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Everything You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

With summer just around the corner, winter coats are being switched out for strappy singlets and thigh-grazing skirts. Reaching for the razor day after day or enduring painful waxing sessions in the lead-up to the warmer months can be tiresome.

For those who want a more permanent answer, laser hair removal offers a long-term solution for removing unwanted hair, explains Brandy Wehinger, Clinical Director for  Caci. “Think no more hair, smoother skin, not needing to worry about unwanted hair or hair removal and it can help to reduce ingrown hairs too,” Wehinger explains. “Laser hair removal is safe, cost-effective and achieves lasting results.”

Choosing a Laser Hair Removal Technique That’s Right For You

Of course, when it comes to laser hair removal, not all methods are created equal.  But as Caci was one of the first in the world to offer laser hair removal, you know you’re in great hands as Caci has over 25 years of experience. Caci utilises a Diode laser for their hair removal services and Wehinger explains that it is known to be one of the most effective technologies for permanent hair removal.

“The Diode laser uses a single wavelength and directly targets the hair’s pigment, the wavelength produced is also 808nm and penetrates deeper into the skin, focussing on the hair follicle – removing the hair right at the root. It also makes it safer and effective for customers with a higher Fitzpatrick skin type (darker skin tone) as it avoids targeting the skin’s melanin pigment,” she says.

The team at Caci are also dedicated to ensuring the comfort of their clients. “Most customers describe hair removal treatment as uncomfortable, rather than painful,” says Wehinger. “However the Diode laser has a cooling tip, making the treatment comfier. At Caci, we pride ourselves on performing the treatments quickly and safely, so it is over in no time.”

The Latest Technology Means the Best Results

The Diode laser also means that a wider range of hair and skin tones are able to be treated. However, Wehinger does say that best results are often experienced with darker hair. “At Caci, we treat face, neck, chest, arms, underarms, back, legs, stomach, bikini and Brazilian,” she adds.

A consultation – which is free of charge – is the first step in your Caci hair removal journey. “At Caci we have a thorough consultation to check your medical history, eligibility for treatment and of course to fully inform our customers on how the treatment works, what to expect, results that can be achieved and to answer any questions you may have,” explains Wehinger.

While the sessions can be as fast as 15 minutes, depending on the area treated, Wehinger says the best results are usually experienced after eight treatments, five or six weeks apart.

“We also offer laser hair removal treatments as a 12-month membership – just like a gym membership but for removing unwanted hair,” says Wehinger. “This membership includes a schedule of treatments to treat the hair in the treatment area when it is in the anagen – or growing –
phase of the hair growth cycle.”

Wehinger says that results tend to become apparent after the second or third treatment. “The results can be permanent and at Caci we offer a guarantee to those that are eligible to remove at least up to 80 per cent of the unwanted hair in the area being treated.” If you want to make razors and waxing strips a thing of the past, the lead-up to summer is the perfect time to start your hair removal journey. Wehinger says that while she always recommends applying an SPF30 or 50 to treated areas if they are exposed to the sun, the Caci team are there to ensure you receive the pre- and post-care information you need to make sure you achieve the best results possible.

Visit caci.co.nz to find your nearest clinic and  book a consultation

 

How to Achieve Your Goals in 2020

Life Coach Zoë B shares her top techniques to set New Year’s resolutions that actually stick.

How many times have you set yourself a New Years Resolution only to find yourself forgetting all about it by February? This is a really common issue and I’ll explain why.

Most New Years resolutions fail due to a lack of planning. People just don’t see the need to dedicate a decent block of time to really plan out their goals. They think they can just pick a goal and get right to it, when the reality is, there’s a proven method that needs to be applied when you set any kind of goal. Each year, I see people make the same tired old mistakes when it comes to setting their New Years resolutions. Today, I’ll show you five small steps that you can take to make 2020 the year when your goals turn into reality.

Step #1: Clarity

The first step is to take some time to get really clear about what you want for your New Years Resolutions. Think about what things are really important to you. What issues have held you back year after year and what bad habits are you ready to drop in 2020? It’s important that this process isn’t rushed. We need to take some time to get clear about what we want to focus on for the new year. Start by making a list of your top 5 goals now.

Step #2: Is it your goal?

It’s really common for people to set a goal because they feel that they should do it. This is the fastest route to failure. Check in and see if the goals you wrote down are really your goals, or whether they are in fact someone else’s. Often, well-meaning family members can encourage us to make goals that are important to them – not us. If deep down inside you don’t want the goal, you can forget it. Cross out any goals on your list that are not really your own.

Step #3: Motivate the goal

Ask yourself this question: “Why do I want to achieve this? What will I gain?”

If you can’t answer this question immediately with four or five reasons why you want to reach this goal, then it’s unlikely you’ll ever reach it. Spend some time getting really clear about why you want this. Write down a list of reasons, as this will really energise the goal for you. Then, three months down the track when you’re losing motivation, you can refer to this list to remind yourself of why you need to keep going.

Step #4: Assess what you might lose

Ask yourself this: “What have I got to lose by achieving this goal?”

The number one reason why people fail at their New Years resolutions is that what they are set to gain does not outweigh what they will lose in the process. I’ll put this another way: if what you want comes at a price – be it physical, emotional, financial or mental – then this might block you from your own success. The mind works with simple equations. So, if you have a goal to lose 5 kg, then the mind will assess what it will cost you to reach this goal and if it feels like it’s not worth it, you can say goodbye to reaching the goal. Here are a few examples of what losing 5kgs could cost you:

  • Money to purchase health foods
  • Time to exercise
  • Sacrifice sleep to get up early to exercise
  • Sacrifice the comfort that your favourite food gives you
  • Sacrifice the fun from eating out

As you can see, there’s quite a lot to lose by reaching this goal. So, it’s important at this point to ensure you’re OK with losing all of these things because until you make peace with this, you won’t reach the goal. One way of making peace is to put in place alternative methods of achieving what you will lose. For example, to ensure you don’t miss out on fun, you could organise a healthy event with friends and family in advance. To ensure you don’t lose out on sleep, you could go to bed an hour earlier.

Step #5: Use your imagination

Research has shown that visualisation techniques literally change the structure of the brain according to what you want to achieve. So, if you put aside time to think about losing weight, then you are much more likely to do it in real life. What’s more, the brain is often more motivated by pictures rather than numbers or words. It can be really helpful to spend a few minutes each day to visualise a scenario where you have already achieved your goal. For example I find that the clients I work with get really motivated by imagining themselves fitting into their skinny jeans, or their favourite cocktail dress. This image is much more motivating that just ‘losing 5 kgs’ because it has more meaning attached to it.

Zoë B runs a Life Coaching practice in Double Bay, Sydney. Zoë also helps 10,000 people each month to live more happy, balanced and successful lives through her blog: Simple Life Strategies. For more information about Zoë B and the Simple Life Strategies blog visit www.simplelifestrategies.com.