When you’re targeting a few unwanted hairs on your face, tweezers work great. But that’s a temporary solution because the hairs will return in a few weeks. If tweezing routinely gets tiresome, we recommend electrolysis, especially for your upper lip or chin.
Shaving with either an electric shaver or hand razor is an option that works everywhere, but is best where you don’t mind the inevitable stubble — the course-feeling tips of the shaven hairs. Always shave in the same direction that the hair grows.
If smooth matters, then waxing might be a better option. Waxing kits and how-to videos let you get your wax on in the comfort of your own home. But waxing isn’t painless, and it can cause redness and bumps. It’s not our favorite method. Nor are depilating creams, as their active ingredients can lead to allergies and rashes.
More recent options, laser and IPL (intense pulsed light) work anywhere on the body, though they’re best for those with dark hair and light skin. That’s because they target the melanin in the hair follicle — the same pigment that gives skin its color.
Whichever hair removal option you choose, be sure to keep things sterile with a little alcohol on hand if doing it yourself. And go to reputable hair removal specialists to get an effective treatment.