If you’ve ever had an ingrown hair before, you already know how annoying they can be. Not only can ingrown hairs be painful, itchy, and irritating, but they can also develop into red spots and whiteheads. The worst part about them is that they can creep up on almost anywhere on your body, from your legs to the sensitive bikini area, and even on your face. So how do we prevent ingrown hair from happening? Here are some tips you can follow so you can say BUH-BYE to aggravating bumps, and HELLO to beautiful, smooth skin!
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Ingrown hair often occurs when the hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells. And like a domino effect, this clogging can force the hair to re-enter the skin causing ingrown hair to occur. Exfoliating can help prevent ingrown hair from happening because it gets rid of the dead skin cells and built-up oils that clog hair follicles. We recommend using our Exfoliating Body Buff from The Wax Shop Collection. This dual-sided body buff is gentle to the skin, but delivers a deep cleanse and exfoliation, while boosting the skin’s natural renewal cycle.
USE THE RIGHT RAZOR
Sometimes you can’t put a price on beauty. While pharmacies often sell disposable razors in bulk like Bic, remember it’s the quality, not the quantity (after all, they are disposable for a reason!). Disposable razors are not designed for long-term use, and the blades can dull quickly, leaving you with an uneven shave. We recommend brands like Gillette Venus to achieve that smooth, ingrown hair-free skin.
USE SHAVING CREAM
If you’re going to shave, make sure you have good shaving cream on hand. And if you’re wondering if it’s necessary to use shaving creams, gels, and foams, the answer is yes! Soaps and body washes are designed to clean your body, not to condition your skin like shaving creams, gels, and foams are. Moreover, these allow the razor to glide smoothly across the skin, ensuring the blades don’t drag so you can avoid irritating any sensitive areas (like your bikini line).
SHAVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Always shave in the same direction as your hair grows to avoid ingrown hairs and potential cuts. When you shave in the opposite direction, you end up cutting your hair at a sharper angle, making it more likely for the hair to grow back under the skin. Next time, shave down the leg to achieve that smooth finish.
Of course, we saved the best for last. By far, waxing is the best solution to avoid ingrown hairs from happening. We recommend waxing regularly, in 6-8 weeks intervals. Not only can you prevent ingrown hairs, but you can enjoy smooth skin for up to 2-8 weeks at a time. Continuous waxing can even help your hair to grow back lighter and thinner, letting you put a stop to those irritating, painful bumps once and for all!