Tricks To Avoid Ingrown Hair After Shaving
Hello pretty girls!
Shaving is one of the most common methods of hair removal. You might have noticed that some tiny hair do not grow on the surface of the skin and instead, they curl back inside its follicle and grow under the skin. Alternatively, they can also grow sideways into the skin. Either ways, it becomes embarrassing & irritating. These are also called Razor Bumps.
The face, legs, and bikini area are the most common affected places where ingrown hair occur. You can only take preventive measures to keep them under control since they are eventually bound to grow back again. In fact, laser hair removal and electrolysis are the only permanent hair removal methods. So, today we take a look at some ways in which you can avoid these stubborn ingrown hair.
Grab A Pair of Tweezers:
Pull out the ingrown hair & bring them to the surface with the help of a sterile tweezer. Once these hair are lifted & brought onto the surface of the skin, then only proceed with your preferred method of hair removal whether it is shaving, waxing or epilating. However, be careful while doing this as you do not want to hurt yourself while using tweezers.
Ingrown hair are basically caused due to the presence of a thick layer of dead skin cells. Use a body scrub to exfoliate & get rid of these. There are primarily two different types of exfoliation, physical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation. Physical exfoliation can be done using scrubs or exfoliating soaps. Whereas, chemical exfoliation makes use of products containing alpha-hydroxy acids or salicylic acid. One should be careful while using these as they can irritate the skin too!
Pick The Right Product:
Do not use a dull blade while shaving. Shave with a sharp, single-bladed razor. In addition, it is also advised to change your razor or the cartridge frequently. Similarly, if you are using an epilator, then choose the right epilator to keep ingrown hair under control.
Ingrown hair can also be treated with active ingredients. Salicylic acid works effectively on razor bumps. It exfoliates & helps prevent infection. There are different lotions & post-shave products containing salicylic acid which you can try out!
Prep Your Skin:
Prepare your skin to before shaving by softening it with warm water or a towel. A lubricated gel is always preferred rather than foam or soap.
Sugar is a natural scrub which helps remove the dead skin cells. Simply mix olive oil with granulated sugar & add a few drops of lavender oil and tea tree oil. Apply this scrub on the affected area & massage gently. Then rinse off after some time with warm water.
Black tea contains tannic acid which reduces inflammation & soothes the skin. Dip a black tea bag in water till it becomes moist. Now press this on the affected area. Repeat this daily to get rid of ingrown hair.
Tea Tree Oil:
Tea tree oil possesses antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Add tea tree oil to water or a carrier oil. Then apply this mixture on the ingrown hair. Leave on for about 10 minutes. Then wash off with lukewarm water.
Aloe Vera soothes the skin & provides relief from inflammation and itchiness. Take some fresh aloe gel & apply on the affected area. Then rinse off after 20 minutes with lukewarm water.
Some More Pointers!!
- Shave in the direction of your hair growth
- Use as few strokes of the razor as possible
- Do not shave too close to your skin
- Apply light pressure on the blade
- Always moisturize afterwards
Have you tried any of these methods lately?
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