Ladies, we need to talk.
We need to have a chat about an alarming problem most of you will be familiar with. I’m talking about our LADY WHISKERS.
You know the ones – those wiry hairs that sprout on our chinny-chin-chins?
The intensity and speed with which these things grow are now starting to officially scare me. I almost need to keep a pair of tweezers on my person at all times just in case a rogue one spontaneously erupts while I’m on the bus.
And the thing is, the more women I speak to, the more I discover we are all suffering in silence, not wanting to address the elephant on our, erm, top lip. Or neck. Or chin.
It’s time we had a frank and open discussion. Why do we get those long, thick, coarse (often black – eek!) hairs root themselves so inexplicably deeply into our skin.
More of a mystery, why do they grow back so freakishly fast?
Firstly, let's start with the WHY.
It comes down to one thing: hormones. As if hot flushes and a weak bladder aren't punishment enough ... our hormones take one last shot at making our lives a living hell by helping us grow a lady beard.
To be a little more scientific: both men and women have male and female hormones, but in different proportions. All women produce small amounts of male hormones called androgens. With age, the proportion changes: welcome whiskers! At the same time, as women grow older, oestrogen levels in their body decrease so there is less to counter the effect of the androgens.