Hello my lovely ladies, today I want to discuss the problem of ingrown hair faced by each girl. Ingrown hair if not treated properly can lead to itching, irritation, red bumbs and even causes skin infections. This problem is mostly faced my people with curly and thick hair growth. At the end of this post I will share DIY of body scrub with multiple variations.
What is ingrown hair?
An ingrown hair occurs when hair curls and grows back into the skin instead of coming out of the pore or the hair grows sideways into the skin due to hardened, dead skin cells on the surface. - Jessica Johnson, a Completely Bare brand ambassador.
Why do we get ingrown hair?
There are many factors that cause ingrown hair some of them are as below:
While waxing we pull the hair vigorously out and this disrupts the path followed by the hair at the time of regrowth. Root of the hair consist of a lining which grows in the hair follicle. This lining guides the path to hair from root to our skin pores. While pulling out this lining is destroyed.
Shaving can also lead to ingrown hair. Whiling shaving, we should not pressurize the razor blades very close to the skin. This can lead to scrapping of the skin along with irritation and can lead to ingrown hair. It is very important to lather well with foam or gel before shaving and use of sharp blades.
3. Wearing tight cloths
Most of the ingrown hair problem occurs on the legs, bikini and bikini line. This is because of our tight clothes on these areas. Wearing tight cloths doesn’t allow the skin to breathe which forces the hair to grow back into the skin as it has no place to go except under the skin.
4. Not exfoliating
We must always exfoliate our skin twice a week to get rid of the top most layer of dead skin. If we don’t exfoliate then the dead skin will keep building up leading to clogged skin pores. This will not allow the new hair to come out resulting in ingrown hair.
How to prevent Ingrown Hair?
There is no permanent cure for ingrown hair. The best way to prevent ingrown hair is to exfoliation. Exfoliation removes the dead skin from the top and open the clogged pores allowing the skin to breathe. It also helps in removal of tan and other skin impurities. Pumice stone can be added to daily bath routine. This reduces the coarseness of the hair and removes dead skin from the body as well. Remember to be gentle on the skin. While using pumice stone.
There are a lot of price efficient exfoliators available in the market. Some of them are:
- Biotique Bio Papaya Revitalizing Tan-Removal Scrub (INR 199 for 75 gm)
- Vaadi Herbals Face & Body Scrub With Walnut & Apricot (INR 95)
- Vedic Line Choco Deli Sugar Scrub (INR 180 for 65 ml)
DIY Body Exfoliating Scrub
- ½ cup sugar
- 1\2 cup olive oil
- Essential oils
Combine all the ingredients together and rub in gently on the body in circular motion for few minutes. Wash it off with normal water. Use in twice a week to remove dead skin.
- Pumpkin Pie Scrub: 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil and 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spices (or just 1/2 tsp cinnamon)
- Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup almond oil, 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil and 1 tsp real vanilla extract
- Lemon Hand Scrub: 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil, 15-20 drops (or more) of lemon or orange essential oil
- Vanilla Lavender Relaxing Facial Scrub: 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup almond oil, 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil, 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract and 15 drops lavender essential oil
- Sugar coffee scrub: 1 cup white sugar, ½ cup olive oil , ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil , and ½ cup of ground coffee