Plucking or tweezing is the most economical method to removing facial hair. But this doesn’t come without any drawbacks, as the method often results in unsightly bumps and redness of the skin. There is also a slight pain to doing this, even if you have been plucking the hair many times before. You’re removing hair on the face, which has the softest, most sensitive skin.
To avoid bumps, redness and pain, plucking must be done with proper care. Below is a step-by-step process on how you do it.
What You Will Need
- A pair of tweezers
- Warm water
- Facial Wash
- Face Towel
- Soft cloth
- Baby Powder
- Have a good pair of tweezers to work with. If you do this method often, you need to replace tweezers often as well, since over time, the tool can become dull or bent, affecting its usability. An overused and defective tweezer can break the hair mid-way, making it harder to remove. Tweezers should have tips that close well and it should be able to grab hold of the hair without sliding down.
- Clean your tweezers before using this with the use of alcohol or water and antibacterial soap. Some would go as far as dipping the tweezers in hot water to ensure that it doesn’t have any bacteria.
- Choose to pluck in a well-lit place and have a clean mirror.
- Before you start plucking, you need to prepare your face for this. Tie your hair or clip it at the back, making sure that nothing is on the face.
- Wash your face well with warm water and mild facial mask. If you have time, exfoliate your face, too. You will want to work on a clean area, so that removing the hair is easier. The warm water will also help open the skin’s pores so that hair follicles are a little bit loose.
- After all that is done, it’s time to pluck the hair. Lightly clasp your tweezers on to a strand of hair and then start pulling towards the direction of its growth. You do this to avoid the bumps, which can happen if you force the hair out against its growth pattern.
- Make sure to pull the hair entirely. Otherwise, inspect the face carefully and pull out the remaining hair again, if parts of it has been left. Letting it sit can cause an ingrown or bump that can be painful and uncomfortable.
- Fine hair can be harder to tweeze. You can leave this alone, as it is less noticeable than thick and dark facial hair. But if it’s still bothering you, dab baby powder on your face so that you can see where this is growing. Make sure to dust off as you pluck with the use of a soft and clean cloth.
- After you’re done with plucking, apply an aloe-based moisturizer to soothe the area. This will help prevent irritation and redness.
Some Things To Remember
Other than the moisturizer, avoid applying anything else on the face for at least 20 minutes, so that the pores can relax and close up well.
Pluck gently but firmly. Grip on the hair well and avoid tugging it, as this can only bring pain. Plucking hair is best when it’s longer. With shorter hair, women tend to dig on to the skin to remove it, which is actually bad as it breaks the skin around the follicles and irritates the skin.
If you can’t stand the sting that goes with plucking, but you really need to do the method, press ice cubes to numb the area first. If you have the budget, purchase a numbing spray from the drugstore. But take care to use this and avoid spraying on your eyes.
Store your tweezers well when not in use.
Dealing With Ingrown Hair
Ingrown hair can develop as a result of mishandling and improperly carrying out the method. If this happens, minor pain and irritation may be felt. This won’t go away unless the hair is completely extracted. What happens here is that there’s a bump on the follicles that is growing inwards, pressing onto your skin. The hair on it is also growing inwards.
Use only your tweezers when you dig out the ingrown, as any other tool can cause infection and scarring of the skin. Apply a topical solution to relieve minor swelling in the area.
If the problem is still there even after you have tried to deal with the ingrown, see a dermatologist immediately.