Your at-home guide to removing unwanted body hair

Waxing is one of the most popular methods of hair removal. Shutterstock
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Updated 15 April 2020

Your at-home guide to removing unwanted body hair

With the closure of beauty salons due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is an uptick in women wondering how to achieve smooth, silky skin at home. Fortunately, there are multiple hair removal methods available on the market, from salon-style waxing to at-home laser devices that can help. 

As always, consult your dermatologist or general doctor before trying any new hair removal technique and remember to patch test first — test the method on a small area of skin and wait 24 hours to make sure it suits your skin type.

Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X

The US FDA-approved laser device can be used to eliminate hair growth on your face, neck, arms and legs. Pulses of gently concentrated light are emitted from the laser device into the hair follicles, which in turn destroys the hair. For the best results, use the laser on each area of unwanted hair every two weeks for 90 days as this is the most effective way to target the whole hair growth cycle. 

The brand also boasts a precision laser, that is compact enough to fit in your clutch and is designed for eliminating hair on sensitive areas such as the upper lip, chin and underarms.

Remember that depending on your hair and skin type and any hormonal or health issues, this product could be more effective for some users over others. 
 

Expert’s advice: Waxing or plucking hair should be stopped a few weeks prior to at-home laser treatment to prevent soreness or unnecessary trauma to your skin. 


Bedashing #BEhome waxing kit

This full body waxing kit comes equipped with everything you need to achieve flawless limbs at home. There’s a wax heater, waxing strips, wax rollers and a soothing after-wax oil to hydrate the skin after hair removal. What’s more, to further encourage people to stay at home, the kit can be delivered straight to your doorstep — with clear step-by-step instructions  — after you purchase it online.

Expert’s advice: Going over the same area more than twice can damage the skin and it will be quite painful. If you still have a few unwanted stray hairs after applying the wax twice, use tweezers to remove them.

 

The Mave Shave System

Shaving is a popular and fuss-free method of hair removal. All that’s required is a fresh razor to eradicate hair. The Mave Shave System includes the complete full-size collection of all of the prep and post-shave essentials to elevate your shaving routine, including a full body exfoliant, shaving cream, a razor and a post-shave body oil in sleek packaging that will no doubt make a luxurious addition to your bathroom counter. 

Expert’s advice: Shave against the direction of hair growth for the best results. 


Veet Silky Fresh Hair Removal Cream

Depilatory creams are formulas that are filled with chemicals that help break down the keratin proteins in your hair to eventually dissolve them. They are popular because they are simple to use, cost-effective and the least painful of all the hair removal methods. To use this product, simply apply the product on the desired areas and leave on for three minutes. During this time, chemicals dissolve unwanted hair. Afterwards, the substance can be washed or wiped off. Unlike many depilatory creams on the market that tend to boast a pungent scent, this formula has a subtle floral fragrance.

Expert’s advice: Perform a patch test before using to make sure your skin won’t react negatively to the ingredients in the formula.


UAE brand’s fresh approach to skincare looking good for future

Having lived in Dubai for more than seven years, Kathryn Jones learned a lot about the Middle Eastern market and the needs of people who live within the region. (Shutterstock)
Updated 25 May 2020

UAE brand’s fresh approach to skincare looking good for future

DUBAI: Skincare products can quite often sit on shelfs or in delivery vehicles for weeks and months, stored in unsuitable conditions.

And despite brands promoting them as organic and natural, some customers might question the effectiveness of products left lying around for long periods after being produced.

However, Kathryn Jones, founder of the UAE-based brand Kathryn Jones Hand Blended Serums, or KJ Serums for short, told Arab News how her company created fresh products every month for customers.

Jones, who is originally from Wales, in the UK, launched KJ Serums in 2017 and started her brand “out of necessity.” (Supplied)

“The concept of a freshly-made skincare serum is something quite different and our customers have really embraced it. They appreciate it’s a fresh product that must be used up within a month when it’s at its most active and effective and repurchased – almost like a food stuff,” she said.

Jones, who is originally from Wales, in the UK, launched KJ Serums in 2017 and started her brand “out of necessity.”

She added: “I simply could not afford the prices of some of the top skincare brands but still wanted excellent results.”

With her background in the biopharmaceuticals industry, she started experimenting and developing her own formulas. “The core proposition is ‘hand blended’ because that’s how it all started, by hand blending and perfecting the serum formulas myself here in the UAE,” she said.

Having lived in Dubai for more than seven years, the entrepreneur learned a lot about the Middle Eastern market and the needs of people who live within the region.

“Our climate here is extreme often for eight months or more of the year, especially in the Gulf region. A lot our customers will ask for a product that reduces oiliness and sheen on the skin and are reluctant to purchase products that contain a lot of oils, or are very heavily moisturizing,” Jones added.

The businesswoman believes the Middle East market is “wonderfully diverse” with different attitudes and expectations toward skincare products.

“Of course, this is a challenge to develop effective products which can address many different skin types and issues, but the market is truly receptive to new concepts,” she said.

Jones pointed out that with the current lockdown situation due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), people had more time to care for their skin.

“The coronavirus pandemic has obviously confined us to our homes, and, given the steady increase in the number of enquiries we are receiving, it suggests consumers currently have more time to consider their online skincare purchases and perhaps have more time to invest in an effective routine,” she said.

On whether the COVID-19 outbreak would change the future of the skincare industry, Jones added: “I think that many consumers, either through necessity or out of a desire to support local brands might have chosen to source their products from different manufacturers and therefore brand loyalties may have been affected to a certain extent.”