After removing hair, do you find little red bumps on your leg and hairs that grown underneath the skin? These are known as ingrown hairs. They are unsightly and can become painful and annoying. While you can remove them, wouldn’t it be better to avoid them altogether? Here are some tips to help you do just that!
Change the Way You Remove Your Hair
Shaving is the most common reason for ingrown hairs to appear.
This is because you go against the way the hair grows and it can lead to causing them to grow incorrectly.
You also shave close to the skin, so there is more chance of catching between the layers.
Waxing, plucking and epilating can also have the same problems but are less likely.
Exfoliate Before You Remove the Hair
Always exfoliate before you start the process of removing the hair. This will open your pores and remove the dead layers of skin.
It means you get a better shave and there is less chance of there being any red bumps, which can lead to ingrown hairs. You can use a gel or a shower loafer to help with this process.
Remove Hairs in the Warmth
Ingrown hairs are less likely to appear if you remove the hairs when you are warm. This is especially the case when it comes to shaving.
If you’re cold, shiver bumps will appear on the skin. You can’t get the even shave that you need. It will also make your skin hard for the re-growth period.
Moisturise Your Skin Before You Start
Another trick is to make sure your skin is moist. The best thing to do is shave when in the bath or shower. The warm water will also help to keep the heat.
However, using shaving creams or moisturising waxing gels are also beneficial. They help to get a better shave and will soften the skin ready for the re-growth period.
Loosen the Hairs to Help the Process
Make it easier for the removal process to happen by loosening the hairs.
You can easily do this by using a wet washcloth in a circular motion. This softens them and the skin so you can quickly shave the hairs away.
It is also worthwhile doing it before epilating or waxing but you will need to make sure the area is dry beforehand.
Shave in the Right Direction
Shaving against the way the hair grows is the most common since it’s easier, especially if you have fine hair.
However, this pulls at the hairs and they are more likely to grown under layers of skin. Instead, shave in the way that they grow.
It will take longer but be worthwhile afterwards.
Care for Your Skin Afterwards
Once you shave, wax or epilate—whatever way you decide to remove the hairs—you will need to look after the skin.
Moisturise it on a daily basis to make sure the skin remains soft and allows the hairs to grow through properly. Exfoliating is also a good option on a daily basis.