Q: The hair on my arms, neck, jaw line and chest seems to grow in darker and darker the older I get (I'm thirty-one now).
I would like to lighten this body hair, but I'm not sure how. I've heard of using lemon juice, peroxide (the grocery-store kind in the
brown bottle), almond paste, cucumber juice, and other things rubbed on the skin/hair to achieve this, but I have no idea if any of
that will actually work. What do you, as a professional, recommend? Thank you!
A: There are many products on the market that are designed to lighten and bleach facial and body hair in women. For some women, dark
hairs are a very embarrassing problem, but these products are designed for gentle, effective use.
I recommend you visit your local beauty supply store and look for products from companies, such as
VEET and NAIR, which are well-known and well-reputed companies. There may be other products available, and you can probably ask the
management of the store about any product you donít recognize. What you want is a hair bleaching cream for use on the skin.
Be sure to test a spot on your skin in an inconspicuous place before using the product, just to
ensure that you donít have a bad reaction to the chemicals. Always follow the package instructions carefully as some of these products
come unmixed and need to be mixed carefully for full effectiveness.
As for the ďhome remediesĒ route, lemon juice and brown-bottle peroxide will work to some extent,
but these are generally not strong enough to give the kind of results you may be looking for. As for using almond paste or cucumber
juice, I can say that these will definitely give you soft skin (cucumber juice makes a great anti-oxidant hydrator and
anti-inflammatory), but I donít know that they will do much of anything to lighten body hairís color.