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Dealing with facial hair

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5Foot5 Mon 04-Jul-16 08:07:51

As I get older I find I am getting more and more hairs on my chin. Some of these are quite dark. I also get a number of dark hairs on my upper lip.

Thus far I have been removing these by plucking but they keep on coming. Plucking is painful, fiddle and time consuming, especially as I Have to put my reading glasses on to see the little buggers!

So could I have people's recommendations for the most effective way of dealing with these, without spending an absolute fortune. I have heard people mention these IPL machines but don't understand how they work and whether they actually do the trick

5Foot5 Tue 05-Jul-16 13:19:00


user1467042399 Tue 05-Jul-16 13:30:22

I was lucky enough to get a free Panasonic Ipl machine and it's amazing.
my hairs Grew back lighter and eventually stopped growing.

user1467042399 Tue 05-Jul-16 13:31:41

I have this one

Freshprincess Tue 05-Jul-16 13:35:08

I have an epistick for top lip, it's brilliant. Can't quite work the technique for chin hairs so I pluck them.
Eyebrows threaded.

the IPL looks great but a bit too ££ for now. Can't justify it when my epistick cost £3.

thenewaveragebear1983 Tue 05-Jul-16 13:36:28

I have pcos so I bought a Philips lumea. I haven't used it regularly enough to see much difference, and didn't realise you shouldn't pluck between uses. I've started using it twice a week and only shaving in between and after a few weeks I reckon the hairs are regrowing more slowly, but it's not a dramatic change.

IHaveBrilloHair Tue 05-Jul-16 13:39:10

Epilate, I recommend getting drunk first.

OhMyWord16 Tue 05-Jul-16 13:40:51

I have had this problem too since my mid-40s.
They're fair hairs but I hatethem.
I have tried facial hair removing cream ordinary and sensitive. Very sore and red afterwards.
Waxing-exactly the same outcome.
Bought a facial epilator £20 ish. Rubbish.
I now use a disposal razor and shaving cream once a week now with a bit of tweezing thrown in. Much better and skin looks better. Not sore or red, and no stubble. Read an article in DM and thought would give it a whirl.
Never tried the IPL thing.

OhMyWord16 Tue 05-Jul-16 13:43:00

Also have eyebrows threaded. Hurts like hell but I think lasts longer than waxing them.

LazyCake Tue 05-Jul-16 14:50:53

I have some horrible sprouty areas on my chin, and my face gets generally fuzzier with every passing year.

When I first noticed this, I tried a hair removal cream. To begin with it was great - quick, easy and long lasting. But then one day out of the blue, my skin reacted really badly. Had to go out on a dinner date with what looked like severe shaving rash. blush

At the moment, I just ignore the fuzz, and use a little nasal/ear hair trimmer to whizz over the beardy bits, but I am thinking of doing something else - have been hearing a lot of buzz about face-shaving, but am rather terrified this could make the situation a lot, lot worse!?

LazyCake Tue 05-Jul-16 14:53:37

OhMyWord, I also read the DM face-shaving article, but as yet am too chicken to try it. Very interested to hear that it's working out well for you.

youlittlecharmer Tue 05-Jul-16 15:14:28

I pluck, shave, lumea every couple of weeks when I'm doing all my other bits. It's ever ending but I'm just about staying on top of it for now!

OhMyWord16 Tue 05-Jul-16 16:41:16

Think the trick LazyCake, is to use men's shaving foam cream stuff otherwise probably would end up with a shaving rash.
There is an eyebrow trimmer razory thingy which is supposed to be good too but havent tried that.

Scuttle22 Tue 05-Jul-16 16:47:14

I also shave!! I spent loads on waxing, creams etc and as I have gotten older my skin is too sensitive. Like pp poster says I plucked a few of the wiry hairs but the fuzzy fair stuff I take off with a dry Gillette razer. My face is really smooth and hair free. I am so glad I switched to shaving and cannot understand why this way of doing things isn't more acceptable.

Scuttle22 Tue 05-Jul-16 16:48:14

No shaving rash at all. Just take razor to dry face.

pippinandtog Tue 05-Jul-16 16:49:56

I go to a salon for waxing, about every six weeks, and it's done in a jiffy, nothing to it.

5Foot5 Tue 05-Jul-16 17:35:19

I guess I am just really nervous of shaving because I always assumed it would make things worse and once I had started I would have to keep going. Am quite surprised to read how common this is.

I am very ignorant of these Lumea / IPL machines and how you use them and how they actually work. If they genuinely do the trick I could probably stretch to one as I have a birthday coming up. I just don't understand enough about them to know if it is right for me I suppose.

IHaveBrilloHair What is this epilate of which you speak. Do you recommend it?

thenewaveragebear1983 Tue 05-Jul-16 17:43:16

I think an epilator is a device which pluck multiple hairs at a time (hence need to be drunk!).
I use a big bronzer brush swirled In baby powder over my face then use dry razor. I only do this because of using the lumea and I have to do it every single day without fail.

dabofriojakitten Tue 05-Jul-16 17:43:46

I've been secretly shaving my tache for years, it never grows back stubbly or thicker than before. It takes 2 seconds and is pain free, win win.

I didn't know people were being open about it now though, I told my friend once and she was horrified!

Scuttle22 Tue 05-Jul-16 17:47:05

If most of you hair is fair and fluffy definitely shave it off! If you have a lot of coarse hair then don't shave as it will be stubbly. I was really worried the first time but haven't looked back since it really is a cheap quick solution.

Scuttle22 Tue 05-Jul-16 17:47:54

Look on YouTube loads of models shave as it gives the best Base for makeup.

JeepersMcoy Tue 05-Jul-16 17:48:18

I use these on my upper lip and an occasional swish on my chin, though most of my chin hairs are light so I don't bother with those so much. I haven't had any shaving rash with them or noticed them growing back darker or anything. So much easier and less painful than waxing or hair removal cream

Milliways Tue 05-Jul-16 17:54:56

I had been an epistuck user but got a Lumea this year for my birthday, in the sales. It's brilliant. Not finished the whole first 8 weeks course yet but just had a 2 week holiday without brining out the razor for armpits or legs!

Used it in a lower setting on my tache and apart from one slight blister on edge of top lip when I zapped the wrong bit ( now use white eyeliner as a lipliner) it appears to be working well.

Money well spent!

CiderwithBuda Tue 05-Jul-16 17:59:51

I love how MN reads my mind!

Was meaning to post a similar thread. I get my upper lip threaded sometimes and I pluck stubbly thinker hairs but the fine downy ones are really increasing.

I've just ordered those Shiseido facial razors. Thanks for recommendation.

Scuttle22 Tue 05-Jul-16 18:27:31

I have tried the other eyebrow razors etc and they are a faff - just get a Gillette and off you go seriously you won't regret it.

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