Generally, facial hair and for that matter even hair on the arms have a sparse growth but nevertheless they need to be tackled if one wants to sport a feminine hair-free look. Plucking, waxing or shaving is not quite suitable for facial hair. For those who have hairy arms and legs, waxing is just perfect. Waxing, as you know, guarantees smooth, hair-free arms and legs for a month or even more sometimes depending on your individual hair-growth pattern. Bleaching is ideal for facial hair. Being an effective and painless method, it merely lightens the color of the hair, making it less conspicuous. Facial hair and hair on the arms are barely visible after a bleaching session.
How to apply bleach?
Procure good quality cream bleach from the chemist. Do a patch test before hand to make sure that you are not allergic to the ingredients in the bleach.
Tie your hair and secure it in place using a hair-band. See to it that there are no fly-away stray hairs on the face. Your face also should not be greasy or oily before applying any bleach. Gently scrub your face with a dry cotton scrub. Also get some ice cold water from the refrigerator. Take two cotton swabs, dip them in this ice cold water, squeeze off excess water and keep them ready. Also keep a few dry cotton swabs and a dry towel ready as well. If you want to apply a pack after bleaching then these things too – mutani mitti (fuller’s earth) powder, sandal wood (chandan) powder and rose water (gulab jal) and another bowl.
Follow the instructions meticulously and prepare your bleach in a glass or a plastic bowl and keep it ready right in front of you. Avoid using metal bowls.
Take a small wooden spatula or use your fingers and carefully apply the bleach on your face leaving the eyebrows and avoiding quite a large area around the eyes. Apply a thick layer, a thin layer may not quite succeed in bleaching your skin well. And if you are not satisfied with the results of your bleach, you can’t reapply again. You simply will have to wait for one more month.
Bleach can be harmful if it gets into your eyes and so exercise extra caution, particularly, when you are dealing with the skin in the vicinity of your eyes, even the fumes can be very irritating. Never ever try to apply it to lighten the dark circles around your eyes. It is strictly not meant for under eye skin. Next, spread it on your neck.
Now take cotton swabs which you had kept ready and place it on your closed eyes and wait for around 10-15 minutes or as per the time-duration mentioned on your bleach pack. Then take a dry cotton swab and slowly remove all of the bleach. Gently, very gently take a dry towel and wipe off the remaining residues. Then wash off with cold water.
If you wish, you could also apply a mild face pack for around 5-10 minutes. Take 1 tsp each of multani mitti (fuller’s earth), sandal wood powder and rosewater and make a paste. Keep this ready beforehand. Spread it over your face and wash it off with cool water after 5-10 minutes. You can apply a moisturizer or Vitamin-E oil after that.
Do not apply any strong astringent, strong scented soap or use an abrasive scrub at least 8 hours after your bleaching. Try not to go outdoors immediately after bleaching so as to avoid the sun.
In spite of all these precautions if your sensitive skin has given way to rashes, apply cold compresses of ice and milk all over your face. Read here. And do not bleach too often, leave a gap of at least one month between two sessions, 3 months would be ideal.
And remember one more thing, if you are going in for a laser treatment to get rid of superfluous hair, don’t bleach your skin at all.
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