Facial Hair Removal & Benefits of Massage

Dear Laurel:  I have noticed coarse hairs growing on my face in places that hair should not be growing, like on my upper lip and chin. Is there anything I can do besides plucking them to get rid of the hair? Lilly ~ Woburn

Dear Lilly:  I refer to this type of unwanted facial hair as misplaced brow hair, caused by gravity forcing the hair to fall down on the face where it takes up permanent residence on the upper lip and chin. Just kidding! In reality there are many reasons hair may appear on these unwanted areas, like the onset of puberty, pregnancy, heredity, or hormonal imbalances like menopause. Other possible factors include reactions to certain medications and diseases, and yes, even stress may cause the adrenal glands to set off a hormonal reaction that causes increased hair growth.

The good news is you have many options for ridding your face of these unwelcome hairs. One of the most popular choices is waxing. This method removes the entire hair, including the root, and leaves your face feeling soft and smooth. Although the hairs will eventually return, waxing is a quick and relatively painless way to make the hairs disappear instantly. Another popular choice is electrolysis. Electrolysis requires a series of treatments; the number depends on the individual, and involves directing a small amount of energy into the natural opening of the hair follicle. This gradually weakens and ultimately eliminates the hair producing cells. Without these cells, hair cannot grow. Electrolysis is the only proven method to remove hair permanently. Whichever method you choose, know that you do not have to live with the embarrassment of these uninvited hairs and make an appointment to free yourself from their presence.

Dear Laurel:  Will regular massages help to prepare my body for the upcoming winter season and the inevitable shoveling that follows? John ~ Arlington

Dear John:  Massages will ABSOLUTELY help! There’s no better season than the winter to treat your body and mind to regular massages, especially with the flu epidemic upon us. Massage increases vitality, reduces congestion, and improves circulation. It also increases oxygen and nutrients supplied to muscles, joints, organs and the brain and reduces pain due to spasm, inflammation and tissue damage. Anyone who has instinctively rubbed a stiff neck knows intuitively that massage relieves pain and muscle tension, but the benefits don’t stop there. Scientists are now finding that massage can reduce blood pressure, boost the immune system, dampen harmful stress hormones and raise mood-elevating brain chemicals such as serotonin. And you can’t beat massage for relaxation and stress release.

To make the most of a massage, close your eyes, relax and breathe freely. If you experience any discomfort, inform the therapist immediately, but keep conversation to a minimum and focus on the feeling and become passive and limp.Let the skilled hands of an expert massage therapist do all the work; don’t help when he or she moves your body or manipulates a limb. When you notice muscle tension, release it. After a massage you should drink lots of water as this helps the body discharge toxins that you were able to release during the massage. For most of us, a good therapeutic-body massage is just what the doctor ordered. Like exercise, massage does more for you if you engage in it regularly, but even monthly treatments can help maintain general health. That’s all the excuse anyone should need to indulge.

Email Laurel your questions at: laurel@indulgencedayspa.com