Removing pesky facial hair can be time-consuming, not to mention downright painful. Fortunately, these five hair removal hacks can help you get the smooth, hair-free look you’re after without the hassle or discomfort associated with traditional hair removal methods.
1. Have Your Hormones Checked
While it’s not uncommon for women to have a small amount of “peach fuzz,” excessive female facial hair can be indicative of a hormone imbalance. If you think this could be the case for you, ask your doctor about testing for hormone imbalances to rule out underlying medical conditions that could lead to excess facial hair. In some cases, balancing your hormone levels can treat excess facial hair, as well as other symptoms commonly associated with hormone imbalances.
2. Hair Removal Tools
Beyond shaving, waxing, and tweezing, there are other manual tools that can get the job done, often with less pain. For tiny “peach fuzz” hairs, there is a special hair removal tool that looks like a small spring that you rub against your skin, trapping the hairs in between. There are also a number of electric hair remover tools that are both effective and painless.
Similarly, dermaplaning tools can easily remove facial hair on your cheeks, chin, or between your brows. Dermaplaning can also be performed by a skincare professional who is trained to effectively and gently remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz from the treated areas.
3. Chickpea Flour Mask
If you’d rather try a natural home remedy for hair removal, the traditional Indian chickpea flour mask is one of the most popular. To make it, mix equal parts chickpea flour and turmeric together, then add enough water to create a paste consistency. Apply the mask to your face and let it dry. Once dry, apply a small amount of water while gently rubbing your skin to remove the mask.
Not only does the dried chickpea flour help to trap and remove tiny facial hairs, but the turmeric is believed to help slow future hair growth.
4. Honey and Lemon Mask
Another popular at-home hair removal treatment is the honey and lemon mask. To try this one, mix one tablespoon of honey with the juice of one lemon to form a smooth paste. Apply the paste to your skin. Rinse off after 10 to 15 minutes. For best results, repeat this process every two weeks.
While the honey can help to remove small facial hairs, the lemon juice can lighten any hair that is left, making it less noticeable. Honey also has strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great ingredient for a number of common skin problems as well.
If you don’t want to bother mixing up kitchen concoctions every few weeks, you can give laser hair removal a try for a more permanent hair removal solution. In fact, laser hair removal is ideal to start in the cooler winter months, since you’ll need to stay out of the sun in between treatment sessions. Most people need around 4 to 6 laser hair removal sessions to remove facial hair, so getting started now can also help you be well on your way to a smooth, hassle-free look come summer.