Have you tried all types of razors, creams and waxing products and still found you have to deal with unsightly bumps and irritated skin? You are not alone. According to a recent survey over 50% of us have sensitive skin that is prone to irritations after removing hair, whether you shave, wax, epilate or use hair removal creams.
But do not despair! The team at hairfreelife.com have some simple steps that you can follow to prevent bumps and irritations from ever coming back again. Integrate these steps into your daily bathroom routine and your skin will be hair and irritation-free. Simply follow the infographic below:
Cleansing the skin removes impurities and ensures that they don’t get trapped inside pores. Trapped impurities can lead to infection of the pore. For the best and most efficient cleansing experience we recommend a hot shower to completely open the pores.
Exfoliating your skin will help prevent and avoid the appearance of ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are one of the main reasons skin becomes irritated after a hair removal treatment.
There are two types of exfoliants you can use on your skin: chemical and mechanical/physical. We recommend the latter for the purpose of hair removal. You can use a loofah, washcloth, scrub or a brush on your skin every day while you are showering to remove dead skin and prevent ingrown hairs.
When exfoliating the more delicate facial skin make sure to use a scrub or brush developed for the face and avoid harsher loofahs and body scrubs.Some examples of which exfoliator to use and where to use it:
- Face: soft bristle facial scrub brush or a facial exfoliator with microbeads
- Underarms and groin area: sugar scrub
- Arms or legs: sugar scrub, loofah, stiff bristle scrub brush or nylon bath towel
The rule of thumb is the more sensitive the skin, the gentler the exfoliator. You may need to try a few different ones until you find the one(s) that work(s) the best for you.
3. Softening Hair and Skin
The easiest and fastest way to soften the skin and to open pores is to jump into a warm, steamy shower before using any type of hair removal method. Softer skin helps avoid friction and open pores allow hairs to stand up and be picked up with the first pass of the razor, epilator or wax strip. If you are shaving, a good shaving cream will help soften the skin (however, cheap shaving foam may actually dry skin out so it is best to avoid using that).
4. Minimisation of Friction
Unnecessary friction is the number one cause of skin irritation while removing hair. You can minimize friction while shaving by following the above tips and using a good shaving cream. If you are waxing, sugaring or using an epilator we recommend applying cornstarch powder to the area right before you treat any area.
5. Additional Tips
- Always use a sharp and clean razor when shaving. A blunt, clogged or rusty razor can cause irritation and infection.
- Always remove hair in the direction of growth (“with the grain”). This will avoid breaking hairs off below the skin level, a prime cause of ingrown hairs.
- Dry skin is another cause of skin irritation. When you remove hair you also remove a few layers of dead skin cells which can leave skin a little vulnerable. Regular moisturisation will reduce skin irritation and will leave your skin feeling healthy and hydrated!
Need help clearing up those bumps and spots? Here’s a sure-fire way to get rid of them!
There are two main reasons for the appearance of red bumps after removing hair: your pores are infected or your skin is dehydrated and therefore prone to irritation.
The best way to treat these spots is to swab the area with Witch Hazel and, once it has evaporated, to treat the affected area with pure, cold-pressed Argan oil, a great moisturizer with antiseptic properties. We recommend Thayer’s Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel with aloe vera formula toner for the antiseptic and soothing properties.
Avoid any alcohol-based cleansers or toners as these will just dry the skin out even more.
If you integrate the tips above into your daily morning or evening routine you can prevent the appearance of red bumps, ingrown hairs and other skin irritations due to hair removal treatments. A few simple tricks that will lead to happy hair and bump free skin!