How to Remove Hair Via a Buffer

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Hair that is heavy or in an undesirable location on the body is removable. Hair removal techniques such as waxing, shaving, electrolysis, tweezing and laser treatments are effective, but none of these techniques has any benefit for the skin. In fact, most irritate the skin. Removing hair with a buffer is an alternative to these techniques. It uses pumice stones, emery boards, sandpaper, or coarse mitts to rub hair gently away, removing dead skin cells in the process.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild abrasive agent (e.g., pumice stone or hair removal mitt)
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Bathtub
  • Water
  • Towel

Take a bath or shower and wash the area you wish to buff with a mild, moisturizing soap. Dry off completely.

Take the buffing agent in your dominant hand and place it on the area of skin from which you want to remove hair.

Rub the buffing agent clockwise in a circular motion, making small circles and pressing gently. Reverse the direction of the circles and repeat this procedure until the hair is gone.

Rinse off your skin to remove any hair remnants, dry off, and apply a moisturizing lotion to the skin.

Rinse or wipe off the buffing agent to deter the growth of bacteria on the agent so the agent will be ready for the next use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Buffing is a temporary form of hair removal because it doesn't remove the hair from the follicle but rather rubs away the hair that is above the skin. Plan to use this method just for touching up, or when you want to exfoliate and groom at the same time. The effects of the buffing last from just a few hours to a few days.
  • Eat right and stay hydrated before buffing. The better your diet and water intake, the better the condition of your skin, which means that it will appear much more radiant after treatments and may react less severely to buffing.
  • Some areas of the body are far more sensitive than others. Dermatologists and beauticians generally don't recommend buffing agents for use on the bikini area, face or arms. Don't use the buffing agent on an area for which it is not designed.
  • Redness or irritation of the skin may occur with buffing if you press too hard while buffing, or if you are allergic to something in the buffing agent. This reaction usually is mild and goes away fairly quickly. Check to see the materials from which the agent is made, and discontinue use if irritation is severe. If you have any open sores or irritated skin before buffing, wait until the sore or irritation heals before you remove your hair.

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