What small things do you do on the daily to help fight your own body confidence battle? Here’s a little insight into something I’ve been trying to increase my own body confidence and the relationship I have with body hair…
I think I’m right in saying that almost all of us will have some form of battle with body confidence. Or at least we have during at least one period of our lives. This will look wildly different for all us depending on what we feel we dislike or want to change with our bodies, but I’d say a theme you’ll find among many would be the way their body hair affects them. I count myself in that group of people because as someone with very fair skin and dark body hair, I hate how it looks and as a result it doesn’t make me feel good about myself.
My feelings towards my body hair started when I was quite young. I always had really hairy forearms, which made me stand out in the summer months and I hated it. I remember one disastrous time in my early teens when I took my mums razor and shaved my arms completely. It looked great and smooth for all of 24 hours before the regrowth started and the itch was immense. And if I thought being a teenage girl with hairy arms was bad, being a teenage girl with stubbly arms was worse. This was on top of the early and subconscious lesson that all young girls learn: you must always have hair free legs when they’re on show. The humiliation at having stubbly legs was just too much to bear so I shaved daily to keep the thick, black hair at bay. And I’ve had to ever since.
Some women embrace the au-natural look and I think that’s brilliant. Each to their own, and power to them. But I don’t like my body hair, on my body and it makes me feel so much more confident to be free of it. Having hair-free legs when I’m wearing skirts or dresses makes me feel great and gives me a spring in my step. And even when I get into bed at night, when there’s no-one else around, the smooth sensation of the sheets on my legs is a tiny moment in my day – but I love it. And when I wear strappy tops, knowing there’s nothing but smooth skin on show underneath my arms makes me feel happy too. But to create this level of confidence I have to maintain it every single day. And the regrowth is the kicker – the itch and irritation when the thick hair grows back is on another level and quite demotivating. So (especially in winter) it becomes a catch 22. When Boots got in touch to see if I wanted to trial something from the Sensica Hair Removal range, I jumped at the chance. Permanent hair removal from home sounded right up my street.
So I’ve been using the Sensica Sensilight Mini for just over 8 weeks now, which is what you’re advised for your initial usage period. It’s really easy to use and only takes me about 20 minutes to do my legs – which was the area I chose to focus on. The first time I used it, it did take me longer while I got to grips with it but then it’s pretty simple – you hold the device to the skin, press the rose gold button and it releases a light flash that sends a message to the hair melanin below the skins surface which prevents it from growing. You then work up the leg (or down depending which way you want to go) and keep repeating until you’ve covered the whole leg. I usually keep Netflix on while I’m doing it and it’s all done in no time.
What makes the Sensilight Mini different to other home hair removal devices is that it’s also got a contact sensor which means if you don’t have a good position on the skin or you slip, that the light flash will stop immediately as contact is broken, which is great for knowing you’re being guided all the while.
Before each session you do need to shave the area, however you only really need to do this for your first couple of treatments as after 3-4 weeks you’ll notice a huge difference in the hair. I didn’t need to shave much after then at all because the hair was so sparse anyway. In fact within a couple of weeks the hair was already much less dense and my legs just didn’t seem as hairy. And by the end of the 8 weeks I’m pretty much hair free across the whole target area. To the point that I haven’t reached for my leg razor at all in 2.5 weeks now. Pretty good right?
While I can’t use this on my pesky arms (I have a whole forearm tattoo nowdays and you can’t use the Sensica over tattoos) I’m really excited to see how long the effects lasts and if I need to continue using the Sensilight sporadically then that’s good enough for me. When the odd hair has grown back, it’s been so much finer that I’ve finally lost that itchy and irritating regrowth I’ve known for years from my razor. Which means the Sensilight is fully worth it in my opinion. No more shaving rash!
While body confidence looks different for us all, I’m 100% happier with the way the hair on my legs has been banished and I’ve done the work already in preparation for spring and summer. If body hair has been something to cause you annoyance/concern or unhappiness then this is a great way of battling the body motivation monster within and starting your own hair-free journey from home.
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