Ingrown hair is not as inevitable as one would think.
Yet some of us have just grown to expect it: “Just shaved? Be on the look out for those pesky ingrown hairs!” (Has no one ever been told that?…Okay, me neither!)
When they do show up, you are probably inclined to feel super irritated (physically and emotionally). However, with a few preventative measures, you can keep your skin ‘ingrown hair’ free!
1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate: Exfoliating is not only good for revealing radiant, glowing skin but also for preventing those annoying ingrown hairs from showing up! By removing the layer of dead skin through exfoliation, it will be harder for the new growth to become trapped underneath the skin. Exfolating your skin before hand also raises the hair up, making it easier to remove. If you are going to shave, make sure you exfoliate your body before hand. You will prevent ingrown hair AND your skin will be incredibly smooth afterward! Win-win!
2. Lather Up: Shaving your precious skin with no protective barrier is never a good idea. Shaving cream, lotion, or gel lubricate the skin so the razor can easily slide across and remove the hair. Lather your skin with a good lubricant after allowing the warm water to soften the hair. Out of shaving cream? Use your hair conditioner! This little trick works better than most shaving creams!
3. Sharp Razor: Shaving with a dull blade does the body no good! Rather than getting a clean shave, a dull blade merely tugs at the hair which can cause irritation and ingrown hair. It’s best to use your razor only about 5 or 6 times, depending on how often you use it. After a few good shaves, toss that blade and start using a new one!
4. Rest: If your simply prone to ingrown hair, give the shaving a rest! After all, we were born with hair on our body! Try shaving one time per week or only as necessary. By avoiding any excess shaving we can give our delicate skin a nice break from all of the irritation.
5. Choose Wisely: Choosing the right razor will do you loads of good! Take time to actually read the packaging. I prefer razors with 5 blades and the conditioning strip. It may sound silly but taking the time to find a razor that works best with your skin type will be super beneficial for avoiding skin irritation and ingrown hair.
6. Moisturize: Slapping on that body or face cream after you shave is one of the best things you can do. If you have sensitive skin, your skin is most likely feeling dry and irritated. Lathering up with a fabulous moisturizer will help keep your skin lubricated, soft and irritation free!
What are your favorite ways to prevent ingrown hairs?
Peace, love and coconuts!