We all love a bit of pampering and glamour, but not every area of our beauty lives can be bath oil and red lipstick, some parts are just plain old basic maintenance, like removing facial hair.
Most of us don’t publicise our de-moustaching or sideburn blitzing regimes, but maintaining the various sprouting strands on our cheeks, upper lips and even chins (just us?) is a job all of it’s own, not least because the little blighters nearly always grow back!
What’s more irksome is the fact that an increase in or darkening of facial hair is common as we age. According to the NHS in the UK, nearly 75 per cent of women experience increased facial hair as they age.
And it’s more common around the menopause. “Some darker skin types naturally have more vellus (fine downy) hair from a young age,” says celebrity facialist Debbie Thomas, “but during pregnancy or menopause, it is common to suddenly get an increase”.
“If hairs are light then ask yourself, ‘does anyone else apart from me notice them?’ We always overanalyse ourselves.” If so she recommends hot waxing or threading. For sporadic hairs, simply tweezers will do.
Our pick of facial hair removal products
From a brilliant home facial tool (with a secret) to nourishing brush on, wash off creams, a 3-minute wax job or an altogether more permanent solution,
we’ve got all the best answers for how to get rid of facial hair, fast.
Which method you choose comes entirely down to preference, and how much money and time you’re willing to invest for a longer-term solution. There’s a method to get rid of facial hair to suit all, so wax, zap and tweeze away with confidence and our pick of the best tools for the job…
The first of it’s kind, the Tweezerman Smooth Finish Facial Hair Remover grabs hairs via tightly wound coils to remove upper lip, sideburn and eye brow fuzz without the need to step foot in a salon.
Simply place the device on the area you would like hair removed, gently twist the rotating handles and pull. We tried it on our super fine upper lip hairs and were surprised at how well it caught hold of them.
Whilst slightly intimidating at first, we found it removed hairs direct from the root quickly, easily and with a little less pain than threading although it did take a bit longer. Cut your salon bill and try it for yourself.
Don’t hesitate, epilate
We must admit, when we first saw this 2-in-1 facial cleansing brush and epilator, we thought, ‘is that really necessary?’ but now we’ve realised Braun Face is genius! It’s invariably when you’re staring in the bathroom mirror with a clean face under harsh lights that those rogue hairs jump out – so what could be handier than having a tiny, precise epilator, 200x faster than tweezers to hand?
The cleansing bush is fairly thorough, so probably best used a few times a week rather than every day, And yes, epilation stings a little – but we’re all grown ups aren’t we?
Hair today, gone tomorrow
Hair removal creams sometimes suffer from a bad rep, but Nair’s newbie does away with all those issues: Think they’re bit messy? Nope, this handy pot has a brush built into the lid for swift application and no smeared spatulas to wash.
Too drying? The argan oil-infused formula actually leaves skin feeling soft. Strong smelling? Well, nobody’s managed to entirely do away with that telling scent just yet, but you only need to leave this on for 3 or so minutes, which pretty much anyone can cope with.
It’s cheap as chips too, and a pot will last 10 or more applications.
Waxing is a classic de-fuzzing choice, and no wonder – it’s quick, clean, simple and the results last for weeks. If you’re part of club wax but have sensitive skin, Veet Mini Wax Strips are made with soothing shea butter and berry.
Neat and slender, they’ll work on precise areas like your upper lip or chin particularly well, and can be heated up in the palms of your hand so make great travel companions too.
Shine a light on the problem
Tired of straining to see fine facial hairs in your bathroom mirror? Sorbet’s battery-operated Light-Up Tweezer in stainless steel are great for defining your brows and tackling stray facial hairs.
Keep it trim
Shape your eyebrows and remove embarrassing hairs from your upper lip, chin and sideburns with the Veet Electric Trimmer. Ideal for those with sensitive skin, the battery-operated trimmer allows precision facial hair removal in a flash.
Laser at home
Yes, it’s a lot pricier than the others we’ve mentioned, but the results are also a lot longer lasting. If you have lots of dark downy hair and it really bothers you, Silk’n Flash and Go could be an investment worth making.
The light-based IPL system is relatively painless and in addition to facial hair removal, it’s great to remove hairs in your underarm and on your bikini line and legs.
However if you have dark skin or recently tanned skin, the hair removal might not be as effective.