Electrolysis Hair Removal - Better When Wet

July 30th, 2012

Want to improve your electrolysis hair removal experience? Try drinking more water.

Pretty much everything about your electrolysis treatment works better if you drink the right amount of water per day. Insertions will be easier. Your treatments will be safer and more effective. You may even experience less discomfort. Plus, drinking enough water is good for you anyway!

Why Good Hydration Matters For Electrolysis Hair Removal Treatments

Hydrated skin just does a better job of conducting the currents used in electrolysis hair removal techniques. According to Skip Mahler of Instantron, "Moisture is needed in the skin to properly conduct both RF and Galvanic current. Dry tissue is greatly unaffected."

Lotions Aren't Enough

Applying a moisturizer before your electrolysis hair removal treatment is a great idea, although you should check with your electrologist first for advice on which kind to use. It makes the surface of your skin supple, which allows for easier insertions and smoother removal of the hair. This is good, but it doesn't go deep enough.

Our need for a hydrated body is simply so that the current will act with the moisture in the follicle with the lowest settings possible.

-- Barbara Greathouse, LE, CPE

Your electrologist wants to use the lowest setting they can. This works best with moisture in the follicle. You can only make that happen by drinking plenty of water.

Drinking Water Increases Comfort

If you find electrolysis hair removal treatments uncomfortable, try drinking more water. Drinking enough water allows your electrologist to use a lower setting to get the results you want with more comfort for you. If you are drinking enough water, your skin is supple and elastic, resulting in smoother insertions.

Additionally, research done by Dr. Michael Farrell of the Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne suggests that a thirsty person feels pain more intensely. You may be able to increase your comfort simply by not being thirsty while having your electrolysis hair removal treatments!

How Much Water, And When?

There is general hydration, and then there is pre-treatment hydration.

For general hydration, the amount of water you should drink per day depends on a number of factors, but Arlene Batz, CPE offers this simple rule of thumb:

Divide your weight by 2. That's how many ounces of water you should aim for per day. For example, say a person weighs 150 pounds. 150 divided by 2 is 75. So that person would drink 75 ounces of water a day.

Note: Recommended water consumption varies based on body weight, activity levels, location, health factors, etc. Please consult your doctor before beginning any hydration regimen.

Before your treatment, apply the moisturizer recommended by your electrologist and drink enough water so that you don't feel thirsty - but not so much that you need to hop off the treatment table every few minutes!

It is such a simple thing, but it can greatly improve your permanent hair removal treatments, as well as your overall health. So, go drink a glass of water!

Many thanks to these wonderful people for their input!
Barbara Greathouse, LE, CPE
Skip Mahler - Instantron
Arlene Batz, CPE
Catherine LaGrutta, CPE
Carol Leong, CPE
Josefa Macías Reina - Centro de depilación

One Response to “Electrolysis Hair Removal - Better When Wet”

  1. Josefa M. Reina says:

    If you replace one of those glasses of water by a piece of watermelon, as well as hydrate your skin will be providing vitamin A and C, in the form of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps in the healing process.

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