Q: I have fairly pale skin and my leg hair is dark and thick, if I shave in the morning I usually have stubble by that night
and definitely the next morning. When I shave I get black spots or can even see the hair underneath the skin. What is an inexpensive
method to remove hair to get smooth and beautiful legs? Would tanning my legs help kind of hide the black spots and the hair that is
beneath the skin? Any suggestions and help would be great; looking forward to your response. Thank you.
A: It sounds as though the problem you have is a combination of factors. You have dark, thick leg hair that seems to grow rapidly
combined with translucent skin which allows the stubble to be more visible combine to make even your recently shaved legs look unsightly.
I would recommend looking at a variety of different hair removal methods which may work better
for you in your situation. You can try waxing or sugaring, where an adhesive is applied to the legs and removed using cloth/paper
strips. The hair is pulled out from beneath the skinís surface in most cases. The result is a smoother, longer lasting lack of hair.
Depending on how deeply removed the hair is, this could resolve the visibility factor as well.
There is also the option of using depilatory creams to dissolve the hair at or below the
skinís surface. This has the benefit of making the hair ends finer and therefore the new growth is softer until it grows out
sufficiently. This could also help minimize the hairís appearance beneath the skinís surface.
As for the visibility issue, if the use of waxing/sugaring or depilatory creams donít
eliminate the visibility of the hair beneath the skinís surface, you can try using a ďskin safeí bleaching cream to lighten the leg
hair stubble and diminish its appearance. In addition, while I would never suggest conventional sunbathing or tanning beds, you might
want to consider using a sunless tanning product or bronzer to help add some color to your legs and make the hairs less visible. In
fact, combining the bleaching of the stubble with sunless tanners and waxing or depilatory creams could give you the look you want.
A word of warning, though, some people Ė especially those with fair skin types Ė can be very
sensitive to some depilatories, bleaches and other hair removal products. Be sure to perform a patch test on your skin in an out of the
way place by dabbing a small amount of the product to be used. Allow the product swabbing to sit for 10-15 minutes and then wipe the
area clean and wait 24-48 hours, watching for signs of possible reaction. If you see any redness or irritation where any product was
placed, DO NOT USE that product on your skin.