January 28: Shaving is recommended as the safest, most convenient and hygienic hair removal method, dermatologists have said in a survey.

The study, conducted by female razor brand Gillette Venus, was based on feedback collected from 300 dermatologists across India.

Conducting the survey, Market Xcel Data Matrix, in August 2016, asked dermatologists to identify the most recommended method of hair removal available for women today.

The survey disclosed that 70 per cent of the dermatologists advocated shaving as the best method. Factors that need to be most considered are:

  • safety,
  • convenience and
  • hygiene.

Dermatologists and women generally consider these top aspects when choosing their preferred hair removal method.

Kannada film actress Radhika Pandit promote Shaving as the safest and most hygienic method of hair removal
Kannada film actress Radhika Pandit promote Shaving as the safest, most hygienic for hair removal

A comparative analysis on shaving versus waxes and creams was also conducted. It emerged that shaving was seen as the most preferred amongst all, with 62 per cent dermatologists recommending it number one in terms of safety.

The survey further clarifies misconceptions and myths that that shaving leads to thicker hair growth.

Amongst 225 dermatologists, 90 per cent in Delhi, 70 per cent in Bengaluru and more than 60 per cent in Mumbai share the belief that shaving does not lead to thicker hair growth.

It also tackled another common misconception of skin darkening, when more than 60 per cent dermatologists advocated that shaving does not lead to darkened skin.

Rashmi Shetty, an aesthetic physician and a renowned dermatologist, said: “With the increase in variety of hair removal methods available today, Indian women have become more cautious in making choices, especially when it comes to taking care of their skin.

“They are now interested in understanding the science behind the product before buying it.

“It is, therefore, pertinent that they are guided with the right information by spreading proper education and eliminating reservations. This way, they can make an informed decision and choose the right method of hair removal that suits their needs.”

Mishka Anderson

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