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I have a hair removal secret that will genuinely change your life. It certainly has changed mine.
Firstly, some disclosures: I’m hairy. Body hair, face hair, head hair. And I’m getting hairier as I get older, too.
I’ve also been sick over the past two years. One of the weird hangovers of that is that I have an incredibly low tolerance to pain. So much so that I actively avoid being around children on the first day of the month, so that they don’t try to pinch and punch me. I also bruise very easily.
So, my natural hairiness and my unnatural aversion to even the slightest pain has meant that facial waxing or threading is a complete nightmare. I’ve had IPL and laser and they a) hurt; and b) didn’t work, because apparently my unwanted hair is more red than black (is that a thing? I don’t know).
But I have found a way to get through hair removal without writhing in pain. Meet your new best friend, Emla cream.
It contains the same ingredients as the numbing gel that your dentist uses. You buy it at the pharmacy. It contains Lignocaine 25mg/g, Prilocaine 25mg/g, which are anaesthetics (you can also get Lignocaine as a clear gel. I use the cream because you can easily see where you are putting it).
If you put it on your face, it will numb you up so waxing and threading is much less painful. You will absolutely still feel it, but you will not end up kicking anyone in the face. (I should say that both my GP and my dentist know that I use Emla cream for this purpose. My GP thought it was a reasonable solution and my dentist told all her friends about it. No one freaked out, but obviously, check with your health professional and don’t put it in your eye or feed it to babies or pets.) Here’s what you do: