Laser Hair Removal: It’s a Thing!

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Laser hair removal is something I’m hearing a lot about right now. While some of us are more a winter growler kind of person, others take their grooming more seriously. Hair removal is something of a sore subject for women especially. There have been a number of public awareness campaigns about the difference in price between men’s razors and women’s razors for example. With laser hair removal an option, I can see why men and women are moving away from razors, waxing and more, opting for long-term results and less effort!

What is Laser Hair Removal

Of all the treatments I’ve heard or read about, laser hair removal is the easiest to understand in terms of how it actually works. If I’ve got this right (have a look at the Pulse Light Clinic website for a more thorough explanation), lasers target the hair follicle via laser light which eventually destroys the follicle. No follicle, no hair growth. It can eliminate some hair permanently, whereas some people may benefit from occasional top-ups. The results vary from person to person. Those with darker hair tend to benefit from more follicle eliminate than those who are very fair.

The benefits include:

  • Smoother skin
  • No or much less pesky shaving
  • Less skin irritation from hair growth
  • Significantly fewer ingrown hairs

Who Might Choose Laser Hair Removal

Anyone might opt to try laser hair removal. Someone with PCOS that struggles with excess hair growth, anyone fed up of traditional hair removal methods or for whom hair removal creams, waxing and so on isn’t appropriate and anyone who wants to feel good and/or is looking to boost their self-esteem and their confidence.

Laser Hair Removal and Me

Would I consider laser hair removal myself, absolutely! I loathe the shaving and plucking rituals I, like most women, put myself through. I don’t do it for public approval, I do it because it makes me feel good. That doesn’t mean that I enjoy all of the wasted time and the constant maintenance that comes with the grind that is hair removal.

Would you consider it? Have you had it?

 

*If you want to talk to someone about laser hair removal or any other treatments please get in touch with the Pulse Light Clinic directly who would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Their contact details are:

1st Floor, Peek House,
20 Eastcheap, London
EC3M 1EB
Contact us 0207 523 5158

PCOS: The Beast That Is…

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Have you ever heard of PCOS? Its full name is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the best estimate is that one in five women in the UK may have it. Being the lucky lass that I am, I’m one of those women. 

Despite PCOS being more common than you might think it is not as well known or as understood as you might think. I’ve had to explain what it is to a number of healthcare providers in the past for example. This is something I live with every day and while sometimes it’s just something that ticks along in the background, sometimes it can be a pain in the backside. There is some great information on PCOS on the NHS website.

My PCOS 

PCOS affects different women differently. My particularly fun afflictions include excess weight that is incredibly difficult to shift (even though most of the time I eat like a blumming rabbit), fertility issues (more on this below), raging hormones (no, I’m not just a cowbag), oily skin and insulin issues. I’m type two diabetic and have to work very hard to control it. I’m not saying that PCOS made me diabetic, but it won’t have helped. Many women with polycystic ovary syndrome find that they are what is called insulin resistant.

Where Does it Come From

No-one really knows where PCOS comes from and why some have it and others don’t. Some women with PCOS struggle constantly with weight gain, some don’t. Some may have thinning hair, some don’t. There’s no rhyme or reason to it. Some experts think that there may be a family link, however, this is far from having been proven.  Right now, it simply seems to be the luck of the draw.

Managing PCOS

From a healthcare point of view, (from our experience and many others) the main medical support you get for PCOS tends to only happen when you are having fertility issues. We were told at one point that it would be very unlikely that Roy and I would be able to have children without artificial help such as IVF. I don’t ovulate regularly. At one point I was releasing the odd egg here and there about every six months or so, and regular periods have never been something I’ve had. Sheer bloodymindedness and an ounce or three of luck gave us two sons after years of trying. The fertility team we were under were great but their hands were tied at the time by the postcode lottery that exists around IVF. Thankfully we eventually conceived successfully without that level of help.

There are numerous other ways to manage PCOS, natural supplements work for many, such as those from Nature’s Best, a healthy diet, exercise and checking in with your GP every now and then to keep an eye on blood glucose levels if this is a thing for you.  There are some fabulous online support group set-ups too. Verity is well worth looking up for those looking for better understanding and peer to peer support.

Moving Forward

Above all,  I would like to see more work go into PCOS understanding and general awareness, for women and for healthcare providers. One woman’s experience of PCOS may be very different to another’s. From hormone issues to physical issues, it really can feel like the luck of the draw. If you feel some of these symptoms match up with what you are experiencing, speak to your GP for further advice.

 

This post was sponsored by Nature’s Best to raise awareness of PCOS.

 

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