We've all nicked ourselves shaving or had a bad waxing experience and vowed to look into permanent hair reduction, right?
But it wasn't until I was diagnosed with poly-cystic ovaries - a condition that affects one in ten women in the UK - that my hair growth got out of control.
After years of bulk buying razors, making friends with my threading lady and utilising just about every other means of hair removal, I ended up with unsightly stubbly shadows and having to dig out bumpy ingrown hairs was just a part of my every day beauty routine.
Holidays abroad started to become more trouble than they were worth, and after seeing my friends having the time of their life in Cyprus without me, I finally bit the bullet and booked in for laser hair removal that month.
I'd heard good things about IPL (Intense Pulsed Light laser) from a friend who was already six sessions into her hair removal treatment at the Tessa Stevens Health and Beauty Clinicin North London.
Admittedly, I was a little worried of swerving clinics with the prestigious W1 postcode, but their packed appointment book spoke for itself and I liked the way the therapists answered my questions - even the stupid ones, like, 'Can I wear my usual heavy make-up after treatments?'
Answer: No - but more on that later.
My thick hair was assessed and I was told I would need at least 6-8 sessions to see an impressive result.
NOTE: Hair is only ever reduced, not permanently removed.
I had a quick patch test that same day and monitored the area for any changes, like severe redness or any pain and after giving myself the all clear, I booked in for my very first fully fledged treatment.
As someone with a pretty low pain threshold, I was a little anxious, but as the laser was fired up and both my therapist and I had donned a pair of safety goggles each (the laser gives off a bright flash of light when it zaps the hair follicle), I couldn't back out.
Next, she marked my skin with a white pencil to make sure that she covered every inch of me meticulously and a cold gel was applied to the areas to make it easier for the head of the laser to glide along.
Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?
The sensation I felt was a cross between a plastic band pinging against my skin and the mild electric shock you often get from touching the hand rail on escalators.
It's slightly more uncomfortable in certain areas where the skin tends to be more sensitive such as along your top lip and bikini line but as the sessions go on and the hair decreases, the feeling diminishes, too.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Laser Hair Removal?
After each session I noticed a touch of redness and sometimes the odd whitehead but there was no burning or rash-like symptoms - this shouldn't happen if your technician gets the intensity of the setting right depending on your hair and skin type.
Aloe vera gel was always applied to the area to soothe and calm the skin and a few days after my first few treatments I noticed the hairs starting to fall out - result!
Fast forward to today, I'm seven sessions in to my treatment (one session is recommended every four weeks to catch the hair in its correct stage of growth) and I can't quite believe the difference.
In some places, my hair is non-existent and in others it's so fine it's barely even noticeable.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
Starting at £70 a time for a small area, the treatment isn't cheap, but it really is worth every penny.
I now have the confidence to catch the tube completely make-up free and want to whip my legs out when I spot even a single ray of sunshine.
Honestly, I don't know why I hadn't plucked up (sorry) the courage sooner.