Electrolysis & Dry Skin Remedies

Dear Laurel: I am interested in electrolysis. Can unwanted hair be removed from anywhere on the body and are the treatments painful?   Joanne ~ Arlington

Dear Joanne: Hair removal can be safely done on most areas of the body. However, the most common areas to have hair removed are the chin and the upper lip. Other common areas for hair removal include the eyebrows, cheeks, sideburns, neck, shoulders, underarms, and bikini line. Once a relationship has been established with your electrologist, you may be more inclined to bring up other areas of unwanted hair like on the breast or below the belly button. Even men can benefit from electrolysis by having treatments to remove hair from their back, shoulders and chest. Whether there is any discomfort during electrolysis is highly individual and depends on the client’s tolerance and/or what area is being treated. It is impossible to destroy hair growth tissue without sensation because each hair follicle is surrounded by its own network of nerve endings. The feeling most described during treatment is “tingling” or “slightly stinging” however there are topical anesthetics that can be applied prior to treatment to ease these sensations. Whatever the feeling, there is an assurance that activity is taking place to destroy the hair. Immediately following electrolysis treatments, there may be slight redness and/or puffiness, which usually disappear within a few hours. Your electrologist can discuss your post electrolysis treatments with you to promote proper healing.

Dear Laurel: What can I do to help prevent my skin from becoming so dry during the winter months?   Catherine ~ Lexington

Dear Catherine: The winter months are the hardest on your skin because of the cold temperatures, harsh winds and dry air. The low humidity actually removes moisture from the skin causing dryness, flaking, itching and cracking. These environmental factors actually impede the skins proper functioning of lipids (fats), which normally help to prevent dry skin. Although it seems that dry skin is inevitable in the winter months, there are simple things you can do to try and prevent your skin from becoming too dry. First, do not take long hot showers; this will strip the natural moisturizing lipids from your skin so take lukewarm showers instead. Also, use a moisturizing body wash instead of soap and apply moisturizer to your body immediately following your shower. Gently pat your skin until almost dry and then apply your moisturizer while your skin is still damp, this will help to hold the moisture in the upper layers of the skin where you need the protection. Secondly, don’t overheat your home. Heating the air will reduce the humidity level and cause your skin to be even dryer. You also want to avoid sleeping with an electric blanket; the heat from the blanket will actually suck out the moisture from your skin as you sleep. Thirdly, if you don’t already have one, get a humidifier. Humidifiers are very helpful in keeping the skin from getting too dry. Placing several humidifiers around the home will add moisture to the air, reduce the loss of moisture from the skin, and help prevent the skin from becoming overly dry. If you only have one humidifier, place it in the bedroom at night so that you can moisturize the air while you sleep. Lastly, don’t forget your sunscreen! Even though it’s winter, it’s important to continue to protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Some facial moisturizers contain sunscreen, but if yours doesn’t, apply a separate layer of sunscreen after you have applied your daily moisturizer. I actually prefer this approach to protecting my face because I want my moisturizer to penetrate the skin; however I want my sunscreen to remain on the surface to protect my skin from the winter sun’s harmful rays.

Email Laurel your questions at: laurel@indulgencedayspa.com