Now that got your attention, didn’t it? Which is kind of the idea of catchy headlines. However I do have some suggestions but don’t want to mislead you in any way – the “practically” part of “practically painless” is worth noting!
We can all be caught out by catchy headlines and then be disappointed by what comes next. Something to bear in mind the next time a bright shiny Pinterest headline grabs your attention eh? So as I was saying, here are a few suggestions to make plucking practically painless. Something of a necessity as age, and facial hairs, increase!
1. Heat or cold?
I’ve heard suggestions about applying an ice cube to the brows to numb the area before plucking. I haven’t actually tried that one. It might work but I would imagine it would also close the pores up making it harder to pull out stubborn hairs. So heat then. I’m not a fan of pain but, on holiday abroad, I usually have a full face threading done, and occasionally here at home too. What I’ve noticed is that in warmer climates the hair seem to be removed faster, easier and with less discomfort. My guess is that’s the warmth opens up the pores making it easier to remove the hairs. So my suggestion – and only you can decide which way to go – wring out a facecloth in hand hot water from the tap and put it on your brow area to open up the pores. Once you finish, perhaps use that ice cube to take the sting out?
2. Teething gel.
I heard this one many years ago and used it while learning to pluck my eyebrows. It works up to a point as it contains usually 1% or 2% of lidocaine – the stuff the dentists use to numb your gums before treatment. It’s not 100% successful but should take the edge off. And finally
3. Topical anaesthetic cream.
Now this stuff is on prescription (and I’ve no idea if you can buy it over the counter) but I have it prescribed for a needle phobia and after using as prescribed, there’s usually a little left in the tube. It’s also lidocaine but 5% and I use that for when I’m getting my top lip done as that’s always the most painful part of the face. This is definitely not medical advice but if you do already get it prescribed (or use tattoo numbing cream which is made from the same stuff but much stronger) then ask your GP or pharmacist’s advice as to whether you can safely use it for epilation purposes.
Do you remember my saying that these are practically painless ways? That’s right – it still hurts. But much less and without needing prescription level painkillers so why not give it a try?
How do you cope with the pain of plucking? Do you have any other suggestions? If so, drop me a line …