Yesterday I visited my local Sk:n clinic for a patch test as I’ve been offered the chance to experience the clinic’s laser hair removal treatment. I’ll be having six treatments in total and the area I’m treating is my underarms.
I know everyone probably says this, but I really hate having to shave my underarm area. It isn’t because I suffer from a particularly excessive level of hair growth, nor is it difficult to shave by being tough or unruly, but for me the main issue is the following few days post shave. No matter what I do, I always end up with a bit of a shaving rash that itches like crazy and having to scratch away at my armpits monkey-style is not a good look!
I’ve found ways to minimise the post-shave sensitivity by exfoliating and using several layers of baby oil to build up a smooth area for the razor to glide across, but not only does this involve quite a bit of faffing around, it also doesn’t work 100% and as the summer is approaching I’ll be needing hair-free underarms so I can wear summer clothes.
I was a little worried about starting the laser treatment as I remember a while ago watching an episode of 10 Years Younger and witnessing a man have laser hair removal who said that it was far too painful and he’d never do it again! I’m usually a bit of a wimp when it comes to anything even remotely painful (you should hear the words that come out of my mouth during leg waxing; that Exorcist chick has nothing on me) so my adrenaline well and truly kicked in when I was asked to lay on the couch and position my arm above my head, plus the strong smell of burnt hair didn’t help!
relieved pleased to report that it really isn’t anything to complain about and is much more tolerable (and quicker) than the feeling of waxing. The sensation is often described as like having a rubber band flicked at your skin, but to be honest even that’s probably making it sound worse than it is. I quickly went from feeling slightly freaked out by the burnt hair smell to welcoming it as I knew this was a sign that it was working; I’ll explain this further in my first treatment post, but for the time-being I’m now excited to see what the results are like from my first and subsequent laser treatments. I’ll be having six treatments in total every six weeks, so I’ll update as I go along.
Have you ever tried laser hair removal? If so, how would you describe the way it felt?
*Treatments are being provided for the purpose of this review but this will not impact my opinion and everything you read is exactly as I see it.