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Hair Removal Cream Safety Tips For Young And Old
By Jack Brooks
As we age, our skin loses elasticity from the inherited factors of reduction in the production of collagen, the main protein in connective tissue, and fewer skin cells are being replaced. Also, nicks, cuts and scrapes take longer to heal. Years of exposure to sun, wind and harsh weather age our skin, along with smoking, drinking, extreme sports and other injurious activities.
Our skin usually holds up reasonably well with some care and consideration, so when we apply products to mature skin, such as make-up, sunscreen, dermatological medication or even a soothing balm, we should be aware of its natural or man-made ingredients, any possible side effects, and whatever benefit it claims to offer.
Depilatory hair removal products, having an aggressive effect on tissue as well as hair, really need our careful scrutiny before we apply any of them to our bodies, whether we have a “milk and honey” complexion or more “experienced” skin.
What’s In The Mix
The main ingredient in hair removal creams today are highly alkaline chemicals that literally dissolves the protein structure of the hair thus making it easy to wipe or scrub it off the treated area. It is the high ph level in all these related chemicals that enables them to dissolve hair. Be aware that they can also have a negative effect on skin, which is why many of the additional ingredients in depilatory products are there to sooth the skin during and after the hair removal process.
It’s easy to see why more technical hair removal methods like electrolysis and laser depilation procedures became readily accepted, as some of the possible side effects of depilatory creams range from slight reddening of the skin to actual chemical burns. Thus care in the use of chemical depilatories is always recommended.
Now that we have some idea of what’s in the depilatory product we’ve chosen, what is the safe way to use it?
The FDA and other consumer agencies cannot fully protect us from chemical harm in using cosmetic products. One analysis of industry and government sources shows that 89% percent of the ingredients used in depilatory products haven’t been examined thoroughly for safety. So we, as safety-conscious consumers, must exercise caution. Some cautions in using depilatory products are:
Unlike the past, this has become the age of an instant fix for seemingly every problem and the cosmetic industry is all too happy to oblige. Remember, it’s our responsibility as more experienced consumers to watch out for Number 1!
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