Ok people, summer’s here and the sun’s out! While this means beaches and picnics, swim suits and short shorts, it also means a lot of body hair maintenance. If you are one of the majority of women who shave their legs, there’s a good possibility your actions are leading to a LOT of unnecessary water consumption. Time to scale it back and look at the facts!
First of all, ladies, I am not saying ‘you’re wrong for shaving’. I think it is a totally ridiculous social pressure that’s been placed on us which is now just the cultural norm. Unfortunately, the average person who leaves the shower running while shaving their legs wastes over 4,000 litres of water a year! In the UK alone that adds up to over fifty billion litres of drinkable water “going down the drain”! Plus, the plastic used in disposable razors does not break down for hundreds of years! That’s insanity.
So, if you want to maintain smooth and silky skin this year, let’s try to be a little more environmentally conscious!
If you choose to continue using a razor, consider filling up the base of the tub, or your sink, with some warm water, instead of opting to let the shower run. This will save an incredible amount of water over the long run. Of course, there are other alternatives to shaving as well…
Waxing has been around for eons, and is a well respected method of hair removal. The pros to waxing are that it is much less frequent (once every month or two, as opposed to 2-3 times a week when shaving), and does not use very much water.
The cons are that you need to either purchase a waxing kit, which requires strips, wax, applicators, a wax warmer, or you can do it through a salon, which can be a little pricey, but not too bad when you add the cost of razors up over time. Waxing can also be uncomfortable, however, the long lasting results are usually what keep people coming back.
But don’t strips and wax create a lot of waste, you might ask? Yes and no, most of the products used in waxing are biodegradable which will eventually compost back into the earth.
Laser hair removal is king. This is a (semi) permanent option which requires several sessions over a period of 6 to 8 months where a specialized light is beamed down into the follicle and stops the hair from continuing to grow. This means no more shaving, water waste, or physical waste. Bonus, it doesn’t even hurt per-se, just a slight discomfort.
Of course the downside is that laser can be costly, and sometimes requires follow up treatments every 4 to 6 months. If you are looking for something in between these options you might be looking for this…
Epilators are a reasonably new form of hair removal which are gaining traction in the market lately. An epilator is the result of mixing tweezers with an electric shaver. In fact, some models even have an electric shaving attachment!
Most epilators are cordless, meaning the only waste is power consumption. No more running water, or wax strips. There are, however, some models which plug into the wall like this corded model.
To use an epilator, you simply turn it on, and run against the grain of your hair, like you would using an electric shaver. The tweezers rotate through and pull out even the tiniest of hairs, down to .5mm! This results in long lasting hair removal which is equivalent to waxing (one to two months, depending on hair regrowth rate).
Again, you’re plucking out hairs, so epilation can be slightly uncomfortable. The flip side is that after you pluck the hair from the follicle, the new grown hair is much thinner and less stable, which means pulling out the regrowth is much less of a hassle!
For more information on epilators, check out the great site Hair Farewell.
So, while keeping your skin gorgeous and smooth is a priority for many, wasting water need not be! Try out some of these hair removal alternatives, and give mother nature a little bit of a break!