Recently, I asked the women in our community to share their questions about makeup for women over 60. We had some great questions, including one from Carol, who asked about facial hair removal. So, to help investigate this issue, I turned to my good friend, Ariane Poole.

If you have been following Sixty and Me for a while, you have probably already been introduced to Ariane. Not only is she a fantastic makeup artist, but, she is also a warm person and a good friend. Below is a quick summary of some of the points that we discussed.

That said, I highly encourage you to watch the video since, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words! Enjoy the Show.

 

The Mysterious World of Facial Hair After 60

There are many mysteries that women over 60 have to deal with. Why is it so difficult to lose weight as we get a little older, even when we are eating less? Which parallel universe do all of our socks disappear into? Why does the hair on our heads tend to get thinner, while the hair on our faces gets thicker?

Of course, on some level, we all know that the extra facial hair that seems to magically appear is actually the result of our changing hormones. But, that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with on a day-to-day basis.

Fortunately, Ariane says that there are good (and bad) ways to deal with unwanted facial hair. First, let’s look at what not to do.

The Wrong Way to Deal with Unwanted Facial Hair

When we discover unwanted facial hair, our first reaction may be to shave it off. After all, we’ve been applying this technique to the rest of our body for decades and it’s worked pretty well. The problem, as Ariane explains, is that shaving tends to make your hair grow back in thicker. This isn’t so much of a problem on your legs, but, it’s more noticeable on your face.

Another technique to be careful of is threading. This is an Indian technique that uses a thread to pull our each hair. While this is an effective technique for shaping your eyebrows, it may be too harsh for the delicate area around your lips.

What is the Best Facial Hair Removal Technique for Women Our Age?

So, if shaving and threading are out, what options do we have left? Ariane says that one of the best ways to deal with unwanted facial hair is tweezing. If you go this direction, make sure that you have a high magnification mirror – or, as Ariane calls it – a “scary mirror.”

Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, waxing may also be an option. The only downside is that this process tends to inflame the delicate skin around your lips. You can always use one of the products from Ariane’s concealer palette to cover up the redness. That said, tweezing may still be a better option.

If you really are at your wit’s end, Ariane says that laser treatments can have the desired effect. The obvious downside here is the cost. But, if you feel like this is a good investment, it is certainly one of the most effective options.

Never Forget that You Are Beautiful, with or Without Unwanted Facial Hair

For many older women, including myself, makeup has become a form of personal expression, not an attempt to impress someone else. At Sixty and Me, we don’t shy away from taboo subjects. At the same time, I want to remind you that makeup for women over 60 should be fun. You are beautiful just the way you are. If you feel like removing your facial hair, go for it! But, never forget that you are amazing, inside and out!

If you are ready to take the next step in developing your own makeup style, please check out the exclusive makeup for older women series of videos that Ariane and I recorded.

Also, don’t forget to visit Ariane’s website to find out more about her products.

Have you tried any of the facial hair removal techniques listed in this article? Which ones worked best for you? Please take a few seconds to join the conversation. Our community is stronger because of you!

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