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Remember These Important Details When Using Hair Removal Lotion

Hair removal lotions are naturally a very popular choice for people who wish to rid themselves of body hair which they consider unsightly, for a number of common-sense reasons. A lotion is generally very inexpensive, especially compared to methods such as electrolysis, laser epilation, or even waxing. It can be applied easily, without special knowledge, in the comfortable surroundings of the home. No machinery is needed to apply it; preparation time is minimal; and since it is usually self-applied, an application can be squeezed into a busy schedule wherever it will fit.
However, as with all products, some basic knowledge helps even the most casual user gain more effect from their tube of hair removal lotion. There are details of application and treatment that are not necessarily printed on the tube, but which it is worthwhile to educate oneself in before beginning hair removal. This ensures both safety for the user and maximum effectiveness from the lotion.
Hair removal lotion usually acts by means calcium hydroxide, a chemical which dissolves hair so that it can be simply wiped away with a towel. This chemical also peels off the tough outer layer of skin, leaving the skin feeling soft and velvety, but also meaning that it is especially sensitive for up to a day. Because of the caustic nature of calcium hydroxide, several steps should be taken to ensure that it does not cause an allergic rash or other skin damage.
A small patch of skin should be tested with the lotion before each application - not just the first, but every time the hair removal lotion is to be used. This ensures that the body has not developed an allergy to the lotion through repeated exposures. This test should be conducted twenty-four hours before the main use of the lotion, and as with a standard application, the test lotion should be thoroughly rinsed away after ten minutes. Similarly, the main application of lotion should not be left on for more than ten minutes, and should be rinsed off carefully using warm water without soap. Soap can potentially react chemically with the lotion and trigger an allergic reaction as well.
Understanding that the outermost layer of skin is removed along with the hair makes it easier to remember that other precautions should be taken in the twenty-four hours following the lotion depilation. The sensitive lower layer of skin becomes exposed after a hair removal lotion treatment, as it never is under normal circumstances.
The most important thing is not to apply any other lotion to the same area for a minimum of twenty-four hours, even if some hair was 'missed.' The tough upper skin has been peeled away, and a further application of lotion will also peel off the exposed lower skin before it has a chance to harden. This is an almost certain way to get a violent allergic reaction to the lotion, sometimes severe enough to require hospitalization. Antiperspirants, perfume, other lotions, sunbathing, and swimming should also be avoided until at least a full day has passed.
However, with these precautions and methods in mind, hair removal lotions offer a comfortable, flexible depilatory solution to home users - one which is cheap, effective, and quick. A wide range of products is available in the modern hair removal market, so that users can experiment and find the lotion which gives them the fastest, most comfortable, and most successful relief from the presence of unwanted hair.
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