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Beauty

How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs

Recently, I managed to get my first ever ingrown hair and that is not a pleasant thing. It was a real stubborn git too and I have no idea how I got it – basically because I didn’t do anything different. Maybe it’s an age thing, maybe the skin is a bit different, I don’t know. Since that happened I have been taking some extra precautions and I thought I would share them with you, just in case you too are worried about ingrowing hair causing an issue.

  1. Look at a different hair removal system such as IPL Hair Removal. I switched to hair removal creams for my intimate areas (not my legs, they’re too large a surface area!) Once again, I do want to try something different due to cruelty-free concerns. IPL hair removal or laser hair removal is definitely worth considering.
  2. Exfoliate all the time, okay, not all the time, but once a week for sure. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, preventing hairs from getting stuck in them and growing in the wrong direction. I love a good scrub but right now I am looking for a new one. I previously swore by Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Scrub but I am seeking a replacement as I am unsure about their cruelty-free status. They do claim that their products are not tested on animals, but they also say the ingredients in their products may have been tested on animals. That’s not good enough for me, so if you can recommend a cruelty-free exfoliator please tweet me!
  3. If you must shave pick a quality blade and keep replacing it with brand new ones. Razors aren’t designed to be used over and over and an old or dull blade can cause numerous problems, from bumpy, rashy skin to unsettling ingrown hairs. Move the razor in the same direction that it’s growing, not opposite!
  4. Don’t use your shower cream to shave with. Splash out on shaving cream and do the job properly. Shaving cream or gel is designed to help the blade move over the skin. The gel works hard to prevent irritation, it’s a good thing that really makes a difference to the shave. Look for the Leaping Bunny logo when shopping.
  5. Smoother yourself in moisturise after removing the hair and seek out some “after shave” products that will work to settle the skin and prevent ingrowing hairs.

I have been shaving various parts of my body for well over 2 decades. That’s 20 + years of shaving and moisturising every other day. I’m not going to lie, I am absolutely sick of it. I wish that I could just let it grow and be happy with how it looks and feels, but I don’t. I hate the feel of hair on the legs or the armpit or anywhere else for that matter. I don’t even care what other people think of it, this is personal, and I prefer to be smooth.

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