing site. Tweezing hairs, while easy and convenient, requires skin prep and post care to avoid skin damage.
- Start with clean tweezers, disinfect with antibacterial soap or alcohol.
- Tweeze only in the evening so you can allow your skin hours stay clean and heal overnight.
- Warm your skin with a warm towel to open up pores, this will allow hairs to release more easily causing less damage to surrounding skin.
- Pull skin tight around the hair, hold hair with tweezer close to the root and pull the hair out in the direction of growth.
After Tweezing Care
- Soothe and clarify your skin with Pore Refining Exfo Toner to protect against ingrown hairs and pore congestion after tweezing. This soothing toner contains organic actives that support the pore walls and promotes tightening so you’re less likely to get congestion skin at the site.
- Gall, Amy. “In Search of Smooth Surfaces.” American Academy of Dermatology. Dermatology Insights. Vol. 3, No 2. 2002. (accessed 08/25/2009) http://www.aad.org/Public/conditions/_doc/difall02.pdf
- Hirsch, Larissa, M.D. “Hair Removal.” TeensHealth. January 2008. (accessed 09/01/2009) http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/skin_stuff/hair_removal.html#a_Getting_Rid_of_Hair